Here is a seeming paradox. Housing has steadily risen up the public agenda in recent years, with polls showing that housing shortages now rank as a top public concern. Yet developers, planners and politicians will tell you that the politics of planning have never felt more fraught.
Led by the community, they are often better at overcoming local objections.
The use of market incentives to encourage others to fund new house building may end.
Over two-thirds of councils across England and Wales did not undertake any prosecutions against private landlords last year.
Councils are determined to act against the minority who flout legislation, forcing vulnerable tenants to live in inadequate or unsafe housing.
Is the best route to more affordable homes via building better railways?
Local government will want to send out a warm welcome to a new report on planning in England.
The big Budget announcements for local government may have already been made.
It wasn’t only the prime minister dancing after her speech at the Conservative Party Conference
By working closely with local authorities the Department for Work and Pensions is finding simple solutions that can have a huge impact