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

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Localism Act: planning

This briefing on planning is the first of a series of briefings considering the implications for councils of the Localism Act: ones on housing and democracy will follow shortly.

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Laying the foundations: a housing strategy for England II

The Department for Communities and Local Government have released their strategy for housing in England. The report is a mighty 79 pages and can be downloaded as a pdf here.

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Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

There is much in the media this morning about the £400m fund for development schemes David Cameron and Nick Clegg have announced today. Grant Shapps, the housing minister, has written in ConHome that he wants to challenge the “lazy consensus” around housing. Mr Shapps has also made the following Written Ministerial Statement (see below)  outlining the strategy behind the…

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Localisation issues in welfare reform: CLG Committee report

The CLG Select Committee's report into the proposed changes to the discretionary social fund, council tax benefit and housing benefit is very critical of the plans. The changes will have serious implications for all councils.

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Flood risk management in England – NAO report

This briefing summarises and comments on the recent NAO report on flood risk management. The report highlights concerns that the reform laid out in the 2010 Act may be difficult to implement, with clear implications for local authorities.

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REPORT: Promoting Independence: the future of housing related support

Since 2003, the Supporting People programme has funded a wide range of housing related support services that help vulnerable people to manage their accommodation and live independently. This includes offering life-skills training, mediating in neighbourhood disputes, providing support to older people and helping people to manage their family budgets. But recent changes to the way…

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A guide to Neighbourhood Planning

See all blog entries on planning. Neighbourhood planning will give communities the opportunity to organise themselves into forums that can prepare neighbourhood plans and put forward neighbourhood development orders to secure planning permission for developments they support. There are caveats: plans and development orders must be inspected independently and get a majority vote in a…

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