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LGA responds to coalition call for government planning rethink

“To ensure a successful recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, communities need stability and certainty in planning. This can only be achieved through a locally-led, well-resourced planning system where communities have a proper say over developments in their local area."

homeless person sitting in street with red hat and a cardboard sign

LGA responds to NAO report on housing rough sleepers during COVID-19

“If councils are to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, short-term reactive pots of funding need to be replaced by long-term funding issued through multi-year settlements to give councils the certainty they need to plan local services.”


LGA responds to latest housebuilding figures

 “It is good that housebuilding is on the increase again, and that planning permissions were extended earlier in the pandemic to enable developments to continue when safe to do so."


Around 450 primary schools’ worth of children stuck in temporary accommodation during lockdown

“Our six-point plan would give councils a better chance of being able to move homeless children into permanent accommodation "

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LGA responds to extra COVID-19 protections for rough sleepers and renters

“It is good the Government is providing further additional funding to tackle rough sleeping, but it is likely that councils will need further financial support in the difficult weeks and months ahead to move people into safe and secure housing."

woman in a sheltered underpass standing alone

LGA responds to Crisis report on preventing 60,000 people from becoming homeless in England

“Council housing waiting lists could nearly double as a result of COVID-19. It is vital that the government lifts the No Recourse to Public Funds condition to help prevent homelessness for the migrants who can't currently access the welfare safety net."

homeless tents lined up along the street

LGA responds to homelessness funding announcement

“Councils want to continue working with government to build on the success we have achieved during the pandemic to safely accommodate people sleeping rough and prevent individuals and families from facing the tragedy of becoming homelessness."

woman looking out of a window in a darkened room

LGA responds to Shelter report on people in temporary accommodation

“With council housing waiting lists set to potentially nearly double as a result of COVID-19, we are calling for councils to be given powers to kickstart a post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 new social homes for rent each year, including reform of Right to Buy.”

house on a country road

LGA responds to government housing announcement

“We have been clear all along that algorithms and formulas can never be a substitute for local knowledge and decision-making by councils and communities who know their areas best."

Man sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor of an underpass

LGA responds to number of deaths of homeless people

“Efforts to get people sleeping rough off the streets and stop people from becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic, has shown that it is possible to make a significant difference to the numbers of people forced to sleep on the streets."