Right to Buy
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.
Government defends Right to Buy against call for abolition
A top Marsham Street official has defended the Government’s Right to Buy policy as ‘good value for money’ following demands for its abolition.
MJ HOUSING: Addressing stigmatisation
The G15 group representing London’s housing associations welcomes the social housing Green Paper’s focus on tackling tenants’ feelings of stigma. Paul Hackett explains how the organisation wants to help with this through collaborating with councils.
Let’s mind the Cap
As London Councils gathers for its annual conference, Ben Page says the removal of the HRA cap is good news - but Londoners still have expectations about the ‘where‘ and the ‘what’ of new housing,
Scrapping the HRA borrowing cap is not enough
The Society of Municipal Treasurers welcomed the Government’s announcement that the borrowing cap on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) would be scrapped, but Tony Kirkham says on its own it will not be the 'game-changer'.
Getting best value from right to buy cash
District councils welcome the proposal to extend the time limit for spending existing Right to Buy receipts, but for councils to ensure they achieve best value this should be extended to include the use of future receipts, says Sharon Taylor
Shifting the foundations of social housing
The Social Housing Green Paper shows the Government is listening to the sector on some key issues – and as SOLACE spokesman Martin Swales reasons, councils should not feel constrained in their submissions to the consultations
Fresh calls for Right to Buy suspension
A housing body has renewed calls for ministers to suspend the Right to Buy (RTB) programme amid further evidence that councils cannot replace stock quickly enough.
Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'
The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.
Right to Buy will ‘grind to a halt’ without reforms, councils warn
Councils can only afford to replace a third of homes sold under Right to Buy, putting the future of the scheme at risk, council leaders have warned today.