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LGA responds to ONS rough sleeping figures

“It is positive that rough sleeping has fallen. This is testament to the efforts of councils, working with government and partners, in getting people sleeping rough off the streets during the pandemic, and into safe and suitable accommodation."

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on planning

“Councils want to work with government on developing the detail of its Planning Bill and to go further and faster to tackle our housing crisis."

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New funding aims to create 19,000 jobs and 17,000 homes

New One Public Estate and MHCLG funding aims to create 19,000 jobs and 17,000 new homes.

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Plan needed to prevent families at ‘cliff-edge’ of homelessness

LGA has set out a six-point plan needed to protect vulnerable households who could lose their homes when the ban on bailiff evictions ends on May 31 and tackle homelessness in the long-term.

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LGA responds to Shelter ‘housing emergency’ report

"Councils want to work with Government to tackle the housing crisis and reduce homelessness."

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LGA - Offices left empty by COVID-19 could result in surge in substandard home conversions

More than 16,000 affordable homes could have been lost in England in the past five years as a result of offices converted into homes under permitted development rights.

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LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement

“It is good the Government continues to support councils with this latest round of funding to tackle rough sleeping."

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LGA responds to ending of ban on eviction enforcement

“It is vital there is a plan in place to support and protect households to stay in their homes, in as many cases as possible."

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LGA responds to Queen’s Speech Planning Bill

“Councils want to work with government to reform and strengthen our planning system, ensuring it is locally-led, and that communities are able to shape their local areas, have their say on new developments in their neighbourhoods, and see they are supported by the right infrastructure. "

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LGA responds to Building Safety Bill in Queen’s Speech

"This Bill cannot come soon enough to reform our broken building safety system and enshrine tough new legislation into law."