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

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals


Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 


Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear


The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

Southwark Council is reviewing its evictions

Judgement prompts council to review evictions


Southwark Council has slammed a court judgement which found its staff conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant- but is nevertheless reviewing all evictions since April 2013.

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Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report


Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

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Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform


Scotland needs a more ‘coherent approach’ to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, an influential group of housing associations has said.


'Dispose of land for housing' minister tells health bosses


A health minister has written to all NHS trusts to encourage them to look at making surplus land available for development of housing.

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Gypsy and Traveller group 'doesn't need to meet' argues minister


A junior minister said a ministerial working group has ‘not needed to meet’ in order to implement policies to help Gypsies and Travellers.

More legal news

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Relief for local authorities


Jennifer Oscroft examines a Supreme Court decision on evicting homeless applicants from interim temporary homeless accommodation

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Social cost


Social landlords will find it tougher trying to force contractors to pay a living or minimum wage

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Holiday preparations


A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment may give housing association staff cause for concern, Kate Watkins explains

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Out of town, out of mind


A landmark Court of Appeal judgment on out-of-area placements gives the green light for ‘social cleansing’ of the poor on a mass scale, writes Jayesh Kunwardia


A return to common sense


A Court of Appeal ruling means landlords can breathe a sigh of relief over leaseholder consultation, writes Christine Land

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Step on the gas


Founding member of the Gas Access Campaign Mark Henderson explains why he is delighted the government rejected landlords’ call for greater powers to access homes for gas safety checks

Paula Squire

Responding to Ebola


Ebola is dominating the headlines, but social landlords should have an up-to-date policy on infectious diseases to protect employees

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Time to re-evaluate pensions


Social landlords who are part of the Social Housing Pension Scheme should ask themselves if they want to move away from defined benefits

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