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Minister signals help for other forms of tenure in Housing White Paper 11/11/2016

In responding to a debate on the shortage of housing in the House of Lords on 4 November, Government Minister, Lord Bourne (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) signalled that the government is looking to provide assistance for other forms of tenure.


He indicated that this is likely to be reflected in the forthcoming Housing White Paper which he said would be published before the Parliamentary Recess but said "…we have not clearly nailed down the wording on housing yet"


The Minister was responding to calls by peers to abandon the cap on local authority spending on housing and although he indicated a willingness on the part of the new Government to look at assistance for other forms of tenure in addition to owner-occupation he gave no indication that there would be specific assistance for local authorities who wished to build new social rented housing saying:


"We are being pressed to do two things, which are not inconsistent. One is to help home ownership, which is absolutely right. The other, which is also right, is to provide assistance for other forms of tenure; for example, to provide encouragement for the private rented sector. I think this will be reflected in the White Paper-we have not clearly nailed down the wording on housing yet-but as my noble friend Lord Horam said, this will see the light of day either this month or the next, therefore before recess, and will indicate some of the thoughts and challenges we face."


The Minister also signalled strong support for modular off-site construction to speed up the building of new homes, referring to them as "modern prefabs" and saying: 


"I will pick up some of the points that were made. I think the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths, referred to prefabs; we like to call them "modern prefabs" because they are very different from those that came before. They will make a massive difference and they come in some bold, innovative and rather attractive designs and have been broadly welcomed."


Read the full debate.

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