Planning and Housing

‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20.09.17: A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation conference yesterday, the communities secretary vowed t...

Councils sceptical of major DCLG reform to assess housing need

15.09.17: The DCLG has this week launched a consultation on a new way of assessing housing need to ensure local areas are given the appropriate funding to drive housebuilding. The measures will mean that more homes are built in areas where it is unaf...

Just eight council housing buildings pass key fire safety tests

11.09.17: Just eight social housing buildings in England that are over 18 metres tall have passed a key safety cladding systems test – in contrast with the stark 165 towers that were deemed not to comply with proper fire regulations. In a state...

Birmingham to build 100 social homes on former pubs and garages

11.09.17: Birmingham City Council will tap into an innovative contractor system to deliver 107 new homes for social rent on small sites such as redundant garages and former pubs in what the authority promises to be “a win for the economy”. ...

Councils call for DCLG to lift planning fees freeze

01.09.17: Local government leaders have ramped up the pressure on the government to urgently bring forward its Housing White Paper commitment to allow councils to increase planning fees. The LGA has also called for a fair and transparent scheme of lo...

Islington closes loophole that left thousands with accidental tax break

31.08.17: A London local authority has finally taken action to close a significant loophole which meant thousands of landlords were dodging paying any council tax despite renting their flats out to tourists and visitors. Islington Council noticed tha...

Time to revisit community engagement and rebuild trust

30.08.17: The Grenfell Tower disaster revealed a number of sizeable flaws in building health and safety regulations in the UK. PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Dr Karen McDonnell, occupational health and safety policy adviser at the Royal Society for the P...

Council cracks down on rogue landlords with harsh housing penalties

24.08.17: Nottingham City Council has announced it will use a new set of legal powers aimed at stamping out rogue landlords and agents in the area. Changes made to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 have allowed the council to issue Civil Penalty noti...

London council wins first of its kind legal battle against letting agent

22.08.17: Islington Council in London has successfully prosecuted a letting agent for falsely issuing renters “sham licenses” that suggested residents had no right to challenge eviction, in the first trial of its kind in England. The &lsq...

Broken housing market means cost of repairs as steep as new builds

21.08.17: Councils have once again sent warnings about the sluggish rate of housebuilding in England as it was revealed that the average new home will have to last 2,000 years if the current rate of housebuilding and replacement continues. In new ana...

Khan reveals new rules to ‘fast track’ affordable housing developments

16.08.17: New planning rules have today been set out by the mayor of London that will allow for a major increase to the number of affordable developments in the capital. Plans in Sadiq Khan’s Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) will aim to ra...

Two in three renters never expect to own a property

14.08.17: Nearly two in three people renting in England never expect to buy their own property as they fear they will not be able to afford it. The shocking figures in the latest English Housing Survey also saw a rise in renters saying that affordabi...

Central meets local in One Public Estate

14.08.17: The LGA’s One Public Estate (OPE) programme director, Brian Reynolds, tells PSE’s Luana Salles about the scheme’s unique partnership between Whitehall and local government just as its sixth round of funding kicks off. When...

Wembley Park rental development gets £65m DCLG boost

04.08.17: The biggest development of homes for the private rental sector being built in Wembley is to receive a £65m cash injection from DCLG. The extra funds are expected to unlock 7,600 additional new, high-quality homes at the Wembley Park d...

Cabinet Office opens sixth funding round of One Public Estate

01.08.17: A £54m package to enable councils to release unused or surplus land for housing has today been launched by the DCLG in partnership with the One Public Estate (OPE). The government will provide £45m of the cash through its new La...

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‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. ... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts ... more >
Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20/09/2017Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its s... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation confe... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts have today revealed.   In a report calle... more >

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important landmark. It decisively addressed the need for major public projects led by all public bodies to maxim... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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