Planning and Housing

London councils call on Whitehall to urgently expand homelessness services

14.12.17: London Councils has called on the government to enable London boroughs to boost their homeless services. The group, which represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, wants to see the government properly fund the expansion of their...

Figures show councils must buy new homes or RTB will ‘grind to a halt’

13.12.17: Today’s Right to Buy figures, released by the government, underline the need for authorities to be allowed to borrow more money to build and buy homes. The LGA has also once again said that councils need to be able to keep 100% of rec...

Councils awarded £9m from OPE fund to drive estates efficiency

12.12.17: Councils will receive £8.7m funding to improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free up land for new homes, the government has announced. The funding has been allocated from the One Public Estate (OPE) programme, a partnersh...

Council leader quits over ‘extremist campaign’ after child sex abuse inquiry claims

11.12.17: Rochdale Borough Council leader Richard Farnell has stepped down following widespread negative reaction to the controversial evidence he gave at the national child abuse inquiry. In a letter of resignation presented to councillors last week...

Liverpool Council to launch ‘ethical housing company’ to meet local need

08.12.17: Liverpool City Council is to deliver 10,000 new homes across the city through its own authority led housing company. A report to the council’s cabinet next Friday will recommend the creation of the authority’s own ethical housing co...

Council planning departments set to miss out on £70m by end of year

07.12.17: The government must urgently bring forward funding for planning departments so that local authorities can process applications effectively, councils have warned today. The LGA says councils will have missed out on £70m by the end of t...

DCLG sets aside £25m to support housing design quality

05.12.17: The government has opened the first £11m of a £25m fund intended to help councils gain the skills and capacity they need to deliver high quality housing growth at scale. The new ‘Planning Delivery Fund’ is aimed at e...

Khan aims to double rate of housebuilding in draft London Plan

29.11.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has proposed a raft of changes to the capital’s planning rules in the latest draft London Plan. Included in the draft is an ambitious target for councils as Khan aims to build 65,000 homes every year –...

LGA: Councils must borrow to build

28.11.17: Councils have today urged the government to completely lift the housing borrowing cap to allow more homes to be built. Cllr Nick Forbes, senior vice-chair of the LGA, appeared before the House of Commons’ Treasury Select Committee to...

Tyne and Wear authority to build first council homes in 30 years

27.11.17: Gateshead Council has committed to designing and building its first council homes in 30 years as part of a project to build 11,000 new homes by 2030. After holding meetings last week, the authority has brought forward plans to build af...

Social housing sales rise by 10% as Right to Buy takes hold

24.11.17: The government has released figures showing that 13,400 social housing properties were sold last year under Right to Buy, an increase of 10% on 2015-16. There was a total of 23,100 sales of social housing across both local authorities and p...

Councils given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

24.11.17: Councils will be able to claim back over 80% of the money they spend on temporary accommodation after the government announced new reforms to the Universal Credit system. As part of the £1.5bn support package announced in this week&rs...

Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

23.11.17: Sheffield City Region (SCR) will begin to assess applications for new housing schemes as part of an £8m pilot project across the area. The Housing Fund closed applications last week after receiving a high number of proposals for new p...

Raft of new housing measures ‘sadly fall short’ of council need

22.11.17: First-time house-buyers will no longer have to pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 of a home’s value, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in today’s Autumn Budget as part of a raft of new housing measures. The move co...

Justify your lack of housing plans or face intervention, Javid tells 15 councils

17.11.17: Communities secretary Sajid Javid has written to the leaders of 15 local authorities that have failed to produce a Local Plan, as required by the housing white paper. The white paper, 'Fixing our broken housing market', published in February, r...

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Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

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The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new ent... more >
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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by ... more >
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Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >
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