Mayor of Newham visits St Clements
Residents at St Clements and other London CLT members welcomed the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz and members of Newham Citizens to share stories about how the housing crisis has impacted their lives and hear more about community land trusts.
The visit was very successful with participants finding the visit very insightful. Here are some of the responses from participants:
“We need more CLT homes and developers must stop putting profit before people”
“My dream for Newham is that there are enough genuinely affordable homes that no-one needs to be rehoused outside of the borough”
Press coverage secured:
National CLT Network
Huge demand for new funding pot
Applications to the Network’s Cohesive Communities Fund were high - with over 30 groups making applications for 16 opportunities. The response demonstrates the desire among groups to engage with more people in their communities and awareness of the importance of a truly representative membership.
The successful CLTs will now embark on a journey to become champions of inclusivity, equality and diversity.
More information on the fund including the which CLTs have been awarded a share of the £329,000 pot can be found here.
Demystifying legal formats for CLTs
Incorporating as an official body is an important milestone for growing CLTs and means they can start getting their teeth into the nitty-gritty of building and renovating affordable housing.
Partnering with Anthony Collins Solicitors, the National CLT Network held a webinar to go through the process of incorporating step by step and the pros and cons of the various legal forms available to community led housing groups.
You can watch the webinar here.
Spending Round response
In early September, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a one-year spending round which included the renewal of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) budget for another year.
It was hoped that there would be concrete news on the future of the Community Housing Fund - the Network and its members have been lobbying for news for some time now. But little detail was provided, this was the same for all housing-related funds. Just how this budget will be allocated across the different programmes (including the Community Housing Fund) is yet to be decided and will be up to the Department.
The National CLT Network has remained in contact with officials at MHCLG and putting plans together to ramp up their campaign. The extension of the Community Housing Fund is critical - earlier this year Government research revealed that interest in community led housing in England is growing rapidly, with plans for over 16.600 community led homes in the pipeline - this is triple estimates from 2016. It is thanks in part to the Fund that the movement is growing at such speed.
Press coverage secured:
- The Times - Letter to the Editor