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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Two in five British councils topped up their Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) with their own funds last year, figures released today reveal.
Brandon Lewis is to call on housing associations to ‘become the champions of aspiration’ and support the extension of the Right to Buy.
Housing associations may in the future ‘turn their back’ on benefit claimants and stop housing them in the face of further welfare reform, an industry chief has said.
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- Soaring numbers of families housed illegally in B&Bs
- Associations line up bids for £175m employment cash
- Osborne 'making up devolution deals as he goes along'
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- Influential Tory warns on welfare cuts
- Council's homelessness policy defeated in High Court
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