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20 July, 2021

Cross-party coalition of MPs calls on government to commit to continued funding for Housing First in Autumn spending review

All-Party Parliamentary Group urges government to continue funding of pilots beyond 2022 and to commit to national roll-out of scheme in furtherance of pledge to end rough sleeping by 2024.

19 July, 2021

19 July, 2021

Council tax is an ‘increasingly regressive’ tax penalising those in deprived areas and on lower incomes, say MPs

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee calls for a revaluation of properties and an introduction of additional council tax bands

14 July, 2021

Independent review of progress on race and racism in England includes call for government to end ‘discriminatory’ right to rent policy

New report from Runnymede Trust warns that right to rent policy and other government 'hostile environment' policies, combined with ‘institutional practices and society’s customs’, are fueling systemic racism in England

8 July, 2021

Levels of overcrowding and rent arrears in the private and social rented sectors highlighted in new analysis of English Housing Survey data

Findings include that 7 per cent of private rented and 9 per cent of social rented households were overcrowded, while 8 per cent of private renters and 23 per cent of social renters had been in rent arrears at some point in the previous year

6 July, 2021

6 July, 2021

Government sets out proposals to simplify process for social tenants to escalate complaints to the Housing Ombudsman

Provision included in the Building Safety Bill to remove the ‘democratic filter’ that currently requires complainants to use an MP or tenant panel to bring a complaint to the Ombudsman

6 July, 2021

Bill to improve protections for tenants in the private rented sector introduced in NI Assembly

Communities Minister outlines that reforms will have the needs of tenants at their heart and include the extension of notice to quit periods and restriction of rent increases

5 July, 2021

Government confirms changes introduced today to provide more support for victims of domestic abuse at risk of homelessness

Under provisions in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, domestic abuse will be a 'standalone reason' to qualify as having a priority need

5 July, 2021

Number of homeless households placed in B&B temporary accommodation in England now more than four times what it was a decade ago

New analysis of statutory homelessness data also shows a similar increase in spending on B&Bs, which councils accept are the 'last resort' of temporary accommodation

30 June, 2021 Open access

Rough sleeping in London rose by 3 per cent in 2020/2021 despite Covid-19 efforts to keep people off the streets

Commenting on new statistics released today, Crisis warns that the progress made last year to reduce numbers of people sleeping rough is in 'imminent danger of being lost'

30 June, 2021 Open access

New £10 million grant scheme launched in Wales to help private tenants in rent arrears due to pandemic

Minister confirms that Tenancy Hardship Grant will replace the Tenancy Saver Loan, and that all those who received a loan will have it converted to a grant

29 June, 2021

Number of households in temporary accommodation in Scotland increased by 12 per cent over the last year

New statistics highlight that while applications for homelessness assistance fell, so did the number of households assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness, and the number of cases closed

28 June, 2021 Open access

Scottish government publishes joint statements from landlords reaffirming their commitment to supporting tenants facing difficulties during the pandemic

Statements underline the sector's commitment to only taking eviction action as a last resort, when all other avenues have been exhausted and a tenancy is no longer sustainable, says Social Justice Secretary

25 June, 2021 Open access

25 June, 2021

Scottish Government launches consultation on a draft licensing scheme for short-term lets

While short-term lets can offer people a flexible and cheaper travel option, they can cause problems for neighbours and make it harder for people to find homes to live in, says Social Justice Secretary

25 June, 2021 Open access

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill approved by Scottish Parliament

Bill includes provision for Covid-19 eviction and bankruptcy protections to be extended by six months to 31 March 2022

24 June, 2021

Government launches online legal support signposting pilot to help people resolve housing disrepair issues in the private rented sector

Pilot will help us understand the role of early legal support and how it can be designed around what works for people who need it, says Justice Minister

24 June, 2021

Total council tax arrears across local authorities in England stood at £4.4 billion as at March 2021

Responding to new MHCLG statistics, Money Advice Trust calls for reform of council tax collection rules and for more to be done to prevent people falling behind in the first place