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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.

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.'

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 ...'

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2014 to September 2014
11 Mar 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2014 to September 2014.

Tenants safer under new government measures
11 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

New house building: October to December 2014
11 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Information about the number of new dwellings started, where building has commenced and those completed.

British Social Attitudes survey 2014: attitudes to new house building
11 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Public attitudes to new house building: findings from the British Social Attitudes survey 2014.

Crisis welcomes announcements on homelessness
11 Mar 15 - Crisis | England
The Liberal Democrats and Labour have both announced plans to tackle homelessness at the Crisis Conference 2015.

Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) - Commons Library Note
11 Mar 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This note explains the funding position and considers evidence on how Discretionary Housing Payments are allocated.

Regulatory data returns for 2015/16
11 Mar 15 - NROSH+ | England
A letter was sent to all Chief Executives of NROSH+ registered landlords on 9 March announcing the new round of annual data collection due to commence from 1 April 2015.

Non-profit private registered providers authorised to use category 6 of the General Consent (charges to lenders)
11 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
A list of private registered providers authorised to use category 6 (charges to private finance providers) of The General Consent 2010 under section 172 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

Payday lender debt collection practices amongst the worst recorded
10 Mar 15 - Citizens Advice | England, Wales
Citizens Advice said peoples' experiences of debt collection practices from payday lenders are amongst the worst reported.

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter - analysis of landlords' 2013/14 annual returns
10 Mar 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
A report finds that 88 per cent of tenants of Scottish social landlords are satisfied with the service provided by their landlord, and keeping tenants informed has the biggest impact on increasing tenant satisfaction.

Troubled Families programme: progress information at December 2014 and families turned around at February 2015
10 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
These figures are provided by local authorities and capture the progress they have made in delivering the Troubled Families programme.

Politicians must recognise central role of housing in society says CIH Scotland Board Chair
10 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Politicians must recognise the central role housing plays in society according to Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Board Chair Keith Anderson.

Constituency casework: housing (England) - Commons Library Note
10 Mar 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
A guide to the kind of constituency questions MPs receive, many of which relate to housing.

Assembly passes ground-breaking Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
10 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Landmark legislation to tackle Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill has been passed in the Senedd.

Young people and people on lower incomes paying the price for our broken housing market
09 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Young people and people on lower incomes are paying the price for the UK’s broken housing market according to a new report.

Consultation on proposed changes to homelessness data collections
09 Mar 15 - Data Unit Wales | Wales
Welsh Government wants to know your views about its proposals for changes to the statutory homelessness data, currently collected from local authorities.

New support for social tenants who want to work
09 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Social tenants who need to move for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list.'

SFHA’s Housing Association Resource for Investment Scheme marks another milestone
09 Mar 15 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
A pioneering housing association investment scheme marked another milestone with the launch of a member led steering group to progress the initiative.

Benefit sanctions and homelessness: a scoping report
09 Mar 15 - Crisis | England, Scotland, Wales
This scoping paper reviews available evidence on benefit sanctions and homelessness, providing detailed analysis of official sanctions data and drawing on research and policy evidence.

Allocating social housing (England) - Commons Library Note
09 Mar 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Outlines the legal framework contained in Part 6 of the 1996 Housing Act (as amended) within which local authorities allocate their housing stock.

Quarterly Survey Return (Quarter 4) 2014/15
09 Mar 15 - NROSH+ | England
The Q4 survey is the largest of the Quarterly Surveys as it requires some data that is only collected annually. The survey will close on Thursday 23 April 2015.

Violence against women and girls communications insight pack
08 Mar 15 - Home Office | England, Scotland, Wales
This Communications Insight Pack Has Been Developed To Provide Partners With Key Insights Into Violence Against Women And Girls (Vawg) Which Can Help To Inform Communications Activities.

Support for single homeless people in England: Annual Review 2015
06 Mar 15 - Homeless Link | England
A major report published by Homeless Link.

The New Homes Bonus Scheme: Commons Library Note
06 Mar 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Explains the 'New Homes Bonus': a Government scheme aimed at encouraging local authorities to grant planning permissions for the building of new houses in return for additional revenue.

Scottish Housing Regulator: letter to the Scottish Parliament's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
06 Mar 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Response to its letter dated 5 February.

Social housing vacancies, lettings and arrears: financial year ending March 2014
05 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Information on the amount of housing units that were empty, the number of housing units rented to tenants and the number of social housing tenants who were in rent arrears.

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement - Commons Library Note
05 Mar 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Information on who is affected by the under-occupation deduction in the social rented sector.

SHR publishes revised Charter Technical Guidance
05 Mar 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published revised Charter Technical Guidance to help landlords complete their second Annual Return on the Charter.

Brandon Lewis provides an update on planning
05 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'The government is determined to tackle delays associated with section 106 negotiations and the use and discharge of planning conditions.'

London’s largest housing associations plan 93,000 new homes
05 Mar 15 - G15 | England
The g15 group of London’s largest housing associations has announced plans to build 93,000 new homes in London and the south by 2025.

Ready or not? Preparing for Universal Credit national roll out
04 Mar 15 - National Federation of ALMOs | England
The NFA outlines its good practice for managing the rollout of Universal Credit in this briefing. It offers advice to landlords to support tenants with the changes and highlights the demand the introduction may put on services including digital inclusion and financial support.

Public land for housing target exceeded by the HCA
04 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The Homes and Communities Agency has already exceeded its contribution to government’s target to release public land with capacity for 100,000 new homes; and expects to exceed it further by the end of March.

Housing Statistics for Scotland, Quarterly Update - March 2015
03 Mar 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Quarterly updates to new build, Affordable Housing Supply Programme and sales of social sector housing along with annual information on empty properties and second homes.

Rise in house building
03 Mar 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The number of homes built in Scotland for the full year to end September 2014 has risen by six per cent compared to the previous year. 15,436 homes were completed in the year to end September 2014, 901 homes more than in the year to end September 2013. This equates to a rate of 289 per thousand people in Scotland compared to 214 in England and 194 in Wales.

Cutting the cost of keeping warm: a fuel poverty strategy for England
03 Mar 15 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England
The strategy is underpinned by the fuel poverty target for as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to achieve an energy efficiency standard of Band C by 2030 - which became law in December 2014

 

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