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Community Housing Cymru responds to UK Government ECO Consultation
16 Apr 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
'CHC are disappointed and concerned about the changes being considered in the consultation to ECO, the UK Government’s main energy efficiency programme.'

New support to give homeless people ‘basic building blocks’ for work
16 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News of a pilot scheme to give the most vulnerable homeless people the right skills and training to get into work.

Response to publication of House Price Index
15 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has responded to the release of House Price Index figures by the Office for National Statistics.

House Price Index, February 2014
15 Apr 14 - Office for National Statistics | All
Finds that 'UK house prices increased by 9.1% in the year to February 2014, up from 6.8% in the year to January 2014'.

Stronger protections for tenants and leaseholders
15 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
All letting and property management agents will be required to join an approved 'redress scheme' later this year.

Minister calls for advice services to apply for funding as impact of welfare changes hit communities
15 Apr 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: organisations providing free advice services are being invited to apply for a share of £1 million Welsh Government funding, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Jeff Cuthbert has announced.

Over £25 million paid out to support housing costs for those in financial hardship
15 Apr 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: in the eleven months from April 2013 to February 2014, Local Authorities in Scotland have made just over 70,000 awards under the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) scheme, with a total value of over £25 million.

Scottish Welfare Fund helps over 56,000 households
15 Apr 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: over 56,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, during its first nine months of operation.

SFHA comments on latest Scottish Government welfare reform mitigation statistics
15 Apr 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
News article: statistics published by the Scottish Government show that in the eleven months from April 2013 to February 2014, local authorities in Scotland made just over 70,000 awards under the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) scheme, with a total value of over £25 million.

English housing survey: changes to survey form and questionnaire for survey year 2014 to 2015
15 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Changes to the physical survey and household questionnaire of the English housing survey.

Almost four million families could be just one paycheque away from losing their home
14 Apr 14 - Shelter | All
Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, according to new figures from Shelter.

Millions of private renters putting up with substandard homes
14 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
News article: A third of private rented homes in England are failing decency standards according to 'The UK Housing Review 2014'.

Digital Inclusion Strategy: helping everyone to get online
14 Apr 14 - Cabinet Office | All
The Cabinet Office has launched a strategy and a Digital Inclusion Charter to help more people get online.

123 communities to take control of neighbourhood schemes
14 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Communities taking control of neighbourhood schemes to boost employment, combat crime and improve the health of residents.'

The ups and downs of housing in Northern Ireland
14 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH policy adviser John Perry explores the Northern Ireland trends highlighted in the UK Housing Review 2014, including a drop in social housing investment.

Bidding opens for Large Sites Infrastructure Programme
14 Apr 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The Large Sites Infrastructure Programme will provide a package of support to bring forward large scale housing development.

Impact of Welfare Reform on rent arrears: research report 3
11 Apr 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Findings of the third phase of research into the early impact of Welfare Reform on Scottish social landlords.

Costs soar for first time buyers
11 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
House prices paid by first-time buyers across the UK have soared by more than 200 per cent since 2001, according to a new report.

Help for those in food poverty
11 Apr 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: people who have to access Scotland’s foodbanks will receive help through a support package of £1 million over the next two years, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed.

Completing local authority housing statistics 2013 to 2014: guidance notes
10 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Guidance notes and form for completing the 2013 to 2014 local authority housing statistics.

Long-term focus crucial to solving housing crisis in Northern Ireland
10 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Politicians must take a longer term view of housing if they want to make a real difference to the number of homes being built, according to Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long.

New regulations on housing benefit for refuge residents
10 Apr 14 - Welsh Women's Aid | Wales
Changes to Housing Benefit rules for refuge residents (previously defined as 'exempt accommodation') have been published.

South East housing crisis reaches breaking point
10 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
The housing shortage in the South East is pushing house prices and private rents out of reach for local workers, according to a report - with the crisis set to get even worse by 2020.

Further regeneration funding announced for deprived areas
10 Apr 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant has announced a further £2 million of funding to help regenerate some of the most deprived areas in Wales.

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants
09 Apr 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Wales
This research explores how cuts to welfare spending are affecting social housing tenants and landlords.

Universal Credit implementation: monitoring DWP's performance in 2012-13
09 Apr 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
An assessment of what are seen as the most important issues for the future development of Universal Credit: the extent to which DWP has learned lessons from the past mistakes, and what the prospects are for the revised development plans being effective.

Housing benefit size criteria: impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform
09 Apr 14 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Wales
This study looks at a wide range of impacts arisings from the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

CIH members vote for new Vice President
09 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Chartered Institute of Housing members have elected Geraldine Howley as the organisation’s new Vice President.

Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment, says CIH Scotland
09 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
Whilst the Scottish Government has gone a long way to cover the cost of the bedroom tax in 2014/15, it has not given tenants and landlords clear advice about whether or not the liability should be paid, according to CIH Scotland.

Lyons Review - Federation submission
09 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Read the Federation’s submission to the Lyons Review, an independent housing review set up to develop a ‘road map’ to deliver Labour’s intention to build 200,000 homes per year by the end of the next parliament.

Planning for Housing - Commons Library Note
09 Apr 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Looks at a range of issues involving building enough homes to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.

Ministers call for Exemptions for Disabled Tenants with Adapted Homes
09 Apr 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Five Welsh Government Ministers joined together today to call on Lord Freud to exempt disabled tenants who have had adaptations undertaken to their homes from the housing benefit changes introduced by the UK Government.

London Housing Bank
09 Apr 14 - Greater London Authority | England
The Mayor of London expressed his interest in developing a London Housing Bank in his draft housing strategy, published in November 2013. The aim of the London Housing Bank is to accelerate the pace of development and generate additional housing supply, particularly on large, multi-phased sites. The GLA has now published a discussion paper on the London Housing Bank seeking views on key elements of the proposal.

Service charges and Universal Credit
08 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | All
This note provides some brief information for Federation members on service charges and changes with the introduction of Universal Credit.

Minister impressed by housing projects
08 Apr 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: Minister for Housing, Carl Sargeant is visiting a number of housing projects across mid and south Wales in order to see the difference that the Welsh Government is making to people.

Assessing the consequences of welfare reform
08 Apr 14 - Greater London Authority | England
This London Assembly Housing Committee’s report has found that the majority of landlords, and particularly buy-to-let landlords, are concerned about the benefit cap and other welfare reforms, and were cautious about letting to housing benefit claimants as a result.

Welsh Government and Community Housing Cymru launch Housing Supply Pact
08 Apr 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
News article: the Welsh Government and Community Housing Cymru have joined together to launch a Housing Supply Delivery pact to deliver 10,000 affordable homes during this term of Government.

Empty homes reach 10-year low
08 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Figures show that numbers of empty homes in England have fallen to a 10-year low.

Stock transfer deal could mean £30 million in social home investment
08 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Gloucester social housing residents could benefit from £30 million investment to improve their homes.

Troubled Families programme: progress by 31 December 2013
08 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Figures provided by local authorities to capture the progress they have made in delivering the Troubled Families programme.

Food bank provision & welfare reform in the UK
08 Apr 14 - Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute | All
This report is focused on the impact of recent welfare reform in the UK on driving need for food bank provision. It is based on research conducted as part of a three-year study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), into the growth of nationally co-ordinated or facilitated emergency food provision in the UK. This analysis is relevant to developing an understanding of the evolving boundaries of responsibility for welfare provision between state and civil society.

Local Growth Fund: housing revenue account borrowing programme (2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017)
07 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Details of how local authorities can bid for additional borrowing for new affordable housing.

Government closes the net on tenancy cheats
07 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: over £35 million is available to improve councils’ ability to identify and deal with social housing fraud.

Extra borrowing powers for councils to build 10,000 affordable homes
07 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: new borrowing powers will enable councils to build up to 10,000 affordable homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced.

General consents for privately let housing
07 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Situations where the Secretary of State's consent is not required for councils to provide financial support for privately let housing.

HB Circular A10/2014: Discretionary Housing Payment guidance 2014
07 Apr 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
An aid to help local authorities in implementing and managing local DHP schemes.

£6 billion cut from welfare budget
07 Apr 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: a report finds that reforms to the welfare system could see Scottish welfare spending reduced by around £6 billion over the six years to 2015-16.

"'Black-hole' of universal credit should be stopped in Wales"
07 Apr 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government is calling for Westminster to rethink its controversial new welfare benefit before rolling it out further across the country...

A robust year of delivery for the HCA
07 Apr 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
News article: the Homes and Communities Agency, working with local authorities, developers and registered providers, has reported another strong year of delivery in 2013/14.

How do we build 200,000 homes a year?
07 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
The CIH has commissioned a series of leading commentators to give their views on the key issues facing housing over the next five years. In this fifth essay, CIH chief executive Grainia Long asks how we can build 200,000 homes a year in England – the target set by Labour if it wins the General Election.

East Midlands housing crisis reaches breaking point
04 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
The East Midlands was one of the English regions with the lowest number of new homes built during 2012/13, and less than half (49%) of the new homes needed each year are currently being built.

Programmes to help families facing multiple challenges
04 Apr 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
The Public Accounts Committee has published a report into the programmes that are helping families facing multiple challenges. The Committee found that the Government may miss its troubled families targets unless successful delivery speeds up.

500 homes will be built to rent
04 Apr 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: Kris Hopkins welcomes deal that will get nearly 500 homes built specifically for private rent.

Creative use of NHS Estate
04 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Explores how housing associations can help the NHS to use its estate to improve health outcomes and to create an alternative revenue stream.

Quality governance for housing associations
04 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
This briefing explains the key elements of good quality assurance.

Housing market in Yorkshire and Humber reaches breaking point
03 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Home ownership is distant dream for region’s ‘Generation Rent’, says report.

New definition for specified accommodation
03 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Briefing to explain the definition of and new regulations.

Vulnerable people suffering as a result of housing welfare reforms
02 Apr 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A report published by the Work and Pensions Committee finds that the 'bedroom tax' is causing financial hardship to vulnerable people who were not the intended targets of the reforms, and who are unlikely to be able to change their circumstances in response.

YBAC petition calls on DWP to fund welfare reform communication campaign
02 Apr 14 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
News article: the Your Benefits are Changing campaign has set up a petition to call on the DWP to fund a national communication campaign to raise awareness about welfare reform.

Commission's new programme of work focuses on protecting people most at risk
02 Apr 14 - Equality and Human Rights Commission | England, Scotland, Wales
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has set out a programme of work to tackle entrenched inequalities and protect the human rights of everyone in Britain, including people in some of the most vulnerable situations across England, Scotland and Wales.

Legislation changes will improve housing in Wales
02 Apr 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
News article: changes to housing legislation proposed by the Welsh Government have been welcomed by the WLGA as an opportunity to improve access to good quality homes in Wales.

National Assembly agrees appointment of new Public Services Ombudsman
02 Apr 14 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales has approved the appointment of Nick Bennett as Wales’s Public Service Ombudsman.

New Toolkit to streamline housing adaptations process
02 Apr 14 - Northern Ireland Housing Executive | Northern Ireland
Health Minister Edwin Poots and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland have endorsed a new housing adaptations toolkit. The document will help disabled and older people visualise and discuss proposed housing adaptations.

Loan Portfolio System - User Guide 2014
02 Apr 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Loan Portfolio (LP) System is used to collect information from Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) about their borrowings and other funding arrangements they have in place.

Housing Regulator launches new Charter system
01 Apr 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has made changes in the way it collects information from social landlords. From 1 April 2014 landlords began using the new online Social Landlord Portal.

'Letting homes at market rents is helping to increase standards'
01 Apr 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Policy and practice officer David Pipe visited Castle Vale Community Housing Association to find out more about its move into letting homes at market rent.

Deloitte appointed as Federation tax adviser
01 Apr 14 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation is delighted to announce the appointment of Deloitte as our new tax adviser starting today, 1 April 2014.

All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain: Evidence Paper 1 – Expenditure
01 Apr 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
Frank Field MP has launched a Parliamentary Inquiry into hunger and food poverty in Britain, with the Bishop of Truro in April 2014 at Lambeth Palace. It has the intention of posing a series of key questions to each of the political parties in the run-up to the next general election about how they will respond to the rising demand for food aid in this country. Frank submitted the Inquiry’s first formal evidence at the launch showing that longer term trends in Western economies might help to explain the growing problem of hunger.

Leaving the armed forces: housing for service personnel and families
01 Apr 14 - Ministry of Defence | England
Advice about finding housing when you leave the armed forces, including help with housing association or council housing, renting, buying and homelessness.

Forces Help to Buy
01 Apr 14 - Ministry of Defence | England
A scheme to help armed forces personnel get on the property ladder.

Cause for concern? Early impacts of benefit sanctions on housing associations and cooperatives in Scotland
01 Apr 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has published a report criticising the recently reformed Jobseekers’ Allowance sanctions regime for being unfair in its decision-making process and for being disproportionately harsh in the sanctions imposed. The Federation also highlighted its concerns that tenants’ Housing Benefit is being stopped, leaving them destitute, unable to pay their rent and at risk of homelessness.

Update on the Housing (Wales) Bill
01 Apr 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Housing (Wales) Bill has almost completed Stage 1 of the National Assembly’s four stage legislative process (external link). Stage 1 has involved consideration by the Communities, Equalities and Local Government Committee, the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee.

Regulatory data returns for 2014/15 now available in NROSH+
01 Apr 14 - NROSH+ | England
The 2014/15 annual data collection commenced on 1 April via NROSH+ ...

Social landlords will embrace new energy standard, says CIH Scotland
31 Mar 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
News article: Scotland’s councils and housing associations will take on the challenge of meeting new energy efficiency standards because the sector believes in high standards, according to CIH Scotland.

Technical Guidance: Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH)
31 Mar 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Sets out information on the Scottish Housing Regulator's approach to monitoring compliance with the EESSH and arrangements for reporting. It also includes the full set of reporting indicators which will make up the annual data return.

HB Circular A8/2014: The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
31 Mar 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Amendments to the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Universal Credit Regulations 2013.

HB Circular A9/2014: Temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit
31 Mar 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Information for local authority staff about temporary accommodation in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

Five Year Projections - User Guide - 2014
31 Mar 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Covers the requirement to provide financial projections in a standardised format, introduced for a number of larger RSLs in 2005.

CIH Cymru leads way on board gender balance
31 Mar 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
News article: members of the chartered institute of housing in wales have elected a board that is 60% female, accurately mirroring the proportion of women amongst it members.

Analysis of the Finances of Registered Social Landlords 2013
28 Mar 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The report finds that most RSLs remain financially sound and are coping with current economic challenges.

Homeless young people asked for their views by Equal Opportunities Committee
28 Mar 14 - Scottish Parliament | Scotland
Young people who have experienced homelessness have been asked to give their views to the Equal Opportunities Committee in a call for evidence on preventing youth homelessness.

New Build to Rent deal will deliver homes for private rent
28 Mar 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
News article: a new deal will deliver homes specifically for private rent in six different towns, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said.

Rising Stars Cymru winner announced at TAI 2014
28 Mar 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for housing and regeneration, has announced the winner of CIH Cymru's search for the rising star of Welsh housing.

Homes for London: the (draft) London Housing Strategy, 2014
28 Mar 14 - Greater London Authority | England
'Aims to put in place the resources to deliver more than 42,000 homes a year.'

Housing Benefit: Shared Accommodation Rate - Commons Library Note
28 Mar 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
The Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR, previously the Shared Room Rate) was introduced in 1996 and originally limited the Housing Benefit that a single person under the age of 25 could receive to the average rent level charged for a room in a shared house. The SAR has been controversial since its introduction.

Scotland: 2014/15 Regulation Plans published
28 Mar 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published new regulation plans for the registered social landlords (RSLs) it will be engaging in 2014/15.

Universal Credit implementation: findings from local authority pilots
27 Mar 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
This guidance covers the experiences and learning of the 12 local authority led pilots that looked at preparing claimants for Universal Credit and ran between September 2012 and December 2013. It builds on the interim guidance for local authorities on implementation that was published on 6 December 2013.

Statistics Authority publishes recommendation regarding 2021 census
27 Mar 14 - Royal Statistical Society | England, Wales
The UK Statistics Authority has published its recommendation to government and parliament on the future of the census in England and Wales.

National Survey for Wales findings
27 Mar 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Presents a wide range of findings. For example, 'Around three quarters of households in private rented accommodation (75 per cent), and a similar proportion of owner occupier households (76 per cent), accessed the internet, compared with just over half of those in social housing (54 per cent).'

Direct Payments Demonstration Projects: landlord learning document
27 Mar 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
The registered social landlords and councils involved in the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects have learned a lot about their tenants, staff, culture, systems and practices during the last 18 months. This publication pulls together the key issues and learning that they collectively agree on and provides examples.

Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme monthly statistics
27 Mar 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statistics showing cumulative sales since the launch of the Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme on 1 April 2013.

Home Secretary leads action on police response to domestic violence and abuse
27 Mar 14 - Home Office | England
News article: Home Secretary to oversee work by forces to tackle “alarming and unacceptable weaknesses" in dealing with domestic violence and abuse.

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2014
27 Mar 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits, consistent with Budget 2014.

Wales Bill 2013-14 - Commons Library Research Paper
27 Mar 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | Wales
The Bill is the latest in a series of adjustments to devolution in Wales and it contains elements relevant to housing: for example, 'limits on housing revenue account debt'.

“What more can you do?” asks Housing Minister
27 Mar 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: Housing Minister Carl Sargeant has challenged the housing sector in Wales to ensure that the best standards of governance become the norm.

Housing Minister calls on landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour
27 Mar 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant is calling on landlords and housing organisations across Wales to do more to tackle housing related anti-social behaviour.

Real Life Reform: Report 3
26 Mar 14 - Liverpool Housing Trust | England
Finds that the average debt of social housing tenants who took part in the Real Life reforms study is now £2,943.

Thousands of warmer homes in Scotland
26 Mar 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: statistics show that more than 58,000 energy efficiency measures were installed in homes throughout Scotland during 2013.

Homelessness, October to December 2013
26 Mar 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
A quarterly report which includes information on the number of households accepted as homelessness, reasons for homelessness and the number of households in temporary accommodation.

Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations
26 Mar 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
A toolkit to inform partner organisations about Universal Credit and to help them explain the changes to claimants.

 

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