• Home Office rejects Grenfell Inquiry safety recommendation

    19 May 2022

    The Government has rejected a recommendation that would require owners of high-rise buildings to prepare emergency evacuation plans for disabled residents.

  • ‘Challenge accepted’

    18 May 2022

    Paul Bingham discusses how Birmingham City Council embraced its housing challenges with bold obligation

  • A Queen’s Speech without jewels

    18 May 2022

    Councils are at the forefront of demand when people pushed into poverty seek their support, writes Mo Baines. But she says the Queen’s Speech failed to embrace the role of councils by offering practical measures that would help residents.

  • Arithmetic matters

    18 May 2022

    The new director of IPPR North, Zoë Billingham, speaks to Ann McGauran about taking on the role at a time of political and economic turmoil, and gives her verdict on how the Government’s flagship levelling up policy is shaping up.

  • Clause 16 could 'emasculate' districts

    18 May 2022

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill 'makes unacceptable provision to transfer district functions to a county combined authority by regulations', says Ian Miller. The 'howling gap' is the lack of requirement for districts' consent, he adds.

  • Social housing Bill 'imminent'

    17 May 2022

    Housing minister Eddie Hughes this week insisted the Government would bring forward a social housing Bill ‘as quickly as possible’ as he apologised for delays.

  • Likely rent rises are ‘ticking time bomb’

    17 May 2022

    Social housing rents could rise by up to 10% next April as tenants face a battle to survive the cost of living crisis.

  • Social landlord faces wide-ranging probe

    16 May 2022

    The UK’s largest social landlord faces a wide-ranging investigation into its handling of residents’ complaints after a watchdog reported ‘severe maladministration’ in a high-profile case.

  • Gove ditches 300,000 homes target

    11 May 2022

    Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has ditched his targets to build 300,000 homes in year in a bid to get public support for developments.

  • White van man on... housing

    11 May 2022

    If you’re a minister you can’t win when it comes to housing. If we lived in a place like New Mexico we wouldn’t even be discussing it.

  • The first steps towards fixing a damaged system?

    11 May 2022

    Local government will still be left to pick up the pieces of the cost of living crisis that the Queen’s Speech has failed to address, says Heather Jameson. There needs to be a new plan to make public services fit for purpose.

  • Queen's Speech: Government plans to boost tenants rights

    10 May 2022

    Two separate housing bills in the Queen’s Speech set out the Government plans to tackle tenants rights improve the private rented sector.

  • Appetite for construction?

    09 May 2022

    The Levelling Up department’s wish to see a council housebuilding revolution will require an increase in capacity, but also political confidence and professional leadership for managing risk and finance, writes Jonathan Werran.

  • Funding affordable housing in future

    09 May 2022

    Steve Quartermain argues that Section 106 has been quite successful at securing concessions and contributions from developers, and he also considers if a new approach that sees affordable housing delivered through a revised levy would be good news.

  • New Bill to put beauty at the heart of planning, says Gove

    08 May 2022

    The Queen’s Speech is set to include a new bill to revamp planning and kick start housebuilding, levelling up secretary Michael Gove has revealed.

  • MPs voice ‘concerns’ over lack of funding for Ukrainian refugees

    04 May 2022

    MPs have joined council leaders in calling on Government to provide councils with funding to support Ukrainian refugees arriving via the family visa scheme.

  • 'Nutrient neutrality' rules delay up to 100,000 homes

    04 May 2022

    Up to 100,000 new homes are being delayed due to new regulations around 'nutrient neutrality', according to new research.

  • We need more joined-up working between local and central Government

    04 May 2022

    'Nutrient neutrality' regulations are well-meaning but the need to reduce our impact on the environment is best achieved through long-term planning, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Court rules housing for homeless families must be appropriate

    29 April 2022

    A judicial review at the Court of Session in Scotland has concluded councils have an ‘absolute duty’ to take into account families’ needs.

  • Councils need support to protect refugees from exploitation, say experts

    29 April 2022

    The Government has been urged to take ‘urgent measures’ to support councils in their response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in order to tackle exploitation.