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Scottish ministers call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has called for an immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit because it is concerned the new system is pushing more people into debt.

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Charities criticise 'woefully insufficient' government fund to address LHA rate freeze

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze, after it confirmed just £13.3m will be available next year.

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21/03/2017 | By David Pipe

Channel 4’s flagship documentary this week showed the real impact on the government’s benefit cap, even if the case studies could have been better, says David Pipe

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'Serious issues' with Universal Credit roll-out, warns CIH Scotland

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

There are “serious issues” with the roll-out of Universal Credit with “spiralling costs” for social landlords supporting tenants, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland has warned.

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Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.

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Government to allow more office-to-resi waivers if councils deliver on housing

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.

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Councils urged to 'get on' with Local Plans after High Court quashes interim guidance

24/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.

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Javid will consider Housing First scheme

13/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The government will consider a radical scheme to place rough sleepers with mental health and substance abuse problems in permanent housing before they begin receiving treatment.

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Second Scottish independence referendum risks 'uncertainty' in markets

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A second independence referendum in Scotland risks “uncertainty” in the land and property markets, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has warned.

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.

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The future is private

23/03/2017 | By Richard Jennings

Once Scotland’s generous grant funding has run out, housing associations will have to turn to private investment, says Richard Jennings

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Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government plans to use Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are “already there” a senior civil servant has admitted. 

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Ex-finance director pleads guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault

17/03/2017

The ex-finance director of the largest housing association in Scotland has pleaded guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault.

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New ASB guidance - but will there be new eviction powers?

14/03/2017

As the government prepares to review anti-social behaviour (ASB) guidance for social landlords, Jason Hobday of Trowers & Hamlins wonders what precisely ministers are planning

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Javid will consider Housing First scheme

13/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The government will consider a radical scheme to place rough sleepers with mental health and substance abuse problems in permanent housing before they begin receiving treatment.

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