Planning and Housing

Westminster council to ban supersize homes to make room for more affordable housing

14.11.18: Westminster City Council is to ban new supersized properties to free up space to build more affordable homes for “real people” as it sets out its 2040 vision for housing. The council said it would restrict new-build homes that e...

Ministers unveil new housing court proposals to speed up landlord and tenant justice

14.11.18: James Brokenshire has unveiled proposals for a new ‘housing court’ to enable landlords and tenants to receive faster and more effective justice in settling property disputes. The designated court, according to the communities se...

Oxfordshire council spends £1.7m on audit for work carried out by Carillion

09.11.18: Oxfordshire County Council has spent £1.7m on an audit report on the work carried out by Carillion, finding “a range of issues” and “major elements unsuitably executed.” The report shows that the county council...

Councils given £2m for crackdown on rogue landlords

08.11.18: Councils are to be given £2m in government funding to tackle “rogue landlords” who break the law by offering inadequate or unsafe housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that councils w...

Council’s 20,000 affordable homes strategy to leave Edinburgh with £77m funding deficit

07.11.18: The City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to build 20,000 new affordable homes in the Scottish capital now face a funding black hole of £77m. The authority’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP), announced this time last y...

Unitary council threatens Highways England with legal action over Lower Thames Crossing

07.11.18: Thurrock Council is considering legal action against Highways England for its Lower Thames Crossing proposals which will create a “visible scar” on the landscape. The new road, which will be the largest road tunnel in the UK, wi...

Five-year strategic plan from Homes England will ‘disrupt the housing market’

31.10.18: Homes England has revealed its five-year strategic plan to deliver and face the long-term housing challenges across the country,  arguing that it will “disrupt the housing market.” The public body, which replaced the Homes...

Budget promises not enough to unlock rail and housing in Oxford-Cambridge Arc

30.10.18: Philip Hammond’s Budget promises will not be enough to deliver the one million homes planned for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc without intensive government efforts, warns the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). In his Autumn Budget...

Investment in ‘new generation’ of social housing could generate £320bn for economy

29.10.18: Councils could generate £320bn for the UK economy over 50 years if they were given funding in today’s Budget to build a “new generation” of social housing. Major investment in new, high-quality council housing would...

The Northern Gateway

29.10.18: The Northern Gateway will be one of the largest residential-led regeneration schemes in the UK when the project hits the ground in the coming months, explains Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council. Rightly lauded in the...

Plans for a million houses in Oxford-Cambridge Arc could destroy area the size of Birmingham

26.10.18: Campaigners have warned that plans to build one million new homes in the south of England will “concrete over an area of countryside the size of Birmingham.” However, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has argued that...

Khan announces £1bn plan to build 11,000 new council homes in London

24.10.18: The mayor of London has announced a £1bn scheme for 26 London boroughs to build an extra 11,000 council homes at social rent levels, plus a further 3,750 other homes in a bid to tackle the housing crisis. Sadiq Khan announced that und...

Oxford housing plan to build ‘upwards’ approved by city council

19.10.18: Plans to build “upwards” for the first time in Oxford city centre in a bid to tackle a major shortage of housing have been approved by the city council. The new plans will focus on building more homes, including social housing a...

Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

18.10.18: The government has released the first £248m share of funding for councils to start removing unsafe cladding from their high-rise tower blocks. Twelve local authorities and 31 housing associations have been told that they will receive...

Grenfell council spent £30m on hotels with survivors still waiting to be rehoused

08.10.18: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has spent nearly £30m on hotels for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. Sixteen months after the fatal fire, more than 150 households are still waiting to move into a permanent...

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Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

20/11/2018Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

A United Nations report looking at poverty in the UK has identified cuts to local government as one of the many causes of poverty across the coun... more >
MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

20/11/2018MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

MPs on the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy have slammed the government for “the absence of political leadership” in... more >
Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

20/11/2018Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

The chief executive role at Trafford Council, which had been left vacant after former boss Theresa Grant stepped down in July when the Labour Par... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... 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 >
Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

20/11/2018Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

A United Nations report looking at poverty in the UK has identified cuts to local government as one of the many causes of poverty across the country. Professor Philip Alston, United Nations ... more >
MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

20/11/2018MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

MPs on the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy have slammed the government for “the absence of political leadership” in dealing with the threat of cyber-attacks. Th... more >

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PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

19/11/2018PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

Alan Bermingham, policy manager at CIPFA, analyses the government’s decision to abolish future use of PFI/PF2 funding arrangements. Many people were caught by surprise when the chancellor announced PFI/PF2 contacts will not be used for future projects, effectively abolishing a funding model first introduced in 1992. It is unde... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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