Fibre to the Premises Kitemark needed for new builds

Housing developers should adopt a new Fibre to the Premises Kitemark to reassure homebuyers that their new home will be digitally connected.

New initiative to reduce rough sleeping

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed new government plans to significantly reduce the number of people sleeping rough.

Councils to charge double council tax on empty properties

Rishi Sunak has announced new government legislation to allow councils to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for years.

Half a million ‘invisible’ older private renters overlooked

Older people in private rented accommodation are ‘invisible’ in policy decisions on housing and age-related issues, says new report.

Decisions on intervention sent from local plan failings

Sajid Javid has written to 15 local authorities to inform them of decisions on intervention following their continued failure to produce a local plan.

NHS to work with councils to improve ‘housing health’

In a bid to save money and reduce hospital visits, the NHS is to work alongside councils to improve health through better housing.

Foundations ready to develop first wave of homes

Liverpool City Council’s ‘ethical housing company’ has set out a £50 million budget to deliver the first phase of a 10,000 build programme.

Cardiff checks on cladding expose fire safety issues

Extra fire safety checks on Cardiff Council's high-rise blocks of flats have revealed that some cladding systems do not meet current standards.

£215 million for council homelessness services

Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler has announced that councils are set to receive a share of £215 million to prevent homelessness.

Debate encouraged on flood risk communities

Sir James Bevan has opened debate on whether communities at the highest risk of flooding should be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated.

£300 million investment in new homes

Sajid Javid has announced that Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire will receive shares of nearly £300 million for new homes.

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.

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