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.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London borough to scrap 10-year housing register wait


Proposals to make residents wait 10 years before they can get on the housing register are set to be scrapped by an east London borough.

Poole 7

Report calls for companies and charities to compete with job centres


Private companies and charities should be allowed to compete with job centres to help people find work, a think tank close to David Cameron has said.


Association chief criticises housing sector for not embracing digital change


The housing sector is failing to embrace social media and communications officers are ‘boring, staid and corporate’, according to a housing chief executive.

Rachel Reeves

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn


Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn, following the Liberal Democrat’s U-turn on the policy last week. 

Budget cuts

Association slams council over 70% care funding cuts


A housing association has slammed a ‘short-sighted’ council, as cuts threaten to wipe out 70% of its £2m care contracts. 

London housing strategy

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London


Dramatic rises in councils making outside London and private placements

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Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit


Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be ‘clogged up’

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Leaving on a jet plane


Experts are divided on homelessness charities helping to forcibly remove rough sleepers from the UK, Heather Spurr writes

Packing cases

What's on in the housing sector this week


A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 21 to 25 of July.


Burying bedroom tax news


It was hard not to feel cynical this week when - at the height of reshuffle mania - the DWP slipped out independent research into the impact of the bedroom tax

Partner and head of social housing, Pannone Corporate

When beds are benefits


Employment Practices Bill may force employers to pay for accommodation

Kathleen Kelly

What next for social landlords?


The latest Real Life Reform report raises many questions, but the key question for Kathleen Kelly is where do social landlords go next?

Nasrin Fazal

Support the UK Housing Fast


As a founder of UK Housing Fast, which takes place 15 July, Nasrin Fazal reflects on the conversation that sparked the idea and encourages the sector to get involved.

Bll Randall

Invest in educating homeless people


Homeless people have a right to gain basic skills, says Bill Randall


A new approach


The new chair of BME National, Cym D’Souza, is starting at a crucial moment for the black and minority ethnic housing sector.

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