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Sector leaders call for next government to scrap high-value asset levy

26/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing leaders have called on the next government to scrap the high-value asset levy for councils ahead of the publication of political manifestos.

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Javid reverses decision on Aylesbury CPO

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sajid Javid has lifted his block of a planned compulsory purchase order (CPO) which was delaying a major south London estate regeneration scheme.

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Kerslake: government should rethink welfare changes

26/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support.

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Social sector evictions on the increase in Scotland, Shelter reveals

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

There has been a 24% increase in evictions from social housing in Scotland over the past two years, a new report by Shelter Scotland has revealed.

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Javid rejects proposals to build on green belt

21/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.

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Barwell: we will 'mitigate' negative impact of high-value sell-off

31/03/2017 | By Gavriel Hollander

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has promised that he will try to “mitigate” the negative effect on councils from the forced sale of high-value homes.

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Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

28/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils have welcomed the government’s move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up.

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Scottish leaders' list

31/03/2017

A new Inside Housing list will profile those leading the housing agenda in Scotland. Who will you nominate?

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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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