UK & International news



More than a million people in UK ‘living in destitution’

A groundbreaking study into destitution in the UK has revealed that 1.25 million people, including over 300,000 children, are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry.

Published 28 April 2016

Landlords given protection from criminal consequences of Immigration Bill

MPs have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants.

Published 27 April 2016

Tributes follow sudden death of Irwell Valley Housing Association chief executive Tom Manion

Dr. Tom Manion, chief executive Irwell Valley Housing Association, has died suddenly over the Easter weekend.

Published 30 March 2016

Ross Fraser to step down as HouseMark chief executive

HouseMark chief executive Ross Fraser has announced his plan to step down from his role in January 2017 at the age of 60.

Published 29 March 2016

Welsh council backs moves to suspend Right to Buy

Isle of Anglesey County Council has approved plans to suspend the Right to Buy scheme for five years in order to protect affordable rented housing.

Published 16 March 2016

UK government delays LHA cap for supported housing tenants by a year

Tenants of supported accommodation will not be subject to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap on housing benefit until April 2017 after the UK government introduced a year-long exception.

Published 2 March 2016

Ryanair court case ‘raises question over Right to Rent policy’

A judgement in a court case involving Ryanair may significantly reduce the UK government’s ability to enforce its ‘Right to Rent’ policy, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Published 18 February 2016

England: Social housing sector ‘remains financially robust’

The social housing sector in England delivered a solid year of balance sheet growth, underpinned by a strong financial operating performance according to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Published 17 February 2016

England: Supported housing units cancelled or delayed due to LHA cap

Housing associations in England have delayed or cancelled plans to build new sheltered accommodation units due to proposed cuts to housing benefit.

Published 16 February 2016

MPs criticise 'extremely questionable' housing association Right to Buy funding model

The UK government’s extension of the Right to Buy (RTB) should be funded by central government rather than a levy on local councils, an influential committee of MPs said today.

Published 10 February 2016

Blog: The unintended consequences of Right to Rent

By Sarah Macfadyen, policy manager at Crisis

Published 2 February 2016

UK government accused of failing landlords as new immigration policy goes live across England

Over ninety per cent of landlords have received no information from the UK government on their new legal duty to check the immigration status of their tenants.

Published 1 February 2016

England: Housing associations launch voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Five housing associations in England have opened applications to allow tenants to own their own home under the UK government’s new Voluntary Right to Buy scheme.

Published 26 January 2016

New research reveals ‘bedroom tax’ is damaging children’s education

Experts have called on the UK government to review its ‘bedroom tax’ policy after a new study revealed the reform is having a serious impact on children’s ability to learn.

Published 9 December 2015

England: Revamped empty homes project gains national recognition after Turner Prize win

A project to revamp derelict homes in Liverpool has won Britain's leading contemporary art award, the Turner Prize.

Published 9 December 2015