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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.

22 June, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 179 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

18 June, 2010

Crisis welcomes government announcement on rough sleeper count reform

Vital, however, to ensure that resources to back-up new commitment are provided and the right services are not cut.

17 June, 2010

Local Authorities to be given more flexibility to manage Houses in Multiple Occupation

Councils don't need top-down rules from Whitehall, says Housing Minister.

17 June, 2010

Government plans to overhaul ‘flawed’ system for measuring homelessness

Announcement made as ministers from eight departments form new Homelessness Working Group.

16 June, 2010

New report highlights the importance of landlords and tenants working together to meet local needs

Tenants Services Authority encourages landlords to take community differences into account and tailor services to tenants accordingly.

14 June, 2010

Housing investment cuts could plunge the country into an even deeper housing crisis

New analysis by Shelter shows that for every pound cut from public investment in housing, the wider economy will take a hit of at least £3.50.

14 June, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 178 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

11 June, 2010

Tenants let down by system where rogue letting agents operate unchecked, says Citizens Advice

Response to government's decision not to proceed with regulation of letting agencies highlights urgent need to set controls over fees and protect money held for tenants.

11 June, 2010

Government’s plan to scrap increased regulation of private landlords is ‘disappointing’

Vital that councils make landlord registrations a priority, says Shelter.

10 June, 2010

20 per cent reduction in number of households in temporary accommodation

Department for Communitites and Local Government publishes new homelessness statistics.

10 June, 2010

Labour MP, Clive Beggs, elected Chair of Communities and Local Government Select Committee

MP for Sheffield South East will chair the Select Committee overseeing government policy on issues including housing, regeneration, social exclusion and local government.

10 June, 2010

Using local energy housing databases to target fuel poverty

New guide for local authorities from the Commission for Rural Communities and Durham County Council.

10 June, 2010

Possibility of affordable housing projects being abandoned is ‘extremely worrying’, says Shelter

1.8 million households currently on waiting lists and the million children trapped in overcrowded conditions are in 'desperate need' of an affordable home.

8 June, 2010

Incentives to councils to develop land for Gypsy and Traveller communities

Government policy reversal amounts to 'a campaign of harassment and criminalisation'.

7 June, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 177 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

2 June, 2010

Rent arrears have doubled in the past two years, reports

New survey highlights that more than a third of landlords say that tenants have fallen behind with payments.

28 May, 2010

Commisssion on the Future for Housing Northern Ireland publishes final report

New housing strategy needed to set the policy direction for the next ten years.