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Housing and planning round-up March 2021

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.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Evictions and rent arrears: one year of the pandemic

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.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Personal stories from a Spanish town

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.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

A time to change: major development contributions planning reform

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…

Australia
Members & Followers

A Nordic approach to Covid-19 a year of learning

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?

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Understanding the Indigenous Voice Proposals

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.

Australia
Members

Special Report on Covid-19 and its impact on structures of government one year on

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…

Ireland
Members & Followers

The outlook for living standards and poverty in 2021

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.

England & Wales, Scotland