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LGA offers financial support for council house building 07/12/2018 Labelled as Development

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a "Building Council Homes Programme" and is inviting bids from councils for grants of up to £50,000 to develop skills and capacity to deliver new council homes.


The removal of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap will deliver a game changing opportunity for many councils to deliver much needed homes but some councils may not have the immediate skills and capacity to scale up delivery of new council housing.


The Chair of the LGA, Lord Porter, has recently written to the Leaders and Chief Executives of local housing authorities to announce the launch of a LGA Building Council Homes Programme, offering the opportunity to bid for grants up to the value of £50,000 to access and develop additional skills to help deliver their ambitions for the HRA. The LGA is able to support a minimum of six projects at this value and potentially more depending on the demand.


The LGA says it wants this process to be as light touch and responsive as possible and is inviting bids to be received by the LGA before the Friday 11 January 2019.


Lord Porter's letter includes a copy of the prospectus for the LGA's Building Council Homes Programme and details of how to apply.


Lord Porter's letter also invites councils to complete a simple questionnaire to inform thinking for a future LGA support offer for 2019/20 and beyond and the LGA is seeking responses by 18 December 2018.

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