UK & International news

England: Housing association hit with ‘severe maladministration’ finding after domestic violence victim made homeless

Cumulative failings by a housing association in responding to a resident’s request for a transfer after experiencing domestic violence have resulted in a finding of severe maladministration by the Housing Ombudsman.

Published 1 December 2021

Wales: Private landlords offered rent guarantee to house people experiencing homelessness

Private property owners will be encouraged to lease their properties to local authorities as part of new plans to end homelessness in Wales.

Published 30 November 2021

UK Government refuses to accept Lords attempts to repeal Vagrancy Act

The UK Government has refused to back a cross-party effort in the House of Lords to decriminalise homelessness, by not accepting amendments that would repeal the Vagrancy Act.  

Published 25 November 2021

England: New homes to have electric car chargers by law

New homes in England will be required by law to install electric vehicle charging points from next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce.

Published 22 November 2021

Riverside and One Housing Group agree 75,000-home merger

The boards of Riverside and London-based One Housing Group (OHG) have agreed a merger to create one of the largest housing associations in the United Kingdom next month.

Published 15 November 2021

England: Landlord possessions increase by 207%

Homelessness charity Crisis has criticised the UK Government for failing to provide effective support for renters following the end of a coronavirus-linked eviction ban in England after new figures revealed that the number of landlord possessions has soared by 207%.

Published 12 November 2021

New research reveals impact of homelessness on EU citizens living in Britain 

People from EU countries living in Britain are nearly three times more likely to experience rough sleeping than the general adult population and are twice as likely to experience homelessness overall because they struggle to access support, new research from homelessness charity Crisis has revealed.

Published 9 November 2021

UK Government’s Clean Homes Grant derided as ‘insufficient for the scale of the challenge’

The UK Government’s new Heat and Building Strategy has come under fire, being described by one industry leader as “insufficient for the scale of the challenge we face".

Published 20 October 2021

England: Housing associations confirm 104,000-home merger

G15 housing associations Peabody and Catalyst have confirmed their intention to join together to form a £900 million-turnover organisation from April next year.

Published 1 October 2021

Michael Gove moves into housing hot seat at Westminster

The UK Government's housing carousel continued to turn yesterday as Michael Gove became the latest secretary of state for housing, community and local government at Westminster.

Published 16 September 2021

England: Over 135,000 homeless households have support needs

More than 135,000 of the households in England who experienced or were at risk of homelessness during much of the pandemic also had other support needs, new UK Government statistics have revealed.

Published 10 September 2021

England: Everyone In scheme risks trapping more than 9,000 people in homelessness

Over 9,000 people with the most serious support needs, such as trauma, physical and mental health problems and drug and alcohol dependencies, are at risk of being trapped in a cycle of homelessness because there aren’t enough Housing First programmes available in England to support them into a permanent home, the homelessness charity Crisis has warned in a new report published today.

Published 8 September 2021

England: £8.6bn allocated for affordable homes

The UK Government has today allocated funding worth £8.6 billion for its Affordable Homes Programme which will deliver around 119,000 homes, including 57,000 for ownership, 29,600 for social rent and 6,250 affordable rural homes.

Published 31 August 2021

Cornwall's homeless to be housed in portable sheds

Rough sleepers and other vulnerable people in Cornwall are to be housed in “sheds” due to a housing shortage fuelled by the growing number of second homes and holiday lets in the area.

Published 30 August 2021

Mayor of London extends Right to Buy-back scheme to support arrival of Afghan refugees

Councils and housing associations across London are to be given support to buy former council homes from the private sector that can be used to resettle families arriving from Afghanistan

Published 27 August 2021