Councils share the collective national ambition to tackle their local housing crisis, and create great places for current and future generations. This will only be achieved through strong national and local leadership working together.
As house builders, housing enablers, and landlords; as planners, place-shapers, and agents of growth, transport and infrastructure; as responsible guardians to the vulnerable and people who are homeless; and as democratically accountable to communities – local government is at the heart of our housing solution.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on a number of key issues that affect communities and has exposed stark inequalities across the country. As we look to recover, housing must be considered a priority and councils want to work with Government and partners across the housing sector to ensure every part of the country has access to good quality, affordable housing, in the right places.
Benefits of building more council housing
1) Economic impact
New housing will play a vital role in the economic recovery of our cities, towns and villages. Councils want to work with Government to deliver 100,000 high quality social homes each year. This will provide more people with an opportunity to find a home of their own, relieve the pressures on homelessness services, and create a whole host of new jobs and opportunities for people looking to deliver these new homes. Building 100,000 new social homes per year could result in a £14.5 billion boost to the economy, kickstarting our construction sector with 89,000 jobs worth £3.9 billion and adding £4.8 billion, with a further £5.7 billion to the supply chain.
2) Providing homes for all
The pandemic has significantly impacted on a number of council services. Councils are facing increased housing demand pressures as they continue to provide homelessness support and invest in homelessness prevention services. For example in 2019/20 councils spent £142 million on placing homeless households into temporary accommodation such as bed and breakfasts. Those who don't have a place to call home can often find it challenging to hold down jobs, receive the support they need, develop and learn, and progress in life. By delivering more council and social homes, more people will have the opportunity to move forward and plan for the future. During the pandemic councils and the homes they provide have given a lifeline to those most in need.
3) Improving local places
Our local areas have never been more important to us than now. As we move forward and look to recover, it should be councils and their communities who drive the national recovery with the power and voice to shape their local area. Our local areas should be somewhere we are proud to live, work and enjoy our time in, and should give everyone an opportunity to reach their full potential. That's why we are urging Government to keep planning local.
4) Improving living standards
Councils play a vital role in supporting their residents’ quality of life. They strive to listen to their communities and respond to their needs. They continue to deliver affordable, safe, well designed housing that suits the needs of their communities and environment. Councils are striving to ensure that housing is climate friendly and adds value to their surrounding area and helps the people living there.
The impact of good council housing
Dorset Council - Red Oak Housing Scheme
Red Oak Housing Scheme is a housing scheme developed by Dorset Council to support adults with learning difficulties live more independently. More information can be found in the video below.