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Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2015
03 Sep 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff.

Scotland Bill could provide opportunity to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants' lives
03 Sep 15 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
Brief comments from the Vice Chair of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: technical report
01 Sep 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Supports users of the English housing survey findings and data sets.

Scottish Housing Regulator brings new performance information to tenants with its latest Charter reports
31 Aug 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator brought a new range of performance information to tenants, landlords and others with its latest landlord reports and online comparison tool.

Evaluating the extent of rough sleeping: local authority form and guidance
28 Aug 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Guidance to help local authorities and local agencies evaluate the extent of rough sleeping in their area.

Councils more like to use bailiffs
27 Aug 15 - Money Advice Trust | All
Research by the Money Advice Trust shows that councils in England and Wales referred 2.1 million debts to bailiffs in 2014/15 – up 16 per cent in two years.

Monthly review of the latest developments affecting youth homelessness
26 Aug 15 - Homeless Link | England, Scotland, Wales
Homeless Link's view of the impact changes to Housing Benefit have had on 18 to 21s.

Housing Benefit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds
26 Aug 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
This briefing considers evidence on the potential impact of withdrawal of housing benefit, and provides comment from organisations and those working with young homeless people.

Regulatory Guidance Consultation 2015: Scottish Regulator's response
25 Aug 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Sets out the Scottish Housing Regulator's response to stakeholders’ feedback.

Deep Roots, Diverse Communities, Dedicated Service
25 Aug 15 - Human City Institute | England
Describes the legacy of BME housing organisations stretching back to the 1980s.

New £3.2 million domestic abuse fund now open
24 Aug 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Local authorities can bid for a share of a new fund to support the victims of domestic abuse.

Extending the Right to Buy (England)
24 Aug 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Explains the Government's proposal to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations.

Rent setting: social housing (England)
24 Aug 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Explains key policy developments.

Land for Housing Loan Scheme 2015/16
20 Aug 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Welsh RSLs have received an invitation to apply for funding and the deadline for applications is September 11th 2015.

CIH comment on latest house building statistics and rural productivity plan
20 Aug 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Gavin Smart commented on house building statistics for England for April to June 2015.

HB Bulletin: August 2015
19 Aug 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Rent Smart Wales - Countdown to new law affecting landlords and agents in Wales
19 Aug 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
'The countdown has begun for a new law affecting all landlords and agents in Wales being introduced this autumn.'

Hoarding: Key considerations and examples of best practice
18 Aug 15 - National Housing Federation | England
This report draws on the learning from a series of regional events organised by the National Housing Federation and Sitra in February and March 2015.

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents
18 Aug 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Information on the ‘pay to stay’ scheme in England under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over £60,000 market or near market rents.

Households in temporary accommodation (England)
17 Aug 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
About the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives aimed at reducing those numbers.

CIH Northern Ireland welcomes fall in home repossessions
14 Aug 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
The number of homes being repossessed in Northern Ireland is at its lowest level since 2007.

B&Bs never suitable accommodation for homeless children and young people, LGO warns
13 Aug 15 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
Bed and breakfast accommodation is not suitable to house young homeless people - even in an emergency - the Local Government Ombudsman is reiterating.

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2015
13 Aug 15 - Ministry of Justice | England, Wales
Official statistics on mortgage and landlord possession statistics in England and Wales.

Statutory Homelessness in England: briefing paper
12 Aug 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Provides statistics on statutory homelessness and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households.

Better prevention of homelessness in Wales "sets an example for the rest of the UK"
11 Aug 15 - Crisis | Wales
New Welsh legislation aimed at preventing homelessness has been welcomed in research.

Finance Policy Quarterly Update
10 Aug 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A snapshot of a range of finance policy issues being worked on at the Federation.

Demographic and economic data on social and private renters
10 Aug 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
A range of different data tables drawn from the English Housing Survey.

It costs no more to build homes that save residents money on fuel bills
06 Aug 15 - National Housing Federation | England
'Innovation is what this sector was built on, now could be the moment to innovate how this sector builds.'

Care Act 2014: Implications for councils with housing
06 Aug 15 - Association of Retained Council Housing | England
The Care Act 2014 provides a new statutory framework for adult care and support which, with limited exceptions, came into effect in April 2015. It applies primarily to unitary and county councils but has significant implications for all housing authorities. In this briefing ARCH has summerised the implications of the Act for councils with housing.

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2015
06 Aug 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to May 2015.

Housing Summary Measures Analysis
05 Aug 15 - Office for National Statistics | England, Wales
Presents analysis of the 15 Housing Summary Measures which form part of the new ONS Housing Statistics Portal.

Housing affordability gap grows, says ONS
05 Aug 15 - BBC | England, Wales
News article: 'The gap between the most affordable and least affordable homes in England and Wales has widened, figures show.'

Citizens Advice in Wales reports a 19 per cent increase in debt related problems
04 Aug 15 - Citizens Advice | Wales
The Citizens Advice service in Wales helped over 29,700 people with debt related problems over 2014-15.

Local digital inclusion initiatives: success factors
04 Aug 15 - Cabinet Office | England
A series of short online case studies.

Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector
03 Aug 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
A consultation inviting views to tackle rogue landlords.

CIH comment on 'right to rent' measures
03 Aug 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Brief commentary about letting homes to people who may be perceived as illegal immigrants.

New measures to crackdown on illegal immigrants renting properties
03 Aug 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
About measures designed to 'make Britain an even harder place for illegal migrants.'

Universal Credit and rented housing - frequently asked questions
03 Aug 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Helps landlords understand how to help tenants prepare for their move to direct payments.

A Short Guide to the NAO’s work on local authorities
03 Aug 15 - National Audit Office | England
This guide is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of how local government is funded, the pressures local authorities face, staffing, and major recent and future developments

A Short Guide to the Department for Communities and Local Government
03 Aug 15 - National Audit Office | England
This guide is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department and focuses on what the Department does, how much it costs and recent and planned changes

New statistics reveal deepening divide in Northern Ireland housing market
30 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, commented on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin.

London Homelessness Awards Shortlist Announced
30 Jul 15 - London Housing Foundation | England
Shortlisted projects for the prestigious London Homelessness Awards 2015 in memory of Andy Ludlow have been announced.

Regulator’s new report shows RSL successfully strengthening governance
29 Jul 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published a report which highlights how an RSL successfully took action to strengthen its governance.

CLG Committee launch inquiry into future of Housing Associations
29 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The Communities and Local Government Committee has announced an inquiry into the viability and sustainability of housing associations.

Findings from the Real London Lives longitudinal study
29 Jul 15 - G15 | England
Findings from a G15 study.

Welfare reform update - July 2015
29 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England, Scotland, Wales
Focuses on the Budget: cutting the cost of welfare, reducing the benefit cap, and ending automatic entitlement for 18-21 year olds.

SHPA Pensions briefing 2015
27 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
'The Federation and KPMG, the Federation’s pension advisers, have produced a report on housing associations' pensions environment, including the Social Housing Pension Scheme’s (SHPS) 2014 actuarial valuation.'

Help to secure a rental home: the MOD Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme
27 Jul 15 - Ministry of Defence | England, Scotland, Wales
The MOD has launched a scheme that allows defence personnel to apply for a loan to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property.

Billions go unclaimed despite rising poverty
25 Jul 15 - Age UK | England, Scotland, Wales
Government figures show that poor pensioners are missing out on billions of pounds of unclaimed benefits.

Housing market bulletin: July 2015
24 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Latest information on the housing market, the economy and the housebuilding industry.

Design for Life competition
24 Jul 15 - Groundwork | England
A design competition, launched by Groundwork UK in association with the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute.

Social Housing Case Bulletin - July 2015
24 Jul 15 - Clarke Willmott | England, Wales
Cases from the higher jurisdiction courts in England and Wales.

Worklessness, welfare and social housing
23 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | All
Residents of social housing face considerable disadvantages in the labour market. This report addresses an 'analysis gap', looking at the characteristics of residents, the barriers that they face and ‘what works’ in supporting them.

Rethinking planning obligations: balancing housing numbers and affordability
23 Jul 15 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England
Provides an up-to-date national picture of variations in the delivery of homes through planning obligations over time and between areas.

Mutual friends: Welsh housing is up for greater role in public service transformation
23 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
More than 60% of respondents at TAI 2015, Wales’ foremost housing conference, said that they thought housing organisations should enthusiastically embrace the opportunities presented by Welsh government’s public service transformation agenda.

Public funding for Green Deal scrapped after low take up
23 Jul 15 - Public Finance | England
Energy secretary Amber Rudd is to end to government funding for the Green Deal Finance Company in order to protect taxpayers from both low take up of home improvements and concerns over industry standards.

Responding to Welfare Reform in Wales
23 Jul 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
Includes a wide range of findings and a series of recommendations.

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015
22 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
'Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant.'

Housing Benefit Bulletin: 21 July 2015
22 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Spending Review launched by Chancellor
21 Jul 15 - HM Treasury | England, Scotland, Wales
The full review will be published on 25 November 2015.

National Housing Federation response to Treasury announcement on the sale of public land
21 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The Federation writes: 'A welcome contribution to ending the housing crisis – and housing associations can play a key role'.

Letter from Julian Ashby to chairs and chief executives of large housing providers
21 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Sets out the steps HCA expects housing providers to take following the Budget.

Reducing Social rents will cost councils £2.6 Billion by 2019/20
21 Jul 15 - Local Government Association | England
Proposals to reduce rents paid by tenants in social housing in England by 1 per cent a year will cost councils £2.6 billion by 2019/20, analysis reveals.

Universal Credit national expansion
21 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Wales
Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016.

Service charge loans
20 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
'Advises housing associations of the right to a loan from the Homes and Communities Agency for the year ending 31 March 2016.'

How do we achieve a smarter energy future for Wales?
20 Jul 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales' Environment and Sustainability Committee is seeking the views of the public on how Wales can achieve a smarter energy future.

Nearly two-thirds of children in poverty live in working families
16 Jul 15 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England, Scotland, Wales
Contains a wide range of findings. For example, 'Benefit cuts over this parliament will put upward pressure on absolute poverty for working-age households – including those in work.'

Power to the people
16 Jul 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Social landlords to launch energy company.

English housing survey 2013: profile of English housing report
16 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Annual report focussing on the physical characteristics of the English housing stock.

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014
16 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
National statistics on social housing lettings in England during 2013 to 2014 by local authorities and private registered providers.

Renting Homes Stage One Report
16 Jul 15 - Tai Pawb | Wales
A report published by the Communities, Equality, and Local Government Committee: a group hoping to influence the final version of the legislation.

A Plan for Homes – Working with Housing Associations to End the Housing Crisis
16 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A statement of intent.

How many people in England are at risk of becoming homeless?
15 Jul 15 - Homeless Link | England
Reminds us that 'The number of households who fall into homelessness each year is only a fraction of the number that are helped to avoid it.'

Implementing the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006
15 Jul 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
This contains 'Parts 1 and 2: Advisory and Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities: Volume 3: Maintenance'.

Succession (Scotland) Bill
15 Jul 15 - Scottish Parliament | Scotland
A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about succession.

Social housing sales: financial year ending March 2015
15 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Includes information on the number of Social Housing sales in Wales and their impact on dwelling stock.

Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2014
15 Jul 15 - National Records of Scotland | Scotland
Household Estimates by local authority area, including information on household size and numbers of vacant dwellings.

Local authority revenue expenditure and financing England: 2015 to 2016 budget
15 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Budget estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for April 2015 to March 2016. Includes (non-HRA) figures and data covering mandatory housing benefit.

Local Government Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15
15 Jul 15 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
The Local Government Ombudsman has published its annual report and accounts for the year 2014-15.

Welsh Government takes action to protect social housing
15 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
'The Welsh Government has acted to protect the social housing stock by halving the maximum discount available.'

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes
15 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Reports which evaluate changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011.

Is the Feeling Mutual?
15 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
A report on co-operative and mutual organisational models in public service delivery.

The Financial Standard and Assessment Framework for the Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies in Ireland
14 Jul 15 - Campbell Tickell | Northern Ireland
The Housing Agency, the housing regulator for Ireland, has developed a Financial Standard for Approved Housing Bodies in the Republic of Ireland, with the assistance of Campbell Tickell.

Federation publishes Summer Budget Member briefing
14 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Outlines the details and implications of the Government’s announcements including rent setting, welfare, planning and devolution.

Housing Benefit overpayments guide
13 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
For staff who deal with Housing Benefit overpayments for local authorities and housing authorities.

Sustainable development indicators: July 2015
13 Jul 15 - Office for National Statistics | England
Designed to measure the sustainability of a range of economic, social and environmental topics.

Benefit Cap modelling: briefing
13 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England, Scotland, Wales
Shows the difference between housing credit and average rent for families with two and three children.

Summer budget – what you need to know in Scotland
09 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
An article by Annie Mauger, director of CIH’s national business units.

Summer budget – what you need to know in Northern Ireland
09 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
The Chancellor’s budget contained a lot of references to housing – not all of which are UK wide.

Homelessness prevention and relief: England 2014 to 2015
09 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Official statistics on homelessness prevention and relief in England that took place outside the homelessness statutory framework.

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse
09 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The government's summer Budget announced a £3.2 million funding boost to help domestic abuse victims.

Summer budget – what you need to know in Wales
09 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Implications for Welsh landlords, tenants and communities.

Summer Budget 2015 publications
08 Jul 15 - HM Treasury | England, Scotland, Wales
Full Budget (and supporting) documents.

Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK
06 Jul 15 - Dataspring | England, Scotland, Wales
Contains a range of key findings. For example, 'Over 83,000 homeless young people have been accommodated by local authorities or homelessness services during 2013-14'.

How to effectively manage void properties
06 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Aims to help providers understand ways to let homes as quickly as possible.

Homes shortage could cause countryside to turn from green to grey as areas become pensioner pockets
06 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
"A dire lack of affordable homes in England’s rural areas is pricing out young people and families and could lead to countryside ‘pensioner pockets’ warns the National Housing Federation."

National Housing Federation response to announcement on the Government’s focus on housing
04 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation responds to housing commitments from Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne announced in The Times.

Tackling fuel poverty – carrot or the stick?
03 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
'Official figures show that a staggering 39% of Scotland’s households are currently living in fuel poverty ...'

National Pathway for Homelessness Services to Children: consultation
02 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The closing date for replies is 24 September 2015.

Quarterly survey of private registered providers
01 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The HCA's quarterly survey report contains responses from social landlords who own or manage over 1,000 homes.

 

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