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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Scottish ministers are considering raising social housing grant rates, ahead of the introduction of regulations that are expected to push up build costs.
A Scottish council has been told to improve its homelessness services by the social housing regulator.
Around one in three universal credit claimants living in housing association properties are having their benefit for housing costs paid directly to their landlord, results from a secret survey have shown.
- Bedroom tax appeals given green light
- Pay to Stay 'likely to be tapered'
- Councils 'frustrated' by universal credit, DWP report finds
- Peers vote to hinder Right to Buy extension
- Cameron vows to tackle 'segregated social housing estates'
- Peers in move to curb Right to Buy extension
- Tenants will be made to reveal income under 'pay to stay'
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