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Housing

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2 September

DCLG publishes qualitative evaluation of London homelessness social impact bond

Findings of first interim report include that 'performance in year one of the programme, against the five outcomes and in the context of the targets set at the outset, has been variable'.

02 September, 2014

1 September

Landlords should be offered tax breaks for signing up to accreditation scheme, says CIH

However, new report also warns that more effective regulation is needed to tackle unscrupulous landlords and to ban letting agents from charging tenants fees.

01 September, 2014

29 August

Scottish Housing Regulator launches new performance information for tenants

New reports set out how Scotland’s social landlords are performing against the Scottish Social Housing Charter in the areas tenants told the Regulator matter most: homes and rents, quality and maintenance, neighbourhoods, tenant satisfaction and value for money.

29 August, 2014

Couple awarded £10,000 compensation for delay of over two years in giving them a personal budget

Local Government Ombudsman also finds that the couple did not receive adequate housing advice and their housing application was not prioritised in accordance with the council's housing policy, and in addition the council continued to charge council tax on the couple's former home even though an exemption should have been applied.

29 August, 2014

22 August

Condition of many of Britain’s social housing estates is ‘nothing short of a national embarrassment’

New report from the Policy Exchange says that the results of decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems that are entrenched and generational.

22 August, 2014

21 August

Right to Buy sales for first quarter of 2014 up by 33 per cent on same quarter last year

New statistics also show that London Boroughs accounted for 33 per cent of sales, the highest percentage since statistics became available.

21 August, 2014

18 August

DEFRA consults on changes to agricultural tenancies

View sought on modernising the repair and maintenance of fixed equipment and end-of-tenancy compensation in England.

18 August, 2014

15 August

Almost 1.6m UK households are spending more than half their disposable income on housing costs

Fact that working households who are ‘housing pinched’ and in the bottom half of the income distribution have so little left over, in cash terms, to pay for other things, is a real cause for concern, says Resolution Foundation.

15 August, 2014

14 August

DCLG publishes ‘live tables on homelessness’

Figures in today's publication include that, in the first quarter of 2014, there were 12,540 local authority homelessness acceptances.

14 August, 2014

Elderly residents not consulted properly when company that owned their homes was sold

Local Government Ombudsman recommends that Fylde Borough Council apologise to each resident of a housing complex for failing to ensure that the association who ran the complex consulted them properly on disposing of their homes to a developer.

14 August, 2014

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