Housing

  • Finance concerns grow in wake of Grenfell

    18 August 2017

    Council finance directors are growing increasingly concerned about the impact of the Grenfell Tower fire on their budgets.


  • The Government has to address its housing policy

    16 August 2017

    Heather Jameson says it is time the Government stopped burying its head in the sand on complex social issues - especially in the wake of Grenfell.


  • Mears expects revenue loss as councils 'delay new contracts'

    16 August 2017

    Social housing maintenance company Mears Group has suggested councils are delaying new contracts as they review safety measures in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 


  • Corbyn promises to tackle housing crisis

    15 August 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn has promised that the next Labour government would tackle the housing crisis during a speech at a rally in Milton Keynes.


  • Leaders make fresh plea for housing borrowing powers

    11 August 2017

    Councils have demanded new powers and funding to build affordable homes after a survey revealed three-fifths of private renters never expect to own a home.


  • Homelessness predicted to rocket

    10 August 2017

    Rough sleeping has been predicted to rocket by 76% in the next 10 years, according to new analysis by homeless charity Crisis.


  • S106 is 'pricing developers out of the market'

    07 August 2017

    Costly Section 106 agreements are pricing some developers out of the market, according to the peer-to-peer lending website Lendy.


  • Rental boost revealed as homelessness rises

    03 August 2017

    The Government has announced further plans to boost the private rental sector and tackle affordability in the market.


  • Council puts Chinatown development on notice

    02 August 2017

    Liverpool City Council has issued a forfeiture notice against the developer that was working on one of its key regeneration projects for 2016/17.


  • Opening new doors

    26 July 2017

    Managing demand for homelessness services is a growing issue for local authorities. Havering has taken significant measures to be prepared, and as Beatrice Cingtho-Taylor says, others need to follow.


  • Let’s get our houses in order

    26 July 2017

    The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins looks at the housebuilding challenges ahead for the Government in the wake of the organisation’s recent overview on housing.


  • Housing company saves council £2.5m in a year

    26 July 2017

    Enfield LBC’s independent company that buys family homes to provide an alternative to costly nightly accommodation has saved the council about £2.5m in a year, new figures have revealed.


  • Firms under fire over high-rise safety tests

    26 July 2017

    Private companies that have had fire safety tests on their high-rise buildings should make the results public, the Local Government Association (LGA) has urged.


  • Call for Universal Credit transition funding

    25 July 2017

    The Government should create a transition funding pot to help councils manage the rollout of Universal Credit and support vulnerable tenants, the chief executive of the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) has urged.


  • Putting people first

    21 July 2017

    Both national and local government must seize opportunities to build new partnerships that tackle social challenges in a way that works for everyone by putting people first, writes Steve Reed.


  • High costs make it hard to keep staff

    19 July 2017

    Unaffordable housing and costly transport are the top two reasons why businesses in London find it difficult to retain staff, a new survey has revealed.


  • Lambeth’s ‘ambitious’ new town hall will save £4.5m a year

    19 July 2017

    Lambeth LBC has completed one the most ambitious construction schemes by the council in partnership with Muse Developments and contractor Morgan Sindall.


  • CIPFA conference: Boylan hits out at 'initiativitis'

    13 July 2017

    The chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority has attacked the 'initiativitis' that has dominated housing policy.


  • Part and parcel of politics

    12 July 2017

    Haringey LBC has just signed a new joint venture to push much-needed development in the borough amid public protests and opposition from local MPs. Cllr Claire Kober tells Heather Jameson why


  • All part of the plan

    12 July 2017

    Doing the rounds of neighbouring councils is vital - if painful - when it comes to completing the local plan, says Louise Round