Aaron Cahill, regeneration policy officer at the National Housing Federation, said the chronic shortage of affordable housing in high demand areas was putting pressure on the government to consider new solutions. There is certainly a good case for local authorities suspending the right to buy in areas where they are planning a demolition and new build regeneration programme. Kelvin MacDonald, director of housing and planning charity Room, said his organisation would fully support the abolition of right to buy, particularly in the south east. New ways of tailoring mainstream funding to the needs of deprived areas through ‘community benefit clauses’ are to be piloted in Scotland.
The Scottish Executive will insert the clauses into major government contracts to ensure people living in disadvantaged areas benefit from major public spending decisions through jobs and training. A Scottish Executive spokesperson said the pilots, to be launched in conjunction with the Office of Government Commerce, would test a framework that does not fall foul of European law or breach UK policy. Specific projects have yet to be identified, but pilots are likely to focus on construction-related contracts and are expected to run for up to two years.
The report, now in its final draft, will cover UK policy including the Treasury’s value for money framework legal issues, practical processes and good practice. It will also consider the use of such clauses in areas where public bodies have significant leverage. It is expected to destroy the myth that such clauses are inappropriate or illegal, but will query the legality of some existing approaches.. It will say the best way to minimise risk is to be open and up-front, costing the clauses and grounding them in local best value priorities. view more detail: E Conveyancing Adelaide
We think we are doing a rather advanced form of mainstreaming here. We are saying that when you have mainstream funding you can use it for things that are of benefit to the community. The government’s Better Regulation Task Force has launched a stinging attack on initiative overload, bureaucratic complexity and over-centralisation in economic development. The system also encourages funding scams and discourages local stakeholders from becoming involved, the task force claims. Dismissing the government’s idea of joined-up working as ‘One boy one job, two boys half a job, three boys no job,’ it adds: ‘Having many different departments involved means an exponential growth in complexity. Learning and skills councils have not helped rationalise the 73 funding strands in the further education sector; the Regional Coordination Unit has been unable to prevent unnecessary new delivery mechanisms, and local strategic partnerships have not got to grips with their rationalisation role.