Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy.
Councils with the fastest rising housing waiting lists are areas which saw above average decreases in the amount of social housing coming available, exclusive Inside Housing analysis shows.
The chief executive of Manchester City Council has said local housing associations face a “big challenge” to rethink the role of social rented housing.
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Nearly three in four housing associations to respond to an Inside Housing survey plan to change their allocations criteria for under-35s in response to the “Local Housing Allowance cap”.
The government’s homeownership drive could be threatening the quality of choice for tenants, says Joanne Roney
A council’s policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court.
More than half of councils to respond to an Inside Housing survey have imposed new local connection rules to slash their waiting lists.
Back in January, the Local Government Ombudsman reported that complaints about councils’ housing allocations policies had jumped by 13% in a year. It found fault in 42% of cases of such complaints it investigated.
Councils will be told to bar people from social housing if they have lived in the borough for less than four years, under fresh government guidance.
The proportion of social housing households under-occupying their homes according to overcrowding standards has fallen to the lowest level on record.
Tenancy verification tools can help create a more efficient housing system, says John Marsden
A council has been ordered to review its housing allocations policy after a judicial review claimant argued it was discriminatory against Gypsies and Travellers.
A Scottish housing association that was criticised by the regulator for its governance and financial controls will continue to be overseen by an external manager, following a review.
Complaints and enquiries about councils’ housing allocations policies have increased 13% in a year, prompting concern from a local government watchdog.
The number of disabled people on council housing waiting lists has increased by 17.3% in the last five years, research by charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has revealed.
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The government is planning to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants in favour of fixed-term contracts.
The UK government has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Nick Duxbury investigates the challenge faced in housing the victims of war
A social homes allocations policy in Northern Ireland that priorities those who claim to be victims of intimidation could be scrapped in response to widespread concerns the system is open to abuse.
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Councils could have to overhaul residency requirements for social housing or risk a High Court challenge, following a landmark legal judgement.
Jennie Bibbings looks at the impact of ‘distinctive’ new homelessness legislation in Wales
The government will tackle ‘segregated social housing estates’ as part of a drive to combat extremism, David Cameron has said.
Lifetime tenancies should be limited to those with ‘long-term high housing’ needs, such as the ‘highly disabled’ and people in ‘extreme old age’.
A housing association has issued a lengthy-defence of its decision to move out residents of ‘communes’ in London, claiming it is simply ‘carrying out its responsibilities as a landlord’.
Returning members of the Armed Forces should be given priority in housing allocations, under a new ‘pledge’ launched by a housing association today.
Young trans people are at great risk of homelessness, yet councils and housing associations are not set up to meet their needs. Jane Fae reports
A group of 15 housing associations is calling on Scottish ministers to carry out a ‘fundamental’ review of the government’s strategy for housing sex offenders.
Two London councils acted ‘shamefully’ in their attempts to avoid taking legal responsibility for a vulnerable homeless family, a High Court judge has found.
It’s becoming harder to do the right thing when it comes to who we house, says Ann Santry. But we can do it by working with our residents and understanding their challenges
There was a time when, if you stopped a passer by on the street and asked them about ‘council housing’ allocation, the stereotypical answer would probably focus on single teen mums jumping the queue
A West Midlands council is advertising local social housing on the open market after slashing its housing waiting list.
Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are ‘under represented’ in shared ownership housing, an equality report by a London borough has found.
A milestone judgement handed down today sets out new legal requirements for councils when placing homeless families outside their local authority boundary.
The New Era estate hit the headlines after private tenants mobilised a massive protest against plans to increase rents. Now it is a test bed for a new type of fair rent that challenges the government’s - and the sector’s - definition of affordability. Nick Duxbury reports
Landlords could be taken to full court hearings if tenants argue they are being evicted as a result of problems related to their disability, after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court yesterday.
Social tenants who move for work will be prioritised in the allocation of social housing, the government has announced.
The debate about housing and immigration needs to change, says Cym D’Souza
The oil industry means demand for homes in Aberdeen is high. But as Annie Woolridge reports, it hasn’t made the city any more affordable for those on a mid-range or low income
Would Labour’s proposals to help tenants faced with ever increasing rents go far enough? asks Jess McCabe as she joins the march for affordable homes
Many housing associations were founded with a religious purpose. But how relevant is faith in housing today? Jess McCabe reports
The question of who lives in social housing has become politically heated and entwined in the debate about immigration, and all that’s wrong with the welfare system. But how do the myths stack up against the reality? Take this quiz by Daniel Douglas to see if you know your facts
The Big Issue will turn empty properties into 400 ‘good quality’ affordable homes in London, after Boris Johnson today agreed a £10m loan.
A public inquiry is set to investigate Barnet Council over the planned regeneration of the West Hendon estate.
Nearly one in five homeless applications (18%) in Scotland came from the private rented sector, according to a report published today.
New social lettings figures from the DCLG have shown that lettings are down to BME households. Daniel Douglas looks at the data behind the story.
DCLG figures show dip in BME allocations, but drop is less than anticipated
Affordable rent tenancies account for more than a fifth of general needs lettings by housing associations, the latest government data has revealed.
Court of Appeal ruling could have implications for English councils
Daniel Douglas investigates a recent increase in racist incidents in Northern Ireland and how housing providers are dealing with it
A housing charity is leading a consortium of social landlords to make the sector’s first foray into using ‘big data’ from half a million homes to predict properties at risk of rent arrears.
A social landlord is developing the housing sector’s answer to dating app Tinder in order to help tenants swap homes.
Helena Partnerships was faced with a glut of three bedroom homes it couldn’t rent. So it turned to the private rental market for answers. Jess McCabe reports
Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.
Midland residents will soon have to produce passports and immigration documents in order to rent a home in the private or social rented sector. Dawn Foster looks at how this will hit vulnerable tenants and social landlords
Northern Ireland’s social development minister, Mervyn Storey, has published a summary of consultation responses on reforms to social housing allocations.
A west country landlord is offering tenants hit by the bedroom tax budgeting advice ahead of their attempts to downsize to smaller properties. Gwen Smith examines whether the scheme is improving the sustainability of tenancies ahead of the introduction of universal credit
Housing organisations need to make sure checks on prospective tenants don’t leave them open to prosecution when the law changes in December. Daniel Douglas explains
The government plans to give social housing tenants greater priority on waiting lists when they relocate for work.