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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

Sales of social housing increased 60 per cent in 2013/2014 compared to previous year

New statistics from DCLG also show that the average discount, as a percentage of market value, of Right to Buy local authority dwellings sold was 47 per cent in 2013/2014 compared to 27 per cent in 2011/2012.

16 October, 2014

Poorest tenants are taking on additional debt

New report from Riverside highlights that tenants in the lowest income group have taken on more debts to cover sudden and unforeseen changes in benefit entitlement and the deepening impact of the bedroom tax.

16 October, 2014

Homeless people who ask their council for help are being turned away

New research from Crisis reports that, in 50 out of 87 visits by mystery shoppers to 16 local authorities across England, little or no help was given even though the scenarios presented were that the person had nowhere to stay that evening.

16 October, 2014

15 October

More than one in ten renting families have suffered health problems in past year due to disrepair

New research from Shelter also shows that over 60,000 families threatened with eviction in the past year for complaining about bad conditions in their homes.

15 October, 2014

Scottish Government lowers price ceiling for Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme

From 22 October 2014, the shared equity scheme will only apply to homes worth up to £250,000, rather than the current maximum of £400,000.

15 October, 2014

AA v London Borough of Southwark

High Court considers claims for damages following illegal eviction and illegal seizing and destroying of all of social housing tenant's possessions.

15 October, 2014

14 October

Young people leaving care often live in unsafe housing, move frequently, and experience homelessness

New report from Action for Children calls on all political parties to prioritise the emotional and mental health of children in care and care leavers, keep children safe when they return to their family after care, and to not give up on young people when their lives are at their most challenging.

14 October, 2014

All Party Parliamentary Group recommends full review of the Shared Accommodation Rate

New report looking at access to private rented housing for the under 35s also recommends an increase in the rent-a-room allowance, clarification of the circumstances when local authorities are able to charge council tax on bedsit accommodation, requiring landlords to make prospective tenants aware of all the likely costs associated with renting a property including the council tax band as well as estimated utility costs, and giving local authorities greater powers to secure community contributions from developers of large scale private rented sector developments as appropriate to local needs.

14 October, 2014

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