The London funding programme is positive – now the White Paper needs to deliver for the rest of England, says Steve Douglas
Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing.
After last week’s Autumn Statement, Pete Apps rounds up the unanswered questions.
Scotland’s social landlords doubt they have the capacity to deliver the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes over five years.
The Welsh Government has boosted housing grant funding by £30m this year, as social landlords sign a historic ‘supply pact’ to deliver 20,000 homes by 2021.
An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital, according to a report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Housing association chief executives outside London have voiced concern about the diversion of resources into the capital’s affordable homes programme in last week’s Autumn Statement.
The influential chair of one of London’s biggest house builders says he will “adjust land bids” where necessary to meet Sadiq Khan’s 35% affordable housing threshold.
Housing associations in London are poised to enter “strategic partnerships” with City Hall, as Sadiq Khan’s overhaul of affordable housing funding was hailed as a “defining moment in housing history”.
Completions of affordable homes in the first half of this financial year recovered from a slump in 2015/16, but still lag well behind the peak of the year before.
Sadiq Khan will fund social rent level homes in London with fixed grant rates of £60,000 per unit, in a major shake-up of affordable housing funding.
Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.
Housing associations have delivered 20% more homes than official government statistics record, a National Housing Federation survey has revealed.
Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers, the housing minister has said.
Housing association completions on new build properties are down by nearly a fifth in England, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Housing associations will ramp up the delivery of sub-market rented housing following the government’s climb-down on grant funding restrictions.
A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation.
Measures outlined in the Autumn Statement will lead to a reduction in overall housebuilding by housing associations of 13,000, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
The government has today announced that it will spend £1.7bn on infrastructure on and around public land in England between now and 2021, in order to speed up housebuilding.
The British Property Federation has highlighted increased spending on infrastructure as the “hidden gem” within today’s Autumn Statement, as the wider housing industry reacts to today’s announcement from chancellor Philip Hammond.
The £1.4bn of affordable homes cash is additional to the £4.7bn previously announced, with the restrictions limiting that funding to homeownership products lifted.
A new £2.3bn infrastructure fund to pave the way for up to 100,000 new homes to be built in areas of high demand has been launched.
The government has announced £3.15bn of its Affordable Homes Programme will be given to London to deliver 90,000 homes.
The hotly anticipated Housing White Paper is not expected to be published as part of tomorrow’s Autumn Statement announcement and will instead be published by the end of the year, according to government sources.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is looking for housing associations and builders to join a panel of developers to build up to £8bn-worth of homes in England.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called on the government to use “direct commissioning and positive intervention” to increase the supply of affordable homes on brownfield sites.
England’s stock of affordable homes grew by its lowest level since 1992, new government figures show.
Northern areas should establish ‘housing boards’ which take control of public funding for housing supply in their areas, a commission investigating the housing crisis in the North has said.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is consulting on a new legal framework to create a mechanism to claw back government grant from private house builders.
The National Housing Federation believes 1.4 million people unable to access social housing or homeownership could benefit from its ‘buy as you go’ model, which is currently being considered by ministers.
More than two-thirds of social housing tenants are living below acceptable living standards, says Hilary Burkitt
Kevin Stewart faces the mammoth challenge of overseeing the building of 50,000 affordable homes in Scotland over five years. Sophie Barnes finds out his plans
The government must use the Autumn Statement to ensure new homes can be rented by those on low incomes, says Julia Unwin
Housing is the Conservatives’ biggest domestic policy failure and I’m determined to hold them to account, says John Healey
The British construction industry faces “inexorable decline” unless radical action is taken to modernise it, a government review has found.
Building social rents could actually help the government boost homeownership, says John Perry
The government recognises that the housing market alone cannot provide the range of housing we need to meet rising demand, says Alexandra Jezeph
Gavin Barwell’s drive to increase supply in 100 areas where population growth is significantly outstripping housing supply is attractively straightforward - but is it bad news for areas that desperately need regeneration? Pete Apps investigates
The government’s focus on 100 areas of ‘supply deficit’ could lead to housing issues in vast swathes of England outside the south east being ignored, providers have warned.
L&Q reduced the rent on six £1m shared ownership homes by more than £1,000 a month to ensure buyers with qualifying incomes could purchase them.