Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'
The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.
Enfield to procure development partners
Development partners for Enfield LBC’s flagship Meridian Water project are to be appointed after members voted to press ahead with the scheme under council control.
Officers push for CPO reforms
Council officers are pushing for reforms to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) regime, claiming caps on land values would speed up the delivery of new housebuilding.
Serco boss slams ‘vile abuse’ over asylum evictions as legal action looms
The chief executive of Serco has condemned ‘vile abuse’ over the company’s eviction of failed asylum seekers.
Serco boss denies asylum eviction claims
The chief executive of a company accused of evicting hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow has denied the scale of the claims.
Will the bean counters unleash a wave of council housebuilding?
Could government accountancy reshuffling pave the way for councils to build social housing on a major scale? Michael Burton reports.
New Homes Bonus 'in the mix'
The New Homes Bonus may continue beyond 2020, Whitehall sources have suggested.
Glasgow warns of 'humanitarian crisis' over Serco contract
Glasgow faces a ‘humanitarian crisis’ if plans to evict up to 300 asylum seekers without warning go ahead, local politicians have warned.
Hillingdon wins social housing High Court battle
Councils’ power to determine how social housing tenants are prioritised has been strengthened by a landmark court ruling in favour of a London borough.
Social housing Green Paper delayed
Councils have been forced to wait for the social housing Green Paper.
Private leaseholders need assurance over Grenfell cladding
Leaseholders are enduring a miserable existence with properties rendered worthless because they have similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower. Paul Wheeler calls on the Government to act.
Recognising the value of social housing
The upcoming Green Paper on social housing can open the door to several opportunities for local authorities and tenants. Martin Swales looks at some of the key points to look out for.
Districts' ability to invest in infrastructure is curtailed by borrowing caps
Cllr John Fuller argues for a new funding approach in the forthcoming spending review that retains current incentives as well as including a prevention precept.
Working homeless figures soar
The number of families described as ‘working homeless’ has soared over the past five years, housing charity Shelter has warned.
Developer issues threat to Haringey over joint venture
Haringey LBC has abandoned its regeneration plans despite threats of legal action from the developer.
Council looks to private sector to spur social housebuilding
Derbyshire Dales DC is considering forming a joint venture to accelerate the building of affordable housing in the district.
Page: Northamptonshire is wake up call
Public services are lacking the insight offered by the Audit Commission when it comes to an early warning over financial problems, pollster Ben Page has said.
Malthouse replaces Raab in reshuffle
Parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Kit Malthouse, has replaced Dominic Raab as housing minister after his appointment as the new Brexit secretary.
Wolverhampton Council begins 300-home redevelopment
An architect has been appointed to design a major development for Wolverhampton City Council, with a contractor yet to be named.
LGA in social rents plea
Ministers should drop plans to ditch social rents from the official definition of affordable homes while Britain continues to struggle to build new council housing, Smith Square has urged.