The implications of the proposed standard housing need formula

The implications of the proposed standard housing need formula

Experts have raised questions over the robustness of the methodology proposed in last week's long-awaited consultation into a standardised method of calculating local authorities' housing need, and asked whether communities secretary Sajid Javid has the stomach for a seemingly inevitable political fight.

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10 things you need to know

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