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2 November, 2020 Open access

SFHA sets out framework for providing housing with care and support through community and person-centred models

Federation highlights that housing sector has played key role in supporting its tenants through COVID-19 pandemic

2 November, 2020 Open access

Almost one in eight private renters are unable to meet their housing costs in full

Resolution Foundation report finds marked change from earlier survey results that showed tenants were managing their housing costs at the outset of the pandemic

30 October, 2020

29 October, 2020 Open access

Number of households in temporary accommodation approached 100,000 at end of first three full months of coronavirus pandemic, up more than six per cent on March 2020 figure

MHCLG reports that increase in England was largely driven by single adult households needing accommodation and the COVID-19 ‘Everyone in’ scheme

29 October, 2020 Open access

Government confirms funding allocation to provide more than 3,000 new long-term homes for rough sleepers by the end of March 2021

New homes will be provided in every region of England as part of plan to deliver 6,000 new housing units ‘by the end of this parliament’

28 October, 2020

26 October, 2020

Government issues new good practice guidance to support local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers

Council housing departments and children’s services encouraged to develop joint protocols that set out how they will work together to help care leavers live independently and prevent them becoming homeless

23 October, 2020

23 October, 2020

Spending on temporary accommodation in England increased by almost 10 per cent in 2019/2020

New analysis of MHCLG figures also shows that the majority of spending went on private accommodation providers, of which more than a third went on emergency B&B accommodation

22 October, 2020 Open access

22 October, 2020

20 October, 2020

Government announces £3m funding for pilots to improve the quality and standard of supported accommodation provision

MHCLG and the DWP also publish joint non-statutory guidance setting out their expectations for the planning, commissioning, and delivery of supported housing

16 October, 2020

15 October, 2020

13 October, 2020 Open access

Government announces £10 million Cold Weather Fund for councils to help rough sleepers

Communities Secretary adds that a further £2 million will be made available for faith and community groups to help provide secure accommodation

13 October, 2020

National Fraud Initiative in Wales for 2018-2020 detects incorrectly awarded council tax discounts worth £4.6 million

Biennial report also highlights increase to £1.2 million in value of housing benefit overpayments identified, double the amount identified in 2016-2018

12 October, 2020

Government urged to find risk-managed housing solutions for perpetrators of domestic abuse so that victims can stay safe in their own homes

Letter to Minister from more than 30 signatories calls for a fresh approach to ensure that new Protection Orders provided for by Domestic Abuse Bill are fit for purpose

12 October, 2020

Scottish Local Government and Communities Committee launches consultation on Bill to limit rent increases in the private rented sector

Once passed, the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill would limit increases to the Consumer Price Index plus 1 per cent

8 October, 2020 Open access

Charities and health bodies warn of ‘risk to life’ of people facing homelessness and COVID-19 this winter

Open letter to the Prime Minister highlights risk of coronavirus transmission in night shelters and urges government to provide self-contained accommodation