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Funding, housing, houses, building

The Elphicke-House report on housing delivery

February 24, 2015

The Elphicke report, "From statutory provider to housing delivery enabler" argues that councils should take on a more central role in enabling the delivery of new housing by a variety of providers. This briefing will be of particular interest to everyone with responsibility for housing, planning, finance and growth.


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The Tenancies (Reform) Bill – transforming the role of local authorities

October 29, 2014 by LGiU

Shelter’s Hannah Gousy explains how the proposed Tenancies (Reform) Bill will help councils to target their resources in the private rented sector. Homes in the private rented sector are in a worse condition than any other form of housing. A third fail to meet the government’s decent homes standard and…


radar dish

On the Party Conferences Radar

October 14, 2014

This briefing summarises policy announcements from the conferences from the three main Westminster parties and comments on the messages they reveal, particularly on how the parties see devolution and the role of local government after next May. It also gives some details on plans for health and social care and…


community budgets, coins, money, finance

Welfare Reform Update: August 2014

August 28, 2014

This briefing is a further update on developments in welfare reform, updating developments in selected aspects to early August 2014. Covered are the latest statistics and analyses on the benefits cap, the social sector size criteria, the Work Capability Assessment, and progress in Personal Independence Payments (PIPs). The DWP has…


Field of sunflowers

Local Growth Deals and the Local Growth Fund

July 31, 2014

This briefing looks at the details and implications of the growth deals and the LGF allocations for local economic leadership in general, and for local authorities (LAs) in particular. Local authorities – especially members and officers responsible for LEP relations, economic development, and services (like planning, transport, skills) which make…


Air, wind, environment, climate

Climate Change and Social Justice: A Review

May 14, 2014

* The review is part of a series by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) ) which aims to analyse the social justice implications of climate change in the UK. Using a rapid research assessment method to analyse literature, it also makes recommendations related…


Houses, new build, flats, homes, help to buy

Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme – NAO Report

May 8, 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a value for money report on the ‘Help to Buy’ Scheme (“The Help to Buy – equity loan scheme”). It found that the scheme was making homes more affordable and improving access to mortgage finance, but the cost to the taxpayer is uncertain…


Camden, London, planning, community, houses, regeneration, street

English Housing Survey 2012-13

April 16, 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the results of its annual English Housing Survey for 2012-13 on 26 February. This briefing compares key findings for social housing with other tenures and reports some more detailed statistics for social housing.


Becontree Heath Estate, Dagenham, social housing, council house, flats, apartment, London, homes, tenant, landlord

Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

April 9, 2014

This report, published by the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) on 2 April, summarises the evidence given in its inquiry into support for housing costs and welfare reform announced in July 2013. The WPC’s report contains detailed evidence of the impacts of various welfare reforms, including the Social Sector Size…


Shopping trollies, supermarket, shop

The Consumer Rights Bill

March 18, 2014

The Consumer Rights Bill was introduced to Parliament on 23 January 2014.It has completed its committee stage. An amended version was published on 14 March 2014. A date for the third reading has yet to be announced. The Bill brings together much of the existing legislation relating to contracts for…


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