Strong foundations? The Government’s Housing White Paper

The government’s Housing White Paper had been heavily trailed and expectations were high as Sajid Javid delivered his statement in the House of Commons this afternoon. Having set out the scale of the challenge facing the country in relation to housing since Theresa May’s ascension as prime minister, pressure was on the government to deliverRead more

What to expect from the Government’s Housing White Paper

The long-anticipated, repeatedly delayed Housing White Paper is finally due to be published next week. It will be a seminal moment for Theresa May’s government, and of course for the industry. Many of the policies contained in the White Paper have either been announced at the Autumn Statement or trailed heavily in the media. InRead more

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: IS SELF-SUFFICIENCY POSSIBLE?

In his new year message, the prime minister argued that the UK is “in the middle of one of the great reforming decades.” That certainly seems right for the local government landscape. With council finances undergoing large-scale changes and the chancellor determined to drive forward devolution deals for city regions, we are seeing fundamental changes to how theRead more

Conservative Party Conference: What to expect

Conservative party members will gather in Manchester from Sunday for their annual conference. In part, it will be an opportunity for the party to celebrate its return to government – this time as a majority party. But the conference will also give the Conservatives an opportunity to set the political agenda for the rest ofRead more

The political year ahead: WA report on the main political issues of 2014

We’ve published a report, The Political Year Ahead, which covers the main political issues facing in 2014.  You’ll be able to find it through this link. This year is the year of political risk. The May European and local elections, September’s Scottish Independence Referendum, key questions about the economy and living standards and the possibility of anotherRead more

2015: Battle of the Freebies

An election is the endgame in the battle of political ideas. They are won and lost through personalities, politics and policies – and pounds and pennies. Both main parties are sharply aware that the electorate is tired of austerity. Labour denounces the cuts as an iniquitous attempt to foist the hardship onto those least ableRead more

Housing: the battle politicians cannot afford to lose

Whilst by no means a scientific analysis, the significant number of housing-related fringe events pencilled in for the 2013 Party conference season provides an indication of the heightened seriousness with which the problems affecting the UK’s housing market are being taken. Indeed, in part led by the ever-growing concerns surrounding the availability, and thus cost,Read more

High Street Housing?

Debate about the future of the UK’s high streets has been steadily rising up the political agenda. With a spate of high profile retailers having struggled (or even entered administration) in recent times, attention has increasingly focused on how, or even whether, to rejuvenate town centres. London Councils’ publication, last week, of Streets Ahead highlightedRead more