The Audit Commission has published local authority comprehensive performance assessments: 71% of councils with responsibility for housing are performing in the top two categories, an increase of 8% from 2005.
Among its housing inspections, Golden Gates Housing – the ALMO in Warrrington – got a top ranking.
Will the buy-to-let boom last? asks The Guardian in a business feature. The answer: it may but then again it may not.
Housebuilder Wimpey is planning to sell 400 £60,000 flats this year to first-time buyers, says the Times. Yesterday’s results show it’s enjoying fat margins in the UK market but took a £60m hit in the USA.
The Commission on Integration & Cohesion issues an interim statement yesterday with housing allocation a key theme.
The DCLG has published research on monitoring the sustainability of buildings including homes. Carbon emissions from buildings went up by 1.1% between 2004 and 2013 although energy use fell.
Lib Dem leader Ming Campbell clashed with Tony Blair over housing at prime minister’s questions yesterday. Campbell condemned a 600,000 rise in the number of families waiting for social housing under Labour while Blair said there had been a ‘vast’ increase in investment.
And finally…More than half the ASBOs issued in Eastbourne in the last two years went to people over 50, reports the Telegraph. Noisy DIY was a big problem.