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Housing Advisers Programme launched

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The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a scheme to help councils tackle local housing challenges.

The Housing Advisers Programme will fund the provision of an independent expert. It will be available to local authorities undertaking a specific project that delivers and plans for new homes, reduces homelessness or helps councils to generate savings and revenues.

The LGA said the local authority will “own” the project, with the adviser providing expertise to help the council innovate and improve.

“Instructive experiences and lessons learned” will be captured and embedded into the LGA’s ongoing sector-led improvement support offer.

The programme is designed to encourage innovation among councils who need to meet the needs of communities when housing prices are “spiralling”, rents are “expensive and unstable”, and residents can’t afford to own their own homes.

With the launch of the programme, the LGA has called on the government to enable councils to build more good-quality homes, to plan and invest in infrastructure. It also wants the government to invest in councils to ensure that they can invest services that unlock housing and economic growth, and to tackle increased homelessness.

Martin Tett, housing spokesman for the LGA, said: “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.

“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.”

He urged councillors across the country to look at the programme to see how it can benefit their areas.

Information on how to register interest in the programme can be found on the LGA website or by emailing housingadvisers@local.gov.uk

The deadline is Tuesday 12 September, 2017.

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