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All the latest news, views and analysis for strategic leaders in local authority housing, development and place shaping.

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Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council expressed its “sincere regret” today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people.

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Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up.


Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

An influential committee of MPs was told the government should intervene directly in housing to fix the “failure” of the land and house building market.


Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account.

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Tower Hamlets mayor accuses housing association of 'betrayal'

16/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has accused an east London housing association of a “betrayal” after it sold homes at auction instead of doing a deal with the council.

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Manchester to increase PFI rents as rent cut bites

16/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Manchester City Council will hike rents on properties built under private finance initiatives (PFIs) this year, as it warns rent cuts will make its business “unviable” in the long term.

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Eight Scottish councils plan to deliver 110,000 homes

15/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Eight councils in Scotland have joined forces to attempt to see 110,000 homes built in and around Glasgow by 2035.

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Counting the cost

22/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Homelessness prevention duties are closer than ever to making it onto the statute books. Sophie Barnes asks what this might mean for English councils

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Stepping up to the plate

16/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Council companies are the newest players in the housebuilding sector. Sophie Barnes analyses the growth of this quiet, but rapidly expanding, new sector.

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A new order?

28/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council is planning to use compulsory purchase orders to seize undeveloped land from developers. Sophie Barnes looks at whether others could follow.

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Bad choices

04/11/2016 | By Mr Anonymous

A lack of support and ignorance about housing options leads to persistent homelessness, says Mr Anonymous


Back to the future

07/10/2016 | By Ann O'Byrne

Private house builders and housing associations cannot provide the homes we desperately need – only councils can do that, says Anne O’Byrne


How we can learn to love planners again

04/10/2016 | By Toby Lloyd

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill may shift the balance in favour of development and ensure affordable homes are built, says Toby Lloyd

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