Other areas of social welfare law

Housing

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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

12 August

DCLG publishes technical paper on residential leaseholds in England

Figures include that, in 2012-13, there were 4.1m dwellings in England owned leasehold, of which 2.4m were in the owner occupied sector and 1.7m privately owned but let in the private rented sector.

12 August, 2014

Mandatory and discretionary guidance to social landlords on reducing service charges

New DCLG guidance to social landlords on capping service charges where improvement works are funded by government.

12 August, 2014

8 August

Universal Credit One Year In: The experiences of housing associations

New report from the National Housing Federation - based on discussions with the DWP and housing associations in areas where universal credit has been introduced - that provides information to help other housing association in their own preparations for the new benefit, and makes recommendations to the DWP for improvements that need to be made to the system.

08 August, 2014

7 August

Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (Wales) Regulations 2014

New regulations that prescribe the procedure for the making, variation and deletion of site rules, prescribe the matters to which site rules may and may not relate, and grant appeal rights in relation to these matters, under section 52 of the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.

07 August, 2014

38,509 landlord possession claims in second quarter of 2014

New Ministry of Justice statistics report that this is both the second highest quarter 2 figure since 2009 and the lowest quarterly figure for two years.

07 August, 2014

41 per cent of homeless families in London housed in temporary accommodation for more than 2 years

Analysis of Freedom of Information requests by Shelter also suggests that around one in four households subject to the benefit cap in London are in temporary accommodation.

07 August, 2014

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