The announcement in the last budget of a 1% decrease in rents has presented a real challenge to councils and housing associations alike. The cumulative impact is to make development schemes undeliverable and challenge whether plans of improvements to homes are affordable. Achieving better value for money is a mantra for us all, but what does and should this mean?
August 2015 - NewStart
The current level of devolved power and resource cannot be the fixed deal and must be pushed further if Greater Manchester and other combined authorities are to scale up the advantages of devolution.
Progressive economic development has the local population’s health and wellbeing at its heart, says Marvin Rees
In the time between the first property is acquired and whole development area has been acquired there is a growing group of properties, homes, shops, offices or factories that could end up as vacant and a blight on the neighbourhood.
I recently chaired a roundtable discussion about enabling residents to transform their communities for the better. Reflecting on the event, and my own involvement in community regeneration, it is exciting to see how Big Local is different from what went before.
There has always been a strand of opinion that saw housing associations as undemocratic and unaccountable, taking on responsibilities that properly belonged to elected councils. This has been made stronger by the transfer of local authority housing to associations whether for redevelopment or simply as a way of bringing in private capital.
ISSUE 532: JULY 2015 *NEW START IN BRISTOL*