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Blog 10th October 2019

Thursday October 10, 18:01

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Brexit, Institute for Fiscal Studies, BBC, European Union, Bank of England, United Kingdom Government, Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, Public Works Loans Board, Local Government Association, Eden District Council, Councillor Judith Derbyshire, Risk…

Blog 10th October 2019

Blog 3rd October 2019

Oct 3rd, 17:28

In this week’s blog, I refer to: City of York Council, Cllr Stephen Fenton, Housing, Business Planning, Local Government, Planning, Eden District Council, Climate emergency, Environmental sustainability, Economic Development, Financial Management, Seminars and Training. Last week I…

Blog 3rd October 2019

Blog 19th September 2019

Sep 19th, 16:13

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Education, Brexit, Yellowhammer, Freedom of Movement, European Union, National Association of Head Teachers, the Observer, European Social Fund, Gavin Esler, University of Kent, Erasmus, UK Council for International Student Affairs, Michael Gove,…

Blog 19th September 2019

Blog 12th September 2019

Sep 12th, 15:04

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Spending Review 2019, Sajid Javid, HM Treasury, Health, Education, Police, NHS, Operation Yellowhammer, United Kingdom Government, Brexit, Medicine, Social Care, Risk Management, CIPFA, RSH, Local Government, Housing, Service Charges, Seminars and…

Blog 12th September 2019

Blog 3rd September 2019

Sep 3rd, 11:08

In this week’s blog, I preview the spending review and refer to: Sajid Javid, Boris Johnson, Education, Health, Police, Housing, Local Government, Local Government Association, County Councils’ Network, Local Government Chronicle, Brexit, Resolution Foundation, Office for…

Blog 3rd September 2019

Blog 27th August 2019

Aug 27th, 13:45

In this week’s blog, I refer to: HS2; Grant Shapps; Boris Johnson; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG); HM Treasury; Right to Buy; Council Housing; Local Government Association (LGA); Leeds City Council; Children’s Commissioner for England; Service…

Blog 27th August 2019

Blog 22nd August 2019

Aug 22nd, 11:16

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Boris Johnson, Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Brexit, European Union, Home Office, Rory Stewart, Ministry of Justice, Priti Patel, Woking Borough Council, Sheerwater Regeneration scheme, Service charges, seminars and training. Boris Johnson, the…

Blog 22nd August 2019

Blog 12th August 2019

Aug 12th, 19:22

In this week’s blog, I refer to: HM Treasury, Spending Review, Sajid Javid, NHS, Police, Schools, Local Government, Housing, Office for National Statistics, Bank of England, Brexit, BBC, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, Local…

Blog 12th August 2019

Blog 5th August 2019

Aug 5th, 13:07

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Boris Johnson, NHS England, Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust, King’s Fund, Guardian, Department for Education, schools, Brexit, Kent County Council, Scotland, council housing finance, seminar, training. Boris Johnson announced an additional…

Blog 5th August 2019

Blog 30th July 2019

Jul 30th, 13:48

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Boris Johnson; Local Government; Housing; UK Shared Prosperity Fund; Stronger Towns Fund; Future High Streets Fund; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Theresa May; The New European; Conservatives; UK Labour; Liberal-Democrats;…

Blog 30th July 2019

Blog 2nd July 2019

Jul 2nd, 19:00

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Government Association; HM Treasury; Institute for Fiscal Studies; Brexit; Philip Hammond; Boris Johnson; Jeremy Hunt; Donald Trump; The Queen; Cumberland & Westmorland Herald; Cumberland News; the New European; the UK Labour Party; the…

Blog 2nd July 2019

Blog 20th May 2019

May 20th, 13:51

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Public Services; European Union; Thomas Piketty; Liberation; European Elections; Jo Platt MP; Eden Council; Local Government Chronicle; Brexit; Climate Change; Staffordshire County Council; Committee on Climate Change; Irish Times; Irish Peat; Housing…

Blog 20th May 2019

Blog 13th May 2019

May 13th, 11:36

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Housing; Local Government; Scotland; Regulator of Social Housing; Housing Associations; Rents; Ministry for Housing & Local Government; Welsh Government; Local Government Association; Children’s services; Peer Reviews; Spending Review; Fair…

Blog 13th May 2019

Blog 8th May 2019

May 8th, 12:19

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Housing; Homelessness; Local Government; Brexit; Local Elections; Eden District Council; Eastleigh Borough Council; Havant Borough Council; Sandwell Borough Council; Proportional Representation; Spending Review; Philip Hammond; Wigan Borough Council;…

Blog 8th May 2019

Blog 2nd May 2019

May 2nd, 08:24

In this week’s blog, I write about the housing crisis in England and refer to: Housing Affordability & Supply; Local Government Association; Ministry for Housing & Local Government; National Housing Federation; G15; Homes for the North; Brexit; Homes England; Greater London…

Blog 2nd May 2019

Blog 25th April 2019

Apr 25th, 16:18

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD); United Kingdom Government; Brexit; Spending Review; Philip Hammond; Treasury Select Committee; Local Government Association (LGA);…

Blog 25th April 2019

Blog 18th April 2019

Apr 18th, 16:11

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Universal Credit; Rent Arrears; Woking Borough Council; Sheerwater Regeneration scheme; Scottish Government; UK Government; Adult Social Care; Department for Health & Social Care; Local Government Association; Association of Directors of Adult…

Blog 18th April 2019

Blog 9th April 2019

Apr 9th, 11:55

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Hansard Society; Political Engagement; the Guardian; Hope not Hate; Brexit; Will Self; The New European; Local Elections 2019; Eden District Council; Conservatives; Liberal-Democrats; Labour; Independents; Proportional Representation; Constitutional…

Blog 9th April 2019

Blog 2nd April 2019

Apr 2nd, 12:10

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG); Right to Buy; Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH); Local Authority Housing Finance; Brexit; Nigel Farage; Rory Stewart; the Guardian; Landlord incentives; Local…

Blog 2nd April 2019

Blog 18th March 2019

Mar 18th, 17:14

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance; Housing Crisis; Local Government Association; BBC; Right to Buy; Berlin; Compulsory Purchase; The New European; Brexit; Housing Associations; Interserve; the Guardian; Wales; Welsh Government; Department for Work &…

Blog 18th March 2019

Blog 13th March 2019

Mar 13th, 13:50

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Spring Statement; Philip Hammond; Office for Budgetary Responsibility; Treasury; Brexit; Service Charges; Stronger Towns Fund; Theresa May; European Movement; European Union; Cumberland & Westmorland Herald; Housing Associations; Local Authority…

Blog 13th March 2019

Blog 28th February 2019

Feb 28th, 12:41

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges; Wales; Brexit; Housing Associations; Sajid Javid; Shamima Begum; BBC Question Time; Jacob Rees-Mogg; Theresa May; the Conservatives; migration; citizenship; Eden District Council; Councillor Kevin Beaty; Appleby; Historic England;…

Blog 28th February 2019

Blog 18th February 2019

Feb 18th, 13:29

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges; National Lottery Heritage Fund; Local Government Information Unit; Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy; Clive Betts MP; Parliamentary Housing, Communities & Local Government Committee; Public Finance; Local…

Blog 18th February 2019

Blog 11th February 2019

Feb 11th, 19:14

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges; Office for National Statistics; HM Treasury; Brexit; Tax; Welfare; Public borrowing; National Health Service; Institute for Fiscal Studies; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Local Authority Housing Finance;…

Blog 11th February 2019

Blog 5th February 2019

Feb 5th, 13:14

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Housing Associations; London & Quadrant HA; Brexit; Inside Housing; the Scottish Government; Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Local Government Association; Appleby Town Council; Cumberland & Westmorland Herald; Eden District…

Blog 5th February 2019

Blog 28th January 2019

Jan 28th, 20:54

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Lord Andrew Adonis; Julie Ward MEP; Brexit; the People’s vote; Sonnenberg Foundation; European Parliament; I-News; the Guardian; Centre for Cities; Liverpool City Council; Barnsley Borough Council; Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Eden…

Blog 28th January 2019

Blog 21st January 2019

Jan 21st, 15:43

In this week’s blog, I refer to: UK Parliament; European Union; Theresa May; Brexit; Regulator of Social Housing; Bank of England; Optivo Housing Association; Moody’s; Standard & Poor’s; Riverside Group; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Local…

Blog 21st January 2019

Blog 14th January 2019

Jan 14th, 16:53

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Seminars and Training; Welsh Housing Association finance; the Welsh Government; Service Charges; Almshouses; Local Government Finance; Cumbria County Council; Children's services; Eden District Council; the Guardian; HM Treasury and Harold Wilson. I…

Blog 14th January 2019

Blog 21st December

Dec 21st 2018, 20:29

In this week’s blog, I refer to: James Brokenshire MP; the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Local Government Funding Settlement; Philip Hammond MP; Lord Gary Porter; Local Government Association; In Facts; UK Economy; Woking Borough Council; Sheerwater…

Blog 21st December

Blog 10th December 2018

Dec 10th 2018, 10:03

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing; Borrowing Cap; Right to buy; Self-Financing settlement; Grenfell; MHCLG; Brexit; Rory Stewart MP; Justice Department; European Union; UK Parliament; House of Commons; People’s Vote; UKIP; Bank of England; European…

Blog 10th December 2018

Blog 3rd December 2018

Dec 3rd 2018, 19:34

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges; Universal Credit; Inside Housing; Housing Associations; Brexit; Homes England; Moody’s; Optivo; Cumberland & Westmorland Herald; the Conservative Party; Winston Churchill; Margaret Thatcher; the European Union; the European…

Blog 3rd December 2018

Blog 20th November 2018

Nov 20th 2018, 20:23

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges, the United Nations, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Brexit, the BBC, BBC Panorama, Universal Credit, the New European, the National Health Service (NHS), the European Medical Agency, Emmanuel Macron, European Union, housing, training…

Blog 20th November 2018

Blog 12th November 2018

Nov 12th 2018, 11:37

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Remembrance Sunday; the Armistice; Emmanuel Macron; the New European; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Social Housing Green Paper; Tenant Empowerment; Impact Housing Association; Local Authority Housing Finance; Rory Stewart…

Blog 12th November 2018

Blog 5th November 2018

Nov 5th 2018, 17:35

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance; Budget 2018; the Borrowing Cap; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Social Housing Green Paper; Impact Housing Association; Riverside Group; Philip Hammond MP; Rory Stewart MP; Cumberland &…

Blog 5th November 2018

Blog 31st October 2018

Oct 31st 2018, 10:42

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Budget 2018, Philip Hammond, National Health Service, Brexit, Housing Borrowing Cap, Housing, Local Government, Welfare, French revolution, New European, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, Appleby Town Council, MHCLG, Social Housing Green Paper,…

Blog 31st October 2018

Blog 22nd October

Oct 22nd 2018, 14:40

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Budget 2018, Philip Hammond, Theresa May, Conservative Party conference, National Health Service, Brexit, Housing Borrowing Cap, Housing, Local Government, Welfare, Woking Borough Council, Sheerwater Regeneration scheme, Training and Seminars. Philip…

Blog 22nd October

Blog 15th October 2018

Oct 15th 2018, 20:00

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance, Theresa May, the Borrowing Cap, the Local Government Chronicle, Lord Gary Porter, the Local Government Association, Hartlepool Borough Council, Woking Borough Council, Sheerwater Regeneration scheme, Training and…

Blog 15th October 2018

Blog 8th October 2018

Oct 8th 2018, 16:27

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance; Theresa May; Conservative Party conference; Local Government Association; Lord Gary Porter; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; HM Treasury; Inside Housing; Philip Hammond; Budget 2018; Right to…

Blog 8th October 2018

Blog 27th September 2018

Sep 27th 2018, 13:46

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; the Regulator of Social Housing; Department for Work & Pensions; Rents; Service Charges; Risk Management; Training & Seminars. The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local…

Blog 27th September 2018

Blog 21st August 2018

Aug 21st 2018, 13:28

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Social Housing Green Paper; Right to Buy; Borrowing Cap; Local Government Association; European Union; Brexit; City of London; Local Government Chronicle; Northamptonshire County Council;…

Blog 21st August 2018

Blog 21st August 2018

Aug 21st 2018, 13:28

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Social Housing Green Paper; Right to Buy; Borrowing Cap; Local Government Association; European Union; Brexit; City of London; Local Government Chronicle; Northamptonshire County Council;…

Blog 21st August 2018

Blog 21st August 2018

Aug 21st 2018, 13:28

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Social Housing Green Paper; Right to Buy; Borrowing Cap; Local Government Association; European Union; Brexit; City of London; Local Government Chronicle; Northamptonshire County Council;…

Blog 21st August 2018

Blog 14th August 2018

Aug 14th 2018, 09:53

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Social Housing Green Paper; James Brokenshire MP; Local Government Association; Cllr, Judith Blake; Woking Borough Council; Sheerwater regeneration scheme; Carlisle City Council; Service…

Blog 14th August 2018

Blog 10th August 2018

Aug 10th 2018, 15:08

In this week’s blog, I refer to: BBC News, HM Treasury, Bank of England, Interest rates, Office for National Statistics, Local Government, Housing, Philip Hammond, Ministry for Housing & Local Government, Local Government Association, Service Charges, Seminars and Training. The…

Blog 10th August 2018

Blog 18th July 2018

Jul 18th 2018, 20:14

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Welsh Social Housing Finance, the Welsh Government, Business Planning, Service Charges, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, the New European, the European Union, NATO, Seminars and Training. We…

Blog 18th July 2018

Blog 11th July 2018

Jul 11th 2018, 11:08

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance; the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Homes England; Lambeth Borough Council; the Local Government Chronicle; HM Treasury; the Trust for London; the Greater London Authority; Impact Housing…

Blog 11th July 2018

Blog 26th June 2018

Jun 26th 2018, 20:36

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Greater London Authority; the Borrowing Cap; Homes England; London Councils; Enfield Borough Council; Universal Credit; Department for Work & Pensions; National Audit Office; Service…

Blog 26th June 2018

Blog 18th June 2018

Jun 18th 2018, 16:16

In this week’s blog, I refer to: The National Health Service; Theresa May; Brexit; Institute for Fiscal Studies; the Economist; European Union; Public Health; Social Care; Local Government Finance; the Heritage Lottery Fund; Supported Housing; Local Housing Companies; Local Authority…

Blog 18th June 2018

Blog 12th June 2018

Jun 12th 2018, 10:23

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Public Finance; Brexit; European Union; CIPFA; Inside Housing; Aspire Housing Association; Impact Housing Association; Riverside Group; Regulator of Social Housing; Local Government Chronicle; Homes England; HM Treasury; the New European; Brighton…

Blog 12th June 2018

Blog 5th June 2018

Jun 5th 2018, 11:28

In this week’s blog, I refer to: the Local Government Association; the Local Government Chronicle; Somerset County Council; the New European; HM Treasury; Impact Housing Association; Homes England; the Riverside Group; the Scottish Housing Regulator; the Welsh Government; the Ministry…

Blog 5th June 2018

Blog 1st June 2018

Jun 1st 2018, 09:30

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Health, Social Care, Cumbria County Council, NHS England, Public Finance, the European Union, the New European, Ken Clarke MP, Local Government Chronicle, MHCLG, Lord Gary Porter, Ealing BC, Islington BC, Impact HA, the Riverside Group, Local Authority…

Blog 1st June 2018

Blog 24th May 2018

May 24th 2018, 13:30

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Housing Companies; Service Charges; Local Authority Housing Finance; Registration of new Registered Providers; the General Data Protection Regulation; seminars; and training. Our seminar on ‘Local Housing Companies and Development’…

Blog 24th May 2018

Blog 20th April 2018

Apr 20th 2018, 15:29

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Impact Housing Association; the Riverside Group; the Regulator of Social Housing; the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Rory Stewart MP; the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald; Winston Churchill; Local Housing Companies;…

Blog 20th April 2018

Blog 6th April 2018

Apr 6th 2018, 14:36

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Funding Supported Housing; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government; Department for Work & Pensions; National Planning Policy Framework; South Norfolk District Council; Impact Housing Association; the Riverside Group; the National…

Blog 6th April 2018

Blog 18th March 2018

Mar 18th 2018, 22:19

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Housing, Sir Michael Lyons, the Public Finance magazine, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, Harold Wilson, the Scottish Government, Impact Housing Association, the Riverside Group, the Cumberland News, Homes England, Appleby Heritage Action Zone,…

Blog 18th March 2018

14th March 2018

Mar 14th 2018, 15:10

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance, Phillip Hammond and the spring statement, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Copeland Borough Council, Impact Housing Association, the Riverside Group, the Cumberland News and funding Supported Housing. Our seminar: ‘All…

14th March 2018

Blog 5th March 2018

Mar 5th 2018, 22:25

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Theresa May, Housing, Planning, Local Government Association, Lord Gary Porter, Mark Rutte, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Business Rates Retention, Impact Housing Association, Riverside Group, Cumberland News, Service Charges and Local Authority…

Blog 5th March 2018

Blog 20th February 2018

Feb 20th 2018, 13:02

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Arklet Housing Association, Impact Housing Association, Riverside Housing Association, Homes England, Carlisle Tenants’ & Residents’ Association, Resident Engagement, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Copeland Borough Council, Eden District…

Blog 20th February 2018

Blog 12th February 2018

Feb 12th 2018, 12:25

In this week’s blog, I refer to: the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, the Local Government Chronicle, Northamptonshire County Council, Impact Housing Association, Eden Housing Association, South Lakes Housing, Westfield Housing, the Riverside Group, Homes…

Blog 12th February 2018

Blog 5th February 2018

Feb 5th 2018, 15:42

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Service Charges, Lambeth Borough Council, Homes for Lambeth, the Public Works Loans Board, Local Housing Companies, Impact Housing Association, the Riverside Group, Homes England, Salterbeck, Carlisle City Council and AWICS seminars This week we have…

Blog 5th February 2018

Blog 29th January 2018

Jan 29th 2018, 21:16

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Impact Housing Association; Homes England; Service Charges; HM Treasury; the ‘Borrowing Cap’; the Local Government Association; the Department for Housing, Communities & Local Government; the County Councils’ Network; Cumbria…

Blog 29th January 2018

Blog 22nd January 2018

Jan 22nd 2018, 12:27

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Impact Housing Association, the Riverside Group, Homes England, Service Charges, the National Audit Office, Philip Hammond, CIPFA, Adult Social Care, the Local Government Association, the New European, Piers Morgan, David Baddiel and Voltaire. My…

Blog 22nd January 2018

Blog 15th January 2018

Jan 15th 2018, 21:27

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Housing Companies and Development, Impact Housing Association, the Homes & Communities Agency, Loreburn Housing Association, Eden District Council and Universal Credit. Last week, we launched our seminar: ‘Local Housing Companies and…

Blog 15th January 2018

Blog 8th January 2018

Jan 8th 2018, 18:50

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Impact Housing Association, the Homes & Communities Agency, Historic England, Heritage Action Zones, Eden District Council, the FTSE, Service Charges, Local Authority Housing Finance and Supported Housing. Last week I met with Mark Costello, the…

Blog 8th January 2018

Blog 2nd January 2018

Jan 2nd 2018, 21:16

I hope that readers of my blog have had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy and Successful New Year. In this week’s blog, I refer to: the Scottish Budget, Cumbria County Council’s budget consultation, house values, Churchill & ‘Brexit’ and AWICS seminars in…

Blog 2nd January 2018

Blog 21st December 2017

Dec 21st 2017, 15:18

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Government Finance Settlement, Sajid Javid, Council Tax, Grenfell Tower, Owner-occupation and poverty, Scottish Budget, Derek Mackay, National Health Service, Brexit, the YMCA, Funding Supported Housing, Service Charges and Local Authority…

Blog 21st December 2017

Blog 11th December 2017

Dec 11th 2017, 16:47

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Housing in all parts of the UK, Social Rent increases, ‘Inside Housing’, Government Policy Making, Rory Stewart MP, the ‘Cumberland & Westmorland Herald’, the Homes & Communities Agency, Supported Housing, Cumbria County…

Blog 11th December 2017

Blog 7th December 2017

Dec 7th 2017, 14:00

In this week’s blog, I refer to: the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Housing Policy, the Local Government Association, the Local Housing Allowance, the Scottish Government, Eildon Housing, Webinars, Christian Lindner, Service Charges and Local Authority Housing Finance. The…

Blog 7th December 2017

Blog 27th November 2017

Nov 27th 2017, 11:34

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Budget 2017, Philip Hammond MP, Housing, Welfare, the National Health Service, Public Services in Wales, Service Charges, Long-term supported housing, funding supported housing and the local authority investment code. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of…

Blog 27th November 2017

Blog 20th November 2017

Nov 20th 2017, 20:11

In this week’s blog, I refer to: the United Kingdom Budget for 2017; DCLG housing budgets; the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2018/19; the ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’; Scottish Housing Association Finance and Service Charges in Social Housing in…

Blog 20th November 2017

13th November 2017

Nov 13th 2017, 11:22

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Supported Housing, Department for Communities & Local Government, Housing Business Planning, Scottish Social Housing Finance, the National Health Service & the Nuffield Trust, Regional decline and marginalisation, Council Tax and Service…

13th November 2017

Blog 30th October 2017

Oct 30th 2017, 12:01

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Scottish Social Housing Finance, Housing Business Planning, the Homelessness Reduction Act, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Phillip Hammond, Bank of England, Local Government Association, Adult Social Care, Theresa May, the Local Housing Allowance and…

Blog 30th October 2017

Blog 23rd October 2017

Oct 23rd 2017, 16:31

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Catalonia, Ireland, the European Union, Sajid Javid and Housing Business Planning in an Uncertain Environment. The crisis that has arisen in Catalonia following the referendum on independence is causing widespread concern. It is also part of a pattern…

Blog 23rd October 2017

Blog 16th October 2017

Oct 16th 2017, 13:59

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Housing Business Planning in an Uncertain Environment, the Homes & Communities Agency, Stress Testing, the Resolution Foundation, Welfare Reform, the National Association of Head Teachers and Schools’ Funding. I am currently putting the…

Blog 16th October 2017

Blog 9th October 2017

Oct 9th 2017, 11:41

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Theresa May, the Conservative Party Conference, Help to Buy, the Affordable Housing Programme, Social Rents, Student Finance, UK economy, the National Health Service, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, the Office for National Statistics and Service…

Blog 9th October 2017

Blog 2nd October 2017

Oct 2nd 2017, 14:02

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Local Authority Housing Finance, Conservative Party Conference, Help to Buy, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Student Finance, the Northern Powerhouse, the Private Rented Sector, Universal Credit, the Scottish Government, Service Charges &…

Blog 2nd October 2017

Blog 25th September 2017

Sep 25th 2017, 16:01

In this week’s blog, I refer to: John McDonnell MP, the Labour Party Conference, the Private Finance Initiative, the United Kingdom government credit rating, Scottish house-building, Housing and Homelessness, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Welfare Reform and Local Authority…

Blog 25th September 2017

18th September 2017

Sep 18th 2017, 19:29

In this week’s blog, I refer to: Homelessness, the National Audit Office, Government Housing Budgets, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Right to Buy receipts, Rents, Housing in Scotland, Cumbria County Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Rory Stewart MP, the 'Cumberland &…

18th September 2017

Blog 11th September 2017

Sep 11th 2017, 12:18

In this week’s blog, I write about Economic Statistics, the CIPFA conference, the Local Government Association and European Union funding, Grenfell Tower, Business Planning, Supported Housing, the Scottish Planning Bill, Social Rents in Wales, Housing in the Isle of Man, Welfare…

Blog 11th September 2017

Blog 30th August 2017

Aug 30th 2017, 10:58

In this week’s blog, I write about Grenfell Tower, Major Repairs budgets and Local Authority Housing Finance. Last month it was claimed that the ‘Grenfell refurbishment budget was limited by the borrowing cap’. Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council’s borrowing…

Blog 30th August 2017

Blog 15th August 2017

Aug 15th 2017, 11:17

In this week’s blog, I write about Housing Business Planning in an Uncertain Environment, the funding of Children’s Services, the Scottish Planning Bill, the Grenfell Tower refurbishment budget and Local Authority Housing Finance. Last week we published my briefing paper on…

Blog 15th August 2017

Blog 7th August 2017

Aug 7th 2017, 10:40

In this week’s blog, I write about the AWICS Housing News, Housing in St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation, Service Charges in London and Health and Social Care integration in Scotland. The August 2017 edition of the AWICS Housing News was published last week. It features…

Blog 7th August 2017

Blog 3rd August 2017

Aug 3rd 2017, 09:36

In this week’s blog, I write about Housing Business Planning in an Uncertain Environment, Building New Affordable Housing, the state of the United Kingdom economy and the potential effect of Brexit on Children’s services. We are holding seminars on ‘Housing Business…

Blog 3rd August 2017

Blog 11th July 2017

Jul 11th 2017, 15:10

In this week’s blog, I write about National Health Service Finances, the AWICS Scotland News, Cumbria County Council’s finances and the localisation of business rates, the state of the United Kingdom economy and Service Charges in Wales. The National Health Service is one of…

Blog 11th July 2017

Blog 4th July 2017

Jul 4th 2017, 09:44

In this week’s blog, I write about the latest edition of the AWICS Wales News, the public sector pay cap, recruitment and retention in public services including the National Health Service, public finances and the Juxon Street and Sail Street development at Lambeth Borough…

Blog 4th July 2017

Blog 28th June 2017

Jun 28th 2017, 10:33

In this week’s blog, I write about the Queen’s Speech, the ‘deal’ between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party, the ‘Barnett formula’, Grenfell Tower and Service Charges in Wales. Last week saw the delivery of the Queen’s speech.…

Blog 28th June 2017

Blog 19th June 2017

Jun 19th 2017, 13:49

With a minority government now in place that will inevitably focus its attention on Brexit and the Parliamentary arithmetic, it will be important to ensure that measures that are required to sustain public services are not forgotten about. One of these is Adult Social Care where there is a…

Blog 19th June 2017

Blog 12th June 2017

Jun 12th 2017, 09:50

The Conservatives have emerged from last week’s General Election as the largest party, but without an overall majority. At the time of writing it is expected that they will form a minority government with support from the Democratic Unionist Party. Obviously, there is speculation…

Blog 12th June 2017

Blog 5th June 2017

Jun 5th 2017, 12:13

Last November, London Mayor Sadiq Khan secured £3.15billion in government funds to help start building at least 90,000 affordable homes by 2021. The Mayor and Government have agreed at least 58,500 of this total will be a combination of London Living Rent and shared ownership.…

Blog 5th June 2017

Blog 30th May 2017

May 30th 2017, 10:02

A recent survey by ‘Inside Housing’ has confirmed what many in the sector already suspected: Since ‘right to buy’ was ‘re-invigorated’ in 2012, 51,352 council houses have been sold with only 10,644 new homes being started – a replacement rate of…

Blog 30th May 2017

Blog 24th May 2017

May 24th 2017, 13:32

It is now just over two weeks to polling day in the 2017 General Election, and I have published a briefing paper on the housing policies of the main parties. All the main parties have identified housing as an important election issue and have made commitments to increase house-building…

Blog 24th May 2017

Blog 9th May 2017

May 9th 2017, 11:21

The recent joint report by the Communities and Local Government and Department for Work and Pensions Committees on the future of supported housing has concluded that the government’s plans to use Local Housing Allowance rates to cap housing benefit in supported housing are an…

Blog 9th May 2017

Blog 2nd May 2017

May 2nd 2017, 10:38

Three interesting reports have been published recently by Parliamentary Committees. The Public Accounts Committee published ‘Housing: State of the Nation’ last Friday. This report considers the failure of all governments since the 1970s to build sufficient new homes, how…

Blog 2nd May 2017

Blog 24th April 2017

Apr 24th 2017, 09:56

Philip Hammond’s comment that the Conservatives may increase taxes if re-elected and speculation that they may abandon the ‘triple-lock’ on pensions should come as no surprise. In view of the level of public debt, the size of the government’s deficit, projected low…

Blog 24th April 2017

Blog 19th April 2017

Apr 19th 2017, 13:51

Since last week we have published two new briefing papers. One is on the global accounts of housing associations and the other is on the government’s new Flexible Homelessness Support Grant. The 2016 Global Accounts of Registered Providers provides a financial overview of the social…

Blog 19th April 2017

Blog 10th April 2017

Apr 10th 2017, 10:38

Last week the de-regulation provisions of the Housing and Planning Act came into force. This is significant for housing associations in England as it reduces the powers of the Homes & Communities Agency and paves the way for housing associations to be removed from the public-sector…

Blog 10th April 2017

Blog 3rd April 2017

Apr 3rd 2017, 11:09

The Department for Work & Pensions published its guidance for the removal of entitlement to housing benefit for people aged under-21 last Friday and this guidance is now in force. It means that under-21s on Universal Credit will no longer be eligible for housing support. The policy has…

Blog 3rd April 2017

Blog 27th March 2017

Mar 27th 2017, 11:02

The recent budget included an additional £2billion for adult social care in England but it is becoming apparent that this is not only insufficient and temporary but will also come with ‘strings attached’. This is because the government will require the money to be spent on…

Blog 27th March 2017

Blog 21st March 2017

Mar 21st 2017, 21:00

Last week we launched three seminars: All You Want to Know about Welsh Social Housing Finance Developments in Local Authority Housing Finance in England All You Want to Know about Local Authority Finance ‘All You Want to Know about Welsh Social Housing Finance’ gives an…

Blog 21st March 2017

Blog 15th March 2017

Mar 15th 2017, 11:42

Last week I presented: ‘All You Want to Know about Local Authority Housing Finance’ in London. This seminar was well attended and well received as usual and I am grateful to all those who attended. Delegates said that the information provided was very relevant, the quality of…

Blog 15th March 2017

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