London boroughs fear rise in homelessness

London boroughs have warned of a fast-approaching summer wave of homelessness in the capital, with pressures likely to reach record levels.

Enhanced support for council home-building efforts

Councils are set to receive enhanced support for their home-building efforts after Homes England cut the ribbon on its Local Government Capacity Centre.

Burnham to focus on root causes of homelessness

Andy Burnham has announced the Greater Manchester Homelessness Prevention Strategy to tackle the root causes of homelessness in the region.

Pandemic could create surge in substandard conversions

The LGA has warned that office blocks that are left empty following the coronavirus pandemic risk being turned into potential substandard housing.

£200m in next stage of rough sleeping programme

More rough sleepers are set to be helped off the streets and into safe accommodation thanks to a further £203 million funding.

MHCLG launches the Commonhold Council

Robert Jenrick has launched the Commonhold Council, which will inform the government on the future of this type of homeownership.

London surpasses annual affordable homes target

13,318 genuinely-affordable homes were started in the capital last year despite the disruption and delays caused by the pandemic and Brexit.

Longer notice periods for renters in place until October

Renters will continue to be supported as national restrictions ease, with longer notice periods in place until at least October.

£26m to help local authorities speed up data transfers

The creation of a £26 million fund will help deliver a faster property search service for homebuyers through a national LLC Register.

Over 1.1m homes with planning permission waiting to be built

The LGA has revealed that more than 1.1 million homes granted planning permission in England in the last decade are yet to be built.

New homes in poorer areas face undue flood risk

A disproportionate number of homes built in disadvantaged neighbourhoods over the past decade will end up in high flood-risk areas.

Metro Mayors urged to end rough sleeping

The Salvation Army is calling on candidates who are standing in the mayoral elections in England to sign a pledge to work to end rough sleeping if elected.

£150 million funding to kickstart ‘self building revolution’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced new plans to make it easier and more affordable for people to build their own homes.

Immigration rules undermining rough sleeping efforts

Homeless Link remains deeply concerned about the impact rough sleeping immigration rules will have on vulnerable non-UK nationals.

New 95 per cent mortgage scheme launches

A new government-backed mortgage scheme will help first time buyers or current homeowners secure a mortgage with just a five per cent deposit.

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