Housing and planning

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


Action on Blight: A Vacant and Derelict Land Toolkit

Kathie Pollard, Scottish Land Commission Policy Officer, writes for LGiU on the issue of vacant and derelict land, outlining a framework created by the Commission that enables policymakers to better incorporate considerations for the harm caused by long-term vacancy and dereliction into their policy decisions.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

The Grenfell Inquiry

The initial phase of the Grenfell public inquiry was keenly anticipated. We summarise the key points here, some responses to it, and look ahead to phase two.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

A step up the ladder: how rent deposit schemes can increase access to private sector housing

As local authorities seek to reduce homelessness, increasing the accessibility of the private rental sector has been found to be key. Tenants who might otherwise present as homeless can be assisted into a private tenancy with a council-backed rent bond guarantee scheme, while increasing the available housing in the sector and working to ensure landlords…

Scotland Briefing

MoU for Mapping: An Irish local authority’s impact on planning functions in Lesotho

In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fingal County Council and the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftainship of Lesotho was signed in Maseru. The MOU provided for Fingal to support change, modernisation and reform of the Planning function in that country. The following briefing demonstrates the positive impact that a local authority can…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Modern methods of construction

They have been talked about as a panacea for housebuilding for nearly 20 years. But to what extent are builders using modern methods of construction (MMC) and what, if anything, is holding them back?

England & Wales Briefing

Local Government Performance 2018: Report of the National Oversight and Audit Commission

This briefing is the latest in our series of briefings on reports commissioned and published by the National Oversight and Audit Commission. Report no 22 is NOAC’s fifth annual Performance Indicator Report, which addresses some 37 selected indicators at national level. By and large they cover all of the key services provided by local authorities.

Ireland Briefing

Housing Review: September 2019

While Brexit may be the main item on the political agenda at the moment, housing issues continue to exercise a strong hold on public attention. The latest Eurobarometer report (March 2019) shows that for Luxembourg (57 per cent) and Ireland (52 per cent) housing tops the list of what counts as the most important issue…

Ireland Briefing

Live issues in local government – LGiU at the party conferences

Party conference season is over for another year and much ink has been spilled over the headline announcements. However, LGiU used the conferences as an opportunity to catch up with our members, council leaders and policy-makers about their views on the challenges facing local government. We’ve been looking at how national policy announcements match up…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog