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Inquiry launched into social and affordable rented housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HLCG) Committee has launched an inquiry to investigate the effectiveness of the government’s strategies to boost social and affordable rented housing provision.

The investigation will include the adequacy of funding levels, and the programmes and incentives for key stakeholders, such as local authorities and housing associations, to stimulate delivery.

The challenges facing different areas of the country will also be considered, as will the lessons that can be learned from successful schemes in other countries.

Clive Betts, chair of the committee, said the number of new homes built in this sector has “slowed to a trickle of a few thousand a year” while the demand has grown.

“The government has accepted that there needs to be much more new housing built each year, but it is possible that only 3 per cent of its target of 300,000 new homes a year will be social homes built by local authorities.

“We have launched this new inquiry to understand how effective the government’s current housing strategy will be in meeting demand for social housing in the long term. We will examine how far current funding levels will promote new building projects, and what more can be done to encourage local authorities and housing associations to increase provision. Social housing has been left to drift for too long and we must ensure that there are coherent long-term strategies to remedy this.”

The committee has invited written submissions to the inquiry. The deadline for submissions is 12 July 2019.

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