Judge calls to end separation of elderly couples

Speaking at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) conference, Sir James Mundy, president of the family division of the High Court, has criticised the separation of elderly couples when one or both are moved into care homes as ‘inhumane’.

Councils failing to protect countryside, CPRE warns

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has warned that councils are failing to apply planning guidance that is designed to protect countryside growth plans.

Mayor donates 15 per cent of salary to homelessness

As his first act as the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has donated 15 per cent of his salary to kick start the Homelessness fund.

End dominance of major housing builders, MPs urge

A report by the Communities and Local Government Committee has called on the government to end the dominance over the housing market of the major homebuilding firms and encourage councils and housing associations to build more.

Government housing plans lack ambition

A report has claimed that the government is dependent on a ‘broken’ market, and lacks ambition in addressing current housing needs.

Khan launches database to name criminal landlords

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new online data base to name and shame criminal landlords and letting agents who exploit their tenants.

Over 200,000 homes in England lying empty

Figures have revealed that over 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016.

Surveyors retain bleak perception of property market

RICS latest monthly survey shows that property surveyors are gloomy about the current state of the housing market.

Councils should be given powers to jail rogue landlords, LGA says

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to shut down a housing benefit scam forcing people to live in poor and dangerous accommodation and jail more rogue landlords.

DCLG announces tougher measures for rogue landlords

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has brought new rules into force to help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters.

DCLG reveals measures to block brownfield sites

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced new plans to help councils speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes.

Help to Buy used by over one million, figures show

Government figures have shown over one million people have used the Help to Buy scheme when looking to buy a property.

Housing estates awarded £32 million for regeneration

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that more than 100 housing estates across England are set to benefit from a 32 million Estate Regeneration Fund to kick-start their regeneration.

Council tax lower in Wales than England

Official statistics have shown that council tax in England is on average £171 higher than that of Wales.

DCLG confirms 6,000 uses of community rights to protect local assets

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has cited over 6,000 uses of community rights, protecting over 4,000 buildings, green spaces and other local assets.

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