Housing and planning

How can local authorities create healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods and ensure that there are enough high-quality homes for people?

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Foxes and Hedgehogs: Future directions for housing policy

The housing briefing this month could more properly be described as a personal blog that looks at the state of housing policy in Ireland in the run up to the general election. With the housing crisis showing little sign of easing and given the importance of the issue to the public, we can expect all…

Ireland Briefing
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How UK Towns are determining their futures

In 2019, Carnegie UK Trust decided to tell the story of a variety of towns, who face challenges like changes in their economic base, an ageing demographic, and funding cuts to local authorities – but are coming up with innovative solutions. In the report Turnaround Towns UK we reflect on nine towns’ stories that illustrate…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up January 2020

January’s housing and planning round-up includes news about licensing private landlords, homelessness figures, barriers to house building and right to buy sales.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members

Swift Read: The rough sleeping initiative

An analysis of the rough sleeping initiative (RSI) by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, published late last year, concluded that a UK government initiative to reduce rough sleeping in England led to a significant fall in the number of people sleeping rough in areas that received funding in 2017-18.

England & Wales Briefing
Members

Housing Review: November/December 2019

In this end of year review, we bring the journal of housing activities to a close for 2019. This review looks at the state of housing in Ireland over the November/December period, covering the housing market, key conferences, Dáil business, and other relevant information for those working in local government with an interest in housing.

Ireland Briefing
Members

Bureaucratic activism in local government

The South African bureaucracy is a fraught space in which to work yet there are innovative local government officials who effect change and progress. This briefing will be of interest to those working with local communities, public participation and community resistance, and the promotion of social and spatial change.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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The mortgage rules debate – divergent interests and collective good

This briefing considers issues relating to housing affordability and credit in the context of the debate regarding the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules. Relaxation of the rules could be rationalised from particular perspectives. In the short term, it would help some to purchase and would boost activity in various “property”-related services. However, given housing supply…

Ireland Briefing
Members

Housing and planning round-up December 2019

This month’s housing and planning round-up is slightly different due to the election, with focus placed on outlining policies of the main parties in relation to housing and planning issues, alongside housing news and the latest consultations.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members

Swift Read: Aluminium cladding and zero valuation

This briefing looks at the issue of aluminium cladding, which is causing homes to be valued at zero in home reports. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers involved in housing standards and fire safety, as well as anyone interested in the wider context around cladding and fire risk.

Scotland Briefing
Members

Challenge Accepted: how to meet the housing needs of the disabled and elderly

Evidence suggests that disabled people can face discrimination when trying to access suitable housing. Does the UK have the opportunity to lead from the front for disabled people, now that the Government’s design guidance has been published? This briefing will be of use to Councillors and local government officers working in housing, planning and adult…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing