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Devolution and the Mayoral Elections

Despite the General Election, there was considerable media coverage of the mayoral elections in six city regions and sub-regions on Thursday 4 May 2017. The success of Conservative candidates in four areas heightened the interest! The six areas are Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (Conservative), Greater Manchester (Labour), Liverpool City Region (Labour), Tees Valley (Conservative), West Midlands (Conservative) and the West of England (Conservative). More details can be found in Appendix One.

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Time for consumer regulation to be re-booted

Ten years ago this month Professor Martin Cave published his seminal report on housing regulation - ‘Every Tenant Matters’. This marked the high point in the evolution of social housing regulation in England. As the title suggests, the service user was put at the very heart of the regulatory framework devised by the Professor and his team. The report’s blueprint was enshrined in the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

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Grenfell Tower fire

Like everybody else, the HQN team has been saddened by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London. We would like to extend our condolences to everybody affected, in particular the families of the victims and those residents left homeless.

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The house always wins

Tax is a game of cat and mouse. The Tories hiked up stamp duty on high value homes. So sales ground to a halt. But some folk do have to sell. How can they do this and not face a big loss?

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