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Lyons Housing Commission – Update Report
11 Feb 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Summarises key findings.

Committee expresses concerns over funding of Right to Buy
10 Feb 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
A detailed report, including future proposals.

Assistance for housing improvement: financial year ending March 2015
10 Feb 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Includes information on expenditure, mandatory disabled facilities grants (DFGs) and activity by type of assistance, tenure and recipient.

Increase in number of socially rented traveller pitches
10 Feb 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Request for the net increase of number of socially rented traveller pitches as a result of developments completed using grants.

Assistance for housing improvement
10 Feb 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Includes a wide range of information in an annual report.

The 2nd National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter - analysis of landlords' 2014/15 annual returns
09 Feb 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Finds that sector performance is broadly improving or being maintained.

Scottish Housing Regulator’s report shows social landlords performing well
09 Feb 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published its national report on landlord performance in 2014/15.

Housing and Planning Bill Lords Committee Stage Briefing
09 Feb 16 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Scotland, Wales
An outline of JRF's views.

The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin July – September 2015 is released
09 Feb 16 - Northern Ireland Department for Social Development | Northern Ireland
A quarterly bulletin.

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual
08 Feb 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
For local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales.

Cymorth Cymru calls for rethink in the way we support vulnerable people in Wales
06 Feb 16 - Cymorth Cymru | Wales
Cymorth Cymru has asked for a radical rethink of the way support is provided to vulnerable people.

Benefit cap: 950 households a month move into work, stop claiming Housing benefit or reduce their claim
05 Feb 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
According to the DWP, 'Around 31,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work, reduced their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claim it.'

Social investment by charities
05 Feb 16 - Law Commission | England
Social investment can help charities generate financial returns.

Further £20m allocated to Social Housing Grant
05 Feb 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Welsh Government has allocated another £20m to help boost the supply of social housing.

Landlords need carrot and stick to improve standards in the private rented sector
04 Feb 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
'Mandatory licensing for landlords should be introduced to boost standards for private renters, combined with better incentives to encourage landlords to improve, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland.'

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2015
04 Feb 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2015.

National rough sleeping count: 2015
04 Feb 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Highlights the issues associated with single-night rough sleeper counts.

Community-led housing case studies
04 Feb 16 - Building and Social Housing Foundation | England
A series of case studies produced by Social Regeneration Consultants.

Deregulation: member briefing
04 Feb 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Covers the deregulatory measures introduced by the Government in response to the ONS’ reclassification of housing associations.

£43m schools and social housing capital boost will create 800 jobs says Jane Hutt
04 Feb 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Schools and social housing projects are all set to receive a funding boost.

Benefit cut for supported housing risks long-term damage warns CIH President
04 Feb 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
CIH argues that supported housing should be exempt from benefit caps.

'Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay where current system creates worst problems'
03 Feb 16 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England, Scotland, Wales
The IFS has conducted research about the impacts of Universal Credit and published a wide range of findings.

HB Direct February 2016: Issue 164
03 Feb 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

The State of the Estate in 2014–15
03 Feb 16 - Cabinet Office | England
Argues, among other things, that the sale of estate assets could make way for much needed housing.

Local authority revenue expenditure and financing in England: 2014 to 2015 final outturn
02 Feb 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The final outturn estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for 2014 to 2015.

Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement
02 Feb 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit when under-occupying a social rented home.

Scottish Regulator streamlines reporting for social landlords
01 Feb 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
'Social landlords can now use a new online portal to apply to the Scottish Housing Regulator for consents or to report notifiable events, making the process quicker and easier.'

Capturing Creativity - Pat Chown Award 2016
01 Feb 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Entries are invited for this year's award.

Housing market bulletin: January 2016
01 Feb 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Covers the housing market, the economy and the housebuilding industry.

Five top tips for reducing void periods
30 Jan 16 - Welsh Housing Quarterly | All
Hints and tips from Pembrokeshire Housing.

Clarification from CLG on supported housing rent reduction
29 Jan 16 - National Housing Federation | England
All supported housing as currently set out in the rent standard guidance will be excepted from the rent reduction for a period of 1 year.

CIH Scotland's submission on proposed LBTT supplement
29 Jan 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
A submission to the Finance Committee.

A tenant participation strategy for Northern Ireland: 2015 - 2020
28 Jan 16 - Northern Ireland Department for Social Development | Northern Ireland
Explores how social landlords and tenants can work together in partnership.

How do we create a fairer housing system?
28 Jan 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Looks at future challenges.

Housing Benefit changes could cost sector hundreds of millions, warns SFHA
27 Jan 16 - Scottish Housing News | Scotland
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations wants the UK government to rethink changes to Housing Benefit.

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions statistics
27 Jan 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics and background information on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions.

Ombudsman reveals rise in social housing allocation complaints
27 Jan 16 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
'Last year the LGO saw a 13% increase (2014/15) in complaints and enquiries about housing allocations, and upheld 42% of cases where it carried out a detailed investigation.'

CHC’s response to Housing Benefit change ahead of today’s debates
27 Jan 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
CHC has 'grave concerns' about the implications for Supported Housing.

Full house: Councils’ role in allocating social housing
27 Jan 16 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has recently seen a rise in complaints and enquiries from people unhappy with the way their housing application has been dealt with. To help authorities learn the lessons from its investigations, this report sets out what the LGO considers to be best practice in deciding housing applications.

Local Affordable Rent Housing Trust (LAR) - Equality Impact Assessment Results
26 Jan 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
'LAR is a new investment vehicle that will provide up to 1,000 affordable homes for rent across Scotland...'

Welsh Ministers agree £16.5m for future regeneration projects
26 Jan 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
'Ministers have confirmed £16.5m will be released for regeneration projects across Wales in the coming year.'

Boost for housing as government puts hundreds of acres of land up for sale
26 Jan 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Details about 600 acres of surplus public sector land which the government will use as part of its drive to build new homes.

The Local Housing Allowance cap could undo decades of work to support the most vulnerable
25 Jan 16 - National Housing Federation | England
An article by Mairead Carroll, London External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation.

CIH Scotland comments on Scottish Government housing subsidies announcement
25 Jan 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has commented on a Scottish Government announcement on future grant subsidy benchmarks for affordable housing in Scotland.

£5 million cash for councils to stop rogue landlords
22 Jan 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister announces cash boost for councils to tackle rogue landlords.

Housing and Planning Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
22 Jan 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A potted guide / briefing, which covers every aspect and amendment of the Housing Bill.

The g15 makes a new housing offer for London
22 Jan 16 - G15 | England
Housing associations have a critical role to play in addressing our housing crisis, so the g15 has presented some ideas ...

Local authority housing statistics: year ending March 2015
21 Jan 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
National statistics on social housing that is owned and managed by local authorities in England.

Local authority housing statistics data returns for 2014 to 2015
21 Jan 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Dataset of all the data supplied by each local authority and imputed figures used for national estimates.'

Housing Ombudsman inquiry
21 Jan 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
The Communities and Local Government Committee holds a short evidence session with Denise Fowler, the Housing Ombudsman, at which the Committee asks Ms Fowler about the progress she has made since her appointment and the performance of the Housing Ombudsman Service.

How many affordable homes do housing associations own?
20 Jan 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Part of a series of quick briefings from the National Housing Federation.

Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel (excluding service accommodation) (England)
20 Jan 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Tells us about the housing options available to military personnel.

Using sport to tackle gangs
19 Jan 16 - Home Office | England
Karen Bradley discusses how to prevent reoffending with AIR Sports Network in Brent.

Crisis makes a real difference, says independent report
19 Jan 16 - Crisis | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
An independent report praises Crisis for its ability to help people into paid work.

Developing your local housing offer for health and care
19 Jan 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Written (and updated) by CIH and the Housing Leaning and Improvement Network (LIN).

Housing Benefit Bulletin: January 2016
18 Jan 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Consultation: Mandatory Quality Standards for new, rehabilitated and existing homes
18 Jan 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Welsh Government has started a 12 week, two-part consultation on proposed mandatory housing standards for the social housing sector in Wales.

Local perspectives in ending gang and youth violence areas: perceptions of the nature of urban street gangs
13 Jan 16 - Home Office | England
Examines the perceived changes in the nature of street gangs across the original 33 Ending Gang and Youth Violence areas.

Housing and Planning Bill 2015/16 Impact Assessment
13 Jan 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A detailed assessment and, at time of writing, the most recent.

What’s reducing social housing lettings by housing associations, and why does it matter?
12 Jan 16 - National Housing Federation | England
An article by Jenny Charlton, an Analyst at the National Housing Federation.

A million days of homelessness suffered by children in Scotland last year
12 Jan 16 - Shelter Scotland | Scotland
Children living in Scotland suffered nearly 1 million days of homelessness last year, according to a new report.

475,000 homes with planning permission still waiting to be built
07 Jan 16 - Local Government Association | England
Research reveals that many homes in England have been granted planning permission, but developers are slow to implement them.

Rough sleeping (England)
07 Jan 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Background information on the problem of rough sleeping.

Households in temporary accommodation (England)
07 Jan 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities.

More than 2.5 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks to rent a home
06 Jan 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Commentary from the CIH.

New measures to tackle substance misuse in Wales
06 Jan 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government has introduced a new delivery plan, designed to tackle substance abuse.

Tens of thousands of homes supported by Housing Zone funding
05 Jan 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Councils will work in partnership with private developers to build new homes.

What do bedroom tax, poverty and local government cuts all have in common?
05 Jan 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
'Julie Nicholas, CIH Cymru’s policy and public affairs manager, tells us what links three of the biggest current issues...'

'The government will directly build affordable homes'
04 Jan 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The Prime Minister will today announce that the government is to step in and directly commission thousands of new affordable homes.

£690 million housing support
31 Dec 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Around £690 million will be invested in Scottish housing between 2016-17.

Evaluation of the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund
23 Dec 15 - Cabinet Office | England
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme. The programme has been evaluated to understand process effectiveness and the social impact achieved. The evaluation included both primary and secondary data collection and analysis.

A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse: Scottish Government Consultation Paper
22 Dec 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A consultation paper seeking views on a draft specific offence of domestic abuse (published with the consultation) which is intended to deal with those who commit psychological abuse and engage in coercive and controlling behaviour. The consultation closes on Friday, 1 April 2016.

Freezing of Local Housing Allowance Rates for Housing Benefit Claims (Executive Determinations) screening form
22 Dec 15 - Northern Ireland Department for Social Development | Northern Ireland
This screening deals with the Freezing of Local Housing Allowance Rates for Housing Benefits claims from 16/17 to 19/20 as per the Chancellor’s Summer Budget statement.

Public Sector Finances, November 2015
22 Dec 15 - Office for National Statistics | All
Public Sector Net Borrowing excluding public sector banks (PSNB ex) was £14.2 billion in November 2015. This borrowing is £1.3 billion higher than in November 2014.

Funding for homelessness projects
22 Dec 15 - Department of Health | England
The Department of Health has awarded £38.7 million of grants to homelessness and housing charities who were invited to bid for funding in March 2015 - another £3.4 million has been provided by the Greater London Authority.

Homelessness Change and Platform for Life Funds 2015 to 2017: allocations
22 Dec 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Allocations made under the Homelessness Change and Platform for Life Funds 2015 to 2017.

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation
22 Dec 15 - National Housing Federation | England
This briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

Government response: SSAC report on Universal Credit
21 Dec 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
This is the government's response to the report 'Universal Credit: priorities for action' by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC).

Impact on supported housing of capping Housing Benefit to Local Housing Allowance
21 Dec 15 - National Housing Federation | England
David Orr has written to both Lord Freud and Brandon Lewis seeking urgent clarification on how supported housing will be protected.

Empty properties to be transformed
21 Dec 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The Scottish Government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund will help revamp 10 derelict spaces, producing 62 homes for social rent, 11 homes for intermediate rent and 14 new homes for affordable sale.

A Picture of Public Services 2015
18 Dec 15 - Wales Audit Office | Wales
Auditor General urges public services to increase the scale and pace of transformation. Welsh public services need to expand their horizons, take well-managed risks to innovate, and be realistic if they are to respond more effectively to the challenges they face. They also need to focus on measuring the things that matter and work together to manage the impacts of reductions in levels of services.

Coping with the Cuts: Lessons from English Councils’ Responses to Budget Reductions
18 Dec 15 - Public Policy Institute for Wales | England, Wales
This report analyses the cuts in the funding which councils in England receive from central government; the ways in which councils have responded; and emerging evidence of the impact on services. It suggests that Welsh councils may gain helpful insights from the strategies that have been adopted by local government in England.

New chairman of Homes and Communities Agency appointed
18 Dec 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Kevin Parry has been appointed interim chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark confirmed. Mr Parry will lead the HCA board for a period after current chairman Robert Napier steps down at the end of December. He will continue the role until a chairman is appointed on a permanent basis and will take up the position from 1 January 2016.

The draft Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016
18 Dec 15 - Scottish Parliament | Scotland
The Welfare Reform Committee invites all interested individuals and organisations to submit written views on the draft Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Tuesday 12 January 2016 (you may need to contact the Committee for a copy of the draft regulations).

Proposed extension of LHA to social landlords - briefing
18 Dec 15 - SITRA | England
Sitra and Homeless Link's joint briefing on the proposed extension of Local Housing Allowance to social landlords – including supported housing.

Timeline confirmed for digital Universal Credit
18 Dec 15 - National Housing Federation | All
The Department for Work and Pensions updated on the rollout plans for the digital Universal Credit service when giving evidence to the Public Accounts Select Committee.

Council tax rises to ease the pace of cuts to local government budgets
18 Dec 15 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England
The Department for Communities and Local Government published the ‘Provisional Local Government Funding Settlement’ – which sets out how much in the way of core grants it plans to give each English council every year between 2016–17 and 2019–20. The settlement will result in cuts in local councils’ spending power of around 8% on average – a much smaller scale of cuts than experienced over the last parliament. The cuts will also be more evenly spread, rather than hitting poorer authorities harder as happened between 2010 and 2015.

Help to Buy - Wales Shared Equity Loan Scheme: October 2015 data
17 Dec 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Data which includes information on the number of homes purchased and the value of the loans received under the Help to Buy - Wales: Shared Equity Loan scheme.

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy evaluation: final report
17 Dec 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) in Housing Benefit.

Statutory homelessness in England: July to September 2015
17 Dec 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This release provides information on the decisions taken by local authorities on homelessness applications and households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty by local authorities.

Radical package of measures announced to tackle homelessness
17 Dec 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
A radical new package of measures to help tackle homelessness and ensure there is a strong safety net in place for the most vulnerable people in society has been announced by Communities Minister Marcus Jones.

Provisional local government finance settlement 2016 to 2017 and an offer to councils for future years
17 Dec 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This consultation invites the views of interested parties on proposals for the local government finance settlement for 2016 to 2017, and for the approach to future local government finance settlements. The consultation closes at 15 January 2016

Consultation outcome: Public service ombudsman
17 Dec 15 - Cabinet Office | England
The report says, 'While there was broad support for the inclusion of PHSO and LGO’s services in a new Public Service Ombudsman, a number of housing sector representatives raised concerns about the inclusion of the Housing Ombudsman. Having considered the points they raised carefully, we will therefore work to create a single service which will encompass the existing jurisdictions of PHSO and LGO only in the first instance with a framework that allows others to join over time.'

New Homes Bonus provisional allocations 2016 to 2017
17 Dec 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Full list of provisional allocations of the New Homes Bonus for the 2016 to 2017 financial year. The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils to reflect and incentive housing growth in their areas.

New Homes Bonus calculator
17 Dec 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The New Homes Bonus gross payment calculator based on the provisional allocations for 2016 to 2017.

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Executive Summary
17 Dec 15 - National Federation of ALMOs | England
This document sets out the results of a survey of stock retaining councils and ALMOs, conducted during October and November 2015. It covers a number of topics relating to welfare reform including: overall performance on rent arrears; the ongoing impact of the removal of the spare room subsidy, (sometimes referred to as the ‘bedroom tax’); preparations for, and initial experiences of, universal credit (UC); and the expected impact of forthcoming further welfare cuts – specifically the lower overall benefit cap and the removal of help with housing costs from many 18 – 21 year olds.

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89 per cent of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears
17 Dec 15 - National Federation of ALMOs | England
Survey results by the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) and the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) show that since its roll out across England from April 2014 89 per cent of Universal Credit claimants have accumulated rent arrears, with 34 per cent subject to an alternative payment arrangements.

NHBC reports steady new home growth for November
17 Dec 15 - National House-Builders Council | All
New home registrations in the UK maintained a steady rate of growth throughout November, with similar levels compared to a year ago, according to the latest NHBC figures. In November 11,390 new homes (8,525 private sector; 2,865 public sector) were registered, an increase of 4% on the same month last year (8,848 private sector; 2,152 public sector).

Homelessness inquiry launched
17 Dec 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has announced an inquiry into the causes of homelessness, as well as the approach taken by national and local government to preventing and tackling homelessness.

New Homes Bonus: sharpening the incentive: technical consultation
17 Dec 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Consultation on options for changes to the New Homes Bonus to better reflect authorities’ provision of new housing. The consultation closes on 10 March 2016.

 

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