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16 December

Councils failing in legal duty to assist homeless teenagers

New report from Coram Voice says that, if local authorities complied with duties under the Children Act, most of the problems related to teenage homelessness would be avoided.

16 December, 2014

DCLG publishes statistics on social housing lettings from April 2013 to March 2014

New statistics include that broad upward trend in social housing lettings by private registered providers continued, with a 5% increase in lettings to 270,659, and local authority lettings also increased to 126,238, a reversal of their long-term trend.

16 December, 2014

15 December

Treasury announces agreement with banks to provide basic fee-free accounts

New bank accounts, to be provided by nine high street banks and building societies, will be available to those who don't already have an account or who can’t use their existing account due to financial difficulty.

15 December, 2014

Labour would introduce jail sentences for employers who exploit migrant workers

Guardian reports that, in speech today, Ed Miliband to announce new measures to tackle migrant workers being paid less and offered worse terms and conditions than local workers.

15 December, 2014

Workers on zero hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, says TUC

In new report, which also finds that zero hours workers much less likely to qualify for statutory sick pay, union highlights the impact that growth in precarious labour is having on workers’ pay and rights at work, and warns that this is a sign of the 'growing two-tier workforce'.

15 December, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

15 December, 2014

12 December

New JRF research highlights how increasing employment & wages can boost local and national economies

Tackling worklessness and low pay makes economic sense, the JRF says, since it cuts the amount spent on welfare and tax credits, with indirect savings in other public service areas; increases contributions to central government; and boosts the amount of money spent in local economies, which increases wealth through a ripple effect.

12 December, 2014

11 December

Local authority evictions for rent arrears in 2013/2014 up by 19 per cent on previous year

New DCLG figures also show that between April 2013 and April 2014, the amount of council housing stock reduced by 0.8 per cent.

11 December, 2014

Number accepted as homeless between July to September 2014 up by 4 per cent on previous year

New DCLG figures also show that on 30 September 2014 there were 60,940 households in temporary accommodation, 6 per cent higher than at the same date in 2013.

11 December, 2014

Stamp Duty Land Tax Bill receives second reading

Bill that reduces stamp duty for 98 per cent of those buying a property unopposed in House of Commons

11 December, 2014

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