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12 March, 2020

Two thirds of those presenting as homeless in Northern Ireland granted Full Duty Applicant status and accepted as statutorily homeless

Main reasons for being accepted as homeless are that accommodation is not reasonable, breakdown of sharing or family arrangements, or loss of rented accommodation

11 March, 2020

Government announces new funding to tackle rough sleeping, and to remove unsafe cladding from residential buildings

Budget 2020 also confirms additional exemptions from the shared accommodation rate to protect benefit claimants at risk of homelessness

11 March, 2020

Intention and ambition of Homelessness Reduction Act is being constrained by housing market, welfare system and funding

New report from Crisis recommends raising LHA rates to 30th percentile and placing a duty to prevent homelessness on all relevant public bodies

11 March, 2020

Freeholders and developers of leasehold properties that refuse to reduce ‘onerous and escalating’ ground rents should be forced to do so

Committee Chair calls for new power to be introduced under the Renters’ Reform Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech

9 March, 2020

New ‘Housing Dispute Service’ proposed by all-party law reform and human rights organisation

However, JUSTICE acknowledges that the idea is controversial, was not accepted by all its members, and was opposed by the tenant lawyers it consulted

6 March, 2020

Northern Ireland Executive confirms that tenants should not be charged for services that a letting agent carries out on behalf of a landlord

Joint Ministerial Statement issued in light of evidence that some letting agents are not complying with law

5 March, 2020

Almost a fifth of homes in England don’t meet basic decent homes standards

New report finds that most common reasons for poor quality housing are risks to health or safety from cold or fall hazards

2 March, 2020

Competition and Markets Authority says it has found ‘worrying evidence’ of people who buy leasehold properties being misled and taken advantage of

As a result, CMA announces it will shortly be taking its own enforcement action directly in the sector

2 March, 2020

27 February, 2020

Annual ‘snapshot’ count of rough sleepers in England shows 9 per cent fall on numbers in previous year

However, rough sleeper numbers are still more than 140 per cent higher than in 2010

27 February, 2020

Prime Minister announces independent review to provide advice on action needed ‘to end rough sleeping within this Parliament’

New funding of £236 million also announced that will go towards offering Housing First style ‘move on’ accommodation to rough sleepers

24 February, 2020

21 February, 2020

21 February, 2020

Almost all adult social care authorities plan to raise council tax by maximum amount permitted

Funding deficit means that council leaders 'simply do not have a choice', says Chair of County Councils Network

20 February, 2020

Folkestone council heavily criticised for delaying helping a young family threatened with homelessness

Ombudsman reports that he had to threaten the council with a court summons after it questioned his authority to investigate

19 February, 2020

Government announces that households affected by recent flooding will be eligible for 100 per cent council tax relief ‘for at least three months’

Package of measures for households in England affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis also includes hardship payments of up to £500

17 February, 2020

14 February, 2020

Christopher Pincher appointed as Minister for Housing at MHCLG

Former Foreign and Commonwealth Minister replaces Esther McVey following Cabinet reshuffle

14 February, 2020

Office for National Statistics and Centre for Homelessness Impact launch new tool to help address homelessness in UK

New platform, which shares more than 30 homelessness indicators, aims to help policymakers make 'informed decisions that can have a real impact'