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Kerslake Wants Creation of New Homes Agency Brought Forward

Magazine article Public Finance

Kerslake Wants Creation of New Homes Agency Brought Forward

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The new Homes and Communities Agency could be up and running by the end of the year, its chief executive designate said this week Sir Bob Kerslake said he would like to bring forward the formal start-up date from April 2009.

The new agency brings together the work of the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships, and is charged with ensuring 3 million new homes are built in England by 2020.

'We haven't determined exactly [how far forward] yet but potentially somewhere around November or December: obviously subject to the Housing and Regeneration Bill and its timing and how fast that goes through,' Kerslake told MPs on February 18.

Giving evidence to the Commons' communities and local government select committee, Kerslake said a key challenge would be to create an agency that was more than the sum of its parts. …

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