The Autumn Statement announced that government would launch a review into the role that local authorities can play in housing supply.
The aim of the review is to:
- explore the role that local authorities could play in increasing the supply of housing
- consider whether councils are playing a proactive role in building new homes for local people
- examine how they are using their new freedoms under Housing Revenue Account self-financing to increase housebuilding.
On 30 January 2014, government announced Natalie Elphicke, Chairman of Million Homes, Million Lives and Councillor Keith House, Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council will jointly lead the review. They will report by the end of 2014, jointly to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
A press release announced the launch of the review on 30 January 2014.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference for the review explain that the review will include both stock holding and non-stock holding councils within its remit, and will consider the role that all councils can play in contributing to overall house building.
Introduction from the reviewers
This document gives an insight into the reviewers’ plans for the future of the review, as well as progress since the launch.
Call for evidence
The review issued an open call for evidence, inviting ideas, evidence and good practice to help local authorities to support increased housing supply. The call for evidence ran from 25 March until 23 May 2014.
The final report on the review of the role of local authorities in housing supply was published on 27 January 2015.
The report presents the findings of the reviewers that local authorities could do more to play a central role in supporting the provision of new homes, across all housing tenures, by becoming housing delivery enablers and taking responsibility for making development happen in their area.