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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.

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Political parties clash over ending rough sleeping

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour and Conservative ministers clashed over ending rough sleeping in parliament today as the election campaigns swung into action.

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Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

19/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Half of voters think the government’s benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed.

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NHF: housing crisis should be a 'top priority' in election

18/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called for the housing crisis to be a “top priority” in the forthcoming general election.

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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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Lower benefit cap pushing people out of private rented sector

09/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing benefit recipients are being pushed out of the UK private rental market, a survey of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members has revealed.

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Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.

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Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.

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Councils meet with DCLG over bespoke deals

07/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Three councils met with Department for Communities and Local Government officials to discuss bespoke deals over rent and borrowing last Thursday.

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LGA: councils spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation because of a shortage of housing, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

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Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person.

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Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families.

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Barwell: Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

28/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is “only politically justifiable” if the government is delivering replacement homes.

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Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

27/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have demanded “urgent reassurance” from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes.

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MPs launch inquiry into housing for older people

02/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into housing for older people.

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Homelessness bill to receive Lords backing despite cost concerns

01/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour peers will back the Homelessness Reduction Bill when it reaches the House of Lords, but will call for additional funding for councils.

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House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review

26/01/2017 | By Simon Brandon

A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.

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Barwell: we want to end local political resistance to new housing

23/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.

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Government expects 30% fall in homelessness acceptances

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government expects the new duties in the Homelessness Reduction Bill to lead to a 30% decrease in homelessness acceptances by its third year, a document seen by Inside Housing has revealed.

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Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago.

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Council chief appointed to top job at HCA

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed a new chief executive with a background in housing delivery within local government.

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Scottish Government announces rental income guarantee scheme

15/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will develop a rental income guarantee scheme to kick-start delivery of private rented sector homes “at scale”, it has revealed in its draft budget for 2017/18.

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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act.

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Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing.

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Scottish Government proposes FOI for social landlords

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.

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Housing White Paper due in January

29/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s much-anticipated Housing White Paper will not be published until January, the communities secretary revealed yesterday.

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HCA chair reveals equal split of funding for tenures

28/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s £4.7bn Affordable Homes Programme could equally fund affordable housing, Rent to Buy and homeownership products, the chair of the Homes and Communities Agency revealed today.

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Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest, with the sell-off of high-value council homes also delayed.

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JAMs and NOMADs

24/11/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on the good news and bad news for housing in the Autumn Statement

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Policy predictions

23/11/2016 | By Robert Grundy

Savills’ Robert Grundy looks at what to expect for housing from today’s Autumn Statement

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DCLG 'complacent' over commercial risk councils face

18/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has been “complacent” over the risk councils face through their increasing commercial activity to bring in income, a report by the Public Accounts Committee has warned.

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Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Meetings of the government’s Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed.

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Crucial juncture

10/11/2016 | By Terrie Alafat

It is time for the government to deliver on a cross-departmental strategy, says Terrie Alafat

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RTPI: green belt should be considered for housing

10/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

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Victory for disability bedroom tax appeals in Supreme Court

09/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two bedroom tax appeals from families who argued they had suffered unlawful discrimination due to their disability.