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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The number of domestic violence victims forced into bed and breakfast accommodation in England has shot up by 16% in two years.
Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals that will cost the private and social housing sector an extra £15m a year.
The government has changed the law to allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to share universal credit claimants’ personal data with social landlords, councils and charities.
- Stop focusing on quick, one-off land sales, NHS told
- Right to buy could be scrapped in Wales
- GLA drive to stop rough sleepers flocking to central London
- Landlords should be subject to FOIA, says commissioner
- Council faces High Court challenge over homelessness policy
- Hostel provider on housing regulator's 'watch list'
- 'Strict' terms blamed for Boris housing bank snub
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