The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular, it has announced today.
The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies.
Overhauling the long-standing repairs issues affecting former Circle Housing stock could take until September, a leaked letter has revealed.
A quarter of eligible tenants expressed an interest in buying their homes under the Right to Buy extension pilot, but affordability acted as a major drag on actual sales.
Housing association tenants are taking on huge financial risk to buy homes through the extended Right to Buy, with high street banks offering mortgages of more than five times their income.
Southwark Council is facing prosecution for breaching fire safety regulations following the deaths of six people in the Lakanal House fire.
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A sheltered accommodation provider has been issued a regulatory notice for failing to meet the Decent Homes Standard and “significant” repairs and maintenance issues.
A huge drop in social housing building means homeownership rates among 25-year-olds are less than half what they were 20 years ago, council leaders warned today.
Government claims that it has “turned around” 120,000 troubled families were “misleading”, and there is no evidence the programme created for this purpose has had any significant impact, MPs have said.
The introduction of Universal Credit has caused a dramatic rise in rent arrears in eastern Scotland, according to a local council report.
We need to stop thinking of rent as a financial vehicle to extract value and instead look at how lower rent levels create a springboard out of poverty, argues Mike Owen
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The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multimillion pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water.
More sites must be made available to Gypsy and Travellers communities to help alleviate the “poor health, anxiety and disconnect” they suffer as a result of a lack of suitable accommodation.
The government’s proposed supported housing funding plan will introduce complexity, bureaucracy and a postcode lottery, warns Jane Ashcroft
A black and minority ethnic housing association hopes to become the leading provider of services to new migrants in London as it focuses on non-housing services.
Paternalistic and disempowering services are not the way to achieve lasting social change, argues Paul Taylor
There remains a huge number of questions about how the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme will work, says Colin Wiles
Extra funding is great, but the housing sector needs to avoid repeating mistakes made in the Decent Homes programme, argues Nick Sterling
Lord David Freud, the minister for welfare reform who has overseen the introduction of Universal Credit, has announced he will retire from his ministerial position at the end of December.
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Too few older people are downsizing, meaning families are missing out on homes with more bedrooms. Emily Twinch finds out if and how the housing sector can overcome the problem.
It’s more important than ever that housing providers work with residents to tell their stories, says Steve Hayes
Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers, the housing minister has said.
The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest, with the sell-off of high-value council homes also delayed.
Conservative councils are among several which will not introduce the controversial Pay to Stay policy for their
The government has announced a ban on letting agents charging fees in the private rented sector during tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.
The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates.
A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter.
Landlord services provided by community-controlled housing associations outperform those of other social landlords in Scotland, a report has suggested.
Not enough Scottish social landlords are consulting their tenants about rent rises, the sector’s regulator has said.
The system for rehousing victims of intimidation in Northern Ireland is being reviewed as part of an overhaul of the housing allocations system after allegations that it is unfair.
A London MP has criticised the planned merger between Circle and Affinity Sutton because of concerns over repairs and a lack of accountability to tenants.
Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap, the National Housing Federation has said.
Two Labour-run councils are set to charge higher rents on their new general needs properties, partly because of budgetary pressures caused by the 1% rent cut.
Housing associations must find a way to help tenants struggling under the mental strain of debt, says Dave Power
A greater proportion of sector tenants would rather still be in social housing in 10 years time than move into owner-occupation, a report has found.
BME housing organisations are needed because there is still housing disadvantage and discrimination, says Cym D’Souza
The government is planning to introduce new rules enforcing a minimum bedroom size in shared private rented sector homes.
Housing associations must divide their diminishing resources in different ways to ensure that people with particular needs are housed, says Matthew Bailes
Retrofitting social homes keeps tenants warm but also cuts fuel bills and carbon emissions, says Poppy Potter
Landowners can unlock the affordable housing shortage in rural communities, says Matthew O’Connell
The housing sector needs to ensure children and young people from lower-income families have access to local parks or green spaces, says Graham Duxbury
Brighton & Hove City Council has put plans to tighten its social housing allocations criteria on hold following concerns from opposition councillors.
Means testing in housing could free up affordable homes for those who really need them, says Mark Henderson
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It’s time to have a discussion about what is affordable housing because Starter Homes are beyond many first-time buyers, says Roberta Blackman-Woods
London’s largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that “work pays”.
Housing associations can maintain the trust of tenants during upheavals providing they keep them informed, says Trevor Morrow
Our research shows welfare reforms are forcing social tenants to go without food and sell their valuables, says David Montague
A London council has urged the government to use its own tax office to introduce Pay to Stay, amid fears the policy will impose an extra layer of bureaucracy on councils.
Housing organisations need to go beyond worthy HR policies if they are going to rid the sector of bullying, says Mr Anonymous
Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward
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The market is cautious but we still require 300,000 new homes a year, says Susan Emmett
Social housing rap Video
A group of young Londoners have produced a music video about the threatened demolition of a Brixton housing estate. Tom Wall spoke to community activist Potent Whisper and one of the rappers, Paradox, about the video and the campaign to save Cressingham Gardens
A former IT analyst has today been convicted of fraud after attempting to con Genesis Housing Association out of £430,000.
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants’ incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay.
Home Group has come up with a new package of support to help people buy their social home, and it is already generating interest in the sector, as Pete Apps finds out
Small steps can have a big impact on the lives of the poor, says Paul Tennant