Galliford Try wins Meridian Water contract
Galliford Try Partnerships has fended off competition to win the first contract for Enfield LBC’s £6bn Meridian Water development.
Pledges focus on what matters most to Londoners
London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners set out the aspirations the 32 boroughs and the City of London have agreed to work on together to improve the lives of all the capital’s residents, says Peter John.
'Productivity deals' with big business needed to jump-start local economies
Councils should strike ‘productivity deals’ with the biggest businesses in their region to ensure residents benefit from private sector growth, a new report urged today.
Hackney insources work due to badly behaved contractors
‘Poor behaviour’ by contractors has led to an overhaul of housing services at Hackney LBC.
Enfield to name first developer on £6bn Meridian Water project
A developer is expected to be chosen next week to deliver the first 725 homes at Enfield LBC’s £6bn Meridian Water scheme.
Councils must do better when it comes to housing
Local government must bear some of the blame for the housing crisis, says Heather Jameson - with sector experts pointing to a lack of progress in producing local plans, and a '30 year retreat from the streets'.
Progress amid the pain
In the aftermath of the Grenfell tower tragedy, progress at Kensington & Chelsea can only go as fast as the grief of the families involved, Dr Barry Quirk tells Heather Jameson
No-fault evictions to be axed
Local government has welcomed plans to axe ‘no-fault evictions’ in England as a ‘first step’ in improving housing security.
London councils unite to reveal pockets of poverty
Deven Ghelani outlines how a collaboration involving 18 London boroughs has resulted in a data analysis showing poverty hotspots and how councils might better support families and households under pressure.
Serco's Glasgow asylum evictions ruled lawful
Serco has fended off a legal challenge to its plan to evict failed asylum seekers in Glasgow.
Housing chief: Supply is bigger crisis than Brexit
The ongoing housing crisis represents a greater threat than Brexit, it has been suggested.
Delivering a new generation of affordable homes in Croydon
Cllr Alison Butler outlines how Croydon is tackling London's housing crisis head on - and building 'local homes for local people, including affordable homes'.
Factor inclusivity in from day one
Tackling social exclusion cannot end at the planning committee or once legal agreements are signed, according to Paul Hackett.
Rule change signalled following London 'social cleansing' accusation
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has signalled a possible change to the rules to help councils facing an influx of London’s homeless.
A new housing strategy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
At the heart of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's vision for the city-region is a comprehensive housing strategy focused on providing more homes and more accessible housing for local communities, says Graham Farrant
Should councils buy property miles away?
Tiffany Cloynes questions what legislation to impose a geographical limit on where councils can buy property would achieve – as a local authority already needs to ‘act reasonably in exercising its powers’
Council housebuilding figures highest in 17 years
Local authorities built 3,540 homes in the UK in 2017/18, the highest in 17 years. according to latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, but a total of 12,059 council homes were sold.
Westminster insources housing service
Westminster City Council is bringing its housing stock back in house from 1 April, it has said.
A four-point plan for social housing
Tens of thousands of families are desperately worried about their continuing ability to pay high rents, says Paul Wheeler. Here, he outlines a four-point plan for creating homes for social rent.
The beginning of the end of homelessness in Scotland?
Housing First has become the default approach to taking on homelessness in Glasgow. Ann McGauran talks to Douglas Gibson about how Scotland is ramping up delivery of the programme.