More powers needed to unlock land for housing - LGA
Councils should be allowed to charge developers full council tax where land is left after securing planning permission, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.
High Court backs Haringey's joint venture with Lendlease
The High Court has ruled in favour of Haringey LBC’s controversial regeneration plans with private developer Lendlease.
Welsh Government moves ahead with vacant land tax
The Welsh Government has decided to move forward with proposals for a vacant land tax to encourage regeneration and tackle the housing crisis.
Not enough integration between housing for older people and social care, MPs warn
Local authorities need to recognise the importance of quality housing for older people and the ‘massive’ impact it has on health and care budgets, MPs have warned.
Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Pressure grows for HRA cap action
Key sector figures have piled further pressure on the Government over the Housing Revenue Account cap.
Councils and housing associations collaborating: More than the sum of their parts
A joint venture between Gateshead Council and a housing association is a prime example of why the two sectors need to work together if they are going to help address the growing housing crisis in the country.
Academics highlight recruitment and retention problems
Councils require greater clarity over how their social care market-shaping and commissioning duties should be used to ensure a sustainable workforce, new research has suggested.
South Essex councils form 'association'
Seven councils in south Essex have taken the ‘momentous’ decision to form an association to give the region a national voice.
Council to generate £1.7m from housing company
South Cambridgeshire DC expects to fund nearly 10% of its overall budget in 2018/19 from income it will generate itself.
Councils should form joint ventures with housing associations - think-tank
Local authorities should ‘seriously consider’ entering into joint venture partnerships with housing associations, a think-tank has urged.
Combined authority to work with housing association coaltion
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to work with a coalition of 15 housing associations to deliver up to 40,000 affordable homes.
Camden sees biggest rise in rough sleeping
Camden LBC had the largest increase – over 600% – in rough sleepers over the last year in England, according to new figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Council saves £2.5m through housing company
The council with the second highest number of households living in temporary accommodation in England has saved £2.5m in three years by housing them through its own company.
Radio series The Archers promises essential drama from the heart of the countryside. But Diary hears mutterings that the radio programme doesn’t always reflect the real rural issues.
Lambeth to lend £300m to new housing company
Lambeth LBC will lend at least £300m to its new housing company over the next five years to kickstart an ambitious plan.
Liverpool moves away from joint ventures with private sector
Liverpool City Council has indicated a move away from joint venture partnerships as it decides whether to lay the foundation for a new housing company.
Remove local authority housing borrowing cap - MPs
The cap on how much councils can borrow to build housing must be lifted if the Government is to reach its target of delivering 300,000 new homes a year, MPs have said.
Councils call for permitted development rules to be scrapped
Nearly one in 10 homes built over the last two years was converted from an office, new analysis has revealed today.
We're not going to do your work for you, Government tells councils on Grenfell
Local authorities should not expect the Government to do their work for them to make buildings safe, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) top official has warned.