LGA responds to Affordable Homes Programme announcement

“With more than one million households on council housing waiting lists, it is vital that we build more housing for social rent, and we look forward to seeing more clarity around how this will be delivered."


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Responding to the Housing Secretary’s announcement of the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, said:

“It is good the Government has acted on our call to bring forward the Affordable Homes Programme. It is also positive that the Government is consulting on how homes can be made more accessible for older and disabled people, which we have previously said should be key components of our mission to build new homes.

“With more than one million households on council housing waiting lists, it is vital that we build more housing for social rent, and we look forward to seeing more clarity around how this will be delivered.

“This is why we are calling for councils to be given the powers and tools to deliver a programme of 100,000 social homes a year, which would not only meet a third of the Government’s housing target, but reduce homelessness, get rough sleepers off the streets and support people’s wellbeing. This includes reforming Right to Buy and allowing councils to keep receipts in full and set discounts locally.

“In addition, we would like to see the programme go further and allow councils to combine Right to Buy receipts with funding from the programme to deliver more housing.”