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12 November, 2019

Scottish Government welcomes recommendations to improve support for care leavers at risk of homelessness

Report from national coalition of organisations committed to ending youth homelessness includes calls to simplify and improve consistency of support across Scotland

4 November, 2019

MHCLG launches £3.8 million Innovation and Enforcement Grant Fund to support action against criminal landlords

Funding intended to stimulate new thinking, help with building new partnerships and allow for innovative and proactive approaches to enforcement

4 November, 2019

4 November, 2019

MHCLG launches £15 million fund to provide support for victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation

Fund will support proposals for the provision of core support for refuges and other accommodation-based services

4 November, 2019

31 October, 2019

Regulator confirms that social housing rent increases will be limited to CPI plus one per cent from April 2020

Annual rent increase policy will be implemented through the Regulator of Social Housing's Rent Standard and will continue until 2025

29 October, 2019

Bill to abolish assured shorthold tenancies in England receives first reading in House of Lords

Rented Homes Bill also includes provisions amending the grounds of possession of assured tenancies

28 October, 2019

Regulation of short-term letting sector in Scotland supported by majority of consultation responses

Key themes emerge from consultation exercise including support for a mandatory registration or licensing scheme with provision for effective enforcement by local authorities

28 October, 2019

23 October, 2019

23 October, 2019

21 October, 2019

Duty of landlords to ensure electrical safety standards are met during tenancies

New commencement order provides for regulations to be made

17 October, 2019

Government confirms plan to allow social tenants to buy a share of their property by increments of one per cent of its value

New measures will also allow tenants in new housing association properties an automatic right to buy a share of their home from as little as 10 per cent

16 October, 2019

Scottish Government announces new domestic abuse protection measures to help reduce the threat of homelessness

Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk

15 October, 2019

Welsh Government announces short term measures it will take to tackle rough sleeping this winter

Commitments follow publication of first Homelessness Action Group report that focuses on short and long term actions to support rough sleepers off the streets

14 October, 2019

14 October, 2019

Government confirms plans to place statutory duty on local authorities to provide support to survivors of domestic abuse in safe accommodation

Consultation outcome also advises that statutory guidance will be finalised to outline expectations of councils to provide safe accommodation for 'all who need it'

10 October, 2019

9 October, 2019

Welsh Government launches strategy for preventing and ending homelessness

New policy framework sets out shift in focus away from provision of emergency, temporary services to earlier prevention approaches and long term housing solutions