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10 September, 2010

Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010

New regulations issued in connection with the coming into force of the 2010 Act.

10 September, 2010

Rise in homelessness caused by local housing allowance cuts to cost up to £120m a year

More than 130,000 households will either be evicted or forced to move according to new research published by Shelter.

10 September, 2010

Evidence of widespread abuse by a minority of landlords in the private rented secto

Shelter calls on the government to work with councils to develop a 'tough programme' of action.

10 September, 2010

Private Rented Housing Bill to be introduced in Scotland

Legislation will strengthen regulation of the private rented sector and give local authorities more powers to tackle rogue landlords.

9 September, 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Obtaining Information) Order 2010

New legislation that prescribes forms which may be used by a person who thinks that they have been treated unlawfully under the 2010 Act to obtain information from the person they think is responsible for the unlawful treatment.

8 September, 2010

More than 800,000 households workless due to health-related reasons

Housing tenure also a key factor according to the Office for National Statistics.

7 September, 2010

Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes ‘Public attitudes to housing’

Report considers attitudes towards housing tenure, neighbourhood and property types and implications for reforming the housing system to support vulnerable households.

2 September, 2010

Registered Rents (Increase) Order (Northern Ireland) 2010

New statutory rule to allow for increases in rents of statutory and protected tenancies in properties that meet the housing fitness standard in Northern Ireland

1 September, 2010

Statistics show a property is repossessed every 14 minutes

New figures released by Credit Action also highlight the average interest paid by each household on their total debt is over £2500 each year.

31 August, 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010

New regulations that support the definition of disability in the Act by helping to define who is, and who is not, a disabled person, and supplement provisions in the Act that require reasonable adjustments to be made for disabled people.

31 August, 2010

Allowing councils to give housing preference to people with strong connections to the local area

'Desire of local people' could be taken into account in councils setting their own housing allocation policies, says Housing Minister.

31 August, 2010

Travellers on local authority sites to be given same rights as residents on other mobile home sites

However government looking to strengthen its powers in cases of unauthorised developments and encampments.

31 August, 2010

Addressing perceived unfairness in current system for allocating social homes

National Housing Federation launches consultation

31 August, 2010

Slight fall in homelessness applications in Scotland

However new statistics highlight increase in number assessed as priority, to 85 per cent of applications in 2009/2010.

27 August, 2010

Fairness must be at the heart of budget decisions, says Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Government must consider the effect of budget cuts on vulnerable groups and decisions should be evidence-based, fair and transparent.

26 August, 2010

Homelessness Prevention and Relief: England 2009-10

New government statistics estimate that more than 165,00 cases of homelessness prevention or relief took place outside the statutory homelessness framework in England last year.

26 August, 2010

Equality Act 2010 and the Public sector Equality Duty

Government Equalities Office launches consultation to seek views on proposals for draft regulations for the specific duties and the list of public bodies that will be subject to the duties.

26 August, 2010

Enabling households at risk of domestic violence to remain in their own homes

Research published by Communities and Local Government considers effectiveness of multi-agency, victim centred Sanctuary Schemes.

25 August, 2010

Debt, employment disputes and housing problems spiral if left unaddressed

Citizens Advice urges government to raise service standards, and avoid hitting vulnerable hardest through rash spending cuts.