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23 September, 2021 Open access

Kerslake Commission calls on government to develop longer-term homelessness strategy built on success of Everyone In

Final report concludes that, without urgent action, benefits and lessons learned from joint working during the pandemic will be wasted and numbers of rough sleepers will rise again

23 September, 2021 Open access

17 September, 2021 Open access

Despite the gradual reopening of the economy through 2021, StepChange polling finds that private rent debt has not reduced from the £360 million owed in November 2020

Debt advice charity also warns that more than 200,000 private renters now expect to lose their homes as they can't keep up with their rent

16 September, 2021

Devolved governments call for UK Government to offer physical proof of immigration status to vulnerable EU citizens

Joint letter to Borders and Immigration Minister says current digital-only proof risks discrimination, making it difficult for some EU citizens to prove their status to employers and other service providers

16 September, 2021

16 September, 2021

Numbers of households presenting as homeless, accepted as homeless, or in temporary accommodation in Northern Ireland all increased in first six months of 2021

Department for Communities says variation from previous quarters can be attributed to the impact of Covid-19-related restrictions implemented since 23 March 2020

15 September, 2021

Michael Gove appointed as new Secretary of State with responsibility for housing

Former Cabinet Office Minister replaces Robert Jenrick following Cabinet reshuffle

15 September, 2021

Communities Minister says she will have no part in ‘inhumane’ rules targeting rough sleepers for deportation

Housing executive and homeless providers in Northern Ireland will continue to ensure that any person rough sleeping is engaging with support services to protect them from this 'ill-conceived and cruel policy', adds Ms Hargey

15 September, 2021

Renters’ Reform Bill must include a National Landlord Register that makes landlords fully accountable for illegal behaviour, says Shelter

Housing charity's call is backed by new research showing that 45 per cent of private renters have been victims of illegal acts by their landlord or letting agent

15 September, 2021

14 September, 2021

9 September, 2021 Open access

Reversion of notice periods required for landlords to seek possession to their pre-pandemic position

However, new regulations issued in England retain power for government to impose longer notice periods until 25 March 2022

9 September, 2021

Number of rough sleepers approaching local authorities in England for housing assistance up by almost 40 per cent in 2020/2021

New annual homelessness statistics also show a 6 per cent increase in households owed a relief duty at initial assessment compared to 2019/2020

8 September, 2021

Crisis warns government that unless it commits to funding Housing First, it is at ‘serious risk’ of undermining progress it has made towards reducing rough sleeping

Charity argues that national roll-out of the programme would create a saving to the public purse as a result of a reduction in the use of homelessness and other related services such as health and criminal justice

7 September, 2021 Open access

Measures to protect private tenants in Northern Ireland from eviction extended to 4 May 2022

New statutory rule extends period during which landlords are required to give 12 weeks' notice to quit that was due to expire on 30 September 2021

31 August, 2021

Communities Minister announces that legislation protecting private renters from eviction in Northern Ireland is to be extended to 4 May 2022

Minister says she has taken decision ‘mindful of the economic disruption which may emerge as other protections unwind’

27 August, 2021 Open access

More than three quarters of the 37,000 homeless people housed under the ‘Everyone In’ initiative have not moved into settled accommodation

New analysis from Shelter also shows that one in four of those initially housed under the scheme are no longer accommodated

26 August, 2021

Consultation launched on discretionary powers which allow local authorities in Wales to levy a higher rate of council tax on second homes and long-term empty properties

Welsh Government seeks views on how effectively the premiums are being used and whether the current maximum premium of 100 per cent is appropriate

26 August, 2021

Local authority secures anti-social behaviour injunction against landlord to stop illegal eviction of tenants

Camden Council highlights that it is the first local authority to secure such an injunction against a landlord