Planning and Housing

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...

Housing associations classified as private in bid to fix market’s ‘many faults’

16.11.17: The government will reclassify housing associations as private organisations in an attempt to encourage further borrowing and increase housebuilding in the country. Debt related to these bodies – which could be as high as £70bn...

‘Victorian’ housing laws ‘in a mess’, post-Grenfell study finds

15.11.17: Outdated housing laws are old, with variable enforcement, and in “desperate need” of reform, a report commissioned by influential charity Shelter has concluded. The report, ‘Closing the gaps: Health and safety in the home,&rsq...

RTB restrictions force councils to sell off enough homes to house Oxford

14.11.17: The Right to Buy (RTB) scheme will “grind to a halt” if local authorities are not given more financial powers in the upcoming Autumn Budget, the LGA has warned. Currently, councils can only keep a third of receipts from homes sold u...

Delivering on estates

10.11.17: Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisations manage their estates, identify savings and release unwanted assets. The UK’s largest...

Open for business

10.11.17: Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to streamline their procurement process can benefit from the new Delivery Partner Panel 3 (DPP3). ...

Only 8% of councils deliver enough affordable housing

10.11.17: A massive 92% of local authorities are failing to deliver enough affordable housing for residents, as rents continue to rise. The IPPR, the progressive policy think tank, has demanded more government spending to reach local councils in orde...

Homeless ‘tragedy’ emerging as more than 300,000 people on the streets

08.11.17: The number of homeless people in Britain has increased by 13,000 in just one year, a report by Shelter has shown. The report, ‘Far from alone: Homelessness in Britain in 2017,’ is an extensive review of issues across the county. ...

Joining forces in the housing market

06.11.17: Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, outlines the unique ways in which councils are addressing the country’s housing shortage, such as via collaborative partnerships or new models of development. For decades, Britain has not bee...

Housing allowance freeze could see spike in homelessness among private renters

03.11.17: Councils have warned minsters that reducing housing allowance for renters is likely to drive many people out of their homes and onto the street. Low-income families in the private rented sector would see their benefits stay at the same leve...

Government drafts bill to ban letting fees

01.11.17: A draft bill that could see letting fees banned and significant fines handed out to agencies that impose extra costs on tenants has been introduced to parliament today. It is hoped that the draft Tenant Fees Bill will help renters by ending co...

‘Prioritise domestic abuse victims’ government guidance says

30.10.17: Victims of domestic abuse should be a priority for social housing, guidance published today has stated. The guidance drawn up by the DCLG clarifies that local authorities should prioritise victims of domestic abuse living in safe accommodation...

Government must drop housing cap to support rising London population, businesses say

30.10.17: London’s housing supplies are not equipped to deal with a rapidly rising population, and demand cannot be met while council borrowing is capped, businesses in the capital have today warned. The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

Social housing allowance U-turn provides ‘crucial certainty’ for councils

26.10.17: Rented social housing will not be part of the future housing benefit cap after the prime minister announced changes to the controversial policy. Theresa May announced the new plans yesterday in Prime Ministers Questions, saying that the gov...

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Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23/11/2017Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

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Business rates announcement does not solve council funding uncertainty

22/11/2017Business rates announcement does not solve council funding uncertainty

The government has announced that business rates will be reduced by changing the basis from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the lower Consumer Pr... more >
Khan attacks Hammond, describing Budget as ‘most anti-London in a generation’

22/11/2017Khan attacks Hammond, describing Budget as ‘most anti-London in a generation’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has attacked Philip Hammond’s Budget, calling it the “most anti-London Budget in a generation.” ... 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 >
Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23/11/2017Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

Suffolk County Council has been hit by criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after a woman was wrongly charged for care she never received. Care providers, arra... more >
City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to change... more >

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to changes to business rates. This year’s Statement was described well by Lord Bob Kerslake, who said it had been a “mixed bag” for hous... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... 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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