Excerpt from Handbook to the Housing and Town Planning Act, 1909
The issue of this volume has been delayed in the hope that the Town Planning Regulations and Provisions of the Local Government Board might be added, but up to the time of going to press they have not made their appearance SO they will form the subject of a small supplement uniform in style and Size with the present pages.
The A B C of the Housing and Town Planning Act which precedes the text of the Act itself will be found convenient for purposes of reference, and the table of previous Acts of Parliament at the end of the book will be useful for bringing up-to-date the text Of Acts contained in the two previous volumes.
As for the Act itself, it will be well for housing reformers not to expect too much from it in its present form. Many clauses, which on the face of things appear to give very valuable powers, were robbed Of much of their effectiveness after passing the committee stage of the House of Commons. In practice they will be sadly lacking in effectiveness.
The National Housing Reform Council, backed by special representative Conferences of the Local Authorities, will strive in the future as in the past to give the fullest possible encouragement to the use of these powers. They will, however, also work strenuously for such amendments at an early date as will make it possible, first, to bring home to the public the real nature and extent of existing housing evils, and in the next place to secure for municipalities not only full powers for dealing with these evils, but also such facilities in respect Of cheap land, cheap money, and reduced burdens on dwelling houses as will enable the very poor to be housed in a cheaper and more satisfactory manner.
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