When Gary Porter was elected leader of South Holland DC in 2003, two years after becoming a councillor, the then Labour government was pushing councils to transfer their housing stock to alternative ownership.
Barking & Dagenham LBC leader Darren Rodwell (Lab) has been in the eye of the storm recently when it comes to London’s surge in knife crime. Earlier this month, 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park in his borough, and his community in Romford formed a 2,000-strong march through the streets demanding an end to violence.
Building plans are already advancing for a third of stock holding districts, and the remaining two-thirds are beginning to embark on plans to increase the supply of new homes, a new report commissioned by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) has found.
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