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Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the “worst offenders” in “failing to build sustainable and integrated communities”.

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Community housing groups call for clarity over Right to Buy

23/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Community housing groups have launched a campaign to gain assurance from politicians that community-led schemes will not be subject to the Right to Buy for housing associations.

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Two years on: which government promises have stood the test of time?

18/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Conservatives have set out their housing election pledges today, making it a good time to look back at the progress made on the last set of election pledges in 2015.


Conservative manifesto: sector bodies react

18/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing bodies and organisations have broadly welcomed the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges on housebuilding and reducing homelessness, but called for more details on key policies.


Conservatives pledge 500,000 homes by 2022 on top of one million homes target

18/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Conservatives have promised to deliver 500,000 homes by 2022, on top of a renewed commitment to the one million homes target, in its election manifesto.

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Liberal Democrats back Housing First as manifesto is launched

17/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Liberal Democrats have backed Inside Housing’s campaign to set up Housing First programmes across the country.

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Labour sets out housing pledges at manifesto launch

16/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Labour Party’s pledge to build 100,000 “genuinely affordable” homes by the end of the next parliament will be largely made up of social rent, but will include low-cost homes to own and with higher-rent homes also being considered.

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Liberal Democrats pledge 'use it or lose it' powers in bid to boost housebuilding

15/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Liberal Democrats would give councils “use it or lose it” powers against landbanking developers in an effort to scale up housebuilding to 300,000 homes a year.

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Landmark Supreme Court judgement hands discretion to planners

15/05/2017 | By Mark Smulian

A landmark Supreme Court judgement last week on the meaning of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will hand planners wide discretion over which policies they follow in places with out of date Local Plans, legal experts claim.

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Labour loses overall control of Glasgow City Council

05/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour has lost overall control of Glasgow City Council, with results still coming in from the Scottish council elections.

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Exception to the rule Video

03/05/2017 | By Emily Twinch

Councils are often accused of not doing enough with rural exception sites but, as Emily Twinch finds, Cornwall is bucking the trend

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MPs: scrap Housing Revenue Account cap where housing unaffordable

29/04/2017 | By Kate Youde

Borrowing caps on councils’ Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) should be raised – and, in some cases, scrapped – to help boost housebuilding, MPs have recommended.

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Corbyn adds housing associations to 500,000 homes pledge

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Jeremy Corbyn has added housing association homes to his pledge to deliver 500,000 affordable rented properties in the life of a parliament.

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Parties back Inside Housing campaign to end rough sleeping by 2022

27/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Major political parties have backed Inside Housing’s election campaign call to commit to eradicating rough sleeping by the end of the next parliament.

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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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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.


Political parties clash over ending rough sleeping

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour and Conservative ministers clashed over ending rough sleeping in parliament today as the election campaigns swung into action.

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Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

19/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Half of voters think the government’s benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed.

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NHF: housing crisis should be a 'top priority' in election

18/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called for the housing crisis to be a “top priority” in the forthcoming general election.

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Javid will consider Housing First scheme

13/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The government will consider a radical scheme to place rough sleepers with mental health and substance abuse problems in permanent housing before they begin receiving treatment.

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Second Scottish independence referendum risks 'uncertainty' in markets

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A second independence referendum in Scotland risks “uncertainty” in the land and property markets, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has warned.

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.


Lower benefit cap pushing people out of private rented sector

09/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing benefit recipients are being pushed out of the UK private rental market, a survey of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members has revealed.

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Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.

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Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.

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Councils meet with DCLG over bespoke deals

07/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Three councils met with Department for Communities and Local Government officials to discuss bespoke deals over rent and borrowing last Thursday.

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LGA: councils spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation because of a shortage of housing, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

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Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person.

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Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families.

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Barwell: Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

28/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is “only politically justifiable” if the government is delivering replacement homes.

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Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

27/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have demanded “urgent reassurance” from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes.

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MPs launch inquiry into housing for older people

02/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into housing for older people.

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Homelessness bill to receive Lords backing despite cost concerns

01/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour peers will back the Homelessness Reduction Bill when it reaches the House of Lords, but will call for additional funding for councils.


House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review

26/01/2017 | By Simon Brandon

A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.


Barwell: we want to end local political resistance to new housing

23/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.

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Government expects 30% fall in homelessness acceptances

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government expects the new duties in the Homelessness Reduction Bill to lead to a 30% decrease in homelessness acceptances by its third year, a document seen by Inside Housing has revealed.

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Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago.


Council chief appointed to top job at HCA

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed a new chief executive with a background in housing delivery within local government.