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.

MoJ reveals plans for 5,000 modern prison places

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled plans for four new prisons in England and Wales, creating 5,000 modern prison places to replace old and overcrowded establishments.

£45 million HCA loan for Cambridgeshire homes

The HCA has announced it will provide a £45 million loan to build over 4,500 new homes at a site near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

DCLG introduces flexible homelessness support grant

Councils will gain greater flexibility to prioritise homelessness prevention under a new flexible homelessness support grant.

Legislation has been proposed to abolish Right to Buy, the Preserved Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire for tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords after a period of at least one year following Royal Assent.

 Stirling Council fined £10,5000 over failure to act over asbestos

Stirling Council has been issued with a £10,500 penalty after it ignored warnings for nine years about asbestos in the basement of its Old Viewforth headquarters.

PAC backs full decant of Westminster during refurb

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has supported a full decant of the Palace of Westminster while major works are undertaken as ‘the most economical, effective and efficient choice’.

Rising rents push vulnerable out of housing market

The UK’s most vulnerable tenants are being pushed out of the private rental market as a result of rising rents and benefit cuts.

The Local Government Association (LGA), has called on the government to use the Spring Budget to free councils from borrowing limits hampering their ability to build new homes, citing that local authorities are forced to spend £2 million per day on providing temporary accommodation.

Excess army rations should be given to homeless, MP urges

Work and Pensions Select Committee chairman Frank Field has called for surplus army food packs to be used to feed the UK's homeless population, after figures showed 12,275 operational ration packs (ORP) had been disposed of between April and December.

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