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17 November, 2020

Government publishes social housing white paper setting out proposals to give tenants a stronger voice and to help ‘refocus the sector on its social mission’

Measures include creation of a new arm of the Regulator of Social Housing to ‘proactively’ regulate standards, and a review of the Decent Homes Standard

16 November, 2020 Open access

Stay on bailiff enforcement of eviction action reintroduced until 11 January 2021

New statutory instrument brings measures into force from 17 November 2020

12 November, 2020 Open access

New possession actions remained at unprecedented low levels in three months to September 2020

However, new MoJ figures show that significant volumes of ‘reactivation notices’ are now being received by courts

11 November, 2020

Scottish Justice Committee launches call for evidence on Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill 

Views on Bill's main provisions, that include new ground for a social landlord to recover possession of a property from a perpetrator of domestic abuse with a view to transferring it to the victim, invited by 4 December 2020

6 November, 2020 Open access

Government announces that bailiff action to enforce evictions will be halted, except in prescribed circumstances, in response to new coronavirus restrictions in England

Communities Minister confirms that there will be no bailiff action until 11 January 2021 at the earliest, with exceptions including illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour, and domestic abuse perpetrators in social housing

6 November, 2020 Open access

Government announces further £15 million in funding to help councils provide rough sleepers with accommodation over the winter

Funding to go to areas with highest numbers of rough sleepers, with priority given to those who are clinically vulnerable

6 November, 2020 Open access

Homelessness support and advice organisation urge government to reconsider new immigration rules targeting people sleeping rough for deportation

Letter to Home Secretary and Housing Secretary urges them to adopt the positive approach of the Everyone In scheme as we enter the second wave of coronavirus

6 November, 2020

Amendment of Civil Procedure Rules so that permission is required to issue writs of restitution

New legislation re-establishes previous requirement for permission as it ‘remains appropriate and should be restored’

5 November, 2020 Open access

Lord Chancellor writes to High Court Enforcement Officers Association with guidance on enforcement action during the new lockdown in England

Enforcement agents requested not to enter or attend residential properties for the purpose of enforcement by taking control of goods or, except in limited circumstances, for the purpose of enforcing a writ of possession or restitution

5 November, 2020

Glasgow City Council failed to comply with its statutory duty to offer temporary accommodation in almost one in three cases prior to COVID-19 pandemic

However, Scottish Housing Regulator finds that Council has subsequently reported almost full compliance

5 November, 2020

Private renters are living in insecure, sub-standard homes without an effective means to seek redress, says Shelter

Housing charity, in conjunction with Nationwide, puts forward package of regulatory, resourcing and legislative reforms that will make renting fairer for those in the private sector

4 November, 2020 Open access

Labour calls on government to reinstate the ban on evictions and repossessions in light of ongoing COVID-19 situation

Shadow Housing Secretary also highlights need for a 'credible long-term plan' to ensure that no-one loses their home due to coronavirus

3 November, 2020 Open access

Labour calls on government to urgently re-start ‘Everyone In’ initiative to protect rough sleepers over the winter period

Shadow Housing Secretary also asks that only self-contained accommodation be used and that restriction for those with no recourse to public funds be lifted

3 November, 2020

Northern Ireland Communities Minister outlines plans to address the ‘most significant’ challenges facing the region’s housing system

Minister says she will not ‘shy away’ from tackling the housing stress caused by insufficient social housing supply and high-cost, insecure private sector housing

2 November, 2020 Open access

SFHA sets out framework for providing housing with care and support through community and person-centred models

Federation highlights that housing sector has played key role in supporting its tenants through COVID-19 pandemic

2 November, 2020 Open access

Almost one in eight private renters are unable to meet their housing costs in full

Resolution Foundation report finds marked change from earlier survey results that showed tenants were managing their housing costs at the outset of the pandemic

29 October, 2020 Open access

Number of households in temporary accommodation approached 100,000 at end of first three full months of coronavirus pandemic, up more than six per cent on March 2020 figure

MHCLG reports that increase in England was largely driven by single adult households needing accommodation and the COVID-19 ‘Everyone in’ scheme

29 October, 2020 Open access

Government confirms funding allocation to provide more than 3,000 new long-term homes for rough sleepers by the end of March 2021

New homes will be provided in every region of England as part of plan to deliver 6,000 new housing units ‘by the end of this parliament’

26 October, 2020

Government issues new good practice guidance to support local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers

Council housing departments and children’s services encouraged to develop joint protocols that set out how they will work together to help care leavers live independently and prevent them becoming homeless