‘Clear power imbalance' in private rented sector

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said that vulnerable tenants need greater legal protections from retaliatory evictions.

Local transport key to economic growth in north

The RTPI has urged Transport for the North to work closely with councils to ensure transport investment supports urban regeneration and sustainable patterns of growth.

Young people face prospect of never owning home

Policy makers should radically reform the private rental sector as a generation of young people face the prospect of never owning their own home.

Review announced for dealing with unauthorised caravan sites

The government will review the current laws and powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments.

Fibre to the Premises Kitemark needed for new builds

Housing developers should adopt a new Fibre to the Premises Kitemark to reassure homebuyers that their new home will be digitally connected.

New initiative to reduce rough sleeping

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed new government plans to significantly reduce the number of people sleeping rough.

Councils to charge double council tax on empty properties

Rishi Sunak has announced new government legislation to allow councils to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for years.

Half a million ‘invisible’ older private renters overlooked

Older people in private rented accommodation are ‘invisible’ in policy decisions on housing and age-related issues, says new report.

Decisions on intervention sent from local plan failings

Sajid Javid has written to 15 local authorities to inform them of decisions on intervention following their continued failure to produce a local plan.

NHS to work with councils to improve ‘housing health’

In a bid to save money and reduce hospital visits, the NHS is to work alongside councils to improve health through better housing.

Foundations ready to develop first wave of homes

Liverpool City Council’s ‘ethical housing company’ has set out a £50 million budget to deliver the first phase of a 10,000 build programme.

Cardiff checks on cladding expose fire safety issues

Extra fire safety checks on Cardiff Council's high-rise blocks of flats have revealed that some cladding systems do not meet current standards.

£215 million for council homelessness services

Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler has announced that councils are set to receive a share of £215 million to prevent homelessness.

Debate encouraged on flood risk communities

Sir James Bevan has opened debate on whether communities at the highest risk of flooding should be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated.

£300 million investment in new homes

Sajid Javid has announced that Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire will receive shares of nearly £300 million for new homes.

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Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.