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Queen's Speech 2015: lobby document
27 May 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Wales
This document, also known as a 'lobby pack', sets out the UK Government's legislative programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech. It includes, for example, details of the Housing Bill.

Federation answers Right to Buy extension
26 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Read the Federation's reply to the Government's announcement that Right to Buy will be extended to housing association tenants.

New president confirmed for Chartered Institute of Housing
22 May 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Geraldine Howley has been appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Housing following the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.

Half a million children living in unsafe private rented homes
21 May 15 - Citizens Advice | England, Wales
Rogue landlords are raking in £5.6billion a year for unsafe homes that fail to meet legal standards, a new report shows.

Brandon Lewis welcomes housebuilding surge
21 May 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister welcomes new figures showing a surge in the numbers of new homes being built across the country.

Welfare reform update - May 2015
21 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Looks at how the Federation is responding to welfare reforms.

Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
21 May 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
'Explains and compares the legal duties on local authorities (and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive) to assist people presenting as homeless in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.'

House building in England: January to March 2015
21 May 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
House building starts and completions statistics by tenure.

Housebuilding falls short of demand
21 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The Federation responded to housebuilding figures which show a shortfall of new homes.

NIFHA Chief Executive: Housing associations can deliver much more through reforms
20 May 15 - Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations | Northern Ireland
'NIFHA Chief Executive Cameron Watt outlines the vital role of housing associations and opportunities for the sector to deliver much more through current reforms.'

Seven ways social landlords can prepare for universal credit
19 May 15 - Guardian.co.uk | England
Sanctuary Housing took part in pilot tests for the government’s new benefits payment system. Here are its tips on preparing for the changeover.

£108m funds improvements to Welsh social housing
19 May 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
A £108m investment in Wales’ social housing stock has been announced by Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths.

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman headline statistics: 2014-15
19 May 15 - Scottish Public Services Ombudsman | Scotland
A range of figures which help to paint a picture of complaint levels.

The impact of welfare reform on local government and the social housing sector
18 May 15 - Grant Thornton | England
Grant Thornton's report argues that welfare reforms 'will pressurise local authorities', while increasing homelessness and PRS evictions.

We need a strategy to communicate the housing offer to health
18 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Commentary from Dan Lyus, Strategy and Growth Director at Aster Group.

Statistical Data Return (SDR) reminder
18 May 15 - NROSH+ | England
'The Statistical Data Return (SDR) is due from all private registered providers of social housing by 31 May 2015'.

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: January to March 2015
15 May 15 - Ministry of Justice | England, Wales
Official statistics on mortgage and landlord possession statistics in England and Wales for January to March 2015.

CIH NI calls for private landlord licensing
15 May 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Licensing for private landlords and letting agents through accreditation is the way forward for Northern Ireland according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

A guide to regulation of registered providers
14 May 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The role, standards and approach of the social housing regulator.

Young renters are prime targets for identity theft
13 May 15 - Experian | England, Scotland, Wales
According to Experian, 'Young, single renters continue to be the most targeted demographic for identity thieves.'

CIH calls for a housing system for everyone
13 May 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Commentary from CIH director for Northern Ireland, Nicola McCrudden.

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: May 2015
13 May 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants.

A guide for housing associations to your new safeguarding obligations
12 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Imogen Parry writes about the ins and outs of adult safeguarding.

Climate change action to be strengthened under new law
12 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government will be required to set legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 under a new law to improve Wales’ management of its resources.

New statistics show success of Help to Buy - Wales
12 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed new statistics showing 1,378 homes have been purchased through the successful Help to Buy – Wales scheme.

Help to Buy - Wales: Shared Equity Loan Scheme
12 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This annual report includes information on the number of homes purchased and the value of the loans received under the Help to Buy - Wales: Shared Equity Loan scheme. It provides information for the period 2 January 2014, when the scheme was introduced, to 31 March 2015.

CIH Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector
12 May 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants.

Rough sleeping rises by 15 per cent in London
12 May 15 - Crisis | England
Statistics reveal that 2,343 people were recorded sleeping rough in the capital between January and March 2015.

Flexible and Fixed-term Tenancies for Social Housing Tenants in England
12 May 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
An overview in the form of a briefing note.

Comparing the Right to Buy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
12 May 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | All
A House of Commons briefing note.

Affordable Rents (England)
12 May 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
An overview of the affordable rent scheme under which tenancies in England are offered at up to 80% of market rent levels within the local area.

Universal Credit roll out continues
11 May 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
News of how Universal Credit continues to be rolled out.

New rules to put people in control of their care and support needs unveiled
11 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Under the changes to the eligibility criteria for social care, which have been laid before the National Assembly for Wales, the rules will be simplified so that people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time, that’s appropriate to their circumstances and needs.

Response to appointment of the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
11 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A brief response from David Orr.

Consideration of Powers: Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
11 May 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales’s Finance Committee has made a number of recommendations it feels will strengthen the role of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart responds to the general election result
08 May 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Gavin takes a closer look at what the next five years really mean for social housing.

Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the regulations and statutory guidance in relation to part 9 (Co-operation and partnership) of the Act
08 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government is providing an opportunity for stakeholders across Wales to provide their input on the first set of consultations in order for the government to deliver requirements of the Act. The consultation ends on 31 July 2015.

Empower your community and win £10,000
08 May 15 - Carnegie UK Trust | All
The Carnegie UK Trust's 'Enabling State Challenge' is offering up to £10,000 to organisations across the UK who are helping citizens and communities take control of the design and delivery of their services. The deadline for entries is midnight Friday 26th June 2015.

Investment Management System: guidance documents
07 May 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Guidance on how to submit bids and offers and schedule offers in the Homes and Communities Agency's Investment Management System.

Report highlights ‘grotesquely disproportionate’ impact of welfare reform on women
06 May 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A report has called on the Scottish Government to implement a gendered response to welfare reform mitigation after it found the cuts have had a “grotesquely disproportionate impact” on women.

Incoming MPs fear young will rent for life
05 May 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A poll of future MPs published by the National Housing Federation has revealed that nine in 10 (89%) are worried that most under-30s in their constituency will not be able to afford to buy a home in a decade’s time.

Action promised on Houses in Multiple Occupation
05 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant has welcomed the publication of an independent report into the effect Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) can have on communities.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) review – Report of findings
05 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This report examines the extent of concentrations of HMOs in Wales and looks at ways to address the issues associated with them.

More detail on costs of local government mergers needed says National Assembly Committee
05 May 15 - National Assembly for Wales | Wales
The National Assembly for Wales' Finance Committee has outlined a number of actions it says are needed to ensure that the costs and benefits of local authority mergers are provided for The Local Government (Wales) Bill to be effective.

Community and Town Councils in Wales to be more open and transparent
01 May 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Access to information on Community and Town councils is set to improve as some of the provisions in the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act came into force on 1 May 2015.

New service to help people across Wales save on energy, waste and water
30 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government has launched a marketing campaign to urge the public to contact the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales helpline.

Dwelling stock estimates, 2013-14
29 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This annual report presents Information by tenure and local authority. Estimates of the total number of dwellings are based on data from the population censuses updated annually to take account of new house building and demolitions.

Welsh housing manifesto launched
28 Apr 15 - Housingnet | Wales
Twenty Welsh housing organisations have joined together under the Homes for All Cymru banner to launch their manifesto, ahead of the National Assembly for Wales 2016 election.

UK housing crisis 'in breach of human rights'
28 Apr 15 - Guardian.co.uk | England
Charities say soaring housing rental costs, unhealthy conditions in homes, and rising levels of homelessness mean UK is in violation of UN commitment on homes.

Affordable Housing Capital Funding Guide 2015 to 2018
28 Apr 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Contains the rules and procedures for registered providers developing affordable housing with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter: A summary for tenants and service users
28 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Looks at the relationship between overall tenant satisfaction and performance in other areas of landlords’ housing services, and shows the service areas that matter most to tenants.

New law to reduce homelessness comes into force
27 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
A major reform to homelessness legislation has come into force across Wales.

Housing Regulator promotes protection for whistleblowers
27 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published factsheets on whistleblowing.

How we work - Issue 1 - Dealing with potentially serious issues in RSLs
24 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Explains how the Regulator works with registered social landlords about a potentially serious issue or concern.

CIH Scotland response to SHR consultation on regulatory guidance
24 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
A brief point-by-point reply to the consultation.

Tory Right-to-Buy plans ‘would damage public finances’
24 Apr 15 - Public Finance | England
'Conservative plans to extend the Right-to-Buy scheme to tenants in housing association properties would damage to the long-term health of the UK's public finances, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned.'

Majority of public would back next government borrowing to build more affordable homes
23 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
More than half of the English public would support the next government borrowing money to build more affordable homes, according to a new poll.

Dwelling stock estimates in England: 2014
23 Apr 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Estimates of the number of dwellings in England.

SFHA called to give evidence to Welfare Reform Committee
22 Apr 15 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Welfare Committee has called upon the SFHA to give evidence on 'bedroom tax' mitigation and how it has worked in practice.

Five election manifestos: what do they say about homelessness?
21 Apr 15 - Homeless Link | England
Homeless Link reviews manifestos from all the main political parties.

Housing Benefit Bulletin: 21 April 2015
21 Apr 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England
Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff.

Briefing: 2015 General Election Manifestos
21 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Sets out the key announcements relating to housing and housing associations from the five main political parties in the 2015 general election.

Private sector rents - 2014
21 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This annual report includes information on rents paid in the private rented sector. The release presents the average (mean), median, lower quartile, and upper quartile monthly rents paid for a number of bedroom/room categories for Wales as a whole and for individual local authorities in Wales for the 12 months to the end of December 2014.

A Public Service Ombudsman: consultation
20 Apr 15 - Cabinet Office | England
A consultation on proposals to create a new service that would incorporate the responsibilities of the Housing Ombudsman, the Parliamentary Ombudsman, the Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman.

Welsh Government Draft Equality Objective
20 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This twelve week consultation seeks views on what should be the Welsh Government’s Equality Objectives to be included in its Strategic Equality Plan 2012-16. The consultation closes on 10 July 2015.

CIH Scotland response to proposals to change factor registration fees
16 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
CIH Scotland's response to Scottish Government proposals to change property factor registration fees.

CIH NI calls for right to buy review in Northern Ireland
14 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Brief commentary from Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland.

The case for investing in affordable housing has never been more compelling
09 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Investing in affordable housing is an old idea whose time has come - we’re urging the next Government to invest at least £2.5 billion a year to deliver 80,000 affordable homes.

Housing Benefit Direct - April 2015: Issue 158
09 Apr 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.

Central Heating Fund FAQs
09 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
This briefing introduces the Central Heating Fund and answers some of the potential FAQs housing associations may have.

Have your say on changes to Right to Buy
09 Apr 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, is encouraging people to have their say on plans to end Right to Buy before the consultation closes.

Generation Rent Five years of Generation Rent: Perceptions of the first-time buyer housing market 2015
08 Apr 15 - Halifax | England, Scotland, Wales
Examines current perceptions and changes in the fi rst-time buyer market.

Scottish Housing Regulator - Corporate Plan 2015-18
08 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
Sets out how the Scottish Housing Regulator will continue its work to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants, homeless people and others who use social landlords’ services.

NIFHA response to Tenant Participation Strategy
08 Apr 15 - Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations | Northern Ireland
NIFHA warmly welcomes the publication of the draft Tenant Participation Strategy.

Eight top tips for dealing with universal credit
07 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Hints and tips from CIH.

CIH NI response to tenant participation strategy consultation
07 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH NI's response to the public consultation on a tenant participation strategy for Northern Ireland 2015 - 2020.

Keeping pace - replacing right to buy sales
07 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Explores the potential for replacing homes sold under right to buy and makes recommendations to government aimed at ensuring that homes sold can be replaced on a one-for-one basis at a local level.

Housing sector is delivering quality homes and services, but room for future improvement
07 Apr 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The findings of the first national survey of Welsh housing associations revealed that 81% of tenants who participated were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied with their landlord and their home.

The financial resilience of councils in Wales
02 Apr 15 - Wales Audit Office | Wales
A report which finds, 'The main conclusion of the report is Councils in Wales are under significant financial stress and have been active in meeting the challenge. However, the next few years will see increasing financial pressures and councils will need to improve strategic financial planning in order to effect transformation and protect their financial resilience'.

Working together...to break new ground in repairs and maintenance: learning report
02 Apr 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Defines some of the key ingredients for developing a repairs and maintenance service that truly delivers.

Can our homes pay for the care we need in older age? Asset wealth and an ageing population
01 Apr 15 - National Housing Federation | England
This report looks at the sustainability of older homeowners relying on the asset wealth of their homes to cover care costs in later life.

Scottish Social Housing Charter - Technical Guidance: Registered Social Landlords
01 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
For landlords to refer to when they collect and report the information needed for their Annual Return on the Charter (ARC). This version is intended for housing associations.

Scottish Social Housing Charter - Technical Guidance: Local Authority Landlords
01 Apr 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
For landlords to refer to when they collect and report the information needed for their Annual Return on the Charter (ARC). This version is intended for local authorities.

Regulatory framework requirements
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Details of the requirements that registered providers of social housing must meet from 1 April 2015

Rent Standard Guidance
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Details how social housing rents are set. Updated on 31 March 2015.

Scottish Regulator completes annual RSL risk assessment
31 Mar 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
'The Scottish Housing Regulator has completed its annual regulatory assessment of RSLs. It will have a low level of engagement with almost two thirds of RSLs.'

Results from the 2013 stakeholder survey of registered providers
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Stakeholder perceptions of the HCA's regulatory framework and approach.

Governance and Financial Viability Standard Code of Practice
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
This code of practice amplifies the requirements in the Governance and Financial Viability Standard.

Guidance on the regulator's approach to intervention, enforcement and use of powers
31 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The regulator's general approach to intervention and enforcement and use of its powers.

New freedoms for Welsh councils to improve housing and build new homes
31 Mar 15 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
The Welsh Government has brokered an historic agreement with the UK Treasury which will result in greater investment in Wales’ council housing.

The language of Universal Credit
30 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Universal credit brings with it new terminology which housing professionals will need to understand so they can work effectively with tenants ...

Model Rules 2015
27 Mar 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Revised rules of association for registered landlords.

Making the most of new ASB powers
27 Mar 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
CIH’s senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis looks at the impact on housing professionals of the new anti-social behaviour powers and tools which have just come into force.

New plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty
27 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has launched new plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty in Wales.

Right to Move: statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local housing authorities in England
27 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Statutory guidance on social housing allocations and the Right to Move.

Consultation on a Private Rented Sector Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents
27 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
The Welsh Government is consulting on the Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents in relation to the provisions introduced in Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. Please submit your comments by 22 May 2015.

The recovery of capital grant: proposals to change the grant recovery requirements
26 Mar 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Includes a summary of consultation responses.

Gypsy and traveller caravan count: January 2015
26 Mar 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
This Statistical Release presents information on the number of Gypsy and Traveller caravans in Wales on both authorised and unauthorised sites.

Julian Ashby reappointed to regulation committee
26 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has confirmed the reappointment of Julian Ashby as chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Regulation Committee.

Statutory homelessness in England: October to December 2014
26 Mar 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Data on households found to be homeless by local authorities under homelessness legislation.

 

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