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18.07.17

LGA launches scheme to help councils fix housing problems

The LGA has today unveiled a new scheme to support councils with solving local housing problems called the Housing Advisers Programme.

The programme pays for an independent expert who will help local authorities deliver specific projects to plan and build new houses, reduce homelessness or generate savings or revenues.

It’s also designed to encourage innovation amongst councils to meet the needs of their local area, whilst also balancing social issues like rising house prices, an unstable rental market and residents being priced out of their own home.

Just over 160,000 homes were built last year, less than the 250,000 homes that it is estimated the country needs to accommodate for its population.

Whilst the programme is hoped to ease some of these housing pressures, the LGA is also calling on the government to enable councils to build more quality homes directly, and to plan and invest in infrastructure and services to unlock housing and economic growth.

“There’s no substitute for central government giving local authorities the tools they need to invest in the homes, of all type and tenure, which their communities desperately need,” said Cllr Martin Tett, LGA housing spokesman.

“However, councils need the best tools available to them to help build on the innovation in the sector. The Housing Advisers Programme will be an essential aid to councils wanting some expertise to innovate and improve in their efforts to help build homes, plan prosperous places and economies, and reduce homelessness.”

“I’d urge fellow councillors from across the country to look at the programme and see how it can benefit their area – all it takes is a quick visit to our website to find out more.”

Councils wanting to be involved with the scheme should submit their interest by 12 September. For information on how to apply, click here or email housingadvisers@local.gov.uk.

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