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Housing: Construction

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 6506, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to allocate additional resources to local authorities in London to build affordable and social housing.

Answered on

2 June 2021

London will receive £4.8 billion of the Affordable Homes Programme funding to deliver at least 116,000 affordable housing starts by March 2023, and a further £4 billion to deliver 35,000 new affordable homes by 2026 to help with the acute housing challenge in London. We actively encourage local authorities to put themselves forward and play a key role in the delivery of the Affordable Homes Programmes alongside housing associations.

In March we announced that we are giving local authorities in England more freedom on how they spend the money from homes sold through Right to Buy, making it easier for local authorities to fund homes using Right to Buy receipts, including homes for social rent. We encourage local authorities to make the most of the flexibilities available to them to build a new generation of council housing.