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13 October, 2020 Open access

Government announces £10 million Cold Weather Fund for councils to help rough sleepers

Communities Secretary adds that a further £2 million will be made available for faith and community groups to help provide secure accommodation

13 October, 2020

National Fraud Initiative in Wales for 2018-2020 detects incorrectly awarded council tax discounts worth £4.6 million

Biennial report also highlights increase to £1.2 million in value of housing benefit overpayments identified, double the amount identified in 2016-2018

12 October, 2020

Government urged to find risk-managed housing solutions for perpetrators of domestic abuse so that victims can stay safe in their own homes

Letter to Minister from more than 30 signatories calls for a fresh approach to ensure that new Protection Orders provided for by Domestic Abuse Bill are fit for purpose

12 October, 2020

Scottish Local Government and Communities Committee launches consultation on Bill to limit rent increases in the private rented sector

Once passed, the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill would limit increases to the Consumer Price Index plus 1 per cent

8 October, 2020 Open access

Charities and health bodies warn of ‘risk to life’ of people facing homelessness and COVID-19 this winter

Open letter to the Prime Minister highlights risk of coronavirus transmission in night shelters and urges government to provide self-contained accommodation

8 October, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government launches updated plan for tackling homelessness, including the replacement of night shelters with ‘rapid rehousing welcome centres’

New centres form part of plan to phase out night shelters entirely by expanding rapid rehousing approaches such as Housing First

8 October, 2020

Ombudsman recommends council pays £500 compensation to disabled woman for distress caused by its mishandling of her student council tax exemption application

Investigation concludes Calderdale Council caused injustice through ‘constant and often wrong demands’ that increased anxiety and made autistic claimant ill

7 October, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government launches Tenancy Saver Loan scheme to provide low-interest loans to tenants struggling with rent arrears due to coronavirus

New scheme will be available until 31 March 2021 to private sector tenants in, or at imminent risk of, rent arrears

7 October, 2020

Bill introduced in Scotland includes new powers to evict domestic abuse perpetrators from social tenancies with a view to transferring tenancy to the victim

Domestic Abuse (Protection) Bill will enable victims to take on perpetrator’s tenancy, or take on new sole tenancy where it replaces a joint tenancy held with the perpetrator

6 October, 2020

Peers vote to amend Immigration and Social Security Bill to require physical proof of EU Settlement Scheme status to be issued if requested

Proposing the amendment, Labour Peer Lord Oates says the measure would deliver a consistent system of proof of residents’ rights which does not discriminate between nationalities

6 October, 2020 Open access

More than a fifth of private renters fear being asked to leave their home in next six months, Shelter reports

Housing charity also finds that coronavirus pandemic has left just half of private renters feeling safe in their own home

5 October, 2020

Government announces £6 million funding to support local authorities prepare for new domestic abuse duty to provide support to victims of domestic abuse

New funding will help councils train staff and plan for accommodation and support services to meet the new duty expected to be in place from April 2021

5 October, 2020

Cross-party coalition of MPs launches inquiry into the scaling-up of Housing First support as a sustainable solution to homelessness in England

All-Party Parliamentary Group seeks evidence of what needs to be done to support the national rollout of support across England

2 October, 2020 Open access

Government urged to reverse decision to re-commence evictions of people who live in asylum accommodation

Letter to Prime Minister also calls for a fully funded duty to be placed on local authorities to accommodate people with NRPF conditions

2 October, 2020

Digital-only proof of EU Settlement Scheme status creates ‘real risk of harm’, says PLP

New report highlights reluctance of landlords and employers to accept digital proof of status and urges government to consider providing paper-based back up

1 October, 2020

More than 8,000 former rough sleepers were assessed as owed a homelessness relief duty in 2019/2020, almost double the number of rough sleepers recorded in the last annual ‘snapshot’ count

New annual homelessness statistics also show an almost 15 per cent increase in households owed a relief duty at initial assessment since previous year

29 September, 2020 Open access

29 September, 2020

28 September, 2020 Open access

Extension of six-month notice of eviction requirements in Wales to 31 March 2021

New statutory instrument issued that also reduces the temporary three-month notice period for anti-social behaviour or domestic violence cases to its pre-COVID-19 position