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23 September, 2011

Social housing sector responding effectively to economic climate

Tenant Services Authority publishes latest quarterly Social Housing Regulator survey.

22 September, 2011

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2011

New regulations bring into force provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 including section 157 (vacant dwellings: use of information obtained for council tax purposes); and section 158 (housing support: persons found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness).

21 September, 2011

Scottish Spending Review 2011

Budget includes commitment to social wage, free prescriptions and freeze of council tax.

21 September, 2011

Government to enable community organisations to bid for funding to bring empty homes back into use

Communities Minister announces new £100m government funding for housing schemes which will also provide training opportunities for local people.

20 September, 2011

Social Housing Sales, England, 2010-11

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes statistics which include sales under Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy, Right to Acquire, Social HomeBuy, other shared equity sales to tenants, and sales of existing stock to private sector.

16 September, 2011

Nearly half of criminal justice staff would benefit from training around housing issues

New Homeless Link report highlights the need for homelessness and criminal justice agencies to work together to prevent homelessness and re-offending.

13 September, 2011

Organisations call for housing cuts to be re-examined

Chartered Institute of Housing and the British Property Federation claim government assumptions that cutting benefits will reduce private rents could be 'flawed'.

13 September, 2011

Extra care housing could play a ‘major part’ in delivering better health outcomes for older people

Research published by International Longevity Centre shows that those in extra care housing are half as likely to move into institutional care as people living in the community recieving domiciliary care.

13 September, 2011

60,000 adults facing multiple needs and exclusions are being let down by services

Leading charities Clinks, DrugScope, Homeless Link and Mind say we are failing to understand and coordinate support for most excluded and urge political leaders to take action.

13 September, 2011

Tenant Services Authority publishes Continuous Recording of Lettings and Sales 2010-11

New statistics show new lettings and sales in England, and the people they house.

13 September, 2011

Shelter urges councils to crack down on rogue landlords

New research reveals that local authorities admit there are 1,477 known landlords who are repeatedly making tenants’ lives a misery.

12 September, 2011

Tackling homelessness and exclusion: Understanding complex lives

Research published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlights the extent to which homelessness amongst single adults is linked to other problems such as mental illness, alcohol dependency and experience of institutions.

12 September, 2011

Recent developments in housing law

July and August updates, as published in the Legal Action Magazine, now available from the Garden Court Chambers website.

9 September, 2011

New Crisis research warns that homelessness situation is set to get worse

Study predicts that the continuing economic downturn combined with the Coalition Government's radical reforms and weakening of the welfare state will leave many more people facing the threat or reality of homelessness.

9 September, 2011

Urgent action needed to address chronic shortage of affordable housing

Homeless Link responds to new figures that show that the number of people applying to councils for help with housing has increased by 14% in the last year.

8 September, 2011

Homeless numbers up by 17 per cent on same quarter last year

New national statistics for April to June 2011.

7 September, 2011

Government responds to judge’s ruling on squatters rights

A 'bizarre decision that flies in the face of common sense', says Housing Minister

7 September, 2011

Crisis wins emergency accommodation pledge

Government agrees to consider proposal that single homeless people should have a right to emergency accommodation.

5 September, 2011

How the Localism Bill will affect the way in which the housing ombudsman supports tenants

New 'Inside Housing' article from housing ombudsman Mike Biles.