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16 January, 2024

DLUHC and DWP outline their commitment to improving short-term supported housing provision and protecting vulnerable residents in England

Response to Select Committee includes plans to publish research into the sector, to consult on a new licensing regime and to support local authorities in their housing benefit anti-fraud activities

15 January, 2024

More than 90 per cent of participants in English Housing First pilots were in long-term accommodation after a year

Evaluation of outcomes at 12 months also shows reduced isolation, increased feelings of safety, improved well-being and less antisocial or criminal behaviour

10 January, 2024

ONS highlights barriers domestic abuse survivors experience in moving on from temporary supported accommodation in England

New research identifies a lack of available move-on accommodation, and survivors' difficulties in navigating slow and complex local authority bidding systems

9 January, 2024

DLUHC launches ‘Awaab’s Law’ consultation on timescales for repairs in the social rented sector

Proposals include new legal requirements for social landlords to investigate hazards within 14 days, start fixing within a further 7 days and make emergency repairs within 24 hours

3 January, 2024

Chamber President issues new Practice Directions for Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal

New Directions set out procedural requirements for parties to appeals from 2 January 2024

2 January, 2024

21 December, 2023

Home Office reverses decision to reduce notice period for people granted refugee status to leave asylum accommodation

Homeless link welcomes reintroduction of 28-day notice period and calls for next government to adopt a more cross-departmental approach to ending homelessness and mitigating the risks faced by refugees leaving asylum accommodation

20 December, 2023

18 December, 2023

Scottish Government sets out progress made on its new homelessness prevention legislation

Responding to recommendations from Task and Finish Group, government commits to providing more clarity on the duties provided for, and confirms that primary legislation will list those bodies to whom duties apply

14 December, 2023

One in five private rented dwellings fails to meet Decent Homes Standard

English Housing Survey also finds that almost one in ten properties in the private sector have a problem with damp

14 December, 2023

Public Bill Committee launches call for evidence on Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill

With first scrutiny session set for 16 January 2024, Committee asks for evidence to be submitted as soon as possible

12 December, 2023

Ombudsman launches special investigations into three London landlords after casework shows them struggling with damp and mould, repairs, and complaint handling

Action taken against Camden and Hackney Councils and Hyde Group following them having either high maladministration rates or increasing findings in the identified areas, including several findings of severe maladministration

8 December, 2023

Scottish Government sets out plan to help Ukrainian people seeking refuge from the war to access longer-term housing

Social Justice Secretary says that next steps will help support people to find safe, settled accommodation for the longer term, providing much-needed stability and helping them set down roots and make the most of local opportunities

7 December, 2023

More than two-thirds of applicants on Northern Ireland’s social housing waiting list at the end of 2022/2023 were in ‘housing stress’

Annual housing statistics also show that two-thirds of people presenting as homeless in the region were accepted as being owed statutory homelessness duty

4 December, 2023

4 December, 2023

Council settles judicial review claim accepting that residence requirement under its housing allocation scheme discriminates against refugees and those fleeing violence

High Court hands down order requiring review and, pending amendment, for it to be disapplied to support people in similar circumstances

1 December, 2023

1 December, 2023