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28 July, 2021

Success of Housing First’s flexible delivery model is being put at risk by ‘broken’ systems and services it needs to interact with

MHCLG evaluation of ongoing pilots also highlights challenges from limited housing supply and recruitment difficulties

28 July, 2021

Systemic issues are indicative of a general erosion of the visibility, capacity and status of councils’ complaint functions, says Ombudsman

2020/2021 annual review highlights ‘widening cracks’ in local authority systems for handling complaints

27 July, 2021

Housing Minister announces £3.7 million Respite Rooms Trial Programme to provide accommodation and support for victims of violence and abuse

Housing pilot for vulnerable rough sleepers will create 140 bed spaces and support up to 1,100 people at risk of sleeping rough

27 July, 2021

Government must learn from the success of its Covid-19 response and continue its increased investment in homelessness services

Estimating that additional funding of £82 million a year is required, Kerslake Commission says this is a 'small price to pay' to maintain and build on advances that were made, and avoid a post-pandemic surge in rough sleeping

22 July, 2021

22 July, 2021

More than 95,000 households in England were in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2021, according to new government statistics

New MHCLG figures also highlight that number of single adult households in temporary accommodation was up by more than a quarter compared to previous year

20 July, 2021 Open access

Practice Direction 55C updated to further extend temporary provisions in relation to stayed possession proceedings

Update provides for 'interim period' relating to Covid-19 to remain in force to 30 November 2021

20 July, 2021 Open access

‘Categorically not the case’ that the government has issued instructions to local authorities to end Everyone In, says Minister

Eddie Hughes reiterates MHCLG's assurance that the work of the initiative is ongoing, and that funding is continuing to support people who are in emergency accommodation

20 July, 2021

Cross-party coalition of MPs calls on government to commit to continued funding for Housing First in Autumn spending review

All-Party Parliamentary Group urges government to continue funding of pilots beyond 2022 and to commit to national roll-out of scheme in furtherance of pledge to end rough sleeping by 2024.

19 July, 2021

19 July, 2021

Council tax is an ‘increasingly regressive’ tax penalising those in deprived areas and on lower incomes, say MPs

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee calls for a revaluation of properties and an introduction of additional council tax bands

14 July, 2021

Independent review of progress on race and racism in England includes call for government to end ‘discriminatory’ right to rent policy

New report from Runnymede Trust warns that right to rent policy and other government 'hostile environment' policies, combined with ‘institutional practices and society’s customs’, are fueling systemic racism in England

8 July, 2021

Levels of overcrowding and rent arrears in the private and social rented sectors highlighted in new analysis of English Housing Survey data

Findings include that 7 per cent of private rented and 9 per cent of social rented households were overcrowded, while 8 per cent of private renters and 23 per cent of social renters had been in rent arrears at some point in the previous year

6 July, 2021

6 July, 2021

Government sets out proposals to simplify process for social tenants to escalate complaints to the Housing Ombudsman

Provision included in the Building Safety Bill to remove the ‘democratic filter’ that currently requires complainants to use an MP or tenant panel to bring a complaint to the Ombudsman

6 July, 2021

Bill to improve protections for tenants in the private rented sector introduced in NI Assembly

Communities Minister outlines that reforms will have the needs of tenants at their heart and include the extension of notice to quit periods and restriction of rent increases

5 July, 2021

Government confirms changes introduced today to provide more support for victims of domestic abuse at risk of homelessness

Under provisions in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, domestic abuse will be a 'standalone reason' to qualify as having a priority need

5 July, 2021

Number of homeless households placed in B&B temporary accommodation in England now more than four times what it was a decade ago

New analysis of statutory homelessness data also shows a similar increase in spending on B&Bs, which councils accept are the 'last resort' of temporary accommodation