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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English housing associations have reported a 48% annual increase in sales of social rented homes out of the sector, as they seek greater value for money from their assets.
A government fund targeted at tackling the number of families in temporary accommodation has not halted the rise, exclusive Inside Housing analysis has revealed.
The Conservative Party gathered in Birmingham this week for its first conference since Theresa May took over as prime minister. Heather Spurr was on the hunt for clues as to the government’s future housing policies.
- May focuses on supply in policy shift
- Government to target 100 'low supply areas'
- Harsher penalties for landlords renting to illegal immigrants
- Barwell confirms Starter Homes definition could be broadened
- Barwell hints at funding for sub-market rent
- LGA chair hits out at supported housing duty proposal
- Barwell: Corbyn's council house plan will 'widen inequality'
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