Councils threatened with losing planning powers

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid warned that councils could be stripped of planning powers if not enough homes are being built in their areas.

Government should amend ‘affordable housing’ definition

The government should strengthen its commitment to delivering affordable housing by amending the definition of affordable housing and the viability test.

Gov to provide extra £1 million for cladding

Tamara Finkelstein has outlined how councils will share £1 million to identify private high-rise buildings that may be clad in unsafe building materials.

Bereaved families to determine future of the Grenfell site

The government has put bereaved families and the community at the heart of deciding what happens to the future of the Grenfell Tower site.

Funding fall for energy-efficient homes

A new report from e3g has claimed that public investment in warm homes in England has been cut by 58 per cent since 2012.

Over 300 high-rises have Grenfell-style cladding

Government figures show that only seven social housing buildings have fully replaced their unsafe cladding in the wake of Grenfell Tower.

Two new affordable housing schemes in Manchester

Manchester City Council will discuss two new housing schemes that will make affordable homes available for first time buyers.

UK must improve energy efficiency of housing

The UK has the sixth-worst long-term rate of excess winter mortality out of 30 European countries.

New funding to speed up planning decisions

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced new funding to help speed up planning decisions and help the government deliver, quality new homes.

Rogue landlords should face £30,000 fines

The LGA has said that rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates.

Hospitals, prisons and Jobcentres to refer homeless

Prisons, Jobcentres and NHS trusts will be among the organisations that have a duty to help those at risk of becoming homeless.

Metro Mayors urge for better allocated housing funds

England’s Metro Mayors have urged the government to review the way in which funding for new housing is allocated to city-regions.

Tougher electrical safety standards for tenants

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published recommendations for new safety measures to better protect private tenants

Affordable homes shortfall falling far short of demand

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned that the supply of new, affordable homes has fallen short of demand by 30,000 every year since 2011.

Javid to consider new housing complaints system

Sajid Javid will consider options to ensure that no-one is left battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues with their home.

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