Home Office admits 'more we can and need to do'
More needs to be done to share data and improve communications with councils, Home Office mandarins have admitted.
Thousands of refugees face homelessness at Christmas, LGA warns
The Government’s push to clear the asylum backlog is putting ‘tens of thousands’ of refugees at risk of homelessness over Christmas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Santa or the Grinch? No quick fix for fail finances
Heather Jameson says: 'It all comes back to the same issues over and again for local government. The funding system is fundamentally broken.'
MPs warn services on ‘knife edge’
MPs have warned key services are on a ‘knife edge’ due to the poor financial health of councils in England.
Autumn Statement: what lies behind the promises?
Despite a few helpful announcements from the chancellor in relation to cost of living and hospitality the reality is the overall outlook for Westminster residents remains difficult, says Cllr Adam Hug.
DLUHC defends homelessness monitoring
Mandarins have denied they do not have a clear picture of homelessness levels among Ukrainian refugees.
Autumn Statement: Housing benefits unfrozen
Housing benefits for private renters are set to increase as Jeremy Hunt confirms the uprating of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in autumn statement.
Getting Britain building homes
We need to devise a system which ensures housing is built and we can provide the right mix of homes to meet the unique needs of local communities, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.
Call for 'urgent action on deepening housing crisis'
The council that increased new homes supply the most last year has urged the Government to take ‘urgent action’ on the ‘deepening housing crisis’.
Working in harmony is crucial to fixing the housing crisis
Councils, don’t hold all the power when it comes to solving the housing crisis, says Jon Rowney. Many people and organisations have a role to play, including the Government.
Edinburgh declares housing emergency
Edinburgh City Council has formally declared a housing emergency in the face of a growing crisis in the city.
Emergency summit held amid temporary accommodation warnings
More than 150 councils this week attended an emergency summit as the cost of temporary accommodation to local authorities increases rapidly.
Public services in 'dire state’
No public services are performing better than before the pandemic and satisfaction with councils has dropped, a report has found.
Districts face unpalatable choices
The majority of district councils do not expect to be able to balance their budgets this year, says Cllr Elizabeth Dennis. But she believes it’s not too late for the Government to act.
Councils are heading for the end of the line
There’s no time to lose. Financial pressure is mounting on councils and, says Andrew Blake-Herbert, long-term solutions need to be found to fix funding disparity.
Homelessness fears over asylum fast-tracking
The largest city councils in England and Scotland fear that Government plans to speed up asylum decisions will result in thousands of people facing homelessness.
EXCLUSIVE: Boroughs quit not-for-profit
A not-for-profit company created in response to the growing homelessness crisis faces an uncertain future after losing more than half of its member boroughs.
Homelessness figures continue to rise
New Government figures have revealed the growing problem of homelessness across England and costs such as temporary accommodation putting increased pressure on council budgets.
LGA warns Hunt over housing allowance rates
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned chancellor Jeremy Hunt he will force more into homelessness unless he ends a three-year freeze on housing rental benefits.
Rejected £90m reallocated to other councils
Some £90m for councils to reduce the risk of homelessness for new arrivals to the UK has been reallocated after local authorities rejected the cash.