Aberdeen joins network to tackle homelessness

Aberdeen City Council is joining a new network to support local government innovators across the UK in tackling homelessness.

Councils urged to ensure Local Plans are up to date

Councils are being urged to update their Local Plans to ensure that the country gets on with building the homes it needs and in the right places.

Rigorous new energy efficiency standards introduced

All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills.

‘Right to Regenerate’ to help transform derelict buildings

New Right to Regenerate plans will enable the public to require councils to sell unused land and assets for new homes and community spaces.

Government urged to rethink parts of planning proposals

A coalition of 18 organisations has urged the government to rethink major elements of its controversial planning proposals.

Scale of rough sleeping exceeds government estimates

The National Audit Office has said that the scale of the rough sleeping population in England far exceeds the government’s previous estimates.

127,240 children living in temporary accommodation

The LGA has warned that 450 primary schools’ worth of homeless children are spending lockdown in temporary accommodation.

London’s homeless pushed back onto streets

More than one in five rough sleepers placed in hotels during the first lockdown last year ended up leaving the accommodation because of poor support.

Additional protections for rough sleepers and renters 

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced extra support to help protect rough sleepers and renters from the effects of coronavirus.

Thousands of homeless promised housing slip off the radar

Thousands of homeless people promised permanent housing after the first wave of coronavirus have now slipped off the radar without any state support.

New measures to help leaseholders extend leases

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent.

60,000 could be prevented from becoming homeless

60,000 families and individuals could be prevented from being pushed into homelessness in the next ten years with bold government action.

UK's first Rent to Buy council homes in Newcastle

The team who built the city’s first council Rent to Buy homes are celebrating after handing over the keys to new residents in Newcastle. 

Much-needed new homes part of levelling-up measures

Robert Jenrick has set out new measures to level up England’s cities, recover from the pandemic and help provide much-needed new homes.

London homelessness pressures reaching ‘worst-ever levels’

London Councils is urging a rethink of national policy if the government is to have ‘any hope’ of meeting its homelessness reduction targets.