An LGA task group asked authorities for their views on the strengthened role for councils in housing policy proposed by the government last year. Some 82% of authorities agreed housing strategy would be well integrated into their community strategy, which they have a duty to develop in future.
Paul Bettison (Con), chair of the association's housing executive, said:
'We have worked hard to encourage councils to develop their role as a champion of consumers. For even though local authorities do not always directly provide housing, they do provide a wide range of related services.'
Most councils said they would give priority to support services for vulnerable people.