UK & International news

New evidence heaps pressure on ministers to halt Universal Credit

A dossier detailing a catalogue of concerns from landlords, councils and charities regarding Universal Credit has been handed to a parliamentary inquiry investigating the programme as pressure mounts on ministers to halt its continued roll-out.

Published 19 September 2017

England: Social housing spending at record low due to government cuts

A massive reduction in UK government grants to social landlords in England is responsible for the deep fall in the construction of social housing over the past seven years, according to the National Housing Federation.

Published 19 September 2017

England: Rise in homelessness ‘likely to have been driven by welfare reforms’

A sharp increase of homelessness across England, which is costing the public purse more than £1 billion a year, is “likely to have been driven” by the government's welfare reforms, according to a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 13 September 2017

UK: Brexit making access to rented housing more difficult for EU nationals

Almost a fifth of landlords in England and Wales are now less likely to rent to nationals from the European Union or the European Economic Area as a result of the immigration checks they are now expected to make, a study has found.

Published 7 September 2017

UK: 800,000 social homes to be fitted with free solar panels

The UK government has taken the first step in a £1 billion programme to give over 800,000 poorer households across England and Wales access to cheap solar electricity.

Published 5 September 2017

Blog: Make social housing our nation’s badge of honour

If there is to be any good coming from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, it’s that politicians, policy makers and public alike agree that we need a clear affordable housing offer for everyone, writes David Orr.

Published 30 August 2017

Radio 4 series tells story of social housing in Britain

The history of social housing in Britain is being revealed in a new ten-part series by Radio 4.

Published 30 August 2017

England: Housing association property destroyed by explosion

A housing association property near Sunderland has been destroyed in an explosion.

Published 15 August 2017

England: Council sets up £16m Right to Buy fund for housing associations

Hackney Council is inviting housing associations to bid for a £16 million fund made up of Right to Buy receipts in an effort to deliver more affordable homes in the borough.

Published 3 August 2017

Wales: Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

The Welsh Government is to suspend the Right to Buy in Cardiff to ensure social housing is available for those who need it, communities and children secretary Carl Sargeant has announced.

Published 31 July 2017

Ireland: Architects raise thousands for homeless through free consultations

Architects in Ireland have raised €124,000 for homeless people by giving free consultations in exchange for donations.

Published 31 July 2017

England: Consultation begins on merger to create 12,700 home landlord

Two housing providers have launched a public consultation on a proposed merger to create a 12,700 home Greater Lincolnshire landlord.

Published 28 July 2017

England: Rough sleepers face £2.5k fine for leaving possessions in doorways

Homeless people in Oxford who keep possessions in doorways have been warned they face fines of up to £2,500.

Published 27 July 2017

UK news: Homelessness prevention ‘achievable’ within next Parliament

Homelessness prevention could be ‘achievable’ for some of the most high-risk groups - care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic abuse - within the next Parliament, according to an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) report.

Published 18 July 2017

Queen’s Speech: Plan to bring English letting fees in line with Scotland

A move to introduce a Scottish-style ban on letting agent fees in England was included in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.

Published 22 June 2017