AFFORDABLE FOR WHO?
Roof, May/June 2004, p.18-19
The Barker Report proposes replacing the demographic projections that currently
dictate the allocation of land for housing with specific market affordability
targets set by regional planning and housing bodies. Land for housing would be
released once affordability trigger points are reached. Article discusses how
affordability can be assessed.
Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
London: TSO, 2004 (House of Commons papers, session 2003/04: HC46)
In 2000 the government set itself a target of bringing all social housing up
to the Decent Homes Standard by 2010. In 2002, this target was broadened to encompass
also 70% of dwellings in the private rented sector, occupied by vulnerable households.
The report recommends that the government should:
- set a more aspirational Decent Homes Plus standard to be achieved after 2010;
- not use the Decent Homes target as a lever to get stock transferred from local
authorities to housing associations;
- give higher priority to achieving the Decent Homes Standard across the private
DELIVERING STABILITY: SECURING OUR FUTURE HOUSING NEEDS
Wetherby: ODPM Literature, 2004
Sets out a range of policy recommendations for improving the functioning of
the housing market:
- additional investment building up to between £1.2 and £1.6 billion
per annum will be needed to deliver additional social housing to meet projected
- introduction of a Planning Gain Supplement to capture some of the development
gains that landowners benefit from, to ensure that local communities share in
the value of the development;
- establishment of a Regional Planning Executive to the Regional Planning Body
on the scale and distribution of housing needed to meet the market affordability
- introduction of flexibility at the local level through the allocation of additional
land for housing in Local Development Frameworks, to be released in response to
- establishment of a community infrastructure fund to help unlock some of the
barriers to development;
- allowing local authorities to "keep" the council tax receipts from
new housing developments for a period of time to provide incentives for growth
and to meet transitional costs associated with development.
OUT OF STEP
Roof, May/June 2004, p.24-25
Capital funding is available from the Housing Corporation to build new hostels
and other forms of supported housing. However, cuts in the Supporting People grant
mean that there is no money to pay for the support element which used to be funded
out of Housing Benefit.