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23 July, 2010

Proposed changes to guidance on evaluating the extent of rough sleeping

Government launches public consultation to strengthen the street count methodology and enable assessment of the true scale of rough sleeping.

23 July, 2010

Evaluation of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme and Homeowners Mortgage Support

New government report calls for the longer term role for the schemes to be reassessed in the context of a more comprehensive review of the safety net for homeowners.

22 July, 2010

Support for struggling homeowners must be protected to avoid a ‘huge surge’ in homelessness

Shelter also urges government to continue funding for vital debt advice.

22 July, 2010

Ministers in Wales to suspend right-to-buy in areas of housing shortages

Powers devolved from Westminster to the Welsh Assembly will allow legislation on a range of housing issues.

21 July, 2010

Government publishes ‘Modelling and forecasting UK mortgage arrears and possessions’

Report explores drivers of mortgage arrears and possessions, and predicts the number of repossessions will increase during the next three to four years.

21 July, 2010

Support for struggling homeowners through the Mortgage Rescue Scheme to continue

However, government scheme will be refocused to deliver better value for money, says Housing Minister.

21 July, 2010

Chartered Institute of Housing calls for re-examination of social housing allocations

New report considers potential opportunities, challenges and aspirations for reform.

21 July, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 183 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

20 July, 2010

Dwelling Houses (Execution of Possession Orders by Mortgagees) Regulations 2010

New regulations prescribe the form and content of new notice to be served on any tenant/occupier when the landlord’s mortgage lender seeks to enforce a possession order by obtaining a warrant for possession.

19 July, 2010

Leading housing organisations make joint submission to Comprehensive Spending Review

National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing and National Federation of ALMOs set out recommendations to government as part of debate on how to reduce the budget deficit whilst protecting the most vulnerable.

16 July, 2010

Andrew Stunell, Communities Minister, leads debate on housing quangos in Westminster Hall

Government announces that steps will be taken to reduce the functions and cost of the Department's 27 quangos, including the Homes and Communities Agency (column 1074).

15 July, 2010

Rough sleeper count decreases in England

New statistics released today by Communities and Local Government department.

14 July, 2010

Financial Services Authority outline proposals to ensure borrowers with a new mortgage can afford it

Clear link between financial overstretch and mortgage arrears, and therefore a strong framework is required to protect vulnerable consumers.

13 July, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 182 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

12 July, 2010

900,000 households unable to afford low cost ownership schemes says Shelter

New report calls for government to refocus investment from low cost ownership schemes towards providing more social rented housing and raising standards in the private rented sector.

8 July, 2010

Empty homes in Northern Ireland to be liable to the same rates as occupied homes

Change to be introduced from October 2011 could raise £10 million a year, says Northern Ireland Executive.

6 July, 2010

Protecting tenants whose homes are at risk of being repossessed by their landlord’s lender

New regulations issued that provide for the coming into force of the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010 from October 2010.

6 July, 2010

Government funding for advice for homeowners must be maintained

Advice is a vital lifeline and can save government from the expenses of repossession, such as judicial and re-housing costs, says Shelter.

5 July, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 181 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.