Housing

  • PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing

    28 April 2017

    The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued today.


  • A halfway house?

    26 April 2017

    Housing has featured heavily in the campaigns of the metro mayor hopefuls, but Paul Hunter asks whether they will have the powers and resources to deliver


  • Out-of-city accommodation ‘puts families at risk’

    20 April 2017

    An increasing number of London boroughs are placing families at risk of homelessness in out-of-city accommodation despite evidence suggesting that many properties are unsuitable, campaigners have claimed.


  • Hands up for greater tenant participation

    11 April 2017

    Calum Davidson explains why tenant participation should be higher on chief executives’ agendas and how injecting a lick of youthful dynamism into council workforces can help to reinvigorate communities.


  • Districts do far more than just collect council tax

    11 April 2017

    Ian Miller rejects recent comments about the role of districts and highlights the important duties they carry out.


  • Malnourished things grow very slowly

    05 April 2017

    Paul O'Brien says we must not starve out places of the things that make them desirable and habitable.


  • Riding the local government rollercoaster

    05 April 2017

    The last few months have seen ups and downs in Tandridge DC, writes Louise Round.


  • Let's spend less time talking and more time building

    29 March 2017

    Andrew Muter is optimistic that the housing white paper can spark a new era of local authority building, but now is the time to get on with it.


  • Rising homelessness comfirmed

    29 March 2017

    The number of households in temporary accommodation has shot up by 10% in a year and 58% since 2010, according to the latest homelessness statistics.


  • Councils struggle in face of rising homelessness

    22 March 2017

    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

    15 March 2017

    Chris Plumley explores why land holding is increasingly important to councils and how local authorities can avoid stalled regeneration projects.


  • Benefit changes warning

    14 March 2017

    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

    14 March 2017

    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

    13 March 2017

    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

    06 March 2017

    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

    28 February 2017

    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

    28 February 2017

    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

    28 February 2017

    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


  • Capital gains?

    28 February 2017

    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

    28 February 2017

    Housing minister Gavin Barwell has backed county calls to join up local plans across ‘functional economic geographies’ to ease pressure on infrastructure and services.