Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

The problems for the Housing and Planning Bill are really just beginning…

The Housing and Planning Bill completes its passage into law today.

The Bill first emerged in October last year. Eight months, forty odd parliamentary sessions, sixteen million pieces of data, almost as many government defeats in the Lords, three sessions of ‘Ping Pong’, one use of the phrase ‘unelected panjandrams’ and a mini-constitutional crisis later, the Bill finally limps over the line to receive Royal Assent this afternoon.

As the dust settles, what is the story of the Bill and … MORE...

Sara Mahmoud

By Sara Mahmoud

Forced council sales – hampering local authorities’ fight against homelessness

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year, with local authorities facing an average annual bill of £26m. In many places, these are modest homes that could be going to those in need of stable, affordable housing.  And as a result, councils doing their best to find homes for homeless households could find their hands increasingly tied. Our new analysis suggests that the hardest hit … MORE...

John Bibby

By John Bibby

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament. It’s changed a lot since it was first tabled by the government, but one thing that’s still included is the proposal to raise billions of pounds each year by forcing councils to sell much-needed council homes.

This policy will see councils forced to sell so-called ‘higher value’ council homes to the highest bidder and hand the money they raise over to the Treasury.

There’s … MORE...

Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Whose homes are they anyway?

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment, made to the Bill in the Lords last month.

But it may prove to be a very big deal.

It potentially puts hundreds of social homes at risk of being lost to the sector, and could result in tenants losing the protection of regulated rents and landlord … MORE...

Sponsoring the London Homelessness Awards 2016

We’re delighted to say that this year, we’re joining Crisis, the London Housing Directors and the London Housing Federation in sponsoring the London Homelessness Awards. Regarded as the UK’s leading homelessness awards, they highlight and celebrate innovation within the sector.

Everyone from registered social landlords, agency partnerships and public sector health organisations to housing and social services departments, and voluntary sector organisations are encouraged to enter.… MORE...