Government outlines housing supply proposals

The government has outlined proposals that set out how Communities England – a new housing and regeneration agency – will support local areas deliver both social and private housing.

Communities England will replace two existing agencies and aims to boost the annual housing supply to more than 200,000 by 2016.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has also pledged to set up an independent social housing watchdog for social housing tenants who consistently get a poor service to report their landlord to.

In addition, the DCLG says it will publish new proposals to make it easier for tenants to take over the day-to-day management of council estates in a scheme called Right to Manage.

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly says: “In 1997, the government inherited a dilapidated housing stock and we have now spent around £20bn in transforming it. The next challenge is to increase housing supply and give the responsible majority of tenants a far greater say on how their estates are run.”

She adds: “We need to build new homes across the country. Communities England will spearhead our efforts and play a key role in supporting local communities in delivering the homes we need for future generations.”