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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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Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act.

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Council chief with housing background in line for Manchester top job

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A council chief executive with a background in housing has been put forward for the top job at Manchester City Council.

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Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

27/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

A flagship £100m Local Government Association scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down.

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Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest, with the sell-off of high-value council homes also delayed.

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Councils reject voluntary Pay to Stay

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Conservative councils are among several which will not introduce the controversial Pay to Stay policy for their

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal signed off

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have given the go-ahead to a devolution deal that will include a £170m affordable housing fund.

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Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

21/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system.

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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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Who's who in local authority housing development

13/10/2016

Local authorities have a crucial role to play in the development of much-needed new homes, from strategic leadership through to planning and development. The hurdles they face are significant, but up and down the country individual officers and politicians are persevering, and finding ever more creative solutions.

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Bristol’s new broom Video

31/08/2016 | By Tom Wall

Britain’s first directly elected black mayor, Marvin Rees, swept to power in Bristol in May. He tells Tom Wall how growing up on a council estate shaped his views and how he will transform his home town

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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

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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

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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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