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21st November 2022

CONTENTS:• Special briefing on proposed Building Safety Levy• Autumn Statement, 2022

8th November 2022

CONTENTS:• Population grows 6.3% – 2021 Census• Voices of Our Ageing Population: Living Longer Lives – ONS• Future Proofing Retirement Living: Mayhew Report for ILC• New Prime Minister and other key appointments, including Health and Social Care and DWP• New … Read More

26th October 2022

CONTENTS:• Michael Gove returns as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations.• New Chancellor announces further changes to the mini-Budget – Health and Social Care Levy scrapped• Pension Dashboards – update• Future of … Read More

10th October 2022

Contents• Housing our Ageing Population: Housing LIN.LGA report• Housing at the Conservative Party Conference, 2022 accelerating the development of brownfield sites obtaining local consent for housing devolving and empowering local government Investment Zones – the key to delivery Government steps … Read More

26th September 2022

CONTENTS:• Chancellor of the Exchequer announces “Growth Plan 2022” including: reforming Stamp Duty Land Tax setting up Investment Zones including land for housing addressing barriers to growth by delivering infrastructure faster changing Treasury rules to encourage government departments to sell … Read More

12th September 2022

CONTENTS:• Tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth II• Latest Ministerial appointments• Public Land for Housing Programme falls short by 62%• OFWAT consultations• – 2024 Price Review (including nutrient neutrality)• – environmental incentives to support water efficient homes• Building Safety• – cladding … Read More

15th August 2022

CONTENTS:• Adult Social Care charging reform – funding distribution, 2023/4• Cost of living, disability and pensioner payments• Housing & Planning – Select Committee on adult social care• Collective Defined Contribution Pension Schemes• The Death of Joint Strategic Plans• – Oxfordshire … Read More

1st August 2022

CONTENTS:• Social Care reform – Oxfordshire becomes 6th pilot• Better Care Fund policy framework – update• Impact Assessment of the Health and Care Act 2022, including the CQC• Building Regulations, Part M – government announces the outcome of consultation• Call … Read More

18th July 2022

CONTENTS:• Unlocking the potential for older people’s housing – Knight Frank report• Building Safety – freeholders respond to Gove’s letter• Clark on honouring Gove’s pledges on building safety• “Enabling flat sales in high-rise buildings” professional indemnity scheme promised for September• … Read More

4th July 2022

CONTENTS:• Population and household estimates – 2021 Census shows continuing growth in the number of older people• UK wealth and assets – pensions and housing• Building Safety – Gove writes to Residential Managers and Landlords• Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act … Read More

20th June 2022

CONTENTS:• “A Fairer Private Rented Sector” – White Paper published• Remediation of non-ACM buildings – updated guidance• Building safety repairs pledge – latest companies to sign up• Sajid Javid on health, social care and the challenges of an ageing society• … Read More

6th June 2022

Contents: Chancellor’s Cost of Living Statement – help for pensioners and the disabled Court ruling on discharges from hospitals to care homes and subsequent Inquiry Biodiversity Net Gain – tools and Good Practice Principles Latest on the Garden Communities Programme … Read More

23rd May 2022

CONTENTS:• The Government’s 300,000 homes a year pledge• Queen’s Speech 2022 announces 38 new Bills• Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill “The Right Homes in the Right Places” Housing for Older People – cross-government task force is confirmed Land Supply Changes … Read More

9th May 2022

CONTENTS:• Health and Care Act 2022 Health and Care Levy Integrated Care Systems• Building Safety – Update Building Safety Act Paying for remediation – product manufacturers and Building Safety Levy concerns• Local Plan delays – over 69,000 homes held up … Read More

25th April 2022

CONTENTS:• Leasehold Reform – Ground Rent Act• Building Safety Bill’s progress through Parliament & latest amendments Developers’ Pledge Extending the Building Safety Levy to all new homes Costing remediation “holding material producers to account” Building Safety Programme – update for … Read More

8th April 2022

CONTENTS:• Planning legislation – update• Building Safety Bill – latest amendments extending the new homes warranty extending the scope of the building safety levy establishing an “industry scheme” and piercing the “corporate veil” on liability• The “Developer Pledge” on building … Read More

28th March 2022

CONTENTS:• Homes England Chairman on changing focus for government housing policy• Nutrient Neutrality – latest developments• Building Safety Update – EWS1 updated; paying for cladding remediation• DEFRA consults on its Nature Recovery Green Paper• Planning Applications, Qu.4, 2021• Local Plan … Read More

14th March 2022

Contents: Stand-alone Planning Bill abandoned Local Plan update Basildon North Somerset Elmbridge Planning applications – the value of S.62A Building Safety Update correspondence between DLUHC and HBF Building Safety Bill Update Ambiguity of Building Regulations Commons’ Select Committee report on … Read More

28th February 2022

CONTENTS:• Building Safety – update Government to ‘block developers from the housing market” through amendments to the Building Safety Bill Limited Liability/SPVs and viability pursuing overseas companies and ‘the collective approach’ manufacturers – Cost Contribution Orders Gove on ‘who is … Read More

14th February 2022

CONTENTS:• Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022• Building Safety paying for defective cladding – latest update – industry response to Gove’s proposals• Levelling Up White Paper published• DLUHC’s latest planning briefing, February• Net Zero and decarbonising heat in homes – … Read More

31st January 2022

CONTENTS:• Leasehold Round Up• Dealing with fire risk – update on mixed progress• – guidance for building safety assessors – sale of flats Gove’s summit with developers Gove’s letter to material producers requesting a summit Gove seeks review of insurance … Read More

14th January 2022

Contents: Meeting Housing Demand, including homes for older people – House of Lords Report Leasehold consultation – widening access to enfranchisement Building Safety – “Developers Must Pay” – Gove announces new measures and withdraws the Consolidated Advice Note £27m additional … Read More

23rd December 2021

Contents: New Homes Quality Code published with guidance for developers and enforcement Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill – peppercorn rents Competition and Markets Authority – leasehold and Taylor Wimpey Update on External Wall System (EWS1) advice Future Buildings Standard – … Read More

13th December 2021

CONTENTS:• Adult Social Care Reform White Paper published• Government package to support social care this winter• “Feeding the Pipeline” – Lichfields’ research on planning permissions• COVID – Plan B and new casework arrangements – Planning Inspectorate• Recent High Court Judgements … Read More

26th November 2021

Contents: Care Cap amended Supported Living Services during coronavirus ARCO publishes report – “Putting the ‘Care’ into Housing-with-Care” New Homes Ombudsman – latest announcements Brownfield, Greenfield, Green Belt – evolving government policy Recovered Appeals – Westferry Road, London E14 High … Read More

14th November 2021

CONTENTS:• Social Care Markets – Commons’ Committee Report and Treasury response• Government launches adult social care recruitment campaign• COVID-19 vaccinations for care workers and NHS staff• Recovered Appeals: Pump Lane, Rainham Peel Hall, Warrington Herne Bay, Kent Brighton Marina, Brighton• … Read More

29th October 2021

CONTENTS:• Care Home Review – Savills• Care Quality Commission’s “State of Care” – 10th annual report• Adult Specialist Care Report – Laing and Buisson 2021• Autumn Budget 2021 and Spending Review 2021-25• Residential Property Developer Tax – retirement housing included• … Read More

18th October 2021

Contents: Analysis of Care Home Beds and the Self-Funding Population, 2019/20 – ONS asks for feedback Prime Minister on housebuilding – greenfield and brownfield Changes to NPPF para 22 – timeframe for Local Plans Rising Costs for the industry – … Read More

1st October 2021

CONTENTS:• More funding for protection of those in social care settings and consultation on extending free PPE• Further consultation on the Residential Property Developer Tax and retirement housing• MMC and its role in the growth of a later living market … Read More

20th September 2021

CONTENTS:• Future Funding of Social Care – Health and Social Care Levy• Cabinet re-shuffle – New Secretary of State at MHCLG and “levelling up” agenda• Housing Delivery Test – government announces 2020/21 adjustment• Changes to the Planning Bill• Government spending … Read More

6th September 2021

CONTENTS:• Future Funding of Social Care – announcement “very soon”• Briefing on latest planning guidance from MHCLG’s Chief Planner National Model Design Code – Phase 2 Pilots Biodiversity Metric 3 – small sites NSIP tree planting on vacant and derelict … Read More

22nd August 2021

CONTENTS:• Better Care Framework 2021/22 – discharge from hospital to independent living• Supreme Court – CPRE loses application for review of award of costs• National Infrastructure Planning Reform Programme: stakeholder survey• New Ways of Heating Homes – government publishing Hydrogen … Read More

6th August 2021

CONTENTS:• Accessibility of new homes – National Disability Strategy• Updating PPG guidance on the new “30 year vision” in emerging plans – Jenrick• “Significantly updated” PPG on flood risk due later this year• EWS1 – cautious response to government statement … Read More

26th July 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19:• Management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings:• Accelerate August 16th rules to offset construction “pingdemic” says Construction Leadership Council• The Building Safety Levy, the Infrastructure Levy, the Residential Property Development Tax … Read More

12th July 2021

Contents: COVID-19 -Summer 2021 Update Westminster Hall debate on housing with care Sajid Javid on the urgent need for a “new settlement” on social care PPG changes on fire safety Building Safety Bill and the New Homes Ombudsman Ministerial Statement … Read More

28th June 2021

CONTENTS:• CMA’s leasehold investigation – update• Mid-2020 Population Estimates – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland• Provision for people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing• Reshaping Health and Social Care with data• PPG update: Fire Regulations and Tall Buildings• … Read More

12th June 2021

Contents: Leasehold Reform Bill and the Retirement Housing Sector Natural England, the Habitats Directive and housing developments in the Solent (nitrates) – significant new High Court Judgements Moving to Zero Carbon – heat pump challenges nuclear power Select Committee Report … Read More

30th May 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 Update movement of staff between care settings – outcome of consultation making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care settings Vaccine Janssen Usage of common rooms in sheltered/retirement and extra-care schemes• First Homes & housing for … Read More

17th May 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 Update p1 care home visitors (from 17 May) mitigating risks in extra care and retirement housing latest government guidance• Queen’s Speech 2021 p2 Social Care Reform Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill Planning Bill Building Safety Bill (including New … Read More

1st May 2021

Contents: COVID-19 Update                                                                     Care Home Residents – out-of-home visits ReCov Study by St Monica Trust; retirement villages, extra care housing and COVID19 Update on the Health and Care White Paper – Hancock                 New Residential Property Developer Tax from … Read More

16th April 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID update – care home vaccinations and level of infection in sheltered housing schemes• Government news “moratorium” ahead of May’s local elections• Research into perception and reality of retirement housing• Government’s response to housing need proposals (changes to the … Read More

5th April 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 UPDATE visitors to care homes twice-weekly testing more support for the self-isolating• Virtual Planning Meetings to end• MHCLG’s update on planning changes New Permitted Development Right First Homes – Government’s response to consultation Changes to the threshold for … Read More

20th March 2021

Contents: COVID-19 Update More funding for NHS and social care for COVID-19 response and recovery Shielding advice for clinically extremely vulnerable ends 1st April Trials to find preventative COVID treatments for most vulnerable – one is aimed at care homes … Read More

6th March 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 Update p1 Free workplace testing extended to all businesses Vaccine efficiency amongst 70+ age groups and healthcare workers MHCLG Select Committee reviews adult social care and the impact ofCOVID19• 2021 Budget – overview and housing p3• Planning and … Read More

19th February 2021

CONTENTS:• “Future Options for Housing and Care” – first report/discussion paper and webinar, 8 March• ILC-UK Report on future proofing retirement housing• COVID-19 Update – Visitors to Care Homes allowed from 8 March• Recent Court of Appeal and High Court … Read More

5th February 2021

Contents:  COVID-19 Update – community testing Social care funding and workforce report (Health and Social Care) The Charter for Social Housing Residents: social housing white paper New Model Tenancy Agreement launched Changes to the NPPF (including “the presumption” and the … Read More

22nd January 2021

Contents:  COVID-19 update –   new variant COVID-19 – briefing by Sir Patrick Vallance –   changes to community testing Decarbonising New Homes – changes to the Building Regulations Future Homes Standard timetable (new homes will not be built with fossil fuel … Read More

18th January 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 UPDATE• COVID19 guidance for supported living• COVID-19 vaccine deployment programme: Frontline social care workers (JCVI Priority Cohort 2) Version 1, 14 January 2021• MINISTERIAL CHANGES• Kelly Tolhurst replaced by Eddie Hughes at MHCLG

11th January 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 UPDATE – latest guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations for older people, social care staff and healthcare workers, information on the latest lockdown & housebuilding, attendance at places of worship• Leasehold reform – government announces next steps – including new … Read More

4th January 2021

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 UPDATE Schedule for the two vaccines Lockdown guidance 2021 Healthcare as the UK leaves the EU.

21st December 2020

Contents:  COVID-19 UPDATE –    local restriction tiers – what you need to know Updated advice on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 Visiting arrangements in care homes Guidance for the health and care sector from 1 January 2021 … Read More

4th December 2020

Contents:  COVID-19 UPDATE Adult Social Care: Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan COVID-19 – guidance for supported living, extra care, retirement and sheltered housing new guidance for visits to care homes under the new Tiered system Spending Review 2020, National Infrastructure Strategy … Read More

25th November 2020

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20th November 2020

Contents:  Social Housing White Paper published Smoke alarm regulations to be amended for social landlords Laws introduced on 11 November Neighbourhood Plans – low take up in urban and northern areas; number of Plans falling Local Plan update – Sevenoaks … Read More

6th November 2020

Contents:  2nd COVID-19 lockdown – government measures, including extending the furlough scheme A message to the housing industry on continuing to work securely New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown Decisions, Decisions, Decisions responds to the Planning … Read More

23rd October 2020

Contents:  Savills’ Market in Minutes – New Homes and Market Sentiment BPF report argues housing with care for older people should be a national priority Local Plans Update Chiltern and South Bucks (withdrawn) Warrington Plan (paused) Worcester (delayed) Castle Point … Read More

9th October 2020

Contents:  Commons launches inquiry into planning reform – opportunity for RHG input Commons’ debate on calculating housing need (the standard method) Boris Johnson’s housing and energy pledges Savills revises its mainstream residential market forecasts COVID-19 and Neighbourhood Planning Regulations Planning … Read More

25th September 2020

Contents:  Future Homes Task Force sets up Delivery Hub Jenrick on breaking the stranglehold of big housebuilders Small sites – unlocking housing delivery Savills – housing need and Standard Method 2 Land Registry update Local Plan Update South Oxfordshire Telford … Read More

11th September 2020

CONTENTS:• Consultation on changes to Accessibility Standards (Part M, Building Regulations)• Leasehold homes – CMA launches enforcement action• Recent High and Appeal Court Judgementsthe ‘tilted balance’ – when are policies out of date? Standard Methodology questioned• Called-In Decisions – Update• … Read More

28th August 2020

Contents:  Government plans to reform the Planning System – Lichfields’ analysis of: the proposed new standard method for assessing housing need the absence of a duty to co-operate the need for Strategic Planning Tetlow King disappointed that the consultation documents … Read More

7th August 2020

CONTENTS:• Consultation on changes to the planning system Planning Policy and Regulations (new standard assessment for housing numbers; First Homes; changes to site size threshold and to Permission in Principle) “Planning for the Future” – White Paper consultation• Land Ownership … Read More

24th July 2020

Contents:  Law Commission reports on leasehold and commonhold Savanta: UK leaseholders concerned new building safety obligations would be a “disaster” if left to residents Consultation on the Draft Code of Practice: RICS and TPO’s Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) Consultation … Read More

20th July 2020

Contents:  COVID-19 NEWS The Chancellor announces atemporary cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax & other measures The Prime Minister announces reform of the Use Class Orders in his “New Deal for Britain” Business and Planning Bill – update Draft guidance … Read More

26th June 2020

CONTENTS:• COVID-19 NEWS Business and Planning Bill 2019/21 introduced to Parliament Government to extend lapsed planning consents Planning Inspectorate updates guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events Changes to notifying an option to tax land and buildings during COVID-19 … Read More

12th June 2020

Contents: COVID-19 NEWS Domestic reverse charge for construction services delayed to 1 March 2021 because of COVID-19 CLC’s “Roadmap to Recovery” from COVID-19 for construction Financial support for homeowners impacted by COVID-19 COVID-19 Loan Schemes for Businesses Environment Agency update … Read More

31st May 2020

Contents COVID-19 NEWS PINS’ update on planning casework during COVID-19 Planning permission and COVID-19 CLC Site Operating Procedures Version 4 published – restrictions on face-to-face time removed Land Registry guidance update & COVID-19 Draft FCA guidance on mortgage holidays Govt … Read More

15th May 2020

Contents:  COVID-19 NEWS Prime Minister announces next steps in lockdown and refers to care homes and shielding the most vulnerable Message of support for retirement and extra care housing from the Minister of State for Care Re-opening the housing market … Read More

1st May 2020

Contents:  International Longevity Centre Webinar – care homes, retirement housing and COVID-19: what happens next? COVID-19 – bereavement care in Specialist Housing Treasury cuts taxes to reduce PPE costs (care providers) Retirement sector & COVID-19 – latest Housing LIN Updates … Read More

17th April 2020

Contents:  Housing LIN – Coronavirus Information Hub and MHCLG’s urgent request for information from the sector Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan COVID -19: Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social … Read More

15th April 2020

Contents:  Coronavirus Update Admission and care of residents during COVID-19 incident in a care home Supported living and home care guidance COVID-19 cleaning in non healthcare settings Chris Townsend to lead shielding program in England Scotlend offers of support from … Read More

3rd April 2020

Contents:  Coronavirus Update RHG checklist updated Useful Links to activities for residents self isolating Churchill Retirement Living General News Steve Quartermain’s advice on planning and COVID-19 “Virtual” planning committee meetings Local Plans and COVID-19 COVID-19 and construction Buying and Selling … Read More

30th March 2020

CONTENTS: • Government and Sector Guidance on Coronavirus • Dementia and Coronavirus • Activities for older people in retirement housing who are self isolating

20th March 2020

Contents:  Latest guidance to protect the most vulnerable against COVID-19 Other Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Planning Inspectorate, COVID-19 & updated advice CMA launches COVID-19 Taskforce Homes England and COVID-19 CMA and COVID-19 Living Longer – changes in housing tenure over time … Read More