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Second round of schools rebuilding programme announced

19/07/2021
A further 50 schools have been confirmed for the second round of the Prime Minister’s rebuilding programme.

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Boroughs call for ‘fit for purpose’ fire safety regime

15/06/2021

London boroughs marked the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday by calling on the Government to put in place a fire safety regime that is ‘fit for purpose’.

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.

Wolverhampton's i9 selected to house MHCLG's Midlands base

28/05/2021

Two floors of Wolverhampton’s new i9 office building will be home to the first ministerial department outside of London, it has been announced.

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.

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.

Pilot phase launched for government-backed 'value toolkit'

29/04/2021

The Construction Innovation Hub has launched the pilot phase for its 'Value Toolkit', designed to drive better social, environmental, and economic outcomes in the built environment.

Schools to share £1.8bn for building repairs

27/04/2021

Funding to repair and maintain schools in England has increased by 20% this year to almost £1.8bn.

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.

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.

Councils to receive £30m to boost provision of Changing Places toilets

04/03/2021

Councils in England will be able to bid for a share of £30m to install Changing Places toilets in existing buildings under new Government funding.

Council plans England’s first sewage-powered heating scheme

26/02/2021

Plans to heat more than 2,000 homes using energy recovered from the sewage treatment process have been unveiled by Kingston Council.

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.

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.

Over £5bn raised through sale of surplus public land

08/02/2021

The Government has exceeded its target of raising £5bn by 2020 through the sale of surplus public sector land by almost £200m.

First 50 schools chosen for £1bn rebuilding programme

05/02/2021

The first 50 schools to receive £1bn funding under the Government's School Rebuilding Programme have been announced.

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.

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.

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.

Hundreds of local authority owned pools will stay closed

02/12/2020

Around 200 council-owned pools will remain closed following the second lockdown, new research has revealed.

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.

Derbyshire councils commit to fitting sprinklers in schools

11/11/2020

Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have both signed a Statement of Intent committing to fit sprinklers and the right fire safety measures in new and refurbished schools.

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.

Two-thirds of school rated ‘poor’ for fire protection measures

05/11/2020

Two-thirds of schools have ‘poor’ fire protection with 40 schools a month hit by fire last year, a new study has revealed.

Mayor confirms relocation of City Hall

03/11/2020

The Greater London Authority will relocate to Royal Docks next year saving £61m over five years, the mayor has confirmed.

London boroughs call for £115m to retrofit energy inefficient buildings

03/11/2020

Local authorities in London are calling on the Government to ‘secure London’s environmental and economic future’ by increasing funding for councils to retrofit energy inefficient buildings.

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.

Oldham Council buys shopping centre to 'kickstart' town centre recovery

20/10/2020

Oldham Council has bought the Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre to provide a catalyst for town centre recovery.

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.

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.

Hancock announces £400m to remove dormitories from mental health facilities

12/10/2020

More than £400m will be committed over the next four years to remove dormitory accommodation from mental health facilities, the Government says.

Government unveils £1bn funding to improve energy efficiency of public buildings

01/10/2020

Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £1bn to improve the energy efficiency of publicly owned buildings.

Community ownership is key to revival of high street, says report

01/10/2020

Councils have been urged to help local communities take ownership of empty buildings in order to secure the future of Britain’s high streets.

Corporate property generates £5m for Ashford BC

25/09/2020

Corporate property generated £5m for Ashford Borough Council in the past year, an annual review has revealed.

Northampton BC buys M&S building for £1.45m

23/09/2020

Northampton Borough Council has bought a former Marks and Spencer building for £1.45m as part of an effort to transform the town centre.

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.

Funding boost to unlock surplus land for housing

10/09/2020

The Government has announced a £30m fund to help release surplus public sector land for new housing.

Government commits extra investment to house prison leavers

08/09/2020

The Government has pledged that an extra 1,700 prison leavers will receive closer supervision under plans to extend the number of places in approved premises.

Schools at double the risk of fire than other buildings, data shows

04/09/2020

School buildings are twice as likely to be in a blaze compared to other non-residential buildings, new research has found.

Mayor of Liverpool quashes zip wire plan

03/09/2020

The mayor of Liverpool has intervened to stop a plan to build a zip wire that would have ended at Liverpool Central Library.

Fast-tracked funding to improve school buildings

05/08/2020

The Government has fast-tracked £580m of funding to improve school buildings across England.

Unsafe mental health wards are a 'disaster waiting to happen'

23/07/2020

Old and overcrowded mental health wards are putting patients at risk, new research has warned today.

Changing Places toilets to be installed in every new public building

20/07/2020

Toilets for severely disabled people will be mandatory in all new public buildings from next year, the Government has confirmed.

Selling off government car parks could deliver 110,000 new homes, study finds

15/07/2020

Public sector owned car parks have the potential to deliver more than 110,000 new homes while maintaining parking services, a new study has revealed.

Planning changes to protect theatres and music venues

13/07/2020

New planning rules to protect theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues from being demolished or redeveloped will come into effect next week.

Sunak outlines £3bn green investment package

08/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £1bn will be made available to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals.

Jenrick extends affordable homes scheme

06/07/2020

Councils will have a year longer to build affordable homes after construction stalled during the pandemic.

Landlords urged to factor pandemics into future business plans

29/06/2020

Landlords must factor in the threat of future pandemics into long-term business planning, according to research carried out amongst social housing leaders.

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