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Councils 'Should Help Approve Housing Grants'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils 'Should Help Approve Housing Grants'

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Local authorities should help the Housing Corporation to choose which registered social landlords receive public money to build homes, housing professionals said this week.

Responding to calls for a new partnership between councils and RSLs, the Chartered Institute of Housing joined the Local Government Association in suggesting that councils could assist the corporation in drawing up 'preferred partner lists' before RSLs bid for grants.

The suggestion came in a CIH/LGA paper, Visionary leadership in housing, which urges authorities to adopt long- and short-term strategies for public and private sector housing -regardless of whether they own homes or have transferred them to an RSL.

Jon Rouse, the corporation's chief executive, said last month that councils could play a role in assessing the performance of RSLs, although he stressed that final decisions on where grants went would remain with the corporation.

Merron Simpson, head of policy at the CIH, said there should be nothing to stop councils from suggesting which of the corporations existing partner associations they preferred and putting forward new names. …

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