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Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2015
29 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff.

SHPA Pensions briefing 2015
27 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
'The Federation and KPMG, the Federation’s pension advisers, have produced a report on housing associations' pensions environment, including the Social Housing Pension Scheme’s (SHPS) 2014 actuarial valuation.'

Billions go unclaimed despite rising poverty
25 Jul 15 - Age UK | England, Scotland, Wales
Government figures show that poor pensioners are missing out on billions of pounds of unclaimed benefits.

Housing market bulletin: July 2015
24 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Latest information on the housing market, the economy and the housebuilding industry.

Design for Life competition
24 Jul 15 - Groundwork | England
A design competition, launched by Groundwork UK in association with the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute.

Social Housing Case Bulletin - July 2015
24 Jul 15 - Clarke Willmott | England, Wales
Cases from the higher jurisdiction courts in England and Wales.

Housing market bulletin: July 2015
24 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Information about the housing market, the economy and the housebuilding industry.

Worklessness, welfare and social housing
23 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | All
Residents of social housing face considerable disadvantages in the labour market. This report addresses an 'analysis gap', looking at the characteristics of residents, the barriers that they face and ‘what works’ in supporting them.

Rethinking planning obligations: balancing housing numbers and affordability
23 Jul 15 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England
Provides an up-to-date national picture of variations in the delivery of homes through planning obligations over time and between areas.

Mutual friends: Welsh housing is up for greater role in public service transformation
23 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
More than 60% of respondents at TAI 2015, Wales’ foremost housing conference, said that they thought housing organisations should enthusiastically embrace the opportunities presented by Welsh government’s public service transformation agenda.

Public funding for Green Deal scrapped after low take up
23 Jul 15 - Public Finance | England
Energy secretary Amber Rudd is to end to government funding for the Green Deal Finance Company in order to protect taxpayers from both low take up of home improvements and concerns over industry standards.

Responding to Welfare Reform in Wales
23 Jul 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
Includes a wide range of findings and a series of recommendations.

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2014 to 2015
22 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
'Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant.'

Housing Benefit Bulletin: 21 July 2015
22 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Spending Review launched by Chancellor
21 Jul 15 - HM Treasury | England, Scotland, Wales
The full review will be published on 25 November 2015.

National Housing Federation response to Treasury announcement on the sale of public land
21 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The Federation writes: 'A welcome contribution to ending the housing crisis – and housing associations can play a key role'.

Letter from Julian Ashby to chairs and chief executives of large housing providers
21 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Sets out the steps HCA expects housing providers to take following the Budget.

Reducing Social rents will cost councils £2.6 Billion by 2019/20
21 Jul 15 - Local Government Association | England
Proposals to reduce rents paid by tenants in social housing in England by 1 per cent a year will cost councils £2.6 billion by 2019/20, analysis reveals.

Universal Credit national expansion
21 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Wales
Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of national expansion during 2015 and 2016.

Service charge loans
20 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
'Advises housing associations of the right to a loan from the Homes and Communities Agency for the year ending 31 March 2016.'

How do we achieve a smarter energy future for Wales?
20 Jul 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales' Environment and Sustainability Committee is seeking the views of the public on how Wales can achieve a smarter energy future.

Nearly two-thirds of children in poverty live in working families
16 Jul 15 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England, Scotland, Wales
Contains a wide range of findings. For example, 'Benefit cuts over this parliament will put upward pressure on absolute poverty for working-age households – including those in work.'

Power to the people
16 Jul 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Social landlords to launch energy company.

English housing survey 2013: profile of English housing report
16 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Annual report focussing on the physical characteristics of the English housing stock.

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014
16 Jul 15 - 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.

Renting Homes Stage One Report
16 Jul 15 - Tai Pawb | Wales
A report published by the Communities, Equality, and Local Government Committee: a group hoping to influence the final version of the legislation.

A Plan for Homes – Working with Housing Associations to End the Housing Crisis
16 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A statement of intent.

How many people in England are at risk of becoming homeless?
15 Jul 15 - Homeless Link | England
Reminds us that 'The number of households who fall into homelessness each year is only a fraction of the number that are helped to avoid it.'

Implementing the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006
15 Jul 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
This contains 'Parts 1 and 2: Advisory and Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities: Volume 3: Maintenance'.

Succession (Scotland) Bill
15 Jul 15 - Scottish Parliament | Scotland
A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about succession.

Social housing sales: financial year ending March 2015
15 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Includes information on the number of Social Housing sales in Wales and their impact on dwelling stock.

Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2014
15 Jul 15 - National Records of Scotland | Scotland
Household Estimates by local authority area, including information on household size and numbers of vacant dwellings.

Local authority revenue expenditure and financing England: 2015 to 2016 budget
15 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Budget estimates of local authority revenue expenditure and financing for April 2015 to March 2016. Includes (non-HRA) figures and data covering mandatory housing benefit.

Local Government Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15
15 Jul 15 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
The Local Government Ombudsman has published its annual report and accounts for the year 2014-15.

Welsh Government takes action to protect social housing
15 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
'The Welsh Government has acted to protect the social housing stock by halving the maximum discount available.'

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes
15 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Reports which evaluate changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011.

The Financial Standard and Assessment Framework for the Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies in Ireland
14 Jul 15 - Campbell Tickell | Northern Ireland
The Housing Agency, the housing regulator for Ireland, has developed a Financial Standard for Approved Housing Bodies in the Republic of Ireland, with the assistance of Campbell Tickell.

Federation publishes Summer Budget Member briefing
14 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Outlines the details and implications of the Government’s announcements including rent setting, welfare, planning and devolution.

Housing Benefit overpayments guide
13 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
For staff who deal with Housing Benefit overpayments for local authorities and housing authorities.

Sustainable development indicators: July 2015
13 Jul 15 - Office for National Statistics | England
Designed to measure the sustainability of a range of economic, social and environmental topics.

Benefit Cap modelling: briefing
13 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England, Scotland, Wales
Shows the difference between housing credit and average rent for families with two and three children.

Summer budget – what you need to know in Scotland
09 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
An article by Annie Mauger, director of CIH’s national business units.

Summer budget – what you need to know in Northern Ireland
09 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
The Chancellor’s budget contained a lot of references to housing – not all of which are UK wide.

Homelessness prevention and relief: England 2014 to 2015
09 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Official statistics on homelessness prevention and relief in England that took place outside the homelessness statutory framework.

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse
09 Jul 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The government's summer Budget announced a £3.2 million funding boost to help domestic abuse victims.

Summer budget – what you need to know in Wales
09 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Implications for Welsh landlords, tenants and communities.

Summer Budget 2015 publications
08 Jul 15 - HM Treasury | England, Scotland, Wales
Full Budget (and supporting) documents.

Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK
06 Jul 15 - Dataspring | England, Scotland, Wales
Contains a range of key findings. For example, 'Over 83,000 homeless young people have been accommodated by local authorities or homelessness services during 2013-14'.

How to effectively manage void properties
06 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Aims to help providers understand ways to let homes as quickly as possible.

Homes shortage could cause countryside to turn from green to grey as areas become pensioner pockets
06 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
"A dire lack of affordable homes in England’s rural areas is pricing out young people and families and could lead to countryside ‘pensioner pockets’ warns the National Housing Federation."

National Housing Federation response to announcement on the Government’s focus on housing
04 Jul 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation responds to housing commitments from Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne announced in The Times.

Tackling fuel poverty – carrot or the stick?
03 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
'Official figures show that a staggering 39% of Scotland’s households are currently living in fuel poverty ...'

National Pathway for Homelessness Services to Children: consultation
02 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The closing date for replies is 24 September 2015.

Quarterly survey of private registered providers
01 Jul 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The HCA's quarterly survey report contains responses from social landlords who own or manage over 1,000 homes.

Wales replaces the axed UK Independent Living Fund
01 Jul 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
News of a fund to support over 1,600 disabled people.

Housing Benefit Direct: July 2015
01 Jul 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

Discretionary Housing Payments: explanatory note
01 Jul 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Explains the funding position and considers evidence on how Discretionary Housing Payments are allocated by local authorities.

Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
01 Jul 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
Compares legal duties to help homeless people across different UK nations.

What can we expect from the new housing amendment bill?
01 Jul 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Comments from Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland.

Councils hold the key to solving nation's housing crisis
30 Jun 15 - Local Government Association | England
According to the Local Government Association, councils can help to solve the housing crisis by supporting the government's pledge to build 275,000 affordable homes by 2020.

Scottish Housing Regulator reports on how it assesses risk
30 Jun 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Two reports in a continuing series.

Homes and Communities Agency Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014 to 2015
30 Jun 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Sets out the activities of the Homes and Communities Agency over the past year.

Housing Benefit subsidy circulars 2015
29 Jun 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information about the money government pays to local authorities to help them run housing benefit services.

Welsh housing welcomes challenge to improve leadership diversity
29 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
'Four leading Welsh housing organisations have joined forces with Minister Lesley Griffiths to welcome a national challenge to improve diversity in leadership.'

Households below average income
26 Jun 15 - Welsh Government | England, Wales
An annual report, produced by the Department for Work and Pensions, which gives an insight into the standard of living of the household population in the United Kingdom, focusing on the lower part of income distribution.

Committee calls for Renting Homes Bill to be strengthened
26 Jun 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly's Equality and Local Government Committee has recommended a series of changes to the Bill.

'Council complaints system under pressure' says report
25 Jun 15 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
The Local Government Ombudsman writes that the complaints system in local government is under increasing pressure.

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2013/14
25 Jun 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Looks at figures before and after housing costs.

Brandon Lewis: housing associations can be 'champions of aspiration'
25 Jun 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Housing Minister Brandon Lewis calls on housing associations to support the government’s ambitious plans to extend the Right to Buy.'

Advice on transfers of public housing estates
25 Jun 15 - Land Registry | England, Wales
Contains advice on the transfer and registration of publicly owned housing estates and on the preserved right to buy.

CIH President to focus on attracting new talent into housing
25 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
'Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) President Geraldine Howley has pledged to focus on attracting new talent into housing during her year in office.'

Housing organisations take on diversity challenge
24 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
'Housing organisations are signing up to improve the diversity of their leadership.'

UK rents double the continental average
24 Jun 15 - National Housing Federation | England
According to the National Housing Federation, Britain's private renters 'are getting a rough ride' in contrast to their European counterparts. Rents in the UK are the highest in Europe.

What is the single biggest cause of homelessness in England?
24 Jun 15 - Homeless Link | England
The story behind the numbers.

Value for money in Scottish social housing should consider future tenants according to new report
23 Jun 15 - Wheatley Group | Scotland
Social landlords in Scotland should consider future tenants when analysing the value for money of what they do according to a new report.

Deprivation of Liberty legal briefing for housing providers
23 Jun 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A briefing about the legal framework on deprivation of liberty in the context of housing.

UK Housing Review Briefing 2015
23 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Updates the existing Review.

Regeneration revival - interim report
23 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Examines the case for a renewed national focus on regeneration.

Reduced benefit cap would make many areas off-limits for larger families
22 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
'Many parts of England will become off-limits for larger families on benefits when the overall benefit cap is lowered, according to analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing.'

EU-backed project to back social businesses in Wales
22 Jun 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Funds worth £11 million will support social businesses across Wales.

How do you know if you are providing value for money?
22 Jun 15 - Wheatley Group | Scotland
This report is intended as a contribution to the developing debate on Value For Money (VFM) in Scotland. It is not a guide on how to achieve VFM but, instead, focuses on how to define, manage and demonstrate it.

Regulating the Standards update
19 Jun 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
HCA writes, 'The approach the social housing regulator takes to regulation, what providers can expect of us and how we ensure standards are being met.' Updated on 19 June 2015

Social rent setting policy proposed for NI
19 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
News of proposals for a social rent setting policy in Northern Ireland.

Working together - thinking alike: what do councils and local enterprise partnerships expect from housing associations?
19 Jun 15 - Smith Institute (The) | England
A report which argues that housing associations, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) should work together.

Leading Diversity by 2020: full report
19 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
CIH's Presidential Commission on leadership and diversity was set up to examine ways to improve the diversity of our industry’s leaders.

With the benefit of hindsight: learning from problem cases
18 Jun 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The fourth in a series, outlining in case study format selected failures and near-misses of housing providers.

MSPs pass Community Empowerment Bill
18 Jun 15 - Scottish Housing News | Scotland
The Scottish Parliament has passed a Bill giving local residents the power to buy land or buildings in their area(s).

Report suggests that poverty in Wales should be tackled more effectively
18 Jun 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales’s Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee has voiced concerns about the lack of progress in tackling poverty.

Building new social rent homes
18 Jun 15 - Scope | England
A report which makes the case for investing in 100,000 new social homes each year.

Welfare reform update - June 2015
18 Jun 15 - National Housing Federation | England, Scotland, Wales
Takes the form of an e-zine and offers useful snippets of information.

Three people a minute consult Citizens Advice about housing problems
16 Jun 15 - Citizens Advice | All
News of research completed by Citizens Advice.

HCA exceeds housing delivery targets
16 Jun 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
'A total of 179,170 homes of all tenures were completed through programmes run by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) during the 2011 to 2015 Spending Review period.'

Housing statistics 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
16 Jun 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Statistics covering housing starts and completions.

CAB publishes 8 studies of housing market failures
16 Jun 15 - Citizens Advice | England, Wales
Citizens Advice has published a series of studies looking at what lies behind housing market failures in England and Wales.

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes summary outcomes of landlord risk assessment
12 Jun 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Summarises outcomes of the Scottish Regulator's risk assessment of local authorities and registered social landlords.

Changing places: how can we make resident involvement relevant?
12 Jun 15 - Family Mosaic | England
A report which makes a series of suggestions, and references HouseMark's resident involvement benchmarking report from 2010/11.

CIH expanding support for housing professionals in the Republic of Ireland
11 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH has appointed Tricia O’Keefe as a professional development co-ordinator in Northern Ireland.

Traveller caravan count: January 2015
11 Jun 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data from the twice-a-year count of Traveller caravans in England.

Universal credit waiting period could cause serious problems says CIH
11 Jun 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, has responded to the government's announcement of a seven-day waiting period for universal credit.

National Survey for Wales results
11 Jun 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Includes figures for housing and 'accommodation'.

 

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