Government allocates £11m to develop brownfield sites


The Government has allocated £11m to help local authorities develop brownfield land into good quality housing.

Councils secure funding to secure private homes for homeless people


Councils in Wales will receive £30m funding over the next five years to help use private housing to prevent homelessness.

Taking action on condensation and mould


Condensation and mould can be a recurring problem that social housing landlords can find difficult to deal with, but to comply with the Homes Act it is essential landlords tackle it effectively when it occurs in their properties. Tom Wodcke explains.

Drive to decarbonise homes must ‘urgently move up the political agenda’


The majority of MPs questioned in a recent YouGov survey do not believe Government policy goes far enough when it comes to the installation of renewable heating technologies for homes.

Welsh government to crack down on second homes


The Welsh government is to launch a pilot scheme to tackle the negative impact that second home ownership can have on local communities, particularly in Welsh speaking areas.

Transfer scheme for asylum children made mandatory


Councils will have to take in asylum-seeking children as the national transfer scheme is made mandatory.

Section 21 evictions drop by over 50%


The number of repossession cases in the courts involving landlords using ‘no explanation’ notices has decreased over past two years, Government data reveals.

Gove warned of climate change floods risk


Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.

Charity criticises 12% decrease in construction of social homes


A charity has blasted the Government after it was revealed that only one social home was built for every 195 households stuck on housing waiting lists.

Cornwall Council to debate £300m plan for tackling housing crisis


Councillors in Cornwall are set to discuss a £300m plan for tackling the housing crisis in the county.

Undeveloped brownfield at record levels, charity finds


The amount of undeveloped brownfield land suitable for housing in England has hit a record high, according to new research.

Roofing error to cost council over £4m


Dundee City Council is facing a bill of more than £4m after a review found roofs installed by the council failed to meet best practice.

Housing with care and support needs an ‘overhaul’, commission says


Councils are being urged to form partnerships with local providers to produce a single plan for improving housing for older people within a local place.

Councils must battle inaction after announcing a climate emergency


Gayle Monk outlines the key considerations councils must make to better address the situation.

Councils accused of not taking action against criminal landlords


Two thirds of councils in England have failed to prosecute any criminal landlords in the last three years, according to new research.

Council launches 'key amnesty' to tackle tenancy fraud


A London council is running a 'key amnesty' to reclaim council housing that is being used illegally.

Infrastructure funding worth £624m opens to house builders


Loan funding of at least £624m will be made available to house builders to deliver up to 116,000 new homes, the Government has announced.

Commission calls for 'radical rethink' on calculating housing demand


Up to 140,000 homes will be needed every year in areas at most in need of levelling up, according to the findings of the Building Back Britain Commission.

HELP4HOMES: A New Opportunity for Local Authorities to Support Fuel Poor Residents


Effective Energy Group is extending an invite to Local Authorities to work together on a new support fund designed to tackle fuel poverty.

Government must engage with councils on climate action


MPs have called for the Government to ‘immediately’ begin working with councils on setting out their role in reducing carbon emissions.

Council breaches Home Standard after missing safety inspections


Norwich City Council failed to carry out inspections relating to fire, electrical, asbestos and water safety, causing the potential for 'serious detriment to tenants'.

Budget 2021: £24bn multi-year housing settlement


The chancellor has today announced £11.5bn to build up to 180,000 new affordable homes, calling it the largest cash injection in more than a decade.

Call for ‘zero-tolerance’ on damp in social homes


Tackling damp and mould must be a higher priority for social landlords, the Housing Ombudsman has said in a new report.

Campaigners call for a national landlord register


Campaigners have called on the Government to introduce a national landlord register as evidence shows that local schemes help improve the quality of rented accommodation.

Government announces £65m rent arrears support package


Councils will receive £65m to support low-income households in rent arrears due to the pandemic.

Shortage of land holding back new homes, small builders warn


A lack of land is the main barrier preventing more homes from being built, small builders have warned in a new survey.

Building safety ‘key risk’ facing social housing sector


Tenant and building safety is one of the key risks facing the social housing sector in 2021 and beyond, a new report says.

Councils call for £12.2bn investment to achieve net zero


Councils could retrofit over 1,000 homes a day with energy efficiency measures by 2030 with the right investment and powers, a report has argued today.

Retrofitting risks ‘dangerous divide’


Councils should have a role to play in avoiding widening regional inequalities when retrofitting housing, according to a new report today.

Former homeless couple en route to buy house for £1


A young homeless couple has been handed the opportunity to buy a house for £1 under a pioneering scheme to help people onto the housing ladder.

More social housing could save councils nearly £600m a year on housing support


A new study has calculated that councils could save millions if money spent on housing support was invested in building homes in the social rented sector.

London boroughs agree retrofitting housing plan


A new plan to upgrade all housing stock in the capital has been agreed by all the London boroughs.

Low income private renters in ‘policy black hole’ says research


Almost one million low income families are paying rents they can’t afford in the private rented sector, according to new analysis.

Haringey first London council to tackle homelessness with modular homes


The London borough of Haringey has become the first council in the capital to provide specially designed modular homes to tackle homelessness.

Lessons from Kerslake can help councils avoid surge in homelessness


John Glenton calls on the Government to reinstate the £1.6bn ring-fenced budget for housing-related support

‘Shameful inequities’ driving the young out of the countryside


Young people are abandoning rural communities due to a lack of public transport and affordable housing despite the Government’s much-vaunted ‘levelling up’ agenda, a countryside charity has warned.

Councils warn housing waiting lists could double next year


The number of people stuck on council housing waiting lists could double next year as COVID-related support schemes come to an end, a new report has said today.

Poor housing making millions of people sick, charity warns


Housing problems are harming the physical and mental health of one in five renters in England, new research from Shelter has revealed.

Thousands of homes will be built on derelict land


Nearly £58m has been allocated to 53 councils in England to deliver thousands of new homes on underused and derelict land.

Are we missing a trick? How Brownfield can unlock levelling up


Matthew Farrow outlines a series of proposals to encourage brownfield development

Scottish councils to receive £50m to unlock new housing


Councils and other social landlords in Scotland will share £50m to build new housing infrastructure.

Guidance sets out new duties for councils to support domestic abuse victims


Councils have been warned not to house victims of domestic abuse in B&Bs or mixed homeless hostels in new guidance published by the Government.

Report calls for new 'greenfield surcharge' on developments


A 'greenfield surcharge' should be introduced to help encourage brownfield development, according to a new report.

Scottish councils to issue £10m in grants to tackle rent arrears


Councils in Scotland will receive an extra £10m to help support tenants in rent arrears who are at risk of eviction.

Campaigners call for more support for renters hit by no-fault evictions


More than 44,000 households in England have faced being made homeless due to a no-fault eviction in the past two years, campaigners have revealed.

Local welfare assistance in London increased 368% during pandemic


London boroughs dramatically increased welfare assistance for residents during the pandemic and warn that the financial pressure is only going to worsen.

Council set to block ‘undemocratic’ PDRs


Reading Borough Council is set to block the use of permitted development rights (PDRs) which it describes as ‘undemocratic’ and responsible for ‘substandard accommodation’.

Fund to provide £300 million to UK housebuilders


A new fund has committed £300m to SME and regional housebuilders to help deliver 10,000 new homes by 2025.

Energy Efficient Retrofitting – New Funding Opportunities and Support Available for Local Authorities


Effective Energy Group is the leading Retrofit Energy Efficiency Solutions Provider in England with 10+ years’ experience of delivering retrofit projects.

Green homes 'revolution' would give £9.8bn boost to UK economy, report argues


A new strategy to decarbonise the UK's housing stock could create up to 138,600 new jobs and boost the economy by £9.8bn by 2030, according to a new report.

Councils able to bid for £20,000 to support housing delivery


Local authorities are from today able to put a bid in to receive support from the Local Government Association (LGA) to help them tackle the housing shortage.

Housebuilders urge councils to be flexible due to supply crisis


Housebuilders are urging councils to be more flexible on material changes and completion dates in light of the current supply crisis.

Build 250,000 homes for key workers, think tank says


Local plans should ensure that land is set aside to build 50,000 homes a year to help key workers access secure housing, think tank says.

Making the case for a 'Good Home Agency'


Pat Ritchie argues a lack of a coherent local strategy is largely to blame for England’s poor housing.

Report warns UC uplift is 'lifeline' for vulnerable young people


Vulnerable young people leaving supported housing will be disproportionately affected by the cut to Universal Credit, a new report has warned.

Sheffield and Milton Keynes win £1.4m housing funding


Milton Keynes and Sheffield have been awarded £1.4m to help kickstart regeneration and deliver new homes and jobs in each area.

Council chiefs share ‘Everyone In’ lessons


Funding commitments and improvements to social housing are two areas that council leaders think need more attention if rough sleeping is to be eliminated.

New housing model could help three-quarters of homeless people into jobs, report shows


A new housing model could help three-quarters of homeless people in England find jobs and permanent homes, according to the results of a pilot project.

Homes England launches £20bn dynamic purchasing system


Councils and housing associations will find it easier to build houses thanks to reforms in the way Homes England procures housebuilders and disposes of land.

Districts call for government intervention over supported housing


Three out of five district councils fear they do not have enough good quality supported housing for the next five years, a new survey has found.

Khan strikes deal for nearly 30,000 affordable homes


Mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed a new deal with Government to fund thousands of council and other affordable homes over the next five years.

Council signs £67m deal to deliver affordable housing


An insurer of benefit pension funds has completed a multi-million-pound deal with the London Borough of Bromley to help deliver affordable housing.

Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees


Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will receive £5m to help fund the resettlement of refugees who are fleeing the Taliban.

Council chiefs warn rural communities risk missing out on vital services


Rural areas are at risk of missing out on vital services due to a surge in the number of barns being converted into homes, local authority leaders have warned.

Jenrick announces nearly £9bn housing boost


The Government has committed £8.6bn of investment in order to boost the provision of affordable housing across the country.

A quarter of rough sleepers no longer being housed under Everyone In scheme


One in four people placed in emergency accommodation under the government’s Everyone In scheme are no longer being housed, campaigners have warned today.

Welsh Government looks at holiday home reforms


Holiday home owners in Wales could be charged the full amount of business rates amid claims people are being priced out of their local area.

Khan pledges Afghan resettlement help


The Mayor of London has pledged funding to help councils resettle Afghan refugees.

Flagship Government housing scheme arrives in Durham


Families and key workers are set to benefit from First Homes, the new flagship Government housing scheme being made available today in Durham.

Tenants at risk from 'chronic failure' to tackle rogue landlords


The Government should complete a full assessment of the ability of councils to enforce powers to tackle rogue and criminal landlords, campaigner have said today.

Community-led housing groups given access to £4m fund


The Government has launched a £4m fund to help community groups build homes in their neighbourhood.

Report attacks councils’ ‘shameful’ undermining of Right to Build laws


Some authorities have been ‘subverting’ legislation designed to encourage self-built homes, an independent report has found.

Bids open for £160m fund to improve efficiency of social housing


Social housing providers are being urged to bid for a share of £160m to create warmer, greener and cheaper homes for tenants.

Torbay council leader apologises for Afghan refugee comments


The leader of Torbay Council has apologised for suggesting that the council would be unable to take in any Afghan refugees because of the housing crisis.

London needs 100,000 new homes each year to tackle housing crisis


London needs 90-100,000 new homes each year to tackle the ongoing shortage of housing in the capital – double the number currently being built.

Consultation on Greater Manchester development plan launched


Residents of Greater Manchester were yesterday urged to take part in an eight-week public consultation on a new joint development plan for homes and jobs.

Social housing expert panel announced


The Government has announced a new expert group created to advise on improvements to the social housing sector.

Welsh Government doubles spending for low carbon social homes


The Welsh Government has doubled its spending on social housing for rent in order to deliver 20,000 new low carbon homes.

London borough to see £85m investment in affordable housing


A new £85m funding initiative will deliver up to 300 affordable housing units in Bromley.

Councils urged to take more action against criminal landlords


Over half of local authorities in England have failed to use new powers to issue civil penalties against rogue landlords in the past three years, a new survey has revealed.

Planning reforms 80% of shops on high streets could be lost


New research has warned 80% of shops and other commercial premises on high streets across England could be lost under the expansion of permitted development rights.

Thousands of children stuck in temporary accommodation this summer, councils warn


Nearly 120,000 children in England will be spending the summer holidays living in temporary accommodation, official figures reveal.

Councils call for urgent action to tackle health inequalities


The pandemic has 'cruelly exposed and exacerbated' health and social inequalities, council leaders have warned.

Charity highlights ‘scandalous’ overcrowding in social housing


Campaigners have warned over 1.5 million people are living in overcrowded social homes, an increase of 44% in the past five years.

Metro mayors call for extension of housing pilot scheme


The metro mayors for Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and West Midlands have joined forces to call for an extension of the Housing First pilot scheme.

Government launches £1.6bn disability strategy


The Government has launched a new strategy aimed at delivering accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects for people living with disabilities.

Addressing the social and affordable housing crisis


The alarming rise in homelessness demands an immediate shift in how we approach the delivery of social and affordable housing in the UK, argues Guy Horne.

Councils given £13m to help prison leavers find secure homes


Over 140 councils across England have been awarded a share of £13m to provide longer-term accommodation to prison leavers.

Residents call for say in local housing developments


Councils are calling for the removal of permitted development rights, warning they prevent local residents from commenting and objecting to developments.

Decarbonising your housing stock with heat pumps


William Eichler reports from the recent Green Housing Forum webinar, looking at the funding available to local authorities to deliver low carbon homes.

MPs urge Government to scale up homelessness pilots


The Government has been urged to continue funding three homelessness programmes that have a combined success rate of 88% by MPs.

Councils ‘resistant’ to repurposing empty commercial space


A think tank has accused local authorities of being ‘resistant’ to measures that could see empty retail spaces repurposed for housing.

Scottish councils to receive £3.2bn housing grant


Councils in Scotland will receive a 20% uplift in grant funding for affordable homes over the next five years.

Affordable housing is UK's 'poorest performing measure' finds research


More investment is needed to deliver affordable housing and greater employment opportunities if the Government is to meet its 'levelling up' ambitions, a report has revealed.

Leaders call for new powers to tackle climate change


A cross-party group of 32 mayors and local leaders have called for greater powers and resources to deliver net zero.

Right to Buy-back fund launched


London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.

Councils prioritising affordable housing in corporate strategies


Four out of five councils have affordable housing as one of their priorities in their corporate plans, according to new research.

England’s first land commission publishes ‘radical proposals’ for land use


England’s first commission to review the use of land for community wealth building has called for all land use to be directed towards achieving social well-being and environmental sustainability.

Social housing shortage blamed for rising bed and breakfast use


Rising numbers of people who are homeless are being placed in bed and breakfasts due to a severe shortage of social housing, council leaders have warned.

Securing government funding: A guide for local authorities


Nick Huston outlines the five steps local authorities can take to ensure they stand the best chance of securing financial support for delivering warm and sustainable homes.

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A commitment to civil debate

Cllr Arooj Shah has been the target of recent threats and harassment. Leaders from all parties in Oldham have now come together to add their signature to a ‘politics, not personalities’ pledge, she explains.
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