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LGA responds to IPPR report on local authority house-building

Responding to the IPPR’s report on local authority house-building, Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s Housing spokesman, said:

“Councils are keen to get on with the job of delivering all types of homes, including those for affordable and social rent, as it is the only way we are going to address our national housing shortage.

“Local authorities are playing their part, making sure that nine out of 10 planning applications are approved, but increasingly the homes are not being built – which is why it is essential that councils’ planning services are properly funded, and that they are given the power to make sure that developers build out approved homes quickly.

“If we’re to really deliver the homes we need, with the infrastructure to support them, the Chancellor needs to use the Autumn Budget to lift the housing borrowing cap, and enable councils to borrow to build once more.”

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