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Moving on without moving out: the impacts of regeneration on the Rayners Lane Estate
27 May 16 - Home Group | England
Outcomes of a long term regeneration scheme with a wide range of positive outcomes. This could serve as a model for similar schemes elsewhere.

'It’s time for health and housing professionals to stop working in isolation'
26 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Commentary from Carol Bode: Radian Group Chair and Deputy Chair of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide
26 May 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users.

House building in England: January to March 2016
26 May 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
House building starts and completions by tenure.

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today
25 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Universal Credit has been expanded to include people who are in or out of work.

Housing and Planning Act 2016
24 May 16 - legislation.gov.uk | England
Full text of the Act.

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014
24 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014.

Women’s Aid Federations across the UK join Europe-wide campaign in support of women survivors of violence
24 May 16 - Welsh Women's Aid | Wales
News of partnerships set up to tackle domestic violence.

Housing Sector Demonstrates Financial Resilience and Stability
24 May 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The Welsh housing sector continues to demonstrate financial resilience.

Tenant consultation where consent is required: a guide for tenants
23 May 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
A useful guide.

Tenants are being notified about the impact of the Benefit Cap
20 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England, Scotland, Wales
Tenants affected by the Benefit Cap will shortly receive letters from the DWP.

Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO): civilian housing briefs
20 May 16 - Ministry of Defence | England, Scotland, Wales
Joint Service Housing Advice Office civilian housing briefs for personnel considering their housing options.

Amendment of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 screening
20 May 16 - Northern Ireland Department for Communities | Northern Ireland
Relates to the application of the private sector grant arrangements and the arrangements for the treatment of new benefits with regard to the calculation of grants.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: May 2016
19 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Information for local authority housing staff.

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates
19 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes figures for housing benefit.

Funding supported and sheltered housing consultation
18 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation asks members to respond to a consultation.

Housing Benefit caseload statistics
18 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Detailed statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants.

Allocating social housing (England)
18 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Outlines the legal framework contained in Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996.

Housing associations continue to provide employment support in challenging times
16 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Findings from an Employment Support Audit.

Open Market Shared Equity Scheme (OMSE) Information Leaflet
13 May 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A leaflet on the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme that helps eligible buyers on low to moderate incomes to purchase a home.

Open Market Shared Equity Scheme (OMSE) Administrative Procedures
13 May 16 - 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.

Mind the gap: the growing shortfall between private rents and help with housing costs
13 May 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Analysis conducted by CIH - focusing on LHA rates since 2012 - found that in some areas of the UK, people are only able to afford to rent in the bottom five or 10 per cent of the private rented sector (PRS) market.

Housing and Planning Bill receives Royal Assent
13 May 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 May. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Review of the Housing Fitness Standard
13 May 16 - Northern Ireland Department for Communities | Northern Ireland
The Department has commenced a review of the housing fitness standard and as a first step has circulated a discussion document and supporting papers.

The housing revenue account (accounting practices) directions 2016
12 May 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This document provides details of items required to be included in the local housing authorities’ housing revenue accounts.

Estate Regeneration Briefing for expert panel
12 May 16 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England
This briefing examines the policy context, lessons from previous estate regeneration initiatives and evidence on the relationship between housing and poverty.

Transforming finance and procurement in local government survey report 2016
12 May 16 - Capita | England
A survey, commissioned by Capita Integrated Business Solutions, looks at how local government organisations perceive the value of their technology in increasing productivity and saving cost.

Housebuilding industry and Government announce shared ambition to increase housing output
11 May 16 - Home Builders Federation | England
HBF, on behalf of its larger members today published a Statement of intent outlining an ambition to deliver further increases in housing supply.

List of registered providers as at 6 May 2016
11 May 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations, published monthly

Judgment paves way to build more homes on small sites
11 May 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Smaller builders developing sites of 10 homes or fewer will be able to get work started on their sites, without facing charges that could leave them unable to build any homes at all.

Housing and Planning Bill: Lords amendments and Ping Pong
10 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on amendments made to the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 during its Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the House of Lords. The paper has been updated to include consideration of the Bill by the Commons on 3 May and Lords on 4 May.

Reshaping care for older people - Impact report
10 May 16 - Audit Scotland | Scotland
This report looks at the impact made by the Audit Scotland report 'Reshaping care for older people', which was published in February 2014.

FRS 102: guidance for non-finance executives
10 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Material for non-finance executives on the technical changes brought about by FRS 102.

Zero Carbon Homes
10 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This report looks at the proposals for zero carbon homes and the Government's decision not to proceed with the scheme announced in July 2015.

Three things we must get right as Voluntary Right to Buy is rolled out
10 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England
There are three things we can do to cement our reputation as an innovative, ‘can do’ sector and prove that housing associations are a key part of the solution to the housing crisis.

New Government departments created
09 May 16 - Northern Ireland Executive | Northern Ireland
The number of Government departments has been reduced from 12 to nine.

Comparing counts of electricity meters and addresses by postcode in England and Wales
09 May 16 - Office for National Statistics | England, Wales
A comparison between counts of domestic electricity meters published by DECC and counts of residential addresses from AddressBase by postcode in England and Wales.

How do you create a neighbourhood from scratch?
09 May 16 - National Housing Federation | England
In the context of the renewed interest in delivering garden cities and new settlements, the lessons from Alconbury Weald in Cambridgshire are valuable for anyone seeking to take on a strategic site.

Applying as homeless from an assured shorthold tenancy (England)
09 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the practice of English local authorities requiring assured shorthold tenants, who have been served with a notice of the landlord’s intention to seek possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, to remain in situ until a court order/bailiff’s warrant has been obtained before accepting a statutory duty under the homelessness provisions of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended).

Regeneration revival? Making housing-led regeneration work across England
09 May 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
This latest research seeks to address what the potential benefits of housing-led regeneration in the current context may be, the types of projects currently occurring, and the lessons that can be learned from them.

Support for ex-offenders: our response to Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry
08 May 16 - Homeless Link | All
In a joint response with Clinks to the Work and Pensions Select Committee we share our views on where support for people with experience of the criminal justice system could be improved.

HB Direct May 2016: Issue 167
06 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | All
The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme consultation response by National Energy Action
06 May 16 - National Energy Action | England
A consultation response to the government's reformed and refocsed renewable heat incentive scheme.

Housing must be top of the agenda in Welsh Government’s new Programme for Government
06 May 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The Welsh housing sector is calling on the new Welsh Government to recognise the vital impact housing has on health, education and the economy in Wales by committing to an ambitious plan for housing in their new Programme for Government.

Help to Buy (equity loan): registration form
06 May 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The registration form developers and house builders must complete to participate in the Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme.

Factoring sevices in Scotland - a thematic inquiry - May 2016
06 May 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
A report highlighting the importance of providing continued value for money to around 118,00 people who use the factoring services of social landlords across Scotland.

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme
05 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the assistance available for certain households with their mortgage interest payments.

Empty housing (England)
05 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This Housing of Commons Library briefing outlines local authorities’ powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.

Hatching a plan for older people's housing
05 May 16 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | England
This viewpoint looks at the future role of planning, suggesting that a comprehensive review of planning practice relating to older people's housing could help meet housing needs across all generations.

How to make a right to rent check: video
05 May 16 - Home Office | England
The Home Office has produced a video explaining how landlords can make right to rent checks on their tenants.

Lifetime tenancies: equalities impact assessment
04 May 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Assesses the impact of provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill to review the use of lifetime tenancies.

LSE research shows significant social return on investment for London regeneration project
04 May 16 - London School of Economics and Political Science | England
Home Group has published the results of a report carried out by LSE to assess the impact of a £140m regeneration programme at Rayners Lane, a former council owned estate in the London Borough of Harrow.

CIH comment on the Public Account Committee’s right to buy report
29 Apr 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Raises a number of issues relating to government proposals to extend the right to buy.

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes summary of annual risk assessment
29 Apr 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published its annual summary of risk assessment outcomes.

Dwelling stock estimates in England: 2015
28 Apr 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Estimates of the number of dwellings in England.

Empty homes reach all time low
28 Apr 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The number of empty homes is now at its lowest level since records began.

Destitution in the UK
27 Apr 16 - Joseph Rowntree Foundation | England, Scotland, Wales
'This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected.'

Housing bodies unite in joint call to tackle homes shortage
26 Apr 16 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
Scottish housing bodies have asked politicians to tackle the country's housing crisis by supporting an increase in the supply of sustainable homes.

Welfare Reform Update
22 Apr 16 - National Housing Federation | England, Scotland, Wales
This is a newsletter produced by the National Housing Federation.

Scottish Social Housing Charter - Revised Technical Guidance - April 2016
22 Apr 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Updated guidelines.

CIH Scotland submission on Rental Income Guarantee Scheme
22 Apr 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
CIH Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Government's recent consulation on the Rental Income Guarantee Scheme.

Do your homes comply with the heat network metering and billing regulations?
21 Apr 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Brief advice about complying with the Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations.

Research shows the impact of welfare reforms on social tenants
19 Apr 16 - Sheffield Hallam University | England
A study from Sheffield Hallam University reveals that welfare reforms will cost social tenants disproportionately more than owner occupied households.

The homelessness legislation
19 Apr 16 - Crisis | England, Scotland, Wales
This report is an independent review of the legal duties owed to homeless people.

Housing Benefit briefing: 19 April 2016
19 Apr 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Guidance for local authority HB staff.

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates
18 Apr 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Explains the policy, and potential impact on social housing tenants.

Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 to 2021: qualification
18 Apr 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
How to apply to become an HCA investment partner.

Household savings, income and debt in the UK by tenure
14 Apr 16 - National Housing Federation | All
Data reveals how marginalised social tenants really are.

Northern Ireland housing system in need of repair
14 Apr 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
The Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland has published its Agenda for Change.

Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 to 2021: guidance
13 Apr 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Designed to increase the supply of Shared Ownership and other affordable homes in England by March 2021.

Exclusions from social housing rent reductions
12 Apr 16 - Anthony Collins Solicitors | England
A legal update / briefing.

LGA briefing: Housing and Planning Bill House of Lords, Report Stage
11 Apr 16 - Local Government Association | England, Scotland, Wales
A briefing paper.

New figures reveal 1.5m cold homes across Scotland
11 Apr 16 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
Political parties should commit to ridding Scotland of the ‘scourge’ of cold homes by 2025, said campaigners ...

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2016
07 Apr 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes housing benefit data.

New Government Guidance on disposal of Local Authority Assets: are we "on-message"?
06 Apr 16 - Anthony Collins Solicitors | England
An article by Anthony Collins associate, Sarah Patrice.

Homeless applications continue to fall in Scotland
05 Apr 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A National Statistics publication.

Pay to Stay consultation
05 Apr 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Commentary from the National Housing Federation.

Voluntary Right to Buy: briefing on the policy development process
05 Apr 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Sets out the process for operationalising Voluntary Right to Buy and explains how key decisions are being taken and by whom.

Quarterly Homelessness Statistics: Scotland
05 Apr 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A bulletin.

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2015 to 2016
05 Apr 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Guidance for local authorities.

In sickness and in health - Extra Care Housing works especially well for couples
05 Apr 16 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | All
A Housing LIN Case Study.

Communities share £560,000 for digital projects
04 Apr 16 - Local Government Association | England
'Projects involving 34 councils have bid successfully for £560,000 funding for digital schemes to transform local services and tackle problems they are already working to resolve.'

Capturing Creativity - Pat Chown Award 2016
04 Apr 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The long running Pat Chown Award is open for entries.

HB Direct April 2016: Issue 166
01 Apr 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
A housing benefit newsletter.

Housing Matters magazine: index of articles published
01 Apr 16 - Ministry of Defence | England
A list of articles published in Housing Matters magazine.

Reduction in social housing rents
01 Apr 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
An outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016.

Regulator publishes its plans to engage with social landlords
31 Mar 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
This publication marks the completion of the Regulator’s annual risk assessment.

Investing in housing makes business sense, according to leading Welsh industry figures
30 Mar 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
'Some of Wales’ leading business figures have given their backing to the Homes for Wales campaign.'

Regulator finds that most RSLs continue to manage their resources to ensure financial wellbeing but warns of rent risk
24 Mar 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published an analysis finding that most registered social landlords are continuing to manage their resources well.

Right to Buy sales in England: October to December 2015
24 Mar 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.'

Housing survey: councils warn of rise in homelessness and waiting lists
24 Mar 16 - Local Government Association | England
According to a survey by the Local Government Association, homelessness will increase and housing waiting lists will get longer due to a cocktail of government housing policies.

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

Statutory homelessness in England: October to December 2015
23 Mar 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Local authority data.

Housing Minister's speech to Home Builders Federation Policy Forum
22 Mar 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'Housing Minister Brandon Lewis' speech outlines the government's housing aims including its intention to deliver 1 million homes by 2021.'

Review of the statutory housing fitness standard screening
22 Mar 16 - Northern Ireland Department for Social Development | Northern Ireland
About a review of the statutory housing fitness standard.

Crisis launches Manifesto to End Homelessness in Scotland
21 Mar 16 - Crisis | Scotland
Crisis has published a new manifesto.

Delays to Disabled Facilities Grant process have major impact on people’s lives says Ombudsman
18 Mar 16 - Local Government Ombudsman | England
'People with disabilities are being left for too long in unsuitable homes because of problems with councils’ Disabled Facilities Grants processes.'

Budget 2016 briefing
18 Mar 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Covers the main announcements.

An overview of local government in Scotland 2016
17 Mar 16 - Audit Scotland | Scotland
The report says that budget cuts mean stark choices ahead for many councils.

Succession rights and social housing
17 Mar 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
An overview of tenants' statutory rights.

 

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