Planning and Housing

LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

24.02.17: New figures released by the government have shown that the number of new build homes has continued to rise to its highest level since 2007, but council leaders have warned that the rate of builds is failing to keep up with rising demand.   ...

Government hails ‘solid’ year of investment for social housing

20.02.17: The social housing sector has enjoyed a “solid year” of investment underpinned by strong in-year financial performance, the 2016 Global Accounts of private registered providers published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has...

A catalyst for regional development

20.02.17: Sandra Booth, Pro-Vice Chancellor at University of Cumbria, considers the challenges and opportunities for the project management (PM) profession to deliver lasting transformational change in regional economic development and local engagement. ...

Housing paper marks policy shift to rent in bid to save ‘broken’ market

07.02.17: The government has announced plans to reduce unfairness and increase diversity in the housing market, admitting that the current system is “broken”. In its much-anticipated housing white paper, published today, the DCLG outlined...

DCLG urged to stop housing decline as 250,000 social homes could be lost

19.01.17: While housing has become more affordable for existing homeowners, it has in contrast become less affordable for first-time buyers – and social housing rents have been growing faster than earnings for over 15 years, experts have found. ...

Westminster council may send homeless families to Coventry

16.01.17: Westminster City Council has announced plans to send homeless families to live in temporary accommodation to properties as far away as the West Midlands. In a cabinet member’s report on the council’s homelessness policies, the l...

New Homes Bonus reforms ‘disproportionately’ punish district councils

13.01.17: Planned government reforms to the New Homes Bonus (NHB) will have a “disproportionate” impact on district councils, limiting both the incentive for growth and the funding to support it in smaller communities, the District Councils&rs...

PAC: Councils still need more clarity in settling Syrian refugees

13.01.17: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned that the government faces a “significant challenge” in hitting its pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020, largely echoing the National Audit Office’s report f...

Councillors lament lack of localism in planning system

11.01.17: Councillors have lamented the lack of local democracy in house planning, with a majority warning that the system leans too far in the favour of housing developers at the cost of local communities, a survey has revealed. A survey of over 1,2...

Government opens applications for £7bn affordable homes fund

06.01.17: Housing providers can now apply for a share of a £7bn fund to increase the number of affordable homes available for residents, the communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced. The fund means housing associations, local authorities...

Lessons from Germany to fix the UK’s housing crisis

06.01.17: Dr Charlotte Snelling, a researcher at IPPR, and Ed Turner, senior lecturer and head of politics and international relations at Aston University, look at the lessons the UK can learn from Germany in tackling the country’s housing crisis. ...

Plymouth provides more support to get empty homes back into use

05.01.17: Plymouth City Council has agreed a policy offering more support for empty home owners, enabling more of the city’s empty homes to be brought back into occupation. The council has agreed the Empty Homes Financial Assistance Policy, whi...

Digital transformation in social housing with smart mapping

04.01.17: Bracknell Forest Homes is applying digital mapping in new ways to improve internal processes and, in some cases, introduce completely new ways of operating. Andrew Keljarrett, its business improvement manager, outlines how the housing assoc...

Housebuilders call for ban on ‘spurious’ council planning conditions

03.01.17: New homes are being delayed because of excessive requirements in the planning system, and ‘spurious’ council conditions, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has warned. According to the HBF’s latest Housing Pipeline report...

Subsidised starter homes project criticised for being unaffordable

03.01.17: Thousands of new starter homes for first-time buyers will be built on brownfield sites in 2017, the government has announced, but the plans have been criticised by council leaders and charities for not going far enough. Thirty areas across...

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LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

24/02/2017LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

New figures released by the government have shown that the number of new build homes has continued to rise to its highest level since 2007, but c... more >
Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

24/02/2017Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

Plans put forward for a devolution deal to join together 15 councils in Lancashire in a combined authority will still go ahead, despite two counc... more >
Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

23/02/2017Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

HS2 will be the “catalyst” in driving economic growth in the West Midlands as the eagerly anticipated high-speed rail link was given ... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Helen Milner, chief executive of Good Things Foundation, formerly the Tinder Foundation, expands on the organisation’s recent claims that protecting libraries at all costs could be hol... more > more last word articles >
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And justice for all

23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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Shaping the future of local government through districts

23/02/2017Shaping the future of local government through districts

Mark Pawsey (pictured), the MP for Rugby and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils, explains why he hopes t... more >
Bristol: the booming smart city

23/02/2017Bristol: the booming smart city

Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the... more >
Where next for devolution?

23/02/2017Where next for devolution?

Andrew Walker, policy expert on devolution at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), explains why devolution in England needs a shot in th... more >
Introducing learning analytics

23/02/2017Introducing learning analytics

Learning analytics make use of the data generated as we learn and teach in order to improve learning and teaching. Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lec... more >

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McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >
Joint ventures: Are we better together?

19/04/2016Joint ventures: Are we better together?

Vivien Holland, local government advisory director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, examines the potential of Joint Ventures for local authorities going... more >

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