Local councils play a crucial role in deciding what gets built where. But, some elected councillors are too close to the property industry. Which means things get built that suit the financial interests of developers and not necessarily the needs of communities. We can change this.
Read More Is your council working for you?
Councils are targets of lobbying by developers whose voices can drown out the views of local people. With real money at stake, the property industry has developed a number of strategies to help them influence council decisions.
Read More The problem with lobbying
How to start to break the bonds between councillors and property lobbyists.
Read More What needs to change
Councillors are valuable to developers for who and what they know. Which is why property developers hire them. This needs to change.
Read More Ban councillors from working as property lobbyists
There is a well-oiled revolving door between local councils and the property industry. This needs to change.
Read More Slow down the revolving door
At the moment we can’t see who is lobbying local councils. This needs to change.
Read More Reveal who is lobbying councils
Developers use hospitality to curry favour with local councillors. This needs to change.
Read More Stop with the wining and dining
We have an opportunity to let the government know that the system isn’t working. An inquiry has been launched into ‘local government ethical standards’.
Read More The Inquiry