UK & International news



Autumn Statement: £1.4bn affordable housing pledge and ban for letting agent fees

Chancellor Philip Hammond is to unveil a £1.4 billion investment in affordable housing and introduce measures to ban letting agents from charging upfront fees as he unveils the UK government’s Autumn Statement later today.

Published 23 November 2016

Local Housing Allowance cap to apply to those on Universal Credit

The UK government’s cap on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) has been delayed for another 12 months for general needs accommodation but will now apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit when it is introduced in 2019.

Published 22 November 2016

England: ‘Pay to stay’ plans dropped by UK government

Plans to make higher earning tenants living in social housing in England pay a higher level of rent to continue living there have been scrapped by the UK government.

Published 22 November 2016

Scottish councils spent £750m on temporary housing in last five years

Local authorities is Scotland have spent more than £750 million on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years, according to new statistics.

Published 21 November 2016

Redfern Review echoes Homes for Scotland’s call for joined-up approach to housing

Scotland’s home builders have responded to a review by one of the UK's biggest housebuilders into the decline of home ownership in England.

Published 17 November 2016

UK news: Tenants without passports ‘struggle to access rented housing’

British nationals without a passport face difficulties accessing rented accommodation after the UK government made landlords responsible for carrying out illegal migrant checks, according to a new survey.

Published 15 November 2016

Mixed results for ‘bedroom tax’ challenge at Supreme Court

Social housing sector tenants who challenged the so called ‘bedroom tax’ have received a mixed outcome at the Supreme Court.

Published 10 November 2016

UK news: Major council to consider suspension of Right to Buy

Cardiff City Council will this week consider recommendations to suspend the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme amid a high demand for housing in the city.

Published 8 November 2016

Sanctuary Group staff to protest over wage dispute

Housing staff will stage a demonstration outside Sanctuary Group’s headquarters in Worcester today in protest over proposed pay conditions.

Published 28 October 2016

Home Group appoints new executive director of business development

Home Group has announced the appointment of Matt Forrest in a new role of executive director for business development.

Published 25 October 2016

Homeless people ‘told to sleep rough’ to access services

Councils in England have told people to sleep rough in order to access the relevant support, new research from homelessness charity St Mungo’s has revealed.

Published 21 October 2016

Blog: An innovative and efficient way of tackling fuel poverty among housing association tenants

Earlier this year the Guardian reported that cold homes are a bigger killer across the UK than road accidents, drug abuse or alcohol abuse. The story also highlighted that cold-related illness and hospital admissions will cost the NHS more than £22 billion over the next 15 years. Jason Amos from English housing association Moat said as a landlord with a real social purpose, Moat takes these sorts of figures seriously and does what it can to drive them down wherever possible.

Published 19 October 2016

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb to join Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Campbell Robb is to leave his position as chief executive at Shelter after being appointed as the new chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).

Published 7 October 2016

Sigma to grow English PRS plans with £45m HCA funding agreement

PRS and urban regeneration specialist Sigma Capital has taken a big step towards becoming a key player in England’s private rented sector after agreeing a £45 million funding deal with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Published 5 October 2016