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  • Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced restrictions on migrants’ rights to council housing to ensure ‘everyone who comes here pays their way'. Photo: Shutterstock DCLG: councils could have to publish social housing valueLocal authorities could be forced to publish the value of the council flats and houses that they own, under government plans unveiled by housing minister Kris Hopkins. 14 July 2014
  • Eric Pickles Pickles plans to let councils keep 90% of business ratesLocal Government Secretary Eric Pickles has said he would be 'very disappointed' if councils were not retaining nearly all of business rates by the end of the decade following the coalition's local government finance reforms. 10 July 2014
  • New means of public service financing needed, CIPFA conference toldThere is little appetite among voters to pay higher taxes to support public services, and other options will be needed to pay for local government and the NHS in future, the CIPFA conference has heard. 03 July 2014
  • Social value law has improved services, poll findsMore than two-thirds of councils and housing associations say new requirements to include social value measures in procurement contracts have improved services and cut costs, according to research published by Social Enterprises UK. 27 June 2014
  • Houses for sale Treasury caps Help to Buy loansThe Treasury is to limit the loan-to-income ratio of mortgages underwritten by the government's Help to Buy scheme at 4.5:1 after the Bank of England announced restrictions on the use of these loans by all lenders. 26 June 2014
  • Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced restrictions on migrants’ rights to council housing to ensure ‘everyone who comes here pays their way'. Photo: Shutterstock DWP: councils not claiming Discretionary Housing PaymentMore than £20m of funds to help people hit by government welfare changes, such as the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', was unclaimed by councils in 2013/14, the Department for Work and Pensions has said. 24 June 2014
  • Houses for sale Help to Buy 'broke Treasury rules', says PACThe Help to Buy equity loan programme violated Treasury guidelines because it was introduced without an assessment of the alternatives, MPs have said today. 18 June 2014
  • UK still stuck in recession Councils told to pre-approve housing developmentsCouncils will have to put in place pre-approved planning permissions on brownfield sites deemed suitable for housing in a bid to remove obstacles to development, Chancellor George Osborne has said. 13 June 2014
  • UK housing shortage threatens recovery, IMF warnsThe International Monetary Fund has warned that imbalances in the housing market present a risk to the UK's recovery and called for planning reforms to increase the supply of land for new homes. 06 June 2014
  • The government has agreed to write-off the historical housing stock debt of Salford City Council as part of moves to transfer ownership of the properties to Salix social housing company. Government agrees housing debt write-off for SalfordThe government has agreed to write-off the historical housing stock debt of Salford City Council as part of moves to transfer ownership of the properties to Salix social housing company. 29 May 2014
  • Nursery children Co-production could save billions, says choice guruInvolving users in public service delivery could unlock billions of pounds in savings, a report by the government's reviewer of public service choice has concluded. 21 May 2014
  • Right-to-Buy receipts fuel housebuilding boom, says PicklesCouncil housebuilding has hit its highest level since 1991 as town halls use the proceeds of the revamped Right-to-Buy scheme to fund developments, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced 15 May 2014
  • PASC makes call for ombudsman overhaulA committee of MPs has called on ministers to bring forward plans to create a single public services watchdog for England as part of reforms to the role of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. 28 April 2014
  • Asylum contracts 'unlikely to meet savings ambitions'Changes to government contracts with providers of asylum seeker accommodation were poorly planned and unlikely to realise the savings intended, the Public Accounts Committee has warned. 24 April 2014
  • Dannny Alexander LibDems propose extra council tax bandsChief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has proposed the creation of extra council tax bands to implement the Liberal Democrats' proposed mansion tax. 10 April 2014
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