Almost two thirds of councils describe their need for affordable housing as 'severe' amid rise in homelessness, according to a new report by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).


The report, ‘Delivering affordable homes in a changing world’, is the fourth in a series of research collaborations between the TCPA and the APSE, looks at the effectiveness of national housing and planning policy from the perspective of UK local authorities, highlighting a growing need for affordable housing.

This year, for the first time in the series, our research looks at the rise in homelessness across the country, finding that councils are seeing a growth in both statutory and 'hidden homeless' across their local authority area.

The report includes case studies, surveys and roundtable discussions with 162 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, ultimately making 10 recommendations to government to help address the county's lack of affordable housing.