Care and support

The latest news, opinion and analysis on sheltered and supported housing, home care, and work with vulnerable groups including the homeless and rough sleepers.

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Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears


Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned.

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Association sells home care company to director


A housing association’s business specialising in home care has been sold to one of its directors.


Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear


The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

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London could become 'preserve of the super-rich'


London could become the ‘preserve of the super-rich’ unless more homes are built in the capital, warns an umbrella-group for housing associations.

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Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report


Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

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Planning and housing hardest hit by council cuts, says NAO


Councils’ planning and housing services will be the hardest hit in five years of successive cuts to local authority budgets by 2015, an official report has revealed.

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Government failed to reduce housing benefit bill  Video


The government has not achieved its aim of cutting housing benefit by £2bn by 2015 and instead has seen spending rise by nearly £1bn over the last four years, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows. 

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Relief for local authorities


Jennifer Oscroft examines a Supreme Court decision on evicting homeless applicants from interim temporary homeless accommodation

Mark Rogers

Stereotypically speaking


Many of the stereotypes about social housing residents are simply wrong, argues Mark Rogers


Step up to access


The country needs more wheelchair accessible homes as at least 24,000 wheelchair users are waiting for appropriate social or affordable housing, says Brian Carlin

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Homeless health matters


Councils must consider the needs of homeless people in their health plans, argues Jennean Alkadiri

Michael Voges

Gracefully ageing


Executive director of an umbrella-group for the retirement community sector Michael Voges says older people need well-designed, lively communities

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Step on the gas


Founding member of the Gas Access Campaign Mark Henderson explains why he is delighted the government rejected landlords’ call for greater powers to access homes for gas safety checks

Solicitor, Clarke Willmott

The right to freedom


Associations beware a recent decision about people who lack capacity to make decisions about where they live and what care they receive

Heather Spurr

Crisis decisions


A consultation on how the government could fund local welfare schemes will be received differently by charities and councils, Heather Spurr writes

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