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At last—PM gives public housing the green light

PUBLISHED: 20:11 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:02 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, THE Prime Minister has finally agreed to relax the rules on public housing—after years of restricting local authority freedom to build new homes. About time, too!

Dear Ed,

THE Prime Minister has finally agreed to relax the rules on public housing—after years of restricting local authority freedom to build new homes. About time, too!

The urgency of building good quality public housing is heightened by the recession, with private developers struggling to find the cash to provide enough homes. Councils must plug the gap that has opened up.

London has 200,000 overcrowded homes and a further 55,000 households without a permanent place to live.

I hope each town hall will soon set out how they will ensure that residents benefit from any new freedom for councils to borrow money for building.

But I urge local authorities to go further and pledge that new council housing would be built to high environmental standards and that people will benefit from the training and work opportunities that such a building programme ought to provide.

Darren Johnson (Green)

London Assembly

City Hall

Queens Walk, Southwark

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