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3 February, 2020

Welsh Government’s commitment to end homelessness not backed up by budget allocation, Equality Committee says

Assembly Members highlight that draft Budget leaves homelessness and housing support budgets unchanged, an effective cut taking account of inflation

31 January, 2020

Regulator of Social Housing launches consultation on new equality objectives

Objectives send a clear message about what we plan to do as a public sector body in relation to our work on equalities, says Regulator's interim chair

29 January, 2020

More than two thirds of council homelessness services are having to spend more than budgeted on homelessness support

Local Government Association also finds that 'unprecedented' funding pressures from rising levels of homelessness and increasing costs of B&B accommodation are limiting what councils can do

28 January, 2020

Housing Secretary confirms allocation of Rough Sleeping Initiative funding for 2020/2021

Third year of rough sleeper support will fund up to 6,000 bed spaces and 2,500 support staff

28 January, 2020

Number of households in temporary accommodation in Scotland at its highest level since 2002

New National Statistics for Scotland also show that households with children or a pregnant woman make up almost a third of those in temporary accommodation, up 8 per cent in a year

24 January, 2020

More than a third of council leaders report they have inadequate resources to provide temporary accommodation for winter rough sleepers

New survey also finds that local government leaders in London and the East are most pessimistic, with more than half indicating they do not have adequate resources

23 January, 2020

Rented Homes Bill receives first reading in House of Lords

New Bill seeks to abolish assured shorthold tenancies

23 January, 2020

Overcrowding at highest rate it has ever been in social rented sector

English Housing Survey also shows increase in the proportion of 55 to 64 year olds living in the rented sector

21 January, 2020

30 per cent of Scottish housing has some instance of urgent disrepair

National survey of housing stock also finds that 41 per cent of homes failed to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard

16 January, 2020

Almost a third of private renters have been left feeling hopeless because of housing problems, reports Shelter

Difficulties affording the rent, poor conditions, and threat of eviction are taking a toll on people's physical and mental health

14 January, 2020

Scottish Government publishes first annual progress report on Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan

Report highlights action on 39 out of 49 measures with plans to start the remaining 10 this year

13 January, 2020

Extension of seven day limit on unsuitable temporary accommodation in Scotland supported by majority of consultation responses

Respondents also agree that new temporary accommodation standards should be based on guidance published by CIH Scotland and Shelter Scotland

10 January, 2020

9 January, 2020

Law Commission sets out proposals to make it simpler, cheaper and faster for leaseholders to buy their freehold or extend their lease

New report includes three key schemes to reduce the premium payable for existing and future leaseholders to ‘enfranchise’ their homes

9 January, 2020

Scottish Government announces details of new licensing scheme for the short-term rental sector

Local authorities will be given new powers including to set conditions around short-term lets licences and to put in place planning control areas to tackle ‘hot spots’

7 January, 2020

Ombudsman finds London Borough of Tower Hamlets at fault for leaving pregnant homeless woman to sleep on floor

Report also highlights failure to comply with homelessness prevention duties created by Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

3 January, 2020

Government announces £4 million funding for local authorities to take enforcement action against criminal landlords and letting agents

Fund will 'drive up standards in the private rented sector for renters across the country', says Housing Secretary

3 January, 2020

Money alone cannot solve homelessness crisis in Wales, National Assembly Committee warns

New report on mental health and substance misuse in rough sleepers identifies need for better integration of health and housing services, stronger leadership, and services commissioned for longer periods

23 December, 2019