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30 September

Scottish Housing Minister welcomes continued fall in homelessness in Scotland

Margeret Burgess comments on new statistics showing that number of people applying for homelessness assistance and assessed as homeless fell by seven per cent and three per cent respectively in April–June 2014 compared to same period last year, and there was a 10 per cent decrease in households with children in temporary accommodation at 30 June 2014.

30 September, 2014

DCLG publishes Rent to Buy prospectus

Applicants invited to bid for up to £200m of recoverable loans to support building of fixed term affordable homes between 2015 and 2017.

30 September, 2014

29 September

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Commencement Order

New statutory instrument brings into force provisions including, from 20 October 2014, in relation to the recovering of possession of dwelling houses on anti-social behaviour grounds.

29 September, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

29 September, 2014

26 September

Community Secretary, Eric Pickles, launches new ‘Rent to Buy’ Scheme

Under the scheme housing associations and other providers can bid for low-cost loans to build new homes which they must make available for rent at below-market rates for a minimum of seven years after which the tenant will have first refusal to buy the property or they may choose to move out and buy a different property, or rent another property either privately or with the housing association.

26 September, 2014

Almost 53,000 households have bought a home in England through Help to Buy

Press release from DCLG also reports that almost 80 per cent of sales have gone to first time buyers, with nearly 70 per cent being for new build homes.

26 September, 2014

25 September

Absolute Ground for Possession for Anti-social Behaviour (Review Procedure) (England) Regs 2014

New statutory instrument specifies the procedure to be followed in an internal review by a local housing authority or housing action trust of its decision to seek possession under the new absolute ground for anti-social behaviour.

25 September, 2014

Legal Aid Statistics for 2013/2014

New Ministry of Justice statistics include that total of legal help matters started and civil representation certificates granted was 32 in employment cases, 2,584 in debt cases, 3,877 in community care cases and 55,943 in housing cases.

25 September, 2014

Government sending information about Right to Buy to around 900,000 social tenants

New levels of discount and launch of Right to Buy Agent service mean that 'there might never be a better time for eligible council and housing association tenants to make this life-changing decision for them and their family', says Housing Minister.

25 September, 2014

Homelessness acceptances in England for April-June 2014 down by 2 per cent on same quarter last year

New DCLG statistics also show that, on 30 June 2014, there were 59,710 households in temporary accommodation, 6 per cent higher than at the same date in 2013.

25 September, 2014

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