Category: local councils

Analysis: the UK’s messy landlord licensing system

The licensing system for landlords in the UK can be a postcode lottery. In some areas many properties don’t need a licence, while in others you might have to pay up to £1,000 per property. What is behind this haphazard system? Evette Sebastian Roberts is a busy person. A practising nurse and midwife, Dominican-born Roberts … Continue reading Analysis: the UK’s messy landlord licensing system

Current Affairs Edition March 2018: Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

Current Affairs Edition March 2018: Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

Richard Blanco and his guests take a look at the issues facing the private rented sector and the topics featured in the media recently. Joining Richard on the panel is Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice at the NLA, and Nigel Lewis, Head of Content at The Negotiator. Housing now has a ministry Housing … Continue reading Current Affairs Edition March 2018: Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

I predict a riot! The story of local government finance…..

In council chambers up and down the country, local politicians will spend the next few weeks standing up and forcefully extolling how active they are in protecting front line services, how unfair central government cuts are, and perhaps most vigorous of all will be their explanation of how they are doing their very best for … Continue reading I predict a riot! The story of local government finance…..

Current affairs edition December 2017: Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

As the year comes to a close, Richard Blanco and his guests discuss the changes in the market over the last few months and look to what’s to come in the New Year. Joining Richard is Sarah Davidson, from This Is Money and the Mail Online, and Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the National … Continue reading Current affairs edition December 2017: Listen now to the NLA’s latest podcast

Lies, Statistics, and Local Authorities

Mark Twain attributes the following to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Politicians across the world have followed this maxim - with particular use of obfuscation and statistical manipulation - as often as possible and arguably making it into an art form. There have been many examples through time … Continue reading Lies, Statistics, and Local Authorities