Housing

MHCLG uses social impact investment to fund homes for rough sleepers

11/06/2021

A three-year social investment pilot will help fund over 200 homes for rough sleepers across England.

Commissioners appointed at Liverpool City Council

10/06/2021

Surrey CC’s chief executive Joanna Killian will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.

MPs call for councils to be given more powers to tackle ‘land banking’

10/06/2021

Local authorities should be granted more powers to act where developers are too slow in completing sites they have planning permission for, MPs say.

Over £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

08/06/2021

The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Call for powers to use empty properties for homeless families

07/06/2021

The Local Government Association (LGA) wants more powers to make use of empty properties to provide accommodation for homeless people.

Housing investment package worth £30m announced

07/06/2021

Over 160 projects across England have been awarded £30m as part of an investment package the Government hopes will deliver 17,000 new homes.

Councils given power to tackle exploitation on mobile home sites

07/06/2021

Councils have been given greater powers to tackle bad practice and the exploitation of residents on mobile homes sites.

Councils to set priorities for First Homes scheme

04/06/2021

Councils will be able to set a ‘local connection test’ to give priority to people such as key workers.

Calls to invest £1bn a year in wild spaces to boost public’s health

04/06/2021

A new report has called for an urgent £1bn per year funding package to restore nature at scale.

Developers challenge accusations of 'land banking'

02/06/2021

A new report challenges the Local Government Association’s (LGA) claim that the housing crisis is largely down to a reluctance by developers to build and argues that the real problem is a shortage of planning permissions.

Nearly two million tenants fear losing their home

01/06/2021

More than one in five private renters are worried they will lose their home now that the ban on evictions has been lifted, a homelessness charity has warned.

Councils set out six-point plan to prevent families at ‘cliff-edge’ of homelessness

01/06/2021

Council leaders have published a six-point plan to help protect vulnerable households from homelessness now that the ban on bailiff evictions has ended.

Calls to end 'unstable and discriminatory' housing system

26/05/2021

A third of adults are living in homes that are unaffordable, unfit or unstable, a homelessness charity has warned today.

Unfair evictions cost councils £161m per year

26/05/2021

Ending unfair evictions could save councils £161m a year and reduce homelessness by 9%, according to new analysis.

Care leavers moved into unsafe and unhealthy homes, says charity

25/05/2021

Many young people leaving the care system are being forced to live in unsafe and unsuitable accommodation, a charity has warned today.

Councils to pilot new self-isolation support scheme

24/05/2021

Nine local authorities have been chosen to pilot new ways of supporting people needing to self-isolate.

Government announces £50m boost for care leavers

24/05/2021

The Government today announced a £51m funding boost to help councils support care leavers and have launched a consultation on improving the quality of housing for those leaving care.

Councils given £50,000 to develop design codes

24/05/2021

Planners have welcomed the Government’s announcement that 14 local authorities will be given £50,000 each to develop new design codes but called for more funds for local planning teams.

Five councils launch projects to engage with private renters

21/05/2021

Five local authorities have launched projects to help better understand the challenges faced by private renters.

Shared ownership reforms could lead to loss of affordable homes, providers warn

19/05/2021

Proposed reforms of the shared ownership regime may result in a loss of affordable homes due to the increased administration and costs for social housing providers and local authorities.

Council secures high court ruling to protect safety of residents

18/05/2021

Thurrock Council has been granted an interim injunction by the High Court to prevent residents from living in an unsafe property.

Homes England invites council officers to join summer training programme

17/05/2021

Homes England are inviting council officers to join a Summer Learning Programme aimed at sharing knowledge on topics that could enhance home-building efforts.

Scrap permitted development rights, council chiefs say

17/05/2021

Office blocks left empty following the pandemic risk being turned into substandard housing because of permitted development rights (PDRs), council chiefs say.

Council chiefs ‘concerned’ by decision to end bailiff-enforced evictions

13/05/2021

Local authority leaders have expressed concern over the Government’s decision to end the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions on 31 May.

Queen’s Speech: New law to ‘modernise’ planning system

11/05/2021

The Government has pledged to push ahead with reforms to the planning system in order to meet house-building targets.

Over 1.1 million homes with planning permission waiting to be built, LGA finds

10/05/2021

Council chiefs are calling for more powers to incentivise developers to build more quickly as new figures reveal over a million homes are waiting to be built.

Levelling up needs long-term approach, says report

10/05/2021

A shake-up of local government funding is required to achieve a levelling up of the country, a new report has concluded.

Domestic Abuse Bill signed into law

30/04/2021

Councils will now have a legal duty to provide more support to victims of domestic abuse after the the Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent.

Government consults on new £2bn developer tax

30/04/2021

The Government has launched a consultation into a new residential developer tax to help towards the cost of removing unsafe cladding.

Londoners top list of people most satisfied with where they live

29/04/2021

Residents of built up commuter and ‘affluent’ towns, particularly those living in London, are the most satisfied with where they live, according to new research.

Housing-with-care ‘safeguarded lives’ during pandemic

29/04/2021

A new study looking at how housing-with-care has coped over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has found that retirement village and extra care housing operators successfully ‘safeguarded lives’ of residents and staff.

Government's housing test is 'toothless', consultancy claims

28/04/2021

Government measures to push councils into meeting their housing targets are ‘toothless’, a development consultancy has claimed.

New £150m ‘Help to Build’ scheme launched

26/04/2021

House builders have welcomed the Government’s ‘Help to Build’ scheme but called on councils to allocate more small sites in their local plans for development.

Charity warns over 60,000 families 'tipped into homelessness last winter'

23/04/2021

The number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation has increased by 8% in a year, new figures have revealed.

MPs hit out at decision to scrap Green Homes Grant

21/04/2021

The Government’s decision to scrap the Green Homes Grant scheme could lead to a ‘postcode lottery’ in local energy efficiency schemes, MPs have warned today.

Housing charity urges PM to ban ‘no fault’ eviction

20/04/2021

The housing charity Shelter has called on the Government to bring forward a bill that could ban ‘no fault’ evictions.

Bids open for Self and Custom Build Land Release Fund

19/04/2021

Council are being urged to bid for a share of the £75m Brownfield Land Release Fund.

No simple north-south divide, says report

19/04/2021

There is no simple north-south divide, a new report by Legal and General (L&G) has argued.

Nearly 700,000 tenants evicted without reason during pandemic

16/04/2021

One in 12 private renters has been given notice to move out without a reason since March 2020, a new poll has revealed.

Yorkshire councils welcome find of rare Roman remains

15/04/2021

Local authorities in North Yorkshire have welcomed the ‘remarkable discovery’ of rare Roman remains at a housing development site.

Housing reforms should help SMEs obtain land, think tank says

15/04/2021

There should be less focus on planning permissions and more reforms helping SME house builders access land, report says.

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.

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