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21 November, 2011

Live tables on homelessness

Department for Communities and Local Government tables provide the latest housing and homelessness data, including by geographical location.

21 November, 2011

Tenants on high salaries could pay up to market rents to continue living in social housing

Government's housing strategy sets out package of reforms which also include increasing 'right to buy' discounts to up to half the value of properties for social tenants wanting to own their home.

17 November, 2011

Howard v Stanton

[2011] EWCA Civ 1481

17 November, 2011

Shelter Cymru says home repossession help has risen by 300 per cent

Significant increase in past three years in proportion of people across Wales building up mortgage arrears, reports bbc.co.uk.

17 November, 2011

Count of Gypsy and Traveller Caravans - July 2011

Government publishes bi-annual count of gypsy and traveller caravans that records number of caravans on both authorised and unauthorised sites across England.

16 November, 2011

Guide to Localism Act

Department for Communities and Local Government update guide which describes main measures of Localism Act including detailing changes that ensure decisions about housing are taken locally.

15 November, 2011

Localism Bill granted Royal Assent

Act makes provision, at Part 7, in relation to powers to discharge homeless duties, tenure reform for social housing, housing ombudsman complaints, and the abolition of the Tenant Services Authority.

14 November, 2011

14 November, 2011

Plans for council tax freeze set out

Government publishes estimates of grant that every council would receive if they commit to freezing or reducing average band D council tax for a second year.

11 November, 2011

Mortgage arrears fall and repossessions remain stable reports Council of Mortgage Lenders

However more than 27,000 loans still have arrears of more than 10% of the outstanding balance.

10 November, 2011

10 November, 2011

10 November, 2011

Protecting the public purse 2011: Fighting fraud against local government

New Audit Commission report says that local authorities have detected fraud worth £185m - in areas including social housing, benefits and council tax discounts - but that this is 'only the tip of the iceberg'

9 November, 2011

9 November, 2011

9 November, 2011

Jones v Kernott

[2011] UKSC 53

7 November, 2011

Holmes v Westminster City Council

[2011] EWHC 2857 (QB)

7 November, 2011

Extra funding to beat fuel poverty in Scotland

Scottish government announces extra £400,000 for Universal Home Insulation Scheme which offers interest free loans for insulation measures including renewables and boiler replacement to improve energy efficiency.

7 November, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 240 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.