Part of Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 7:34 pm on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey The Minister for Housing 7:34 pm, 9th June 2009

I would, and in the spirit of what the Prime Minister promised, we are now changing the system so that local authorities can bid for housing grants on the same basis as housing associations. We are also ensuring that local authorities that receive grants from the Homes and Communities Agency can expect new homes to be excluded from the housing revenue account subsidy system. Those are steps to removing the barriers that we have seen in the past to councils playing a much bigger role in not just building but commissioning the houses that are needed in their areas.

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