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Morning Briefing: rough sleeper deaths ‘not being investigated’

Data scraping by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism shows reviews are not being commissioned into the deaths of rough sleepers

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Data scraping by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), shows reviews into the deaths of rough sleepers are not being carried out. So-called Safeguarding Adults Reviews can be commissioned into deaths to prevent further harm. But the BIJ’s research shows only eight have been commissioned into the deaths of rough sleepers, despite an estimated 300 deaths since 2013 and 102 since October.

Also in the news today, we have reports of the first major housing association merger plans for a few months, with Anchor and Hanover announcing that they might join forces. A statement is here, and Inside Housing’s story is here.

Also on our site this morning is the latest on the forthcoming pilot of the Right to Buy extension, as we reveal the pilot will not be open to small housing associations and the government turned down a proposal to run a specific rural pilot.

Elsewhere, Bloomberg has interviewed a host of housing sector figures, including deputy mayor of London James Murray, to assess whether the capital will ever get the affordable housing it needs.

For those in the mood for a blog about planning, firm Lichfields looks at what mix of homes Britain needs.

Amid a number of lines from the nationals about the Grenfell Inquiry, the Telegraph leads on criticism of the fire service’s ‘stay put’ advice while The Guardian quotes one of the sisters of the bereaved saying she has lost trust in the UK.

In Scotland, housing association Hebridean Housing Partnership is expanding a shared equity ownership scheme across the Outer Hebrides with the support of the Scottish Government.

Finally, the BBC has a tool which lets you view the £1m homes near you.

On social media

Channel Four runs a powerful interview with blogger and resident Eddie Daffarn, who warned of the fire in Grenfell before it happened


What’s on

The Grenfell Inquiry resumes at 9.30 this morning.

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