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Cut red tape and give councils the freedom to tackle rogue landlords, says new report

Local authorities need greater freedom to enforce standards in the private rented sector. Central government bureaucracy is undermining the ability of councils to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector (PRS), according to research published today by think tank LGiU and the Electrical Safety Council (ESC). The rapid growth of the PRS [1] has…

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Financial Times: Councils call for more power over landlords

Local councils should be given the power to license and fine private landlords in order to improve the quality of rented housing stock, according to a report. The FT covers our new report ‘House Proud’.

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The MJ: School places struggle is self-inflicted wound for Gove (£)

Laurie Thraves, LGiU Policy Manager, explains to the MJ why the struggle to find school places for primary students in 2016 is a self-inflicted wound for the Secretary of State, Michael Gove. However, the LGA’s recommendations, unfortunately, are a wrong and partial answer to the right question.

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