Councils struggle in face of rising homelessness
A housing shortfall and Government benefit cuts are ‘fuelling’ rising homelessness as councils warn they are struggling to find affordable tenancies.
Avoiding stalled regeneration projects
Chris Plumley explores why land holding is increasingly important to councils and how local authorities can avoid stalled regeneration projects.
Benefit changes warning
Hackney LBC has warned MPs about the Government’s attempt to ‘rush through’ benefit changes to those in supported housing without fully funding them.
Councils talk housing deals with Whitehall
A group of councils has met with government officials to discuss the possibility of bespoke housing deals that could lead to relaxing the borrowing cap, The MJ understands.
Welsh government seeks to abolish Right to Buy
The Welsh Government has introduced legislation aimed at abolishing Right to Buy to protect the nation’s stock of social housing.
Temporary accommodation bill revealed
A ‘chronic shortage’ of affordable housing is forcing local authorities to spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, council leaders have warned.
Ellerby bags new Croydon role
Croydon LBC has announced the appointment of Julian Ellerby to the borough’s new director of strategy and partnerships role.
The rise of local authority housing companies
Local authority housing companies are becoming big business. Simon Martin and Steve Partridge examine the different approaches councils are taking and the risks and rewards of doing so.
The case for strategic planning
The long-awaited housing white paper is important for county areas, which contain some of the least affordable housing outside of London. Cllr Anne Western investigates the chief concerns
Dan Corry looks at potential solutions to reinvesting in the buildings and equipment underpinning the country’s struggling public services.
Barwell backs calls for strategic housing plans
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has backed county calls to join up local plans across ‘functional economic geographies’ to ease pressure on infrastructure and services.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
Learning the lessons of history on housing
By imposing Right to Buy restrictions on local authority housing companies, John O'Brien argues the Government is in danger of choking off a sensible, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to housebuilding.
Housing is not a game
Louise Round says preparing local plans feels very much like playing a confusing game - only the mistakes are far more costly than failing to win.
There’s no place like home
Mark Rogers welcomes the housing white paper but hopes it will be bold enough to support the widest choice of property from the public, social and private sectors
MPs say ‘no’ to rates levy spend for housing
MPs have rejected calls to allow the infrastructure levy to be spent on housing under 100% business rates retention.
Tenants urge council to ditch partnership plan
Haringey LBC tenants have urged the authority to ditch its planned ‘hand over’ of £2bn in assets to a public-private partnership.
White Van Man on . . . the lack of housing
Here’s my answer to the housing crisis: there isn’t one.
Action on the home front
In the immediate aftermath of the housing white paper’s launch, Gavin Barwell reflects on its expected impact and whether steps can be taken to mend the UK’s ‘broken’ housing market.