Government sets targets to reduce energy emissions

Greg Clark outlines how BEIS will deliver the Clean Growth Grand Challenge’s first ‘mission’ to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

‘Perfect storm' for rural communities post-Brexit

The LGA warns that rural communities are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of unaffordable homes, poor connectivity, skills gaps and health inequalities.

£163 million affordable home fund available to communities

James Brokenshire has launched a new Community Housing Fund to significantly increase the delivery of affordable homes.

Homes specifically for social rent at risk of being eliminated

The National Planning Policy Framework has dropped the reference to ‘social rent’ homes from the government’s definition of affordable homes.

Fresh calls for government to suspend right to buy

11,465 homes were sold by councils under the right to buy scheme in 2017/18, while councils were only able to replace 4,944 homes using the receipts.

Some buildings in unsafe condition after removal of combustible cladding

MPs to raise urgent concerns with the government after finding that some buildings have been left in an unsafe condition after cladding was removed.

Homeless children reaches highest level since 2007

More than 123,000 children were housed in temporary accommodation in England in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of nearly 80 per cent since 2011.

£105m boost for joined up care in Wales

A £10 million a year fund will be boosted to £105 million over the next three years to help deliver more joined up care closer to home in Wales.

Social housing investment boost confirmed

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has announced a multi-billion pound boost to social housing across England.

Change system to ensure faster building of new homes

A review of house building has urged the government to make changes to the current system to ensure new homes are built faster.

New portal to help Londoners find an affordable home

Sadiq Khan has launched a new online property portal that offers Londoners a one-stop shop where they can search for an affordable home to buy in the capital.

Compulsory sprinkler systems in Scottish social housing

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has confirmed that legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing.

Planning function not valued in majority of councils

A new survey has found that the planning function has been relegated to lower positions in the corporate structure of most local authorities.

B&NES Council consulting on green building policies

Bath & North East Somerset Council is to consult on how developments can be more energy efficient and better adapted to the impacts of climate change.

Give county councils more influence over planning

Two new reports for the CCN have urged for a larger role for county councils in planning to help solve the affordability housing crisis.

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