Hundreds of building projects will be cut to fund Gordon Browns £1.5billion social housing programme, The Times has learnt. Furious council leaders have demanded an urgent meeting with ministers after being told that their plans are in jeopardy because there is no new money to pay for the Prime Ministers policy, which was announced ten days ago.
The LGC and iMPOWER held a joint survey assessing the current economic climate and the approach that they have taken. The survey also looks into efficiency savings and service delivery.
Council housing finance reform can be sped up if councils achieve a consensus on change, housing minister John Healey said on Monday. Mr Healey said that while he would plough ahead with primary legislation to scrap the housing revenue account subsidy system.
The government today gave the go-ahead for the construction of four eco-towns, offering 10,000 homes overall, which, it hopes, will showcase environmentally friendly living in the UK.
Rural campaigners have warned of local protests throughout the country after Gordon Brown announces this week that he is to press ahead with his eco-towns project.
The Conservatives are preparing to unleash a new era of council house-building, in a radical shift that would undo 30 years of right-wing thinking. The shadow housing minister, Grant Shapps, said the Conservatives want to increase council involvement in low-cost housing, overturning one of Margaret Thatcher’s trademark policies.
Council house building is to restart in earnest for the first time in almost 20 years in England with local authorities set to construct 139,000 homes over the next decade.
The British problem, so the aphorism has it, is that we want Swedish levels of public service with US levels of tax. So do the Swedes. That’s why, during a fiscal crisis with many parallels to our own – when the Swedish Social Democratic Party, then in opposition, promised spending cuts to eliminate a huge budget deficit – its electoral support fell five percentage points.
A key element of Gordon Brown’s strategy to win the next general election is probably illegal, according to expert analysis commissioned by the UK’s equality watchdog and seen by the Observer.
The much maligned council housing finance system is to be scrapped, and councils will also be able to keep all the proceeds from rental income and sales, says the DCLG.