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More people own their own homes
21 Jul 16 - England
Government figures show that the number of people owning their own home has stopped reducing for the first time since 2003.

Social and private renters
21 Jul 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Demographic and economic data on social and private renters.

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants
21 Jul 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis.

Let's shore up the nation's economy, say CIH and NHF
20 Jul 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Details of a report published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, suggesting a construction slow-down may be on the horizon.

London food gardens have potential to grow over £2m of food
20 Jul 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Estimates the financial value of urban food growing.

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016
19 Jul 16 - Institute for Fiscal Studies | England, Scotland, Wales
Focuses on the distribution of household income in the UK.

Paying for supported housing
19 Jul 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
A House of Commons briefing paper.

Key statistics briefing: How many homes did housing associations build in 2015/16?
18 Jul 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Key facts and figures.

New Housing Minister announced
17 Jul 16 - 24dash.com | England
Gavin Barwell is the new Minister for Housing Planning and London.

Will the EU procurement rules continue to apply post Brexit?
15 Jul 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Sets out what we know about the state of affairs around post-Brexit procurement rules.

Building more homes
15 Jul 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
This (potentially important) report recommends that the Government must lift its target by 50 per cent and build 300,000 homes each year to tackle the housing crisis.

Housing associations: building through uncertain times
15 Jul 16 - National Housing Federation | England
A range of proposals. Not least that, given more funding, housing associations could build even more homes and create extra jobs.

Unit cost analysis: letter to chairs of all large registered providers
15 Jul 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Letter from Julian Ashby, Chair of the Regulation Committee, on new analysis of cost variation across the social housing sector.

Statutory Homelessness in England: briefing paper
06 Jul 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
Provides statistics on statutory homelessness and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households.

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland
24 Jun 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Key research outputs.

CIH comment on EU referendum result
24 Jun 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
CIH's chief executive, Terrie Alafat, said...

Working together to challenge the future of tenant involvement learning report
22 Jun 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
Outlines how landlords have started to embrace a more commercial approach to involvement.

Survey reveals how housing association initiatives relieve pressure on the health sector
21 Jun 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Headline results of a survey designed to better understand the type and breadth of health initiatives that housing associations run.

Carl Sargeant reiterates commitment to tackling Violence Against Women
21 Jun 16 - Welsh Government | Wales
Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has reiterated his commitment to tackling Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.

Rent reduction: service cost de-pooling
21 Jun 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
Examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England.

Tower Hamlets invests in digital log books
20 Jun 16 - LB of Tower Hamlets, Digital by Default News | England
A Birmingham-based digital data firm has signed a new contract with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Housing Benefit subsidy circulars: June 2016
16 Jun 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Looks at money the government pays local authorities to administer Housing Benefit, etc.

Latest findings from the Value Wales Community Benefits Toolkit
16 Jun 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The Welsh Government has announced the findings from the Value Wales Community Benefits Toolkit.

Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
16 Jun 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Research commissioned by Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association.

CHC and WLGA Viable Housing Model Research
15 Jun 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
A research report which looks at the idea of developing a viable housing model for those who are only entitled to access the shared accommodation rate.

Scottish Quarterly Housing Statistics Update
14 Jun 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Update on new build housing starts and completions, Affordable Housing Supply Programme, and Local Authority house sales including Right to Buy.

Scottish Affordable homes target exceeded by 10 per cent
14 Jun 16 - Scottish Government | Scotland
The Scottish Government has exceeded its 30,000 affordable homes target by more than 10 per cent.

Voids and lettings data analysis, 2014/15
14 Jun 16 - HouseMark | England
Data is presented in a dashboard format, where you can easily filter and display information based on your own preferences.

4.5 million people in insecure work, reveals Citizens Advice
13 Jun 16 - Citizens Advice | England, Wales
CAB says insecure work means many find it impossible to manage their budgets or plan for the future.

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

Councils welcome decision to revise local government reorganisation plans
13 Jun 16 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
'The WLGA has welcomed a Welsh Government commitment to find a new way forward on plans to reorganise local councils in Wales.'

CIH NI comment on housing fitness standard review
10 Jun 16 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
CIH Northern Ireland's comment on the Department for Communities' review of the statutory minimum housing fitness standard for all tenures of dwelling – discussion paper.

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations: what English social landlords need to know
09 Jun 16 - Hyde Group (The), HouseMark | England, Scotland, Wales
This report sets out the legal and regulatory responsibilities on landlords in respect of fire, gas and CO health and safety.

HCA publishes analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector
08 Jun 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Shows that providers have achieved real-term reductions in their headline social housing costs per unit over the past 5 years.

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs
08 Jun 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector.

People putting themselves at risk by debt decisions
08 Jun 16 - Citizens Advice | England, Scotland, Wales
'People are placing themselves at greater risk of losing their home, visits from bailiffs and even prison by paying off consumer credit debts before other priority debts, warns Citizens Advice.'

Vulnerable and disadvantaged could be left with nowhere to live under benefit cap, warn councils
08 Jun 16 - Local Government Association | England
The LGA says that supported housing should be exempt from the housing benefit cap.

Housing associations cut overheads
06 Jun 16 - National Housing Federation | England
Previously unseen data reveals that housing associations have become more efficient over the last six years. The data was prepared by HouseMark and the National Housing Association, offering an in-depth view of our industry.

Housing association operational efficiency 2008/09 to 2014/15
06 Jun 16 - HouseMark | England
This joint research project between the National Housing Federation and HouseMark makes use of HouseMark member data of over 250 English housing associations to explore how the sector has performed across a range of efficiency measures over time.

Shared services the new normal in local government, says LGA
03 Jun 16 - Local Government Association | England
Shared service arrangements are now standard practice throughout local government.

Council parking tech scoops award
03 Jun 16 - Digital by Default News | England
Disabled drivers have been issued with 'smart' permits, alerting traffic marshals to illegal parking and freeing up essential space.

Housing Benefit Direct: June 2016
01 Jun 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
A housing benefit newsletter.

Quarterly survey of private registered providers
01 Jun 16 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Information which includes the amount of borrowing registered providers have taken and where they got it from - and much more.

Councils go digital to improve services and save money
01 Jun 16 - Local Government Association | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
A report published by the Local Government Association finds that 'going digital' can generate cost savings.

Welsh Government pledges a further 20,000 affordable homes
01 Jun 16 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Communities and Children Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant has pledged to provide a further 20,000 affordable homes.

Service Charge Residential Management Code, 3rd Edition
01 Jun 16 - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors | England
This Code, now in its third edition, has been approved by the Secretary of State and is effective from 1 June 2016. It applies only to residential leasehold properties in England but practitioners operating in other parts of the UK are encouraged to follow the best practice guidelines contained in the Code.

One in three councils now consider social value in commissioning, says new report
31 May 16 - Social Enterprise UK | England
A view of how English councils are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2014 to March 2015
27 May 16 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Statistics on Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit from April 2014 to March 2015.

Moving on without moving out: the impacts of regeneration on the Rayners Lane Estate
27 May 16 - Home Group, London School of Economics and Political Science | 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.

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?
27 May 16 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
A House of Commons briefing paper.

'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.

'Boost to London housing from 1,000 homes built to rent'
25 May 16 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
News of deals designed to increase London's housing supply.

Overheads benchmarking data analysis
25 May 16 - HouseMark | All
HouseMark data analysis of overheads has found that social landlords have managed to reduce costs while increasing annual turnover. Over the last five years (2010/11 to 2014/15), HouseMark members have reduced 'front-line' direct revenue costs in real terms by 15.1% and reduced overheads by 2.7%, while real turnover has increased by 9.3%.

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.

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.

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings - interactive dashboard analysis
13 May 16 - HouseMark | All
The Office for National Statistics survey looked at trends in earnings and in gender pay gap across the country. Based on this, HouseMark's dashboard is a high level view across the UK and provides insight into the variations in total median weekly pay and pay gap.

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.

 

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