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Designation of Licensing authority under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014
19 Dec 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the intention to appoint a single licensing authority for Wales, and for the authority to be Cardiff Council.

Discretionary Housing Payments statistics
19 Dec 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds.

Strengthening the law on domestic abuse
18 Dec 14 - Home Office | England, Wales
Contains a summary of responses to a consultation and the government's response.

Housing costs for tenants in social housing
18 Dec 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Research about communications with social housing tenants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy.

Local government finance settlement 2015 to 2016
18 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This consultation seeks views on proposals for the local government finance settlement for 2015 to 2016.

Draft local government finance report for 2015 to 2016
18 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Provisional local government finance settlement 2015 to 2016: draft local government finance report.

Social attitudes of young people
18 Dec 14 - Cabinet Office | All
Assesses how social attitudes of UK young people today differ from previous generations. Briefly includes some housing content.

New chief executive apppointed at CIH
18 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
A new chief executive has been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housing. Terrie Alafat, who is currently director of housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government in England, will take up her new role in mid-April.

New Homes Bonus 2015 to 2016
18 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
New Homes Bonus funding allocations 2015 to 2016.

Government to create new domestic abuse offence
18 Dec 14 - Home Office | England
Home Secretary sets out new law to criminalise coercive and controlling behaviour.

Homelessness in Wales: July to September 2015
17 Dec 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Presents data on the number of homeless in Wales.

Regulator welcomes positive feedback on its new IT system
17 Dec 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published a report that sets out the findings of a recent survey of social landlords about their experience of using its new IT system – the Social Landlord Portal.

CIH NI response to the draft DSD budget 2015-16
17 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH NI's response to the public consultation on the Draft Budget 2015/16 for the Department for Social Development.

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014
16 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
National statistics on social housing lettings in England during 2013 to 2014 by local authorities and 'private registered providers' (housing associations).

Hundreds of social tenants lose their homes as repossessions hit seven year high in Wales
16 Dec 14 - Shelter Cymru | Wales
'Shelter Cymru analysed Ministry of Justice data on court possessions and found that while mortgage repossessions have fallen in recent years, repossessions in social housing have risen 12 per cent over the last year and are now at the highest level since before the recession.'

Social housing lettings: quality report
16 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
A brief summary of key issues relating to quality that users of the social housing lettings statistical report need to be aware of.

Evaluation of the New Homes Bonus
16 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This DCLG led evaluation assesses the extent to which the New Homes Bonus has been an incentive to encourage local housing growth.

First-tier Tribunal cases on the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy
15 Dec 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Two First-tier Tribunal cases about rooms designated as bedrooms by the landlord and Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy.

Shared Ownership: towards a fourth mainstream tenure
15 Dec 14 - Orbit Group, Chartered Institute of Housing | England
A national (interim) report exploring how an overhaul of shared ownership could double supply to 30,000 homes.

How deprived is your area?
15 Dec 14 - Data Unit Wales | Wales
Find out how deprived your area is compared to other areas in Wales.

Benefit cap evaluation
15 Dec 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Reports which review progress during the first year of the operation of the benefit cap against its aims. Includes content of interest to social landlords.

Housing Benefit claims processing and good practice for local authority staff
12 Dec 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information for LA staff on claims processing, performance and good practice to help them provide good Housing Benefit services.

Not in my back yard - local people and the planning process
11 Dec 14 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
The Local Government Ombudsman has published a special report that shares the lessons learned from the complaints it receives about planning and development.

Extreme Fuel Poverty statistics at Local Authority level
11 Dec 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Data relating to the Scottish Housing Conditions Survey.

Working with the NHS to improve health in communities
11 Dec 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Information for health professionals on integrated housing and care.

What will we become?
11 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Keith Edwards provides an excerpt from his chapter in Welsh Housing Review 2014. In his final week at CIH Cymru our Executive Director thinks we’ve reached a crossroads for the housing system.

New homelessness figures paint 'a disturbing picture of suffering'
11 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Commenting on homelessness figures in England for July to September 2014, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “These figures continue to paint a disturbing picture of suffering for increasing numbers of vulnerable people."

Statutory homelessness in England: July to September 2014
11 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
National statistics on households found to be homeless.

Book your place for the biggest Housing Rally in a generation
10 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | England, Wales
The biggest housing rally in a generation is set to take place in Westminster on 17 March 2015. Organised by Homes for Britain and supported by Community Housing Cymru and CIH Cymru, the event will bring together 2,500 people in the heart of Westminster to call for 'an end to the housing crisis within a generation'.

Local councils in Wales will face huge financial challenges now and in the future
10 Dec 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
With council leaders warning the sustained reductions signalled by the Autumn Statement will put many of Wales’ most highly valued public service at risk, the settlement published by Welsh Government confirms that around £200 million will be cut from local government finances in 2015-16.

SPSO Complaints Report 2013–14
10 Dec 14 - Scottish Public Services Ombudsman | Scotland
Outlines complaints dealt with by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

Scottish House Conditions Survey - Key Findings 2013
09 Dec 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Key indicators from the Scottish House Conditions Survey, including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, carbon emissions, Scottish Housing Quality Standard and disrepair.

SFHA: investing in energy efficiency needs to be national priority
09 Dec 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said that now is the time for substantial investment in the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes.

‘This policy is a disaster for rural areas’
09 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
The government’s decision to remove the requirement to build affordable housing on small sites will have a huge impact on rural communities, says Chartered Institute of Housing senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

£23 million to help homeless turn around their lives
09 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The government has announced £23 million of funding to help the homeless.

Community Led Project Support: applying for funding
09 Dec 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Details of the requirements of the Community Led Project Support programme.

Ambitious plans for our future generations decision making in Wales
09 Dec 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
A Welsh Government Bill which sets long-term goals to make a difference to the lives of future generations is perhaps the most ambitious piece of legislation that the Welsh Government has ever attempted.

Universal Credit national expansion
09 Dec 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
DWP has published a list of local authorities and jobcentres that will begin to deliver Universal Credit between February and April 2015 to new claims from single people who would otherwise have been eligible for JSA.

Ten councils move to establish combined regional authority
09 Dec 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
Ten Welsh councils have agreed to work together to develop a combined authority that could make key decisions for the South East Wales region on economic development, transport and planning.

Feeding Britain: a strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
08 Dec 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom.

George Osborne’s stamp duty changes could increase house prices
08 Dec 14 - National Housing Federation | England
'While this policy change makes everyone feel like a winner it could actually make the housing crisis worse.'

Affordable Homes Programme 2011 to 2015: short form agreement
05 Dec 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The short form agreement is for providers who wish to deliver new affordable rent units without grant funding.

Autumn Statement 2014 briefing
05 Dec 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Covers the relevant announcements made in the National Infrastructure Plan and the Autumn Statement, gives a Federation response to these measures, and sets out the main implications for housing associations.

Oxford, Brighton and Bath overtake areas of London as the most unaffordable places to rent
05 Dec 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Towns and cities such as Oxford and Brighton have overtaken areas of London as the most unaffordable places in the country to rent, the National Housing Federation has revealed.

Older people helped to live independently
05 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Older people will receive support to stay independent for longer thanks to a £1 million investment in housing advice services, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced.

£3 million for Highland homes
04 Dec 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Rural communities will receive help to own their own homes.

Autumn Statement – Key Implications
04 Dec 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
A synopsis from Community Housing Cymru.

Understanding assurance: a guide for housing association board members and non-finance executives
04 Dec 14 - National Housing Federation | England
In the current environment, board members must maintain comprehensive oversight and scrutiny of risks as they seek new ways to finance and support development and to deliver services to communities.

How registered providers get statutory consent from the regulator
04 Dec 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
How and when social housing providers should get consent from the regulator before they undertake certain changes to their organisation.

CIH NI responds to Department for Social Development draft budget
04 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Commenting on the Department for Social Development draft budget proposals for next year, Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden said: “These are tough times and the department charged with the responsibility for tackling disadvantage and helping to improve lives will have to do so with £68.4m less (12.3%)."

Hundreds more affordable homes planned in Scotland
03 Dec 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The Scottish Government is investing £25 million next year in charitable bonds that could lead to up to 450 affordable homes being built.

CIH responds to autumn statement 2014
03 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has commented on the Chancellor's autumn statement.

House building in England: July to September 2014
03 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
House building starts and completions statistics by tenure.

Efficiency and reform in the next Parliament
03 Dec 14 - Cabinet Office | England
Sets out the government’s strategy to deliver savings from efficiency and reform over the next Parliament.

Statistical Data Return 2013 to 2014
03 Dec 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The Statistical Data Return (SDR) is an annual online survey completed by all English private registered providers of social housing.

Ambitious plans for housing, flood defence and roads set out in National Infrastructure Plan 2014
02 Dec 14 - HM Treasury | England
A new approach to housing, £2.3 billion of investment in flood defences and £15 billion of road improvements.

Estate Regeneration Programme
02 Dec 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The HCA has shortlisted four projects with a combined value of up to £164m under this funding programme to help regenerate run down estates, increase the number of homes and improve the quality of life for residents.

CIH comment on National Infrastructure Plan 2014
02 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Responding to the launch of the National Infrastructure Plan 2014, Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said, "CIH has been calling on the government to recognise housing as a critically important form of infrastructure for some time so its place in today’s plan is welcome."

HB Direct December 2014: Issue 155
02 Dec 14 - 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.

Residential property management services: a market study
02 Dec 14 - Competition and Markets Authority | England, Wales
This market study looks at the supply of residential property management services (RPMS) in England and Wales by property management companies in blocks where there are multiple leasehold flats and some shared facilities or common parts of the building.

CMA publishes property management report
02 Dec 14 - Competition and Markets Authority | England, Wales
"The CMA report represents the sector’s last chance to regulate itself. While the CMA accepts a number of agents on the sector do a good job, the report has highlighted some of the poorer practices."

New measures will provide thousands of new homes
02 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Thousands of new homes will be provided following a range of government measures.'

‘Right to Rent’ checks introduced for West Midlands landlords
01 Dec 14 - Home Office | England
Landlords with properties in the West Midlands will face financial penalties if they rent to illegal migrants under legislation launched on 1 December 2014.

Federation responds to Government announcement on reduction of affordable housing requirement
01 Dec 14 - National Housing Federation | England
A response to the Government’s announcement that it is scrapping the requirement for developers to provide affordable homes on developments of 10 homes or less outside of designated rural areas.

Welsh Housing Award Winners 2014
01 Dec 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
A list of winners from this year's awards presented as a PDF file. In addition, please take a look at our Good Practice Compendium 2014, linked to below.

Pickles cuts stealth taxes on new homes and boosts small builders
01 Dec 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News articles: Eric Pickles offers a boost to the country’s small house builders, slashing the cost of building a new home.

Direct Message: how social media is bridging the gap between #localgov and citizens
01 Dec 14 - BDO | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
This report suggests that social media can save councils money across a wide range of operational areas, including housing.

Local authority revenue expenditure and financing England: 2013 to 2014, individual local authority data - outturn
28 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Final outturn data of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for the financial year April 2013 to March 2014.

We want an Autumn Statement to end the housing crisis within a generation
28 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
'The Autumn Statement on 3 December is an opportunity for George Osborne to demonstrate commitment to ending the housing crisis – but will he take it?'

Federation secures use of corporate members in LLPs for housing associations
28 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Following a consultation response from the Federation, new government guidance has secured the continuation of the use of corporate members within Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) for housing associations.

Deadline to the Breadline
28 Nov 14 - Legal and General | All
What if you were suddenly unable to work? Do you have any savings and how long would they last? This report shows that on average, people in the UK could be on the breadline in just 29 days.

Consumer Credit Authorisation - guidance for housing associations
28 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
The Federation has updated its guidance in relation to consumer credit authorisation.

Small-scale developers
28 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Written ministerial statement by Brandon Lewis on support for small-scale developers, custom and self-builders.

CIH Scotland comment on Smith Commission report
27 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Comments about the Smith Commission report on further devolution for Scotland ...

SFHA says Smith Report is step in the right direction
27 Nov 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations gives a guarded welcome to a report published by the Smith Commission recommending furthers powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Universal Credit: progress update
26 Nov 14 - National Audit Office | England, Scotland, Wales
The DWP has reset Universal Credit on a sounder basis but at significant cost, by extending the time for implementation and choosing a more expensive approach. Includes content relating to housing benefit.

Three things we can do to end the housing crisis within a generation
26 Nov 14 - National Housing Federation | England
The three things we think will make the biggest difference are investment, land and freedoms for housing associations.

Household numbers projected to rise in most areas
26 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: figures published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show projected rates of household change in the regions around Scotland’s biggest cities, and in the National Parks.

Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation
26 Nov 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales.

Councils should use valuable housing stock to build more homes
26 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Councils should sell vacant buildings and reinvest the money to get the country building.

CIH welcomes plan for 35,000 social homes in Ireland over next six years
26 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director in the Republic of Ireland, said: “With this strategy the Irish government is sending a clear message that housing is the biggest social issue in the country."

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.'

Government action to help eliminate violence against women and girls
25 Nov 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The government today has announced a £10 million fund to support women’s refuges in 100 areas across England.

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill - an end to revenge evictions?
25 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Shelter policy officer Hannah Gousy explains why this issue is so important.

Lets made by Registered Social Landlords in 2013/14
25 Nov 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Statistics providing information on lets made by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in 2013/14 have been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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.

Scotland’s housing professionals recognised at CIH Scotland Excellence Awards
24 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Housing organisations and professionals were recognised for the work they do to improve people’s lives and communities at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Excellence Awards.

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.

Good Practice Compendium 2014
21 Nov 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru, HouseMark Cymru | Wales
The best in practice in Wales - the Good Practice Compendium 2014 brings together the shortlisted entries from Welsh Housing Awards 2014. The report was sponsored by HouseMark Cymru.

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.

 

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