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15 October

More than one in ten renting families have suffered health problems in past year due to disrepair

New research from Shelter also shows that over 60,000 families threatened with eviction in the past year for complaining about bad conditions in their homes.

15 October, 2014

Scottish Government lowers price ceiling for Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme

From 22 October 2014, the shared equity scheme will only apply to homes worth up to £250,000, rather than the current maximum of £400,000.

15 October, 2014

Scottish Government creates Fair Work Convention

Alex Salmond announces formation of stakeholder body to provide leadership on Scottish industrial relations and promote the principles behind fair work, as recommended by the Working Together Review.

15 October, 2014

Government submits evidence to Low Pay Commission for 2015 national minimum wage rate

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson says that Commission being asked to consider how to ensure apprentices are being paid the right wage and 'how we can increase the real value of the national minimum wage, without having an adverse impact on jobs'.

15 October, 2014

AA v London Borough of Southwark

High Court considers claims for damages following illegal eviction and illegal seizing and destroying of all of social housing tenant's possessions.

15 October, 2014

14 October

Young people leaving care often live in unsafe housing, move frequently, and experience homelessness

New report from Action for Children calls on all political parties to prioritise the emotional and mental health of children in care and care leavers, keep children safe when they return to their family after care, and to not give up on young people when their lives are at their most challenging.

14 October, 2014

All Party Parliamentary Group recommends full review of the Shared Accommodation Rate

New report looking at access to private rented housing for the under 35s also recommends an increase in the rent-a-room allowance, clarification of the circumstances when local authorities are able to charge council tax on bedsit accommodation, requiring landlords to make prospective tenants aware of all the likely costs associated with renting a property including the council tax band as well as estimated utility costs, and giving local authorities greater powers to secure community contributions from developers of large scale private rented sector developments as appropriate to local needs.

14 October, 2014

13 October

DWP announces new ‘Fit for Work’ service

Department says that service will start later this year to provide an occupational health assessment and health and work advice to employees, employers and GPs to help people return to or stay in work after an illness.

13 October, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

13 October, 2014

DWP launches £2m competition for retail and hospitality firms to increase staff earnings

Companies invited 'to develop and test ideas to help their low-paid staff to progress in their careers while benefiting their business'.

13 October, 2014

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