DCLG

Hammond considers council freedoms to boost social housing

in London<p>Philip Hammond is considering plans to give some local authorities greater freedoms to borrow in a move designed to boost the construction …

Housing

Councils to spend £1bn on commercial property amid housing shortage

Exclusive: Expert estimate suggests figure local authorities are on course to lay out this year could fund 8,000 council homes<p>Councils are on course to spend more than £1bn on commercial property this year, investing more in shopping centres, country clubs, hotels, offices and other assets than in …

Housing

Hammond plots business rates revolution for the Budget

The chancellor is poised unveil plans to shake-up how firms pay their business rates in the Budget next week.<p>The business rates system came under …

Boris makes headlines – but these overlooked ministers truly endanger the Tories

The haplessness of Chris Grayling, a member of the cabinet since 2012, goes largely unnoticed.<p>According to <i>Soccernomics</i> – Simon Kuper and Stefan …

Brexit

Huge spike in number of travellers visiting and camping illegally in Bristol region

There has been a spike in the number of travellers visiting the Bristol in the summer, official figures have shown.<p>Statistics released by the …

Politics quiz of the week: Brexit, Grenfell and smashed avocados

Appearing in this weeks quiz are Boris Johnson, universal credit and the question of whether fancy fruits are keeping young people off the housing ladder<p>The EU withdrawal bill continues to make its way through parliament, while Boris Johnson continues to make a variety of headlines as foreign …

Iain Duncan Smith

Could this be the end of borough and district councils?

The Government could deliver a £31 billion boost to the economy over five years by abolishing 201 district and borough councils in England and …

Housing

Boost for Brighouse with next steps for new enterprise zone

CREATING a new business park and Enterprise Zone at Clifton in Brighouse would be a major boost for the area’s economy.<p>Three schemes which could …

More than 200,000 new homes built in England in 2016-17

Official figures show that more than 200,000 new homes were added to the housing stock in England last year – an increase of 15 per cent on the …

Housing

Gypsy and traveller site numbers 'not being met'

<b>Fewer than a third of the required number of Gypsy and traveller pitches in England have been built, with some funding going unspent.</b><p>Local authorities have spent almost £35m creating 1,800 pitches since 2012, despite an agreed need for about 6,000.<p>The Gypsy and Traveller Council said authorities …

Race & Ethnicity

Calls for the Chancellor to stop utility companies delaying house building

The Housing & Finance Institute has urged the Chancellor to introduce new Utility Direction Powers in this month's Budget, in order to force utility …

Property (UK)

The UK built more than 200,000 new homes for the first time since the financial crisis

Housebuilders constructed the most new homes since the financial crisis in 2016-17, official data has shown, suggesting attempts to boost supply are …

Housing

Reality Check: Have deaths in fires risen by 20%?

<b>The claim:</b> Firefighter numbers in England are down 11,000 since 2010 and fire deaths rose 20% last year.<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> Jeremy Corbyn is right to say that deaths have risen by 20% if you take the figures for the 12 months to June 2017, which include the Grenfell Tower fire. The total number …

Grenfell Tower

Yorkshire breaking news: Latest updates - BBC News

Live Reporting<p>MPs say there's a greater risk of guns, drugs and fake goods, being smuggled into the UK after Brexit, unless the government recruits more border staff.<p>The Home Affairs Committee wants ministers to draw up contingency plans, to prevent long delays at ports and airports.<p>The West …

Sajid Javid

Tories struggle to agree a way ahead on housing

<b>"We are the builders".</b><p>It feels a very long time since George Osborne made that claim for the Conservative Party and the record of the government since then has not really borne that out.<p>But right now, in some parts of the Tories there is a definite sense that unless they come up with an effective …

Brexit

Housing associations reclassified as private to encourage building

and in London<p>Housing associations are to be reclassified by the UK government as private organisations, in a move that ministers hope will encourage …

Housing

Young and poor hit hardest in the UK by rising housing costs

, Economics Editor<p>Poorer and younger households have borne the brunt of changes in UK housing costs since the financial crisis, according to a new …

Housing

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

<i>November 15, 2017</i><p>Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration exacerbates to demand for additional housing.<p>…

Immigration

Almost 400 people and groups granted ’core participant’ status in Grenfell inquiry

Almost 400 individuals and organisations have been granted "core participant" status in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry which could give them the right to …

News (Ireland)

The number of affordable houses being built in Birmingham is soaring

The number of affordable homes being built in Birmingham is on the rise - with half of all new builds in the city classed as affordable.<p>New figures …

Housing

Let us borrow to build homes, head of the Local Government Association urges the Chancellor

The chairman of the Local Government Association has urged the Treasury to lift the cap on council borrowing in next week's Budget, saying: "Councils need to be able to build again if the Government is serious about tackling the housing crisis."<p>Lord Porter, a Conservative peer and also a former …

Housing

Government should 'let go of levers of power' and agree to Yorkshire devolution deal this year, Council boss urges

SIXTEEN local authorities are “standing strong” together in their fight to secure new money and powers from Government, according to Bradford Council …

East Yorkshire

Poor broadband killing off rural life as young people flee for the cities, report finds

Better broadband banner<p>Poor broadband is helping to kill off rural society, a report has said, as young people leave for cities and don't return. The National Housing Federation has warned that family life is being damaged as children increasingly leave home for university or to work and fail to …

Flee

Holyhead remembers the Victoria Cross hero who gave his life for his comrades

The ultimate sacrifice made by one of Anglesey’s two Victoria Cross recipients received prominence during Remembrance Sunday commemorations in …

News (Wales)

Former millionaire to open new homeless centre in Birmingham

A former millionaire is set to open a new homeless centre in Birmingham this month.<p>It will provide meals and showers for the homeless community, but …

Poverty

Could God’s own county win control of its own fate as ‘One Yorkshire’?

Calls for a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal are growing louder<p>When Londoner Stewart Arnold first moved to Yorkshire in 1992 to lecture in business studies at Hull University, he was immediately enthralled by life in the place some natives like to call “God’s own county”.<p>“It sometimes takes an …

Referendums

Three Dorset waste sites could be developed after recycling facility scheme is scrapped

THREE waste facilities in Dorset are being lined up for development after a major project which had been given government finances fell through.<p>The …

Recycling

Anger at homes plan for Thurston

Community leaders have vowed to make sure residents’ voices are heard with the prospect of more 800 new homes being built in their village.<p>Thurston …

Manchester

Grenfell council accused of wasting up to £1m on communications jobs

Chair of local residents’ group says Kensington and Chelsea ‘throwing out money in a panic’ with recruitment drive<p>The council responsible for Grenfell Tower has been accused of wasting huge sums of money after it emerged it was trying to recruit more than two dozen communications staff to spread …

London

This Is How Many Homeless People There Are In The UK

Did you know that 250,000 people live in Newcastle? Newcastle’s a pretty big place, isn’t it? Likewise, if you had 300,000 Instagram followers you’d …

Housing