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Hangover Cure: Dealing with the household debt overhang as interest rates rise
24 Jul 14 - Resolution Foundation | All
Homebuyers should be allowed to 'trade down' to a shared ownership deal so they can stay in their home and avoid it being repossessed, the Resolution Foundation think tank has proposed in this report. After a year-long inquiry, the foundation said a new personal debt crisis can be averted – but only if the Government, financial regulators and mortgage lenders shake off their complacency and take immediate action.

National Energy Study: A study of the effects of feedback on domestic energy use
24 Jul 14 - Sustainable Homes | England
Sustainable Homes’ National Energy Study is a major study involving 500 homes, looking at ways to encourage residents to change energy behaviours. Homes from fourteen housing associations across England took part in the winter of 2013-14. Participants’ energy use (gas and electricity) was measured every two weeks and feedback given.

Homelessness prevention and relief: England 2013 to 2014
24 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Official statistics on homelessness prevention and relief in England that took place outside the homelessness statutory framework.

Home economics: the role of housing in rebalancing the economy
23 Jul 14 - IPPR North | All
Analyses the differences between cities and regions, and assesses how short, medium and long-term housing trends can have a vital influence on economic performance at the subnational level.

Social and private renters
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Demographic and economic data on social and private renters.

English housing survey: general information
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Information and publications on the English housing survey.

Stock profile data
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data gleaned from the English Housing Survey.

Tenure trends and cross tenure analysis
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data on the nature and number of tenancies at both the regional and national level.

English housing survey 2012 to 2013: household report
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

New guidance will ensure more community benefits from construction contracts
23 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Updated guidance to improve the impact of the Welsh Government’s Community Benefits policy for construction contracts which generate jobs and training opportunities, has been launched by Finance Minister Jane Hutt.

Dwelling condition and safety
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Covers Decent Homes data: outputs from the Survey of English Housing.

English housing survey 2012 to 2013: technical report
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Supports users of the English housing survey findings and data sets.

Attitudes and satisfaction with housing and community issues
23 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data from the Survey of English Housing.

CIH appoints new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
23 Jul 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland
A new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Nicola McCrudden, who is currently policy and communications manager at Northern Ireland housing advice charity Housing Rights Service, will take up her new role in early October.

Federation response to the English Housing Survey
23 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
News article: Federation responds to the data that shows an increase in the proportion of 25-34 years olds renting privately.

Renting Homes – Illustrative Model Contract
23 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Renting Homes White Paper, which was the subject of a separate consultation in 2013, proposed replacing what is currently a confusing and complex area of law with a clearer, simpler and more straightforward legal framework. This consultation sets out what the new contracts under Renting Homes could look like, together with examples of the sort of supporting guidance that may be required. Submit comments by 14 October 2014.

Study shows scale of troubled families' problems
22 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
New report shows the range of troubled families' problems.

HB Bulletin G7/2014
22 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff. Includes a service level agreement between DWP Debt Management and local authorities for the recovery of Housing Benefit overpayments.

Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Domestic)
22 Jul 14 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England, Wales
Consultation on the proposed energy efficiency regulations under the Energy Act 2011 for the domestic private rented sector. This consultation closes at 2 September 2014.

Insights across Society, the Economy and the Environment - Reflections on Measuring National Well-being
22 Jul 14 - Office for National Statistics | England
As the Well-being programme ceases to be a project and becomes an on-going programme of work, this article details the progress made over the life of the project. It details the progress made from the original consultation exercise to the regular outputs currently being published.

Community Life Survey 2013 to 2014: statistical analysis
22 Jul 14 - Cabinet Office | England
The Community Life Survey is a survey commissioned by the Cabinet Office. It provides official statistics on issues that are important to encouraging social action and empowering communities, including volunteering, giving, community engagement and well-being. The statistical press release provides a brief overview of the survey’s headline findings and the bulletin provides an expanded analysis.

Fuel Poverty (England) Regulations 2014 and methodology
22 Jul 14 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England
The Government has laid draft regulations before Parliament to put in place a new long term fuel poverty target. The Regulations will create in law a new fuel poverty target of ensuring that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency standard of Band C by 2030.

Call for evidence on energy issues affecting park homes
22 Jul 14 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | All
This call for evidence seeks to gain further information on Park Homes allowing us to better understand the key barriers that prevent Park Homes benefitting from DECC’s schemes. This call for evidence will run to the 30 September 2014.

Understanding Troubled Families
22 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Report on the Troubled Families programme and annex giving results of statistical tests carried out on the family monitoring data.

Government to update communications with benefit claimants
22 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
The government is set to update the way it talks to benefit claimants, setting up a specialist team to look at all communications – including claimant letters – and working more closely with local authorities and advice centres to simplify the system.

'Affordable Homes Programme to transform the way we build'
22 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: latest details of the government’s Affordable Homes Programme over 2015-18.

Federation response to 2015-18 AHP allocations
22 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Federation responds to the HCA’s confirmation of almost £900m of allocations for the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme.

Independent review of the operation of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions validated by the Jobseekers Act 2013
22 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Matthew Oakley's independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions for claimants failing to take part in back to work schemes. Covers issues around Housing Benefit. Several social landlords contributed to the review process.

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions: independent review
22 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Matthew Oakley's independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions for claimants failing to take part in back to work schemes.

Young people lead community change at National Citizen Service Wales launch
21 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Young people were encouraged to volunteer to help their communities at the launch of the National Citizen Service in Wales. The National Citizen Service will give Welsh teenagers the opportunity to take part in a residential course as well as activities near home, before designing and carrying out their own social action project such as putting on a sports day for local people or renovating a community garden.

Reform of anti-social behaviour powers: statutory guidance for frontline professionals
21 Jul 14 - Home Office | England, Wales
This guidance is written primarily for the police officers, council staff and social landlords who will use the new powers. Part 1 looks at the new measures being introduced to give victims a greater say in the way their reports of anti-social behaviour are dealt with. Part 2 then outlines the new powers. The Government has worked closely with frontline professionals, victims and others in the development of the legislation, and it will continue to work to ensure that this guidance helps professionals make best use of the new powers to protect the public.

Finance policy quarterly update - Summer 2014
21 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
A snapshot of a range of finance policy issues being worked on at the Federation.

Cutting the cost of keeping warm: a new fuel poverty strategy for England
21 Jul 14 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England
The consultation seeks to explain how the Government will move from the broad principles it set out last year to helping those that need support most, driving cost effective interventions and maintaining its regard for those most vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. The Government seeks views on how it can improve the design and delivery of policy in order to try and meet the target. This consultation closes on 7 October 2014.

ASB benchmarking: analysis of results 2013/14
18 Jul 14 - HouseMark | All
The seventh annual report looking at how social landlords that use HouseMark's anti-social behaviour (ASB) benchmarking system are tackling ASB on a day-to-day basis - with estimates of how much it costs social landlords to manage ASB. It covers the financial year 2013/14, with cost data from 2012/13.

Local Growth Deals
18 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
This briefing provides information about Local Growth Deals which provide funding to LEPs.

Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies (JHLAS)
18 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The aim of the review is to align the housing land supply and Local Development Plan monitoring processes. This review also forms part of the wider proposals to improve local delivery of the planning system, which are set out in the Positive Planning consultation paper. The closing date for comments is 10 October 2014.

New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) Administrative Procedures
18 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
These administrative procedures provide detailed operational guidance for Registered Social Landlords and grant providers on the New Supply Shared Equity scheme.

Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) Administrative Procedures
18 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
These administrative procedures provide detailed operational guidance for agents who administer the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Veterans' accommodation to receive £20 million funding
17 Jul 14 - Number 10 | England
News article: the Prime Minister announces 8 projects that will share nearly £20 million of funding to improve accommodation for armed forces veterans.

Tenants leading change
17 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
How council and housing association tenants can get involved in making their neighbourhood a better place to live.

Generation 2050: Better long-term decision making - a resource for local government
17 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
This document forms part of the support being provided to local authorities in preparing for the Well-Being of Future Generations Bill. Produced by Netherwood Sustainable Futures and PwC.

£4.5 million for social landlords
17 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Social landlords will now be able to apply for a share of £4.5 million in funding for energy efficiency measures as part of the Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme. The scheme provides funding to individual households and social landlords towards the cost of measures such as boiler upgrades and home insulation. Additional Green Homes Cashback funding was announced in May, and from today, social landlords will be able to apply for their share of a £4.5 million pot of this funding.

From Rhetoric to Reality - Health and housing
17 Jul 14 - NHS Confederation | Wales
This briefing, produced jointly with Community Housing Cymru, sets out how partnerships with the housing sector are vital to reducing pressure on a wide range of health services.

SHR endorse SFHA's model codes of conduct
16 Jul 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has endorsed the Scottish Federation of Housing Association's (SFHA) model codes of conduct for governing body members and staff of registered social landlords. The codes were developed to provide RSLs with models they could adopt to uphold and promote the standards of behaviour and conduct expected of governing body members and staff and support RSLs to meet our Regulatory Standards.

SFHA Codes of Conduct published
16 Jul 14 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) share the common goal of supporting good governance in registered social landlords. To that end, the two organisations are pleased to announce that the SFHA has produced model codes for governing body members and staff of registered social landlords and that the SHR endorses these.

Homes and Communities Agency Corporate Plan 2014-18
16 Jul 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Sets out the Homes and Communities Agency key objectives and priorities from 2014 to 2015.

'Easement for homeless persons' memo
16 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Tells us that, 'An amendment has been made to the regulations to help support homeless claimants on Jobseekers Allowance in finding sustainable living accommodation which will help to remove a barrier into employment.'

Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 30 April 2014
16 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics for April 2013 to 30 April 2014 with breakdowns by Jobcentre Plus office, local authority and parliamentary constituency.

Andy Ludlow Awards Shortlist Announced
16 Jul 14 - London Housing Foundation | England
Shortlisted projects for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards 2014 have been announced.

Lib Dems commit to spare room subsidy reform
16 Jul 14 - Liberal Democrats | All
The Liberal Democrats have said they plan to significantly reform spare room subsidy rules. The plans will see those already in the social rented sector only lose their benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and turn it down.

Commissioner Welcomes Publication of the Declaration of the Rights of Older People
16 Jul 14 - Older People’s Commissioner for Wales | Wales
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has strongly welcomed the introduction of a Welsh Declaration of the Rights of Older People, which will protect and enhance the rights of older people across Wales.

Declaration of Rights for older people
16 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Following a public consultation, Wales has adopted a Declaration of Rights for older people. It will help them understand their rights more effectively and how they relate to current equality and human rights laws. It also helps those responsible for the development and delivery of public services on how they can support and engage effectively with older people.

Consumers need more choice as well as a payday loan cap
15 Jul 14 - Citizens Advice | All
News article: as the Financial Conduct Authority proposes to stop the overall cost of a payday loan exceeding 100% of what was borrowed, Citizens Advice highlights the need for a greater choice in short-term lending and calls on banks to offer micro loans.

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: interim evaluation report
15 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Early findings from the evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy.

Scottish Welfare Fund helps over 80,000 households
15 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News article: over 80,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, during its first year of operation.

Housing’s offer to health
15 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Describes the role housing plays in improving health outcomes and examples of how this works in practice.

Local Housing Allowance: monitoring the impact of changes
15 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
Final reports evaluating changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit from April 2011.

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2014
15 Jul 14 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | All
Sets out to answer a range of questions about household incomes and how these have changed since the financial crisis.

Moves of Housing Benefit claimants: July 2014
15 Jul 14 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Statistics on moves of Housing Benefit (HB) claimants from quarter March to May 2010 to quarter June to August 2013.

Measures to improve public health & planning among First Minister’s legislative priorities
15 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
Among the new bills proposed by the Welsh Government are laws which will simplify the planning process, lay the ground for local authority mergers, ensure Wales has world-class qualifications, improve public health and implement new taxes, as recommended by the Silk Commission.

Superfast broadband boost
15 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
More than 90,000 homes and businesses in 18 local authority areas across Scotland will be next to get fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Housing transfer manual: period to 31 March 2016
14 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Guidance on how to transfer housing stock from local authorities to a new landlord and apply for funding.

'£100 million fund will put power in the hands of tenants'
14 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: council tenants wanting more influence and control over their homes will have access to a share of £100 million.

Renters held to ransom as rising prices force them out
14 Jul 14 - Citizens Advice | All
News article: growing numbers of private sector tenants are turning to Citizens Advice after facing eviction despite being up to date with their rent, the national charity has revealed.

Re-imagining regeneration: opportunities for housing associations as strategic partners
14 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Examines the role of housing associations in regenerating neighbourhoods.

Housing and planning: what makes the difference?
14 Jul 14 - Smith Institute (The) | England
What can be done to boost housing supply, provide more affordable homes and create better places?

Housing associations and the NHS: new thinking, new partnerships
14 Jul 14 - Smith Institute (The) | England
Provides a snapshot of current thinking around some elements of the health / housing agenda, including using surplus NHS land to improve clinical outcomes.

Review of Local Government Complaints 2013-14
14 Jul 14 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
A broad ranging round-up which finds that there was a 39 per cent decrease in housing complaints over the period covered by the report.

WLGA Response: Distribution of the Settlement Value and the Housing Related Borrowing Cap
14 Jul 14 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
The WLGA has submitted a response to the Welsh Government's consultation exercsie on 'Distribution of the Settlement Value and the Housing Related Borrowing Cap for Individual Stock Retaining Local Housing Authorities.

£16 million Youth Engagement Fund promoted around the country
14 Jul 14 - Cabinet Office | England
News article: the £16 million Youth Engagement Fund aims to improve young peoples’ educational achievement and employability.

Consultation on improving the availability of allotments and community gardens
14 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The purpose is to set out Welsh Government’s strategic policy framework to identify and supply land for allotment use and help to boost skills, mental and physical health and to regenerate local communities. The Welsh Government's commitment to increase the availability of land for allotments and the aims of its Community Grown Food Action Plan are both reflected in the proposals contained in this consultation. The consultation closes on 6 October 2014.

Closing the Digital Divide
14 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today announce an additional £2.5 million funding to support digital connectivity across Scotland’s hard-to-reach communities.

Why is it important to change local authority borrowing rules?
11 Jul 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
An essay which forms part of CIH's policy discussion series.

Transparency in social housing assets value
11 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This consultation invites comments on proposals to increase local transparency in social housing value.

Relaxation of jobseeking rules for homeless claimants
10 Jul 14 - Northern Ireland Housing Executive | Northern Ireland
News article: new regulations come into force on 21 July 2014 which will ease the conditions on homeless jobseekers who are looking for work.

Call for Evidence: financing more social homes
10 Jul 14 - Policy Exchange | All
The Policy Exchange asks for responses to a range of questions to inform a piece of work.

The introduction of Universal Credit to couples
10 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
A briefing which looks at the implications for housing associations and tenants of the roll out to include couples.

U.S model could help housing associations build homes without government funding
10 Jul 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
News article: tax credits could help housing associations build homes without the need for increased government grant funding according to a new report examining their successful use in the USA.

Child poverty strategy for Wales - Final report
09 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The overarching aim of the evaluation was “to understand the impact of the Welsh Government’s CPS on child poverty, but also importantly what impact the existence of a strategy has made on the actions of the Welsh Government and Public Bodies to reduce child poverty”.

New housebuilding figures paint bleak picture
09 Jul 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
News article: commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for January to March 2014, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland said, "Social housing had its best year in a decade, but overall the figures paint a bleak picture for house-building in Northern Ireland as the crisis in housing continues."

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around
09 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years.

People on benefits struggling to cope warns Citizens Advice Cymru
08 Jul 14 - Citizens Advice | Wales
News article: a report, ‘One Day at a Time’ launched by Citizens Advice Cymru highlights that many of the most vulnerable in Wales are being forced into hardship due to the biggest changes to the welfare system in over sixty years.

Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme monthly statistics
08 Jul 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.

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January - March 2014
08 Jul 14 - Northern Ireland Department for Social Development | Northern Ireland
Facts and figures from Northern Ireland's housing sector.

Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
08 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
The White Paper ‘Reforming Local Government’ is the Welsh Government’s statement of intent about the future of Local Government. The Paper seeks views on whether the Welsh Government's vision is the right one, and suggestions on how it could be further developed. Submit your comments by 01 October 2014

Supplementary guidance on the rent standard
08 Jul 14 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Covers formal waivers to the rent standard.

Performance Matters - Edition 2
08 Jul 14 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland

The second edition in SHR's series of 'Performance Matters' reports. These reports are about sharing positive practice and action points which social landlords (Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and local authoritie s) can consider in terms of their own performance in delivering services.

In this report the SHR present the findings from a recent exercise that its Tenant Assessors conducted on its behalf. This exercise focused on how social landlords are promoting Significant Performance Failures and providing related information to tenants.

Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives - Commons Library Note
08 Jul 14 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This note summarises measures taken by the Government to increase housing supply.

HCA consultation on changes to the regulatory framework: CIH briefing
08 Jul 14 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
A detailed response from the CIH, with details which members may be interested in.

Growth Deals: firing up local economies
07 Jul 14 - Number 10 | England
The government has agreed a series of Growth Deals to help boost local economies.

Support to resolve social tenants' complaints
07 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News article: 'Clear and simple complaints process information for social tenants now available online.'

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

Local Growth Fund: housing revenue account borrowing
07 Jul 14 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Kris Hopkins writes to local authority leaders about additional housing revenue account borrowing.

£1 million energy advice programme opens for business
07 Jul 14 - Department of Energy and Climate Change | England
News article: householders up and down the country are set to benefit from an extensive programme of energy saving advice.

Housing associations support rural ‘circle of life’
07 Jul 14 - National Housing Federation | England
Nicola Inchbald examines how housing associations are helping rural people achieve sustainable local communities.

The case for a systemic approach to digital skills
07 Jul 14 - Citizens Online | All
Digital skills charity Citizens Online has called for a radical change to the way the 6.8m offline adults in the UK are given skills training and support.

Scottish Housing Market Review, June 2014
04 Jul 14 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Collates a range of statistics on house prices, housing market activity, cost and availability of finance and repossessions.

SPSO briefing note - Scottish Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill
04 Jul 14 - Scottish Public Services Ombudsman | Scotland
The Ombudsman has provided a briefing note on the Scottish Government's intended policy that the SPSO take on a new role in reviewing decisions of the Scottish Welfare Funds (SWF). This proposal is included in the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill that is before the Scottish Parliament.

Minister announces boost to roll out digital inclusion for hard to reach groups
03 Jul 14 - Welsh Government | Wales
News article: a major push to target people who are not yet online to ensure they are not disadvantaged by the pace of technological change was announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert.

Housing Repossessions Taskforce publishes its initial research report
03 Jul 14 - Northern Ireland Executive | Northern Ireland
The Repossessions Taskforce, established in early 2014 by Housing Minister Nelson McCausland, has completed its research phase and published its initial evidence paper on the impact of negative equity, repayment arrears and repossessions in Northern Ireland.

 

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