UK & International news

England: Major new report reveals strong public support for social housing

A major new report is calling on the government to back social housing as polling reveals strong public support.

Published 26 June 2018

UK: Government publishes consultation on combustible cladding ban

The UK government has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres or over.

Published 19 June 2018

Wales: New bill to ban letting agent fees in the private rented sector

The Welsh Government has announced legislation to ban landlord and letting agent fees in the private rented sector, as was done in Scotland in 2012.

Published 12 June 2018

Bid launched to overturn PM's flagship Right to Rent immigration policy

A bid will be made this week for a legal review of a centre piece of the UK government’s immigration policy.

Published 5 June 2018

Wales: Homeless people should be given jobs by councils, says charity

A charity is calling on councils and government bodies in Wales to employ homeless people to help get them off the streets and encourage stability.

Published 29 May 2018

Blog: How much housing do we need?

Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the interim report of a new study investigating housing supply requirements across Great Britain for low-income households and homeless people, and the key policy challenges facing government and the housing sector.

Published 23 May 2018

Scottish ministers to consider lessons from Hackitt review into fire safety

A review into UK building regulations in the wake of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire has highlighted the benefit of the pre-emptive system in Scotland, though ministers have vowed to ensure its recommendations are considered north of the Border.

Published 18 May 2018

England: Government to fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing

The UK government has announced it will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations in England, estimated at £400 million.

Published 17 May 2018

Home Group makes high profile Board appointment

John Cridland CBE has been appointed as the chair of national housing, health and care provider Home Group from July 19.

Published 16 May 2018

Blog: There’s no such thing as a ‘for-profit’ housing association (and anyone who says different is wrong)

A number of organisations have appeared, calling themselves ‘housing associations’ but with business models completely contrary to the core values of housing associations – this is extremely dangerous, writes David Orr.

Published 15 May 2018

England: Job cuts and repairs savings will soften blow of rent cuts for housing associations

English housing associations will rely on repairs and maintenance savings and job cuts to soften the impact of the UK government's rent cut policy, according to a new report by Moody's.

Published 3 May 2018

UK: Labour plans to replace affordable housing definition with income-related measure

A future Labour government would rip up the current definition of affordable housing and instead bring in a measure linked to people’s incomes, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Published 20 April 2018

Up to a third of millennials ‘will never own a home’, report finds

A think-tank has called on policy makers to radically reform the private rental sector to make it fit for raising children and retirement after a new report found that a generation of young people face the prospect of never owning their own home.

Published 17 April 2018

Over a million UK adults struggling with mental health and housing costs

New research has revealed the often devastating impact that a threat to someone’s home can have on their mental health.

Published 17 April 2018

Homeless vending machine removed from shopping centre

The UK’s first vending machine which gave out free food and clothes to homeless people has been removed following a trial.

Published 16 April 2018