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Addison Act – ARCH/NFA Parliamentary reception marks 100 years of council housing 12/07/2019 Labelled as Development, Legislation

ARCH and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) held a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on 2 July to celebrate 100 years since the 1919 Housing Town Planning Act - widely referred to as the Addison Act.


This Act gave councils a duty to consider the need for council housing and marked the beginning of the building of council housing at scale.


The event, sponsored by IlKE Homes, was attended by representatives from across Government, local authorities and ALMOs, including over 50 members of Parliament and Lords as well as tenants, councillors and officers. It provided an opportunity to celebrate the vital role council housing has played, and continues to play, in this country and recognise the need to deliver a new generation of council housing.


Hosted by Dame Caroline Spelman MP and Matt Western MP, speeches were made in support of council housing by Housing Minister Kit Malthouse and Shadow Secretary of State John Healey. ARCH Chair, Councillor Kim Caddy spoke about the commitment of councils to solve the housing crisis and NFA Chair Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall spoke about the value of council housing in her own life and her community.


Following the very welcome decision of the Government to lift the HRA borrowing cap, ARCH and NFA member councils and their ALMOs are keen to play their part in delivering the Government's promise of a new generation of council housing by building "not just homes people have to live in, but homes they want to live in, homes they can be proud to live in".


For more information about the Addison Act and the work councils and ALMOs are doing to deliver the next generation of council housing click here to read our two-page Addison Act briefing.  


Watch out for photographs from the Parliamentary Reception in the next ARCH Bulletin.

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