MJ Housing: Sector speculates as Gove stands firm over housing
Despite bold pledges over the housing crisis, Michael Gove has accepted progress will not be as fast as originally planned. The levelling up secretary wants to build more homes – but only while involving local communities behind the developments, leading to some skepticism. Heather Jameson reports
Future Forum: No end in sight for funding pots
Two local government finance experts have predicted Whitehall will continue doling out cash through competitive pots.
Gove ditches 300,000 homes target
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has ditched his targets to build 300,000 homes in year in a bid to get public support for developments.
Gove’s Biden his time
According to his weekend interview with the Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove’s new housing plans have used ‘Biden’ as an acronym for his ambitions – beauty; infrastructure; democracy; environment; neighbourhood.
Appetite for construction?
The Levelling Up department’s wish to see a council housebuilding revolution will require an increase in capacity, but also political confidence and professional leadership for managing risk and finance, writes Jonathan Werran.
New Bill to put beauty at the heart of planning, says Gove
The Queen’s Speech is set to include a new bill to revamp planning and kick start housebuilding, levelling up secretary Michael Gove has revealed.
Liverpool reform programme ‘at risk’
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has agreed to let commissioners at Liverpool City Council delay their latest report amid their warnings that plans to turn the council around are in the balance.
Voting reforms 'risk to democracy'
Local government election officials have backed a scathing letter from MPs to levelling up secretary Michael Gove on the Elections Bill.
Government adviser urges ministers to expand Housing First
Ministers must pile further cash into Housing First schemes if they want to meet their target of ending rough sleeping in England by 2024, a Government adviser has urged.
Government unveils £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund
The Scottish and Welsh Governments say they have been short-changed by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Creative way to fund investment
Hayley Rees says the Government’s plans to overhaul the insurance industry’s regulatory framework should help long-term investors put billions into local regeneration.
The frenzy of policy must not lead to fragmented reforms
The MJ's first in-person Future Forum North since the pandemic focused attention on the endless list of issues facing local government that is starting to make a mockery of the word 'priority', says Heather Jameson.
Gove pledges a 'waterfall of devolution'
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has claimed there will be a ‘waterfall of devolution’ as powers cascade down to local areas.
Unlocking the East of England’s potential
Closing the GDP gap between the East and other UK regions could add an extra £31.2bn to the national economy each year says James Palmer. But nagging problems that are stifling growth must be solved to achieve these benefits.
Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran outlines a new report setting a possible future course for local government across South East England in adapting to challenges as diverse as Brexit, climate change, COVID and the Levelling Up White Paper.
Concerns over refugee data
Concerns have been raised over the sharing of data on refugees arriving from war-torn Ukraine.
On the level?
Has the Levelling Up White Paper failed to create the shared ambition across tiers of local government that’s needed to advance places’ prosperity? Martin Ford reports.
Councils 'cut out' of Ukraine sponsorship
The Government has been urged to work more closely with councils following the publication of its Homes for Ukraine scheme.
Gove urges pension funds to add to Russian pressure
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has urged local government pension scheme (LGPS) committee chairs to consider what more they can do to exert pressure on Russia.
Slough given conditions for £300m bailout
Slough Council will only be considered for a £307m Government bailout to cover its deficits if it proves it can turn itself around financially, the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has warned.