News round-up                                                                                                                                                         14.07.17



Partnership: CEO of Vivid, and Housing Justice trustee, Peter Walters argues here for need for councils and housing associations to better understand one another – ahead of Autumn report  

Supported Housing: despite already significant delays, and extreme uncertainty over funding in general, there will likely be further delay to Green Paper on Supported Housing

Savill’s have produced this impact report on the freeze to LHA rates

Cross party work?: Blog on the need for parties to come together to work on fixing the housing crisis

Criminalising most vulnerable: Homeless Link concerned that police are misusing the Criminal Behaviour Orders in their power to prevent anti-social behaviour

Licensing schemes: good article on some of the concerns the National Landlords Association have re: introduction of blanket licensing schemes

Housing for Key workers: cross party group of MPs calls for subsidised housing for experienced teachers in areas with poorly performing schools

And the Halifax reports that key workers’ housing is increasingly unaffordable

Investor confidence: Barclays suggest that the housing market is still in a good place moving forward

Buy to let: 30% drop in registrations for buy to let year on year – CEO of Haart estate agents has heavily criticised the government



House price dip: Principality Building Society has said that a drop in prices earlier this year was linked to uncertainty ahead of the General Election




Manchester: footballer, Gary Neville, talks about his plans for redevelopment in Manchester city centre, and his motivations for supporting a group of rough sleepers in the city

Birmingham: rough sleepers task force established by City Council and West Mids Police

Birmingham City Council has progressed talks with DCLG about a regional housing deal – it was previously reported that the region would see trial of Right to Buy for Housing Associations

Basildon: new housing development has had latest stage passed by council – but with only 2 votes in its favour, after rest of the body abstained

Warrington: plans for 9,000 new homes to be built on green belt land

Cheltenham: report on the increase in rough sleeping in the town suggests the substandard nature of the housing on offer could be a reason




Haringey: protestors at the Haringey Development Vehicle are planning a legal challenge to the scheme

Alan Strickland, council member for Housing at Haringey council says the HDV is the only way to deliver housing the borough needs

Help to buy – distorting the market:

Battersea Power Station: more evidence of how much affordable housing has not been built at the redevelopment

Affordable Housing deals: the mayor’s office has hailed a new deal in which an additional 50,000 affordable homes will be delivered in London as ‘ground-breaking’



House built by robots?