Magazine article Public Finance

Councils 'Poor' in Strategic Housing Role

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils 'Poor' in Strategic Housing Role

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Councils are continuing to ignore their strategic housing role and its potential impact on the local economy, according to the Audit Commission.

A major report by the commission on strategic housing services, to be published next month, will be highly critical of local authorities. This week, the commission anticipated the report's findings by announcing plans to update the Key Line of Enquiry used for inspections. The aim is to make it reflect better the ways housing can influence economic development and other local issues.

Around 85 councils have had their strategic housing services inspected in the past four years. Roy Irwin, director of housing and economic development, told Public Finance they generally showed that councils were 'not that hof on strategic thinking. 'Quite a few inspections were poor. Some were fair/ he said. …

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