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.
Housing plans are more reset than revolution
At long last the highly-awaited housing white paper has been published, but Heather Jameson argues we have been here before.
Councils will have crucial role in housing
Councils face significant new demands under ministers’ plan to kick-start Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market – but critics warned the reforms do not go far enough.
Barwell hints at borrowing cap flexibility ahead of housing white paper launch
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has hinted that local authorities with strong housing growth could be granted greater borrowing flexibility.
Fresh team for homes regeneration
Capita has launched a new team to build on the Government’s national strategy to regenerate housing estates.
MPs repeat criticism of council asylum response
MPs have called for more councils to take in asylum seekers five months after local authorities dismissed suggestions they were ‘not pulling their weight’.
Care sector still offers ‘opportunities’
The chief executive of Mears Group has claimed there are still ‘significant’ opportunities in the care market despite the current challenges.
Southwark seeks judicial review for CPO
Southwark LBC has reached out to communities secretary Sajid Javid to discuss the stalled redevelopment and legal fight over its Aylesbury housing estate.
LGA backs districts following Whitehall raid on NHB budget
The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed furious districts angry after Whitehall raided the New Homes Bonus (NHB) budget to help prop up social care.
Manchester 'super council' boss announced
Stockport MBC chief executive Eamonn Boylan will be the first chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), it has been revealed.
Javid: Attendance allowance will not be part of rates reforms
Attendance allowance will not be devolved to local government as part of 100% business rate retention, the communities secretary has announced.
NAO calls for housebuilding to increase
Housebuilding needs to increase across the country as demand continues to outstrip supply, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.