Northamptonshire council staff told to ‘work in libraries’

Staff at Northamptonshire County Council have been told to work in a library or from home because of a delay to work to the council’s new headquarters.

Affordable homes development opened in Gillingham

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has visited Medway to highlight how the region is leading the way in fixing the broken housing market.

Glasgow City Council considers West End university development

Glasgow Council is set to reach a vital planning decision on implementing a major billion pound development at Glasgow University.

BBC analysis reveals Help to Buy’s impact

Analysis by BBC News has shown that one in three new build properties outside London were bought through the Help to Buy scheme.

19 million living on inadequate income

A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that nearly a third of the UK population is living on an ‘inadequate’ income.

 Councils pay out £35m in unfit housing legal fees

Information collated via a BBC Freedom of Information (FoI) request has found that councils in England have paid out over £35 million in compensation fees to tenants living in unfit council homes, over the past five years.

Right to Buy faces suspension in Cardiff

The City of Cardiff Council is considering suspending Right to Buy for five years in an effort to protect the city’s social housing stock.

A number of council leaders have called on the government to maintain its commitment to vulnerable child refugees, after the Home Office cited local authority funding as part of the decision to scrap the scheme.

Edinburgh Council has approved a plan for the Lothian Chambers, a B-Listed building on George IV Bridge, to host the French consulate, and take on a new lease of life as Scotland’s ‘House of France’.

The new housing strategy for England will include plans to force councils to plan for their local housing needs and grant them powers to pressure developers to start building on land they own.

The International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) has proposed that councils should be legally required to make sure there are an adequate number of surrounding retirement homes when making housing plans.

The latest recipients of the Local Growth Fund have been revealed in London, the South East and East of England.

A new report has warned that Britain is on course for the biggest increase in inequality since those experienced under Thatcher’s government.

A report by the Fostering Network has warned that the UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’, and is only being held together by the ‘goodwill and commitment’ of foster carers.

The Home Affairs Committee has published a report warning that some asylum seekers have been placed in accommodation infested by rats, mice and insects after arriving in the UK.

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