Disrupting the housing market

Disrupting the housing market
By Sam Clayden | October 17, 2017

Localis’ latest housing report calls for a bigger role for local authorities in housebuilding, but also demands they play their part. Sam Clayden reports.

  • We can be the solution, not the problem

    By Les Sharp and Archie Dryburgh | October 4, 2017

    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.

  • Are two roles too many?

    By Chris Mahony | October 4, 2017

    After a report into failings at Kirklees blamed the director’s duties at ADCS, Chris Mahony looks at the benefits of association roles for chief officers.

  • Andrew Gwynne: We need a DCLG that will fight for the sector

    By Dan Peters | September 20, 2017

    As the Labour conference gathers in Brighton, Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne talks to Dan Peters about devolution, fiscal change, and his hope to represent the sector in a far more positive light.

  • Commercialisation: learning from experience

    By Malcolm Morley | September 27, 2017

    Professor Malcolm Morley gathers the experience and learning of key figures in the public and not-for-profit distribution sectors on how local government can successfully pursue commercialisation.


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