The Housing and Planning Bill, as amended by the Commons, has completed its Commons Committee stage and has proceeded to the House of Lords. The Bill has been hotly debated. This briefing provides an update and comments on its key provisions.
Can councils generate income, reduce costs and maintain a quality service by establishing Local Authority Trading Companies? This briefing looks at case studies, the challenges LATCs face, and issues around governance and business planning. It is the third in a series on commercial activity and income generation in local government.
The impact of the existing right to buy and the implications for the proposed extension to housing associations
In the light of the government's commitment to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, the CLG select committee commissioned a review of literature and data on the operation of the existing RTB and to consider the implications for the extended scheme. This briefing summarises the report.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report Housing and Poverty, looking at the links between housing and poverty, was followed by How do landlords address poverty, a review of landlord strategies to examine whether and how landlords address poverty and deprivation.
The Housing and Planning Bill contains no big surprises but it is a significant, and potentially contentious, Bill. This briefing outlines and comments on its key provisions.
Travel To Work Areas (TTWAs) have been essential components of contextual information for strategic planning and a range of related physical and economic policies and programmes. This briefing looks at lessons and issues arising from the August 2015 ONS publication of TTWAs based on the 2011 census
The National Audit Office’s report “Disposal of public land for new homes” assesses the progress the previous government made in meeting its target to release enough public sector owned land to build 100,000 new homes and in doing so support 25,000 jobs by 2015.
The first hundred days is a significant milestone in a new government’s journey. Have they been implementing manifesto commitments, what has been dropped or amended, what’s new? What is the impact and what does it tell us about what the political weather may hold for the next 1725 days?
A new online mapping tool published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation enables users in local authorities to explore "climate change disadvantage" at a neighbourhood scale across England. It brings together climate risk and social vulnerability spatially and is a unique tool for local authorities and their partners.
The need for local government’s strategic leadership role is more crucial than ever if we are to move to the “lower tax, higher wage, lower welfare” society the government aspires to.