Social Rented Housing

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 18th March 2022.

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Photo of Dehenna Davison Dehenna Davison Conservative, Bishop Auckland

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that there is sufficient social housing stock available for larger families.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Minister for Housing)

Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) will provide up to 180,000 new homes across the country, should economic conditions allow. The Programme supports a wide range of affordable housing, including social housing for homes of all sizes.

Local authorities should determine the types of social housing needed for their communities. In March 2020 Government set out a clear expectation that local planning authorities must have an up-to-date plan in place by the end of 2023. This will ensure that they will be in the best possible position to adapt to the new plan-making system, further details on which we will set out in due course. Having an effective, up to date plan in place is essential to planning for and meeting housing requirements; in ways that make good use of land and result in well-designed and attractive places to live. The Government expects local authorities to work together to plan for and deliver the housing and infrastructure our communities need.

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