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Closing the Gap
The Chancellor has announced that he is establishing a review to look at the gap between grants of planning permission and housing construction.
Doing more with less
Jonathan Corris summarises some of the challenges which follow the Autumn Budget and how housing providers and local authorities can respond.
Accelerated Proceedings – change to form N5B
Housing Associations need to be aware of changes to the N5B form for Accelerated claims for possession when seeking possession of an assured shorthold tenancy.
Summary of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Report
The government has published a paper on its overarching vision for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor to stimulate economic growth in the national interest.
Summary of Relevant Autumn Budget Announcements for Housing Providers
We were promised a budget that would recognise the importance of solving the housing crisis. We got it. Below we set out the announcements that are likely to be of most interest to our housing provider clients. It is worth noting that a further statement is expected from Sajid Javid tomorrow. We will be sending
Your 12 point guide to achieving compliance with the GDPR
Download a copy of our 12 point guide to help you build a coherent approach to achieving early compliance in your own organisation.
Telecoms – New Code Coming into Force
One way in which landowners can obtain extra profit is to allow telecoms operators to put masts and other equipment on their land in exchange for rent payments.
Local Authority Influence Regulations brought into force today (16 November)
With a remarkable sprint to the finishing line, the last piece in the deregulatory measures tapestry, the local authority influence regulations, came in to force today.
SME construction firms – 10 steps to avoid late payments
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed that a quarter of SME construction firms have to wait for more than four months for payment from a client or large contractor and less than one third are always paid within 30 days.
First UK interest rate rise in 10 years may impact your business – what could this mean for your business?
Yesterday the Bank of England announced the first interest rate rise in 10 years. The rate has increased from 0.25% to 0.5%.
Devonshires receives favourable outcome in Class B Council Tax Exemption matter
We are pleased to confirm that the President of the Valuation Tribunal has made a Decision in favour of two Registered Providers ("the Associations"), confirming that both Associations are established for charitable purposes only for the purposes of Class B Council Tax exemption.
Explain or Change: Government Launches Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website to Highlight Ethnicity Gap
This brings together a large number of existing datasets from across government departments, including the Department for Work and Pensions in order to provide “an essential resource in the battle to defeat ethnic injustice”.