Our MP has just forwarded on the response he got from the Housing Minister following my letter to him, although unfortunately he has given me no indication of his own views. The housing bill does includes some encouraging signs about wider aspects of national housing provision, but I am still concerned that even more needs to be done to build more genuinely affordable homes for rent to reduce homelessness and tackle the housing waiting list.

For this to happen, councils desperately need the powers to access funding to resume their historic role as a major builder of affordable homes, such as being able to borrow to invest in housing, and to keep 100 per cent of the receipts from properties sold through Right-to-Buy to replace homes and reinvest in the sort of new homes desperately needed in Kettering.

The letter is on the left, click it to enlarge it.