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New Report Calls For Major Rethink on Social Housing

June 3, 2015

housing and money‘Housing the Nation’, a new report from the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), has called for a “radical new approach to renew the quality and availability of social housing in the UK.” The document argues that local authorities should be given a key housebuilding role which will bring down the housing benefit bill as well as bringing jobs, skills and regeneration to local communities.

APSE chief executive Paul O’Brien said, “We should not underestimate the impact of lack of supply of social housing on market rents. This adds pressure to both local and central government finances. Local councils need to be at the heart of delivering new high quality and affordable homes for rent.”

The authors recommend that the government reverses recent changes to section 106 agreements, which form a major part of the planning obligations currently used by 75% of authorities to help fund new social and affordable housing, as well as removing the recently introduced vacant building credit.

Last week, research by Kent Reliance showed that 150,000 properties had been added to the private rented sector up until March this year. The sector is responsible for 77.4% of all households created and numbers are predicted to rise by 700,000 households to 5.5 million by 2020. Kent Reliance used data from the 2011 Census, Citylet, LSL Property Services and the Council of Mortgage Lenders in the research.

You can read the ‘Housing the Nation’ report here (PDF file).