Planning and Housing

Almost all councils facing ‘severe or moderate’ housing problem

24.05.17: Councils have almost unanimously announced this week that local areas are severely in need of affordable homes. In a survey conducted by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) with the Association for Public Service Excellence (AP...

Neighbourhood planning handbook launched for councillors

22.05.17: A handbook to help councillors plan their neighbourhoods has been launched by a key local government organisation.   The publication, called ‘The Good Councillor’s Guide to Neighbourhood Planning’ has been released by...

Mandatory voter ID checks ‘like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut’

19.05.17: Experts have slammed the Conservatives manifesto pledge to make voters have to show ID to be able to vote in elections across the UK. The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said that the decision, which Theresa May’s party says is being b...

Third of low-earning tenants borrowing to keep up with rent

12.05.17: A third of low-earning renters in Britain have been forced to borrow money to cover the cost of their rent, new research released today by Shelter has found. New figures from a survey conducted by the housing charity showed how many people...

Market-led model ‘failing to deliver’ affordable housing

08.05.17: The current housebuilding system is “too slow” and the rate of delivery of new homes is a “major problem” for the government to address, a leading think-tank has said. In its report called ‘Building Homes Faste...

CLG Committee calls for changes to council borrowing cap

02.05.17: The monopoly that large volume homebuilders have over the property market must be tackled in order to fix the “broken” state of housing in the UK, an influential committee of MPs has stated. Another change that was suggested was also...

DCLG slammed for ‘lack of ambition’ in tackling housing crisis

28.04.17: The government has been criticised for ‘lacking ambition’ in tackling the UK’s housing crisis, MPs have today warned. Despite acknowledging that the market in England is broken, the government was slammed for relying on an...

Khan to launch first of its kind criminal landlord database in London

27.04.17: An online database to ‘name and shame’ criminal landlords will soon be established in the capital by mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The measures have been put in place to crack down on the number of landlords renting sub-standard p...

One in five suffering severe mental health issues due to housing problems

20.04.17: One in five adults have suffered from mental health problems due to pressures from housing over the last five years, new research released by Shelter has revealed. The charity’s findings found that 21% of adults had suffered from issu...

LGA demands jail sentences for worst rogue landlords

07.04.17: Councils have today called on the government to crack down on rogue landlords by closing a legal loophole that allows landlords to exploit the system and put tenants at risk. The LGA warned that landlords are using the loophole to convert p...

Councils given power to fine rogue landlords £30,000 for malpractice

06.04.17: New legislation has come into force today that will allow councils to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000 in an effort to crackdown on exploitative rental practices in the UK. Landlords found guilty of malpractice, including failing to...

Housing now unaffordable in all council areas as prices soar to 8 times earnings

20.03.17: Housing affordability has worsened in all of the England and Wales local authority districts over the last 20 years, as the median price paid for residential property soared by 259%, a new report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has r...

Councils call on Hammond to address huge discrepancy in affordable housing

06.03.17: A lack of affordable housing is leading to councils spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, a report by the LGA has warned. This revelation also comes just after the Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH) publis...

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...

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

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Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

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The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

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Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

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If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

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New social care funding misses the point

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

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Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

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