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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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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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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.

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Campaigners raise funds for High Court fight

26/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Campaigners against an attempt to evict leaseholders from an estate are raising money to fight Southwark Council in the High Court.

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Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

07/07/2016 | By Pete Apps

A housing associations’ bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges.

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Nowhere to go Video

23/06/2016 | By Nick Duxbury

A change in planning rules threatens to conceal the needs of thousands of the most vulnerable Gypsies and Travellers. Nick Duxbury reports

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Two councils in ring on housing need Video

21/06/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Luton and Central Bedfordshire Council have been locked in conflict over how best to meet cross-boundary housing need. Martin Hilditch investigates how the government’s duty to cooperate is panning out in practice

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Council to pay £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

For use in Inside Housing, 13 May 2016

Is your council colleague a benefit fraudster?

13/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A court sentencing last week revealed a shocking fraud in a London borough. How confident are you that your colleagues aren’t fraudsters? Pete Apps reports

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Court backs government planning policy

12/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Court of Appeal has backed a government decision to waive affordable housing requirements for small developments.

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'Blacklisting' case settled out of court

09/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Construction firms will pay £10m to workers who claimed they were blacklisted for union activities, concluding a long-running legal battle.

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Housing officer jailed over homelessness fraud

04/05/2016 | By Pete Apps , Agencies

A council housing officer was jailed for five years today after a “sophisticated” fraud which saw her process 23 bogus homelessness applications.  

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Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A council will not appeal a landmark court ruling, meaning social landlords could have to repay millions of pounds to tenants in water charges.

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Ruling means associations could avoid High Court

08/04/2016 | By Alex Berry

Housing associations will find it easier to avoid being made subject to judicial reviews after a court today ruled they are not public bodies.

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The ghost houses of Sheerness Video

01/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

A new development of 35 homes, meant for affordable housing, stands abandoned in a Kent town. Pete Apps investigates why, despite the housing crisis, councillors want them torn down.

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