Commission looks to grow council housebuilding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a commission to explore how councils can increase their housebuilding activity to help meet housing need. The move follows a deal between government and housing associations that is set to see social housing tenants offered the right to buy their homes.

The LGA’s Housing Commission will also explore the importance of effective housing in boosting jobs and growth, helping meeting needs of an ageing population, saving social care and the NHS money, and helping people into work.

It will focus on four themes:

  • Housebuilding – new ways that councils can enable investment in new homes
  • Placemaking, community and infrastructure – the role of councils in shaping homes in prosperous places and communities
  • Employment, welfare reform and social mobility – the role of housing in supporting tenants to find and progress in sustained employment
  • Health and quality of life for an ageing population – the role of housing in adapting to an ageing population and preventing onward costs on social care and health services.

Evidence is being sought on the key issues for communities, partners and councils, on good practice that has successfully addressed those issues, and what is needed to build on successes.

The commission will take a medium-term view incorporating current housing reforms but will look beyond them in making the case for councils to be able to deliver the homes our communities and places need. Findings will be brought together in a report presented at the LGA Annual Conference in June.

The commission is led by town hall leaders on the LGA Housing Board supported by an expert advisory panel including:

  • Catherine Hand, partner, Trowers and Hamlins
  • Chris Wood, partner, Altair
  • Dave Simmonds, chief executive, Inclusion
  • Professor Jo Richardson, De Montfort University, director, Centre for Comparative Housing Research
  • Neil Revely, chair of ADASS Housing Network
  • Sue Adams, chief executive of Care and Repair England
  • Will Colthorpe, Argent, chair of British Property Federation Development Committee.

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