Recent changes to PDRs appear to “fatally undermine” councils’ ability to shape their communities, the HCLG Committee has warned.
The HCLG Committee says it is “unpersuaded” that current government proposals will make the planning system quicker and more democratic.
The HCLG Committee has called for a new Comprehensive Building Safety Fund to cover the full cost of remediating unsafe cladding.
Offering tenants £200-300m in discretionary housing payments would help avoid evictions post-lockdown, the HCLG Committee has argued.
Forcing leaseholders to pay for historical building safety defects is ‘an abdication of responsibility’ by government, MPs said in a new report.
Social housing need should be calculated by looking at how many people are unlikely to be able to buy a home, Homes England’s prospective chair has told MPs.
The government has brushed aside several recommendations by MPs on how best to deliver affordable and social housing in the long-term.
The government will need to invest £10 billion more in grant funding to meet increasing demand for social homes, the HCLG Committee said.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has warned that the government’s £1 billion Building Safety Fund will be ‘insufficient’ to make buildings with dangerous cladding or fire safety issues safe.
The Labour Party and the HCLG Committee have urged the government to provide long-term funding for rough sleepers housed during the COVID-19 pandemic.