50 ways to save: examples of sensible savings in local government
19 Dec 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | All
Practical tips and guidance for councils.
Homelessness in Wales - July to September 2013
18 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
A quarterly report which includes information on the number of households accepted as homelessness, reasons for homelessness and the number of households in temporary accommodation.
What is Normal?
18 Dec 13 - Peabody, Oii My Size | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Peabody's award winning website Oii My Size.com has launched a new interactive page entitled ‘What is normal?’ to raise awareness among young people about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
HCA announces increased housing capacity on public land
17 Dec 13 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
News article: The Homes and Communities Agency will bring forward enough public land by March 2015 to support delivery of over 2,000 more homes than originally anticipated, according to new figures.
Right to Manage guidance
17 Dec 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Brings together all documents relating to Right to Manage guidance.
House Price Index, October 2013
17 Dec 13 - England, Scotland, Wales
A wide range of findings. For example, 'In the 12 months to October 2013 UK house prices increased by 5.5%, up from a 3.8% increase in the 12 months to September 2013.'
2013 a record year for empty homes coming back into use
17 Dec 13 - Empty Homes | England
News article: Government has reported that a record 37,414 long term empty homes came back into use in England over 2013.
Submission from CIH Scotland on Consultation on Protection from Eviction (Bedroom Tax) (Scotland) Bill
17 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
A proposal from Jackie Baillie MSP for a Private Members Bill signals CIH Scotland’s opposition to legislation to prohibit eviction action for bedroom tax arrears.
Rough sleeping: Commons Library Note
16 Dec 13 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Background information on the problem of rough sleeping and outlines Government policy on this issue.
CIH chief executive appointed to Lyons Commission on housing
16 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
News article: Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long has been appointed to an independent commission tasked with exploring ways to boost house building.
Repeal the bedroom tax says Scottish Affairs Committee
16 Dec 13 - United Kingdom Parliament | Scotland
The Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the Coalition Government to the repeal the Bedroom Tax.
Households continuing to make their homes more energy efficient
16 Dec 13 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England
News article: latest Green Deal Assessment research shows over eighty per cent of people will take action.
Councils rewarded for 550,000 more homes under new homes bonus
16 Dec 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: Councils have received over £2 billion through the New Homes Bonus for helping deliver 550,000 more homes, figures show.
Financial loss prevented by quick action
13 Dec 13 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published the latest report in its Governance Matters series. The report provides an in-depth case study of a social landlord which performed well in improving its performance in procurement once it became aware of problems. This ultimately resulted in better services for tenants.
CIH Northern Ireland director to step down
13 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
News article: Cecilia Keaveney, director at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland, is stepping down at the end of December to pursue new challenges.
Heriot-Watt research shows almost one in ten people have been homeless
13 Dec 13 - Heriot Watt University | England
Nine per cent of adults in England have experienced homelessness at some point in their life says research from a team led by Heriot-Watt researchers.
Credit Union savers make a million for Christmas
13 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: Welsh credit union savers, who have been putting money away since January, have saved an average of £515 each. Over 2,000 people had Christmas savings accounts with credit unions in Wales.
Housing LIN Newsletter December 2013
12 Dec 13 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | England, Scotland, Wales
Your guide to current developments in the housing, health and social care world.
Today’s ALMO world
12 Dec 13 - National Federation of ALMOs | England
A report outlining current facts and figures about ALMOs.
Spotlight on the private rented sector in Scotland
12 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Aimed primarily at landlords, letting agents and other houisng professionals who work closely with the private rented sector.
Work and Pensions Committee announces third evidence session for inquiry into support for housing costs
12 Dec 13 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
The Work and Pensions Select Committee has announced the third oral evidence session for its inquiry into support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system. The witnesses will be representatives of local government and private landlord representative organisations.
PR and Communication Awards
12 Dec 13 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
News of CHC's PR and Communication Awards which took place during the Communications Conference in Llandrindod Wells.
Wales carves out new direction on homelessness
12 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: while numbers of households accepted as homeless by English local authorities have been rising, those accepted by Welsh local authorities have been falling.
Housing expenditure statistics
11 Dec 13 - Office for National Statistics | All
Presents housing-related costs such as rent, mortgage payments, repairs and maintenance, and home improvements.
New House Building in Wales - July to September 2013
11 Dec 13 - Office for National Statistics | Wales
A quarterly report which includes information the number of new dwellings started, where building has commenced and those completed.
Measuring the impact of supporting people
11 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The scoping study explored the Supporting People provision through contacting local authorities and also surveyed service providers. Existing outcome monitoring and impact assessment systems developed both within and outside Wales were also reviewed.
Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: learning and payment figures: Dec 2013
11 Dec 13 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Feedback and payment figures on direct payments of Housing Benefit to tenants in Direct Payment Demonstration Projects areas – December 2013.
Local housing authorities - the self-financing regime
11 Dec 13 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A House of Commons Library Note explaining the implications of local housing authorities (with retained stock) moving to a self-financing regime from April 2012.
Welsh Housing Associations working to mitigate the impacts of welfare reform
11 Dec 13 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Welsh Housing Associations are doing all they can to mitigate the negative impacts of the 'bedroom tax' and other welfare reforms on their tenants...
The potential for empowering homeless people through digital technology
11 Dec 13 - Lemos&Crane | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Describes the role of digital technology in the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.
Scottish House Condition Survey - key findings 2012
10 Dec 13 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Contains many findings, including figures on fuel poverty (which has fallen).
Department for Work and Pensions 2012-13 accounts
10 Dec 13 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
The DWP has not to date achieved value for money in the development of Universal Credit and to do so in future it will need to learn the lessons of past failures.
Report slams 'lies' about the poor
10 Dec 13 - Wales Council for Voluntary Action | Wales
Oxfam Cymru and the Church in Wales have published Truth and lies about poverty, which addresses six 'common myths' about those living in poverty.
Report highlights benefits of preventative care
10 Dec 13 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
A new report launched today will outline a number of key recommendations for how local government, the NHS and their wider partners can deliver improved and consistent care services across Wales.
SFHA calls for increased investment in energy efficiency of existing homes
10 Dec 13 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
News article: In response to the Scottish House Condition Survey: Key Findings 2012 Report, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has called for increased investment in programmes to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes.
Enhanced rights for older people in Wales move a step closer
10 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government has announced its plans for a public consultation on proposals for a Declaration of the Rights of Older People.
Guidance on connecting properties to public sewers - consultation
10 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government is updating the guidance on Section 101A of the Water Industry Act 1991. The consultation period ends on 6 March 2014.
Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2013
09 Dec 13 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes housing benefit figures.
HCA welcomes £1bn new investment for large sites
09 Dec 13 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
News article: the Homes and Communities Agency has welcomed £1bn of new investment under the Local Infrastructure Fund.
Social investment: an introduction to the government's approach
09 Dec 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Explains what social investment is, why government is interested in it and what it is doing to promote this.
Treating council housing fairly
09 Dec 13 - National Federation of ALMOs | England
This paper makes the case for a change in the borrowing rules to bring the UK into line with
international practice. It would put council housing on the same financial basis as housing
associations and boost councils’ capacity to invest in new homes, alongside housing associations.
Perspectives on rents and affordability in Scotland
09 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Draws on contributions made at a CIH Scotland event entitled Keeping our rents affordable.
Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics
09 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
This consultation document highlights the Welsh Government's priorities for the years ahead, building on the Evidence Plan published in May 2013. The closing date for the consultation is 3 March 2014. A section on 'Welsh Homes' can be found on page 9.
Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2013
08 Dec 13 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
A comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK, featuring analysis of low income, unemployment, low pay, homelessness and ill health.
First 'Regional Social Investment Fund' to be in the North East
08 Dec 13 - Big Society Capital | England
Northern Rock Foundation and Big Society Capital have announced their intention to create a £11.5m social investment fund for the north east of England to support the development and expansion of voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises. This will be the first regional fund of its kind to be set up with Big Society Capital support.
Temporary accommodation and welfare reform in Scotland
06 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Describe how temporary accommodation for homeless households in Scotland is affected by both the current welfare reform changes under the Housing Benefit regime and future changes proposed under a new Universal Credit system.
Where is housing heading?
06 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
The first of a new series of policy discussions (in the form of essays) on the key issues facing housing over the next five years.
Funding and structures for local economic growth
06 Dec 13 - National Audit Office | England
It has not yet been demonstrated that funding mechanisms for supporting local economic growth are capable of delivering value for money.
WLGA Briefing Paper - UK Government: Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2013
06 Dec 13 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
In response to this year's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, the WLGA has prepared a supporting Briefing Paper for officers and Elected Members setting out some of the key budgetary implications for Wales.
Integrated assessment, planning and review arrangements for older people
06 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The guidance sets out the responsibilities and duties on health and social care services to provide integrated arrangements for assessment and care management for older people. This replaces 'Creating a unified and fair system for assessing and managing care in respect of people aged 65 years and over'.
Autumn Statement 2013: documents
05 Dec 13 - HM Treasury | All
The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the Autumn Statement to Parliament on 5 December 2013. This links to the Autumn Statement in full and supporting documents.
CIH reaction to the Autumn Statement
05 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Commenting on the measures announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “We are pleased that the Chancellor has acknowledged the principle that councils should be allowed to borrow more so they can build more homes, which CIH has been calling for.
Response to Autumn Statement
05 Dec 13 - National Housing Federation | England
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, National Housing Federation Chief Executive David Orr said, "The Autumn Statement has left more questions than it has given us answers."
Welsh Secretary responds to Autumn Statement
05 Dec 13 - Wales Office | Wales
The measures announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement are further proof of the UK Government’s commitment to providing a sustained economic recovery in Wales, said Secretary of State for Wales David Jones.
LGA response to the Autumn Statement
05 Dec 13 - Local Government Association | England
Local Government Association (Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell, said: "Local government has already played a huge part in reducing the deficit and the Chancellor has today acknowledged that any further cuts on top of those already announced would push some councils to breaking point.
"Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales" - Jane Hutt
05 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement - saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales and the Welsh Government’s Budget has still been cut by 10% in real terms since 2010.
Scottish Government responds to Autumn statement
05 Dec 13 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The Scottish Government has responded sharply to George Osborne's Autumn statement. Finance Secretary John Swinney said, 'Westminster’s failed economic policy has deepened the challenge of delivering a real return to growth and will see cuts to public spending in Scotland applied for years to come'.
Autumn Statement 2013: Scottish perspective
05 Dec 13 - Scotland Office | Scotland
Scotland will receive more than £300 million in extra devolved spending from the Autumn Statement whose measures will also help businesses and families with rising costs. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the Autumn Statement was providing real help for people and communities across Scotland as well as posing some serious choices for the Scottish Government on their spending priorities and oil forecasts.
Statutory homelessness in England: July to September 2013
05 Dec 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
National statistics on statutory homelessness for July to September 2013.
CHC responds to Autumn Statement
05 Dec 13 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Community Housing Cymru Head of Policy and Research Amanda Oliver said: "The Chancellor’s announcement that there will be a new cap on welfare spending - to include housing benefit - from 2014 is deeply worrying...'
Helping consumers to manage their money
05 Dec 13 - National Audit Office | England
The Money Advice Service’s provision of debt advice to consumers has achieved value for money. But its provision of generic money advice is not yet achieving value for money, according to the National Audit Office, though moving in the right direction by starting to target resources at the areas of greatest need.
Preparing for Universal Credit Implementation: Key Questions and Answers for Local Authorities
05 Dec 13 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
The twelve local authority led Universal Credit Pilots were asked back in June 2013 to collectively develop a set of questions and answers which the wider LA community could use to shape their local provision of Universal Credit. The paper below is the first output of that work.
Draft Planning (Wales) Bill and Positive planning: proposals to reform the planning system in Wales
04 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The draft Planning (Wales) Bill and consultation paper contain the Welsh Government's proposals to modernise the planning system in Wales through changes to primary legislation, secondary legislation, policy and guidance. The consultation paper identifies the need for culture change, a change in attitude away from regulating development towards encouraging and supporting development. The closing date to submit comments is by 26 February 2014.
Good Practice Compendium 2013
03 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
The Good Practice Compendium 2013 lists all the shortlisted projects and contact details of the projects from the organisational categories for Welsh Housing Awards 2013. It provides you with an overview of excellent examples of best practice, collaboration and innovation and highlights the vast range of positive outcomes that housing delivers. The publication is sponsored by HouseMark.
Shining a light on good practice
03 Dec 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
The Welsh Housing Awards aim to showcase the very best in the industry. CIH Cymru policy and public affairs manager Julie Nicholas gives her take on this year’s event, from a very good vantage point at the judges table.
Pay your rent before it’s spent!
03 Dec 13 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Community Housing Cymru has produced an advert in the weeks leading up to Christmas in order to reach as many people as possible.
Minister vows to tackle Anti Social Behaviour
03 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: the Minister for Housing, Carl Sargeant, has highlighted how landlords will in future be able to make a difference in tackling anti-social behaviour and domestic violence in Wales.
16,000 affordable homes delivered
03 Dec 13 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: more than 16,000 affordable homes have been delivered by the Scottish Government since 2011, putting it well on target to reach its commitment of 30,000 affordable homes by 2016.
National housing crisis not down to empty properties, says RLA
03 Dec 13 - Residential Landlords Association | England
News article: the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has described the idea that the national housing crisis is being exacerbated by landlords leaving properties empty as “clearly nonsense”.
UK food poverty has reached ‘public health emergency’ levels
03 Dec 13 - Housingnews.co.uk | All
News article: food poverty in the UK "has all the signs of a public health emergency," experts have warned in a letter to The BMJ.
Understanding ethnic inequalities in housing: Analysis of the 2011 census
03 Dec 13 - Race Equality Foundation | All
Explores the disparities between ethnic groups in relation to two key social concerns currently affecting the housing market in the UK: the prevalence of overcrowded accommodation and the rise in the private renting sector.
Local area summary statistics
03 Dec 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
These documents provide a statistical overview of each unitary authority area by bring together a range of existing data, including statistics on health, the economy, housing, education and other areas of interest.
OFT seeks views on scope of study into the residential leasehold property management market
03 Dec 13 - Office of Fair Trading | England, Wales
The OFT proposes to launch a market study into residential property management services - such as maintenance, cleaning or building work - for leasehold homes in England and Wales. The OFT will be contacting key parties directly. Other interested parties can submit views on the market study's proposed scope by writing to the OFT by 17 January 2014
Home Truths 2013/14: the housing market in England
03 Dec 13 - National Housing Federation | England
Shows that rising rents in growth areas such as London are pushing more and more working people over the edge, forcing one working person every five minutes to turn to the Government for housing benefit to keep the roof over their heads.
Government warned not to drop energy commitments to poor households
02 Dec 13 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
In a report published by the Environmental Audit Committee, the Government has been warned not to weaken its commitment to ‘eliminate’ fuel poverty, as it prepares to make changes to ‘green levies’ that fund energy efficiency improvements for the poorest bill payers and redefines the amount of people who can be counted as ‘fuel-poor’ – reducing the number of households from 3.2 million to 2.4 million overnight.
Smart Metering system and equipment testing: consultation response
02 Dec 13 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | All
This response contains the government’s position on how the Data Communications Company (DCC) will be responsible for testing that its systems work in their own right and can interoperate with users’ systems to deliver smart meter services. It also covers the responsibilities of suppliers and others in the industry in regard to DCC testing. It follows on from an earlier consultation on these issues.
What price independent lives?
02 Dec 13 - Habinteg Housing Association | All
Highlights the combined effect of a range of benefit cuts on disabled people’s incomes and the particular threat this poses to independent living.
Universal Credit claimants in Pathfinder areas – experimental official statistics to September 2013
02 Dec 13 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Contains key findings and analysis.
HCA sets out its new approach to consumer regulation
29 Nov 13 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
News article: the Homes and Communities Agency has published its Consumer Regulation Review 2012/13, setting out its experience of the new consumer regulation regime for social housing, which came into effect in April 2012.
Governance review of the Local Government Ombudsman service
29 Nov 13 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
Report of the independent review of the governance arrangements of the Local Government Ombudsman service.
Ombudsman to offer better public redress service
29 Nov 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: 'Outdated' Local Government Ombudsman to be reformed.
SHR publishes RSL financial statistics
29 Nov 13 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published financial statistics based on RSLs' audited accounts for the year ended 31st March 2013.
Child Poverty Strategy For Wales: Progress Report 2013
29 Nov 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Child Poverty Strategy 2011 set out the Welsh Government’s commitment and aspiration to eradicate child poverty by 2020. This first progress report demonstrates how the Welsh Government has aligned its strategies and plans to reduce child poverty.
Proposed indicators for the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) 2014
28 Nov 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The purpose of this consultation is to seek user views on proposals for WIMD 2014 indicators.
Code for sustainable homes and energy performance of buildings data: September 2013
28 Nov 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England, Northern Ireland, Wales
Statistics on the code for sustainable homes and average energy efficiency (SAP ratings) for homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Local authority revenue expenditure and financing in England: 2012 to 2013 final outturn
28 Nov 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Budget estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for the financial year.
Planning for healthier, happier places
28 Nov 13 - Town and Country Planning Association | England
Town and Country Planning Association has launched a new report to help local authorities seize the public health agenda and create healthier and happier places for people to live and work in, especially in areas of deprivation.
Supporting our public service workforce through collective leadership and legislation
28 Nov 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
This consultation seeks views on a Draft Public Services (Workforce) (Wales) Bill, which would give the Welsh Ministers powers to issue specific statutory guidance on certain public service workforce matters. The closing date to submit your comments is 21 February 2014.
Developing a culture of collaborative scrutiny: an evaluation of practice and potential
28 Nov 13 - Welsh Government | Wales
The report focuses on scrutiny within local government and examines: the extent and nature of collaborative scrutiny conducted to date and the factors which facilitate or impede collaboration on scrutiny; and the most appropriate structures and mechanisms to underpin peer learning and knowledge exchange between scrutiny officers and members.
Rent Convergence briefing and FAQs
27 Nov 13 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation has put together some resources about rent convergence, including FAQs.
YES or NO – case must be made for housing investment, says CIH Scotland
27 Nov 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
The case for housing investment will always have to be argued whatever the outcome of the Referendum, according to CIH Scotland.
Housing Minister launches Help to Buy – Wales
27 Nov 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Help to Buy – Wales, a shared equity loan scheme, will launch in Wales in January 2014, Minister Carl Sargeant has announced.
Homeowners do not understand low energy technologies
27 Nov 13 - NHBC Foundation | All
Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low and zero carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, new research by the NHBC Foundation has revealed.
Third letter to Prime Minister - 140 organisations suggest solutions to the Energy Company Obligation
26 Nov 13 - Sustainable Homes | England
The letter calls for minimum annual solid wall install targets.
Tough Times 2013
26 Nov 13 - Audit Commission | England
Shows that England’s councils have demonstrated a high degree of financial resilience over the last three years, despite a 20 per cent reduction in funding from government and a number of other financial challenges.
Troubled Families programme on track at half way stage
25 Nov 13 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: figures show that the government’s ambition to turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families is on track at its half way stage.
Domestic violence disclosure scheme pilot assessment
25 Nov 13 - Home Office | England, Wales
Evaluation report shows how the pilotted DVDS process worked in practice and identifies 'lessons learnt' to inform decisions about roll-out.
Practical advice on controlling legionella bacteria in water systems
25 Nov 13 - Health and Safety Executive | All
Health and safety information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems has been updated and clarified.
Draft London Housing Strategy
25 Nov 13 - Greater London Authority | England
The Mayor of London has launched his new draft London Housing Strategy for consultation, alongside proposals for funding of more than £1 billion to support the delivery of 45,000 more low cost homes for hard working Londoners. The consultation period will run for 12 weeks until 17 February 2014.
CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings
25 Nov 13 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Bedroom tax rulings in Scotland and England have thrown up a number of issues of interest, but CIH Scotland believes that caution should be exercised in reading too much into the implications at this stage.