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.
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.
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
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.
The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Once Scotland’s generous grant funding has run out, housing associations will have to turn to private investment, says Richard Jennings
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.