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25 September, 2023

Chronic and unresolved systemic issues mean that the government won’t meet its target to end rough sleeping by 2024

Kerslake Commission highlights that the latest national official figures show a 26 per cent increase in rough sleeping and the highest rates of people living in temporary accommodation on record

21 September, 2023

StepChange calls for increased protections for private tenants to be included in the Renters (Reform) Bill

On their own, the government's proposed reforms will fail to prevent the most financially vulnerable tenants from losing their homes, says debt charity

21 September, 2023

Scottish Parliament approves final extension of temporary cost of living tenant protections

MSPs vote for extension of period that 3 per cent cap on private sector rent increases and additional eviction protections remain in force until March 2024

20 September, 2023

Government reports that 85 per cent of the Afghan people who have left bridging accommodation have been moved or matched to settled accommodation

Update follows Home Office issuing notice to quit to the 8,000 people who remained in hotels in July 2023

19 September, 2023

Government’s delay in responding to MPs’ report on private rented sector reform ‘significantly inhibits’ Select Committee’s constitutional role in scrutinising the work of the Levelling Up Department

New report highlights that delay continues despite commitments from Ministers that response would be published alongside the introduction of the Renters (Reform) Bill in May 2023

19 September, 2023

Social landlords fail to comply with a record number of Complaint Handling Failure Orders

Housing Ombudsman reports that more than a third of the orders issued to landlords between April and June 2023 were not complied with

15 September, 2023

Criticism mounts about government delay in progressing Renters (Reform) Bill

Labour Party and Shelter highlight failure to include second reading of the Bill in the forthcoming business of the House of Commons as the current parliamentary session enters its final weeks

8 September, 2023

Scottish Government confirms that it will introduce legislation to allow local authorities to apply council tax premium of up to 100 per cent on second homes

New legislation will encourage more housing to be used as homes and 'seek a fair contribution to local services from everyone', says Finance Minister

8 September, 2023

Lack of joined-up and collaborative planning by council’s housing and social care services prevented homeless disabled person moving from unsuitable temporary accommodation for far too long

Calderdale Council accepts Ombudsman's criticism and agrees to improve staff training and provide evidence of service improvements in order to prevent similar injustice happening in future

7 September, 2023

Government urged to abandon policy change that shortens move-on period for people granted refugee status

Housing and refugee support organisations highlight that a significant number of refugees have already been made homeless by th change, placing huge pressures on the voluntary sector and mainstream homelessness services

7 September, 2023

Ombudsman launches special investigation into social landlord after six findings of severe maladministration over a three-month period

Excessive delays and poor communication on multiple occasions highlighted by Ombudsman, with residents being ignored or left in the dark about the actions the landlord would be taking

7 September, 2023

More than one in thirty private rented properties in England have a ‘Category 1’ hazard rating due to damp and mould

New DLUHC analysis of local authority data also shows that as many as one in four properties are affected in some areas

6 September, 2023

More than 5,000 households were identified as unintentionally homeless and in priority need in Wales in 2022/2023

New statistics from the Welsh Government report that this represents an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year

4 September, 2023

Government announces new Rough Sleeping Initiative allocations worth £34.6 million

Provided on top of the original £500 million allocation, DLUHC says the new funding will go to areas most in need of support

1 September, 2023

1 September, 2023

31 August, 2023

Government must refocus its efforts on preventing homelessness and raise the LHA so people have a realistic chance of finding somewhere affordable to live

Homeless Link's annual review of the state of the sector also calls for a commitment to provide sufficient, sustainable funding of homelessness services

31 August, 2023

Local authorities in Scotland received more than 2,500 applications for short-term lets licences in first six months of new licensing regime

Publishing new statistics, Housing Minister reminds existing hosts who have not yet applied for a license that they have until 1 October 2023 to submit a valid application