Town hall chiefs launch new housing body

A new housing body has been introduced to examine ways in which councils can build more ‘desperately needed’ homes.

The Local Government Association (LGA) maintains that the Housing Commission will be responsible for exploring how building more homes can boost recruitment and growth, help meet the needs of an ageing population and save social care and the NHS money. 

The LGA insists councils are desperate to dramatically increase the availability of new homes in their local areas. It also said that while 23,000 new homes are needed each year, only 150,000 homes are built annually. 

Peter Box, LGA housing spokesman, said: “We're working with government to ensure housing and planning reforms support council efforts to build more homes.

“The Housing Commission we are launching today will investigate how the government and councils can help deliver houses to solve our housing shortage."