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The social housing green paper

August 20, 2018

The long-awaited green paper on social housing has been published. Will it represent significant changes to how council housing is delivered, regulated and financed?


Local authority housing in England: government statistics

January 30, 2018

The number of council homes and new lets are declining, but by how much? Rents are down but how do they compare with those charged by private landlords? How many people are waiting for a council home, what condition are the properties in and how many tenants are being evicted?


Housing and Planning Act 2016

May 23, 2016

The Housing and Planning Act has been highly contentious. This briefing summarises and comments on the key provisions – such as permission in principle, the right to buy for housing association tenants, ‘pay to stay’ and the sale of empty high value council housing.


Housing Progress Report

November 13, 2013

- This briefing takes as its starting point a range of key statistics to review progress made on a number of housing issues including housing supply, homelessness and housing sales. - There is evidence that the housing market is gaining more confidence with fewer mortgage arrears, and repossessions and increased…


Southwark’s social housing – time for a 30 year plan

February 8, 2013 by LGiU

Southwark Council's Housing Commission Report published last autumn took an in-depth look at the state of the council's housing stock. Councillor Gavin Edwards, Chair of Southwark's Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee explains the difficult choices that lie ahead.


Taking the Lib Dem local government pulse

September 22, 2009 by Andy Sawford

A Chatham House event with councillors from 13 Liberal Democrat councils.  The question we put: with a 30% contraction in local government spending over the next five years (likely according to latest figures from PWC, and Vince Cable’s analysis) what are you going to stop doing (the savage C word)…


Celebrating local government

June 26, 2009 by Andy Sawford

I dashed from the School Governors conference to the NLGN Annual Reception where John Healey made a great speech showing why we will miss him in the local government brief but also giving encouragement that he will take his commitment to working with us as a central part of his…


Council housing progress

April 21, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Following much lobbying, including by the LGiU, expect to see an announcement in the budget tomorrow of a new fund to support council house building. It will be one part of a package of around £1bn to stimulate the housing market, which will also include extending the stamp duty holiday…


Rent rise u-turn

March 6, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The government have announced a u-turn on rent rises today after campaigning by many local authorities, local government and housing organisations, supported by the LGiU. Margaret Beckett has today announced that the average guideline rent increase for 2009/10 will be halved from 6.2 per cent to 3.1 per cent for…


Rent rises

February 20, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Our too centralised system of government means that just when councils really need the flexibility to take action to help people in their commuities, they are hamstrung by government guidelines, laws and financial arrangements.   The current controversy over rent rises illustrates the problem. The Government’s rent guidelines will lead to rent rises of around…