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Social and affordable rented housing examined

5 March 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee resumes its inquiry into the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing on Monday 9 March, when it takes evidence from housing campaigner and TV presenter George Clarke, and local authority representatives.

Witnesses

Monday 9 March 2020, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4pm

  • George Clarke, broadcaster and housing campaigner

At 5pm

  • Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Mayor Philip Glanville, London Borough of Hackney, and Member of the Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, Local Government Association
  • Deputy Mayor Lynnie Hinnigan, Cabinet Member for Housing, Liverpool City Council
  • Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, Cambridge City Council

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee resumes its inquiry into the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing on Monday 9 March, when it takes evidence from housing campaigner and TV presenter George Clarke, and local authority representatives.

In 2019, George Clarke launched the Council House Scandal campaign to highlight the desperate need for greater capacity in social housing stock and improved build quality. He further called for a transformation in how social housing is viewed, turning it from a stigma to a source of national pride. Since then, Mr Clarke has worked with Manchester City Council on a new social housing development.

The Committee will question the activist on the goals of his campaign and experiences working on a social housing project. They will also investigate key issues affecting social housing delivery, including Right to Buy, local authority building capacity and Government policy.

The Committee will also take evidence from representatives of local government on their approach to building new social homes. It will look at the impact of Government funding strategies, the role of the planning system, and the availability and cost of land on their ability to increase the social housing stock in their areas.

The Committee will also look at how local authorities work with partners, including housing associations and the construction industry, to boost provision.

Further information about the inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee first launched the inquiry into long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing in May 2019.

The inquiry aims to investigate the effectiveness of the Government's current strategies to boost social and affordable rented housing provision. This includes the adequacy of funding levels, as well as programmes and incentives for key stakeholders, such as local authorities and housing associations, to stimulate delivery.

The Committee will also look at the challenges facing different areas of the country and consider what lessons can be learnt from successful schemes in other countries.

Further information

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