Local Government Association

England: Waiting list for council homes 'to double to two million'

Spiralling council housing waiting lists in England could be set to nearly double to two million households next year as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19, a new report has estimated. 

Published 16 November 2020

England: Building social housing would have saved £1.8 billion in rent over two decades

Renters in England and Wales would have saved £1.8 billion in rent over the past two decades if the UK Government had invested in social housing, according to new research.

Published 19 February 2019

England: Government questioned over plans to revise fire safety guidance

The UK government is facing questions from local government over plans to issue new guidance on 'desktop studies', whereby combustible materials are not regularly tested before their use in buildings.

Published 27 February 2018

Housing associations in England reclassified as private bodies

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reversed its decision to classify housing associations in England as public non-financial corporations, allowing their estimated £70 billion debt to be removed from the UK government's balance sheet.

Published 16 November 2017

England: Rise in homelessness ‘likely to have been driven by welfare reforms’

A sharp increase of homelessness across England, which is costing the public purse more than £1 billion a year, is “likely to have been driven” by the government's welfare reforms, according to a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 13 September 2017

UK news: Homelessness prevention ‘achievable’ within next Parliament

Homelessness prevention could be ‘achievable’ for some of the most high-risk groups - care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic abuse - within the next Parliament, according to an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) report.

Published 18 July 2017

Call to scrap Right to Buy in England amid sharp drop in replacement homes

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for England to follow Scotland’s lead and scrap Right to Buy (RTB) after new figures revealed a sharp drop in the number of new homes councils were able to get underway to replace those sold off under the policy.

Published 12 August 2016