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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Sector figures have raised concerns over George Osborne’s move to cap housing benefit for new social tenants in line with Local Housing Allowance (LHA).
Housing benefit for social housing tenants will be capped in line with the private sector to stop social landlords charging “inflated rent”, George Osborne has announced.
The government is set for an historic shift in affordable housing funding, using the cash to largely build low-cost homeownership homes.
- Rent cut 'would cost Scottish HAs £160m'
- Sector braces for housing benefit cuts
- Treasury 'threatening to force Scottish rent cut'
- More than 12k tweets for #HousingDay
- Sector prepares for #HousingDay
- Starter Home discounts 'should be permanent'
- Regulator appeals panels to have outside experts
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