Developing new housing solutions
Counties are taking matters into their own hands to deliver homes for their communities, with many enlisting the help of private sector firms. Cllr Philip Atkins looks at the progress so far
Grenfell council leader pays tribute
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s leader has praised the families affected and paid tribute to those who died a year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
LGA in Right to Buy warning
Councils’ ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be effectively eliminated within five years, a new study for the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
£30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a £30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers in the worst hit parts of the country.
Multi-million pound venture to build thousands of homes
Housing association Cross Keys Homes and construction group Kier have formed a joint venture with Government body Homes England to build about 5,400 homes across the country over the next 10 years.
Painting with a new brush
Heather Jameson talks to newly-announced London Councils chair Cllr Peter John about the association’s plans for the future after a significant shake-up of personnel and the need to establish a unified set of priorities for the benefit of all London local authorities.
Councils to oversee 'new town' corps
Councils will be able to seek government approval to set up New Town Development Corporations (NTDCs) under plans announced by housing minister Dominic Raab.
Planning Bill progresses despite opposition
Scottish opposition parties have called for changes after expressing concerns about the Government’s proposed Planning Bill.
Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in Right to Buy (RTB) receipts.
LGA in homes warning
Up to 165,000 homes could be built without council support if the Government ploughs ahead with controversial planning policy changes, town halls warned today.
Sunak: LGPS should punch its weight
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has said he is determined to ensure the pooling of council pension schemes reaches its ‘full potential’.
Wates chosen for £23m project
Brent LBC has appointed national developer, Wates Residential, to build 149 homes within the borough by December 2021 as part of a new £23m project.
Public practice makes perfect
Sarah Cary says public planners are doing a herculean job, but there simply are not enough of them.
Preventing another tragedy
The report on the Grenfell Tower fire proposes establishing a joint competent authority, comprising local authority building standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive, to manage safety risks in high-rise tower blocks. Hiba Mahamadi reports on its powers to ensure future building safety.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministry considers Right to Buy rule change
Ministers are considering changes to the use of Right to Buy (RtB) receipts amid claims current rules are a ‘shameful cash grab’ by the Government.
Government to raid affordable homes budget to fund cladding removal
The Government’s affordable homes programme will be hit by a Government promise to fund the £400m cost of removing cladding and insulation from tower blocks, The MJ can reveal.
Consensus building around new funding formulae
Consensus is building around a number of service areas for which the sector believes there should be a specific formula after the fair funding review.
Government to fund cost of cladding removal
The Government will fully fund the £400m estimated cost of removing cladding and insulation from tower blocks by councils and housing associations in the wake of the Grenfell fire, the Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed today.
Warwickshire is at the heart of home improvements
A partnership between authorities in Warwickshire is one to watch when it comes to ensuring disabled people get the home improvements they need. Paul Smith explains why.
Ex-Haringey leader Kober to join Pinnacle
Housing group Pinnacle has appointed former Haringey LBC leader Claire Kober as its new director of housing.