News of key cases and judgements, plus in depth briefings on the implications of the latest verdicts and regulations.

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Benefit claimants' personal data to be shared from February


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.


What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan


A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

Scottish parliament

Westminster will be able to veto Scottish benefit changes


UK ministers would be able to veto the Scottish government’s changes to housing benefit under new devolution plans published today.

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Right to buy could be scrapped in Wales


The right to buy policy could be scrapped in Wales under new government proposals.


Landlords should be subject to FOIA, says commissioner


The official responsible for ensuring organisations comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in Scotland has said all social landlords should be subject to the legislation.

Secretary of state for communities and local government

Pickles 'breached Gypsy and Traveller human rights'


Eric Pickles broke equality laws by calling in planning decisions regarding Gypsy and Traveller sites that fall within the green belt, the High court has ruled.


At least 100 mental health benefit claimants sanctioned a day


People with mental health problems are having their benefits sanctioned at a rate of at least 100 a day – more than claimants with any other conditions, according to research.

More legal news

Senior associate, Penningtons Manches

Beware unlawful donations


Social landlords should review donations from their subsidiaries, says James Went

Senior associate, Wonckworth Sherwood

A light in dark places


The general election is likely to postpone right to light reform

Chair, RLA

Rental rights


Increasing regulation for the private rented sector is not the answer to driving up standards, argues Alan Ward

Executive director, futures, Orbit Group

Back to the future


The housing sector needs to look to evolution not revolution if it wants to succeed in the future, says Boris Worrall

Partner, TLT Solicitors

Easing the load


Social landlords will need to be mindful of the onward march of welfare reforms this year

Property litigation partner, Trowers and Hamlins

New regs turn up the heat


The Heat Network Regulations are now in force - do they affect you?

Editor, Inside Housing

Actions speak louder


There’s no doubt that while right to buy is persona non grata with most housing professionals, senior politicians and the general public are unwaveringly in favour.

Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers

Ringing up an eviction bill


Statutory damages for unlawful eviction must be calculated the same way for private and social sector tenants

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