Government to drive up standards in social housing

Eddie Hughes has confirmed that social housing residents will be better protected as part of a review to ensure they are listened to.

LGA Housing Advisers’ Programme projects announced

The Local Government Association has announced the 30 successful projects, supporting 90 councils, for its Housing Advisers Programme 2021/22.

Government closes tax loophole on second homes

New measures will see owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets forced to pay.

Rural communities 'strangled' by rise in holiday homes

CPRE research has shown a 1,000 per cent increase in short-term lets nationally over the last six years, with most in rural staycation hotspots.

More leaseholders to own their own buildings

Leaseholders could find it easier and cheaper to buy the freehold of their building under new proposals to create a fairer housing system.

Enhancing the environment to be at centre of new housing

Rebecca Pow has launched a consultation that sets out plans to ensure wildlife can be better protected and enhanced in developments.

Prioritise insulation to save households £500 a year

The Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group has urged the government to enhance energy efficiency investment as a permanent solution to high energy bills.

Developers told they must pay to fix the cladding crisis

Michael Gove has warned developers that they must pay to fix the cladding crisis as he overhauls the government’s approach to building safety.

Housing crisis needs action on planning, says committee

The Built Environment Committee has stressed the need for the government to urgently address barriers to building much needed new homes.

Extra £16 million to tackle homelessness in Scotland

Scottish councils are being given an extra £16 million to help tackle homelessness by moving people swiftly into settled homes.

£28 million to protect and vaccinate rough sleepers

Rough sleepers are being helped to get their coronavirus vaccines and move into safe accommodation over the winter thanks to a £28 million boost.

£316 million funding boost to tackle homelessness

Tens of thousands of people will be protected from homelessness as a result of a £316 million government funding boost.

New homes to produce a third less carbon

New homes and buildings will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules to help the country move towards net zero.

Framework to support council’s net zero renovations

UKGBC has published a framework to support cities and local authorities to measure the impacts and wider benefits of building retrofit.

Data shows 274,000 people in England are homeless

New research published by Shelter shows that more than 274,000 people are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children.

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