Cllr Darren Rodwell, housing and environment spokesperson for the LGA, responds to a National Audit Office report into the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme.
“There is a need for more affordable housing across the country, but the importance of considering how new and existing homes are contributing to the national net zero target, along with all public funds, cannot be overstated.
“This is particularly important for new properties as it is far more expensive and potentially difficult to retrofit at a later date, and because the affordability of a home is likely to be increasingly linked to its energy source and efficiency over time.
“As well as the environmental impact, the quality of home is equally important. Decent, safe, secure and affordable housing is at the cornerstone of everything local government does and providing it is one of the biggest challenges we face.
“The Affordable Homes Programme must take account of size requirements and consider the contrasting housing needs of communities. To this end, we need a range of affordable housing options that are appropriate for all stages of life and as a springboard to support communities to live healthy and independent lives.”