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10 September

Social housing regulator sets out its experience of carrying out consumer regulation role

Commenting on the report, Bronwen Rapley, Deputy Director Investigation & Enforcement at the Home and Communities Agency, says, 'we hope by explaining the arrangements, and providing case studies, we can help landlords – and the local bodies that hold them to account – ensure that problems do not get to the stage where the regulator has to get involved.'

10 September, 2014

More than half of tenants have problems with landlords or letting agents

New research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents, reported in the Independent, also finds that one in seven tenants say their problems were never resolved and one in five tenants had reservations about their landlord or letting agent on day one of their tenancy.

10 September, 2014

Eight of the 22 Welsh councils are currently using zero-hours contracts

Research carried out by BBC Wales finds that nearly 4,000 people are directly employed on the contracts by Welsh councils, with Powys council the biggest user of them.

10 September, 2014

People with dementia, their carers and families shoulder two-thirds of the cost themselves.

New research from the Alzheimer's Society shows that 'dementia tax' can amount to as much as £21,000 per person.

10 September, 2014

9 September

Impact of welfare changes on housing in Scotland

New CPAG Scotland bulletin provides an overview of welfare rights cases collected from frontline workers across Scotland, and explores the impact on housing and homelessness policy.

09 September, 2014

House of Commons Libray publishes new briefing on tenancy deposit schemes in England and Wales

Briefing explains duty on landlords to protect tenants’ deposits and summarises how tenancy deposit schemes operate.

09 September, 2014

Housing costs put 3.4 million households on a financial knife-edge

New analysis of government data by the University of St Andrews, on behalf of Shelter, found that 1 in 8 households in the UK are surviving on low incomes while paying unaffordable housing costs, putting them under huge financial pressure.

09 September, 2014

8 September

More than half of local authorites place young care leavers in B&B accommodation for long periods

BBC reports on Barnardo's research showing that, in 2013/2014, 51 per cent of authorities placed care leavers in B&Bs for 28 days or more, while just under half (46 per cent) placed care leavers in B&Bs repeatedly.

08 September, 2014

Housing Minister reminds letting agents to sign up for redress scheme

DCLG press release highlights fine of up to £5,000 for agents who do not belong to one of three schemes from 1 October 2014

08 September, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

08 September, 2014

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