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Violence Against Women and Girls: the Queen’s Speech

July 18, 2017

This briefing examines the proposals to establish a new Commissioner, create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, and to allow courts to impose sentences taking account of the abusive behaviour involving a child, in the context of the government’s strategy to address this issue, and of pressures on public funding.


Grenfell Fire: questions for local government

June 22, 2017

It is too early to draw firm conclusions about the horrific Grenfell fire, but local government are starting to consider the wider implications. We look here at the immediate response, at resilience and accountabilities, and whether the fire will result in changes to key areas such as housing policy.


Housebuilding in England

June 5, 2017

How many homes are being built, what type and where? We examine recent statistics here taken from DCLG and the National Housing Federation.


Preventing Homelessness – Issues and Challenges for Councils

In partnership with Social Finance we are hosting a free, half day conference in London on the issues and challenges associated with homelessness prevention. Date: 2nd May 1030 – 1430 Venue: Trowers & Hamlins LLP, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ The event is free…



Housing White Paper – Fixing our broken housing market

March 1, 2017

The overall emphasis of the White Paper is on increasing the supply of housing over the longer term, primarily through changes to the planning system. This briefing focuses firstly on the more immediate housing issues and then on the key issues for planning.



The Housing Headwind

December 13, 2016

This briefing summarises a Resolution Foundation report published earlier this year on living standards and housing costs. It concludes that housing costs have reduced income growth to close to zero (possibly below) for more than half the population over time.


National Flood Resilience Review

December 8, 2016

Severe flooding in 2015 prompted the government to review its flooding strategy. This briefing considers this review and also the report from the Environmental Audit Committee on flooding co-operation across government - with strong relevance for local authorities. The review did not cover governance.


Housing and Homelessness – Where are we now?

November 24, 2016

Will the May government mean policy changes on housing or just a change in the rhetoric? This briefing looks at the evidence so far, and at the recent report from the CLG select committee on homelessness.


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