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LGA - Councils back select committee's concerns over housing standards review

Responding to the recent Environmental Audit Committee report on housing standards, Cllr Mike Jones, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Environment and Housing Board, said:

"This report rightly recognises the role of councils in driving up the quality of housing and the need for local areas to have a say on standards. We share its concerns that current government proposals put this at risk.

"Housing standards have become unnecessarily complex and confusing, partly as a result of additional rules promoted by the industry over the years. The long overdue simplification of these rules could be achieved through a national framework but only if the range of standards support the development of quality housing and local needs without undermining or delaying local plans. We are keen to work with government on its review of housing standards to improve on its current proposals."

Notes to editors

The Environmental Audit Committee's report on the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Housing Standards Review on the Parliament website.


Simon Ward
Local Government Association Media Office
Telephone: 020 7664 3333

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