Housing: Social Homes for Rent - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:46 pm on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Conservative 2:46 pm, 11th February 2020

My Lords, many of the social homes for rent referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, are built under Section 106 agreements by developers with local authorities. My noble friend will know that, once development has started, quite often the developers, using a so-called viability assessment, then wriggle out of the commitment to build social homes. Is my noble friend aware of this loophole? What action are the Government taking to close it?