UK & International news



New UK chief executive appointed at HouseMark

Insight, data analytics and business development services provider HouseMark welcomed its new chief executive Laurice Ponting yesterday.

Published 4 October 2016

Blog: Tackling discrimination in housing

There is no doubt that the introduction of document checks has increased the incentive for landlords to discriminate. So what can be done? CIH policy adviser John Perry explains.

Published 28 September 2016

Charity calls for UK-wide ban on letting fees for tenants

Citizens Advice is calling for the rest of the UK to follow Scotland’s lead and ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants.

Published 20 September 2016

Charity loses landmark VAT case on construction costs

A charity that runs a watersports centre for children has lost a £135,000 VAT case to HM Revenue & Customs in a decision that could have significant implications for the rest of the charity sector.

Published 9 September 2016

English private landlords double housing benefit takings to £9bn

Private landlords in England pocketed £9.3 billion in housing benefit last year, twice the amount of a decade ago, according to new figures.

Published 23 August 2016

Home Group to help English tenants buy their homes

Affordable housing provider Home Group has devised a way to help its customers overcome one of the biggest barriers to owning a place of their own – saving for a deposit while paying rent.

Published 23 August 2016

‘Bedroom tax’ fails to free up larger homes, finds London housing association group

Research by a group of London housing association’s has found that the ‘bedroom tax’ has failed in its objective to free up larger social homes in the city.

Published 18 August 2016

Call to scrap Right to Buy in England amid sharp drop in replacement homes

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for England to follow Scotland’s lead and scrap Right to Buy (RTB) after new figures revealed a sharp drop in the number of new homes councils were able to get underway to replace those sold off under the policy.

Published 12 August 2016

EU tenants worried Brexit will leave them homeless

EU citizens living in the private rented sector (PRS) are worried that Brexit will make it harder for them to rent a home in the UK, according to a new survey.

Published 11 August 2016

Mosscare and St Vincent’s to consider merger

   

Published 9 August 2016

English housing associations drop merger plans

              

Published 8 August 2016

Redundancy fears at Riverside Group

The Riverside Group has announced that 64 jobs are at risk of redundancy as it needs to make efficiency savings due to government cuts.

Published 4 August 2016

Aberdeen Asset Management raises £115m for UK PRS portfolio

An investment management group has raised £115 million of equity from a number of UK pension funds to invest in the UK Private Rented Sector (PRS).

Published 3 August 2016

Further delays to full Universal Credit roll out

The full roll-out of Universal Credit has been delayed until at least March 2022 after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a revised timetable for the scheme.

Published 22 July 2016

Government must learn from 'blinkered' approach to Green Deal, say MPs

The design and implementation of the Green Deal and the complementary Energy Company Obligation (ECO) put public money at risk and must not be repeated, MPs said today.

Published 20 July 2016