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22/07/2019

LGA opens bids to tackle housing crisis

The Local Government Association (LGA) has opened its bids for the third year to tackle the housing crisis.  

The Housing Advisers Programme funds the provision of independent expertise for councils undertaking specific projects to tackle the effects of the housing crisis in local communities – including on housing delivery, planning for homes, and reducing homelessness.

In the previous two years of the programme, the LGA has funded more than 100 councils to help them build homes, reduce homelessness, plan for ageing populations, understand the student housing market and increase the supply of modular housing.

This year the LGA will support a smaller number of larger strategic housing projects. The programme will award up to £50,000 to each project for the purpose of securing expert advice in transforming how a service or partnership meets the housing needs of communities.

The best practice and lessons learned from each project will be shared with councils and embedded into the sector-led improvement currently on offer from the LGA.

Councillor Martin Tett, LGA housing spokesman, said: “The country’s housing crisis is forcing difficult choices on families, distorting places, hampering growth, and putting significant pressure on local services and council budgets.

“The programme aims to help councils deliver local priorities, and can be a valuable source of expertise to councils wishing to innovate and improve in their efforts to build more homes, reduce homelessness, and plan prosperous places and economies.”

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