Housing

  • The search for answers on housing delivery

    22 February 2021

    The consultation on the replacement to the New Homes Bonus does not shed any light on how the Government intends to resolve the tricky balancing act between growth incentives and local needs, says Adrian Jenkins.


  • Ban on bailiff evictions in England extended by six weeks

    15 February 2021

    A ban on bailiff evictions has been extended until the end of March to protect renters during the current lockdown restrictions.


  • The practical difficulties of Scotland’s new short-term lets licensing regime

    15 February 2021

    Stephen McGowan asks if Scotland’s new short-term lets licensing regime is a further load on local authorities.


  • Uncertain future for New Homes Bonus

    12 February 2021

    Raising the baseline and withholding payments for councils without local plans are among a range of options in the Government’s consultation on the New Homes Bonus.


  • Confident about care

    09 February 2021

    Hertfordshire CC’s new director of adult care services Chris Badger talks to Ann McGauran about investing in extra care housing, COVID’s legacy of loneliness, care market sustainability, and developing diverse teams.


  • Council to close housing company

    03 February 2021

    Haringey LBC has announced it intends to insource its housing company.


  • Turning housing numbers into communities

    02 February 2021

    The pandemic has shown that collaboration between county and district councils yields results, and they must also be capable of coming together to create the step change we need in how we turn housing numbers into communities, says Joanna Killian.


  • Disrepair and different tenures

    01 February 2021

    Barrister Andrew Lane offers an overview of scenarios where the local authority freeholder is at risk of damages exposure.


  • Labour call for national cladding taskforce

    01 February 2021

    Keir Starmer has called on the Government to ‘establish the full extent’ of the problem and prioritise works according to risk.


  • Mandarins told of planning overhaul ‘outrage’

    29 January 2021

    The Planning White Paper came in for heavy criticism as two Marsham Street officials addressed an audience of local government members and officers.


  • Call for clarity on support for rough sleepers

    29 January 2021

    A minister has been pressed to issue new guidance for councils on what support can be given to rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).


  • Walkley steps down from Homes England

    26 January 2021

    Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley has announced he will step down at the end of next month.


  • Winning on social housing in Hull

    20 January 2021

    The combination of austerity and welfare reform led Hull City Council to rethink its support for its social housing tenants. The end result has been an award winning service. The MJ reports.


  • Making the best of brownfield

    20 January 2021

    When it comes to brownfield sites to build new homes on, there is no shortage of them, says Dr Malcolm Hockaday. But the data on where to find them is, at best, patchy and needs to be updated


  • Unearthing the success of heat pumps for high rise blocks

    20 January 2021

    The safety and efficiency of tower blocks has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. Tim Woods explains what ENGIE UK is doing to support its clients to deliver safer homes


  • Alliance calls for a greener rethink to planning reforms

    20 January 2021

    The Government has been urged to rethink its ‘damaging’ reforms to the planning system and put people, climate and nature at its heart by a coalition of 18 organisations.


  • Taxation tribulations for a post-COVID nation

    20 January 2021

    Last weekend was the turn of policy ideas on council tax and stamp duty to be run anonymously in the Sunday papers, says Heather Jameson. 'But more intriguing was last week’s ten-minute rule Bill, calling for business rates to be scrapped.'


  • Hughes named new rough sleeping minister

    18 January 2021

    Kelly Tolhurst stepped down from the role for family reasons after five months in the role.


  • A blueprint for locally-led green recovery

    11 January 2021

    A coalition including councils, Ashden, ADEPT and others is arguing for five priorities for action to ensure the UK meets its 2050 net zero emissions target, says Cara Jenkinson.


  • Government urged to bring back Everyone In programme

    07 January 2021

    The Government has been urged to ensure all rough sleepers are housed during the third national lockdown.