We have now produced a substantially revised response to the CLG proposals to change the EDMO legislation. The revised response reflects further information given to us by CLG about the shape of the proposed amendments to the EDMO legislation, which are less prescriptive than previously expected. They focus more on the local response to the nuisance empty home and to the council's proposals The latest version of our response can be found here.
The proposal floated in recent Empty Homes Network publications to seek a review of Council Tax exemption class "C" on the grounds that it is a tax break that is not sufficiently justified has been dropped, following a vote by the EHN Executive.
We've now submitted our Consultation Response to the BIS Call for Evidence about Borrrowings and Debt. The deadline for submissions was the 10th December. Our response was only concerned with the issue of enforced sale and can be downloaded from our library here. There were no substantial changes from the initial draft.
EHN has produced a Briefing document about the government's New Homes Bonus proposals for empty homes pracittioners and other interested parties, looking at how it is designed to work the practical implications for empty homes work.
The Empty Homes Network has written to Grant Shapps asking for the £100million for empty homes announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review in October to be distributed directly to local authorities to boost their empty homes initiatives and support the localism agenda.
The letter also asks for a fair deal for housing association empty homes schemes by putting them on a level playing field with new-build schemes when value-for-money is calculate. You can download the letter from here
This (see file attachment) is the first draft of the Empty Homes Network's contribution to the review of empty homes being conducted by the government. As with last year's National Action Plan proposals (which this effectively replaces) comments of practitioners are welcome and will be taken into account where appropriate.
Since February full members of EHN and subscribers have been able to access our weekly News Summaries, containing links to the stories featuring empty homes as found on the internet. We pick up a wide range of relevant material, incluidng national and local news stories, blog entries, changes to websites and so on. As of today (24th August 2010), we've introduced a new feature whereby every week we highlight strong local news stories that highlight the impact of empty homes practitioners in helping their communities, as reported in local newspapers.