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The social housing white paper: summary and comment

Three years after Grenfell, the government has at last published wide-ranging proposals to empower tenants in social housing and to strengthen regulation. Will the Charter for Social Housing Residents lead to landlords being scrutinised more effectively?

England & Wales
Members

Victorian Local Government Audits: Findings and Implications

The Victorian Auditor-General recently presented his 2019-20 audit report to Parliament. This briefing focusses on the results, with a particular focus on the sector’s financial performance, position, and financial sustainability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia
Members

Parliamentary update August and September 2021

The purpose of this briefing is to provide an update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

All in this together? The impact of Covid-19 on different places

The Covid-19 lockdown has caused an unprecedented rupture in everyday economic activity. Since local economies differ, their experiences of Covid-19 and long term resilience also varies between different towns and cities. How are cities and towns affected and what are their recovery prospects?

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Troubled Families Programme

The MHCLG-led Troubled Families Programme in England is nearly 10 years old. This briefing looks at its impact, recent commentary and future prospects.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Homes fit for our future: getting on with climate-friendly housing

Achieving carbon neutrality in the UK within the next twenty to thirty years requires innovation throughout the housing system. This paper examines innovation impacts in embodied, operational and land-based emissions, and explores routes to make yesterday’s innovations tomorrow’s ‘business as usual’.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Affordable housing schemes – reflecting on past experience

The recent publication of the Affordable Housing Bill, 2020 provides a new legislative basis for direct state-led construction of affordable homes for purchase. It seems appropriate, therefore, to reflect on experience with previous schemes from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, as a preliminary to a further item considering proposals for a future affordable…

Ireland
Members

A renewed case for infill

This briefing explores the mismatch between consumer housing preferences and housing supply, considers case studies of medium density design done well, and explores ways in which local governments can make the existing system ‘work harder’ towards precinct and place outcomes.

Australia
Members & Followers

Swift Read: Nudge, fudge and sludge – behavioural insights and Covid-19

Nudge theory has been influential in policymaking over the last decade. Various governments have used nudges in responding to Covid-19, though this has sometimes been controversial. This briefing shows how the UK’s response has been characterised by ‘nudge’, the removal of bureaucratic ‘sludge’ and the occasional policy ‘fudge’.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland