Housing

  • How councils can reshape the future of high streets

    18 September 2020

    Local authorities—many of whom are landlords — now have a unique opportunity to regenerate and  transform our high streets for the future, say Andrew Knowles and Leena Gillespie.          


  • Devolution must back our success in delivery

    16 September 2020

    The pandemic has proved again that bigger Government is not always better, says John Fuller. 'We have to celebrate the differences across our towns and cities, connecting and firing up engines of growth that have so far missed out from devolution'.


  • Forget the charm, local government needs certainty

    16 September 2020

    Heather Jameson asks if Boris Johnson’s surprise appearance on a local government call this week could be the start of a charm offensive. 'Forget the charm, a decent finance settlement and devolution deal will do the trick', she adds.


  • Local solutions are key to global action

    16 September 2020

    ENGIE is seeking out and supporting council clients – particularly those who have a clear climate change commitment, assertive leadership and adequate resources to deliver their climate emergency action plans, says Colin Macpherson.


  • Councils warn of 'housebuilding fiasco'

    15 September 2020

    New government housing targets will lead to a north-south divide in England, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.


  • Council leaders welcome £12bn affordable housing fund

    08 September 2020

    Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s affordable housing funding announcement, but called for more powers to deliver social homes in their areas.


  • Pincher tries to soothe Tory fears over new housing formula

    03 September 2020

    Housing minister Christopher Pincher has attempted to soothe Tory fears over the Government’s new methodology for calculating local need.


  • Building foundations for community health

    01 September 2020

     A new report calls on the Government to put public health at the heart of housing delivery. Paul O’Brien of APSE and Dr Daniel Slade highlight the main recommendations.


  • Housing MJ: Stepping out of the shadows

    30 August 2020

    With the tragedy of Grenfell still in the background, Kensington and Chelsea LBC is aiming to make better use of all its homes within the borough and sees mixed tenure housing as a game changer. Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith explains.


  • Housing MJ: The rebuild starts here

    30 August 2020

    Amid the gloom of the current housing crisis, Jackie Sadek says local authorities can take the lead in forging the partnerships that can help rebuild our homes and local economies.


  • Housing MJ: Delivering housing today, tomorrow...and beyond

    30 August 2020

    Just changing the planning system will not solve the housing crisis, says Cllr Linda Hobson. That’s why Newcastle City Council has launched a range of programmes to target different problems and needs.


  • Housing MJ: Time to retrofit our approach to net zero carbon

    30 August 2020

    If the UK can take the lead on moving beyond carbon by significant retrofit of its existing housing stock, then other large economies will follow suit to help save our planet, says Andy Merrin of Engie.


  • Housebuilding: 'yet another flawed algorithm'

    30 August 2020

    Kathy O'Leary says 'the potential disparity in new housing allocations highlights real concern about the negative effects of yet another flawed algorithm'.


  • Liverpool to replace homeless shelters

    26 August 2020

    The city council is to close its ‘shared sleeping sites’ for homeless people and provide self-contained accommodation.


  • Housing targets hit Tory shires most, ministers are warned

    25 August 2020

    Ministers have been warned that proposed changes to the housing targets formula outlined earlier this month could mean more developments in rural Conservative-held council areas than in Labour-held inner cities.


  • More autonomy for councils is crucial

    25 August 2020

    Brent’s independent Poverty Commission report recommends enhanced powers and finances for councils. Councils have earned their place, says Shazia Hussain.


  • Local authority pension fund invests £150m in rental housing

    25 August 2020

    An investment manager for local authority pension funds has invested £150m in private rental housing provider Get Living.


  • Evictions ban extended

    21 August 2020

    The Government has extended the ban on evictions of renters for a further month following lobbying by councils.


  • Planning for the future and understanding the past

    21 August 2020

    David Arminger takes a look at what’s wrong with the planning system, and argues a Right to Build would  be a way to encourage new entrant innovators to the market.


  • Councils warn of ‘avalanche of evictions’

    21 August 2020

    The local government sector is braced for a deluge of homelessness following the end of the evictions ban.