Our chance to build
Tony Clements looks at the large-scale work Ealing LBC has embarked on to provide affordable homes, which is being mirrored by councils across the country, and says that in the shadow of crisis now is the time to show we can deliver.
Investigating the homelessness challenge on the Isle of Wight
The fourth leg of the LG Challenge 2019 landed at Isle of Wight Council. Penny Galvin outlines how the participants performed on delivering a route from homelessness to housing
Regeneration schemes need to be about more than bricks and mortar
Damian White outlines how Havering Council's joint venture housing regeneration scheme for 3,000 new homes will deliver social value through increased investment in local SMEs, education, training and skills.
A searchlight is shone on the shoddy treatment of leaseholders
Paul Wheeler says the 'whole sorry saga' of the removal of potentially lethal cladding has shone a long overdue searchlight on the appalling treatment of leaseholders by the major housebuilders.
Court ruling defends council but warns others
A crucial Supreme Court judgment has dismissed a family’s claim against a council for housing them next to an abusive household, but stressed authorities may still have a duty of care in other circumstances.
MP accuses officers of 'racism or snobbery' towards Grenfell residents
The MP for Kensington has accused council officers of ‘racism or snobbery’ towards residents of Grenfell Tower.
EXCLUSIVE: New protocol to ease council tensions
A protocol encouraging best practice between councils will be drawn up by the Local Government Association (LGA) as tensions grow around increasing out of area placements, The MJ understands.
Labour report calls for radical tax and planning reforms
Replacing council tax and business rates are among the radical policies proposed in a report commissioned by the Labour Party.
Profits hike for Telford & Wrekin-owned property firm
Telford & Wrekin Council’s wholly-owned housing provider Nuplace has announced a jump in profits of almost 50%.
Impartiality has never been more important
Louise Round says that for many in districts over the coming years, the lines - red or otherwise - may not be drawn on a party-political basis.
Calls to increase funding to halt rise in homelessness
Calls have been made for increased funding for measures to prevent people becoming homeless as figures show mounting pressure on councils.
Enfield mulls insourcing repairs service
Housing repairs services are expected to be brought in-house by Enfield LBC.
Lack of culture change warning after new homelessness law
Councils have not undergone the ‘culture change’ needed to implement the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), a charity has said.
Birmingham unveils plans to build thousands of homes in next decade
Birmingham City Council’s housebuilding company has announced plans to build almost 3,000 new homes by 2029.
Homes England strikes multi-million pound deal with Japanese housebuilder
Japan’s biggest housebuilder has moved into the UK market after striking a £90m deal with Homes England and regeneration firm Urban Splash.
The people with the plan
Barking and Dagenham LBC is now three years into a change programme that puts people at its heart. Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Chris Naylor on the story so far.
Partnership working on housing is vital
Chair of the G15 group Paul Hackett says we owe it to the communities we serve to combine our different skills, expertise and approach to provide the homes and thriving neighbourhoods that are so desperately needed.
New legal requirement to protect domestic abuse victims
Councils will be legally required to provide safe housing for survivors of domestic abuse under new measures announced today.
London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade
London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.
Whitehall launches £200m fund to replace unsafe cladding
The Government has launched a £200m fund to help remove and replace unsafe cladding on privately owned high-rise buildings.