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Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions

This report explores the potential for devolved institutions – local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and combined authorities as well as constituent local authorities – to reduce poverty through housing and planning policy at the city-regional level in England. It aims to:

• conceptualise the links between housing and poverty;
• assess the extent to which devolved institutions are using additional funding and powers (so-called ‘freedoms and flexibilities’) around housing and planning to reduce poverty;
• highlight opportunities for the better use of existing and future powers to deliver housing and planning activities that support poverty reduction.

The report is based on a review of documentary evidence and widespread consultation with stakeholders involved in housing and planning across city regions in England. It has been funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (