Monday, 5 March 2018

Local authorities criticise May ahead of housing crisis speech.

 A new development in south London. Gary Porter, 
LGA chair, said: ‘The threat of stripping councils of 
their rights to decide where homes are built 
is unhelpful and misguided’ Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
LGA chair says PM is wrong to suggest country’s failure to build new housing is down to councils.

Theresa May has faced criticism from the main organisation representing local authorities ahead of a speech on the housing crisis in which the prime minister is to blame “nimby councils” as a barrier to increasing housing supply.

May’s speech will also criticise the “perverse incentive” of housing industry bonus structures paying out millions of pounds to chief executives as a result of company profits rather than the number of homes built.

But her focus on the supposed obstruction by some councils prompted a robust response from Gary Porter, who chairs the Local Government Association and is the Conservative leader of South Holland council in Lincolnshire.

Full story at The Guardian.
By Peter Walker and Anushka Asthana.

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