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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'

13 February, 2020

Mortgage possession claims increased by 11 per cent over last year

New MoJ statistics advise that increase marks a year-on-year increase over six consecutive quarters

10 February, 2020

Bill introduced in Wales to increase the minimum notice period for no fault evictions

Proposals also include increasing the period at start of tenancy where landlord cannot give notice

5 February, 2020

Estimated number of deaths of people experiencing homelessness in Scotland increased by 19 per cent in 2018

New statistics from National Records of Scotland also show that Scotland's rate of homeless deaths is more than double that of England or Wales

5 February, 2020

93 per cent of English councils plan to increase council tax by more than 1.5 per cent in 2020/2021, says LGiU

In addition, two thirds of councils lack confidence that the government will prioritise resources to tackle homelessness despite it being a stated priority area

4 February, 2020

Annual ‘snapshot’ count of rough sleepers in Wales shows 11 per cent increase on numbers in previous year

Welsh Government highlights that local authorities observed higher numbers despite a 14 per cent increase in emergency bed spaces

4 February, 2020

Shortage of social housing is fuelling a billion-pound a year ‘temporary accommodation industry’

Shelter investigation finds that almost 90 per cent of the £1.1 billion annual spend on temporary accommodation goes to private landlords, letting agencies and companies

3 February, 2020

Welsh Government’s commitment to end homelessness not backed up by budget allocation, Equality Committee says

Assembly Members highlight that draft Budget leaves homelessness and housing support budgets unchanged, an effective cut taking account of inflation

31 January, 2020

Regulator of Social Housing launches consultation on new equality objectives

Objectives send a clear message about what we plan to do as a public sector body in relation to our work on equalities, says Regulator's interim chair

30 January, 2020

29 January, 2020

More than two thirds of council homelessness services are having to spend more than budgeted on homelessness support

Local Government Association also finds that 'unprecedented' funding pressures from rising levels of homelessness and increasing costs of B&B accommodation are limiting what councils can do

28 January, 2020

Housing Secretary confirms allocation of Rough Sleeping Initiative funding for 2020/2021

Third year of rough sleeper support will fund up to 6,000 bed spaces and 2,500 support staff

28 January, 2020

Number of households in temporary accommodation in Scotland at its highest level since 2002

New National Statistics for Scotland also show that households with children or a pregnant woman make up almost a third of those in temporary accommodation, up 8 per cent in a year

24 January, 2020

More than a third of council leaders report they have inadequate resources to provide temporary accommodation for winter rough sleepers

New survey also finds that local government leaders in London and the East are most pessimistic, with more than half indicating they do not have adequate resources

23 January, 2020

Rented Homes Bill receives first reading in House of Lords

New Bill seeks to abolish assured shorthold tenancies