PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing
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?
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’
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
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
Ian Miller rejects recent comments about the role of districts and highlights the important duties they carry out.
Malnourished things grow very slowly
Paul O'Brien says we must not starve out places of the things that make them desirable and habitable.
Riding the local government rollercoaster
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
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
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
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
Chris Plumley explores why land holding is increasingly important to councils and how local authorities can avoid stalled regeneration projects.
Benefit changes warning
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has backed county calls to join up local plans across ‘functional economic geographies’ to ease pressure on infrastructure and services.