Theresa May: Young are ‘right to be angry’ about lack of homes

Media captionTheresa May on housing (and Brexit) Young people without family wealth are “right to be angry” at not being able to buy a home, Theresa May has said. Announcing reforms to planning rules, the PM said home ownership was largely unaffordable to those without the support of “the bank of mum and dad”. This […]

Sinn Féin set for Brexit talks with EU chief

A delegation from Sinn Féin is due to meet the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels later on Monday. The move comes after Prime Minister Theresa May said she did not want to see a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit. She also said she did not want a customs […]

Big thaw leaves thousands without water in parts of UK

Media captionOne restaurant owner in London was left without water on Sunday Homes across the UK are facing water supply problems – with thousands of people in Wales and south-east England urged to use as little as possible. Water suppliers say a weather thaw has led to burst water mains and leaks. About 5,000 homes […]

Ban imposed on catch-up energy bills

Image copyright Getty Images Energy firms will be banned from charging catch-up bills for gas and electricity used more than 12 months earlier. Regulator Ofgem’s new rule, to start in May for domestic customers, should stop shock bills of thousands of pounds. Customers who pay via direct debit often receive bills based on estimated meter […]

May to tell sluggish housebuilders to ‘do their duty’

Image copyright Getty Images Construction firms that have been slow to build new homes could be refused planning permission in future under a shake-up to be unveiled by Theresa May. The PM will tell developers to “step up and do their bit”, warning that sitting on land as its value rises is not on at […]

Brexit: Dublin casts doubt on UK’s latest NI border plan

Media captionSimon Coveney: The UK’s proposals for the Irish border are a “starting point… as opposed to an end point” The EU is unlikely to accept the UK’s latest proposal for avoiding a “hard border” on the island of Ireland after Brexit, the Irish government has said. Theresa May has said 80% of firms would […]

Brexit: Theresa May urges EU to buy into ‘ambitious’ vision

Theresa May has urged the EU to get on with discussing her “ambitious but practical” vision for economic relations with the UK after Brexit. The prime minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr the “right deal for us will be the right deal for them too”. She said she was confident of a deal while accepting […]

Councils warned to meet homes targets or lose planning powers

Image copyright Getty Images Councils in England could be stripped of planning powers if not enough homes are being built in their areas, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has warned. Mr Javid told the Sunday Times he would be “breathing down” the necks of local authorities to ensure building targets, set by the government, are met. […]

New homes crackdown on ‘Nimby councils’ – Sajid Javid

Image copyright Getty Images “Nimby councils” in England that fail to build enough new homes could be stripped of planning powers, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has warned. The government says councils will be told how many homes a year they must build and a failure to do so will see independent inspectors step in. Mr […]