Don't take socially rented homes out of use
Claire Kober says that while home ownership is deeply ingrained in the national psyche, taking socially rented homes out of use is, in her view, not the way to achieve it.
Gove urges councils to call out poor performance
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove quite rightly sung the praises of local government for the sector's efforts during the pandemic, says Heather Jameson. But eventually he cut to the chase – with a hefty carrot and stick approach to the future.
Gove says new body will 'shine light' on sector failures and successes
Michael Gove has reaffirmed his plans to ‘shine a light’ on both the failures and successes of councils with a new Office for Local Government.
Council hosting monument decries Windrush funding
The council hosting the new national Windrush monument has decried the lack of Government funding for an annual day celebrating those who came to Britain.
Commissioners to oversee strategic decisions at Nottingham
Commissioners are to oversee strategic decisions at Nottingham City Council amid fears of ‘further serious issues’ on the scale that led to a section 114.
Planning reforms will ‘erode public participation’
MPs have warned the role of councils and the public in planning are under threat from the Government’s proposed overhaul of the planning system.
Councils’ problems are due to culture, not cash
Heather Jameson says Max Caller is clear that the failures he has seen in local government are not due to austerity. 'They are almost always due to a lack of grip on the governance and a failure of speaking truth to power.'
Open to devolution – but not too much
Heather Jameson says: 'What’s not to love about a politician being honest and signing up to fiscal devolution? Absolutely nothing – but I will wait to see what he actually delivers.'
Gove: Levelling up will need fiscal devolution
Levelling up will never truly happen without fiscal devolution, Michael Gove has admitted to a group of cross-party MPs.
Districts cry foul over devolution plans
Divisions have emerged over the Government’s devolution plans after lower-tier authorities raised fears over the removal of powers.
New anti-Putin powers given to councils
Councils have been handed powers to terminate commercial relationships with firms that have ‘strong links’ to Vladimir Putin’s ‘murderous regime’.
MJ Housing: Sector speculates as Gove stands firm over housing
Despite bold pledges over the housing crisis, Michael Gove has accepted progress will not be as fast as originally planned. The levelling up secretary wants to build more homes – but only while involving local communities behind the developments, leading to some skepticism. Heather Jameson reports
Future Forum: No end in sight for funding pots
Two local government finance experts have predicted Whitehall will continue doling out cash through competitive pots.
Gove ditches 300,000 homes target
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.
Gove’s Biden his time
According to his weekend interview with the Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove’s new housing plans have used ‘Biden’ as an acronym for his ambitions – beauty; infrastructure; democracy; environment; neighbourhood.
Appetite for construction?
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.
New Bill to put beauty at the heart of planning, says Gove
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.
Liverpool reform programme ‘at risk’
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has agreed to let commissioners at Liverpool City Council delay their latest report amid their warnings that plans to turn the council around are in the balance.
Voting reforms 'risk to democracy'
Local government election officials have backed a scathing letter from MPs to levelling up secretary Michael Gove on the Elections Bill.
Government adviser urges ministers to expand Housing First
Ministers must pile further cash into Housing First schemes if they want to meet their target of ending rough sleeping in England by 2024, a Government adviser has urged.