New Homes Bonus

  • Districts need more certainty on funding

    28 January 2020

    We need a better idea of proposals and transitional arrangements on New Homes Bonus and business rates, says Simone Hines - and the recent extension of various business rates reliefs are raising tricky questions, she adds.


  • Jenrick hails 'biggest multi-billion pound spending increase in a decade'

    20 December 2019

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed what he describes as the ‘biggest multi-billion pound spending increase for councils in a decade’.


  • Hull’s proactive approach to housing

    04 December 2019

    Trish Dalby outlines how Hull City Council is meeting housing need through a proactive and partnership approach.


  • Seven Ways to ‘Fix’ £billions of Government Grant Money

    01 November 2019

    Over eight years the local government funding formula has shifted money from poor to rich, from North to South, from inner to outer London and from urban to rural areas, says Cllr Graham Chapman. ‘The poorer the area the more it has lost.’


  • Spending Round still leaves uncertainties

    09 October 2019

    The proposed threshold of 2% for referenda on 'excessive' council tax increases is a retrograde step, when the principle was 3% for the current financial year, says Ian Miller.


  • Buckle up, it's going to be bumpy

    11 September 2019

    Louise Round says districts have received small amounts of cash to help with planning for the impact of a no deal scenario, but this in no way compensates for the amount of time this planning is taking.


  • Housebuilding plans still constrained by affordability

    04 September 2019

    Simone HInes was hoping for confirmation in the spending round that the business rates reset will be deferred until 2021/22 and for measures to improved the ability of local authorities to boost council housebuilding


  • Districts are still waiting for those funding assurances

    20 August 2019

    The opening of the Treasury's purse since the new Prime Minister came into office may augur well for district councils and the rest of local government, says Ian Miller.


  • Rebalancing the planning relationship

    05 June 2019

    John Fuller is looking forward to seeing if housing minister Kit Malthouse's hints translate into solutions contained in the expected accelerated planning Green Paper.


  • 'Endangered' district councils in uncertainty warning

    01 May 2019

    ‘Considerable uncertainty’ around funding from 2020/21 is having a ‘direct negative impact’ on ‘endangered’ district councils.


  • DCN calls for rates retention delay

    19 February 2019

    The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called for a one-year delay in the implementation of 75% business rates retention until 2021/22.


  • Brokenshire in trade-offs warning

    08 February 2019

    Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.


  • Let's work as one sector on fair funding

    30 January 2019

    Jill Penn says we're nearing the time when we will be discussing the next part of the fair funding debate with our county colleagues. Her hope is that we can continue to work as one sector - and with a clear focus on our residents


  • Doubt over New Homes Bonus payments

    29 January 2019

    A minister has refused to guarantee that £500m of New Homes Bonus payments due to councils will be honoured.


  • LGA puts 2019/20 funding gap at £3bn

    10 January 2019

    Councils face an overall funding gap of more than £3bn in 2019/20, the Local Government Association (LGA) has told Whitehall.


  • Spending Review must reward the importance of districts

    08 January 2019

    In a post-Brexit world it will be vital to refocus on the importance of district councils in supporting residents and local economies, says John Fuller


  • What about that medium term financial strategy?

    28 November 2018

    Any future funding settlement needs to recognise homelessness and problem prevention in some way, says Jill Penn


  • Budget brought welcome support to district economies

    30 October 2018

    The Budget brought welcome support to district economies, but we will need to look closely at the final Letwin review to ensure council's negotiating power on delivering homes is not bogged down in the need for primary legislation, says John Fuller


  • EXCLUSIVE: Future of new homes bonus cast in doubt

    04 October 2018

    The future of the £7bn New Homes Bonus is in doubt, after Treasury ministers revealed they believe the policy has failed.


  • LGA's pre-Budget play in war against austerity

    27 September 2018

    Smith Square has begun drawing local government’s battle lines as chancellor Phillip Hammond comes under renewed pressure to loosen his grip on council finances.