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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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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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Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

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.

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Scottish Government proposes FOI for social landlords

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.

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Housing White Paper due in January

29/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s much-anticipated Housing White Paper will not be published until January, the communities secretary revealed yesterday.

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HCA chair reveals equal split of funding for tenures

28/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s £4.7bn Affordable Homes Programme could equally fund affordable housing, Rent to Buy and homeownership products, the chair of the Homes and Communities Agency revealed today.

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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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JAMs and NOMADs

24/11/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on the good news and bad news for housing in the Autumn Statement

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Policy predictions

23/11/2016 | By Robert Grundy

Savills’ Robert Grundy looks at what to expect for housing from today’s Autumn Statement

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DCLG 'complacent' over commercial risk councils face

18/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has been “complacent” over the risk councils face through their increasing commercial activity to bring in income, a report by the Public Accounts Committee has warned.

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Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Meetings of the government’s Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed.

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Crucial juncture

10/11/2016 | By Terrie Alafat

It is time for the government to deliver on a cross-departmental strategy, says Terrie Alafat

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RTPI: green belt should be considered for housing

10/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

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Victory for disability bedroom tax appeals in Supreme Court

09/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two bedroom tax appeals from families who argued they had suffered unlawful discrimination due to their disability.

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Housing minister casts doubt over higher value levy date

08/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has admitted councils need “plenty of time” to prepare for the higher value asset levy, raisings doubt over whether it will be introduced from April next year as expected.

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Government refuses major changes recommended by Lords committee

08/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has refused to make any of the major policy amendments recommended by a damning report into its housing policy by a House of Lords select committee earlier this year.

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Statement of intent?

08/11/2016 | By Steve Douglas

The Autumn Statement may help social housing providers have their time in the sun, says Steve Douglas

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NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap, the National Housing Federation has said.

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LGA wants 'urgent talks' with government about housebuilding

20/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Local Government Association has called on the government to commit to urgent talks about how councils can “rapidly” build homes.

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Barwell: county councils could help create Local Plans

19/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

County councils could be drafted in to help create a Local Plan where a local district council has failed to do so, under government amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

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MPs urged to ensure homelessness bill vote

17/10/2016 | By Heather Spurr

MPs are being urged to attend a crucial debate on a bill to reduce homelessness, to prevent the legislation falling short of a vote.

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Healey accuses Barwell of granting 'political mate's favour'

12/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The shadow housing secretary has accused Gavin Barwell of pausing Bradford Council’s Local Plan as a “political ‘mate’s favour’”.

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Redfern: government focus on homeownership 'destructive'

10/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s focus over the past year on homeownership is “destructive” for the long-term supply of housing, the chair of a Labour-commissioned review has said.

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Healey returns to Labour front bench

10/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

John Healey has returned as shadow secretary of state for housing after resigning following the EU referendum.

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Right to know

06/10/2016 | By Daradjeet Jagpal

Scotland is now considering if social landlords should be covered by freedom of information laws, says Daradjeet Jagpal

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Dispatches from the Conservative Party conference

05/10/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Conservative Party gathered in Birmingham this week for its first conference since Theresa May took over as prime minister. Heather Spurr was on the hunt for clues as to the government’s future housing policies.

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Ministers consider Pay to Stay exemption

05/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will consider exempting council tenants from Pay to Stay in areas where social rents and market rents are similar.

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Ministers consider rent to buy shift for Starter Homes

29/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is considering changing its Starter Homes policy to include rent to buy homes similar to the London Living Rent product recently announced by the Greater London Authority.

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Corbyn wants councils to deliver 500,000-home plan

28/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Jeremy Corbyn wants Labour’s 500,000 ‘social’ homes target to be delivered entirely by local authorities.

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Redfern: generational inequality drives falling ownership

28/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Generational inequality rather than a lack of supply has been the primary driver of declining homeownership over the last 10 years, according to a review commissioned by the Labour Party.

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Lib Dems: £45bn should be invested in housebuilding

19/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Liberal Democrats have called for £45bn to be invested in building an extra 750,000 homes over five years.

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Councils use bonus to plug government cuts

16/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

More than half of councils have used their entire New Homes Bonus payments to top up ailing general funds after government cuts, exclusive Inside Housing research reveals.

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Homelessness bill 'will not work', say councils

14/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A homelessness bill that imposes increased duties on councils “will not work”, the Local Government Association has said.

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London authorities set for greater CPO powers

08/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) could be given the power to create joint compulsory purchase orders to increase housing development on public sector land, according to proposed legislation.

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West Midlands associations team up

22/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

West Midlands housing associations have formed a ‘partnership’ which will seek to engage with the combined authority following devolution.

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Corbyn's focus on council housebuilding under scrutiny

10/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The co-author of an influential report into council housebuilding has said local authorities should not be pitted against other house builders, in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to build 500,000 council homes.

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Corbyn pledges 500,000 new council homes

04/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A government led by Jeremy Corbyn would build one million homes over five years, including 500,000 council homes, the Labour leader has announced.

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Labour councils call on Barwell to 'scrap the Housing Act'

03/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

London Labour-led councils have called on the new housing minister to scrap the Housing and Planning Act, saying it will damage social housing in the capital.

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Khan intervenes to increase affordable housing on Old Oak site

03/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved a 605-home scheme after intervening to increase the proportion of affordable housing,

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Scottish landlord criticised for lack of ASB policy

29/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A housing association has been criticised by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) for failing to have an anti-social behaviour (ASB) policy in place for its supported housing.

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