Councils and other social landlords are being held to account more forcibly by the Housing Ombudsman and tenants. This month’s roundup looks at the growth of tenant scrutiny, along with stories on rough sleeping, right to buy, evictions, Scotland’s 20-year housing vision and homes for key workers in London.
A current ban on evictions cannot go on indefinitely: what are the prospects for tenants who have built up substantial rent arrears during the pandemic? Unless loans and other financial support are offered, widespread homelessness may be inevitable. We looks at the options being proposed from different organisations.
This briefing shares the experiences from local institutions in the Spanish town of Benifaió, which has wrestled with uncertainty and pressure over the pandemic. They represent a mixed picture, in which the potential for local innovations and reforms coexist with high levels of fatigue and frustration experienced by local officials.
In this briefing, SGS Economics & Planning’s Luke Nicholls provides an outline of the key changes to the development contributions system in NSW as a result of the State government accepting all 29 recommendations for significant reforms to the infrastructure contributions system made by the NSW Productivity Commissioner. This briefing is intended as a high-level…
Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services – Women and Equalities Select Committee report
The report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee on the impact of Covid-19 on people living with disabilities is sobering reading. It assesses the difficulties many people experienced and includes important recommendations to improve the wellbeing of disabled people as we go into transition and recovery.
Special Report on Covid-19 in Northern Ireland and its impact on structures of Government one year on
As Ireland passes the one year anniversary of the first reported Covid-19 cases, it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on the changes the pandemic has wrought on government systems in the last 12 months – this time looking at Northern Ireland.
When reflecting on how the world has grappled with Covid-19, Sweden stands out as taking a different approach from the start, keeping its society and borders open. What exactly is the ‘Swedish Model’, how has it evolved over time and what role has local government played?
In October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the start of the Indigenous Voice co-design process. This briefing provides a summary of the proposal along with a discussion of the key considerations for engaging with the process.
As we pass the one year anniversary of the first reported Irish Covid-19 cases it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on the changes the pandemic has wrought on government systems in the last 12 months. In this first briefing, we will examine the Republic and in an upcoming briefing we will examine Northern…
Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, 14.5 million people in the UK were living in poverty. Two recent reports provide insights on the pandemic’s affect on low income households. Bold policies will be needed to avoid a large increase in poverty and help people access new and better jobs.