News round-up                                                                                                                                                         14.07.17

 

National

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 https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/comment/councils-and-associations-need-to-work-harder-to-understand-each-other-51452  

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 http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/delay-to-supported-housing-green-paper-a-blow/

Savill’s have produced this impact report on the freeze to LHA rates http://pdf.savills.com/documents/Policy%20Response%20Impact%20of%20the%20LHA%20increase%20corrected.pdf

Cross party work?: Blog on the need for parties to come together to work on fixing the housing crisis https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/comment/time-for-the-parties-to-work-together-on-housing-51422

Criminalising most vulnerable: Homeless Link concerned that police are misusing the Criminal Behaviour Orders in their power to prevent anti-social behaviour http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-40571673

Licensing schemes: good article on some of the concerns the National Landlords Association have re: introduction of blanket licensing schemes http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/private-landlords-warn-of-enforcement-divide/

Housing for Key workers: cross party group of MPs calls for subsidised housing for experienced teachers in areas with poorly performing schools https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/13/give-teachers-in-poorer-schools-subsidised-housing-mps

And the Halifax reports that key workers’ housing is increasingly unaffordable http://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/07/12/nurses-teachers-and-firefighters-less-able-to-afford-homes-rep/

Investor confidence: Barclays suggest that the housing market is still in a good place moving forward http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/180851

Buy to let: 30% drop in registrations for buy to let year on year – CEO of Haart estate agents has heavily criticised the government https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/7/the-number-of-btl-landlords-registering-to-buy-property-is-down-30-y-o-y

 

Wales

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40570162

 

 

Regional

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 https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/12/gary-neville-hotel-for-homeless-was-purely-the-right-thing-to-do

Birmingham: rough sleepers task force established by City Council and West Mids Police http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/birmingham-launches-rough-sleepers-task-force/

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 Associationshttps://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/birmingham-city-council-in-talks-with-dclg-over-regional-housing-deal-51423

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 http://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/south_essex_news/15406848.Controversial_housing_development_passed___with_just_two_votes_in_support/

Warrington: plans for 9,000 new homes to be built on green belt land http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-40585119

Cheltenham: report on the increase in rough sleeping in the town suggests the substandard nature of the housing on offer could be a reason http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/people-sleeping-rough-cheltenham-escape-192196

 

 

London

Haringey: protestors at the Haringey Development Vehicle are planning a legal challenge to the scheme https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/campaigners-plan-legal-challenge-to-haringey-vehicle-51410

Alan Strickland, council member for Housing at Haringey council says the HDV is the only way to deliver housing the borough needs https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/comment/deal-with-private-developer-will-deliver-thousands-of-homes--51361

Help to buy – distorting the market: http://www.cityam.com/268330/help-buy-scheme-distorting-london-housing-market

Battersea Power Station: more evidence of how much affordable housing has not been built at the redevelopment http://www.ourcity.london/case-studies/battersea-power-station-affordable-housing/

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’ https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/record-17bn-deal-for-new-homes

 

Other:

House built by robots? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-40447883/the-house-being-built-by-robots-and-3d-printers