UK & International news



Landlords expected to evict illegal immigrants

Landlords across the UK will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.

Published 4 August 2015

England: Parliament committee launch inquiry into future of housing associations

The UK Parliament’s communities and local government (CLG) committee has announced an inquiry into the viability and sustainability of housing associations in England.

Published 30 July 2015

Welsh government urged to follow Scottish lead on ‘bedroom tax’

An influential assembly committee has called on the Welsh Government to look again at whether it should follow the Scottish model of ‘bedroom tax’ mitigation.

Published 29 July 2015

Funding pulled for Green Deal home efficiency programme

The UK government's flagship ‘Green Deal’ home energy efficiency programme is to fold as ministers announced they were pulling its funding.

Published 24 July 2015

England: Early merger discussions to create 127,000-home social landlord

Two of the UK’s largest housing associations are in the early stages of discussions about the potential to create one of Europe’s largest housing associations.

Published 23 July 2015

England: Council sets out new rules to stop developers dodging affordable homes

A local authority in England is consulting on new rules to make it harder for developers to game the planning system and avoid building affordable homes.

Published 20 July 2015

England: Housing association workers to strike over pay dispute

Staff at a housing association in Stoke are to undertake industrial action over a dispute over cuts to pay and work conditions.

Published 16 July 2015

Housing benefit cuts considered as part of £12bn welfare savings

UK ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save billions from the welfare bill, according to reports.

Published 3 July 2015

Iain Duncan Smith to abolish Child Poverty Act targets

The UK government has announced plans to scrap the target to eliminate child poverty by 2020.

Published 2 July 2015

England: MPs introduce measures to crack down on criminal landlords

Two pieces of legislation that will make it easier for authorities to identify criminal landlords in England were introduced by MPs yesterday.

Published 25 June 2015

Seven-day Universal Credit waiting period will cause ‘serious problems’

The UK government is to press ahead with proposals to introduce a seven-day waiting period before claimants are eligible for Universal Credit.

Published 12 June 2015

Bedroom tax ruling ‘opens the door’ for separated parents

A tribunal in England has ruled that separated parents are being wrongly charged with the ‘bedroom tax’ in a ruling that can open the floodgates for thousands of claimants.

Published 11 June 2015

Conservatives reveal ‘bedroom tax’ concerns

David Cameron’s former speech writer has urged the prime minister to axe the ‘bedroom tax’ after revealing concerns about the policy’s impact.

Published 10 June 2015

England: Council drops threat to fine rough sleepers

Hackney Council has amended an order that threatened rough sleepers with court action and fines of up to £1,000 following a campaign by homelessness groups and local people who said it risked criminalising vulnerable people.

Published 10 June 2015

European Court VAT ruling deals ‘blow to private rented housing’

Landlords are calling for urgent discussions with ministers following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that will make it more expensive to insulate private rented housing.

Published 8 June 2015