"Housing Advisors Programme" open for bids

7th June 2018

There is impressive innovation emerging across local government's housing activities and a renewed emphasis from central government on the need to build homes, which includes an acknowledgement of the role councils can play in achieving this.

The LGA wants to help promote, facilitate and enhance the role and capacity of councils to meet local housing need. This is the ambition of the Housing Advisers Programme.

This funding programme is designed to support local authorities deliver a project that helps to meet the housing need of their local area. It aims to be simple, flexible, and locally-led. The programme funds the provision of an independent adviser to offer bespoke expert support to local authorities undertaking a specific project that works towards delivering homes, reducing homelessness, or generating savings or revenues.

In 2017, the Housing Advisers Programme funded over 40 projects across every region of the country, including 6 in the East of England. The programme helped councils to with a range of projects including to:

  • appraise options for building more homes
  • set up housing companies and support joint ventures
  • plan for the future needs of students and older people
  • unblock stalled sites
  • source new temporary accommodation options and
  • prepare for the Homelessness Reduction Act. 

The programme is now open for English local authorities and will close on 26 June 2018.  Depending on demand from this first bidding round, the programme may run further calls for bids.

Prospective applicants must:

  • have already agreed corporate buy-in/support from the relevant lead officer(s) and/or portfolio holder(s)
  • contribute to the project to ensure success
  • be open to the prospect of external input and challenge from their adviser
  • have the officer capacity to enable the project to succeed
  • share their learning with the LGA and others as appropriate. 

For additional details, including how to apply, visit the LGA’s website at:
https://www.local.gov.uk/topics/housing-and-planning/housing-advisers-programme-201819

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