Gov investment in building new homes has plummeted

The CIH has revealed that government investment in building new homes has plummeted while spending on housing benefit has soared.

'Barn conversions’ heap more pressure on rural areas

Rural areas could lose out on investment for affordable homes as a result of planning changes allowing more new homes to avoid local approval.

Minister denies council cuts and homelessness link

The government’s new Homelessness Minister has told the Guardian that council cuts are not to blames for the increase in rough sleepers.

Extra 1.5 million will be in poverty by 2022

A new report has revealed that the child poverty rate for those in lone parent households will increase from 37 per cent to over 62 per cent.

Spring Statement includes housing boost

The Chancellor has announced a number of new housing plans in his Spring Statement, including £1.67 billion for affordable homes in London.

Cherwell to pilot mortgages for self-build homes

Cherwell District Council is exploring an innovative new approach to helping local people finance self-build homes.

Homes boost for rural communities

Rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes to better meet local housing needs.

£30 million social care boost for Liverpool

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for the construction of three new centres for people with learning disabilities in the city.

Urgent fire safety funding needed for high-rise residents

Greater Manchester’s leaders have urged Sajid Javid to provide immediate funding to carry out urgent fire safety work to protect hard-pressed residents.

Councils threatened with losing planning powers

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid warned that councils could be stripped of planning powers if not enough homes are being built in their areas.

Government should amend ‘affordable housing’ definition

The government should strengthen its commitment to delivering affordable housing by amending the definition of affordable housing and the viability test.

Gov to provide extra £1 million for cladding

Tamara Finkelstein has outlined how councils will share £1 million to identify private high-rise buildings that may be clad in unsafe building materials.

Bereaved families to determine future of the Grenfell site

The government has put bereaved families and the community at the heart of deciding what happens to the future of the Grenfell Tower site.

Funding fall for energy-efficient homes

A new report from e3g has claimed that public investment in warm homes in England has been cut by 58 per cent since 2012.

Over 300 high-rises have Grenfell-style cladding

Government figures show that only seven social housing buildings have fully replaced their unsafe cladding in the wake of Grenfell Tower.

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