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21 December, 2021

Government announces £316 million Homelessness Prevention Grant for England in 2022/2023

Councils should use the funding to help people find a new home, access support for unexpected evictions and secure temporary accommodation where needed, says DLUHC

20 December, 2021

20 December, 2021

New legal duty proposed in Scotland requiring public bodies to ‘ask and act’ to prevent homelessness

Consultation launched by the Scottish Government and COSLA encouraging individuals and organisations to 'have their say' on changes to the homelessness system

20 December, 2021

Scottish Government launches consultation on proposals to deliver a ‘new deal’ for tenants

Plans include a national system of rent controls for the private rented sector, increased protection from illegal evictions, and stronger enforcement of housing standards

17 December, 2021 Open access

13 December, 2021

10 December, 2021

‘Concerning proportion’ of private renters live in unsafe or insecure conditions with limited ability to exercise their rights, says National Audit Office

New report calls on Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to improve data on issues faced by tenants and develop clear strategy for regulation of the private rented sector

10 December, 2021

Ombudsman recommends council pays £2,000 compensation to family that waited more than three years for disabled facilities adaptations for their disabled child

Delay was so long that the child had outgrown the original proposals, while the council then made matters worse by failing to provide interim measures or keep in regular contact with the family

10 December, 2021

Law Commission recommends introduction of a new independent unified tribunal system for Wales

Commission confirms that its final report on devolved tribunals has been presented to the Senedd and it is now for the Welsh Government to decide whether and how to enact its recommendations

9 December, 2021

More than 700,000 households lived in overcrowded conditions in 2020/2021, according to English Housing Survey

New DLUHC report also finds that social housing sector had highest rate of overcrowding and lowest level of under-occupation

9 December, 2021

8 December, 2021

Levelling Up Select Committee launches inquiry into exempt accommodation

Inquiry will address concerns on hearing media reports that neglectful landlords are 'pocketing taxpayer money' while failing to provide the support that their vulnerable tenants need

7 December, 2021

Welsh Government confirms plans for ‘ambitious package’ of council tax reforms

Minister advises consultation will take place next year on plans including revaluation, a review of the council tax reduction scheme, and an evaluation of discounts, disregards, exemptions and premiums

6 December, 2021

2 December, 2021

Communities Minister launches consultation on proposals to increase the notice to quit period for tenants in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector

Responses to the consultation will help to inform the Private Tenancies Bill as it progresses and any future use of powers to lengthen notice periods contained in the Bill

1 December, 2021

ONS reports that there were almost 700 homeless deaths in England and Wales in 2020

However, statistics body highlights that the true number of deaths may be underestimated as the Everyone In scheme made it more difficult to identify homeless people from its mortality records

1 December, 2021

30 November, 2021

30 November, 2021

Welsh Government launches Ending Homelessness Action Plan

Also announcing a £30 million funding pot over five years, Minister says that homelessness when it occurs should be ‘rare, brief and unrepeated’