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24 March, 2021 Open access

Independent Commission launched to examine lessons learned from emergency response to rough sleeping during Covid-19 pandemic

Commission, chaired by Lord Kerslake, aims to learn from 'what went right' and embed good practice for the future

24 March, 2021

Housing Ombudsman publishes new framework to look beyond individual disputes to identify key systemic issues impacting on residents and landlords’ services

First use of new 'proactive approach' will enable Ombudsman to spot early warning signs of service failures and ‘maximise the impact of its preventative role’

23 March, 2021 Open access

Scottish Government statistics highlight impact of Covid-related housing measures on reducing number of homelessness applications and people assessed as homeless

New National Statistics for April to September 2020 also show that number of open applications and households in temporary accommodation both increased

22 March, 2021 Open access

Eviction ban in England extended until 31 May 2021

New statutory instrument also extends protection from eviction to mortgage cases previously protected under FCA guidance

22 March, 2021

Government confirms six-month extension of pilots to improve supported housing for vulnerable people

Extension of pilots in Birmingham, Hull, Blackpool, and Blackburn backed by an additional £2.3 million funding

19 March, 2021

18 March, 2021

Scottish Parliament votes in favour of Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill becoming law

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

18 March, 2021

Ban on enforcement of eviction action in Wales extended to 30 June 2021

In addition, Welsh Government announces that it will be legislating to extend the requirement on landlords to provide a six-month notice period to tenants before making a possession claim

18 March, 2021

Welsh Housing Minister sets out leasehold reform plans that include a permanent restriction of future ground rents to zero ‘at the earliest legislative opportunity’

First step will be to restrict ground rents to zero for leasehold properties in the third phase of Help to Buy-Wales that is due to start in April 2021

18 March, 2021 Open access

Five year period during which local housing authorities in Wales must reassess accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers extended by a year

New statutory instrument extends normal five-year review period on account of the impacts of coronavirus on communities and local housing authority administration

18 March, 2021

Government invites local authorities in England to submit proposals and bids for future years of the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme

Funding is intended to be used to provide 'Move-On' homes and accompanying support services to achieve a sustainable reduction in rough sleeping

17 March, 2021 Open access

150,000 private renters at risk of eviction due to falling behind on rent as a result of Covid-19

Suspension of evictions until end of May 2021 will only serve as a 'stay of execution' for those with unmanageable rent arrears, says StepChange Debt Charity

17 March, 2021 Open access

Notable success of ‘Everyone In’ initiative has exposed gaps in government’s approach to tackling rough sleeping, say MPs

New Public Accounts Committee report also notes that number of people accommodated by scheme is far larger than number identified by autumn 2019 rough sleeping 'snapshot'

16 March, 2021 Open access

One in seven people more worried about becoming homeless due to Covid-19 pandemic

New Shelter survey also finds that private renters worst affected, with one in four fearing homelessness

15 March, 2021

Scottish Government publishes first ever long-term housing strategy incorporating vision for what housing and communities should look like in 2040

Ambitions include that 'everyone should have access to a warm, safe, affordable and energy efficient home that meets their needs'

15 March, 2021

Almost 8,000 households presented as homeless in Northern Ireland in last six months of 2020

New Department for Communities figures also show that six out of ten of these were accepted as statutorily homeless

10 March, 2021 Open access

Government announces that the eviction ban in England is to be extended until ‘at least’ 31 May 2021

Provisions that extend the minimum notice period for eviction of statutory tenants in the private and social rented sectors in England to also remain in force until the end of May 2021

9 March, 2021

Housing and Homelessness (Local Accommodation Duty) Bill receives first reading in House of Commons

Measures in the Bill include placing a duty on local authorities to ensure that people for whom homeless duty has been accepted are accommodated in local area

8 March, 2021

Home Office introduces new safeguards for rough sleepers before discretionary grounds for refusing or canceling permission to be in the UK are used

New statement of changes to Immigration Rules requires decision-makers to be satisfied that the rough sleeper has ‘repeatedly refused offers of suitable support and has engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour’