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17 December

Unison (No 2), R (on the application of) v The Lord Chancellor

New judgment in which High Court dismisses appeal, against government's decision to introduce employment tribunal fees, on grounds that there is still insufficient evidence to show that fees are making it more difficult to bring cases to a tribunal.

17 December, 2014

Charalambous & Anor v Maureen Rosairie NG & Anor

In new judgment, Court of Appeal considers whether notice of possession given under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 was valid in a case where a deposit was taken and the tenancy became periodic before the tenancy deposit protection schemes came into force.

17 December, 2014

16 December

CIH and Orbit Group call for overhaul of shared ownership scheme to increase supply

Highlighting that demand outstrips supply by 10:1, new report sets out issues that need to be addressed to increase shared ownership from its current 15,000 homes per year to at least 30,000 within the next parliament.

16 December, 2014

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

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

O’Kelly v Davies

In new judgment, Court of Appeal considers appeal against County Court declaration that the appellant held a freehold property on trust for herself and the the respondent in equal shares.

11 December, 2014

9 December

Government announces £23m of funding to help the homeless

1,600 of the most vulnerable homeless young people to be helped with the £15m Fair Chance Fund, while the £8m Help for Single Homeless Fund will support around 22,000 single homeless people, says DCLG.

09 December, 2014

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