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.

Supreme Court

'Homelessness vulnerability test creating "north-south" divide'


A commonly-used test to assess the vulnerability of homeless people is ‘absurdly harsh’ and is creating a ‘north-south’ divide in terms of housing decisions, charities argued this week in the Supreme Court.

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Social housing repossessions up 12% in Wales


There has been a 12% rise in social housing repossessions in Wales this year, according to a leading homelessness charity.

Shelter strike

Shelter staff strike suspended


A strike at homelessness charity Shelter has been suspended following last-ditch negotiations.


Only 'small number' of benefit capped tenants have moved house


Only a ‘small number’ of tenants hit by the benefit cap have responded by moving house, a think tank report has said.

HCA regulator social housing

Hostel provider 'breached regulatory standards'


A small hostel operator has breached regulatory standards and is being helped by a larger landlord after finding it had ‘unanticipated’ liabilities.

Aerial London

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'


Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London.

Packing cases

More research needed on 'revenge evictions', says group of MPs


Legislation might not be the best way of stopping ‘revenge evictions’ and more research should be done on the scale of the problem, according to a group of MPs.

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Steve Hilditch

Dear friend of the housing sector


Chris Holmes, who died on 2 December after a long struggle with illness, was a towering figure in the housing world for more than 40 years, writes Steve Hilditch

Heather Spurr

Stats blog: The data behind fears for homeless this winter Video


Inside Housing today broke the story about council staff’s fears for homeless people this winter due to budget cuts. Here is the data behind the story.

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Beyond coping


Housing costs have already stretched many people to the limit. What will happen if and when they rise again?, asks Jules Birch

Editor, Inside Housing

A sign of things to come


The coalition government’s final autumn statement provided interesting reading, writes Emma Maier

Chief executive, Black Country Housing Group

Stop the human trafficking


Housing professionals have an important role in tackling modern day slavery

Chair, Housing and Ageing Alliance

Lifelong housing solutions


The population is getting older but housing providers are still in the nursery when it comes to being prepared

Head of social housing, Shakespeares

Take care with extra care


Housing associations seeking to expand into the extra care sector should consider the risks, says Louise Drew


Down and out


Increased use of arcane vagrancy laws is just another sign that homelessness is yet to become an election issue, says Heather Spurr

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