Right to Buy
Councils win Right to Buy receipts extension
Councils have won a six-month extension in which to spend receipts from Right to Buy (RtB) sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping
The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.
Mend the UK’s broken land laws to fix housing
Tony Murrell says many believe it’s time for legislation requiring landowners and developers to share the planning uplift windfall they get 50-50 with councils. But is the Government prepared to deliver this radical change?
Government 'obsession with ownership' hampers council housebuilding
Calls for the reform of Right to Buy have been reinforced by research claiming social housing pressures are hampering efforts to tackle homelessness.
Right to Buy reform calls grow
Calls intensified this week for the Government to reform its ‘outdated’ Right to Buy (RtB) policy in next week’s Budget.
Building a new housing approach
A new document explores why we are seeing the rise of local authority-led housing delivery, and the role planners can play in this. Laura Sharman explains.
Basildon’s big ambitions
As Basildon’s 70th birthday year comes to an end, Joe Reay says the celebrations provided the perfect opportunity to rebuild the sense of civic pride that’s vital to a successful place.
Right to buy hinders housing, claims Houghton
Right to buy is ‘the biggest thing that gets in the way’ of council housebuilding and the policy should be scrapped, according to the chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA).
Deliver the funds we need to excel
What does the LGA Independent Group want a new Government to deliver on local finances? National lead peer Cllr Mike Haines says his members all want strengthened local communities – and that requires adequate funding.
Don’t push us off the precipice
The sudden increase in the PWLB lending rate has the potential to cripple local authorities’ ability to deliver affordable homes in an already financially challenging environment, explains Cllr Sharon Taylor.
Ending London’s homeless capital status
On World Homelessness Day, and ahead of next month's London Councils Summit, Cllr Darren Rodwell says boroughs are determined and ambitious about tackling one of the capital’s most pressing challenges.
Housebuilding plans still constrained by affordability
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
What an opportunity for a housing minister to be radical and bold
Paul O'Brien says there needs to be a wider recognition at a central and local level of the linkages between place-making and the delivery of homes in terms of health and wellbeing, life chances and local economies.
Conquering housing’s many complexities
Cllr Martin Tett highlights how the LGA is working for councils to be given the powers and funding to fix Britain’s broken housing ladder by building new, social rented houses.
Rural areas 'ignored' by Government, Lords claim
City Deals should be adapted and offered to ‘ignored’ rural areas, peers have said in a new report.
Housing chief: Supply is bigger crisis than Brexit
The ongoing housing crisis represents a greater threat than Brexit, it has been suggested.
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.
Housing minister urges councils to revive HRA building
Minister Kit Malthouse has expressed a preference for building new homes using Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs) instead of creating property companies.
Act now to halt the housing crisis
Housing should be seen as a key plank of the natural infrastructure, says housing charity Shelter. Heather Jameson examines its report and expands on its recommendations
Right to Buy can be the right way ahead
In future, Right to Buy can only be the right thing to do if homes are replaced – otherwise it’s just another exercise in driving up property costs and pushing more people into poverty, argues Heather Jameson.