Porter optimistic following Number 10 housing meeting
Lord Porter described the Prime Minister’s housing summit this week as ‘one of the most positive’ he has ever had.
Disrupting the housing market
Localis’ latest housing report calls for a bigger role for local authorities in housebuilding, but also demands they play their part. Sam Clayden reports.
Reports call for councils to have bigger stake in housebuilding
Two major reports today called on the Government to resource and empower councils to build homes.
A renaissance in council-built homes
Paul Hackett comments on the findings of a new Smith Institute report and argues local housing companies are leading the renaissance in council-built homes
Borrow from HRA to fund fire safety work - Javid
The DCLG is considering allowing councils to borrow from their housing revenue account to fund fire safety work in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, the communities secretary has said.
An open and shut case
Councils have come in for a lot of stick for using bailiffs to clear housing tenants from their properties when they fall into long-term arrears.
White Van Man on ... housing
The thing about all this housing stuff is that it doesn’t add up. I mean loads of figures are chucked about but they mean sod all.
Bob Neill: Get Britain building now
Bob Neill urges the Government to restore public trust and tackle the housing crisis by giving local authorities the tools they need to ensure the planning system facilitates housebuilding.
HRA cap may be lifted
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given ‘positive messages’ to councils on lifting the housing revenue account (HRA) cap on a case-by-case basis, The MJ understands.
NAO: Ministers' approach to homelessness has been intentionally light touch
The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins warns pressures on councils to house homeless people in the short-term means they are poorly equipped to prevent it going forward.
Councils clash over green belt housing
South Bucks DC has criticised its southern neighbours Slough Council for publishing proposals to build on green belt land within its boundary.
Local government reacts to the Prime Minister's housing pledge
Councils are not equipped to carry out the large-scale construction of housing, a leading think-tank has said in reaction to the Prime Minister’s housing announcement.
Theresa May: Government is ‘back into the business of building houses’
The Government is ‘back into the business of building houses’, Theresa May has said.
Homelessness strategy needs urgent repair
Ahead of the London Councils Summit in November, Sir Steve Bullock outlines the capital’s homelessness crisis, while Cllr Peter John and Cllr Sean Anstee examine what unites the UK’s cities.
We can be the solution, not the problem
As the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ meets for its Annual Conference in Crieff this week, Les Sharp and Archie Dryburgh identify the three biggest challenges facing local authorities in Scotland and consider how to adapt for the future.
Housing is a national priority - don't discourage districts
Cllr John Fuller makes an impassioned plea to the Government not to reduce the new homes bonus, warning it would prevent planning authorities from playing their role in the Government's housebuilding agenda.
Housing is the Achilles Heel of the Conservatives
Michael Burton argues the Government should take the radical step of unleashing local authorities onto the housing market by removing borrowing controls.
Councils must show how local change can offer solutions that Whitehall cannot
As party conferences conclude for another year, Ben Page surveys the political opinions of the nation and explains what it all means for local government.
Six in 10 want authorities to keep powers to inspect buildings
Nearly six out of 10 people want councils to retain the power to inspect buildings and hold landlords to account, a survey in the aftermath of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire has discovered.
Javid: Conservatives must tackle housing
Lack of housing is the biggest domestic issue facing the Conservatives, communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.