Published: 9th Jan 2020

Councils and housing associations still face ‘significant constraints’ when it comes to building more homes, according to a new report. The report, which has been jointly published by the Chartered Institute of Housing, National Federation of ALMOs and the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH), claims that despite recent policy changes, councils still face obstacles to building more homes. It found that while the government’s planned rents policy from 2020 onwards is generally welcome, councils need more long-term income stability and would prefer a ten-year policy, as opposed to the five years the government is proposing, coupled with more local flexibility to allow for regional differences. It also warns that the continued requirement to allow tenants to buy their homes at a significant discount, and restrictions on how councils can use the money they raise from selling these homes is a significant constraint. The report also argues that land shortages and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)