NEWS ROUND-UP: Affordable offices – just another tax?

EG brings you a few highlights from yesterday’s news, in case you missed the daily round-up

ANALYSIS: Workspaces – what is affordable?

Affordable workspace obligations for developers are increasingly being enforced in central London as boroughs strengthen planning policy in response to new guidance in the London Plan.

Explore the data and find out the affordable workspaces agreed in central London in 2017

NEWS: Birmingham aims for regen silverware at the Commonwealth Games

Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

The Commonwealth Games may not have quite the same status as the Olympics. But Birmingham’s selection as the games’ host in 2022 comes when confidence and interest in the city has never been higher.

Find out more about the costs involved and the city’s priorities

MAINLY FOR STUDENTS: Students’ new year resolutions: improving coursework

Paul Collins, a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, suggests ways to improve your coursework, engagement and planning.

Read Collins’ top tips

COMMENT: Times are tough for retail – but let’s keep our perspective

Ed Cooke, chief executive, Revo
Ed Cooke, chief executive, Revo

The last quarter of the year is the most important for the retail sector, and in recent years the level of intrigue has reached new heights given the advent of imported retail events such as Black Friday, and innovation-driven marketing campaigns such as Cyber Monday, writes Revo chief executive Ed Cooke.

Cooke discusses the effect of discounting, the complex market and more

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Is a housing minister necessary?

“Can anyone,” I asked on Twitter on Tuesday, “make the case that housing minister is personally and individually a meaningful and influential post when, among the 39 ministers since 1945, there have been seven since 2010 and three in Theresa May’s 18 months as PM?”

Read more of Damian Wild’s comment