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Anti-social behaviour order statistics: England and Wales 2013
18 Sep 14 - Home Office | England, Wales
The number of ASBOs issued from 1 April 1999 to 31 December 2013 and data on those breached from 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2013.

Gypsy and traveller caravan count: July 2014
18 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
A biannual report which includes information on authorised, unauthorised and local authority sites.

Local authority capital expenditure and financing in England: 2013 to 2014 individual local authority data
18 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data for compiling the final outturn figures of local authority capital expenditure and financing for 2013 to 2014.

Government action to help provide more new homes in London
18 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: Housing Minister takes steps to ensure that empty and redundant office space in the London Borough of Islington can continue to be converted into new homes for Londoners.

Housing (Wales) Act 2014
18 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
This Act became law in Wales on 17 September 2014. The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services - particularly for those who are vulnerable or homeless.

Can you end the housing crisis within a generation?
18 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Why not take time to support the National Housing Federation's campaign in the run-up to General Election 2015?

Welfare cuts 'mean 3,000 south Wales valleys jobs to go'
17 Sep 14 - BBC | Wales
According to a report for the the Industrial Communities Alliance (ICA) in Wales, the knock-on effect of welfare cuts could lead to the loss of 3,000 jobs in the south Wales valleys.

New House Building in Wales - April to June 2014
17 Sep 14 - Office for National Statistics | Wales
Information about the number of new dwellings started, where building has commenced and those completed.

Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Aug 2014
17 Sep 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics for April 2013 to 14 August 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency.

Landlords' strategies to address poverty and disadvantage
17 Sep 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Scotland, Wales
Welfare reform, the rising cost of living and changes to the way housing is funded are presenting major challenges for landlords. This study across 15 local authorities looks at how they are responding. It examines landlords’ written strategies, business plans and other policies.

How to... increase demand for hard to let properties
17 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
This 'how to' briefing explores some of the challenges faced by providers, and highlights examples of how other organisations have increased demand for their hard to let homes.

Housing standards review - technical consultation
17 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
If you would like to contribute to our response please contact John Perry by 24 October. The consultation closes on 7th November.

Planning and travellers: proposed changes to planning policy and guidance
17 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
A consultation covering proposed changes to planning policy and guidance, ensuring fairness in the planning system, and strengthening protection of the green belt and countryside.

Development benefits pilots: invitation for expressions of interest
17 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Invites local planning authorities and neighbourhood planning forums to express an interest in becoming development benefits pilots.

Ticking the box for a welfare system that works
16 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
A paper which aims to influence debate in the run-up to the 2015 general election - and ultimately the policies of the next government.

Shift spending from benefits to building homes and tackling unemployment
16 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Suggests that, 'Shifting spending from housing benefit to house building and tackling low pay and unemployment is the best way of lifting people out of poverty and cutting the housing benefit bill, according to a new report.'

Make, buy… or share? Sharing services
16 Sep 14 - HouseMark | England, Wales
This paper suggests that the shape of the social housing sector appears illogical and argues the need to rethink how we generate greater social value if we are to deliver on value for money by working more collaboratively – putting aside our guilty pleasure of existing boundaries and service delivery models.

First time buyers helped by the Bank of Mum and Dad receiving £23k each
16 Sep 14 - Shelter | All
News article: UK parents give an average of £23,000 when helping their children with a deposit to get onto the property ladder, according to new research from Shelter.

First time buyers have been hit hard by the housing crisis
16 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Joe Sarling, the Federation's Senior Analyst, takes a look at the impact of the housing crisis on first time buyers.

Housebuilding: Social Indicators page
16 Sep 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
Finds that 140,860 permanent dwellings were completed in the UK in 2013/14, an increase of 4% on 2012/13 (itself a post-war low) but relatively low historically.

Home Truths 2014/15: Broken Market, Broken Dreams
15 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Reveals that first-time buyers today have to earn more, borrow more, stump up a larger deposit and rely more on family wealth than even a generation ago.

68,000 homes escape from deadly gas incidents in the last year
15 Sep 14 - Gas safe register | England, Scotland, Wales
News article: to mark the start of Gas Safety Week, research reveals at least 68,000 homes have escaped deadly gas incidents, such as explosions, fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, in the last year.

MPs urge Government to revive failing Green Deal energy efficiency scheme
15 Sep 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
'New incentives to encourage energy efficiency should now be considered ...'

Money spent on JSA, Child and Family Tax Credits and households receiving Tax Credits and Housing benefit
15 Sep 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
The results of a Freedom of Information request.

Draft guidance on housing association board member remuneration
15 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Welsh Ministers are consulting on draft guidance in respect of housing association board member remuneration.

Housing zones: prospectus
15 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This prospectus invites applications for £200 million of government funding to create housing zones to support development on brownfield land.

A UK without poverty
14 Sep 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
A 'thought piece' which makes the case that poverty is a cost the UK cannot afford. There is some housing-specific content in here.

Slashing red tape to boost British housebuilding
12 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Measures will save housebuilders and councils £114 million per year by cutting red tape and ensuring homes are built to demanding standards.

Housing standards review: technical consultation
12 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Sets out the government’s revised policy on housing standards and seeks views on draft technical standards and other practical matters of implementation.

Community Housing Cymru respond to the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Reshuffle
12 Sep 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
News article: some reflections on the recent reshuffle with the news that 'Lesley Griffiths has been handed a notably large brief with Housing and Regeneration now coming under Communities and Tackling Poverty.'

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy
11 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
The conflict between welfare and housing policy is causing increasing homelessness and should be subject to a national review, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Help to buy (equity loan scheme), breakdown by postcode sector: July 2014
11 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statistics on Help to Buy (Equity Loan Scheme).

New Cabinet announced by First Minister
11 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has announced a reshuffle of his cabinet.

Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK
11 Sep 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Scotland, Wales
This Round-up considers how effective welfare conditionality is, what the impacts are, how different groups fare, and to what extent it can be morally justified.

'A better deal for hardworking tenants'
11 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis says that tenants renting privately will get a better, fairer deal under new measures.

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data April 2013 to March 2014
10 Sep 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2013 to March 2014.

HCA establishes its approach to consumer regulation
10 Sep 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The Homes and Communities Agency has published its second ‘Consumer Regulation Review’ (which sets out its experience of the consumer regulation regime for social housing).

Tell the CIH your experiences of diversity in housing
10 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Housing professionals and organisations are being invited to share their experiences to improve the diversity of housing industry leaders.

Housing association 'stars' in BBC documentary series
10 Sep 14 - 24dash.com | England
News article: One Housing Group featured in two episodes of the 'Street Patrol UK' series, presented by Dominic Littlewood on BBC One.

Right to Move: government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work
10 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Social tenants who need to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list.

Prescription for Success - a guide to the health economy
10 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Aimed at strengthening housing associations’ offer to health.

Viability is key for new social housing contribution in Northern Ireland
10 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
A realistic and viable rate will be essential in building social homes through planning obligations – and lessons must be learned from other parts of the UK and Ireland, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland.

Scotland briefing
09 Sep 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Scotland
In the build-up to the Scottish referendum on independence, JRF has pulled together key facts from its research on poverty, work and housing in Scotland.

The future of neighbourhood regeneration: Golem or Pygmalion?
09 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
An essay (part of a series designed to stimulate debate) which considers the history and future of neighbourhood regeneration, including what works and what doesn’t.

Labour architect peer says building on greenbelt 'a ridiculous idea'
09 Sep 14 - Guardian.co.uk | England
Richard Rogers is a prominent adviser on cities development and says more should be done first with brownfield land.

NROSH+ Quarterly Survey Return (Quarter 2)
09 Sep 14 - NROSH+ | England
The Quarterly Survey Return (Quarter 2 2014/15) will be available from Friday 19 September 2014 on NROSH+.

2011 Census, Additional Detailed and Local Characteristics tables for England and Wales
09 Sep 14 - Office for National Statistics | England, Wales
Contains Local Characteristics tables relating to a range of topics including health and housing, cross-tabulated with one or more topics from the census.

Housing costs put 3.4 million households on a financial knife-edge
09 Sep 14 - Shelter | England, Scotland, Wales
More than 3 million households across the country are living on a knife-edge where a small drop in income could cost them their home, new figures reveal.

'Welfare reform risk still hanging over English Housing Associations Sector'
09 Sep 14 - Moody's | England
Moody’s, which rates 34 English housing associations, warns that 'English housing associations could come under pressure from welfare reform measures that threaten to erode their revenues and destabilise cash flows.'

Business planning for energy efficiency and renewables
09 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
This briefing provides the latest information on Government policies and funding streams, including European ones, to help associations plan, fund and implement energy efficiency improvements and to install renewable energy.

Another year of rural progress
09 Sep 14 - Northern Ireland Housing Executive | Northern Ireland
A report published by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive shows a year of significant progress.

Minister Announces Research into Houses in Multiple Occupation
09 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Housing Minister, Carl Sargeant announced that the Welsh Government has commissioned research into the impact of Houses in Multiple Occupation.

Whither Scottish housing after the referendum?
08 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Keith Anderson, Chair of CIH Scotland and chief executive of Port of Leith Housing Association, says we have much to do to provide the people of Scotland with decent homes at a price they can afford.

Welsh housing sector goes footie mad to raise funds for Street Football Wales
08 Sep 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
News article: Staff from across the Welsh housing sector donned their football boots recently and raised an impressive £580 for Street Football Wales, to help get their team to the Homeless World Cup.

First wave of smaller sites set to get funding boost to build nearly 13,000 new homes
08 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Work on nearly 13,000 homes stalled by the 2008 housing crash are set to be restarted thanks to half a billion of government investment.

WLGA calls for urgent debate on impacts of austerity
08 Sep 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
Local councils are calling on all tiers of Government to engage in an urgent debate on the impacts of continued public sector austerity on front-line public services in Wales. In taking the unusual step of writing an open letter to all representatives of the National Assembly for Wales, the House of Commons, and the European Parliament, Wales’ 22 council leaders aim to highlight what is now a growing financial crisis for local public services in Wales.

How to use social media to build online communities for housing residents
08 Sep 14 - Guardian.co.uk | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
'Yarlington Chat, an online Facebook group, helped one local housing association engage an audience of more than 3,000 ...'

Rental 'black hole' trap for almost three-quarters of would-be homeowners
06 Sep 14 - Local Government Association | England, Wales
News article: A major new survey reveals how almost three quarters of would-be home owners believe they are trapped in a rental 'black hole'.

The Lobbying Act: briefing
05 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
A Federation briefing: 'The Lobbying Act comes into force from 19 September to the General Election on 7 May 2015, so you need to make sure that your housing association is ready.'

Managing risk and delivering savings
05 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Trish Bailey, information governance specialist at Orbit Group, tells us how Orbit bounced back from a data protection breach to deliver savings and improve staff training.

Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle
05 Sep 14 - BBC | England, Scotland, Wales
News article: Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have joined forces to defeat Conservatives in a Commons vote to partly overturn housing benefit changes.

Local area summary statistics
04 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
A statistical overview of each local authority area covering a range of existing data, including statistics on health, the economy, housing, education and other areas of interest.

Data for 2013-14 shows that LA performance has improved for 70% of indicators
03 Sep 14 - Data Unit Wales | Wales
Shows that performance has improved for 70% of comparable performance indicators compared to 2012-13.

Local authorities and advisers: removal of the spare room subsidy
03 Sep 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
A toolkit for local authorities, housing providers and support organisations in the social rented sector, providing information on the removal of the spare room subsidy.

Right to rent: landlords' code of practice
03 Sep 14 - Home Office | All
Guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks.

Regulatory Advice Note: Internal Financial Controls & the Regulatory Standards
03 Sep 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
A Regulatory Advisory Note to all Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland, setting out the Regulator's expectations of which reports and statements should be included in their audited accounts in respect of internal financial controls.

'The triple threat'
03 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Ahead of the publication of this years Welsh Housing Review, guest contributor Neil Howell of Housing Leadership Cymru blogs on the challenges facing local authorities, in light of the Williams report.

The Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15 - Commons Library Note
03 Sep 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Provides background information on the Bill’s provisions and summarises the content of the Bill.

Social Indicators - Commons Library Research Paper
03 Sep 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
Summarises a wide range of social statistics.

Help to Buy Wales goes from strength to strength
03 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant endorsed Help to Buy - Wales on a recent visit to a housing development.

Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme monthly statistics
02 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statistics showing cumulative sales since the launch of the Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme on 2 September 2014.

Statistical Data Return 2013/14: Homes and Communities Agency
02 Sep 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
This release was based on the data from the 2013/14 Statistical Data Return (SDR), which collected data as at 31 March 2014 for stock size, types, location and rents and data covering 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 for sales and acquisitions.

Silent Majority: How the public will support a new wave of social housing
02 Sep 14 - Fabian Society (The) | All
The national survey and focus groups supported by Home Group looking at public attitudes to social housing and the people who live in it.

How will the referendum affect what we need for housing?
02 Sep 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Whatever the outcome of this month's vote on independence, CIH member Lynn McCulloch says the industry needs to keep finding ways to fund more housing during tough times.

Parents in England fear children won’t afford roofs over their heads in future
01 Sep 14 - National Housing Federation | England
New research reveals that parents’ hopes for their sons and daughters’ futures are being clouded by fears they will never afford their own home, and a belief the main political parties aren’t doing enough to deal with the housing crisis.

English local government finance: issues and options - Commons Library Research Paper
01 Sep 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Local government finance in England has experienced substantial changes since 2010. This paper examines the challenges that local authorities have faced from reductions in central government funding, and how they have responded to these.

Draft Designing Gypsy and Traveller Sites in Wales guidance
01 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The draft guidance seeks to assist local authorities to properly design Gypsy and Traveller sites. The consultation seeks the views of all stakeholders to ensure that the proposals are workable and desirable. Submit your comments by 21 November 2014.

Draft Undertaking Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments guidance
01 Sep 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Local authorities are required to undertake Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments to ensure that needs are properly assessed and planned for. The draft guidance sets out the proposed process of assessing these needs. Submit your comments by 21 November 2014.

Qualitative evaluation of the London homelessness social impact bond: first interim report
01 Sep 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Qualitative evaluation of the London homelessness social impact bond designed to improve outcomes for persistent rough sleepers.

More than a roof: how incentives can improve standards in the private rented sector
30 Aug 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
What can we do to improve standards in the private rented sector? This CIH report with the Resolution Foundation investigates the use of incentives alongside more effective regulation.

Landlords need carrot as well as stick to improve the private rented sector
30 Aug 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Extra tax breaks should be offered to landlords who sign up for a national accreditation scheme to raise standards in the private rented sector, according to a new report.

Regulator launches new performance information for tenants
29 Aug 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has released the first Landlord Reports for every Scottish social landlord. It has also made available a new national online comparison tool. This gives tenants and landlords a wider range of accessible performance information than ever before.

NHBC new home registrations show modest increase on last year
29 Aug 14 - National House-Builders Council | All
New figures released by NHBC show that the number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year.

House Price Index statistical report - July 2014 data
29 Aug 14 - Land Registry | England, Wales
The July data shows an average house price in England & Wales of £175,653, compared with a peak of £181, 442 in November 2007. London experienced the highest annual increase in property value with a movement of 19.3 per cent. The North East saw the lowest annual price growth of 2.0 per cent.

Wales Credit Unions membership boost welcomed by Minister
29 Aug 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Over 2,500 people have joined Credit Unions in Wales following a marketing campaign led by the North Wales Credit Union this year.

Housing costs forcing working parents to cut back on food
29 Aug 14 - Shelter | England
Over one in three working parents in England are having to cut back on buying food to be able to afford their rent or mortgage, new research from Shelter reveals.

Consider affordability before deciding on rent levels, says Housing Regulator
28 Aug 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Director of Finance and Risk Ian Brennan's speech to Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland’s conference on rents and affordability.

Ombudsman responds to calls for evidence on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill
28 Aug 14 - Scottish Public Services Ombudsman | Scotland
The Ombudsman has responded to calls for evidence on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill that is before the Scottish Parliament. The Bill could mean a new role for the Ombudsman, and an extension of our jurisdiction to include the ability to review and change Welfare Funds decisions.

Solar Thermal Water Heating - Good Practice Guide for Social Landlords
28 Aug 14 - Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations | Northern Ireland
Following research undertaken by the Housing Executive’s Research Unit in the Torrens estate in North Belfast in partnership with Fold Housing Group, a good practice guide on Solar Thermal Water Heating has been produced for all social landlords.

Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews
27 Aug 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | All
To help build the evidence for JRF’s anti-poverty strategy, it commissioned researchers to carry out reviews of existing policy and research on a wide range of social issues that are related to poverty.The 33 studies in this collection are the findings of those reviews, and there are links to more detailed reports by the research teams, where available.

Quality Counts 2013-14
27 Aug 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Each year the HCA undertakes a resident and partner survey to obtain feedback on the quality and design aspects of homes funded under the Affordable Homes Programme. This report summarises the 2013-14 results based on visits to 89 schemes and interviews with over 195 residents.

Doing governance
27 Aug 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Ahead of publication of the Welsh Housing Review 2014, contributors and culture vultures Alison Inman and Tamsin Stirling go on a mission to uncover new intelligence on good governance.

Findings from ICO audits of 16 local authorities
27 Aug 14 - Information Commissioner's Office | England
A report published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has highlighted ‘clear room for improvement’ in how local authorities comply with the Data Protection Act. The ICO audited 16 local authorities in 2013. The audits include an overall ‘assurance rating’, but none received high assurance that they were complying with data protection law. Six were told they had considerable room for improvement, while one was warned that immediate action was required.

Launch of CIH Scotland Excellence Awards 2014
27 Aug 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
The annual CIH Scotland Excellence Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the individuals and initiatives that are making a difference across the country.

Nominations open for the first UK Social Investment Awards
27 Aug 14 - Cabinet Office | All
The Social Investment Awards, supported by Cabinet Office and RBS, will celebrate UK businesses and people who are solving social problems.

Compendium of UK Statistics
26 Aug 14 - Office for National Statistics | All
This compendium brings together comparable official statistics for the four nations of the UK, and has been produced to facilitate comparisons and is intended to help support key decisions such as the forthcoming Scottish referendum on independence on 18 September 2014.

Leases: determination (PG26)
26 Aug 14 - Land Registry | England, Wales
This guide gives you information about the different situations in which leases are determined and how the determination affects registered titles. It gives advice on how to lodge your application with Land Registry and sets out the documentation required in support of your application.

The benefits of extra care housing on the quality of life of residents
26 Aug 14 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | All
This Housing LIN Case Study no 93 showcases the improved outcomes in the quality of life enjoyed by residents of Campbell Place, a 74 unit extra care housing scheme in Fleet, North Hampshire, developed and owned by Sentinel Housing Association.

More parking for new homes will end ‘vicious cycle of clogged-up streets’
26 Aug 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England, Wales
Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles called on councils to ensure more parking spaces are provided alongside new homes to end a ‘vicious cycle’ where clogged up streets leave motorists to run a gauntlet of congestion, unfair fines and restrictions.

Discretionary Housing Payments - 1 April to 30 June 2014
26 Aug 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
These figures cover the first three months of 2014/15. DHPs may be awarded when a local authority considers that a housing benefit claimant requires further financial assistance towards housing costs.

 

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