Government celebrates ‘huge progress’ on rough sleeping

The government’s annual rough sleeping snapshot has shown that rough sleeping has fallen 43 per cent since the Prime Minister has come into office.

Pressure on Green Belt quadruples, says CPRE

The CPRE has warned that there are a quarter of a million homes planned to be built on Green Belt land.

Homeless deaths spiked by more than a third last year

Deaths among homeless people in the UK spiked by more than a third in 2020, despite the success of the government’s Everyone In scheme.

Unregulated accommodation banned for under 16s

A ban on placing vulnerable children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation will come into force in September.

Historic town centres could be left ‘characterless’

The National Trust has warned that the proposed overhaul of planning rules risks creating ‘characterless’ market districts.

Give residents control over local development, says report

The government should give local residents control over the development they see to help create more walkable and sustainable neighbourhoods.

First hydrogen-fuelled homes to be built in Gateshead

The UK’s first homes with household appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen are to be built in Gateshead.

Pandemic support for renters extended

Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions announced.

Plans to turn vacant shops into homes challenged

High street associations are fighting government plans to allow empty shops to be turned into housing without planning permission.

Multi-million pound investment to end unsafe cladding

Robert Jenrick has revealed that the government will pay for the removal of unsafe cladding for all leaseholders in high-rise buildings.

Government falling far short of its house building target

The government looks set to fall far short of its commitment on house building, with fewer than 100,000 homes built during the first three quarters of 2020.

All new developments must meet local standards

Local communities will be at the heart of plans to make sure that new developments in their area are beautiful and well-designed.

LGA Housing Advisers’ Programme applicants chosen

The Local Government Association has announced the 17 successful applicants for its Housing Advisers Programme for this year.

‘Gross shortage’ of decent social homes in England

The government has released new figures on homelessness, which Shelter says highlights the fact that thousands are struggling to survive the pandemic while homeless.

Labour to force government action on cladding scandal

Labour is set to hold a vote to force government action on the cladding scandal and protect leaseholders from life-changing cladding costs.

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