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Task Force funding supports activity for a further three years

24 June 2022

The Right to Build Task Force is delighted to share the news that it has received £600k of funding from government to support it in its work educating local authorities, community groups and other organisations. This equates to a further three years of funding, which will be supplemented by chargeable commissoined pieces of work.

The climate at a governmental level has never been more supportive of self and custom build housing, and the Task Force has a crucial role in supporting those involved with its delivery. 

Initially funded by the Nationwide Foundation, since 2020 the Task Force has been funded by Government in acknowledgement of its role in supporting local authorities around the implementation of the Right to Build, the duties placed on councils by the legislation and how to facilitate self and custom build delivery.

To date, the Task Force has conducted a wide selection of introductory and tailored support session to local authorities, created a suite of planning guidance and advice notes, and run a series of education visits and masterclasses. This commitment to training and education is now supported for a further three years. 

Bryony Harrington, Head of the Task Force said, “The news of a further £600k of funding is transformational for the Task Force, supporting us in the delivery our vision. Not only does this enable us to press on with our current programme of support, but it offers surety that allows us to develop new streams of training and advice to further support growth.

“While the legislation firmly places custom and self build on the agenda, the fact remains that many authorities do not have varied experience of the spectrum of models. This means our role as educators is vital to support growth, not least with elected members who have a crucial role to play in effecting positive change

“We would like to thank the Department of Levelling Up for its continued commitment to the sector, and for its confidence that custom and self build can secure more, and better housing.”

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