Household Projections Transfer – First step in ‘De-politicising Planning’


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have agreed that ONS will take responsibility with immediate effect for the production and publication of the household projections in England, previously produced by DCLG. We hope that this transfer of responsibility will further improve the consistency between the household projections and the national and subnational population projections and allow us to make some efficiencies in their production.

Yesterday Gavin Barwell gave a speech where one of the four priorities for the Housing White Paper was ‘Depoliticising Planning’  Some hope in that but it does help with housing numbers when local authorities and campaigners can no longer say ‘numbers imposes by SoS’.  As I have long argued abolishing the NHAPAU would be a move the government would swiftly come to regret.


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