Housing

Housing strategy and performance

This section outlines housing strategy at national, regional and local levels and includes details of key reviews that are underway or have been completed.

Everyone should have the opportunity of a decent home at a price they can afford, in sustainable communities where they want to live and work. Communities and Local Government works to provide this opportunity in partnership with local government, the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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As part of the Government's Building Britain's Future plans, published 29 June 2009, Housing Minister John Healey has said that construction of thousands of extra homes will begin in a matter of months, thanks to the £1.5 billion pound housing investment announced earlier by the Prime Minister.

The Housing Pledge places councils centre-stage, building more homes more quickly while creating thousands of jobs in the construction industry. Changes to the rules for allocating housing will also give councils a bigger role meeting the needs of people in their area. The Pledge also includes commitments to improve access to social housing by providing tenants and prospective tenants with more choice over the properties available, and commitments to clamp down on those cheating the system, so that more properties are available for those who play by the rules.

Further information can be found in News release: Healey announces major plans for more homes and fairer lettings to meet local needs - 29 June 2009 and on the Building Britain's Future (HM Government website) (external link).

Key priorities for action

  • more new homes will be built to seek to balance housing supply and demand
  • new home ownership schemes give greater choice and opportunity to first time buyers, social tenants, key workers and people who rent privately
  • all social housing will meet the decent homes standard
  • Home Information Packs will make it easier to buy and sell a home
  • rough sleeping, and the use of Bed and Breakfast accommodation for families is being tackled. We are halving the numbers of homeless households in temporary accommodation
  • the housing market renewal programme is transforming areas where deprivation is significantly reducing life chances
  • the Supporting People Programme helps vulnerable people improve their quality of life
  • local authorities are best placed to take the strategic housing role for their area, this strengthens their ability to address the housing needs of all of residents

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