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Housing Statistics for Scotland, Quarterly Update - November 2014
25 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Includes statistics on new house building by sector, Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) and sales of social sector housing (including Right to Buy) up to end June 2014 with social sector new build and AHSP figures available up to September 2014.

'Universal Credit to be in a third of Jobcentres by spring'
25 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
News article: 'By spring 2015, 1 in 3 of the country’s Jobcentres will be taking claims for Universal Credit.'

Regulator's arrears survey throws up thorny issues, says CIH Scotland
24 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator’s survey on the early impact of welfare reform on rent arrears is very welcome but throws up some issues of concern, according to CIH Scotland.

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2014
24 Nov 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
An annual assessment of progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage across the UK.

£14 million to transform communities
24 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A £14 million cash boost to transform disadvantaged areas in Scotland has been announced by Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability.

Welsh Government Draft Budget 2015-2016
21 Nov 14 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
A spreadsheet containing a detailed breakdown of expenditure. Housing budget costs can be found under 'Communities and Tackling Poverty'. In fact, figures presented here include a wide range of community orientated figures. For example, Equality and Inclusion, Homes and Places, Supporting Communities and People.

Code for sustainable homes: September 2014
21 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England, Northern Ireland, Wales
Statistics on the code for sustainable homes for homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Housing Executive committed to eliminating homelessness
21 Nov 14 - Northern Ireland Housing Executive | Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive sets out its vision for dealing with homelessness.

Affordable housing starts and completions: April to September 2013
20 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statistics on affordable housing starts and completions funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Greater London Authority.

Housing statistics 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014
20 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
These statistics present the housing starts on site and housing completions delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency between 1 April 2014 and 30 September 2014.

Local authority insight survey wave 26: removal of access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers
20 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Republic of Ireland, Wales
Asks local authorities about limiting access to benefits for European Economic Area nationals.

Affordable housing starts and completions: April to September 2014
20 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statistics on affordable housing starts and completions funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Greater London Authority.

Traveller caravan count: July 2014
20 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data from the twice-yearly count of Traveller caravans in England which took place in July 2014.

Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for Welsh local authorities
20 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Wales
Information about the Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for Welsh local authorities for April 2015 to March 2016.

'700,000 new homes under this government'
20 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
There are now 700,000 more homes in England than in 2009, with the number of empty homes at a 10-year low.

CIH comment on latest house-building figures in England
20 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long said: "It's encouraging to see an eight per cent increase in the number of new homes built in the year to September. We not only need to keep that momentum up, we need to accelerate it - which makes the 10 per cent fall in new homes started in July to September compared to the previous quarter particularly worrying."

Federation responds to new DCLG figures on house building in England
20 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Read the Federation’s response to new DCLG figures which show that there has been a 10% decrease in house building starts in England since the last quarter.

Current registered providers of social housing
20 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations, published monthly.

Tenancy fraud in Northern Ireland
19 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Could your organisation be doing more to tackle tenancy fraud?

House building in England: July to September 2015
19 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
House building starts and completions statistics by tenure.

London could lose sparkle for incomers due to surging housing market
19 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
England’s broken housing market has seen London surge away from the rest of the country at an ever increasing rate, meaning buying in the capital could soon become off limits for anyone whose parents do not already have a stake in the property wealth there.

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014
19 Nov 14 - National Audit Office | England
According to this National Audit Office report, spending on a housing support and advice programme for vulnerable people has fallen by 45 per cent since the coalition Government came into power.

People facing financial hardship unaware of available help
19 Nov 14 - Turn2us | England
Research from Turn2us reveals a stark lack of awareness of the support available through charitable grants amongst people in financial hardship, and the measures they are taking before seeking help.

The impact of funding reductions on local authorities
19 Nov 14 - National Audit Office | England
This report examines comparative patterns of change in income, spending and financial and service sustainability across local authorities since 2010-11

Interim Guidance: Consents on group structures
19 Nov 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
These procedures apply to proposals by an RSL to make constitutional changes to become the subsidiary of another RSL.

Interim Guidance: Tenant consultation where consent is required
19 Nov 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland

Explains when the written agreement of tenants may be required, as opposed to a tenant ballot, in the context of:

  • disposal of land by a registered social landlord
  • restructuring of a registered social landlord
  • constitutional changes to become a subsidiary of another body.

'Preparing to Prevent' Report - How prepared are local authorities for the homelessness changes?
19 Nov 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
The Welsh Government’s Housing Act will have significant implications in relation to how local authorities tackle homelessness. With its emphasis on prevention, local authorities will need to ensure their services are structured and modelled appropriately to deliver on preventing homelessness.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: 19 November 2014
19 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
General information about social security benefits, tax credits and council tax support for local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for English local authorities: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016
19 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information about the Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for English local authorities for April 2015 to March 2016.

Research confronts social housing stereotypes
19 Nov 14 - Real London Lives | England
A Real London Lives research report from the g15 group of London’s largest housing associations debunks the myth that social housing residents are characterised by high levels of benefit dependency, lone parenthood, long-term unemployment, limited aspiration, or that people’s access to social housing has been easy.

SFHA: more coherent approach required to tackle poverty and inequality
18 Nov 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
News article: the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that a more coherent approach is required in order to tackle poverty and inequality.

Quarterly survey of private registered providers
18 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The HCA's quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes.

Social housing sector remains attractive to lenders
18 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The social housing sector remains attractive to lenders with 92% of registered providers having debt facilities in place for the next 12 months or more, according to the latest quarterly survey (2014 to 2015 quarter 2) published by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Social justice: transforming lives – progress report
18 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Sets out the progress the government has made since it published 'Social justice: transforming lives' in 2012. Includes housing content.

Panic room woman challenges bedroom tax
18 Nov 14 - Guardian.co.uk | England
News article: 'Judicial review challenge will argue that tax is discriminatory and will have devastating impact on abused woman and her son.'

Finance Committee ‘strongly persuaded’ by evidence against cutting Supporting People funding
18 Nov 14 - Cymorth Cymru | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales Finance Committee has published its scrutiny report on the Welsh Government Draft Budget for 2015/16.

Data protection – your questions answered
18 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
David Hall, senior associate at Anthony Collins Solicitors, helps to dispel the myths surrounding data protection and offers his top tips for preventing data breaches.

What will the housing market look like in 2040?
17 Nov 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
This research explores how the housing market is likely to change in the coming decades, and how this will affect poverty.

Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2013 to 2014 estimates
17 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Final 2013 to 2014 estimates of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system.

A perfect opportunity to improve housing in Scotland?
17 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
CIH Scotland head of policy and public affairs David Ogilvie says many questions need to be answered if we are to have any hope of creating a housing system that works for everyone.

What is happening to spending on social security?
17 Nov 14 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England, Scotland, Wales
'Despite announced cuts of over £2 billion, real terms housing benefit spending will be nearly £1 billion higher in 2014­–15 than 2010–11.'

Housing mobility schemes - Commons Library Note
17 Nov 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A brief history of housing mobility schemes and relevant policy developments.

Housing investment helps construction jobs
17 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A £200 million increase in Scottish Government funding to stimulate Scotland’s housing industry will safeguard construction jobs and is expected to deliver thousands of new affordable homes.

Soaring rent rises to leave nearly 6 million private renters living in poverty by 2040
17 Nov 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
'The current generation of primary school children face paying private rents that are 90% higher than the cost of renting at the start of the recession.'

Minister calls on partners to work together to improve the lives of young people and families
17 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has kicked off the first of a series of tackling poverty events which will be held across Wales during November and December.

Use autumn statement to support private tenants at risk of becoming homeless, says CIH
14 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
The chancellor should use next month’s autumn statement to increase support for private tenants at risk of becoming homeless, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Universal credit: The 20% deduction explained
14 Nov 14 - 24dash.com | England, Scotland, Wales
News article: '... landlords will be able to apply for 'Third Party' rent arrear deductions from tenants' universal credit, at the rate of 20% of their standard allowance.'

Financial framework for the expanded Troubled Families programme
14 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Information on the expanded Troubled Families programme payment-by-results scheme for local authorities.

“Significant changes” needed to domestic abuse bill, says Assembly Committee
14 Nov 14 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
A National Assembly for Wales Committee has agreed the general principles of the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill but has called on the Welsh Government to make "significant changes" in order for it to effectively reduce the rates of gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales.

Troubled Families Programme: Lessons in Public Service Reform
14 Nov 14 - London Councils | England
This report sets out case studies of different London borough approaches to the Programme and identifies the learning so far. It also draws out the implications for developing locally pooled budgets for delivery of other public services more effectively and efficiently.

Universal Credit and rented housing
13 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Guides which explain what Universal Credit means for landlords, local authorities and tenants.

Housebuilding efforts reap real results
13 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The numbers of new homes in England has risen by 10% over the past year – the highest percentage increase in 12 years.

Development appraisal tool
13 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Latest version of the HCA spreadsheet tool for reviewing the viability of an individual development site. intended for use on small and medium to medium/large size schemes with a development period of up to 15 years.

Universal Credit support boost for social landlords
13 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
A support pack has been designed to give social landlords practical advice on how to ensure their tenants are prepared for Universal Credit.

SFHA highlights ‘bedroom tax’ to illustrate challenges of existing devolution settlement
13 Nov 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
During an evidence gathering session the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) joined 28 civic organisations to make arguments to the Smith Commission on further powers for Scotland.

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: July to September 2014
13 Nov 14 - Ministry of Justice | England, Wales
Official statistics on mortgage and landlord possession statistics in England and Wales for July to September 2014.

Housing Benefit caseload statistics
12 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Detailing the number of Housing Benefit claimants.

New study shows public backing for more social housing
12 Nov 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
As the country’s housing shortage grows, the majority of British people would support more housing association and council homes being built in their local area, new research reveals.

Northern Ireland quarterly housing bulletin: April to June 2014
12 Nov 14 - Office for National Statistics | Northern Ireland
Information on new house sales and prices, actions for mortgage possessions, and new housing starts.

Spotlight on rent levels
12 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: statistics reveal mixed trends in private sector rent levels across Scotland.

Dramatic increase in the number of houses turned into homes
12 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed a new report showing a dramatic 99 per cent increase in the annual figure for long-term empty properties turned into much needed homes.

Houses into Homes: Third Interim Evaluation Report
12 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The aim of the evaluation is to monitor effectiveness, impact and added value of the scheme, and to provide accountability for the use of public funds. This report is the third major report to emerge from an ongoing evaluation of Houses into Homes and focuses on delivery and outcomes to emerge during the second full year of the scheme, from April 2013 to March 2014.

Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes
12 Nov 14 - Policy Exchange | England
This report by think tank Policy Exchange says England’s 1,500 housing associations are currently bound by multiple rules and regulations which prevent them from choosing their own social tenants. This leads to a situation where some of the most anti-social tenants are effectively “dumped” on housing associations who can do nothing about it.

New ‘Free Housing Associations’ could build 100,000 new homes a year
12 Nov 14 - Policy Exchange | England
A new report by think tank Policy Exchange says England’s 1,500 housing associations are currently bound by multiple rules and regulations which prevent them from choosing their own social tenants.

CIH briefing: realising a better housing system for Scotland
12 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Paper outlining what CIH sees as the key questions which need to be addressed in order to deliver a better housing system for Scotlan, published ahead of the Scottish Government’s Autumn Housing conference on 18 November.

Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI
12 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland, said: “We’re concerned that there has been a 10 per cent jump in the number of homeless households presenting to the Housing Executive since early 2013."

Home Truths 2014/15: North West
11 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Broken market, broken dreams, a new report by the national housing federation, is an analysis of the housing market in the north west.

Milestone reached as community rights uses hit 3,000
11 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
More than 1,500 buildings, assets and green spaces are listed and 1,200 neighbourhood plans are well underway.

Regeneration And Housing Bill: Department for Social Development
11 Nov 14 - Northern Ireland Assembly | Northern Ireland
A written ministerial statement.

Foodbank figures top 900,000
10 Nov 14 - Trussell Trust, The | England, Scotland, Wales
News article: over 900,000 adults and children have received three days’ emergency food and support from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the last 12 months.

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Year 1 - Research Findings
10 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The aim of the study is to explore the impact of on-going welfare changes on a range of households in Scotland over time. This report provides the findings from the first year of the study by presenting results from the first two sweeps of interviews.

WLGA responds to 'A Place to Call Home' report
10 Nov 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
The WLGA has responded to a report on the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.

More households can benefit from renewable heating
10 Nov 14 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England
More social landlords and their tenants could soon be benefitting from renewable heating, helping them have warmer homes and lower bills.

HB Direct November 2014: Issue 154
10 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2013 to 2014 estimates
10 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Final 2013 to 2014 estimates of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system.

Live tables on affordable housing supply
10 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Live tables provide the latest, most useful data, presented by type and other variables, including by geographical area or time.

The Socio-Economic Impact of the Welsh HA and Community Mutual Sector
10 Nov 14 - Cardiff University | Wales
Welsh housing associations contributed an estimated £2bn to the economy in 2013/14, according to an independent report by the Welsh Economy Research Unit at Cardiff University.

Practical implications of immigration checks on new lettings
07 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Briefing notes: immigration checks on new lettings are required by the Immigration Act 2014, initially in parts of the West Midlands from 1st December 2014 but later to be rolled out nationally.

Why I’m proud to be a council house kid
07 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Everyone deserves a place to call home, and for many, social housing has served as a solid foundation to build lives from. Liam O’Connell says his experience of living in a council house changed his life for the better.

Number of workless households in Wales falls
07 Nov 14 - Wales Office | Wales
News article: The number of households where no one has a job fell in all but four of the 22 local authorities in Wales between 2012 and 2013 (includes a link to some statistics).

Latest sanctions figures: too high a price for homelessness
07 Nov 14 - Homeless Link | England
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people sanctioned, but what does this mean for jobseekers who are also homeless?

How to manage homes at market rent
07 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Sets out how to go about the day to day business of managing properties on a commercial basis effectively.

How ‘important’ is housing?
06 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Housing has dropped out of the top 10 issues facing Britain according to polling specialist Ipsos MORI’s latest index.

Affordable housing debt guarantees pass £1 billion mark
06 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: more than £1 billion has been unlocked from the market to build new affordable homes.

Eradicating child poverty must be central to all we do in Government, says Minister
06 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has set out the Welsh Government’s revised approach to tackling child poverty and improving the lives of children and young people in low income households.

Revised Child Poverty Strategy for Wales
06 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Strategy sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to tackling child poverty and improving the outcomes of children and young people living in low income households. You can submit comments by 29 January 2015

Labour market statistics for households, 2013
06 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
This dataset enables household analyses to be carried out at a local authority level, including details of people in workless households, children in workless households, lone parents and housing tenure.

Social housing is a force for good and it needs our support
05 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Too often our opinions can be shaped by negative stereotypes in the media. Charlotte Hester, content and communications officer at CIH, spent the day with Northwards Housing in North Manchester to see the real story about social housing and its tenants – away from the headlines.

'Deal will lead to thousands of new housebuilding jobs'
05 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Tens of thousands of new housebuilding jobs and apprenticeships will be up for grabs for years to come under a deal struck (on 5 November 2014) between ministers and the industry.

SPBM Annual Report
04 Nov 14 - Acuity | England
An annual report for smaller housing providers in collaboration with SPBM members and HouseMark.

How to register and de-register as a provider of social housing
04 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
How to register or de-register as a social housing provider, how much it costs and how long it will take.

How to appeal against the HCA's decisions
04 Nov 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Looks at which decisions by the social housing regulator you can appeal, and how to make an appeal.

Which constituencies have the least affordable housing in England?
04 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
New constituency heat map designed to help MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates see where there are pressing housing affordability challenges

CIH NI welcomes innovative infrastructure fund announced in budget
04 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH NI policy and public affairs officer Justin Cartwright welcomes its innovative Investment Fund, but warns the worst is yet to come for housing cuts.

Real Life Reform - Report 5
04 Nov 14 - Northern Housing Consortium | England
The latest in 'an important and unique study that tracks over a period of 18 months how people are living and coping with Welfare Reforms across the North of England.'

In-work Housing Benefit: Analysis of on-flows and off-flows of in-work Housing Benefit claims
04 Nov 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Ad hoc statistical analysis to help inform public discussions on in-work Housing Benefit, given high levels of interest in this topic over the past yea

90,000 children in Britain to face Christmas homeless
03 Nov 14 - Shelter | All
90,000 children in Britain – the equivalent of three in every school – will spend this Christmas homeless, government figures show.

Anti-social behaviour in social housing (
03 Nov 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This House of Commons Library note gives an up-to-date overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour

Federation responds to Greater Manchester elected mayor announcement
03 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Read the Federation’s response to Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that Greater Manchester is to have an elected mayor to preside over regional issues including housing, planning and transport.

AGM/Annual Report 2014 and Presentation from 2014 AGM
03 Nov 14 - TAROE | England
A report on the activities of TAROE in 2013/14

 

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