Councils acquiring property for investment purposes

A new report has highlighted that an increasing number of local authorities are acquiring property for investment purposes.

A £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund has been launched by Sajid Javid to help unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.

Westminster leader calls for affordable housing tariff

A council leader has urged for local authorities to have the power to impose tariffs on developers to provide cash for more affordable housing.

New energy price cap to be considered

New plans being considered by energy regulator Ofgem include a price cap on energy bills for more households on low incomes.

One in seven private renters spend half income on rent

The LGA has warned that 14 per cent of private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent.

Green Belt being lost without improving housing crisis

The CPRE has warned that the increase in houses planned for the Green Belt remain unaffordable to those who need them.

300 Scottish tower blocks without sprinklers

It has been revealed that more than 300 high-rise buildings across Scotland do not have potentially life-saving sprinkler systems.

Renting increases risk of depression and lowers well-being

A new study has revealed that those who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression and lower levels of well-being.

Martin Duggan, general manager of the FIA

The Fire Industry Association officially launched their new qualifications in fire detection and alarms at the recent FIREX event in London.

Council homes sold at triple rate of building

Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them.

Fire safety assessment system ‘pointless’

Professor Arnold Dix has said that the current system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is ‘pointless’.

Homeless families rises by 17 per cent

The number of families finding themselves homeless over the past year has risen by nearly a fifth on five years ago.

Gloucester to run property portfolio to raise funds

Gloucester City Council will set up a Property Investment Board to make decisions on buying and selling properties to raise council funds.

Utility companies support for Grenfell victims

A number of utility companies have announced a package of support for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, alongside government funding.

Cladding in Camden to be removed

Camden Council will remove cladding from five of its blocks, after reviewing fire safety on its buildings after the Grenfell Tower fire.

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