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Meeting of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 10/09/2002
HOUSING IMPLICATIONS OF REGIONAL GOVERNMENT



This report provides information on the housing implications of the Government’s White Paper ‘Your region, your choice: revitalising the English regions’ and is for this Committee to note.
APPENDIX H
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

COMMUNITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
10TH SEPTEMBER 2002

Title:
HOUSING IMPLICATIONS OF REGIONAL GOVERNMENT

[Wards Affected: N/A]

Summary and Purpose

This report provides information on the housing implications of the Government’s White Paper ‘Your region, your choice: revitalising the English regions’ and is for this Committee to note.

Introduction

1. Regional government could have potentially major consequences for future social housing provision. The implications are set out in the briefing paper at Annexe 1 produced by specialist housing consultants, the Housing Quality Network.

The path to regional government

2. The proposals are for elected regional assemblies to be established in those regions where people wish to have them. It remains to be seen, of course, whether there will be enough support for an elected regional assembly for the south east.

3. Where people are in favour of elected regional assemblies, local government reorganisation will follow to achieve 100 per cent unitary authority status.

Regional housing strategies

4. Once in an elected form, regional assemblies will produce regional housing strategies. They will also be responsible for the allocation of housing capital investment to local authorities and housing associations, functions currently carried out by the government offices and the Housing Corporation.

5. Funding will be directed to key regional priorities and flagship regeneration schemes. Regional housing strategies will need to integrate well with regional planning guidance.

Conclusion

6. Whether or not regional government in England is set to become a reality the briefing paper stresses the importance for local authorities of being prepared and focusing more attention on their strategic housing role.

Recommendation

The Committee notes the content of this report.

Background Papers (DoH)

The Housing Quality Network report: “Are you local? Regional government and its impact on housing” by Phil Toal with Tim Dwelly, 1 July 2002.

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