Heather writes news and features for Inside Housing. Her patches include homelessness, supported housing, public land and asylum. She also covers Scotland and the South of England.
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A ground-breaking model to lever institutional cash into providing temporary accommodation for homeless families is closing in on its first deals.
Campaigners hailed a landmark Supreme Court decision last week that could make it easier for homeless people to receive help from their councils. But what does the change mean for local authorities? Heather Spurr reports.
The government is accelerating plans to force landlords to check their tenants are in the UK legally, David Cameron has announced.
- One in six private rented homes 'unsafe'
- Boris admits 'legitimate concerns' over Right to Buy extension
- Government appoints new homelessness minister
- Supreme Court rules on intentional homelessness
- Labour appoints new shadow housing minister
- Death on Hyde estate sparks HCA intervention
- Bin company installs cameras to prevent rough sleeper deaths
With ALMOs having an increasingly blurred definition, Heather Spurr was not surprised to see a council considering the model for managing temporary homelessness accomodation
With the Conservative Party conference taking place in Manchester this week, Heather Spurr compares David Cameron’s homeless election promises and what his government is doing now.
Westminster Council’s payments to families housed in B&Bs for more than six weeks should be a call to action for other local authorities, writes Heather Spurr
- Tipping the balance
- Lost in translation
- Populist message
- Fairness agenda