The TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association) released a new
report: "Homes for All: Ensuring councils deliver the homes we
need". It supports our calls for councils to be given back control
over their housing assets, investment plans and rents.
The report was launched at the House of Commons and among 15 key
recommendations, the report calls for:
- The government to recognise its achievements in introducing the
Housing Revenue Account (HRA) self-financing reforms and the
renaissance in council housebuilding it ushered in
- Respecting the principles of self-financing the government
should give back control to local authorities over their investment
plans, rents and assets.
- Councils should not be forced to sell off their social housing
to fund the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association
The report is based on an online survey sent to council leaders
and chief executives and heads of departments in local authorities
across the UK in February 2016. The report also contains five case
studies which ARCH members may find useful.
Although not directly involved in the research project itself,
ARCH contributed to an expert roundtable discussion to test the
analysis and draft recommendations prior to finalisation and
publication of the report.
More details can be found on the TCPA website.