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Probity in planning

Probity in planning: Advice for councillors and officers making planning decisions

Probity in planning is about ensuring that decisions on plan making and planning applications are undertaken, on behalf of communities, in a fair, impartial and transparent way.

Making homelessness strategies happen

Making homelessness strategies happen

Local government is at the heart of the nation’s response to homelessness – we are house builders, housing enablers, and landlords, responsible guardians for people experiencing homelessness and care needs, support providers, and place-shapers; and we are democratically accountable to communities.

ha and councils

Housing associations and councils working together to end homelessness

In November and December 2018, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Housing Federation (NHF) hosted five roadshow events across England, under the theme: ‘Working Together to tackle Homelessness’.

Understanding Local Housing Markets

Understanding Local Housing Markets

Local authorities have a range of duties and wider interests in ensuring the most effective functioning of their local housing markets. They want to ensure affordable, appropriate, good quality housing for everyone in the community within successful and sustainable places.

Homelessness Reduction Act Survey 2018 - survey report COVER

Homelessness Reduction Act Survey 2018 - survey report

In November 2018 the LGA conducted a survey of councils to gather information on their experience of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) since its implementation.

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Housing revenue account cap removal

The LGA believes it is well-placed to develop a sector-led offer that can help councils to deliver the new homes that their communities need.

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Get in on the Act: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 COVER

Get in on the Act: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018

The Bill completed its parliamentary stages on 16 October 2018 and received Royal Assent, becoming law on 1 November 2018.

Engaging and empowering tenants in council-owned housing

Engaging and empowering tenants in council-owned housing

Engaging and involving tenants is a core activity for council landlords and the LGA want to understand and highlight good practice, the challenges faced and any additional support required. Engagement, like housing, is under increased scrutiny across the sector presently, which is welcome and long overdue.

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Housing Advisers Programme 2018 feedback report

This report outlines the results of an online survey of local authorities and the suppliers who provided the adviser support, conducted in early 2018 to capture their experiences of the programme at that point in time.

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Building a movement through partnership

The country’s need for new housing – in the right places and at the right price – has become greater as the housing crisis has continued. OPE therefore puts a special emphasis on freeing-up land for house building, alongside other objectives of better services and efficiencies.