Local authorities have a range of duties and wider interests in ensuring the most effective functioning of their local housing markets. They want to ensure affordable, appropriate, good quality housing for everyone in the community within successful and sustainable places.
Engaging and involving tenants is a core activity for council landlords and the LGA want to understand and highlight good practice, the challenges faced and any additional support required. Engagement, like housing, is under increased scrutiny across the sector presently, which is welcome and long overdue.
The country’s need for new housing – in the right places and at the right price – has become greater as the housing crisis has continued. OPE therefore puts a special emphasis on freeing-up land for house building, alongside other objectives of better services and efficiencies.
In this report we hope councils and their partners will find useful advice for best meeting the duty to refer responsibilities, along with examples of what genuine cooperation looks like from within England and Wales.
Many local authorities across the country are working to speed up the delivery and buildout of housing. This report highlights some distinctive projects and innovative practices that are being used in a number of different development contexts. The main themes of the interventions are highlighted through a series of case studies.
This paper is the very start of our campaign ahead of the Spending Review. We have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country.