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Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.


LGA unveils Housing Advisers Programme

The Local Government Association has today unveiled the Housing Advisers Programme – a new scheme to help councils tackle local housing challenges.


'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they'll never get on property ladder

Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of private renters in England never expect to buy their own property because they won’t be able to afford one, as councils warn of the nation's growing "home-owning hopelessness".


Average house price is now eight times the average wage, councils warn

The average house price in England is now almost eight times the average wage, sparking a call from councils to be allowed to invest significantly in house building.


One in 10 new homes was a former office

New analysis by the Local Government Association reveals nearly one in 10 new homes over the last two years was converted from an office and included no affordable housing or supporting investment in infrastructure such as roads, schools and health services.


LGA: call for crackdown on 'trojan' telephone boxes amid 900 per cent rise in some areas

Telephone boxes are being used to “smuggle” advertising on to high streets across the country, with some areas experiencing an increase in applications of more than 900 per cent in two years.


LGA responds to Government consultation on proposals to toughen rules on building safety

Local Government Association Chairman, Lord Porter, responds to the Government’s consultation on strengthening fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings.

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LGA responds to new powers giving local authorities oversight over town development regulations

"It is positive that the Government has listened to the views of local communities on local development corporations."


LGA responds to scrapping of the housing borrowing cap

“It is fantastic that the Government has accepted our long-standing call to scrap the housing borrowing cap."


LGA responds to report on planning new housing developments

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, responds to a report by Transport for New Homes on planning new housing developments.