Sadiq Khan: Government must pay for fire safety work on privately-owned blocks
London’s mayor has called upon the Government to pay for remedial work on privately-owned tower blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Bill to extend FOI to councils' private partners presented
A bill that would subject private companies that have contracts with public authorities to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has been presented to Parliament.
Select committee 'disappointed' with fire safety review
The Communities and Local Government Committee has said it is ‘disappointed’ with Dame Judith Hackitt’s evidence on her fire safety report.
Government unclear on Grenfell funding, councils say
There is a ‘chasm’ between the Government and local authorities on fire safety funding post-Grenfell, councils have said.
Kerslake: Localism Act not backed by resources
The Localism Act has not been backed up by the resources it needs, according to the civil servant in charge at the time of its implementation.
We're not going to do your work for you, Government tells councils on Grenfell
Local authorities should not expect the Government to do their work for them to make buildings safe, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) top official has warned.
Shadow minister quits after council tax row
A former member of the Communities and Local Government Committee has quit Labour’s frontbench after suggesting the doubling of council tax on more valuable homes.
KPMG quits Grenfell inquiry role
Audit giant KPMG has quit its role as adviser to the Grenfell Tower inquiry after concerns were raised over a potential conflict of interest.
Council warns of ‘unprecedented’ fire safety funding gap
Croydon LBC has called on the Government to provide financial support to councils struggling to pay for tower block fire safety measures in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.
Kensington & Chelsea announces ‘far-reaching’ review of Grenfell management
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has announced a ‘thorough and far-reaching’ review into the arms-length organisation that managed Grenfell Tower.
Review highlights fire safety failings
Scores of buildings do not have up-to-date arrangements for fire safety, an independent review has found.
Pressure growing on DCLG as Fair Funding wait goes on
Ahead of next week’s finance settlement, local government has been warned it faces a longer-than-expected wait for the Fair Funding Review – and to rein in expectations on business rates retention until Brexit.
RBKC exodus in six months since Grenfell
Six months after the Grenfell Tower fire, nearly half of the ruling Conservative group of councillors in Kensington & Chelsea RLBC are leaving or being deselected.
Use CPO to build homes, chief execs told
Councils should issue compulsory purchase orders to build on land that has planning permission but is not being built upon, the managing director of the Norse Group has advised.
Councils' sovereignty not supremely important - London Assembly
The sovereignty of local authorities should be overlooked in times of crisis, the London Assembly has suggested.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.
Javid rejects DCLG capacity fears
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has rejected accusations that his Whitehall department is too stretched to handle devolution bids.
London councils hit back at PM over sprinklers
Four London councils have hit back at Prime Minister Theresa May for misrepresenting their stance on sprinklers and fire safety in tower blocks.
'Outdated' housing laws need overhaul after Grenfell
Social landlords have been left ‘unpoliced and unaccountable,’ academics have warned as they demand an overhaul of ‘outdated’ housing laws in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
Corbyn calls for retrofitting of sprinklers
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the Government to fund the £1bn cost of retrofitting of sprinklers on all social housing of 10-storeys or higher.