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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Regulation

Exclusive: Lib Dem president calls for ministerial housing taskforce Exclusive: Lib Dem president calls for ministerial housing taskforce

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has said that a new ministerial taskforce is urgently needed to oversee a “long-term strategy” for the housing sector.

Writing in the forthcoming September issue of 24housing magazine, the MP says that a “new consensus” is needed to broach the housing crisis, and that government must agree that “housing cannot continue to be side-lined or lost between at least three different government departments”.

In his article, Mr Farron claims that housing must not be “ignored in the name of localism” and locally-led housing development must be “truly encouraged and integrated into welfare reform, environmental challenges, rent policy, demographic trends and a wider growth agenda”.

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale writes that part his plan to solve the housing crisis “must include more strategic use of both private and public money”.

He also lists a housing investment bank, new garden communities, a new generation of affordable homes of a range of tenures amongst his proposed solutions to the housing crisis.

Mr Farron’s full article can be read in the next issue of 24housing, out 5 September.

 

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