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


Northern Ireland given welfare reform ultimatum


The impasse on welfare reform must be resolved today, the Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers said yesterday.

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Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation


Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.

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Tenant given suspended sentence for sub-letting social home


A social housing tenant has been convicted of running a benefits scam by sub-letting his home.


Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations


Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

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'Homelessness vulnerability test creating "north-south" divide'


A commonly-used test to assess the vulnerability of homeless people is ‘absurdly harsh’ and is creating a ‘north-south’ divide in terms of housing decisions, charities argued this week in the Supreme Court.

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Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax


Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today.

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Scottish associations reject FOI call


The body representing Scottish housing associations has warned that subjecting its members to freedom of information laws would have a detrimental effect on other areas of their work.

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Director of landlord services, Liverpool Mutual Homes

Anti-social behaviour: Getting it right


New legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour must be workable, not just play well politically, writes Angela Forshaw

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Need to know about FCA


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) assumed control of consumer credit regulation in April and housing organisations need to know what to do for authorisation.

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Blue sky thinking on brownfield


Love them, or loathe them certain arguments on brownfield sites are impossible to ignore, says Rob Flint

Editor, Inside Housing

A sign of things to come


The coalition government’s final autumn statement provided interesting reading, writes Emma Maier

Chief executive, Black Country Housing Group

Stop the human trafficking


Housing professionals have an important role in tackling modern day slavery

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Joint tenancy rights


The Supreme Court has ruled one partner can end a joint tenancy without breaching the other tenant’s human rights. Jane Plant, associate at Weightmans LLP, explains

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Taking credit


Tim Farron, party president of the Liberal Democrats, explains how housing policies announced in the autumn statement reveal differences between parties

Head of social housing, Shakespeares

Take care with extra care


Housing associations seeking to expand into the extra care sector should consider the risks, says Louise Drew

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