New financial freedoms are allowing councils to get house-building started again. Traditional council homes and self-build schemes are increasing supply but are they enough to meet demand?
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The pension schemes need to invest competitively and see their return. We all need to see them investing in social housing.
Resilient communities have resilient, co-produced institutions at their heart, argues Julian Dobson.
Complex social problems require a range of creative solutions. No one organisation, no one sector, is able to solve the problem. But perhaps that’s where we can help – raising awareness of the issue, gathering people together to explore ideas for tackling it – and then getting behind people who want to create change.
Addressing or alleviating poverty should be an explicit and overarching objective for all providers. Social hearts to be underpinned, not subsumed by business minds. This is the only way to ensure that future housing provision meets the needs of people in poverty.
If the current period of consultation bears fruit, local government pension fund trustees will soon be able to up the amount of their portfolio they can invest in infrastructure and social housing from 15% to 30%. It's been calculated that between them, these pension funds could pay for 300,000 new homes.
While we need and must start with Big Local efforts, we also need 'Big Urban', 'Big Sub-Regional' and 'Big National' efforts to trigger and sustain effective neighbourhood renewal in the context of sustainable urban development.
Of course most government schemes are regeneration by slow death. The one I was involved in took 25 years and still isn't 'finished'. How do you define 'finished'?
So taken at face value we end up with a strict national planning system in which there is mandatory sale of particular properties to finance very specific replacements and additional properties. So much apparently for local discretion.