Westminster brings 'failing' commercial venture in-house
Westminster City Council is to bring its arms-length housing company back under direct control following cultural and management failings.
May to announce £2bn for social housing
The Government is to announce a £2bn investment to increase the provision of affordable housing.
Stepping up to the housebuilding challenge
Mixed-use property is one of many approaches in Homes England’s housing arsenal. Its value in unlocking new homes and driving wider urban regeneration makes it an issue that should not be overlooked, writes Gareth Blacker.
LGA in New Homes Bonus warning
Government plans to raise the 0.4% threshold for the New Homes Bonus (NHB) in 2019/20 risks ‘putting the brakes on housebuilding schemes and growth-boosting projects,’ Smith Square has warned.
Fresh calls for Right to Buy suspension
A housing body has renewed calls for ministers to suspend the Right to Buy (RTB) programme amid further evidence that councils cannot replace stock quickly enough.
Councils should benefit from land value uplift - MPs
Increases in land value that result from public policy decisions should be shared with councils instead of ending up in the pockets of private developers, MPs have said.
£1bn fund launched for SME builders
A £1bn fund has been launched to galvanise housebuilding among small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Government must commit to the long term future of NHB
Cllr John Fuller calls for powerful incentives to build more homes, develop more business parks and invest in modern infrastructure.
Housing minister defends planning changes
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has asked for time for new policies to ‘bed in’ as he was quizzed by MPs.
Social housing lost to regeneration projects
Council housing stock is being reduced in the capital as a result of large-scale regeneration projects, new analysis has found.
£450bn land value rise increases pressure for new tax
Soaring land prices are expected to increase pressure for the introduction of a land value tax.
Betts demands money to match housing ambitions
The chair of the House of Commons’ Housing Committee has told the Government to put its money where its mouth is on social housing.
Ups and downs for districts
Ian Miller gives an overview of the latest decisions and indecisions to affect district councils.
Southwark LBC is making huge strides in reducing homelessness. Its best practice model involves getting to the heart of the reasons people become homeless in the first place and resolving these issues with specialist services. Now its best practice has spread nationally. Cllr Stephanie Cryan explains
£1bn housing scheme fails to invest
The housing sector’s changing ‘regulatory and funding backdrop’ has been blamed for the failure of a £1bn scheme to invest in a single project.
Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'
The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.
Enfield to procure development partners
Development partners for Enfield LBC’s flagship Meridian Water project are to be appointed after members voted to press ahead with the scheme under council control.
Officers push for CPO reforms
Council officers are pushing for reforms to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) regime, claiming caps on land values would speed up the delivery of new housebuilding.
Serco boss slams ‘vile abuse’ over asylum evictions as legal action looms
The chief executive of Serco has condemned ‘vile abuse’ over the company’s eviction of failed asylum seekers.
Serco boss denies asylum eviction claims
The chief executive of a company accused of evicting hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow has denied the scale of the claims.