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TCPA Report supports ARCH call for lifting of HRA debt caps 12/06/2015

A new report by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) supports the ARCH Manifesto call for the lifting of HRA Debt Caps.


The research report "Housing the Nation - Ensuring councils can deliver more and better homes" was launched last week and puts forward a number of recommendations to ensure councils can once again play a full and active role in planning, delivering and managing social and affordable homes.


The report references the ARCH/NFA Manifesto call for the lifting of debt caps, replacement of homes sold under Right to Buy and reforms to capture land value gains for affordable housing.


The report jointly produced by TCPA for APSE contains some 18 separate recommendations to address issues of:


  • Political leadership
  • Land availability
  • Planning reform
  • Housing Management
  • Funding; and
  • Construction skills & capacity


On lifting of debt caps the report reflects the ARCH stance and says "The UK Government should lift the HRA borrowing cap which would significantly increase local authorities' ability to deliver new social and affordable homes. The Government should re-visit the issue of whether investment in housing is part of the public sector borrowing requirement (PSBR)... as the ARCH and NFA's highlight: there is a strong case for reforming public borrowing rules to classify such borrowing separately, as is the practice elsewhere in Europe as well as by the IMF, and exempting it from the deficit reduction strategy".


Full details of the report and recommendations can be found on the TCPA website.

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