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Homeless people can buy affordable homes in London, says Shaun Bailey

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for London mayor, has sparked rage after suggesting that people experiencing homelessness would be able to save up a £5,000 deposit to buy a share of a newly build affordable home in the city.

Published 15 January 2021

UK Government won’t extend support to rough sleepers during latest lockdown

People experiencing homelessness in England are facing the new lockdown without a return of the “Everyone In” housing policy, which helped house 15,000 people at the beginning of the pandemic.

Published 7 January 2021

England: Homeless veterans complete self-build homes

Six previously homeless veterans have completed a self-build scheme of 19 affordable homes in Leominster, Herefordshire.

Published 6 January 2021

England: Covid has intensified existing problems with cramped homes

Housing problems can affect health outcomes and have put residents at specific risk during the coronavirus pandemic, a think-tank has warned.

Published 5 January 2021

IKEA developer in UK social housing joint venture

BoKlok UK, the sustainable, quality low-cost home provider, jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has announced a new innovative joint venture with affordable housing provider VIVID to deliver modular homes.

Published 23 December 2020

England: Housing association sentenced after employees suffer debilitating nerve damage

Liverpool-based housing association Onward Homes Ltd has been fined after four employees developed a debilitating nerve condition over a period of several years.

Published 22 December 2020

England: £310m committed to homelessness as pressure mounts for Housing First roll-out

The UK Government has pledged to support local authorities in England with additional funding to prevent vulnerable people becoming homeless, amid new figures that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by more than 75% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Published 22 December 2020

England: Housing association ordered to pay tenant £31k in racism-related damages

An English housing association misled a black tenant regarding the anti-social behaviour record of her neighbours and failed to support her when she was racially harassed and had to flee her home, a judge has ruled.

Published 21 December 2020

England: 'Landmark' charter to improve social housing and give residents a greater voice

A new social housing charter has been launched in England which sets out reforms that aim to speed up the complaints procedure for residents and make landlords more accountable.

Published 17 November 2020

England: Waiting list for council homes 'to double to two million'

Spiralling council housing waiting lists in England could be set to nearly double to two million households next year as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19, a new report has estimated. 

Published 16 November 2020

Mother who had Universal Credit reduced due to Maternity Allowance fails to challenge benefit rules

A woman who argued it was unlawful to distinguish between Statutory Maternity Pay and state Maternity Allowance when calculating how much a person should receive in Universal Credit has failed in her claim before an English court.

Published 28 October 2020

UK: Housing association orders immediate evacuation of estate over building safety fears

One of London’s largest housing associations is to undertake a comprehensive safety review across a six-block residential development following expert advice that the construction of the buildings may be putting around 1,000 residents at risk.

Published 21 October 2020

Woman denied social housing because she was not an Orthodox Jew fails in Supreme Court appeal

A woman who was unable to obtain social housing because she was not a member of the Orthodox Jewish community has failed in her appeal to the Supreme Court, made on the basis she suffered unlawful direct discrimination on grounds of race or religion or ethnic origin.

Published 20 October 2020

World's first pure octagonal residential high-rise planned for UK

Affordable homes are planned for what would be the world’s first pure octagonal residential building.

Published 20 October 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ ruled unlawful in second court case

The practice of refusing to rent homes to people on housing benefit has suffered another legal blow after a disabled father won his trial against housing benefit discrimination this week.

Published 10 September 2020