Councils given more flexibility to deliver affordable housing

The coalition government has said more council housing has been built in the last three years than in the previous 15 years combined. The government’s affordable housing programme is on track to deliver 170,000 homes by 2015 and a further 165,000 between 2015 and 2018.

Yet this still is not enough to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing, and on 7 April communities secretary Eric Pickles and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced new powers for councils that, they claim, will enable 10,000 new affordable homes to be built.

The first is the ability for councils to bid for £300m extra borrowing through an increase in their housing revenue accounts, something that had been announced in the Autumn Statement. There is now a prospectus, and councils have up to 16 June 2014 to submit either a firm bid or an expression of interest…

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