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19 January, 2021

Quarter of renters and mortgage holders in Scotland worried about not being able to meet housing costs in 2021

Shelter Scotland survey also finds that nearly one in five renters and mortgage holders had left heating off to meet housing costs, and that more than one in ten had skipped meals

18 January, 2021

Government announces new Under Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping & Housing

Appointment of Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North, follows the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst at the weekend

15 January, 2021 Open access

Shelter Scotland criticises Scottish Government’s decision to further extend exemption from seven-day limit on unsuitable temporary accommodation placements

New regulations laid by the government this week suspend protection of homeless households from extended placements in hotels and B&Bs until the end of June 2021

15 January, 2021

Ombudsman finds that council left homeless family in bed and breakfast accommodation for too long

New report criticises Redbridge Council for failing to assess impact of poor accommodation on family housed under the Children Act 1989

15 January, 2021

Ombudsman finds that council failled to properly support domestic abuse victim when she became homeless

New report criticises London Borough of Wandsworth for failing to consider relaxing local area connection criterion despite fact that it was not safe for woman to remain in another London borough

14 January, 2021 Open access

‘Everyone In’ campaign should be regarded as a ‘considerable achievement’, made more impressive by fact that MHCLG had no contingency plan for rough sleepers at outset of pandemic

However, National Audit Office warns that response to resurgence of Covid-19 this winter does not appear as comprehensive as the approach taken in Spring 2020

8 January, 2021 Open access

8 January, 2021 Open access

8 January, 2021

Government confirms plan to launch mediation pilot for landlords and renters as part of the possession process

New service to launch next month, working within the existing court arrangements in England and Wales

8 January, 2021 Open access

Housing charities welcome government announcement of ‘extra support’ to help protect rough sleepers from the effects of Covid-19

English councils to be asked to redouble their efforts to help accommodate all those currently sleeping rough and ensure they are registered with a GP, and reach out again to those who have previously refused help

8 January, 2021 Open access

St Mungo’s calls on government to urgently extend Protect Programme for rough sleepers to all parts of England

Vital that everyone who needs it is provided with Covid-secure accommodation regardless of immigration status or level of vulnerability, says charity's chief executive

7 January, 2021 Open access

Ban on eviction orders in Scotland to be extended to 31 March 2021

Scottish Government says extension will be subject to review every three weeks to 'ensure it remains necessary to protect against the spread of coronavirus'

7 January, 2021

Government announces reforms of the leasehold system, including new right to extend leases by up to 990 years at a zero ground rent

Law Commission welcomes reforms as first ‘decisive’ step towards implementing its recommendations to make leasehold enfranchisement 'cheaper and simpler'

6 January, 2021 Open access

Housing Law Practitioners’ Association calls on government to extend ban on evictions beyond 11 January 2021

Open letter to Secretaries of State for Housing and Justice says there is 'no logical or persuasive reason' why the measures put in place in March 2020 should not be put in place again

5 January, 2021 Open access

Almost half a million private renters are behind on their rent, risking an ‘avalanche’ of evictions if bailiff enforcement ban comes to an end

Citizens Advice calls for continued ban on possession enforcement in areas subject to higher coronavirus restrictions and targeted support to help people escape the trap of rent arrears

4 January, 2021 Open access

Households ‘teetering on the brink of financial ruin’ as coronavirus support cliff edges loom, says Shadow Chancellor

Labour Party urges Chancellor to fix Britain's broken safety net and tackle the root causes of income insecurity

24 December, 2020

New immigration rules that target rough sleepers for deportation will be used sparingly, says government

Home Office Minister adds that people will only be affected if they've refused offers of support and are engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour

22 December, 2020

Crisis sets out ‘bold’ package of measures which could prevent more than 60,000 people becoming homeless in next decade

Charity's proposals include limiting eviction in the private sector, upscaling Housing First and increasing local housing allowance