Monthly archives: November 2016

Marcus McPhillips
Marcus McPhillips

By Marcus McPhillips

Permitted Development Rights: A wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Figures on net additional dwellings

On Tuesday, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released their latest figures on the number of net additional dwellings for 2015/16. Since 2012/13, the number of new net dwellings has been steadily increasing year-on-year – this year the figure stands at 189,650. This is encouraging (although we still have not broken 200,000 net additional dwellings in any year since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/8).

Source: DCLG

Permitted Development Rights: What are they?MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Homelessness Reduction Bill: what is homelessness?

The Government recently announced it is supporting Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill and MPs voted the Bill through its second reading.  The legislation now has a good chance of becoming law sometime next year.  So how will it change things for families threatened with homelessness?

The Bill laudably aims to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place by placing new legal duties on local councils to assess every eligible applicant, regardless of priority need, and help those who … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

The bedroom tax: court case should prompt government to scrap policy

A crucial judgement today on the bedroom tax creates complications for the government and means they will have to make changes to the policy. Ministers should look at the problems created by this measure and act to finally abolish it.

The Supreme Court today handed down a number of long-awaited judgements on the bedroom tax. They represent a victory for some social housing tenants but a setback for others.

The tenants, most of whom have a family member with disabilities, … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Speculative housebuilding is not enough

On Dispatches last night Liam Halligan highlighted the limitations of the speculative housebuilder model – and Sajid Javid promised to break open the closed market. Bold interventions are needed to enable new types of builder to increase output – we can’t expect the speculative developers to do it all on their own.

Last night there was an excellent Dispatches on Channel 4 looking at private market housebuilding. The presenter Liam Halligan asked why the big speculative developers are not increasing … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

‘Buy as you go’ homes

‘Buy as you go’ homes are a new idea for affordable housing which is being worked up by the National Housing Federation (NHF), with the government already showing an interest. While more detailed plans may be launched later in the year, there’s enough already for us to get a sense of what it might be.

The concept is quite simple: you pay a monthly rent with no huge upfront deposit and, over time, some of your rent goes towards … MORE...