Housing

Housing Ombudsman launches damp and mould investigation

14/04/2021

The Housing Ombudsman has launched an investigation after a review of data revealed a high rate of maladministration on cases involving damp and mould.

Councils urged to make off-site affordable housing a higher priority

08/04/2021

A greater emphasis needs to be placed on delivering affordable housing through off-site allocations, a new report says.

Majority of new homes classed as energy efficient, figures reveal

07/04/2021

The majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, according to the latest official figures.

Controversial planning laws threaten to do ‘more harm than good’

31/03/2021

New planning laws coming into force today will allow commercial premises to be converted into homes without requiring a full planning application.

Government allocates £562m green improvement fund

23/03/2021

Over 50,000 social housing properties and low-income households will be upgraded with green improvements with the launch of a £562m Government fund.

Private outdoor space for public housing: how much is enough?

23/03/2021

Recommendations for private outdoor space standards for public housing could help local authorities optimise those benefits for residents. Paul Miller reports.

Councils to be given five years to spend Right to Buy receipts

22/03/2021

Councils will be given five years to spend receipts from Right to Buy sales as part of an overhaul of the key housing policy, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

MPs call for action to improve care options for older people

22/03/2021

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers have called on the Government to take urgent action to improve housing and care options for older people.

Council gives green light to £350m developments

18/03/2021

Southampton City Council has given the green light to two new developments that will see over 1000 homes built in the city.

Homes England announces £83m to deliver 3,000 homes in Nottinghamshire

15/03/2021

An £83m package of funding has been agreed to accelerate the delivery of 3,000 homes at Fairham, a 606-acre mixed use development on the edge of Nottingham.

Government extends eviction ban in England

11/03/2021

The extension on the current ban on evictions by bailiffs has been welcomed by a homelessness charity.

Budget 2021: Stamp duty holiday extended and new mortgage guarantee scheme

03/03/2021

The chancellor has extended the stamp duty holiday and created a new mortgage guarantee scheme for people who can’t afford a big deposit to help boost the housing market in his Budget.

Councils fear homelessness ‘tidal wave’

01/03/2021

Local authorities are braced for a surge in the number of homeless people as protections put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to lapse.

Pressure on Green Belt quadruples, warn campaigners

25/02/2021

More than a quarter of a million homes are proposed on greenfield land in advanced local plans, campaigners have warned.

Homes England acquires Harrogate sites to build over 800 houses

23/02/2021

Homes England has acquired two development sites in Harrogate in a move that the national housing agency hopes will unlock land for over 800 new family homes.

Homeless deaths rose by more than a third in past year, warn campaigners

22/02/2021

The number of homeless people who died last year increased by 37% despite the success of the Everyone In scheme, new research has revealed.

Homes England invites councils to become strategic partners

22/02/2021

Local authorities have been invited to become strategic partners with Homes England to increase the delivery of affordable housing.

Calls to use Budget to tackle 'rent debt crisis'

18/02/2021

The chancellor has been warned that homelessness will increase if he fails to tackle the rent debt crisis in the upcoming Budget.

Think tank calls for a ‘street votes’ approach in the suburbs

17/02/2021

Local residents should be given the power to set their own local development rules at a street level, and share the wealth created by new housing, a think tank has proposed today.

Social housing sector calls for guidance to meet sustainability targets

16/02/2021

Nine in 10 social housing construction professionals believe the sector is in urgent need of new Government guidelines if it is going to meet sustainability targets, a new survey has revealed.

UK set for first hydrogen homes

16/02/2021

The UK’s first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen will be built in Gateshead this April.

SME builders given £250m boost to diversify housing market

16/02/2021

Small and medium-sized builders are now able to access construction loans of between £1m and £10m from a new fund, the Government’s housing delivery agency has announced.

Pandemic pushes 450,000 families into housing debt, says report

16/02/2021

A further 450,000 families have fallen behind on their housing payments due to the impact of the pandemic, a think tank has warned today.

Are local authorities fighting a losing battle on social tenant satisfaction?

15/02/2021

John Doyle explains why registered providers of social housing face an upwards battle to comply with the new Charter for Social Housing Residents.

Ban on bailiff evictions in England extended by six weeks

15/02/2021

A ban on bailiff evictions has been extended until the end of March to protect renters during the current lockdown restrictions.

Planning inspector backs council over affordable housing decision

05/02/2021

Trafford Council was right to refuse permission for a new development that had no affordable housing, a planning inspector has ruled.

Pandemic puts ‘highly ambitious’ housing targets at risk

03/02/2021

The impact of COVID-19 has left the Government falling short of its target to build one million new homes over the whole of the parliament, a think tank has warned.

Councils urged to create local design code under new rules

01/02/2021

Councils will be required to create their own local design code to ensure all new housing developments meet local standards of quality and design.

The provision of employment space

01/02/2021

In a climate of negligible employment land release where are the unemployment to find employment? Andy Jansons reports.

Government launches £30m fire alarm fund

01/02/2021

Residents living in high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding can now get financial support from the Government to help them buy fire alarms.

17 councils secure funding from Housing Advisers’ Programme

29/01/2021

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the 17 councils that have successfully applied to its Housing Advisers Programme.

Homelessness figures highlight 'gross shortage' of social homes, warns charity

28/01/2021

Councils were only able to help a fifth of households at risk of homelessness to stay in their existing home, a charity has warned today.

Report highlights furniture poverty in social housing

22/01/2021

Only 2% of social rented properties are let as furnished or partly furnished, compared to 29% of private rented properties, new research has shown.

All social high-rise buildings take action on dangerous cladding

22/01/2021

All social housing towers have had unsafe cladding removed - or have work underway - government figures have revealed.

New homes will need to reduce emissions by at least 75% by 2025

20/01/2021

All new buildings will have to meet tough new energy efficiency standards under plans published by the Government.

New regulator established to ensure building materials are ‘fit for purpose’

20/01/2021

The Government has announced the establishment of a national regulator which aims to ensure materials used to build homes will be made safer.

Councils urged to update their Local Plans

20/01/2021

A small number of councils are failing to keep their Local Plans up-to-date, the housing minister has warned.

‘Right to Regenerate’ to free up public land, Jenrick says

18/01/2021

The public will be able to convert vacant plots of land and derelict buildings into new homes or community spaces under ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals.

Councils warned not to adopt allocations criteria that disadvantage domestic abuse victims

14/01/2021

The ombudsman has reminded councils to consider the exceptional circumstances of people fleeing domestic abuse when assessing their housing needs.

Nearly 130,000 children in temporary accommodation during lockdown

13/01/2021

Around 450 primary schools’ worth of homeless children are spending lockdown in temporary accommodation amid a chronic shortage of affordable housing, council chiefs have warned.

Report finds data problems in Brownfield Land Registers

12/01/2021

More than 348,000 homes could be built on unregistered brownfield land, an investigation has revealed.

Ban on evictions extended in Scotland

08/01/2021

The temporary ban on evictions orders has been extended until the end of March in Scotland.

Government urged to bring back Everyone In programme

07/01/2021

The Government has been urged to ensure all rough sleepers are housed during the third national lockdown.

Council housing waiting lists could double due to COVID-19

22/12/2020

Local authority housing waiting lists could nearly double as a result of COVID-19, council chiefs have warned.

West Midlands Combined Authority wins £51m to transform brownfield sites

21/12/2020

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has won £51m to transform derelict industrial sites into new communities.

Charity warns a quarter of a million people trapped in temporary accommodation

17/12/2020

Over a quarter of a million people in England have been living in temporary accommodation throughout the pandemic, a homelessness charity has warned today.

Jenrick announces revised plan for housing algorithum

16/12/2020

The Government has announced a raft of new measures in an attempt to provide much-needed homes in urban areas and on brownfield sites.

Local authorities need greater clarity and commitment from government to make our homes greener

16/12/2020

Mike Thornton argues local authorities cannot be successful in reducing carbon emissions in their areas without the backing of a clear national policy framework.

Developers yet to apply for planning permission for over a million homes, councils find

11/12/2020

Developers have failed to seek planning permission for more than a million homes on land earmarked for development by councils, according to new research.

London council rejects ‘cruel’ new immigration rules

10/12/2020

Lewisham Council has hit out at ‘draconian’ new immigration rules that make sleeping rough a legal ground to cancel or refuse permission to stay in the UK.

MPs savage abandoned £192m housing scheme

08/12/2020

A £192m affordable housing programme that failed to deliver any homes has been labelled ‘deplorable’ by the Public Accounts Committee.

Ex-service personnel face ‘significant housing difficulties’

08/12/2020

Some ex-service personnel still face housing difficulties despite a decade of improvements when it comes to housing outcomes for people leaving the armed forces.

Council leader slams plans for asylum seeker site in village

08/12/2020

The leader of Test Valley Borough Council has started a petition calling on the Government to rethink plans to house 500 asylum seekers on the edge of Barton Stacey village.

Multi-million funding boost to Disabled Facilities Grant

04/12/2020

Councils will be given an extra £68m to help thousands of disabled people make adaptations to their homes.

London boroughs accused of ‘optimism bias’ on housing targets

04/12/2020

London could face a 86,000 shortfall of new homes over the next decade due to 'over optimistic projections', new research has argued.

Future affordable housing must deliver big on space

25/11/2020

Local authorities are under pressure to deliver more affordable housing but while the focus is largely on quantity, this shouldn’t come at the expense of quality, writes Jonathan Pearson.

Councils have 'serious concerns' over protecting rough sleepers this winter

24/11/2020

Some councils will face the 'difficult choice' of leaving people to sleep rough or placing them in unsafe accommodation this winter, a new report has warned.

Ombudsman tells council to review its housing allocations policy

19/11/2020

East Lindsay District Council agreed to review its housing allocations policy to ensure it meets its equality duties following investigation by the Ombudsman.

Charity calls for new standards for accessible housing

18/11/2020

A charity for elderly people is calling for national building standards to be raised to be ‘accessible and adaptable’ as a minimum baseline as a new survey reveals there is a shortage of accessible housing.

PM publishes ten point plan for 'green industrial revolution'

18/11/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published his ten point plan for creating a 'green industrial revolution' for 250,000 new jobs.

Social housing tenants get stronger voice under new reforms

17/11/2020

Social housing tenants will be able to complain more effectively under new measures published by the Government.

Council housing waiting lists set to double next year, report warns

16/11/2020

Council housing waiting lists are set to double to two million households next year due to the impact of the pandemic, a new report has warned.

Councils invited to bid for £20,000 to tackle pandemic-related housing issues

12/11/2020

Local authorities have been invited to bid for extra support to help them tackle the impact of COVID-19 on the housing crisis.

Planning reforms could be a ‘set-back’ for affordable homes, survey warns

11/11/2020

The majority of social landlords (85%) have warned the Government’s planning reforms will lead to less social and affordable housing, according to the results of a new survey.

Council housing 'revolution' would create a quarter of a million new jobs, says report

06/11/2020

A 'radical' new approach to council housing would create 250,000 jobs and end the housing crisis, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has argued.

Thousands of social homes to be decarbonised in Wales

06/11/2020

The Welsh Government has committed £10m to upgrade the energy efficiency of at least 1,000 existing social homes.

How dementia care villages could support urban regeneration

05/11/2020

Can care providers and local authorities come together to revitalise run-down communities and create a more sustainable and caring future, ask Ian Holme and Simon Lewington.

Crisis call for return of Everyone In

04/11/2020

The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.

Homes England funding rule undermines ‘levelling-up agenda’

02/11/2020

A disproportionate amount of Government funding for housing is being given to the UK’s most affluent areas, a property consultancy firm has calculated.

Councils urged to approve more self-build homes

30/10/2020

Councils should grant enough planning permission to meet local demand for self-build, the Government has said today.

Funding allocated for thousands of new homes for rough sleepers

29/10/2020

More than 3,300 new long-term homes for rough sleepers will be delivered by the end of March 2021, the Government has pledged.

Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

Charity blasts cost of 'shoddy and expensive' temporary accommodation

23/10/2020

Councils in England spent £1.2bn on providing temporary accommodation for homeless households in 2019/20, figures have revealed.

London council fines two rogue landlords £110,500

22/10/2020

Islington Council has fined two landlords £110,500 for providing dangerous and sub-standard housing.

Housing-with-care is 'critically low', report warns

22/10/2020

The UK has an ‘acute’ lack of housing-with-care for older people, a report has warned.

Capacity for 1.3 million homes on brownfield land, campaigners reveal

21/10/2020

There is enough brownfield land to deliver 1.3 million new homes, new analysis has revealed.

Government launches £3m supported housing pilot

20/10/2020

The Government has announced that £3m will go to fund pilots in five areas aimed at improving the quality, enforcement, oversight and value for money in supported housing.

Keep all options on the table to decarbonise heat

20/10/2020

Daniel Burton argues that councils will need to consider the latest technology-driven solutions to deliver low-carbon heating at scale.

Calls to invest £900m in ‘transitional supported housing’

15/10/2020

The Government has been urged to invest £900m to ensure the UK’s most ‘invisible’ vulnerable people have access to supported housing by a think tank.

Housebuilders call to raise threshold for affordable homes

15/10/2020

Raising the affordable homes threshold would help boost smaller developments, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) has argued.

Council set to take housing services back in-house

15/10/2020

Kirklees Council is set to approve plans to bring the management and maintenance of its housing stock back in-house next week.

Sector calls for new task force on housing with care

15/10/2020

The retirement community sector has united to urge the Government to set up a task force on housing with care in order to ‘level up’ for older people.

Councils secure £10m to help homeless people this winter

13/10/2020

Councils will receive a new £10m Cold Weather Fund to help rough sleepers stay safe this winter.

The impacts of planning reform on employment land

08/10/2020

Where will the recent and proposed reforms to the planning system take us? Stuart Hardisty reports.

Warning that homeless people will die this winter without action

08/10/2020

The Government has been urged to provide self contained accommodation for homeless people this winter to protect them from coronavirus by charities and health bodies.

Planning reforms risk delivery of affordable homes, council chiefs warn

07/10/2020

Communities could have missed out on 30,000 affordable homes in the past five years if proposed Government planning reforms were in place, local leaders warn.

Social home shortage fuelling housing crisis, charity warns

06/10/2020

A ‘disastrous’ lack of social homes has caused a housing emergency in England, a charity has warned today.

Kent councils take back control of housing stock

05/10/2020

Four councils in East Kent have taken back control of housing management services.

Black people three times more likely to experience homelessness, figures reveal

02/10/2020

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are being disproportionately impacted by homelessness, new figures have revealed.

Jenrick: Permitted Development Right homes must meet space standards

01/10/2020

All new homes in England delivered through any Permitted Development Right (PDR) must meet space standards, the housing secretary Robert Jenrick yesterday announced.

The pressure of procurement

30/09/2020

Local authorities may be missing out on the chance to extract maximum value for their new-build housing projects, according to Tim Young.

Local authorities can build back better with housing association joint ventures

28/09/2020

Olwen Brown outlines the five factors that support the long-term success of joint ventures.

Tens of thousands of homes built after ‘bypassing’ planning system

23/09/2020

The Government’s approach to regulating the quality of new homes is ‘broken’, campaigners say as a new study argues that tens of thousands of homes have legally avoided the planning system.

Calls for £1.3bn fund to buy-up private housing for social rent

23/09/2020

A £1.3bn National Housing Conversion Fund would create 42,500 new affordable homes and 9,300 new jobs, according to a new report.

Cold and damp homes putting millions more at risk of COVID-19, report warns

22/09/2020

Millions of people living in cold and damp homes could be more at risk of contracting coronavirus this winter, a new report has warned.

Study promotes ‘systemic change’ within the private rented sector

22/09/2020

A new study outlining measures that can be adopted to make the private rented sector (PRS) more secure for people from a diverse range of backgrounds has been launched.

Modular housing a 'game-changer' for housing and jobs, experts claim

22/09/2020

Modular housing is a ‘game changer’ and could deliver 75,000 homes a year, a report from experts has claimed.

Labour calls for extension of evictions ban to ‘avoid homelessness crisis’

18/09/2020

The Labour Party have called on the Government to extend the evictions ban due to end on Sunday to avoid a homelessness crisis this winter.

Manchester CC launches consultation on 270 home regeneration proposal

18/09/2020

Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on a regeneration plan that will see 270 new homes built in Collyhurst.

Councils warn of 'housebuilding fiasco'

15/09/2020

New government housing targets will lead to a north-south divide in England, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

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