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8 January, 2021 Open access

St Mungo’s calls on government to urgently extend Protect Programme for rough sleepers to all parts of England

Vital that everyone who needs it is provided with Covid-secure accommodation regardless of immigration status or level of vulnerability, says charity's chief executive

7 January, 2021 Open access

Ban on eviction orders in Scotland to be extended to 31 March 2021

Scottish Government says extension will be subject to review every three weeks to 'ensure it remains necessary to protect against the spread of coronavirus'

7 January, 2021

Government announces reforms of the leasehold system, including new right to extend leases by up to 990 years at a zero ground rent

Law Commission welcomes reforms as first ‘decisive’ step towards implementing its recommendations to make leasehold enfranchisement 'cheaper and simpler'

6 January, 2021 Open access

Housing Law Practitioners’ Association calls on government to extend ban on evictions beyond 11 January 2021

Open letter to Secretaries of State for Housing and Justice says there is 'no logical or persuasive reason' why the measures put in place in March 2020 should not be put in place again

5 January, 2021 Open access

Almost half a million private renters are behind on their rent, risking an ‘avalanche’ of evictions if bailiff enforcement ban comes to an end

Citizens Advice calls for continued ban on possession enforcement in areas subject to higher coronavirus restrictions and targeted support to help people escape the trap of rent arrears

4 January, 2021 Open access

Households ‘teetering on the brink of financial ruin’ as coronavirus support cliff edges loom, says Shadow Chancellor

Labour Party urges Chancellor to fix Britain's broken safety net and tackle the root causes of income insecurity

24 December, 2020

New immigration rules that target rough sleepers for deportation will be used sparingly, says government

Home Office Minister adds that people will only be affected if they've refused offers of support and are engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour

22 December, 2020

Crisis sets out ‘bold’ package of measures which could prevent more than 60,000 people becoming homeless in next decade

Charity's proposals include limiting eviction in the private sector, upscaling Housing First and increasing local housing allowance

21 December, 2020

Government announces £310 million for councils in England to help tackle homelessness in 2021/2022

Funding can be used to provide financial support for people to find a new home, work with landlords to prevent evictions, or to provide temporary accommodation, says MHCLG

21 December, 2020

Acquisition of a sufficient quantity of suitable properties is the ‘greatest challenge and ongoing risk’ to scaling up Housing First

MHCLG evaluation suggests that pilot areas should continue to take steps to engage with landlords from the private rented sector to help ensure a sufficient supply of housing and maximise the extent to which choice can be offered

17 December, 2020 Open access

Number of people living in temporary accommodation in England reaches 14 year high

Shelter highlights that more than a quarter of a million people have been homeless and temporarily housed during the pandemic

17 December, 2020

Overcrowding is at the highest rate seen in both the social rented and private rented sectors, according to latest English Housing Survey

MHCLG survey also includes data on under-occupation that shows that the proportion of under-occupied households has increased for owner-occupiers and declined for renters over the last 20 years

16 December, 2020 Open access

Lord Chancellor provides Justice Committee with further information about stay on evictions that is due to expire on 11 January 2021

Letter to Committee Chair sets out process by which courts will determine whether one of permitted exemptions to stay applies

15 December, 2020

Call for action to improve housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse

Scottish Government working group highlights six areas which, acted on together, could significantly reduce domestic abuse-related homelessness

14 December, 2020

14 December, 2020

MHCLG confirms funding allocations to more than 40 local authorities in England to support rough sleepers with drug and alcohol dependency

Government say that rough sleepers supported by the ‘Everyone In’ programme and those currently rough sleeping will be eligible for support

11 December, 2020

Modification of unsuitable temporary accommodation rules in Scotland to rectify drafting issues in Unsuitable Accommodation Order  

New statutory instrument amends errors and provides more clarity on the terms used in the Order to support local authorities in their duty to provide temporary accommodation

11 December, 2020 Open access

11 December, 2020

Scottish Government confirms that it will introduce licensing scheme for short-term lets from April 2021

However, Minister says that local authorities will have until April 2022 to establish a scheme, and existing hosts will have until April 2023 to apply for a license