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Concerns about funding of life-changing Supporting People Programme
28 Sep 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
'There are growing fears that funding could be cut for some of Wales’s most vulnerable people.'

Help to Buy - Wales: Shared Equity Loan Scheme: August 2016
28 Sep 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Allows eligible purchasers to buy new-build homes with assistance from the Welsh Government in the form of a shared equity loan.

Statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief, England: April to June 2016
28 Sep 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data on households found to be homeless by local authorities under homelessness legislation.

Homelessness rises by 10 per cent
28 Sep 16 - Crisis | England
Government figures show that 15,170 households were accepted as homeless between April and June of 2016, a rise of 3% on the previous quarter and a 10% rise on the same quarter last year.

Paying for supported housing
28 Sep 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Explains the impact of the Government's policy of requiring rent reductions, and also the application of Local Housing Allowance caps, on the supported housing sector.

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes list of potential statutory managers
28 Sep 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Regulator draws from the list when it needs to use its statutory powers to appoint a manager to a landlord where there is a serious risk to tenants’ interests.

Scottish Household Survey, Scotland's People Annual Report: results from the 2015 Scottish Household Survey
27 Sep 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A continuous survey based on on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland.

‘Nudge’ techniques could reduce housing benefit fraud and error
27 Sep 16 - Public Finance | England
Residents receiving separate communications written in plain English are more likely to highlight housing benefit errors.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: September 2016
23 Sep 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Intended for all local authority housing benefit staff.

Significant Performance Failures: information for social landlords
22 Sep 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Explains what we do when landlords receive a report about a significant performance failure.

Right to Buy sales in England: April to June 2016
22 Sep 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Official statistics on the number of sales of dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme in England.

Right to buy: one-for-one replacement pledge not being met, data suggests
22 Sep 16 - Guardian.co.uk | England
The National Audit Office says that a fivefold increase in the supply of new homes is needed to meet current demand.

HCA publishes its social housing sector risk profile 2016
21 Sep 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Sets out key challenges facing the sector and aims to help registered providers sustain their financial viability.

Sector risk profile 2016
21 Sep 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Looks at the risks facing housing associations, and what they should do to manage these.

Launch of Major Works Good Practice Guides for Social Landlords and Leaseholders in Wales
21 Sep 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Designed to ensure that relations between social landlords and leaseholders remain amicable during major renovation works.

Mental health and housing: housing on the pathway to recovery
20 Sep 16 - National Housing Federation | England
A report for health partners showing how housing can play a key role in mental health recovery.

Intergenerational perspectives on housing wealth
20 Sep 16 - National Housing Federation | All
Looks at the growing divisions in housing wealth throughout Britain.

Connecting housing and health – three new reports
20 Sep 16 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation has commissioned three independent reports from the New NHS Alliance and The King’s Fund on connecting housing and health.

First Minister unveils five year plan to take Wales forward
20 Sep 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government has unveiled its Taking Wales Forward five year strategic plan.

Ghost towns the true level of housing supply
19 Sep 16 - Home Builders Federation | England
This report presents an argument to suggest the government's most well publicised method of measuring housing supply is flawed, and that the equivalent of a town the size of Stevenage is overlooked in yearly figures.

New poll shows big variations in housing preferences and awareness across Scotland
19 Sep 16 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
An opinion poll finds that the Scottish public knows very little about their housing options.

How do you stop fly-tipping and littering?
19 Sep 16 - BBC | England
This BBC article discusses fly-tipping and looks at possible solutions.

English Local Authorities: Plans to boost revenue through capex adds risk
19 Sep 16 - Moody's | England
In a report the credit agency, Moody's, highlights the credit risk to local authorities of embarking on commercial ventures.

The Mental Skills Training for Life programme for Homeless Young People
19 Sep 16 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | All
A novel approach to helping homeless young people.

A new settlement between government and independent housing associations
18 Sep 16 - Policy Exchange | England
A report from think tank, Policy Exchange, says that housing associations should be allowed to sign individual Housing Deals with the government.

Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 to 2021 contract for RP consortium
16 Sep 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Organisations awarded a Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 to 2021 allocation will be expected to enter into a standard form of contract for their specific provider type.

Government announcement on the future funding of supported housing
15 Sep 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Details of the Government’s proposed model for how supported and sheltered housing will be funded from 2019.

National Housing Pathway for Ex-Service Personnel
15 Sep 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government is consulting on the draft National Housing Pathway for Ex-Service Personnel.

Supported Housing Exempt from LHA cap, but uncertainty remains
15 Sep 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Community Housing Cymru has responded to DWP's announcement on the revised model for funding supported housing.

Housing and technology fund for people with learning disabilities
15 Sep 16 - Department of Health | England
How local authorities can apply for funds for housing and technology improvements for people with learning disabilities in their area.

New funding model for supported accommodation
15 Sep 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
The new funding model for supported accommodation includes women’s refuges, homeless shelters and housing for those leaving care.

Customer excellence benchmarking report 2016
15 Sep 16 - HouseMark | England, Scotland, Wales
Landlords from across the UK took part in our Customer Excellence exercise on contact centres and complaints handling.

Views sought on DPP procurement process
15 Sep 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The Homes and Communities Agency seeks views on the procurement of Delivery Partner Panel 3 (DPP3).

Local government finance settlement 2017 to 2018: technical consultation
15 Sep 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Seeks views on technical issues concerning the 2017 to 2018 local government finance settlement.

Homelessness: councils call for more homes, not more duties
14 Sep 16 - Local Government Association | England, Wales
The Local Government Association says that the Homelessness Reduction Bill will not work, because it does not address the need for councils to build new homes.

Housing Benefit review: local authority good practice guide
14 Sep 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Best practice to help local authorities further improve the Housing Benefit review process.

Real London Lives: key themes 2013 to 2015
14 Sep 16 - Real London Lives | England
A three year research project commissioned by g15, and delivered by the University of York's Centre for Housing Policy. It relates the lives and experiences of a large group of London housing association tenants.

Report highlights uncertain future for councils in Wales
14 Sep 16 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | Wales
Grants from the UK Treasury to the Welsh Government have been reduced in real terms each year since 2009–10. Fiscal plans will be tight in Wales for years to come, and this is likely to include housing expenditure.

New guidance on openness and transparency for housing associations
14 Sep 16 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
Guidance has been issued to help housing associations make the right amount of information available both to tenants and other stakeholders.

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2016 - Key Trends Summary
13 Sep 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Statistics on housing supply and public sector housing in Scotland up to the end of March 2016.

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly update
13 Sep 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Information on a wide range of recent trends in Scottish housing.

Data mishandling and mismanagement putting firms at risk as GDPR looms
13 Sep 16 - ITProPortal | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Many businesses are not prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and risk breaching new data protection rules.

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
13 Sep 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes data on housing starts.

Councils boosting property investment to offset cuts, finds NLGN
12 Sep 16 - New Local Government Network | England, Wales
A report finds that local authorities are using capital investment across a wide range of schemes, to generate social value.

First housing association tenants exercise right to buy
12 Sep 16 - Public Finance | England
'The first housing association tenants have exercised the right to buy their homes ...'

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights importance of landlords’ openness
12 Sep 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published a report highlighting the importance of social landlords being open and accessible about their services and decision-making.

English housing survey 2014 to 2015: technical report
12 Sep 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Updated on 12 September 2016.

Empty Homes in England report
12 Sep 16 - Empty Homes | England
The charity, Empty Homes, has published its annual report: 'Empty Homes in England'. While this does not include all empty property, it's a potentially useful snapshot.

Local Government Performance 2015-16 (Wales)
07 Sep 16 - Data Unit Wales | Wales
Shows a general improvement in performance.

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to March 2016
07 Sep 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Twice yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud.

Evaluating the extent of rough sleeping: local authority form and guidance
07 Sep 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Guidance to help local authorities and local agencies evaluate the extent of rough sleeping in their area.

A low score for universal credit
05 Sep 16 - Public Finance | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes content which may be of interest to housing associations.

Social landlords continue to perform well
31 Aug 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Scottish social landlords are continuing to perform well across almost all of the standards and outcomes of the Scottish Social Housing Charter.

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter: Headline Findings 2015/16
31 Aug 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Findings about social landlords' overall performance.

Inaugural Scottish Housing Day announced at CIH Scotland office opening
29 Aug 16 - HouseMark Scotland | Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and HouseMark Scotland have relocated from central Edinburgh premises on Princes Street to offices at 160 Dundee Street.

Private registered providers whose access to the General Consent has been withdrawn in whole or in part
26 Aug 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Regulatory information about disposals.

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy
26 Aug 16 - Local Government Association | England
The Local Government Association wants ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy.

The first year of homelessness prevention
26 Aug 16 - Welsh Housing Quarterly | Wales
An article covering homelessness in Wales.

Homelessness Reduction Bill examined by Committee
26 Aug 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
The Communities and Local Government Committee is conducting a pre-legislative inquiry to look at the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

CIH Scotland submission to call for evidence on the LBTT
26 Aug 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
CIH Scotland has published its submission to the Scottish Parliament's call for evidence on the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax.

Tips for setting up a public services trading company
25 Aug 16 - Public Finance | England, Scotland, Wales
Useful tips for local authorities wishing to offset funding reductions.

House building in England: April to June 2016
25 Aug 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
House building starts and completions by tenure.

Increase in number of new homes built and started
25 Aug 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'The number of newly built homes has increased 6% in the past year.'

Welfare Reform and Work Act: impact assessment for the benefit cap
25 Aug 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Impact assessment for the benefit cap to be implemented from November 2016 under the Welfare Reform and Work Act.

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
25 Aug 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.

Social housing sector reports continued strong financial performance
24 Aug 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Latest quarterly survey for April to June 2016.

Wales only: homelessness - financial year ending March 2016
24 Aug 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
'Data which includes information on the number of households applying to local authorities for housing assistance under the Housing Wales Act 2014.'

CIH Scotland and HouseMark Scotland response on the review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter
24 Aug 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
A joint response from CIH Scotland and HouseMark Scotland.

CIH Scotland and HouseMark Scotland response on the review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter
24 Aug 16 - HouseMark Scotland | England, Scotland
CIH Scotland and HouseMark Scotland have published a joint response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter.

A Housing Practitioners’ Guide to Integrating Asylum Seekers & Refugees
24 Aug 16 - Scottish Refugee Council | Scotland
An updated (2016) guide.

Brokers slam confusion around Help to Buy Isa
23 Aug 16 - Money Marketing | All
Brokers have criticised the level of transparency around the Help to Buy Isa.

Chief execs call on MPs to back crucial homelessness bill
23 Aug 16 - Crisis | England, Scotland, Wales
A group of MPs have published the results of an inquiry into homelessness.

New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
23 Aug 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing.

End legal aid deserts appear across England and Wales
22 Aug 16 - Law Society | England, Wales
Legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales, creating legal aid deserts.

What’s wrong with private landlords collecting £9bn in Housing Benefit?
22 Aug 16 - National Housing Federation | England
A blog article by the Federation's David Orr.

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector
20 Aug 16 - National Housing Federation | England
A range of findings. For example, 'Housing Benefit in the private rented sector is more expensive than in the social rented sector'.

Equality Impact Assessment Results
19 Aug 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Generally covers housing and property in a regulatory context.

Financial resilience of local authorities in Wales 2015-16
18 Aug 16 - Wales Audit Office | Wales
Looks at the current financial performance of the 22 local authorities in Wales and the quality of their financial management arrangements.

Capturing Creativity - Pat Chown Award 2016
18 Aug 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
An award celebrating people who make a difference to peoples' lives in Wales.

DCLG and councils should collaborate to avoid service failure, say MPs
18 Aug 16 - Public Finance | England
The Department for Communities & Local Government has been urged to develop a closer relationship with councils to avoid the risks of service failures.

Deregulation update
18 Aug 16 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation is working with the Government to ensure housing associations are classified as private bodies.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: August 2016
18 Aug 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
For all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Government must renew strategy for tackling homelessness, say MPs
18 Aug 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
'A demonstrable increase in homelessness, driven by the cost and availability of housing, has pushed the problem to such a level that a renewed Government-wide strategy is needed, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee concludes.'

More affordable homes 'central' to tackling homelessness
18 Aug 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
'CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart welcomes the Communities and Local Government Committee's backing for the Homelessness Reduction Bill ...'

Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy
18 Aug 16 - Equality and Human Rights Commission | England, Scotland, Wales
A review into race inequality which includes some housing content.

Housing Benefit caseload statistics
17 Aug 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants.

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016
17 Aug 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 August 2016.

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing
17 Aug 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Submitted by the National Housing Federation.

Investigating new landscapes of training for work: the extended role of housing associations
15 Aug 16 - Brunel University London | England
Finds that housing association training is 'a crucial first step' to help tenants find paid work.

Calling Letting fees to be abolished in Wales
14 Aug 16 - Welsh Tenants | Wales
Details of a report about the practices of private letting agencies.

Mortgage and landlord possession actions
12 Aug 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
A quarterly report, produced by the Ministry of Justice.

Creator of chatbot that beat 160,000 parking fines now tackling homelessness
12 Aug 16 - Guardian.co.uk | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
'Teenager who designed DoNotPay to overturn tickets in London and New York expands service to assist those dealing with housing problems in the UK.'

Consulting on the future of benefits for young people
12 Aug 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Automatic entitlement to benefit for housing costs will end for younger people (18 to 21 year-olds) next year, and the Government is carrying out a consultation to determine which people will need support.

Arrears and possessions continue to fall, reports CML
11 Aug 16 - Council of Mortgage Lenders | England, Wales
The number of mortgages in arrears are at the lowest level since records began 20 years ago.

Flexibility needed to meet complex housing needs, Ombudsman says
11 Aug 16 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
'Housing departments need to have a flexible approach when dealing with exceptional family circumstances.'

Social housing stock and rents: financial year ending March 2016
10 Aug 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
An annual report.

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
09 Aug 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
Reveals that the PRS is the UK's second largest tenure (overtaking social housing) after owner occuptation.

Housing Benefit measures announced since 2010
09 Aug 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A briefing paper.

Taking Stock: understanding the quality and energy efficiency of housing association homes
09 Aug 16 - National Housing Federation | England
This report finds that housing association stock is likely to be in better condition than homes owned by either councils or private landlords.

Briefing on devolution and multiple needs in England
08 Aug 16 - Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) | All
Explores how services supporting people with multiple needs can take advantage of certain powers.

 

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