We have submitted our response to the White Paper Consultation based on the discussion held at the “Planning for the Future - what does this mean for affordable housing” webinar we held on Fri 9 Oct
Research published today by a leading think-tank shows that centralisation has allowed England to develop the worst regional inequalities in the developed world. It finds that despite being home to just a third of people in England, almost half (47%) of the increase in jobs in the last decade was in London and the South East.
Crucially, they find that these regional economic divides do not benefit people in London either. Londoners face the highest rates of income inequality in the country, as well as the highest rate of poverty in England with 28% of people in the capital trapped in relative poverty, after housing costs.
The IPPR North report says that this Parliament must be the “Devolution Parliament” to truly “level up” the country with a four-year programme that puts power and resources into towns, cities and regions across England.
Levelling up can only be achieved by putting mayors and local leaders in the driving seat, researchers argue. And the government must open the door to devolution across England, while letting places like Greater Manchester, West Midlands and London take on more power too.
Responding to the report by IPPR North, which calls on the Government to deliver a ‘devolution parliament’, Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions Board, said:
“There is clear and significant evidence that the country gets better value for money when decisions over investment and how to run local services are taken closer to communities and businesses.
“As this report shows, with the right powers and funding, devolution can lay the foundations for a more inclusive and prosperous economy across the whole of England.
“Democratically-elected councils are best placed to support the Government in seizing the opportunities for growth in the years ahead. They also make a huge difference to their communities by building desperately-needed new homes, creating jobs and providing care for older and disabled people.
“We urge the Government to publish its promised Devolution White Paper as soon as possible, and to reignite the process of handing councils the freedom and resources they need to get on and deliver for their communities.”
Olwen Brown, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, who co-sponsored the report with the Local Government Association, comments:
“I’m delighted that we have been able to support the publication of this excellent and highly topical report. This is an incredibly important matter for not just local authorities, but also for the communities they serve. Since the second world war political and economic power in England has been concentrated more and more at the centre and we have seen the results in the North/South divide and the damaging divisions the report speaks of. The results of local elections last May showed that there is a revived interest in true localism, with local politicians wanting to have local power restored and strengthened; with true and local democratic accountability to local communities and residents devolved at an appropriate scale. This will be a very interesting time and this report is a great contribution to the debate.”
For further details about the IPPR report, please contact Rosie Lockwood, Media and Campaigns Manager for IPPR North, on 0161 694 9688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is pleased to have been ranked as a Band 1 firm once again.
Since March 2020, commercial property owners and occupiers across many sectors, whether housing associations, charities, care providers or local authorities, have been impacted by the rules regulating how they deal with their tenants and their landlords. It seems each week there is a change in policy, regulation or legislation, governing how they must respond.
A key element of the Bill is the establishment of a duty holder regime and requirement to maintain the ‘golden thread of information’ throughout the life cycle of high-risk residential buildings
We have been working with care homes to update their contracts and advise on the risks of charging the resident a regular “top-up” or additional fee where a resident is funded through NHS CHC
The parliamentary processes are complete and the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) which cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000 will be in force from 4 November.
As the UK’s social housing sector recovers from the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, now is the time to focus on the challenges that may emerge next.
There is no universal approach to regenerating town centres. However, housing must be considered a key part of any regeneration project – providing well-needed new homes and economic growth.
Friday 16 October marks the 6th annual Wear Red Day in England, Wales and Scotland. Wear Red Day is the brainchild of the charity; Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC). SRTRC aims to educate young people so they are equipped to recognise and challenge stereotypes, misconceptions and negative attitudes towards race.
Alongside the Building Safety Bill published in July 2020, the Fire Safety Bill is a key step in the Government’s strategy to improve building and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
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