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25 May, 2010

Transparency and accountability needed if councils given more decision making powers on housing

Shelter responds to the decentralisation and localism bill announced in the Queen's Speech.

25 May, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 176 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

24 May, 2010

Scottish government launches new housing policy discussion document

Everyone has a part to play in improving the housing system says Deputy First Minister on publication of 'Housing: Fresh Thinking, New Ideas'.

24 May, 2010

Government must urgently reconfirm funding for homeowner support and homelessness advice

Shelter responds to coalition government's plans to make £6.2bn of spending cuts in 2010/2011.

21 May, 2010

Housing associations need to consider radical ways of raising funds for new affordable homes

Sector is facing up to a dramatically different operating environment, says new National Housing Federation report.

21 May, 2010

Suspension of Home Information Packs

New regulations coming into force today.

20 May, 2010

Local Government Association responds to ‘Big Society’ programme

A radical devolution of power to local authorities will help make vital services even more responsive to people’s needs, says Chairman.

20 May, 2010

Home Information Packs suspended with immediate effect

Order laid pending primary legislation for permanent abolition.

20 May, 2010

Coalition publishes its ‘programme for government’

Historic document sets out the government's policies on key areas and highlights the urgency of reforming the social care system.

19 May, 2010

Government announces how it intends to ‘Build the Big Society’

Coalition publishes new policy designed to 'put more power into people's hands'.

18 May, 2010

Housing law update

Issue 175 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

18 May, 2010

Majority of MPs report that housing is one of the top three problems raised by constituents

New Shelter survey highlights that economic downturn has had a massive impact on people’s ability to get a decent and affordable home.

17 May, 2010

Citizens Advice annual advice statistics 2009/2010

New figures highlight increase of 7.1 million enquiries in the last financial year.

14 May, 2010

Help homeowners at risk, urges Shelter

In a joint letter to the new government, Shelter and the CML call for a clear commitment in the first budget to extend current support measures for borrowers in most financial difficulty.

14 May, 2010

Citizens Advice response to mortgage reposession figures

Charity calls on new Chancellor George Osborne to maintain emergency measures put in place to help keep struggling borrowers in their homes.

14 May, 2010

Council of Mortgate Lenders report that arrears and repossessions decrease but vulnerability remains

Number of homeowners having their properties repossessed fell in the first quarter of 2010 although borrowers remain vulnerable to economic shocks.

14 May, 2010

Latest Mortgage Rescue Scheme monitoring statistics

Communities and Local Government's 'housing live table' provides information on the number of households approaching local authorities with mortgage difficulties.