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Majority of public would back next government borrowing to build more affordable homes
23 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
More than half of the English public would support the next government borrowing money to build more affordable homes, according to a new poll.

Dwelling stock estimates in England: 2014
23 Apr 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Estimates of the number of dwellings in England.

SFHA called to give evidence to Welfare Reform Committee
22 Apr 15 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Welfare Committee has called upon the SFHA to give evidence on 'bedroom tax' mitigation and how it has worked in practice.

Five election manifestos: what do they say about homelessness?
21 Apr 15 - Homeless Link | England
Homeless Link reviews manifestos from all the main political parties.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: 21 April 2015
21 Apr 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Briefing: 2015 General Election Manifestos
21 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Sets out the key announcements relating to housing and housing associations from the five main political parties in the 2015 general election.

A Public Service Ombudsman: consultation
20 Apr 15 - Cabinet Office | England
A consultation on proposals to create a new service that would incorporate the responsibilities of the Housing Ombudsman, the Parliamentary Ombudsman, the Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman.

CIH Scotland response to proposals to change factor registration fees
16 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
CIH Scotland's response to Scottish Government proposals to change property factor registration fees.

CIH NI calls for right to buy review in Northern Ireland
14 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Brief commentary from Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland.

The case for investing in affordable housing has never been more compelling
09 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Investing in affordable housing is an old idea whose time has come - we’re urging the next Government to invest at least £2.5 billion a year to deliver 80,000 affordable homes.

Housing Benefit Direct - April 2015: Issue 158
09 Apr 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

Central Heating Fund FAQs
09 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
This briefing introduces the Central Heating Fund and answers some of the potential FAQs housing associations may have.

Have your say on changes to Right to Buy
09 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, is encouraging people to have their say on plans to end Right to Buy before the consultation closes.

Generation Rent Five years of Generation Rent: Perceptions of the first-time buyer housing market 2015
08 Apr 15 - Halifax | England, Scotland, Wales
Examines current perceptions and changes in the fi rst-time buyer market.

Scottish Housing Regulator - Corporate Plan 2015-18
08 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Sets out how the Scottish Housing Regulator will continue its work to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants, homeless people and others who use social landlords’ services.

NIFHA response to Tenant Participation Strategy
08 Apr 15 - Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations | Northern Ireland
NIFHA warmly welcomes the publication of the draft Tenant Participation Strategy.

Eight top tips for dealing with universal credit
07 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Hints and tips from CIH.

CIH NI response to tenant participation strategy consultation
07 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH NI's response to the public consultation on a tenant participation strategy for Northern Ireland 2015 - 2020.

Keeping pace - replacing right to buy sales
07 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Explores the potential for replacing homes sold under right to buy and makes recommendations to government aimed at ensuring that homes sold can be replaced on a one-for-one basis at a local level.

Housing sector is delivering quality homes and services, but room for future improvement
07 Apr 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The findings of the first national survey of Welsh housing associations revealed that 81% of tenants who participated were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied with their landlord and their home.

The financial resilience of councils in Wales
02 Apr 15 - Wales Audit Office | Wales
A report which finds, 'The main conclusion of the report is Councils in Wales are under significant financial stress and have been active in meeting the challenge. However, the next few years will see increasing financial pressures and councils will need to improve strategic financial planning in order to effect transformation and protect their financial resilience'.

Working together...to break new ground in repairs and maintenance: learning report
02 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Defines some of the key ingredients for developing a repairs and maintenance service that truly delivers.

Can our homes pay for the care we need in older age? Asset wealth and an ageing population
01 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
This report looks at the sustainability of older homeowners relying on the asset wealth of their homes to cover care costs in later life.

Scottish Social Housing Charter - Technical Guidance: Registered Social Landlords
01 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
For landlords to refer to when they collect and report the information needed for their Annual Return on the Charter (ARC). This version is intended for housing associations.

Scottish Social Housing Charter - Technical Guidance: Local Authority Landlords
01 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
For landlords to refer to when they collect and report the information needed for their Annual Return on the Charter (ARC). This version is intended for local authorities.

Regulatory framework requirements
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Details of the requirements that registered providers of social housing must meet from 1 April 2015

Rent Standard Guidance
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Details how social housing rents are set. Updated on 31 March 2015.

Scottish Regulator completes annual RSL risk assessment
31 Mar 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
'The Scottish Housing Regulator has completed its annual regulatory assessment of RSLs. It will have a low level of engagement with almost two thirds of RSLs.'

Results from the 2013 stakeholder survey of registered providers
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Stakeholder perceptions of the HCA's regulatory framework and approach.

Governance and Financial Viability Standard Code of Practice
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
This code of practice amplifies the requirements in the Governance and Financial Viability Standard.

Guidance on the regulator's approach to intervention, enforcement and use of powers
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The regulator's general approach to intervention and enforcement and use of its powers.

New freedoms for Welsh councils to improve housing and build new homes
31 Mar 15 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
The Welsh Government has brokered an historic agreement with the UK Treasury which will result in greater investment in Wales’ council housing.

Model Rules 2015
27 Mar 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Revised rules of association for registered landlords.

Making the most of new ASB powers
27 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
CIH’s senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis looks at the impact on housing professionals of the new anti-social behaviour powers and tools which have just come into force.

New plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty
27 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has launched new plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty in Wales.

Right to Move: statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local housing authorities in England
27 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statutory guidance on social housing allocations and the Right to Move.

Consultation on a Private Rented Sector Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents
27 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government is consulting on the Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents in relation to the provisions introduced in Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. Please submit your comments by 22 May 2015.

The recovery of capital grant: proposals to change the grant recovery requirements
26 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Includes a summary of consultation responses.

Gypsy and traveller caravan count: January 2015
26 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This Statistical Release presents information on the number of Gypsy and Traveller caravans in Wales on both authorised and unauthorised sites.

Julian Ashby reappointed to regulation committee
26 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has confirmed the reappointment of Julian Ashby as chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee.

Statutory homelessness in England: October to December 2014
26 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data on households found to be homeless by local authorities under homelessness legislation.

Is Welfare Reform Working? Impacts on working age tenants
26 Mar 15 - London School of Economics and Political Science | England, Scotland, Wales
Presents evidence on whether the aim of moving people who are dependent on benefits into work has been achieved.

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland 2015
26 Mar 15 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Scotland
The seventh in a series of reports monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland since 2002. Housing forms a key component of the report's findings.

Housing market bulletin: March 2015
25 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The latest information on the housing market, the economy and the housebuilding industry.

Six tips on using data to prevent and detect social housing fraud
25 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
How can housing organisations use data to prevent and detect social housing fraud while making sure they abide by the laws of the Data Protection Act?

The 2014 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations
25 Mar 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Figures show a robust sector well able to, 'address the housing shortage across Wales, whilst significantly improving existing homes for tenants and enhancing the lives of individuals.'

Sector Wide Survey 2014: Executive summary
25 Mar 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The main aim of the Sector Wide Survey was to pilot an all Wales survey with residents only, which would support the housing sector and Welsh Government. This would enable the Welsh Government Regulator to have a clearer understanding and assurance that Housing Associations are delivering outcomes for its tenants and service users. The following pages detail a summary extract of the key research findings.

Sector Wide Survey 2014: Final report
25 Mar 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The main aim of the Sector Wide Survey was to pilot an all Wales survey with residents only, which would support the housing sector and Welsh Government. This would enable the Welsh Government Regulator to have a clearer understanding and assurance that Housing Associations are delivering outcomes for its tenants and service users.

Benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley review
24 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Looks at the wider impact on claimants, and includes content about housing benefit.

Regulator finds that most RSLs are managing their resources to ensure financial well-being
24 Mar 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has found that most registered social landlords (RSLs) are continuing to manage their resources to ensure their financial well- being, despite economic challenges.

Build to Rent: guide for local authorities
24 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Outlines practical options as to how local authorities can support the development of private rented sector homes.

English housing survey bulletin: issue 12
24 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Bulletin about the English housing survey.

Rethinking the way we approach repairs and maintenance
24 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Richard Medley, director of CIH consultancy, outlines the findings of the ‘Working together…to break new ground in Repairs and Maintenance’ project and shares his thoughts on the strategic challenges faced by landlords today when delivering repairs services.

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

Budget 2015 member briefing
23 Mar 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A summary of the announcements relevant to housing associations and the Federation’s response to them.

85% of older internet users say life is better online
23 Mar 15 - Age UK | England
The overwhelming majority (85%) of older people aged 55 and over who use the internet say their life has changed for the better by being online - and 45% say they now can’t imagine their life without it.

New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour
23 Mar 15 - Home Office | England, Wales
The Civil Injunction, one of six new anti-social behaviour powers introduced by the Coalition Government under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, came into force on 23 March.

The cost of poor housing to the NHS
23 Mar 15 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | England, Scotland, Wales
This briefing from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) has calculated that the annual cost of poor housing to the NHS is at least £1.4bn.

Making use of complex data around deprivation and poverty
22 Mar 15 - Data Unit Wales | Wales
A break-down of relevant data sources for Wales.

Building sustainable homes
20 Mar 15 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
A study exploring how sustainable homes could be built more cheaply.

Information required from and published about registered providers
20 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The information we require registered providers of social housing to submit to us and the information on them that we publish.

Updating the English indices of deprivation: government response to consultation
20 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The updated indices of deprivation will be published in summer 2015, with a provisional release month of July.

Success, Satisfaction & Scrutiny
20 Mar 15 - AmicusHorizon, University of Westminster | England
The University of Westminster has drawn upon six years of rich data from AmicusHorizon, a large London and South East based housing association, to establish a strong and intensifying correlation between involving residents and improved performance.

Council tenant wins right not to be sent to Milton Keynes
20 Mar 15 - Independent (The) | England
The attempted move was triggered as a result of the Government’s £500 weekly benefits cap, which meant the rent on her London flat became unaffordable.

£3 million fund means thousands more tenants will have working smoke alarms
19 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Fire Minister announces boost to support the delivery of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to privately rented homes.

Tenants Leading Change reports published
19 Mar 15 - National Tenant Organisations policy forum | England
This is a key report, with supporting case studies, about the positive and measurable business benefits of tenant involvement.

Ombudsman seeing fewer homelessness complaints, but issue not gone away
19 Mar 15 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
The Local Government Ombudsman is needing to investigate fewer complaints about families living in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation, but a recent case shows the issue has not disappeared.

Core Cities Home Truths 2015
19 Mar 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The 2015 Core Cities Home Truths provides an analysis of the housing markets across the Eight English Core Cities and sets out the need for tailored responses to address the crisis.

The Parties’ housing policy commitments 2015 - Commons Library Note
19 Mar 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Looks at public commitments from the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party.

Social Security for Scotland: Benefits being devolved to the Scottish Parliament
19 Mar 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
An initial examination of the benefits which will be devolved to Scotland under the Smith Commission recommendations.

Minister approves funding for rural housing champions
19 Mar 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Minister with responsibility for housing, Lesley Griffiths, has approved funding to continue the good work of rural housing champions in communities across Wales.

2014 Global accounts of housing providers
18 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
An annual summary of the financial status of registered providers.

HCA publishes global accounts
18 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
'The social housing sector remains financially robust, but providers need to manage risks to ensure that the sector continues to safeguard and develop social housing assets.'

Changes to the accounting direction
18 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
This consultation is on changes to the accounting direction for providers. The changes are required to reflect revisions to the regulatory framework.

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and inspection in 2015/16
18 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Guidance for local authorities on DWP's approach to Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and inspection in 2015/16.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: March 2015
17 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information aimed at local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Bill to shape Wales’s future for next generation set to become law
17 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, which puts Wales at the forefront of sustainable development, has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

Minister announces new digital inclusion project
17 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced Wales Co-operative Centre will deliver a new £2 million digital inclusion programme across Wales.

HB Subsidy Circular S3/2015: Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme 2015/16 funding
16 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Explains Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme (FERIS) funding arrangements for local authorities in 2015/16.

Severe Poverty in Scotland
16 Mar 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
This report investigates the extent of severe and extreme poverty and how it has changed over time for different population groups, in the context of a decade when relative poverty has been falling in Scotland. The report finds that, 'Factoring in housing costs makes the considerable extent of severe and extreme poverty still more evident.'

Reducing fraud and error in Housing Benefit: financial support for local authorities
16 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Details of financial support for local authorities from the 'Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme and Performance Improvement Fund'.

Dedicated housing finance support for local authorities
16 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The government will work with Keith House and Natalie Elphicke to implement a Housing Finance Institute.

Charities call for better homelessness support for single people
16 Mar 15 - Homeless Link | England
Homeless Link is one of six signatories of a letter to MPs calling for a review of the help available under law to people at risk of homelessness.

New campaign to highlight signs of domestic abuse
16 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
A publicity campaign focussing on the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Tackling right to buy fraud
16 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
'Since right to buy discounts were increased there has also been an increase in fraud.'

£23,000 to tackle Hate Crime in Wales
16 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Minister with responsibility for equality, Lesley Griffiths, announces £23,000 for Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015.

Medical trials and second jobs: the steps young people are taking to scrape together house deposits
13 Mar 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A poll of over 2,300 British young people on housing issues, conducted by YouGov for the National Housing Federation, reveals that with less than 60 days to go until the General Election, there is a growing sense of dissatisfaction at Britain’s failure to tackle the housing crisis for their generation.

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2014 to 2015
13 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pay them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit scheme.

Are your sheltered housing tenants equipped for the Digital Age?
13 Mar 15 - Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations | Northern Ireland
Details of free 10 week IT courses where the laptops and tablets are provided.

£50m to tackle substance misuse in Wales in 2015-16
13 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Alcohol and class A drug use is estimated to cost Wales as much as £2bn a year in terms of its economic and social impact.

Improving the private rented sector and tackling bad practice: a guide for local authorities
13 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Guidance for local authority housing officers to help them effectively tackle poor and illegal practices by landlords and letting agents.

Increasing the borrowing capacity of stock transfer housing associations
13 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Consultation on ways to increase the borrowing capacity of housing associations in relation to the valuation of properties transferred from local authorities.

New fund to improve the health of homeless people
12 Mar 15 - Department of Health | England
Homeless people will benefit from a new £55 million fund to upgrade existing accommodation and provide new housing.

Homelessness Change and Platform for Life Funds 2015 to 2017: prospectus
12 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Background information and guidance for those making bids for the Homelessness Change and Platform for Life Funds.

Ending gang and youth violence, programme: annual report 2014 to 2015
12 Mar 15 - Home Office | England, Wales
The 2014 to 2015 annual report provides an overview of progress made to fight this problem since 2011.

How to promote good adult safeguarding practice
12 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
'Adult safeguarding is the process of protecting adults with care and support needs from neglect or abuse.'

Housing crisis can be solved – but only with right political will and leadership
12 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Housing can help tackle inequality and drive economic growth – but only with the right political will and leadership, according to the interim chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Proposals set out for new regulatory framework
12 Mar 15 - Northern Ireland Housing Executive | Northern Ireland
Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has launched the second in a series of consultations aimed at improving the way social housing is delivered in Northern Ireland.

Tens of thousands get involved in Community Organisers programme
12 Mar 15 - Cabinet Office | England
Community Organisers have mobilised more than 400 communities to change their neighbourhoods for the better.

The cost of the cuts: the impact on local government and poorer communities
11 Mar 15 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Scotland
Provides an 'up-to-date national picture of the scale, nature and distribution of the cuts to council budgets ...'

 

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