Other areas of social welfare law

Housing

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24 October

Housing and Work Manifesto calls to release potential of social housing in employment support

Manifesto, launched by ERSA and GUAC, calls for action to make it easier for social housing providers to take on publicly funded employment contracts, an increase in the co-ordination and integration of services to support social housing tenants, and support to increase the capacity of social housing providers to provide good quality employment related support to their residents.

24 October, 2014

9 out of 10 homes not accessible for older people

New report from IPPR North shows that the English housing market is ill-equipped to cope with an aging population and argues that older people are being let down by inadequate choice, with a growing mismatch between older people and appropriate housing stock.

24 October, 2014

23 October

House of Commons Library Note on homeless households in temporary accommodation (England)

Note provides background to the increase in numbers in temporary accommodation and outlines various initiatives to reduce those numbers.

23 October, 2014

House of Commons Library Note on homelessness in England

Note provides background to government policy on tackling statutory homelessness, i.e. those households for whom local authorities, after receiving an application, have a duty to secure accommodation because they are unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category.

23 October, 2014

Right to Buy fraud has increased by over 400 per cent between April 2012 and March 2014

New report from the Audit Commission also finds that the number of social homes recovered from tenancy fraudsters increased by 15 per cent in the last year to 3,030, nearly doubling in the last five years.

23 October, 2014

Housing association ordered to pay ‘maximum payment’ for delay in carrying out emergency repair

New decision from Scottish Public Services Ombudsman finds that the housing association had failed to properly appreciate the adverse effects the problem had on the tenant and his son and had not taken all reasonable action to help him.

23 October, 2014

22 October

Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (Wales) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument introduces provisions relating to applications to Property Tribunal arising from Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.

22 October, 2014

Nzolameso v City of Westminster

In new judgment, Court of Appeal decides that local authority had discharged homelessness duty by offering temporary accommodation in Bletchley, near Milton Keynes.

22 October, 2014

17 October

Homelessness won’t be tackled without more housing, says Homeless Link

Responding to the Lyons review which says, without a change of course, the country will be short of up to two million homes by 2020, Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy and Communications at Homeless Link, said the review 'provides a clear roadmap for tackling a major cause of homelessness, the chronic shortage of an affordable place to call home'.

17 October, 2014

16 October

Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) Regulations 2014

New regulations that make provision for which persons from abroad will be eligible or ineligible for an allocation of housing accommodation under Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 and for housing assistance under Part 7 of the Act.

16 October, 2014

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