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Housing crisis: Over 4,500 classrooms worth of children stuck in temporary accommodation over summer holidays

As pupils have broken up from school, 119,830 children in England will be living in temporary accommodation during the end-of-year break, according to latest government figures.

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LGA responds to Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping interim report

“We want to work closely with government on a cross-departmental homelessness prevention strategy, which sees councils supported with long-term funding to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, with the changes to welfare benefits introduced following the coronavirus outbreak maintained for as long as they are needed.”

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Eight in 10 say it is important to have a say on all housing in their local area

A survey by the LGA, which represents councils, found 82 per cent of respondents felt it was important to be able to comment on individual plans for all housing developments in their local area.

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on permitted development

"The Committee shares our concerns over the quality of homes built under permitted development rights and the adverse impact this could have on our high streets, which councils want to see prosper and thrive, with a vibrant range of uses, including retail, culture, sport and leisure. This is why we would like to see the permitted development right removed."

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LGA responds to Building Beautiful Places announcement

Cllr David Renard, Housing Spokesperson for the Local Government Association, responds to the written ministerial statement on Building Beautiful Places.

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LGA responds to Building Safety Bill

"To be most effective, this new regime will need to be properly funded and action is also needed to address the chronic shortage of fire engineers and other competent professionals in the UK today."

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LGA - 430% increase in B&B spend for people who are homeless reveals urgency for more social housing

Councils in England spent £142 million placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts in 2019/20, compared with £26.7 million in 2010/11 - a 430 per cent increase.

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LGA responds to launch of new planning apps

“Councils want to work with government to deliver a locally-led planning system which enables communities to shape and define the area they live in."

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LGA responds to ONS rough sleeping figures

“It is positive that rough sleeping has fallen. This is testament to the efforts of councils, working with government and partners, in getting people sleeping rough off the streets during the pandemic, and into safe and suitable accommodation."

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on planning

“Councils want to work with government on developing the detail of its Planning Bill and to go further and faster to tackle our housing crisis."