Housing briefing - the top local government news and events in one place.
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The Tories say they would replace the present planning system with one based on financial rewards for areas that accept new development. For six years the government would match pound-for-pound extra council tax from new homes, with a similar arrangement for business rates. (LGCplus report)
Havering LBC has reached agreement with the government on decent homes funding. The council dropped out of a collective judicial review when it was reinstated on the decent homes programme, with a £112m allocation over five years. (LGCplus report)
Only 122,700 homes were built in the past year, the lowest total since 1923-24, said the National Housing Federation. Chief executive David Orr said: “With record housing waiting lists and overcrowding reaching epidemic proportions, the need for affordable housing has never been greater. (LGCplus report)
Hillingdon LBC claims to be the first local authority to reclaim control of housing from its arm’s-length management organisation. Philip Corthorne, cabinet member for housing, said freedoms in borrowing and new build made the ALMO unnecessary. (LGCplus report)
HCA launches second skills survey (LGCplus report)
Housing concern over ageing rural population (LGCplus report)
Tories pledge traveller camp crackdown (LGCplus report)
Cameron pledges housing benefit reform (LGCplus report)
Healey blasts Boris’ homes plan (LGCplus report)
Progressing with your Local Development Framework, LGC Conferences, 17 March, London.