New government agreement to support leaseholders

The government has said that leaseholders in blocks of flats with cladding should be supported to buy, sell or re-mortgage their homes.

Government should review role of certain PDRs

The government should conduct a review of the role of such permitted development rights in the wider planning system, say MPs.

MPs call for more money for rapid-housing scheme

MPs have called for more government funding for a scheme to quickly house long-term homeless people in England.

Derelict high streets could provide space for 500,000 homes

The government has been urged to turn the challenges of the pandemic into an opportunity to Britain’s high streets, communities and commercial centres.

£3.2 billion for affordable homes in Scotland

Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to deliver more affordable homes.

North of Tyne working with EST on housing stock database

North of Tyne Combined Authority has announced that it is working with the Energy Saving Trust to develop a housing stock database.

New role to help end rough sleeping in London

London Councils has appointed Michelle Binfield as Rough Sleeping Programme Director to help end rough sleeping in the capital by 2024.

Manchester publishes Places for Everyone plan

Leaders in Greater Manchester have unveiled an ambitious vision for new homes, enhanced natural assets and revitalised town centres.

‘Right to Buy-back’ to boost supply of council homes in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new plan to boost the capital’s supply of council homes through a new Right to Buy-back fund.

New Bill risk criminalising homeless people

A number of homeless charities have written to the government urging ministers to reconsider the new Police and Crime Bill.

All councils invited to reject Developers’ Charter

Shadow Communities Secretary Steve Reed is inviting councils to join Labour in forcing a U-turn on the Conservative's ‘Developers’ Charter’.

Building Safety Regulator to oversee a new safety regime

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is giving residents more power to hold builders and developers to account, under the new Building Safety Bill.

430 per cent increase in B&B spend on homeless

Councils spent £142 million placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts in 2019/20, a 430 per cent increase compared to 2010/11.

Ten councils join scheme to deport rough sleepers

Ten local authorities have signed up to a controversial Home Office service that could lead to the removal of some migrant rough sleepers from the UK.

Government accused of having wrong priorities on housing

Labour has accused the government of having the wrong priorities on housing pushing the dream of homeownership further out of reach for many.


Event Diary

The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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