Other areas of social welfare law

Housing

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15 September

DCLG consults on changes to planning procedures and guidance in relation to travellers sites

Consultation seeks views on measures designed to 'ensure that the planning system applies fairly and equally to both the settled community and travellers; strengthen protection of our sensitive areas and the green belt; and deal with the negative effects of unauthorised occupation of land'.

15 September, 2014

12 September

Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014

New statutory instrument introduces requirement that local authority temporary accommodation is 'wind and watertight and suitable for occupation by children'.

12 September, 2014

11 September

Government gives its backing to the outlawing of ‘revenge evictions’

Communities Minister says ministers will support Private Member’s Bill - designed to stop landlords who, rather than meet their legal duty to keep their properties at a reasonable standard and remove health and safety hazards, instead evict tenants simply for asking for essential repairs to be made - on the condition that the Bill only targets bad landlords and cannot be used by tenants to frustrate legitimate evictions.

11 September, 2014

Welsh Government commissions research into the impact of Houses in Multiple Occupation

In addition to collecting evidence, research will also examine how local authorities are tackling problems caused by high concentrations of HMOs in their area.

11 September, 2014

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

Chartered Institute of Housing highlights conflict between the Localism Act, that was supposed to make it easier for local authorities to help extremely vulnerable people find a home, and welfare reform, that is making it harder.

11 September, 2014

10 September

DCLG consults on delivery of Right to Move for social housing tenants taking up work or training

Proposals include new regulations, strengthened guidance and ensuring social landlords set aside properties for use by those exercising Right to Move

10 September, 2014

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

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

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