Luton launches social letting agency
It aims to provide a route to the private rented sector for people on benefits and low incomes.
Flat profits, but strong order book growth for Balfour Beatty
Construction giant Balfour Beatty is heading for flat profits growth but has expanded its order book, according to a trading update.
Bexley slashes development company housebuilding target
Bexley LBC’s wholly-owned housing company has more than halved the number of homes it plans to deliver.
Council’s homelessness service suffers ‘serious weaknesses’
A housing regulator has launched an inquiry to investigate ‘serious weaknesses’ in Glasgow City Council’s service for people who are homeless.
The private sector needs to stand alongside councils against the PWLB rate rise
Greg Hill argues that the private sector needs to join council leaders in calling for the omission of housebuilding and regeneration projects from the ‘125% interest rate rise on loans from the Public Works Loan Board’.
Future Forum North: Call for councils to ‘bust down housebuilding cartel’
Local government has been urged to take on private housebuilders to unleash financial and social benefits.
The public want to see clear improvements across neighbourhood services
Paul O'Brien says the public will be fairly unforgiving if, having raised their expectations on public spending during the election campaign, they don't start to see evidence of this happening locally..
Britain's poorest tenants risk homelessness due to private rents gap
Shortfalls between private rental levels and the allowances received by Britain’s poorest tenants are putting households at risk of homelessness, according to housing charity Shelter.
Councils could lose millions in utilities repayments after court ruling
Local authorities could be facing repayments worth millions of pounds to council tenants in excess water charges, after a High Court ruling last week.
Hull’s proactive approach to housing
Trish Dalby outlines how Hull City Council is meeting housing need through a proactive and partnership approach.
It’s party time
With just a week to polling day, the race to form the next Government is nearly over. Here Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.
After the fire
Liaison with a wide range of sectors including emergency planners ensured a well-co-ordinated response after a ferocious fire at a listed seafront hotel in Eastbourne, says Tim Whelan.
Demand for supported housing drives profits at Civitas
Civitas Social Housing has reported a surge in profits driven by a need for supported accommodation.
Housing association adds up its social value
Housing association The Hyde Group contributes £15,689 per tenancy, per year to the economy through its housing provision and services, an independent report has calculated.
Camden in £130m High Court claim against contractors
Legal action has been launched by Camden LBC to recover costs of £130m against a group of contractors.
'Emphasis on devolution' promised under a Conservative government
Devolution is likely to be back on the priority agenda should the Conservatives win the next general election according to the former No 10 chief of staff to Theresa May.
Lib Dems unveil plans to tackle homelessness
The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of plans to end rough sleeping in the run up to the General Election.
Right to buy hinders housing, claims Houghton
Right to buy is ‘the biggest thing that gets in the way’ of council housebuilding and the policy should be scrapped, according to the chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA).
Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness
With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.
Designing out rough sleeping
Homeless people die young. Kalvinder Kohli says stopping this trend requires a focus on enabling people to live independently within their own communities and on solutions ‘rooted far more upstream where we can prevent it’.