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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.

1 July, 2010

Government to recycle £170m from £6.2bn efficiency savings into social housing

Housing Minister's announcement in written answer to parliament.

30 June, 2010

UK Government climbs down on right to buy in Wales

Wales Office submits unamended legislative competence order after 'fierce negotiations' on power over right to buy in Wales.

29 June, 2010

Back to work support for homeless men and women is ‘inadequate’

St Mungo's calls for introduction of basic capability assessment to help homeless people become 'job-ready'.

29 June, 2010

Majority of council tenants ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with service provided by local authority

Government publishes 'latest' results from STATUS surveys of local authority tenants.

29 June, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 180 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

28 June, 2010

New FSA rules to provide protection for those with mortgage arrears could go further

Scope also for regulating 'excessive and unclear' administrative charges, says Citizens Advice

28 June, 2010

Government considering ‘incentives’ to help unemployed council tenants to move

Millions currently trapped in ghettos of poverty says Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

25 June, 2010

FSA sets out new rules to ensure proper protection for those with mortgage arrears

In addition, those entering sale and rent back agreements to be better shielded from firms using aggressive or unfair methods.

25 June, 2010

Government announces review of role and purpose of the Tenant Services Authority

Large national quango may not be the best way to empower tenants, says Housing Minister.

24 June, 2010

Benefit reforms could trigger a spiral of debt, eviction and homelessness

Shelter responds to announcements in government's emergency budget.