This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications, right to buy sales, and the latest consultations. The big issue is housebuilding.
This briefing provides an overview of selected recent ONS releases of place-based statistics at local authority level – especially population estimates and forecasts, labour market, household income, housing, productivity, and electoral statistics. It highlights the importance to local authorities of analysing what they tell us.
A review of help to buy published by the NAO notes that, by 2023, the government will have invested up to £29 billion in the scheme, making it the most expensive government housing initiative. It will have potentially supported about 462,000 property purchases. But does it represent value for money?
With the launch of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, this briefing highlights what is happening in Scotland to improve air quality and looks at one tool local government can use in the fight to reduce vehicle emissions – Low Emission Zones (LEZs).
The LGiU Local Government Homelessness Commission has published its final report. It is the first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention from the perspective of local government, those who have to actually implement the policy and who provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
The report by the National Audit Office published in May 2019 is on the changing role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships. The report also deals with progress in strengthening governance, assurance and transparency in LEPs and with funding spent through LEPs to date and future funding arrangements.
This month's round-up includes the latest news on building safety, homelessness duties, permitted development, and planning appeals.
Fleshwounds from a silver bullet? Counting the cost of the unforeseen consequences of permitted development
The government has promised a new fast-track planning route, allowing accelerated creation of new homes and improved vibrancy of town centres at “no net cost” to councils. But are these promises too good to be true? What could be the impact on residents, housing quality, and on local authority finances?
What are the main issues dominating local government and what could happen over the next period – though predictions are perhaps rather problematic at the moment given the current nature of politics.
This month's round-up includes the latest news on homelessness, permitted development, new housing permissions, and ongoing consultations.