Planning reform must focus on role of SMEs

Change the planning system to open up the market and allow better access for SMEs and diversify the housing supply, urges report.

Don’t treat rough sleepers as vagrants, say MPs

A group of cross-party MPs have argued that it is time to decriminalise rough sleeping to help deal with the UK's homelessness crisis.

Increase in energy efficient homes across England

The majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, with the number of domestic EPCs up 10 per cent on last year.

‘Unique partnership’ agreed by Greater Manchester leaders

Greater Manchester’s leaders have agreed a unique new partnership to provide good quality homes that meets local needs.

Lord Kerslake to chair new homelessness commission

Lord Bob Kerslake is to lead a new independent commission seeking to learn the lessons from the effort to support rough sleepers during the pandemic.

Government underestimating decarbonising housing challenge

The government is failing to grasp the enormous challenge of decarbonising the UK’s housing stock, says committee.

Councils given power to build more homes

Councils in England will have more freedom on how they spend the money from homes sold through Right to Buy.

Pilots to improve supported housing extended

Four pilots to improve the standard and quality of supported housing in England have been extended, backed by an additional £2.3 million.

£212 million homes investment to help rough sleepers

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has launched a multi-million-pound investment in dedicated homes to help rough sleepers across England.

Success of Everyone In exposed rough sleeping problem

The notable pandemic response success of the ‘Everyone In’ initiative has exposed gaps in the government’s approach to tackling rough sleeping.

One in seven worried they will become homeless

A new survey has shown that as many as one in seven adults are worried about becoming homeless due to the coronavirus pandemic.

100,000 more affordable homes in Scotland

Plans to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade have been set out by the Scottish Government in a 20-year housing strategy.

Homeless to be prioritised for coronavirus vaccine

The JCVI has advised the government to prioritise people experiencing homelessness, including those sleeping rough, for the coronavirus vaccine.

Further support for commercial and residential tenants

The ban on commercial evictions has been extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants.

Energy efficiency improvements for Leeds council housing

Leeds City Council is to invest £100 million on measures to help tenants save money and cut carbon by improving energy efficiency over the next five years.


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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