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5 March, 2021

Legal case challenging council’s practice of accommodating homeless female domestic abuse survivors in shared hostels with men succeeds prior to hearing

Judicial review brought by Public Interest Law Centre results in pre-trial settlement, with Camden Council agreeing to compensate claimant and review its emergency accommodation policies and procedures

5 March, 2021

4 March, 2021

Housing Ombudsman finds ‘severe maladministration’ as a result of excessive delays in Newham Council’s management of repairs case

Resident awarded £800 compensation for Council's failure to have a repairs policy and for the excessive delay in responding to his formal complaint

1 March, 2021 Open access

Economic aftermath of Covid-19 pandemic risks a substantial rise in core homelessness unless government implements range of housing and welfare mitigation interventions

Latest Homelessness Monitor from Crisis examines emerging trends in homelessness in the wake of both coronavirus and Brexit

26 February, 2021

Government announces more than £6 million in funding for the voluntary sector to provide accommodation and services for rough sleepers

Housing Secretary confirms that funding will be used to provide rough sleepers with Covid-secure night shelter accommodation and to support organisations including Homeless Link and Shelter

25 February, 2021 Open access

Annual ‘snapshot’ count of rough sleepers in England during autumn 2020 Covid lockdown shows 37 per cent fall on numbers in previous year

However, even accounting for the provision of accommodation under the ‘Everyone In’ scheme, more than 2,600 people were estimated to be rough sleeping in the count

25 February, 2021 Open access

Measures to protect private tenants in Northern Ireland from eviction extended to 30 September 2021

New statutory rule extends period during which landlords are required to give 12 weeks' notice to quit that was due to expire on 31 March 2021

24 February, 2021

Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill approved by Welsh Senedd

Bill to introduce changes including minimum twelve month contracts for renters and increase in notice period for 'no fault evictions'

24 February, 2021

Housing Ombudsman orders Woking Council to pay tenant £6,000 compensation after leaving her without gas supply for three years

New decision finds severe maladministration in council’s lack of action and its failure to have due regard to its obligations towards a potentially vulnerable tenant

22 February, 2021

22 February, 2021

MHCLG to establish second headquarters in Wolverhampton

Senior civil servants to be based in the city making it a centre for policy development and decision making, says government

22 February, 2021

Cross-party coalition of MPs calls for evidence from people with lived experience of using Housing First services

All-Party Parliamentary Group seeks evidence on what led to people becoming homeless and how using Housing First services made them feel

22 February, 2021

Deaths of homeless people increased by more than a third in 2020

New research findings also show that, despite the apparent success of Everyone In, many local authorities have since been unable to organise suitable longer-term accommodation or support

19 February, 2021 Open access

19 February, 2021 Open access

Northern Ireland Executive announces that legislation protecting private renters from eviction is to be extended to 30 September 2021

Emergency legislation to be extended from 31 March 2021 in light of current public health situation, says Communities Minister

19 February, 2021

Scottish Government withdraws draft legislation on short-term lets licensing scheme

Housing Minister confirms that legislation, which has been withdrawn due to concerns about its application, is to be re-laid alongside new draft guidance in June 2021

19 February, 2021

Centre for Social Justice calls on government to ‘dramatically increase’ number of Housing First places in England

New report highlights programme's success in improving quality of life for individuals with complex needs, and cost-effectiveness to taxpayer in reduced spending on other public servces

18 February, 2021 Open access

Chancellor needs to act now to avoid renters being scarred by debts they have no hope of clearing

Organisations working in the private rented sector warn of rent debt crisis with at least half a million tenants in arrears due to the economic impact of Covid-19

16 February, 2021 Open access

Resolution Foundation calls on government to follow Scotland and Wales in establishing a tenant loan scheme to support renters in England who have fallen into arrears during pandemic

Think tank highlights that private renters have been particularly hard hit, and recommends that landlords must be required to take 'robust action' to negotiate a payment plan before taking tenants to court