UK & International news

Wales: CIH Cymru appoints new director

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Kevin Howell, who is currently community regeneration manager at Newydd Housing Association, will take up his new role in the first few months of 2016.

Published 7 December 2015

England: Bagpipes used to deter homeless people from sleeping at bus station

An English local authority has come under fire for blaring bagpipe music during the night in a bid to deter homeless people from sleeping rough at a railway and bus station.

Published 3 December 2015

England: Survey unveils grave concerns over ‘pay to stay’ among housing professionals

The UK government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear.

Published 30 November 2015

England: Muir Group announces redundancies due to rent reductions

Chester-based housing association Muir Group has blamed rent reductions imposed by the UK government after announcing staff redundancies.

Published 5 November 2015

England: Housing associations reclassified as public sector by ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has classified housing associations in England as public non-financial corporations, leading to an estimated £60 billion increase in public sector net debt.

Published 2 November 2015

‘Right to Rent’ immigration scheme to be rolled out across England from February

The UK government is to press ahead with plans requiring landlords to check the immigration status of renters despite a pilot scheme evaluation revealing the policy had an “alarming” impact on homelessness and the “potential” for discrimination.

Published 20 October 2015

England: MPs to vote to let tenants sue negligent landlords

Private renters living in squalid conditions could get the ability to sue their landlord if MPs approve a Private Member’s Bill today.

Published 16 October 2015

England: 7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn’t closed

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations in England if no extra funding is provided, according to new analysis.

Published 15 October 2015

England: Plans to make social housing tenants who earn more pay higher rents

Higher earning tenants living in social housing in England will pay a higher level of rent to continue living there, under new proposals unveiled by the UK government.

Published 12 October 2015

England: Housing associations vote for voluntary Right to Buy deal

The majority of housing associations in England have voted in favour of making a voluntary deal with the UK government to extend its Right to Buy policy.

Published 6 October 2015

£9.9bn annual rent arrears and damage bill will put a fifth of UK landlords ‘out of business’

One in five UK landlords will be out of business in the next two years due to tax break cuts announced by the government, according to a new study.

Published 30 September 2015

England: Housing association announces possible redundancies

Macclesfield-based Peaks & Plains Housing Trust is the latest housing association to announce that it may need to make a number of redundancies in the face of UK government reductions in social housing rents.

Published 29 September 2015

England: Five per cent jump in homelessness ‘extremely worrying’

The number of households accepted as homeless across England has increased by five per cent, according to official figures.

Published 24 September 2015

England: Ex-council flat sells for over £1m and still does not meet asking price

An ex-council flat in London has sold for £1.21 million, more than nine times its initial purchase price.

Published 17 August 2015

Homelessness prevention in Wales ‘sets an example for the rest of the UK’

New Welsh legislation aimed at preventing homelessness has been welcomed in research released today by homelessness charity Crisis.

Published 11 August 2015