Cuts Watch #19: Homes and Community Agency
The Local Government Chronical is reporting that the Homes and Communities Agency – the national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England – has frozen its housing programmes and cut £230 million from its budget. These cuts reportedly include:
- £100 million from the National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP).
- £50 million from the Kickstart housing programme – which supports the construction of mixed tenure housing developments.
- £50 million from the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) programme – a programme to rebuild housing markets and communities in parts of the North and the Midlands.
- £30 million from a programme to fund sites for gypsies and travellers.
In addition, the budgets for the three housing programmes above, and for the Local Authority New Build programme, are frozen until the Chancellor’s emergency budget.
Update: The full briefing paper can be downloaded from the HCA website. It includes lists of agreed projects, by region, which were signed off before the election but were not contracted – and are now on hold. In addition, it is being reported that the Treasury are refusing to confirm that Labour’s Housing Pledge – to build 11,200 new homes, regenerate ten of the most deprived areas of the country and create 20,000 jobs in the building industry – will recieve funding.