UK & International news

England: Lord Kerslake and housing lawyers question right to buy plan

David Cameron’s pledge to offer a right to buy to all housing-association tenants has been questioned by housing lawyers and a former civil service chief.

Published 2 June 2015

England: Housing association sets up estate agency

A housing association has set up its own estate agency to help raise funds for new affordable homes.

Published 2 June 2015

UK government urged to improve welfare reform implementation

The UK government’s spending watchdog has criticised the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) for its failure to anticipate problems in its implementation of welfare reform.

Published 1 June 2015

Blog: The UK government can cut less than £12bn from benefits – and still meet its welfare target

By Adam van Lohuizen, senior economic analyst at Shelter

Published 29 May 2015

Queen’s Speech – Mixed reaction to English Housing Bill

The UK government unveiled more details of its Housing Bill during the Queen’s Speech yesterday but the plans have been greeted with a mixed reaction.

Published 28 May 2015

Landlords pose ‘serious questions’ over UK government immigration plans

Landlords have expressed serious concerns over UK government proposals to make private landlords responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants.

Published 26 May 2015

England: Supreme Court makes landmark ruling on ‘intentional homelessness’

A landmark case at the Supreme Court could change the way English local authorities use the term “intentionally homeless”.

Published 22 May 2015

Cameras fitted to bin lorries to prevent rough sleeper deaths

A waste management company is installing cameras to its vehicles in a bid to reduce the number of homeless people killed after sleeping rough in industrial-sized wheelie bins.

Published 19 May 2015

England: Social landlords welfare expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

Further cuts to welfare funding by the UK government result in a surge in rent arrears, tenant evictions and homelessness, a new report has warned.

Published 19 May 2015

Wales: New framework to help tenants pay their rent to be introduced

A framework to ensure that tenants who are struggling to meet their rental costs are able to access fair and consistent financial assistance is to be introduced by the majority of Welsh local authorities.

Published 15 May 2015

England: Supreme Court judgement to see councils revise homeless provision

The Supreme Court has handed down a judgement that will change the way English local authorities determine who is vulnerable enough for help with their housing.

Published 14 May 2015

UK: German PRS firm enters UK market with 500-home project

German property firm Patrizia has revealed plans to build its first private rental scheme in the UK.

Published 13 May 2015

England: Coalition’s housing record ‘breaches human rights’

The UK government has breached British citizens’ human rights by failing in its obligations to promote access to safe and affordable housing, according to a report to be submitted to the United Nations (UN).

Published 1 May 2015

GE2015: SNP calls for 100,000 affordable UK homes per year

The SNP has called on the UK government to increase housing investment to enable 100,000 affordable homes to be built in the UK every year.

Published 28 April 2015

Wales: Housing manifesto launched for 2016 election

Twenty Welsh housing organisations have joined together under the Homes for All Cymru banner to launch their manifesto, ahead of the National Assembly for Wales 2016 election.

Published 28 April 2015