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17 October, 2019

Government confirms plan to allow social tenants to buy a share of their property by increments of one per cent of its value

New measures will also allow tenants in new housing association properties an automatic right to buy a share of their home from as little as 10 per cent

16 October, 2019

Scottish Government announces new domestic abuse protection measures to help reduce the threat of homelessness

Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk

15 October, 2019

Welsh Government announces short term measures it will take to tackle rough sleeping this winter

Commitments follow publication of first Homelessness Action Group report that focuses on short and long term actions to support rough sleepers off the streets

14 October, 2019

Government confirms plans to place statutory duty on local authorities to provide support to survivors of domestic abuse in safe accommodation

Consultation outcome also advises that statutory guidance will be finalised to outline expectations of councils to provide safe accommodation for 'all who need it'

10 October, 2019

9 October, 2019

Welsh Government launches strategy for preventing and ending homelessness

New policy framework sets out shift in focus away from provision of emergency, temporary services to earlier prevention approaches and long term housing solutions

7 October, 2019

Welsh Government launches consultation on new Housing Support Grant Practice Guidance

Local authority guidance will replace existing guidance on Supporting People, Homelessness Prevention and Rent Smart Wales enforcement provision

3 October, 2019

Lord Chancellor confirms that Domestic Abuse Bill will be carried over into next Parliament

Amongst other measures, Bill makes provision in relation to secure lifetime tenancies for those who have experienced domestic abuse

1 October, 2019

Up to 2.6 million housing association tenants to be given the right to shared ownership, says Housing Secretary

However, Chief Executive of Shelter says policy 'risks losing even more of the few social homes we have left'

1 October, 2019

Number of homeless deaths increased by 22 per cent in 2018, the largest annual rise so far recorded

ONS statistics also show that, over the six years since 2013, the annual number of deaths has increased by 51 per cent

23 September, 2019

More than 8 million people in England are living in an unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable home

National Housing Federation reports that 43 per cent of these can only afford to live decently if they are in social housing

20 September, 2019

20 September, 2019

Scottish Government announces £1.5 million funding to support homelessness prevention work of social landlords

New Homelessness Prevention Fund will support housing associations and social landlords to provide financial advice, employment support, and help families in crisis

19 September, 2019

Almost half of working renters are only one pay cheque away from losing their home

Shelter highlights that working families with children are in a particularly bleak situation, with 60 per cent at risk of losing their home if work ends

18 September, 2019

Liberal Democrat Party agrees to scrap ‘no-fault’ evictions by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

Autumn 2019 Conference motion also pledges reform of court process to allow landlords 'easier access to justice' where tenants are in breach of tenancy agreements

17 September, 2019

Aim of social housing providers to create sustainable tenancies is failing those most in need, Chartered Institute of Housing says

New report finds that allocation policies and pre-tenancy screening processes can exclude the most vulnerable from accessing social housing

17 September, 2019

Value of Help to Buy scheme is uncertain, says Public Accounts Committee

New report concludes that sum of nearly £29 billion tied up in scheme could have been used 'to address a wider set of housing priorities and focus more on those in need'

12 September, 2019

Number of households homeless or threatened with homelessness in England increases by more than 10 per cent

New statistics also highlight reduction in the number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty

12 September, 2019

Rough Sleeping Initiative reduces number of people sleeping rough by estimated 32 per cent

New MHCLG analysis estimates the impact of the initiative from its launch in March 2018 until autumn that year