Plan to build 6,000 new homes to 'end rough sleeping'
The Government has pledged to provide long-term homes for those people taken off the streets during the 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.
It’s time for all councils to be bold on housing regeneration
Sustainable regeneration and development can drive economic recovery post COVID-19 says Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth LBC.
Jenrick launches plans to kickstart housing market
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has restarted the housing market as part of the Government’s plans to ease lockdown.
District heating can help deliver on social housing energy efficiency pledges
Dr Tanja Groth discusses why district heating should form a key part of the Government’s post-coronavirus green agenda.
The pandemic is yet another pressure on housing for councils to bear
CIPFA’s new and extensive suite of data Housing 360 shows the strain on housing resources alone was already close to breaking point before the pandemic hit. Dave Ayre explains.
CIPFA: 17 years to work through council housing waiting list
It could take up to 17 years to re-house individuals and families on the waiting list for council housing, data analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed.
Councils have supported 90% of rough sleepers during pandemic
Councils have offered accommodation to 90% of known rough sleepers to keep them safe during the pandemic, the Government has confirmed.
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?
Getting back to recovery
Stewart Murray argues councils need to be much more interventionalist if they are to help their local economies recover from the COVID-19 crisis, and he is calling on the Government to provide a national ‘kick-start’ fund. Ann McGauran reports.
Adapt, Innovate, Motivate: Responding to a Crisis
Since the pandemic began, North Kesteven DC has transformed the organisation into a virtual network with a straightforward AIM: to Adapt, Innovate and Motivate. Ian Fytche explains.
More than 5,000 rough sleepers taken off the streets
More than 5,400 rough sleepers have been offered safe accommodation in just under a month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser, Dame Louise Casey, has revealed.
De-risking plans to build more council houses
Risk-modelling techniques such as horizon scanning could help social housing developers to prepare for the changes that lie ahead, while protecting future supply, says Bob Hide.
Funding the future for local authorities
Christian Wall says it is local authorities that will be most impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19, and they must work together to secure additional funding and a systemic approach to financial reforms.
Getting the housebuilders back to work
The coronavirus crisis means the Government’s plans to build 300,000 homes a year have been severely hit, says Michael Burton. The irony is that recent figures show that new build was heading in the right direction.
Subsidiary wins framework place
EDAROTH is to provide end-to-end development solutions across north and mid Wales as part of a £1bn housing framework.
Cladding remediation work to pick up pace
Vital building safety work to replace unsafe cladding on high-rise buildings that had ‘significantly slowed down’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will resume, it has been announced.
The exit strategy is crucial
How to withdraw from the special and unprecedented COVID-19 emergency measures is a really complex task for policy makers – but it matters to the rest of us too, including councils, says Dan Corry.
Think tank calls for benefit cap to be suspended to protect renters
Social housing tenants are the most likely to be affected by the current economic crisis, a new report has found today.
Government announces ‘biggest changes to building safety in a generation’
The Government has announced steps to further reform building safety, including mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks over 11 metres tall.