Housing Advisers Programme 2018/19

The Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support councils seeking to innovate in meeting the housing needs of their communities. The programme is now open and will accept applications until 26 June 2018.


The programme is now open for English local authorities and will close on 26 June 2018.

Most partners now acknowledge that the housing market is broken, and needs fixing. The housing crisis is forcing difficult choices on families, distorting places, hampering growth, and putting untold pressure on a range of local authority services and budgets.

Ultimately there is a crisis because housing is unavailable, unaffordable, and is not appropriate for everyone that needs it. While there are a number of explanations for this, the reality is that housing markets are complex and interconnected systems, both within and with other parts of our economy and society, varying significantly around the country.

As housebuilders, housing enablers, and landlords; as planners, place-shapers, and agents of growth, transport and infrastructure; as responsible guardians to the vulnerable and the homeless; and as democratically accountable to communities – local government is at the heart of the solution.

There is impressive innovation emerging across local government's housing activities and a renewed emphasis from central government on the need to build homes, which includes an acknowledgement of the role councils can play in achieving this.

The LGA wants to help promote, facilitate and enhance the role and capacity of councils to meet local housing need. This is the ambition of the Housing Advisers Programme.

Please send your application to: housingadvisers@local.gov.uk


The Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support local authorities deliver a project that helps meet the housing need of their local area. It aims to be simple, flexible, and locally-led.The programme funds the provision of an independent adviser to offer bespoke expert support to local authorities undertaking a specific project that works towards – delivering homes, reducing homelessness, or generating savings or revenues.

Last year the LGA ran the Housing Advisers Programme for the first time. It funded over 40 projects across every region of the country. The programme helped councils to appraise options for building more homes; to set up housing companies and support joint ventures; to plan for the future needs of students and older people; to unblock stalled sites; to source new temporary accommodation options; to prepare for the Homelessness Reduction Act, and more.

Find out more about what the programme can offer your council in our prospectus.

The programme is now open for English local authorities and will close on 26 June 2018.

Depending on demand from this first bidding round, the programme may run further calls for bids.

Prospective applicants must:

  • have already agreed corporate buy-in/support from the relevant lead officer(s) and/or portfolio holder(s)
  • contribute to the project to ensure success
  • be open to the prospect of external input and challenge from their adviser
  • have the officer capacity to enable the project to succeed
  • share their learning with the LGA and others as appropriate.

Applicants should set out, on less than five sides of A4, minimum font size 11, why they should receive the support of a housing adviser, including:

  • What is the project for which you are seeking adviser support?
  • What are the outcomes that you aiming to deliver through the project?
  • In what areas do you need support, and how can an adviser help you/provide added value?
  • How will you contribute to the project to ensure that it is a success?
  • How many days of adviser support are needed (up to 20 days or up to 40 days)?
  • What are the anticipated timescales for the project, and how could the delivery of successful outcomes be captured?
  • At what points would the adviser's help be sought, for instance in a single block, or at different points over the course of a project?
  • How will the learning from your approach be transferrable to other local authorities?
  • Whether you would like to receive a grant to be used by your council to procure an adviser through a supplier, or prefer for the LGA to procure an adviser on your behalf?

The application must be signed off by the local authority's leader and chief executive, or appropriate lead member and senior officer (including the S151 officer where there are financial implications).