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7 October, 2011

Shelter launches housing databank

New website brings together latest housing facts and figures and provides instant housing data reports.

6 October, 2011

Assisted Voluntary Sales good practice guide

Shelter and the National Homelessness Advice Service publish new guide to help housing professionals support people to leave homeownership through voluntary or assisted sale.

5 October, 2011

Highest number of additional affordable homes since mid - 1990s

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes Affordable Housing Supply statistics which show an increase of 5 per cent in affordable homes since 2009/2010.

4 October, 2011

Further details of council tax freeze

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes document which provides information following Chancellor's announcement.

3 October, 2011

Homeless Persons Advice and Assistance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

New statutory rule prescribes types of advice and assistance that Housing Executive must provide to homeless applicants and applicants threatened with homelessness who are either not in priority need or have become homeless or threatened with homelessness intentionally.

3 October, 2011

Squatters revealed as some of most vulnerable of all homeless people

Crisis publishes research by Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research which shows that squatters are more likely than other homeless people to suffer from mental and physical ill health, learning disabilities and drug and alcohol dependency.

3 October, 2011

Government to raise ‘right to buy’ discounts

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes document which details proposed changes to 'right to buy'.

3 October, 2011

Government extends council tax freeze

Chancellor George Osborne announces extra £805m for local authorities to help freeze council tax bills to save families up to £72.

3 October, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 235 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

29 September, 2011

Gypsy and Traveller Framework for Wales

Strategy launched which sets out how Welsh government will ensure that Gypsy and Traveller communities have fair access to accommodation, health and education.

29 September, 2011

Increase in number of people with rent arrears

Debt advice charity helpline National Debtline has received an 84 per cent increase in calls from people struggling to pay rent.

29 September, 2011

Lack of suitable housing for adults with learning difficulties

Research published by Mencap shows that adults with learning difficulties may continue to live with parents into their adult lives rather than being supported to live independently.

27 September, 2011

Bah v The United Kingdom

[2011] ECHR 1448

27 September, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 234 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

26 September, 2011

Media and politicians misleading about law on squatters

Letter from 160 leading legal figures, published in the Guardian, accuses government of misrepresenting the law and misleading the public to push through reforms on squatting.

26 September, 2011

State of housing in England’s biggest cities

Shelter and Places for People launch new poll which examines residents housing satisfaction in five categories, including, affordability; security to stay as long as needed; and a home in decent standard of repair.

26 September, 2011

Guidance to help local authorities gauge rough sleeping numbers

Homeless link launches new toolkit 'Evaluating the extent of rough sleeping'.

26 September, 2011

Government responds to Communities and Local Government Localism report

Command Paper contains formal response to recommendations and conclusions set out in House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee report.

26 September, 2011

Service charges complaints by leaseholders has risen by 46 per cent in two years

Leasehold Advisory Service for England and Wales figures show an increase in complaints to 7,600, reports bbc.co.uk.