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Voids and lettings analysis 2015
14 May 16 - Inside Housing | England
A potentially useful source of voids data.

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.

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.'

Health Audit of Homelessness: Wales
27 Apr 16 - Cymorth Cymru | Wales
A survey commissioned by the Welsh Government to establish the health needs of homeless people.

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.

Budget 2016: in-depth briefing
16 Mar 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
A briefing from Community Housing Cymru.

A Tangled Web? Housing Policy from a new government
15 Mar 16 - Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners | England
A report suggesting that we are moving away from sub-market rents towards sub-market home ownership.

Consultation on the design of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for 2017 and beyond
15 Mar 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Covers proposed savings made to the Scottish Household Survey.

Connected Councils: a digital vision of local government in 2025
15 Mar 16 - Nesta | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
'Councils could make as much £14.7bn in savings through greater digitisation of services, a review by the Public Service Transformation Network and the think-tank Nesta has found.'

Going digital offers councils £14.7bn in savings
15 Mar 16 - Public Finance | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
'Councils could make as much £14.7bn in savings through greater digitisation of services, a review by the Public Service Transformation Network and the think-tank Nesta has found.'

Beyond the bubble - housing and the public
15 Mar 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
An essay, written as part of CIH's centenary year.

£406 million for affordable homes
10 Mar 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The article says, 'All 32 of Scotland’s councils will share £406 million in grant subsidy in 2016/17 to deliver more affordable homes, over £100 million more than last years’ allocation.'

Quarterly revenue outturn for local authorities in England: October to December 2015
10 Mar 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Includes some 'housing specific' data.

Affordable Homes Programme 2015 to 2018: quarterly updates
10 Mar 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Quarterly updates to allocations made under the Affordable Homes Programme 2015 to 2018.

'Right to Buy' suspension to help meet social housing demand in Wales
10 Mar 16 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
"A number of local councils are exploring a five year suspension of ‘Right to Buy’ to secure the future supply of social housing in Wales."

SFHA secures further LBTT exemptions for housing associations
09 Mar 16 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
'The Scottish Parliament has passed the Land and Building Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Tax Bill.'

New house building: October to December 2015
09 Mar 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Starts, commencements and completions data.

Public Accounts Committee on right to buy told affordable homes that are sold must be replaced or sector faces a further decline
09 Mar 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Commentary from CIH chief executive, Terrie Alafat.

Strategy to end violence against women and girls: 2016 to 2020
08 Mar 16 - Home Office | England, Wales
'Actions the government will be taking towards its strategy of ending violence against women and girls.'

Rent setting: social housing (England)
08 Mar 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Explains key policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002.

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents
08 Mar 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Information on 'pay to stay', under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over £60,000 market or near market rents.

Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?
08 Mar 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
A Commons briefing paper.

Welsh Government confirms £100k to support Rural Housing Enablers
08 Mar 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
About the allocation of extra funding.

Growing Older Together: An Overview of Collaborative Forms of Housing for Older People
07 Mar 16 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | England, Scotland, Wales
This report shows how collaborative models of service delivery could be embraced by social landlords.

Building a new deal for London: Final report of the London Housing Commission
07 Mar 16 - Institute for Public Policy Research | England
The report includes proposals to create a 'new deal' to address the capital's housing crisis.

Homes and Communities Agency review: call for evidence
04 Mar 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
DCLG is carrying out a review of the Homes and Communities Agency.

Quarterly survey of private registered providers
02 Mar 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Shows that the sector remains financially robust.

Social housing vacancies, lettings and arrears: financial year ending March 2015
02 Mar 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
An annual report.

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2015-16 to 2020-21
02 Mar 16 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England, Scotland, Wales
Finds that planned cuts to benefits and tax credits will mean no growth in the incomes of poorer households on average over the next five years.

Most councils would not class starter homes as affordable, survey finds
01 Mar 16 - Guardian.co.uk | England
'Only 7% of local authorities in England say discounted starter homes will address need for affordable housing, TCPA poll reveals.'

Housing body launches ‘Agenda for Change’ in lead-up to Holyrood elections
01 Mar 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has launched an Agenda for Change, outlining a series of recommendations to improve Scotland’s housing system across five key policy areas.

Guarantees programme to raise further £150m
01 Mar 16 - Inside Housing | England
'The Affordable Homes Guarantees Programme (AHGP) is poised to return to the bond market in the coming weeks with the latest tap of its low cost bond.' (Paywall £)

Housing market bulletin: March 2016
01 Mar 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The latest information on the housing market.

Housing Benefit Direct: March 2016
01 Mar 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Covers policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year
01 Mar 16 - National Housing Federation | England
The Government has announced a delay to the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap.

CIH Cymru joint letter to Lord Freud on supported housing
01 Mar 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru | Wales
Covers a range of issues.

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes portal versions of Social Housing Charter Technical Guidance for landlords
29 Feb 16 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Includes FAQs.

£25m for affordable homes in rural Scotland
26 Feb 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
News of a fund to boost house building and regeneration.

Cold homes claiming needless lives
26 Feb 16 - National Energy Action | England
National Energy Action says that Health and Wellbeing Boards are spending over £27,000 a day treating patients with health problems brought on by cold or damp housing.

Rough sleeping in England: autumn 2015
25 Feb 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Annual statistical release evaluating the extent of rough sleeping.

House building in England: October to December 2015
25 Feb 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
House building starts and completions by tenure.

Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2016
25 Feb 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff.

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

Tenants unable to join right-to-buy scheme
25 Feb 16 - Sheffield Hallam University | England
According to research by Sheffield Hallam University, take up of Right to Buy among social housing tenants is likely to be very low.

Home Truths 2015/2016: the housing market in London
23 Feb 16 - National Housing Federation | England
One of nine editions covering English regions.

Homes blueprint
23 Feb 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
'Government responds to independent housing report.'

Health and housing guides provide roadmap for integrated working
23 Feb 16 - Housing Learning and Improvement Network | England
Free documents are available covering this topic.

Locked Out: How property crowdfunding could help the next generation of homeowners
22 Feb 16 - Social Market Foundation | England, Scotland, Wales
The report contains useful ideas, but claims that the UK's housing market displays many symptoms of failure.

The best of both worlds: the United Kingdom's special status in a reformed European Union
22 Feb 16 - Cabinet Office | England, Scotland, Wales
A white paper on European reform stating that new tenants who try to get social homes will be required to live in their locales for four years, rather than the current two year period.

'Short-sighted Government housing policy will not meet objectives'
19 Feb 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
The National Policy for the Built Environment Committee is concerned, 'about the quality of new developments, and about the risk of housing delivery being prioritised at the expense of other elements of the built environment.'

Impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (social rented housing)
19 Feb 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes findings regarding the so-called bedroom tax.

'Building better places' report
19 Feb 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This report by the House of Lords' National Policy for the Built Environment committee says, 'We do not believe the Government can deliver the stepchange required for housing supply without taking measures to allow local authorities and housing associations each to play their full part in delivering new homes.'

English housing survey 2014 to 2015: headline report
18 Feb 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Findings from the English housing survey 2014 to 2015.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments
18 Feb 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 had its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 9 February.

2015 Global accounts of housing providers
17 Feb 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
An annual summary of the financial status of registered providers.

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

 

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