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Charities call on associations to provide Housing First accommodation

26 May, 2017

A homelessness charity has called on social landlords to provide homes for Housing First programmes across the country

Major UK landlord scraps rental deposits

26 May, 2017

Get Living to abolish deposit-taking and return security deposits to its 3,000 residents

Revealed: less than half of Right to Buy replacements are for social rent

26 May, 2017

Less than half of the council homes built to replace those sold under the Right to Buy are at social rents

UKIP slams housing associations as 'unaccountable' in manifesto

26 May, 2017

The UK Independence Party has set out its housing proposals in a manifesto - with a section on reviewing housing associations

The snap Election at a glance - what does it mean for the housing industry?

25 May, 2017

When it comes to the Snap Election, distinguishing the political jargon from the facts can be a tricky task

How many homes did housing associations build in 2016/17?

25 May, 2017

A briefing on the number of homes housing associations developed last year

Pledge to migrants signed by 18 housing associations

25 May, 2017

Backed by the NHF and BMENational, the pledge is launched at the Migrants' Access to Housing Conference next month

Homeless families 'told to sleep in Garda stations'

25 May, 2017

Several homeless families were advised to stay overnight in Garda (Irish police) stations earlier this week due to a lack of emergency accommodation

Comms teams to 'step back' and let tenants speak

24 May, 2017

Communications teams should be taking a step back and letting tenants tell their own tales, a conference has agreed

Rent Arrears: The human element

24 May, 2017

Rent arrears is a perennial issue for social landlords, as welfare reforms hit tenants and increases the risk they'll fall behind with their payments

Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24 May, 2017

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the "worst offenders" in "failing to build sustainable and integrated communities"

"Associations haven't lost their social purpose"

24 May, 2017

Sasha Deepwell is one of the sector's newest chief executives

Councils warn of now 'severe' need for affordable homes

23 May, 2017

Survey of 166 local authorities in Britain highlights the pressure to meet demand for affordable housing - and the cumulative impact of present policy

Councils 'not informed' when receiving homeless Londoners

23 May, 2017

Councils in south-east England say they are often not told when homeless families are sent to their areas by London boroughs who cannot house them

Social housing is good. But let's make it beautiful too

22 May, 2017

The big parties speak only of practicalities. Perhaps they should try focusing on aesthetics for a change

The parties' manifestos prove housing associations are key to ending the housing crisis

22 May, 2017

Last week saw the three major political parties publish their manifestos ahead of the general election

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

22 May, 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

Associations call for rent freedom after Tories pledge 'flexibility'

22 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have urged the next government to let them set their own rents

Delivering social housing on a budget: can Housing Delivery Vehicles lead to a resurgence of affordable housebuilding?

19 May, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015 local government faced upwards of £18bn in real terms cuts, losing on average 20% of its spending power

Not for profit sector 'should provide affordable rented homes'

19 May, 2017

Housing associations should provide non-profit rented housing to tackle soaring rents, Maria Bailey TD tells audience at Dublin Castle housing conference

Sustainable Social Housing... How an eco cabin built entirely from waste shows it can be done

18 May, 2017

Scottish recycling expert, Angus Carnie has built an eco cabin in his native Carnoustie, Dundee, using only materials that were free

Tory social housing 'deals' plan builds on existing work with three councils

18 May, 2017

Ongoing behind-the-scenes work with three councils will form the basis of flagship Conservative plans for 'bespoke deals' to build social rented housing

Luxury development boss calls Right to Buy a 'catastrophe'

17 May, 2017

Dean Clifford of Great Marlborough Estates says today's Tories must avoid "Margaret Thatcher's mistakes" over social housing

Associations in merger talks to form largest social landlord in South West

17 May, 2017

South West landlords DCH and Knightstone are in talks over a merger to form the region's largest housing association

Greens make 500,000 new social rented homes pledge

17 May, 2017

The Green Party makes a manifesto commitment to a national programme of home insulation and retrofitting

East Hertfordshire chief inspector warns drug dealers in social housing will lose their homes

16 May, 2017

Anyone dealing drugs from social housing in breach of their tenancy agreements will lose their homes

Conservatives' flagship CPO plans for social rent 'could face legal challenge'

16 May, 2017

Tory plans to overhaul compulsory purchase laws to boost social housing provision could be challenged in parliament and through the courts

Conservatives' social rent plans: 10 unanswered questions

16 May, 2017

The big announcement about a "new generation of social rent" by the Conservatives has produced more questions than answers

General election 2017: The case for living rent homes

16 May, 2017

There is consensus across all parties that England's housing market is broken

Vendor who hoped to raise £3.75m through house sale raffle 'bought it cheaply under Right to Buy'

15 May, 2017

A home owner who hoped to raise £3.75m by raffling her property reportedly bought it for £360,000 just three years ago under the Right to Buy scheme

Vast majority of social rents could increase without breaching LHA levels

15 May, 2017

At least 88% of social rented homes in England could have their rents increased without exceeding the LHA cap

One in three 'rent-burdened Brits' borrow to cover home costs

12 May, 2017

One in three low-earning tenants in Britain has had to borrow money to cover rent

If people in work struggle with rent, what hope for people out of work?

12 May, 2017

Millions of hard-working people can't afford to move. They are trapped by a housing system that has sold off social housing

LHA cap 'would lock 84% of young renters out of market in South East'

12 May, 2017

The government's plans to cap housing benefit at LHA levels would lock 84% of young people in low-paid, insecure jobs out of all housing options in the South East

Capping aspiration: The millennial housing challenge

12 May, 2017

Young people in low-paid, insecure jobs are being locked out of all housing options in the south east, including social housing

Regulator proposes using Sector Scorecard to assess value for money

12 May, 2017

The social housing regulator will launch a consultation on its Value for Money Standard, which will propose using the newly developed Sector Scorecard to police efficiency

Labour's 100,000 homes pledge makes 'leaked' manifesto

11 May, 2017

Draft manifesto references ordering councils to build 100,000 new council homes a year under a new Department for Housing

Social landlords have duty to protect the majority from smoke

11 May, 2017

Professor John Middleton defends his controversial proposal for a smoking 'ban' in social housing developments

West Midlands associations consider using choice-based lettings for Right to Buy

11 May, 2017

Housing associations in the West Midlands are considering using the region's choice-based lettings system to help those in ineligible properties for the Right to Buy identify alternative homes

Kick-starting the social housing programme

10 May, 2017

The social housing sector in the UK is big, valued at more than £300bn

Fighting fit: the sheltered housing schemes adapting to new challenges

10 May, 2017

Cuts to supported accommodation can lead to a sense of community and tackle isolation if residents pull together and have a say in new services

Housing Associations and Mental Health support to tenants in Wales

10 May, 2017

The relationship between housing and mental health is one that has been shown, in numerous studies, to have several causal links

Council to build shared affordable housing due to welfare reform

10 May, 2017

The first Welsh authority to experience full roll-out of Universal Credit is planning to build more shared accommodation

Scotland's first urban right to buy

10 May, 2017

A community group in Edinburgh is set to become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers

People in Derry living in temporary accommodation as social housing provides cannot compete with private developers for land

09 May, 2017

People in Derry are being forced to live in temporary accommodation because social housing providers cannot compete with private developers when buying vacant land

Regulatory Reform of Registered Social Landlords

09 May, 2017

In September 2016, the Office of National Statistics reclassified Registered Social Landlords for UK national accounting purposes as public, non-financial corporations

Sector bosses warn against social housing smoking ban

09 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have warned against a leading public health figure's call to impose non-smoking conditions on social housing tenants

London rents fall for first time since 2009 amid post-Brexit vote slowdown

08 May, 2017

Year-on-year fall of 1.2% is good news for tenants looking to move or negotiate with landlords as recent new-build property comes onto rental market

Councils accused of leaving houses empty to get grants

08 May, 2017

Councils are deliberately leaving houses vacant for long periods of time to qualify for Department of Housing funding schemes

Smoking should be banned in council housing

08 May, 2017

Housing association tenants would sign non-smoking agreement under proposed plans

Sector tells government it is time to listen on LHA cap

08 May, 2017

The government has been urged to listen to the recommendation of two cross-party committees and ditch controversial plans to cap benefit for supported housing tenants at LHA rates

A Conservative election victory could spell the end of council housing

05 May, 2017

The Tories have declared war on social housing - yet we have an ownership system so broken that inheritance is the only answer

LGA: 'make councils home builders again'

05 May, 2017

Election call for political parties to commit to councils resuming their 'historic role' as the builders of affordable housing

Tenants can help us change the narrative

05 May, 2017

Here at Tpas we believe a big part of our role is to create the conversations that matter, be that on a local, regional or national level

Welsh Government considering LHA top-up alternatives

05 May, 2017

The Welsh Government is looking for alternatives to the top-up system proposed by central government to help offset the LHA cap's impact on supported housing

Council spend on temporary housing now five times more than in 2011/2012

04 May, 2017

We're seeing a real shortage in supply of affordable temporary accommodation and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find any places in Southwark

West Midlands 'selected' as Right to Buy pilot region

04 May, 2017

The government is understood to have chosen the West Midlands as the area for its regional Right to Buy pilot prior to calling the snap election

Socially rented homes can help tackle north-east's housing shortage

04 May, 2017

A north-east developer has called for a rethink on how the housing crisis is tackled and says more socially rented homes can be built

Exploring clusters in social housing data

04 May, 2017

There is growing interest in the social housing sector in learning more about customers and properties using 'data mining' techniques applied to combinations of data held by landlords and external agencies

Eviction trends reveal human cost of Universal Credit roll-out and welfare reform

03 May, 2017

Eviction by social landlords may have increased in recent years

SFHA welcomes Select Committees' call to scrap use of LHA rates to fund supported housing

03 May, 2017

Two House of Commons committees have called on the UK Government to scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on LHA rates

Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

03 May, 2017

Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages

MPs urge government to drop LHA cap plan for supported housing

02 May, 2017

MPs are calling on the government to abandon plans to base supported housing funding on Local Housing Allowance rates

London council investigates mistaken call for temporary accommodation payment

02 May, 2017

Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge

Renters 'at risk' over TV licence fee

02 May, 2017

Risk to renters raised in Commons committee report critical of current TV licence collection and enforcement contract

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

02 May, 2017

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision for the abolition of the right to buy, the right to acquire and associated rights; and for connected purposes

The Housing Association Right to Buy - how to get out of a manifesto pickle

28 April, 2017

It was a Conservative manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

Wales ponders alternative LHA model

28 April, 2017

Cabinet secretary for communities and children has said maybe now is the time for a "made in Wales" solution

Britain needs urgent change to the way we regulate our social housing sector

27 April, 2017

Complaints about the country's 2,500 housing associations are growing. We need better ways to check they are still fit for purpose

Some social sector evictions 'unavoidable' due to political and economic climate

27 April, 2017

Social landlords can't immunise themselves against the impact of the political and economic landscape

The role of housing in determining living standards and life chances

27 April, 2017

Living in social housing is strongly associated with various types of disadvantage

Councils sitting on 23,000 vacant residential properties

27 April, 2017

Local authorities are holding onto over 23,000 vacant residential properties

Three-quarters of social landlords implementing major change

27 April, 2017

Three-quarters of social landlords will be implementing a "major change programme" such as a merger, restructure or overhaul of IT systems over the next year

It's not perverse of housing associations to build homes - that is their purpose

27 April, 2017

We'd all love more public money going into genuinely affordable rented homes, but that's not going to happen. We have found our own way forward

Labour councils outbuild Tory authorities

27 April, 2017

Labour councils are building 50% more houses than their Conservative counterparts

Have the Conservatives really built twice as much council housing as Labour?

27 April, 2017

Not for the first time, today's Prime Minister's Questions featured a Jeremy Corbyn question on housing

Evictions by social landlords in Scotland 2012-2016

27 April, 2017

This research report looks at social sector evictions due to rent arrears in Scotland over the last four years

Councils will soon have a legal duty to prevent homelessness. What can they do?

26 April, 2017

With very little extra cash, councils need new ideas to join up local services and tackle the growing challenge of homelessness

Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25 April, 2017

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments

Newly merged association retains credit rating

24 April, 2017

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating

Housing associations are critically important, but have lost their way

24 April, 2017

Too many housing associations have focused on being developers. They have lost sight of their mission to provide good homes at genuinely affordable prices

Rent hike threat for tenants over FoI laws

24 April, 2017

Rents could be hiked to meet housing association FoI costs

The social value of sheltered housing

21 April, 2017

The study has put a conservative estimate on the social value saving made by sheltered housing at close to half a billion pounds a year

Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21 April, 2017

The UK's largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

21 April, 2017

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplar

Social housing is becoming 'increasingly commercialised'

20 April, 2017

The social housing sector has become 'increasingly commercialised' as housing associations look for new ways to make money

West of England mayoral election: Liberal Democrat pledges to establish housing association

20 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West of England mayor has pledged to set up a new state-owned housing association if elected

Right to Buy: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

19 April, 2017

Leading Bridging Loans Provider Discusses UK Gov's Increasingly Debated Scheme for Council Tenants

Civitas announces £11.5m buy of social housing portfolio

19 April, 2017

Acquisition includes 10 care homes and 79 tenancies across the Midlands

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2015-16 - Revised

19 April, 2017

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned, or partly owned, by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Social housing places for rent in Wales dip

18 April, 2017

Places available for social housing in Wales have dropped for the first time in five years

Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

18 April, 2017

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century

With greater control over rent-setting, housing associations could deliver more

13 April, 2017

How far do I think the Government trusts housing associations to deliver? A year ago, I would have replied 'not at all', but the political landscape is shifting

Salford council is going to start buying up homes to tackle the city's housing crisis

13 April, 2017

Town hall bosses will have first dibs at any former Right to Buy properties before they're offered to private buyers

Social tenants struggling with unaffordable lives

12 April, 2017

That one in four low-income households struggle to eat regularly or healthily because of food costs, and that inflation in food and fuel are about to soar, should flash a warning light to the social housing sector

Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12 April, 2017

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial Local Housing Allowance cap

Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

12 April, 2017

Residents of London developments built with public funding tell of damp, lack of security, rats and poor customer service

Busted over £100k right to buy scam

12 April, 2017

Bogus would be bedsit buyer lands himself a cell

Over 1,000 social housing tenants evicted in London

12 April, 2017

In just one year, thousands of social housing tenants have been evicted - but our exclusive investigation has some worrying undertones, such as data collection

Concerns over Right to Rent checks in Wales

12 April, 2017

Right to Rent checks are currently in place across England following a trial period in 2015

MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

12 April, 2017

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments

Birmingham braced for thousands of housing association sales

11 April, 2017

As many as 3,111 socially-rented homes in the West Midlands could be sold by 2023

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

11 April, 2017

Social housing providers perform well in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

11 April, 2017

Guidance for Local Housing Authorities

'No one calls the housing association repairs line. There's no point'

11 April, 2017

Victoria Musguin says she has suffered flooding and loss of hot water for weeks at a time at her newly built flat

Housing association 'let waste pile up in estate because residents fought parking charge hike'

11 April, 2017

Stockwell Gardens Residents' Association in Lambeth says the company put up the price of parking permits and increased enforcement hours to evenings and weekends

You'll never fix the broken market without social housing

11 April, 2017

The Government's much-anticipated repair-plan for Britain's broken housing market is missing a critical part of the fix

The potential impact of Brexit on housing associations in Scotland

11 April, 2017

Summary report and next steps

Filling the Void: Empty Homes Strategy 2016/19

11 April, 2017

Addressing long term empty homes, those empty for more than six months, is a priority for the Council and partners

Renting in London: rents in the capital continue to fall thanks to a greater choice of homes available for London tenants

10 April, 2017

London rents have dropped 4.2 per cent in a year, but prices are on the rise in cheaper areas

'Dirty flat' protest lands Bedford social housing tenant in the dock

10 April, 2017

A bible studies group leader could be kicked out of his social housing flat after refusing to pay rent in protest at poor living conditions

Ending the Right to Buy: Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 April, 2017

A Bill is a draft law. Once a Bill has been considered and passed by the Assembly and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, it becomes an 'Act of the Assembly'

L&G: confidence in associations has dropped

07 April, 2017

Legal & General's confidence in housing association lending has dropped on the back of deregulation and rent cuts

Sajid Javid to make changes to Help to Buy loans

07 April, 2017

Sajid Javid has told housebuilders that he will make changes to Help to Buy loans to help boost the housing market

Students challenged to cut cost of housebuilding

07 April, 2017

University students are being challenged by Bromford to come up with innovative ways to slash the cost of building supported living homes

Redbridge Council pledges better temporary accommodation as mother shares her horror story

07 April, 2017

A mother of four says she feels helpless after spending five years in temporary accommodation

Call for evidence for housing intervention evaluations

06 April, 2017

A non-profit organisation has issued a call for evidence to housing associations, local authorities, housing charities or any other organisations for evaluations of housing interventions

A new name and an exciting new era

06 April, 2017

Three of the North's leading social landlords have today launched a new regionwide landlord known as Karbon Homes

How can housing associations help to reduce reoffending?

05 April, 2017

Scottish Prison Service details how housing associations can help those leaving

Government rejects CLG committee recommendation on Right to Buy

05 April, 2017

In a response to a CLG committee report on housing associations and the Right to Buy, the government has rejected appeals to fund the policy

Social housing boost for Galliford Try

04 April, 2017

Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a £128m contract with Notting Hill Housing to build phase two of the Great Eastern Quays development at the Royal Docks in London

Record Help to Buy equity loans in last quarter of 2016

31 March, 2017

The government made more than 12,000 Help to Buy equity loans in the last three months of 2016

Troubled housing association put tenants at risk

30 March, 2017

Serious governance failure identified at Glasgow HA

Healey warns housebuilders over Help to Buy figures

30 March, 2017

With Help to Buy figures out, Shadow Housing Secretary warns housebuilders: improve or risk losing cash

Brexit and Beyond

30 March, 2017

Making a success of EU exit in housing

Help to Buy used by over a million

30 March, 2017

More than 259,000 people have already bought a home using one of the government's flagship Help to Buy schemes, and over 868,000 have opened a Help to buy: ISA

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Council to invest £1bn in social housing

30 March, 2017

Stevenage Council are set to invest £1bn in council housing, in a 30-year investment plan

Associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29 March, 2017

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors

West Ham tenants' anger over 40 per cent rent hike

29 March, 2017

A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

29 March, 2017

The government will only support builders which adopt "acceptable terms" to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme

Lenders are continuing to invest in social housing

29 March, 2017

Lenders are continuing to invest in the Scottish social housing sector and registered social landlords continue to have access to sufficient finance

DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28 March, 2017

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed

Blackburn man stripped housing association flat after eviction notice

28 March, 2017

A man who was told he was being kicked out of his housing association flat responded by stripping the property

Homes for social house sharing

28 March, 2017

Development pilot in Kent sees homes built for social tenants to share

How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis

27 March, 2017

Fancy a three-bed semi with a garden for £152,000? Or rent at less than £500 per month? Sheffield is showing other local authorities how to build again

High Court leaves council's affordable housing policy in limbo

24 March, 2017

Ruling has implications for authorities across the country over the interpretation of development policies

The future is private

24 March, 2017

The current level of grant funding in Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for housing associations to drive up the delivery of new affordable homes

Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands

24 March, 2017

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region

Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

24 March, 2017

The government plans to use LHA rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are "already there" a senior civil servant has admitted

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

23 March, 2017

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze

LibDem's Farron condemns right-to-buy figures as selling a city to build a village

23 March, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the lack of replacement council homes built or acquired to replace those sold off under the Government's reinvigorated right-to-buy policy

End of Help to Buy needs to be managed carefully to protect the market

22 March, 2017

The Government must work out a way to "sensibly exit" its Help to Buy home buying policy in order to protect housebuilders

UK rental growth slowest in four years

21 March, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has slowed to its lowest level since 2013 as the government begins to shift its stance away from homeownership

The state of the UK rental market

20 March, 2017

Rents across the UK continued to grow in 2016, rising by 1.12% between January and November, but the pace of growth slowed to half the 2.34% seen over the same period in 2015

Wales: abolition of Right to Buy heads 'home'

20 March, 2017

Major consultation targets social housing tenants, prospective tenants and those who have bought homes under the scheme

Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20 March, 2017

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a "strong contender" for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extension

Government replaces just 1 in 5 affordable homes sold under Right to Buy

17 March, 2017

Lib Dems seize on newly released DCLG Right to Buy stats to go at the government again - soon after winning a crucial concession

Bedford MP presses government to deliver 'right to buy' for housing association tenants

17 March, 2017

Mr Fuller urged the Minister to fulfil the government's manifesto pledge to remove the unfairness in law that denies housing association tenants the right to buy their home

Pay-to-Stay changes stopped

16 March, 2017

Pay-to-Stay - a proposal to increase local authority housing rents for higher earners - will not be implemented by St Albans City and District Council

A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

16 March, 2017

A dozen housing associations have almost 2,000 partially developed supported housing units on hold due to uncertainty over funding

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15 March, 2017

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

15 March, 2017

The UK Parliament's work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities

March for homes planned to take on Tories attack on social housing

15 March, 2017

Housing activists have called a national demonstration for 24 June to go on the offensive against Tory attacks on social housing

Scottish Government launches scrutiny guide for tenants

15 March, 2017

The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services

Social housing retrofit survey shows data 'key to success'

14 March, 2017

Social housing providers put £120m into retrofitting projects over the past year

Is this the beginning of the end for Right to Buy in the UK?

14 March, 2017

The Welsh Government has introduced legislation to end the Right to Buy scheme in the country, triggering suggestions that England could follow suit as social rental housing continues its decline

Lack of robust thinking on affordable housing

14 March, 2017

The co-leader of the Green Party says the leading opposition parties are not doing enough to make the case for genuinely affordable housing

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

14 March, 2017

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors

Northern Irish tenants could be hit with surprise bedroom tax

14 March, 2017

Up to 1,500 social housing tenants could be hit by the bedroom tax if they move home

Why Right to Buy was 'the only good thing Thatcher did for Wales', according to the people it helped

14 March, 2017

More than 139,000 housing units in Wales have been bought by tenants since 1980

Civitas Social Housing buys supported living properties for £9.1m

13 March, 2017

London-listed investment trust Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of supported living properties across Britain for £9.1m

Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

13 March, 2017

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

The end of Right to Buy in Wales

13 March, 2017

As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past

Council commits to mitigating Bedroom Tax

10 March, 2017

The City of Cardiff Council has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax

Two councils publish league tables on how much agents charge tenants

10 March, 2017

New data on how much local letting agents charge in tenants' fees has been published by the councils of Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties

10 March, 2017

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties to increase housebuilding at a local level

The sector in stats

10 March, 2017

The UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing this week, consists of more than 200 charts and tables

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

08 March, 2017

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

£70 million to build new council homes and ease Cambridge's housing crisis

08 March, 2017

The cash would pay for 500 new homes to be built in the city within five years

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

06 March, 2017

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families

London Councils claim extra £470m could be spent on housebuilding if boroughs were allowed to keep all RTB receipts

06 March, 2017

If the Government slashed red tape and let them keep receipts from right-to-buy sales, then London's borough councils would have an extra £470 million to spend on building new homes

Social landlords need to be 'more open' to complaints

03 March, 2017

Some Scottish social landlords need to be "more open and responsive" to complaints

Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

03 March, 2017

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom

Councils forced to pay £800m in RTB cash back to Treasury

02 March, 2017

Labour on the attack saying the sum could have built more than 12,500 new homes

Where are UK renters most satisfied?

02 March, 2017

A new survey has revealed whereabouts in the UK renters are most and least satisfied

Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

01 March, 2017

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

Barwell: 1% rent cut unhelpful for development plans

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has admitted the 1% rent cut has not helped housing associations and councils increase the number of homes they can build

The five stages of renting

28 February, 2017

For many renting is the only realistic option

South West social landlord securing rent intelligently

28 February, 2017

North Devon Homes is using data to collect rent efficiently whilst also keeping tenants in their homes

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

28 February, 2017

Three of Scotland's largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a solution on how to fund supported housing

Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

27 February, 2017

Southwark Council expressed its "sincere regret" today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people

Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24 February, 2017

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up

Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

24 February, 2017

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account

Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

24 February, 2017

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes

Welsh Government ends councils Right to Buy duty

24 February, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Breaking the Cycle

24 February, 2017

Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils' youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void?

Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24 February, 2017

Inside Housing's annual look at councils' Housing Revenue Accounts reflects the growing divergence in policy across the UK - and the different impacts that policy decisions are having on the ground

MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

23 February, 2017

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate

Let's build the social rent homes we need

23 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

23 February, 2017

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association's emergency call line

Let's build the social rent homes we need

22 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

HAs market sale building overtakes social rent

22 February, 2017

New figures show market sale starts made by housing associations were higher every quarter than social rent starts

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter three 2016/17?

22 February, 2017

We have recently completed our third survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

22 February, 2017

David Orr was giving evidence at a joint Work and Pensions Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee into supported housing

Leeds council tax bills to go up by £70... but social housing rents to fall

21 February, 2017

Leeds's annual local services budget is set to be rubber-stamped tomorrow, with a five per cent council tax rise forming part of a £492.67m overall financial plan for the city

Barwell hints at RTB deal for councils

21 February, 2017

The housing minister has offered a small olive branch to councils over the Right to Buy policy

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

Scottish Government seeks "cast iron" commitments from Westminster benefits won't be clawed back

Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations

20 February, 2017

Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them

NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20 February, 2017

The National Housing Federation has warned of "significant risks" to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements

Labour hit out at 'counterproductive' Right to Buy extension

20 February, 2017

Thousands of new homes are to be brought under the Government's Right to Buy scheme, despite fears that it could hamper the creation of more affordable housing

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Abrupt end to Help to Buy Wales would be 'disastrous'

20 February, 2017

A senior housebuilding figure has warned that the government's Help to Buy scheme remains "critical" to the market in Wales

Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17 February, 2017

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post=2020 rent settlement

New film on social housing launches

17 February, 2017

Tenants TV have launched a new film 'Born into social housing' to look at how young people will be affected by social housing

Law to scrap right to buy to be proposed by Welsh Government

17 February, 2017

Tenants' rights to buy their own council homes would be scrapped under a proposed new law by the Welsh Government

Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable Flats

17 February, 2017

Correspondent Donna asks "Is there any one out there willing to work with those who are not of the 1%?"

More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16 February, 2017

Housing associations covering more than half of all housing association stock have signed up to a pilot of pioneering efficiency metrics being developed by the sector

Labour council pushes ahead with massive attack on council housing

16 February, 2017

A Labour council in north London took a step closer to launching a massive attack on council housing tenants on Tuesday

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

Help to Buy scheme's impact across England revealed

15 February, 2017

One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital

Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15 February, 2017

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

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2015

15 February, 2017

This is a new statistical publication that presents an overview of social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland for the year 2015

Kent social housing provider joins national financial awareness project

15 February, 2017

One of Kent's leading social housing providers is playing a vital role in a nationwide search to find the best way to help people make the best use of their money

Could a Supported Housing Allowance offer a solution to the threat imposed by the LHA Cap?

15 February, 2017

It is very unclear exactly what problem the Government is trying to fix with its proposal to introduce a LHA cap for supported housing

'Unfit' council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years

14 February, 2017

Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in "unfit" council homes

Birmingham seeks to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14 February, 2017

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks "breaking" sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned

Out of the box: councils try innovative projects to provide social housing

13 February, 2017

Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis

'Terrorised' tenants take on drugs den

13 February, 2017

Residents praised for evidence that saw a property shut down over allegations of drug-related anti-social behaviour

Cardiff council likely to put a stop to right-to-buy

13 February, 2017

Tenants are likely to lose the right to buy their council houses in Cardiff in a bid to tackle the city's growing housing need

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

How to fix the UK's housing crisis has been the subject of national debate for decades

Associations could save £1.6bn in repairs costs

10 February, 2017

A new survey has shown housing associations could save a huge amount of money if they sharpen up their repairs and maintenance contracts

Councils' Local Plan targets cast doubt on key White Paper measure

09 February, 2017

More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government's plan to tackle town halls "ducking" housing responsibility

Associations must properly consult tenants before selling properties

09 February, 2017

The social housing regulator is calling on housing associations to properly consult tenants before disposing of properties or making a change in management

Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

08 February, 2017

This report looks at the shortfall in supported housing place for working age people in England and considers the cost to the taxpayer of not taking action to meet this need

Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

08 February, 2017

The government announced it would continue with the 1% rent cut through the life of this parliament but would introduce a new standard to help them borrow against future income thereafter

Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08 February, 2017

The government will balance the "fiscal consequences" of higher rents against housing associations' calls for full flexibility

Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

08 February, 2017

A growing number of councils have set up housing companies to directly build homes for affordable rent, private rent and market sale

Families to stay in emergency accommodation for maximum of one week

08 February, 2017

Families with children and pregnant women will spend no more than a week in emergency accommodation when a cap is introduced by the Scottish Government

White Paper: Right to Buy could apply to council housing companies

07 February, 2017

White Paper 'welcomes' council housing companies and related initiatives, but says tenants placed in such homes should be offered equivalent terms to those in council housing

The way Birmingham allocates social housing is changing

07 February, 2017

Birmingham is changing the way it allocates social housing

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland - 2016

07 February, 2017

This data report is intended to improve our understanding of the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

Housing white paper and supporting documents setting out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland

Trowbridge tenants say lives will be put at risk by move

06 February, 2017

Residents have accused Selwood Housing of putting people's lives at risk after it revealed plans to remove fire safety sprinklers from over 200 homes

Council to invest £5m in sheltered housing

06 February, 2017

A London Council is to invest nearly £5m in new sheltered housing schemes

London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06 February, 2017

London housing associations set the pace for development in the sector in 2015/16

Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03 February, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are making more stringent checks into the ability of new tenants to pay their rent, as the new lower benefit cap takes effect

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

03 February, 2017

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses at heavily discounted prices

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

PlaceShapers response to the DCLG and DWP consultation sets proposals to help sustain and develop supported housing for elderly and vulnerable people

Technology in Social Housing Part 2

02 February, 2017

In the second event in the Technology for Social Housing series we invited UK housing providers to meet the technologies that have the potential to transform housing

L&Q's Gallagher purchase could unlock 5,000 homes per year

02 February, 2017

L&Q's landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country's largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year

Housing associations quadruple land buying in 2016

02 February, 2017

Housing associations bought four times as much land last year as they did in 2015, as the sector geared up for large development ambitions

CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

02 February, 2017

The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has called for the government to build homes for social rent, slamming its limited focus on homeownership

Social housing and the shared society

01 February, 2017

In her second major foray into public policy outside of Brexit - the first being an intention to found new grammar schools - Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 8th January that her Government would be committed to enabling a 'shared society'

Landlord-led domestic abuse initiative gets £30,000 of government funding

01 February, 2017

A landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse in the social housing sector has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the government

Glasgow calls for rent rises as it cuts sheltered housing budget by third

01 February, 2017

Glasgow City Council has asked the city's associations to implement rent rises to help cover the cost of a forthcoming £1m cut to sheltered housing services

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

New figures from the Deposit Protection Service put London properties at an all time peak of nearly £2,000

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

CML supports launch of new social housing regulator

31 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it supports moves to set up a new regulator for the social housing sector

Britain's housing crisis could be solved - if only the government wanted to

31 January, 2017

Private builders will never meet the demand for homes. We need more social housing, denser cities and new suburbs - and those require real political will

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

Peterborough taxpayers were asked to give compensation through "the public purse" to the housing firm which is evicting dozens of residents from a single estate

Transparency and Trust: A guide to data protection and privacy for landlords and tenants

30 January, 2017

We are living in a new digital age and it is continually evolving

Tower Hamlets social housing boss slams call centres for taking control away from tenants

30 January, 2017

A former social housing boss in London's deprived East End has hit out at the trend for estates being swallowed up in "mega housing groups" that lose touch with tenants and families in their care

As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

30 January, 2017

Many social landlords are planning to cut their maintenance spend over the next three to four years - one of a number of steps being taken by the sector to cope with the 1% annual rent reductions

LIN Member Report January 2017 - Housebuilding

27 January, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Work starts on new housing scheme in Sacriston aimed at helping people stuck in rental trap to buy their own homes

27 January, 2017

Work is underway on a housing development aimed at helping people stuck in the rental trap to buy their own home

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

27 January, 2017

Estimating the need for housing depends on making a judgement about the amount of housing space people should live in

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

26 January, 2017

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home

Once the biggest housing associations own 90% of social homes, tenants will lose out

26 January, 2017

As social housing moves inexorably towards mega-mergers and consolidation, it should heed a warning from history: big is not always beautiful

The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

26 January, 2017

Four years ago, when the first wave of welfare cuts was breaking, Shelter Scotland ran a high profile campaign to Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster

Lord Kerslake: Rent cut drop would give sector 'confidence'

25 January, 2017

In an exclusive interview, Lord Kerslake opens up to 24housing on all things housing - and his hopes for the future

Calls to increase energy efficiency in homes

25 January, 2017

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is calling on the Scottish government to decrease the amount of carbon emissions in houses

Catalyst downgraded by regulator following management breaches

25 January, 2017

Catalyst Housing Group has been downgraded by the regulator following breaches in the management of its sales and marketing team

Supporting housing tenants

24 January, 2017

Caroline Nokes reiterates her commitment to working with the social housing sector to best support claimants

Areas with rising waiting lists see falls in social housing

24 January, 2017

Councils with the fastest rising housing waiting lists are areas which saw above average decreases in the amount of social housing coming available

Hate crime a 'major concern' for migrant tenants

24 January, 2017

Specialist migrant HA Arhag now offering detailed guidance on how to recognise and report hate crime - staff have also been given guidance on how to help victims

Rental growth slowed down in Scotland at end of 2016 but demand is high

24 January, 2017

Residential rents in Scotland fell in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 0.9% year on year to an average of £739 per month

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

23 January, 2017

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector rents have increased faster than wages

Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

23 January, 2017

Councils could be required to work with households to prevent them becoming homeless beyond the 56-day time period set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Perth & Kinross Council continues home improvements despite rents freeze

23 January, 2017

Significant investments in council houses in Perth and Kinross over recent years has seen the percentage of council houses achieving the SHQS reach an all time high

Right to Buy: dreams and nightmares

23 January, 2017

An analysis of the Right to Buy extension pilot contains stark warnings about affordability and communication around exemptions

Associations slash spend on major repairs as rent cut bites

20 January, 2017

Housing associations in England slashed spend on major repairs work to their estates as the government enforced its policy of cutting social rents

Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19 January, 2017

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years

Data reveals empty council garages could create 16,000 homes

19 January, 2017

Councils are sitting on more than 22,000 empty garages in London that could be turned into at least 16,000 homes

Disused council building 'ideal for social housing'

18 January, 2017

A county council complex which has lain derelict in the heart of Bridgetown for more than five years should be converted into affordable homes for young people

'250,000 social homes lost by 2020'

18 January, 2017

Almost 250,000 social rented homes could be sold or converted to other tenures by 2020

Changing how we think about repairs

18 January, 2017

Some housing associations are challenging received thinking about the way the sector approaches repairs and maintenance

Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

18 January, 2017

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year

Projection of social rented stock from April 2012 to April 2020 on various assumptions

18 January, 2017

Housing Association social rented stock (figures to 2015 from HCA statistics)

10-year wait for a council house

17 January, 2017

Research shows tens of thousands of people have been on social housing waiting lists for a decade

Doubts around ring-fenced funding for supported housing

17 January, 2017

Housing professionals have stated they are not sure how long the ring-fenced funding for supported housing will last for

Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

17 January, 2017

The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year

Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

17 January, 2017

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

Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

17 January, 2017

Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country

Contradictory advice of civil servants has ministers at odds on welfare cash

16 January, 2017

The two ministers at the centre of the row over a 'bedroom tax' relief scheme have published conflicting advice from their most senior civil servants

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

This publication sets out the results of a survey launched in November 2016 of 33 stock retaining councils and Arm's Length Management Organisations

Which west London borough has the highest cost social housing rents?

16 January, 2017

Unsurprisingly, west London has some of the most expensive social housing costs in England, but which borough has seen the biggest rise in the last year?

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

Smart meters are really changing tenants' lives

13 January, 2017

The National Housing Federation has been promoting the smart meter rollout for nearly six months and what is interesting is the interest from our members

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

The resignation of Martin McGuinness jeopardises Northern Ireland's plans to delay the bedroom tax - introducing it now wouldn't just be cruel, but dangerous

Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

13 January, 2017

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies

The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations: An Action - Learning Approach

12 January, 2017

This research report assesses the aims, operation and outcomes so far of the pilot programme for the voluntary Right to Buy

71% unsure of Right to Buy purchase price

12 January, 2017

Concerns have been raised about affordability and clarity in a new report looking into the Right to Buy pilot

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

UK rents in December are just 1.7% higher than a year ago, down from 3.8% last year

'Bedroom tax' impact mitigation scheme 'not a way forward'

11 January, 2017

The communities minister has said a scheme proposed by the finance minister to mitigate the impact of the 'bedroom tax' is not possible

Affordable housing definition explained: From homes for social rent to shared ownership

11 January, 2017

Despite a housing crisis and calls for more affordable housing, 2015-16 saw the fewest built for 25 years

Letting agents hit with fines after council crackdown on display of fees

11 January, 2017

Letting agents in one borough have been fined over £14,000 after a crackdown by the local authority on the display of fees

HA launches innovative recruitment for tenants

09 January, 2017

'Aspire2work' gives all young people under 25 living in an Aspire home access to training or a job opportunity

Bid to stop people refusing social housing

09 January, 2017

A scheme will be introduced across all local authorities within the next six months in a bid to crack down on those refusing social housing

Nama defends social housing efforts as campaigners demand action

06 January, 2017

The state's bad-bank Nama said it has delivered 2,378 social houses and apartments a mid renewed calls for it to make more property available for the homeless

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes

Further Parliamentary engagement on supported housing

05 January, 2017

One of our Parliamentary champions, Peter Aldous MP, has put forward an Early Day Motion on supported housing

What does 2017 hold for social housing?

04 January, 2017

Our panel of experts on the housing, homelessness and policy issues the year ahead holds

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

Some were always sceptical about Theresa May's speech on the steps of Downing Street about helping families who are just about getting by

Council suffering from lack of homes

29 December, 2016

There is a continuing shortage of council-owned properties in the Caerphilly county borough

London's temporary housing population is expanding

21 December, 2016

London has the severest housing crisis; one third of all homeless households in England are accepted by local authorities in the capital

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

Council house replacements

21 December, 2016

Council homes are being sold off without being replaced

New homelessness duties could cost London councils millions

21 December, 2016

New duties introduced through proposed homelessness laws will cost town halls millions, councils in London have calculated

22,000 social rented homes lost in last two years

20 December, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions data shows new social housing lettings by private registered providers and councils decreased by nearly 22,000 homes in the last two years

Campaigners catch council out over social housing commitments

19 December, 2016

The Local Government Ombudsman finds a London borough council failed "for years" to monitor whether developers were providing promised social housing in accordance with Section 106 Agreements

Labour's Lisa Forbes: Yes, we do need more social housing

19 December, 2016

It is a strange set of circumstances in which a relatively wealthy society, the sixth largest economy in the world, is prepared to accept homeless people living and sleeping on its streets

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Enfield council homes for rent at £2,000 a month spark row

16 December, 2016

Council-built family homes are being offered for rent for up to £2,000 a month, and have sparked a political row

Help to Buy helps over 220,000 people buy a new home

16 December, 2016

Over 180,000 supported by the schemes have been first time buyers

LGA seeks legal advice for councils caught in water bill scandal

15 December, 2016

The LGA is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multi-million pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water

Affordable homes: residents' views of quality

15 December, 2016

Eight out of ten Housing Association residents remain pleased with their homes

London council accused of 'social cleansing' over plans to deposit lowest paid tenants on edge of capital

15 December, 2016

Westminster Council buys 24 homes in Hounslow for its social housing tenants - without telling Hounslow Council

Tenant wins appeal over council bid to terminate tenancy agreement

15 December, 2016

A council tenant who claimed that his occupancy agreement should be treated as a Scottish secure tenancy because it did not contain an express provision stating that it was for a term of less than six months

Gov report finds council 'failed' for years to monitor developers on broken promises to provide social housing

15 December, 2016

Southwark now pledges to start running annual audits of section 106 agreements, to check promised social housing will be delivered

Borough moves to protect renters

15 December, 2016

New measures approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council also back the 'better' landlords in a borough where a third of residents rent

Right to Buy sales outpace development

14 December, 2016

Councils in England sold almost six times more homes than they built in first nine months of this year

Labour pledges housing association deal to end rough sleeping

14 December, 2016

The Labour Party has pledged to end rough sleeping through a voluntary deal with housing associations to reserve 4,000 properties for the street homeless

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears and collection costs

The benefits of going digital

13 December, 2016

As the lead for digital at North Wales Housing, I am always shouting about the virtues of doing more things digitally

90% of councils 'won't meet Government housing targets'

13 December, 2016

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe they will not be able to meet the Government's housing targets because of a lack of resources in their planning departments

Too many council websites overcomplicating social housing applications

13 December, 2016

Too many councils are making it unnecessarily difficult for people seeking social housing to find out if they are eligible and then apply

Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12 December, 2016

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed

NI government to scrap housing association Right to Buy

12 December, 2016

The Northern Irish Government plans to scrap Right to Buy for housing associations as part of a package of measures to take associations off the national balance sheet

Moray tenants to be consulted on rent rises

09 December, 2016

Council house tenants in Moray are to be consulted over the level of rent increase for the next three years

Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

08 December, 2016

Peabody and Family Mosaic's merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units

LHA cap: supported schemes remain on ice

08 December, 2016

Supported housing providers are keeping development schemes on hold

Regulator cautions against taking private lending for granted

08 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the current parliament presents opportunities for some RSLs but could throw up financial challenges for others

Coping with the cap

08 December, 2016

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in

L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

07 December, 2016

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter two 2016/17?

06 December, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Sheltered housing in Mid Suffolk and Babergh set to change

06 December, 2016

Sheltered housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is set to change following a major review of the needs of older people in the two districts

Don't forget meaning of social

06 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Executive is consulting on its draft programme for government

Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

06 December, 2016

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

Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06 December, 2016

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

Abolish right-to-buy schemes that are depleting social stock: McCann

05 December, 2016

The social housing stock in Derry is being depleted by landlords acquiring multiple properties from former housing association tenants who have bought under market rates

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact

05 December, 2016

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact is a landmark collaboration between local authorities, social and affordable housing providers in the Sheffield City Region

Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK

05 December, 2016

Study attacks attempts by governments to boost ethnic integration as 'saris, samosas and steel drums for the well-intentioned'

Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

05 December, 2016

One of England's largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure

500 new council homes? It's not all it seems to be

05 December, 2016

Cambridge City Council voted to proceed with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution proposal

The displaced tenants paying the true cost of an inhumane housing policy

02 December, 2016

Councils must commit to a more humane, thoughtful and cost-effective social housing policy than moving people away from jobs and homes

Social landlords 'require additional capacity' to deliver 50,000 homes target

02 December, 2016

Around two thirds of social landlords in Scotland have insufficient in-house skills and capacity to deliver an expanded programme of new affordable housing

Quarterly Survey for Q2 (July to September) 2016 to 2017

02 December, 2016

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

BHP launches first new homes supporting vulnerable tenants to live independently

02 December, 2016

BHP has completed the refurbishment on a six bedroom house in Wembley, which has been developed into six apartments for Brent residents with learning disability and special needs

FOI extension will lead to cost burden

02 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's U-turn on the FOI Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs

Transparency and accountability in the housing association sector

01 December, 2016

In recent years there has been a strong push from the Government to improve transparency in the public sector at the national and local level

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

01 December, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs in Scotland

Princess Anne hails £3million social housing project at official opening in Bury St Edmunds

01 December, 2016

The Princess Royal officially opened a £3.1million affordable housing project in Bury St Edmunds December 1

Proposal on using a Legislative Reform Order to establish the social housing regulator as an independent body

01 December, 2016

This consultation paper sets out the proposal for amending the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 so that responsibility for social housing regulation is transferred HCA to a new standalone public body

Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants

30 November, 2016

Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Top architect blasts 'free-riding' tenants living in council houses in central London and says they should be moved, to make way for HIS staff

29 November, 2016

A top London architect has triggered a ferocious storm by calling for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

Landlords join forces to create efficiency metrics

28 November, 2016

A group of housing associations have joined forces in an attempt to create an authoritative set of metrics to measure efficiency

Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

28 November, 2016

A flagship £100m scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

Sanctuary Housing rolls out first-of-its-kind social housing platform using SAP

25 November, 2016

The large social housing authority is transforming the way it communicates with tenants

Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

25 November, 2016

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest

Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

25 November, 2016

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

25 November, 2016

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

Right to Buy delay fears after second pilot announcement

24 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation is seeking clarity "as soon as possible" on the national roll-out of the Right to Buy extension

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

23 November, 2016

A question recently tabled by MLA Maurice Bradley asked the minister of communities to outline where the further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

Government backtracks on a new 'bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners

22 November, 2016

The proposal to penalise older people in social housing who 'underoccupy' their homes - revealed by The Independent - will be delayed by one year

Councils react to Pay to Stay decision

22 November, 2016

Local authorities up and down the country have been celebrating the government decision to make Pay to Stay voluntary for them

Government scraps compulsory Pay to Stay

22 November, 2016

The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates

Funding for Supported Housing

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

Second London borough launches Right to Part Buy

21 November, 2016

Conservative-controlled Wandsworth Council is set to give its secure tenants the opportunity to buy a share in the equity of their home

Gateshead furniture charity warning over benefit cap

21 November, 2016

A cap on benefit payments to people in social housing could leave some tenants unable to furnish their homes

Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants

21 November, 2016

Tenants were moved out of homeless accommodation after a council claimed a property developer put charges up by thousands of pounds

LIN member Report December 2016 - Pay to Stay - A Review

20 November, 2016

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses

18 November, 2016

Ministers are required to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should achieve for tenants and other customers through their housing activities

The changing landscape for social housing

18 November, 2016

The social housing landscape has, and continues to be, shaped dramatically by a number of shifting elements, including central government policy

Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years

18 November, 2016

Councils in Britain have spent more than £3.5bn on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years

Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

18 November, 2016

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2015 to March 2016 England

18 November, 2016

An additional 32,110 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2015-16

The impact of new policies on the social housing market: an interview with Susan Coulson

17 November, 2016

Big changes are ahead in social housing following the introduction of the 2016 Housing and Planning Act

Landlords' performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter 2013-2016

17 November, 2016

This paper brings together publicly available evidence from our range of publications about how landlords have performed against the Scottish Social Housing Charter

Scottish Social Housing Charter Performance 2015/16

17 November, 2016

This report covers; comparing GWSF members against other RSLs, stock-retaining councils and Glasgow Housing Association, (LAs), and the sector as a whole

Regulator to reveal individual landlords' cost data

17 November, 2016

The English social housing regulator will publish data showing named individual housing associations' costs this year

Free up councils to build homes

17 November, 2016

The government must free up local authorities to take more decisions on how and where housing can be delivered

As Theresa May's housing crisis deepens, one council is evicting 2,000 people from a single estate

16 November, 2016

On Tuesday 15 November, the Conservative government revealed that the UK housing crisis is deepening

Under-Occupancy Charge Urgent Question

15 November, 2016

Recorded coverage of the urgent question in the House of Commons on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Under-Occupancy Charge applied to housing benefit

Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five

14 November, 2016

Labour-backed study also finds two-thirds of general population think government should do more to help first-time buyers

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

14 November, 2016

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the UK policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

Criticism of Cardiff council's plan to end tenants' right to buy

14 November, 2016

The Labour-run cabinet today approved a move to approach the Welsh Government

NHF criticises fees proposal

14 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation has criticised the English social housing regulator's proposal to charge fees

Hundreds of new homes in Sefton in massive boost for social housing

14 November, 2016

One Vision plan more than 700 homes to rent and buy all over the borough

The fight goes on to free more families from the bedroom tax nightmare

11 November, 2016

Forcing people to pay for 'extra' rooms is deliberately cruel and punishes people who, through no fault of their own, have nowhere else to go

Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11 November, 2016

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

Supreme Court's rulings mean bedroom tax 'will still unfairly hit thousands'

11 November, 2016

The government's "bedroom tax" discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people who need an extra bedroom because of their impairment, but not against others

Moray tenants' downsizing incentive scheme to be revised

10 November, 2016

Changes are to be made to a scheme introduced by Moray Council four years ago to encourage tenants to downsize from under-occupied council houses

Bristol family denied priority housing because TV showed mum carrying son up stairs - and making it

10 November, 2016

Council housing chiefs saw a video of a mum struggling to carry her four-year-old with muscular dystrophy up two flights of stairs

Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax

10 November, 2016

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law

Social Housing Lettings : April 2015 to March 2016, England

10 November, 2016

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 3% to 261,000 in 2015/16

How social landlords consult tenants about rent increases

10 November, 2016

This report is the outcome of our assessment of how social landlords consult tenants about proposed rent increases

More than £1.3 million lost in rent because of empty council homes in Aberdeen

09 November, 2016

Aberdeen City Council lost out on more than £1.3 million in rent in the last financial year due to properties being empty

Two cases won against housing benefit cut

09 November, 2016

A woman who suffers from spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Win for 'bedroom tax' fight at Supreme Court

09 November, 2016

Court finds for two families - but other challenges to the policy are dismissed despite 'profound sympathy' from senior judges

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes

09 November, 2016

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty

Cabinet Office laments "disappointing" drop in social housing fraud detection

07 November, 2016

Latest National Fraud Initiative report shows 37% fall in properties recovered

We can't provide social housing, say Bristol chocolate factory developers, we're already giving £1m

07 November, 2016

The firm developing one of Bristol's iconic former chocolate factories says they can't afford to include social housing for local people in their plans

Building Social rent Homes

07 November, 2016

The economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes a year in the light of Brexit

Right to Buy extension delayed by Brexit vote

04 November, 2016

The Right to Buy extension to housing association tenants is set to be delayed due to the EU referendum result

Pay-to-stay uncertainty leaves tenants too little time

04 November, 2016

Mayor of Hackney says families could have just a few weeks' notice to meet higher rents if government is not clear about rules

Notting Hill promises to look again at St James Estate tenants' accounts after threats of eviction

04 November, 2016

Resident says the way Notting Hill answered their questions was "like a comedy show"

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

NHF backs new English social housing regulator

03 November, 2016

Housing associations are backing the principle of moving regulation into a separate agency

How the progressive aims of housing associations are being subverted

03 November, 2016

Some housing associations have become more like private landlords

Number of empty Aberdeen council homes halved

03 November, 2016

The number of empty council properties in Aberdeen has been halved in the past year

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Here we go again with a new independent social housing regulator

02 November, 2016

For the past five years the social housing regulator has been embraced by the Homes and Communities Agency, but a forthcoming review is likely to change that

NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02 November, 2016

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap

S&P warns of 'more volatile' housing association sector

02 November, 2016

Housing associations that increasingly rely on market sales and shared ownership to bring in income are exposing themselves to a "riskier and more volatile sector"

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Housing Revenue Account Statistics: Scottish Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 1997-98 to 2016-17

01 November, 2016

This bulletin presents statistics on Local Authority housing income and expenditure in Scotland from their Housing Revenue Accounts

Nearly half of social housing tenants 'can't afford to eat'

01 November, 2016

Survey shows four in 10 tenants on benefits go hungry and half turn off winter heating because they're strapped for cash

Benefit cap: actions taken by local authorities and DWP staff

01 November, 2016

Local authorities and DWP staff share actions they have taken to support claimants that are affected by the benefit cap changes

Powys council homes: Bid to halt right to buy

31 October, 2016

People living in council and housing association homes in Powys could be stopped from buying them in future

It's councils who push tenants into emergency housing

28 October, 2016

As winter sets in, thoughts will turn to the plight of those who find themselves without a place to call home

New regulator likely following HCA review

28 October, 2016

A new English social housing regulator is likely to be created following a government review of the Homes and Communities Agency

English associations' sales income breaks £2bn

28 October, 2016

English housing associations generated more than £2bn through properties developed for sale last year, with the vast majority of the activity in London

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

Welfare reform could price tenants out of social housing

27 October, 2016

House prices are increasing in comparison to wages, meaning it's harder and harder to afford a home

Housing association downgraded over fire safety

27 October, 2016

The social housing regulator has downgraded a Manchester housing association following failures to do with its fire risk assessments

Falkirk Council launches bid to secure nearly 800 homes for social rent

26 October, 2016

A bid to make nearly 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years is being launched by Falkirk Council this month

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

Givan vows to do all he can to help meet social housing need in Lagan Valley

25 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan has vowed to do all he can to ensure that new social housing development opportunities are brought forward

Rent warning to Enfield tenants in advance of new benefits cap

25 October, 2016

Tenants are being warned to ensure they keep up their rent payments when government benefit cap changes come into force on November 7

Council rents could more than double as part of housing business plan

24 October, 2016

Tenants in social housing looking to upgrade to a new home as part of the council's £40m investment could have to fork out more than double in rental costs as part of a new business plan

Families evicted for Peterborough homeless centre

24 October, 2016

More than 70 families are to be evicted from a housing complex to make way for homeless people

Sales of social housing increase by 8%

21 October, 2016

English social landlords sold nearly 22,000 homes in 2015/16, an increase of 8% on the previous year

Landlord report

21 October, 2016

How your landlord told us it performed in 2015/2016

More than 5,000 council homes 'at risk' in Rotherham

20 October, 2016

More than 5,000 council homes could be lost in Rotherham over the next 30 years

The London borough with a '50-year waiting list' for council houses

20 October, 2016

Candid admission appears in documentary on housing officials and people they are trying to help in deprived London borough

Are you on the waiting list for a council house? Share your story

19 October, 2016

A new documentary shows people in parts of London being told to expect a 50-year wait for a council home

New homes to encourage council house tenants to "downsize"

17 October, 2016

Poole Mayor Xena Dion has welcomed residents to the borough's newest council homes, built as part of a scheme to encourage tenants to 'downsize' to smaller properties

Scrapping right-to-buy will cause social housing stock blocking

17 October, 2016

Right-to-Buy has now been suspended in Anglesey with the rest of Wales set to follow suit and has been brought in by assembly ministers as a means to protect the stock of social housing

Managing Generation Rent

17 October, 2016

More housing associations are building sizeable private rent portfolios, with a customer base with different needs from its social tenants

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord

14 October, 2016

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord if a merger deal between Boston Mayflower and North East Lincolnshire housing provider Shoreline goes ahead

Bath residents living with social housing provider Curo face up to £5-a-week service charge

13 October, 2016

Curo residents are set to be charged for communal services previously provided for free by the Bath social housing group

Shelter needed

13 October, 2016

There's an irony that the £5bn pledge to increase housing supply made at the Conservative Party conference coincides with benefit proposals that risk having the opposite effect

The role of social housing in Northern Ireland's divided communities

12 October, 2016

As talks start in Ireland over post-Brexit border control, other physical barriers - the notorious peace walls - between communities are coming down

Sharp increase in sales of social stock

12 October, 2016

English housing associations have reported a 48% annual increase in sales of social rented homes out of the sector, as they seek greater value for money from their assets

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

12 October, 2016

PRPs reported 2,761,690 units/bedspaces owned at 31 March 2016, an increase of 2.0% on the total for 2015 and the largest increase in total stock owned by PRPs since 2012

Bath councillor Joe Rayment: 'More social housing investment needed' to slash house prices in Banes

12 October, 2016

A Bath councillor wants more investment in social housing to help bring down the cost of living in Bath and North East Somerset

York's council house system is about to undergo a huge change

10 October, 2016

Housing officers at York council are proposing major changes to the way council homes are given out in York

500 Welsh children homeless due to social housing evictions

10 October, 2016

The Welsh Government has said it will 'study closely' a new report from Shelter Cymru showing some 500 children were made homeless last year through social housing evictions

Value for Money

10 October, 2016

We've put together guidance on the Regulator's recent changes that place greater emphasis on Value for Money, and advice on producing self-assessments

More Social Housing required

10 October, 2016

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan has said more Social Housing is required across North Antrim

We need a rock-solid commitment to council housing

10 October, 2016

he government's Housing and Planning Act casts a long shadow over the future of all non-profit housing

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

07 October, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16

07 October, 2016

Regulating to protect the interests of tenants and other users of social housing services in Scotland

Moving Up

07 October, 2016

Higher wages for social housing tenants

Temporary accommodation numbers rise despite fund

07 October, 2016

A government fund targeted at tackling the number of families in temporary accommodation has not halted the rise

Calls for major review of council housing to cope with law changes

06 October, 2016

City of York Council bosses want to start a whole-scale review of council housing because of major, impending law changes

Baroness Warwick: 'We can still build for social rent'

06 October, 2016

Baroness Warwick has only been the Chair of the National Housing Federation for a year but she has already seen two governments and a Housing Act

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

06 October, 2016

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Four star hotel for gas row tenants in Londonderry

06 October, 2016

A housing association is footing the bill for tenants to stay in a four-star hotel while work is carried out on their homes

ALMO Governance: The inside track

06 October, 2016

Arms-Length Management Organisations now manage over 500,000 homes in England, nearly a third of all council housing

Council tenant's legal challenge to rent agreement rejected

05 October, 2016

A council house tenant who challenged an occupancy agreement after falling into arrears has had her petition dismissed

Ministers consider Pay to Stay exemption

05 October, 2016

The DCLG will consider exempting council tenants from Pay to Stay in areas where social rents and market rents are similar

The council house that nobody wants to live in

05 October, 2016

Why Sheffield council houses have been empty for over a year

Social housing the key to future election wins

05 October, 2016

When SHOUT was launched as a cross-party campaign in June 2014 our primary aim was to make the economic and social case for investing in social-rented housing

Harsher penalties for landlords renting to illegal immigrants

05 October, 2016

Landlords that knowingly let homes to illegal immigrants could be sent to prison, the home secretary has announced

LGA chief hits out at supported housing duty proposal

04 October, 2016

The chair of the Local Government Association has pledged to oppose proposals for a new duty on councils to provide supported housing

Get out your hard hat Theresa: UK facing a 1.8m shortage of rental properties

04 October, 2016

The Government must urgently deliver 1.8 million new rental homes for UK families

Tory housing minister says building more council homes will increase inequality

03 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's policy as 'remarkable'

Peterborough landlords side with council over MPs in dispute over £1 million Travelodge bill for homeless families

03 October, 2016

Two landlords have dismissed arguments made by the city's MPs in the row over a £1 million hotel bill to put up homeless families

Douglas Carswell slams housing association as "Victorian landlord" over eviction of caring Clacton couple

03 October, 2016

Douglas Carswell has blasted Colne Housing for acting "disgracefully" for trying to evict a Clacton couple from a two-bed flat they had lived in for several years, while caring for an elderly relative

I won't miss help to buy. It only made the housing market worse

03 October, 2016

Most beneficiaries of George Osborne's scheme didn't need the help. Those unable to save a deposit have been left further behind

Want an affordable rented home? Don't rely on a Labour council

30 September, 2016

Too many Labour local authorities are alienating residents over regeneration and compulsory purchase

Compulsory purchase orders on London's council estates a "form of social cleansing"

30 September, 2016

The threat of Compulsory Purchase Orders has become one of the biggest perils to ex-local authority leaseholders in London

Corbyn wants councils to deliver 500,000-home plan

29 September, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn wants Labour's 500,000 'social' homes target to be delivered entirely by local authorities

Labour still calculating cost of 500,000 social home pledge

28 September, 2016

Labour is still calculating the cost of its pledge to build 500,000 'social' homes in its first five years of government

Housing associations and 'right to rent' document checks

28 September, 2016

This aims to give guidance to housing associations on how 'right to rent' document checks affect their procedures, such as their allocations and lettings policies, their policies on lodgers and their procedures for verifying tenancies.

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter one 2016/17?

27 September, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Footballers' £400m social housing dream unveiled

26 September, 2016

Brighton's Bobby Zamora, West Ham's Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand, now retired, present project to build 1,300 homes near Luton

Long-term value of social housing falls post rent cut

26 September, 2016

The long-term value of social housing properties has slipped significantly across most of the country as a result of the rent cut

Social housing is alive and kicking but providers must fight harder

26 September, 2016

There is a clear need for social housing now and into the future, but if it is to remain "alive and kicking", then the providers must get off the ropes and come out fighting

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

The future funding of supported housing - what do we need to know?

26 September, 2016

CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis talks us through what we need to know about the future funding of supported housing

Labour would scrap Right to Buy in England

26 September, 2016

Labour has dropped its support of the Right to Buy, calling for the controversial policy to be indefinitely suspended in England

Social housing in hot water?

26 September, 2016

The water is slowly getting hotter for social housing

Right to Buy Sales in England: April to June 2016

23 September, 2016

In April to June 2016-17 (Q1), local authorities sold an estimated 3,362 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

HCA warns stock sales risk damaging sector's reputation

23 September, 2016

The social housing regulator has warned that housing associations risk damaging the reputation of the sector if they sell stock inhabited by social tenants

New home starts under Right to Buy scheme 'not enough to meet Government pledge'

23 September, 2016

The number of new homes begun under the Government's flagship Right to Buy scheme is lagging behind the amount needed to deliver its "one-for-one" promise

A local problem?

23 September, 2016

Many social landlords are not happy with the government's plans for the future funding of supported housing

Borough estimates £100k Pay to Stay bill

23 September, 2016

Kingston Council cites £100k as the 'at least' spend on temporary staffing costs alone to assess tenant income ahead of Pay to Stay implementation day

Housing minister signals change in government social housing policy

23 September, 2016

Gavin Barwell pledges government will 'maximise number of affordable homes', but concerns and divisions remain within social housing sector

Ambition to Deliver

22 September, 2016

Back in 2013, the housing association sector came together to shape its vision for the future

Affordability a concern for RTB pilots

22 September, 2016

For the past few months, five housing associations have been piloting the Right to Buy scheme

'LHA cap' will apply to existing supported housing tenants

22 September, 2016

A new housing benefit cap will apply to existing as well as future supported housing tenants

New tenancy scheme to launch in London to help renters save home deposit

21 September, 2016

The first details of plans for a London Living Rent, a new type of tenancy for newly built affordable homes have been confirmed by Mayor Sadiq Khan

Value For Money - Five tips to identify hidden value for money savings

20 September, 2016

Are boards confident in their skills and training? Inside Housing and Capsticks carried out a survey of housing association board members to find out

Khan confirms end to affordable rent conversions

20 September, 2016

Conversions of homes from social to affordable rent will end under Sadiq Khan's new housing programme

Success, Satisfaction and Scrutiny: The Business Benefits of involving residents

20 September, 2016

The benefits of engagement far outweigh the costs

HAs 'better than job centres' for jobs

19 September, 2016

Social housing tenants find their housing associations more help than job centres at putting them on the first step of the career ladder

Policy Exchange: large landlords should raise rents to build

19 September, 2016

The largest housing associations should be allowed to raise rents in exchange for agreeing to build more homes

Land trusts and refuges among rent cut exemptions

19 September, 2016

Community land trusts, co-operatives, fully mutuals, refuges and alms house will be exempt from the government's four-year rent cut

The social housing sector has become dangerously divided

19 September, 2016

The only hope of reuniting the sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership and invests in genuinely affordable homes

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

19 September, 2016

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap LHA for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood

The future of social housing - take aways from our recent roundtable

19 September, 2016

A former Head of Policy at No 10, Taylor looked at the issue of 'why policy fails and how it might succeed'

An endless summer is no good for social housing tenants worried about a rent rise

19 September, 2016

The introduction of Pay to Stay from April 2017 will see some higher income social tenants required to pay more rent

No LHA cap on supported housing ahead of 'new funding formula'

16 September, 2016

The government has confirmed it will not impose the LHA cap on supporting housing ahead of a new funding formula for the sector

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

Supported accommodation plays a vital role in the lives of many vulnerable people

A second SFHA report on the capping of social rents to the rate of local allowance

16 September, 2016

This is SFHA's second report on the impact of the policy to cap the amount of rent that HB will cover in the SRS at the relevant LHA rate

Olive branch or figleaf? Sector far from reassured by Govt's new funding proposal for supported housing

16 September, 2016

Questions remain over the future viability of a host of supported housing services, despite a Government statement today that appears to offer concessions on funding

Bromsgrove social housing provider bdht defends its chief's £124,693 salary

15 September, 2016

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust has defended its chief executive's salary after new figures revealed he earned almost £130,000 in the financial year 2015-2016

More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home

15 September, 2016

British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit

'Ambitious' plans for social housing

15 September, 2016

Dundee has one of the lowest rates of social houses being completed in Scotland

Start of the end for Right to Buy in Wales

15 September, 2016

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Anglesey to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

I lead a mutual-owned housing association - and it's working for tenants

14 September, 2016

Merthyr Valleys Homes proves there is an alternative to bully landlords

Questions about social housing as council housing companies to be set up

14 September, 2016

Questions have been raised about the amount of social housing to be provided as part of a new development as two new housing companies are set to be established

Social Housing Evictions Higher than in Private Housing

14 September, 2016

You may have noticed that privately rented accommodation is not always held in the highest regard

Healey: "Council tenants to face tax rates of over 80% under Tory plans"

14 September, 2016

New analysis for Labour MP and former Treasury Minister John Healey has revealed that thousands of working families living in council homes will pay effective tax rates of over 80%

HAs successes threatened by LHA cap

14 September, 2016

The good work of two housing associations has been highlighted in Parliamentary motions by MSPs

Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

14 September, 2016

Firstly, any social landlord looking to make the move into the private rented sector needs to study their local market very carefully

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights importance of landlord openness

13 September, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the importance of social landlords being open and accessible about their services and decision-making

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Midlands landlord hits back over cost analysis

13 September, 2016

A major Midlands landlord has hit back at the regulator over its cost analysis of the sector, claiming it does not account for large care and support businesses

Britain's rental property market is counter-intuitively warped

13 September, 2016

Rents in Britain are counter-intuitively cratering despite a severe housing shortage

New data shows rise in tenant complaints

12 September, 2016

The number of tenant complaints received by social landlords surveyed by benchmarking experts Housemark has steadily increased during the past three financial years

First right-to-buy sales go through after pilots

12 September, 2016

The first sales have taken place under the government's controversial right-to-buy policy for housing association tenants

Social landlords urged to adopt new voluntary carbon monoxide safety standard

08 September, 2016

Scotland's social landlords could do more to prevent fire, gas and carbon monoxide fatalities and injuries

Reality check: are right-to-buy homes being replaced as promised?

07 September, 2016

Theresa May says government is meeting pledge to replace properties sold through the scheme - but data suggests otherwise

Pay to Stay - A bureaucratic nightmare?

07 September, 2016

Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there has discussion as to how it would work

Council's plan to buy houses in Cheltenham to provide social rented housing

06 September, 2016

Houses on the open market could be bought by Cheltenham Borough Council to be rented as council housing

I run a social housing swap shop - but couldn't make it work for my own mum

06 September, 2016

Work, illness, love: when tenants want to move, my job is to help them match up homes to exchange

Housing associations should be more than just landlords

06 September, 2016

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do

Scunthorpe tenants owe £835,000 but evictions are down

05 September, 2016

Rent arrears owed by tenants of the Scunthorpe-based housing association Ongo Homes increased last year to £835,000 - but fewer debtors are being evicted

Borough puts £1m admin cost estimate on first year of pay to stay

05 September, 2016

A London borough estimates that Pay to Stay could cost it £1 million in first year administration costs alone to make IT and other system and process changes happen

Landlords freeze pay following rent cut

05 September, 2016

A greater proportion of social landlords surveyed have frozen pay for staff since the 1% annual rent cut came into effect

Associations submit 'cautious' bids for grant

02 September, 2016

Housing associations have submitted "cautious" bids under the government's main affordable housing grant programme

May is urged to consider policy of 'living rents' linked to wage levels

02 September, 2016

As PM's social reform committee meets for first time, report says rental sector needs to be looked at urgently

'This will cause massive hardship': social housing tenants on 'pay to stay'

02 September, 2016

We heard from readers affected by the government's 'pay to stay' policy, set to be introduced from April next year

Supported housing and the impact of capping Housing Benefit

02 September, 2016

This evidence paper looks at the distribution of supported housing by region across England nationally

'Pay to stay' is Robin Hood in reverse for thousands of hard-working people

02 September, 2016

These rent hikes are a direct attack on working people in social housing by a government as numerically illiterate as it is disingenuous

Rents and Value for Money

02 September, 2016

Many tenants pay rent for their homes and rarely question whether it equates to value for money for the services they receive

Tenants forget to claim back £500,000 of their own deposit money

02 September, 2016

Staff at a tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland are searching for thousands of tenants who appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits

Supported housing helped build a better life for Amy and her son

01 September, 2016

Amy, a young woman living with her mother, had suffered from anxiety and depression following her experiences of domestic violence and abuse

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter: Headline Findings 2015/16

01 September, 2016

The general picture is one of strong performance and continued improvement over the first three years of the Charter

Council launches Pay to Stay attack on government

31 August, 2016

Southwark Council has written to ask the Government to use its own tax office to pick up the bureaucracy that Pay to Stay will generate

What is pay to stay and who will be affected?

31 August, 2016

The government's policy of rent hikes for working people in social housing will hit thousands of low earners across the country

Social housing sector reports continued strong financial performance

31 August, 2016

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Merger fever: the tenants' view

31 August, 2016

Tenants are helping to devise an alternative merger code

'Pay to stay' is just another way to punish social housing tenants

30 August, 2016

When the government talks about its 'pay to stay' policy, ministers usually point to all those greedy social housing tenants who earn mega bucks but continue living in a council house

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy

30 August, 2016

LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

The social housing tenants miles from home

30 August, 2016

Councils, particularly those in London, are choosing to tackle a shortage of affordable social housing by investing in accommodation in other parts of the country

Merseyside RTB sales increased due to low demand elsewhere

26 August, 2016

The number of homes sold in Merseyside under the Right to Buy extension pilot was upped to compensate for low sales elsewhere

Half of Mid Suffolk's sheltered homes could be axed in council's proposals

26 August, 2016

Nearly half of Mid Suffolk Council-run sheltered housing schemes could be axed if new proposals go ahead

70,000 social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rises under pay to stay

26 August, 2016

The LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

Housing associations cancel merger

24 August, 2016

Genesis and Thames Valley have cancelled their merger plans at the eleventh hour citing "differences in style and approach"

Home Group ISA scheme 'will help with deposits'

24 August, 2016

A housing association's homeownership scheme will help tenants raise cash for deposits, despite controversy this week over the government scheme on which it is modelled

Consumer regulation review 2015 to 2016

23 August, 2016

The report sets out the social housing regulator's approach to consumer regulation and includes case studies and lessons learned

Social Impact Report

23 August, 2016

The Real Lettings Property Fund is a property investment fund designed for a social purpose: to help people at risk of homelessness to become more independent

NHF crowdfunds Pay to Stay data tool

22 August, 2016

NHF has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants' incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay

The face of social housing in Renfrewshire is set to change with a £34million deal

22 August, 2016

It is hoped the plan will be rubber-stamped in days

New council houses are welcome but we need a lot more to solve housing crisis

22 August, 2016

Shelter Scotland reacts as North Lanarkshire Council reveals it is to build 1,000 council homes

Even dukes support social housing - so why doesn't the government?

19 August, 2016

Both the second and sixth Dukes of Westminster understood that social housing will always be needed: now is the time to build, not sell it off

'This is a scandal', we need to do far better than this' - more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation across Barnet

19 August, 2016

A report has revealed that more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation in Barnet - three times more than previously stated

Concern over plans to withhold Right to Buy payments

19 August, 2016

Ministers are set to insist on withholding 30% of compensation payment for Right to Buy discounts until replacement homes are started

Less than 2% of social tenants apply for Right to Buy in trial of scheme

19 August, 2016

Only 1.6% of households in the pilot to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations have applied to purchase their social home

Tenant satisfaction: is it still relevant?

18 August, 2016

As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important - and if so, why?

NHF propose Pay to Stay data solution

18 August, 2016

The National Housing Federation have set out how they feel associations can best collect data for Pay to Stay

Andy Burnham calls for councils to be able to buy poor quality private rented homes

18 August, 2016

Councils should receive a fund to help them purchase private rented homes in a poor state of repair

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales

17 August, 2016

The Welsh Government's annual report on the number of dwellings owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

Our housing associations can build more homes - if the government will let us

17 August, 2016

With housebuilding plans hard hit by the Brexit vote and uncertain economic times, there's an urgent need to shift support from ownership to renting

Bedroom tax fails on objectives

17 August, 2016

Research shows the government's Bedroom Tax is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes

G15: Bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17 August, 2016

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations

Right to buy is a stake in the heart of social housing - now more than ever

12 August, 2016

Despite the fact that flogging off national assets at below market value is brainless, the social housing fire sale continues apace

Government facing calls for Right to Buy to be scrapped

12 August, 2016

The Green Party has called for Right to Buy to be scrapped after only 20% of homes bought under the scheme last year have been replaced

Right to buy rules 'restricting councils replacing homes sold under scheme'

11 August, 2016

Less than 20% of homes sold under the right to buy scheme were replaced by councils last year

Social Housing Stock and Rents, as at 31 March 2016

11 August, 2016

Social housing stock are dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and RSLs, otherwise known as social landlords

Northern Ireland beats social housing target

11 August, 2016

The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government's 1,500-homes target, but it is still down on the previous year

New scheme to help tenants buy their social homes

11 August, 2016

One of the UK's largest housing associations plans to discount tenants' rents, freeze property prices and top up savings in a pioneering bid to help tenants buy their social home

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

11 August, 2016

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2016

11 August, 2016

Quarterly National Statistics on possession claim actions in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

10 August, 2016

The government delay on reforms to supported housing funding means a miserable summer for tenants and difficult decisions for us providers

Redefining social rent

09 August, 2016

Morphing social into affordable rent

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

Rent rises with a week's notice: we can no longer afford our 'affordable' housing

05 August, 2016

We hoped that being on an affordable rent scheme would mean we could save to buy our own place. L&Q's sudden rent increase comes as a shock and a blow

An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

05 August, 2016

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis

Affordable housing: 'affordable for who'?

05 August, 2016

Every time I hear the term 'affordable housing' being used - whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group - the same comment is always made: 'yes, but affordable for who...?'

DWP will not say whether it is going to cut disability supported housing, women's refuges, and homeless hostels

04 August, 2016

Fifteen of the UK's leading disability charities have written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling on it to end the 'shadow of uncertainty' cast on vulnerable people by its latest round of housing benefit cuts

LGA to develop advice for councils on out-of-area placements

04 August, 2016

The Local Government Association will develop best practice guidelines for councils moving people into other local authority areas

Funding Homelessness Services in Scotland

04 August, 2016

This study was commissioned by Shelter Scotland as a follow-up from previous 2012 research examining the sources and trends of funding Scottish LA homelessness services

Minister criticised for response to rent cut question

03 August, 2016

A Labour peer has blasted a minister's response to a parliamentary question about the impact of the 1% social housing rent cut as 'completely unsatisfactory'

Legal Eagle: There is no right to housing

03 August, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in housing law is that the council owes everyone a duty of accommodation and you would never end up sleeping on the streets. Sadly, this isn't quite right

Top award for groundbreaking council project tackling homelessness

02 August, 2016

A Croydon Council initiative that has helped thousands of people at risk of homelessness has been named one of three winners

Current registered providers of social housing

01 August, 2016

1st August 2016

No Place Like An Accessible Home

01 August, 2016

LSE Report

Social Landlord Support Pack

01 August, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Not a moment too soon

01 August, 2016

The end of Scotland's Right to Buy gives social landlords the opportunity to replenish the stock of social housing

Rent to debt

29 July, 2016

Ed Miliband's recent investigation into rent-to-own suppliers for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme showed how easily those in financial need can find themselves committed to unsustainable credit agreements

Social Landlord Leaders: No more right to buy and 'not a moment too soon'

28 July, 2016

End of right to buy policy in Scotland

Hundreds of residents helped into work

28 July, 2016

The initiative, set up to support households affected by the benefit cap has been credited with turning hundreds of people's lives around

'Homeless' woman hid property in Italy to get a council home

28 July, 2016

Loubna Hamidouch wanted a council home in Cambridge – when she owned a property in Italy

Government urged to delay Pay to Stay

27 July, 2016

Councils and arm's length management organisations are calling on ministers to delay the introduction of Pay to Stay to avoid a 'tight' timetable

Some supported housing could avoid 'LHA cap'

26 July, 2016

Associations could lessen the impact of the government's 'Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap' by leasing their supported housing to a non-registered subsidiary

Helping hand

26 July, 2016

Social landlords have a duty to help tenants into work

Rent call

26 July, 2016

Social landlords must make the case for affordable rent to the new government

English Housing Survey

25 July, 2016

Social Rented Sector Report, 2014-15

Delay likely on key Housing Act regulations

25 July, 2016

Publication of the Higher Value and Pay to Stay Regulations is likely to be delayed

Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent

25 July, 2016

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday

The Tory sheltered housing benefit tax

25 July, 2016

Blog from SPeye

HCA probes landlords over market risk

22 July, 2016

The English social housing regulator is probing housing associations that are particularly exposed to a housing market downturn following the Brexit vote

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

Don't hold your breath for social housing

22 July, 2016

The calm, sound, unwavering economic case for funding, and promoting the funding of homes let at rents that people can meet from their incomes has not changed

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Northern landlords raise doubts over minister's new role

21 July, 2016

Social landlords in the north of England have raised concerns about the new housing minister's extra role as minister for London

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

Complaints about social landlords ease off

19 July, 2016

The number of complaints and enquiries about social landlords received by the Housing Ombudsman Service has levelled off following a huge increase over the last few years

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

Councils free to decide on Pay to Stay rents

15 July, 2016

Ministers have said it is up to councils to decide how they determine 'market rent' levels under the Pay to Stay policy

MPs press Government for LHA cap safeguards

15 July, 2016

The Government has made positive reassurances about the future funding of supported housing, despite stopping short of extending its exemption from the looming LHA cap

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

Understanding your tenants

15 July, 2016

Different tenants different circumstances

Still time for Bacs campaign

15 July, 2016

Social housing providers still have time to take advantage of a national housing rents campaign, which aims to deliver vital time and cost savings for those in the sector

Council building power diminished 92% by government policies

14 July, 2016

Councils' capacity to fund building through their rent accounts has shrunk from 550,000 homes over 30 years to just 45,000 as a result of government policies

Theresa May told: "start building social housing"

14 July, 2016

New PM Theresa May is urged to honour her words on dealing with the housing deficit

The business case for affordable housing

14 July, 2016

Peabody Trust and CBI report

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities

14 July, 2016

Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband

Residents to benefit from housing associations home swap

13 July, 2016

More than 1,400 households will have a new landlord and a more local service, after two leading housing associations completed a major stock exchange

The future of supported housing

13 July, 2016

An adjournment debate on the future of supported housing

The fall and rise of the council estate

13 July, 2016

For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now - just as it is being demolished - many people are starting to think again

'I'll build 10,000 council houses' says Labour man battling to become region's first mayor

11 July, 2016

Former Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser launches bid to become Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor with a dig at his 'career politician' rival Sion Simon

Prisoners to help build social housing

11 July, 2016

A Trafford social housing consortium has employed eight inmates from HM Hindley Prison

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Third of U.K. Councils Say No to Housing Refugees

08 July, 2016

London and Greater Manchester have taken in the fewest number of refugee families

Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

08 July, 2016

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

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Credit agency 'monitoring' landlords with London sales exposure

07 July, 2016

A credit ratings agency is "monitoring" London providers with large exposures to the sales market

Landlords to answer VFM questions

07 July, 2016

Housing associations will have to defend higher than usual costs or demonstrate they are making savings in future 'in-depth assessments'

Londoners fear 'Pay to Stay' law will price poor tenants out of the capital

07 July, 2016

From the moment Jan Sweeney first got the keys to her council flat in west London 35 years ago, she hoped she had found a sanctuary from the economic unrest gripping the city

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

07 July, 2016

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU

Pay to Stay for housing associations

06 July, 2016

Pay to Stay is not compulsory for housing associations, but some may wish to introduce their own scheme for higher income households

We're scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

06 July, 2016

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live

Executive confirms plans for new social housing scheme in Rathcoole

06 July, 2016

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed plans for a new social housing development in the heart of the Rathcoole estate

Jobs to go as Coast & Country Housing deals with fall in rental income

05 July, 2016

Redcar-based Coast & Country Housing are also closing a district office as 2015 Budget change kicks in

Conservative PM challengers pledge social housing

04 July, 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Crabb has pledged to create a £100bn "Growing Britain Fund" for infrastructure projects including social housing

Housing associations press ahead with "pay to stay"

04 July, 2016

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 households renting in the social housing sector where the household income is over £100,000

Councils step up raids on housing budgets

04 July, 2016

Cash-strapped councils are increasingly drawing cash from their housing budgets to plug gaps in back-office costs

London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants

01 July, 2016

Barking and Dagenham's version of right-to-buy scheme aimed at retaining housing stock while letting tenants buy a share in their property at discount

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

01 July, 2016

Right to Buy is to be abolished in Wales

Touching the voids

01 July, 2016

The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people's lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants' are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Innovation in Scottish housing is delivering improved value for money

27 May, 2016

Scottish social landlords are modernising services and making use of new technology to deliver real, quantifiable savings and improved productivity

Research: Unlocking strategic asset management in social housing

27 May, 2016

The operating environment for housing associations has changed in the face of an evolving policy environment over rent levels, right to buy and funding for new housing delivery

SHR updates guide for landlords on carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

27 May, 2016

The SHR has published an updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users

London councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

27 May, 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months

HCA downgrades two landlords

26 May, 2016

The Homes and Communities Agency has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades

Canterbury: 200 London families to move to council homes at Howe Barracks

25 May, 2016

More than 200 families from a London borough are set to move to council homes in east Kent after social housing bosses outbid the local authority to capture the ex-army properties

Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

25 May, 2016

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year

How you can start preparing for Voluntary Right to Buy - advice from the pilots

24 May, 2016

Back in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced Sovereign would be one of five housing associations given the challenge of piloting the new Voluntary Right to Buy

Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24 May, 2016

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government's deregulation drive

Lack of social housing 'pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness'

23 May, 2016

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country's social housing stock

How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10,000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

23 May, 2016

Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for a council home in Bristol - but only a few dozens are available for rent

Social landlords expect to manage more homes this year - but minority expect net revenue gains

23 May, 2016

More than two thirds of Scottish social housing landlords responding to a new survey expect the number of units they manage to increase over the next 12 months

Councils 'forcing homeless families to relocate miles away'

23 May, 2016

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

It's hard to think of a worse time in the last 50 years to be on benefits and living in London

Angry protests as council houses go under the hammer

21 April, 2016

There was a heavy police presence as protesters tried to disrupt an auction of council homes in Bristol tonight

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

21 April, 2016

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those 'who genuinely need it', in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

'We are losing the case on social housing'

20 April, 2016

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes has claimed the housing sector is "losing the case of social housing"

Tories' Pay to Stay rent hikes smashed to bits in humiliating triple defeat

19 April, 2016

Pay to Stay in the Housing Bill would have forced 215,000 households earning £30,000 to pay the full market rent - but it's been bludgeoned

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

Funds given to Oxford City Council to help individuals pay their rent have jumped back up this year despite the fact that it was not all spent in 2015/16

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

19 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill has now lost six times after peers voted to alter 'vindictive' charge

Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19 April, 2016

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

Housing organisations say ministers should think again about unfair rent hikes for hard-working council tenants

18 April, 2016

As the Government's Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals announced in George Osborne's 2015 Budge

1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy

15 April, 2016

Less than 1% of the housing association tenants offered the chance to purchase their home under a pilot of the Right to Buy have so far made a formal application to buy

Reduced PCSO cover in parts of Cheshire 'caused by rent cuts'

14 April, 2016

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers, blaming rent reductions imposed by the government

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

Ministers seek to reduce councils' influence over HAs

13 April, 2016

The government has taken further steps to deregulate the sector by limiting the influence of councils over housing associations

Government should ditch social housing benefit cap 'as a matter of basic humanity'

13 April, 2016

A Wirral MP has warned some of the most vulnerable people in the borough could be plunged into crisis under Government plans to cap housing benefit payments

Revealed: which Dorset councils have built the most affordable homes (and you might be surprised)

12 April, 2016

Christchurch and Purbeck built fewer homes than their neighbouring authorities

Gracehill Housing Scheme gets the green light from planners despite 70 letters of objection

12 April, 2016

A proposal for a social housing development in Gracehill, which attracted 70 letters of objection, has been approved by Council's Planning Committee

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

Three practical amendments Shelter is fighting for on the Housing Bill

11 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Lords for Report stage today

Tory local government leader asks Lords to block housing reforms

11 April, 2016

Peers are being urged to reject amendments to bill forcing councils to sell their most expensive properties

Bill change 'could increase council home sales further'

11 April, 2016

Sector figures fear councils may have to sell more of their stock to fund the Right to Buy extension than previously expected

End of long-term tenancies will 'damage family life'

11 April, 2016

Calls to scrap Tory plans to reform social housing as fears grow over damage to communities and children's education

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concern for housing associations

07 April, 2016

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive tells Holyrood of her concerns about the LHA cap, changes to benefits and the potential reclassification of social housing

Bedroom tax and benefit sanctions: social workers must get to grips with welfare law

06 April, 2016

People who use services are feeling the impact of cuts and welfare reform. To make a difference to their lives, professionals need to understand these issues

The great service debate

06 April, 2016

From this month, social landlords will see revenues from rents fall by 1% each year for four years

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Reduction in social housing rents

05 April, 2016

This note provides an outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

The Positive Impact of Social Housing Provision

05 April, 2016

It is evident that social housing supports individuals and households with pressing housing needs

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

05 April, 2016

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

How Cambridge development with just 6% social housing is making £17m in extra sales

04 April, 2016

One of the most controversial developments in Cambridge is set to make millions of pounds more in profit than forecast when the original builder avoided hitting the city council's affordable housing target

Lender concerns prompt Housing Bill change

04 April, 2016

Ministers are set to change the Housing and Planning Bill following concerns that a new system of managing sector insolvencies would lead to lenders asking social landlords for more security

Survey reveals tenants' rent cut concerns

04 April, 2016

More than half of social tenants to answer a survey said they are concerned about a reduction in services from their landlord as a result of the rent cut

EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)

01 April, 2016

Part 1 of this briefing gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of EEA migrants to access social housing in England

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

2016 Annual Review of Social Housing

31 March, 2016

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

Mother claims she is forced to live with no electricity, crumbling walls and rats because her housing association landlord will not carry out proper repairs to her home

30 March, 2016

A mother says she is being forced to live with rats, crumbling walls and no electricity in the downstairs of her home because her housing association will not carry out proper repairs

Landlords at risk of missing asset register deadline

30 March, 2016

A large number of housing associations are in danger of failing to meet Thursday's deadline for completing a register of assets and liabilities

Government spends £100,000 on lawyers to defend the bedroom tax

29 March, 2016

The DWP is fighting a rape victim and the family of a severely disabled child

Latest council offers cash for downsizing

22 March, 2016

Hackney are the latest local authority to offer residents a cash incentive if they downsize

High-income tenants exempt from rent cut

22 March, 2016

The 1% annual rent cut will not apply to households with household income of £60,000 or more

Succession rights and social housing (England)

21 March, 2016

Within the current statutory framework there can only be one statutory succession to a council or housing association tenancy in England

Robin Hood Gardens and the demise of Britsh social housing

21 March, 2016

The rise and fall of Robin Hood Gardens echoes the fate of British social housing, as developers take from the poor to house the rich

The women who escape domestic abuse but lose their social housing

17 March, 2016

Women and their children often have to forfeit their homes to escape violent partners. One housing association is offering an answer

Ministers to 'explore ways of getting social tenants into homeownership'

17 March, 2016

The government has announced it will look at ways of further increasing homeownership levels among social tenants

Cambridge needs social housing to correct an 'imperfect' market

16 March, 2016

Cambridge needs to build more social housing to correct an "imperfect" property market here in the city

SFHA comments on LHA cap delay for supported tenants

16 March, 2016

Commenting on today's UK Budget announcement and the reiteration by the UK Government that it will delay the LHA cap for tenants in supported accommodation by a year

The future of social housing in the North West

16 March, 2016

The legal implications and financing of building new homes in the North West to meet George Osborne's plans for a "Northern powerhouse" are being discussed at a major conference in Liverpool this week

Call for mandatory electrical checks for all social housing and owner-occupied flats

16 March, 2016

A charity which led the successful call for mandatory electrical checks in Scotland's PRS has called for these to be extended to all social housing and owner occupied flats

A tale of two cities: winners and losers in London's social housing divide

15 March, 2016

In one part of London, residents are being bulldozed out of council-built homes to make way for a privately led development most cannot afford

Number of rough sleepers in Barrow revealed as lack of social housing is labelled 'monstrous'

14 March, 2016

People are being forced to sleep on the streets of Barrow as waiting lists for the area's council houses reach crisis point

Social housing benefit cap will put thousands on streets

14 March, 2016

Limit for local housing allowance would lead to widespread bed closures in hostels and supported housing

Housing Bill: From pay to stay to right to rent - the controversial legislation explained

14 March, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is approaching its final stage in parliament before - if all goes to the government's plan - passing into law

Battling the bedroom tax: the wider implications of the Supreme Court hearing

14 March, 2016

Following the recent 'bedroom tax' hearing in the UK Supreme Court, Jed Meers from the University of York considers the potential implications of the upcoming judgment for policies relying on elements of conditionality

Councils told to stop telling tenants in process of eviction to stay put

14 March, 2016

Local authorities must stop routinely advising tenants to stay put until the bailiff arrives before they can be accepted as homeless

Leeds campaigners rally against new law which will 'effectively end social housing'

11 March, 2016

A group of campaigners in Leeds will be holding a Housing Summit this weekend to oppose the government's planned cuts in social housing

Landlords rein in pay ahead of rent cut

11 March, 2016

Housing associations are reining in pay and cutting back on previously protected tenants' services in a bid to cope with the impact of government policy

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

10 March, 2016

Following a consultation exercise in 2012 the Coalition Government gave social landlords in England the discretion to charge market or near market rents to tenants with an income of £60,000 or more a year

Fixed term tenancies failing on everyone's terms

09 March, 2016

The government's plan to remove security from social tenants and restrict tenancies to 2-5 years will hopefully get the scrutiny it deserves this week

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

09 March, 2016

Consultation response

37,000 tenants 'overcharged for water by south London council'

08 March, 2016

Thousands of council tenants have been overcharged for water and sewage services

The women leading the charge in Britain's 150 year fight for social housing

08 March, 2016

From Octavia Hill in 1866 to the women of New Era estate in 2014, female campaigners have often been the driving force for better housing rights

Pay to Stay tapers - a policy not for u-turning

08 March, 2016

The front page of this weekend's Observer newspaper declared that "ministers are planning to modify hugely contentious elements of the housing reforms the chancellor announced last summer"

Tory climbdown over pay-to-stay plan to raise social housing rents

07 March, 2016

Partial U-turn part of bid to clear decks ahead of Europe referendum poll day

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

Financial stability in the social housing sector continues

03 March, 2016

Latest quarterly survey published

Landlords warn on one year 'LHA cap' exemption

03 March, 2016

Supported housing developments stalled due to uncertainty will stay frozen

Right to rent checks in the social housing sector now in force

03 March, 2016

The introduction of right to rent checks on 1 February 2016 will have important implications for social housing providers

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

Rents in social housing: the trade-offs

01 March, 2016

The cost of housing has risen rapidly, largely due to constrained housing supply

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year

01 March, 2016

Government announces delay to introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap to allow for a proper strategic review

Tories blocked social housing as it produced Labour votes

29 February, 2016

David Cameron opposed increased funding for social housing in the last parliament because it would "produce more Labour voters"

Plan to build 700 new homes shelved - after tenants get rents slashed

29 February, 2016

Plans to build 700 new properties across North Lincolnshire have been shelved

Councils axe build programmes after rent cut

26 February, 2016

Councils have axed thousands of homes planned under fledgling development programmes, as they battle to accommodate the 1% rent reduction imposed by the government

Lambeth council's campaign to hammer home the reality of cuts

26 February, 2016

The London borough's chief executive has tough choices to make and wants to get residents on side

Garages and laundry rooms converted to flats by council

25 February, 2016

Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority have converted garages and disused laundry rooms into flats under a joint funding initiative

Could supported housing survive a 68% loss of income?

25 February, 2016

If the LHA caps come in, how will supported housing services survive such severe reductions to their rental income

LHA maxima cuts - worse than stated

25 February, 2016

Joe Halewood Blog

What's pushing Charlotte and Jayson over the edge? £12 a week bedroom tax

25 February, 2016

It wouldn't be much money to a politician. But to the Carmichaels, struggling with Charlotte's severe spinal condition, it's a supreme court case against the government

Unions threaten HA strike over restructure

24 February, 2016

Unions are threatening one of the largest industrial actions in the housing association sector's history over Circle's plans to restructure ahead of the rent cut

How can social landlords help people at risk of becoming homeless?

24 February, 2016

Homelessness is on the increase again and the number of families in temporary accommodation is also rising

Value for Money pilot shows the value of small social landlords

24 February, 2016

Smaller housing associations are providing more efficient management and maintenance services than larger or medium sized organisations

Landlords set out steps to improve efficiency & reduce impacts

23 February, 2016

The recent climate change agreement in Paris has shown a world appetite for reducing impacts and operating more sustainably

Social housing: tenants will need to live in an area for four years to be eligible

23 February, 2016

White paper says the change - double the current two-year requirement - will apply to anyone moving within Britain as well as new immigrants

Bracknell families waiting for social housing rise by 10 per cent

23 February, 2016

In 2015 the number of families and individuals waiting for social housing rose to 2,282

Sanctuary merger to create Scotland's 4th largest social landlord

22 February, 2016

Two housing providers owned by Sanctuary Group will merge with Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association after tenants overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal to unite

Homeless youths caught in temporary accommodation 'limbo' for up to two years

22 February, 2016

Young homeless people in Scotland are being left in temporary accommodation for up to two years

Rise in social housing tenants planning to buy home

19 February, 2016

More than half of local authority tenants who would like to get onto the property ladder intend to buy their current home

Lords Committee slams government housing policy as 'short sighted'

19 February, 2016

The current government policy on housing is unlikely to meet demand for either the quantity or quality of housing needed

Social housing groups in Bradford fear housing allowance changes could make vulnerable people homeless

19 February, 2016

Social housing groups in the Bradford district have received national backing after calling for the Government to reconsider changes they fear could make vulnerable people homeless

Growing shortage of social housing sparks Cannock Chase Council leader's plea to MPs

19 February, 2016

A council leader has pleaded with the government to build more social housing in his borough, warning the area faces a housing crisis

Eviction is the last refuge for poor tenants

18 February, 2016

Cash-strapped social landlords are increasingly turfing out tenants hit by welfare cuts for whom homelessness is the only option

Tackling perceptions of social housing

18 February, 2016

With TV programmes such as Benefits Street portraying council house tenants as scroungers, can social media combat these negative images?

ALMOs call for Pay to Stay data access

18 February, 2016

ALMOs are calling for changes to enable them to access tenants' income data in order to ensure correct rent-setting under Pay to Stay

Corporate Complaint - failure of the Council to properly monitor Section 106 requirements for social rented housing

17 February, 2016

We wish to complain that Southwark Council is failing in its duty to ensure that new housing developments comply with the terms and conditions of their Section 106 agreements

Cameron's own advisor thinks ending lifetime council tenancy would be "a mistake"

17 February, 2016

Two months ago it was reported that the government had quietly tabled an amendment to the Housing Bill that sets a maximum of five-year terms for new secure tenancies

Housing benefit is the lifeblood of women's refuges - and it's under threat

17 February, 2016

If organisations such as ours are not exempt from the extension of the benefit cap to social housing, the lives of women fleeing domestic violence are at risk

Nottingham tenants to make voice heard against Housing Bill

16 February, 2016

More than 200 Nottingham City Homes tenants are planning to make their voices heard in Westminster

Our support for vulnerable tenants will be destroyed by this benefits cap

16 February, 2016

Housing benefits cap will see my association's income slashed by £2.83m and devastate the care we provide to people in most need

30% ex Barnet council houses for rent

16 February, 2016

Nearly 30% Of Ex Council Dwellings In Barnet Now Owned By Millionaire Elite Private Landlords

Fear and fury of tenants who say 'pay to stay' policy punishes them for working

15 February, 2016

The Observer's story about plans to cap the amount households can earn before they must pay market rent for social housing triggered a huge response from readers

Social housing shake-up to save millions

14 February, 2016

Wigan Council will save £5.5m by taking back control of the majority of the borough's social housing stock

New kitchens and bathrooms for council houses - plus rent cut for 63,000 tenants

11 February, 2016

Thousands of council homes will also get new kitchens, bathrooms and central heating

The capping of social rents to the rate of local housing allowance

11 February, 2016

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that the amount of rent that Housing Benefit will cover in the social rented sector will be capped at the relevant LHA level

Council refuses 1% rent cut exemption

11 February, 2016

Stevenage Borough Council has pledged to defy the government and implement a 1% rent reduction for supported housing tenants

Five big concerns about Pay to Stay

11 February, 2016

Parliament must look long and hard at the potential impacts of the Government's proposed Pay to Stay policy

Social landlords: It's not all about the "3 Rs" (Rent, Repairs and Arrears!) - it's now about the '5 Rs'!

10 February, 2016

One of the most hotly debated issues for housing associations and their trustees is the issue of paying board members

Caroline Pidgeon pledges 50,000 low rent council homes

10 February, 2016

Caroline Pidgeon has promised an 'Olympic effort' on housing when she becomes Mayor of London

Tenants satisfied with social landlords' performance

10 February, 2016

Social landlords in Scotland are performing well against the standards and outcomes in the Scottish Social Housing Charter and either maintaining or improving on the previous year

Cameron 'buying off' Tory MPs threatening to rebel over council cuts

10 February, 2016

Labour says its analysis shows most of new £300m fund to ease funding cuts to local government will go to Tory-run councils

The 2nd National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter - An analysis of landlords' 2014/15 annual returns

09 February, 2016

These annual National Reports provide an analysis of the performance information reported to us by social housing landlords across Scotland

Neil blasts 'unacceptable uncertainty' over 'LHA cap'

09 February, 2016

A Scottish housing minister has described the uncertainty over the Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing as "unacceptable"

How has the social housing revolution changed Scotland's heart and soul?

08 February, 2016

It wasn't until I was 10 that I understood what a "bought" house was

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

05 February, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

An attack on social housing is also an attack on older people

05 February, 2016

The young are not the only victims of Tory housing policy - David Cameron is driving older people from their homes too

Call for UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

04 February, 2016

Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths has called on the UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

Details still needed on social housing benefit limits

03 February, 2016

Last week the government announced a pause in plans to force supported housing providers to reduce their rents

Council house tenants' rents 'rise four times quicker than average wages'

02 February, 2016

Sharp rises in council rents have combined with high private rents and stagnant wages to drive up housing benefit bill

The five biggest financial pressures social housing tenants face

02 February, 2016

Our financial inclusion team at a Wakefield housing association received 1,300 referrals last year for debt, benefit cuts and more

'Not enough homes' as thousands are made to wait for social housing

01 February, 2016

There are more than 3,000 people in North Somerset waiting to be put into social housing, with many of those families including children

Levy on luxury London homes would net £86m a year for social housing

01 February, 2016

Property tax would force global super-rich to subsidise affordable housing

Practical implications of Immigration Checks on new Lettings

01 February, 2016

CIH Report on the implications for social sector

Sector welcomes social rent cuts delay in supported housing

29 January, 2016

The announcement by Brandon Lewis that supported housing would be exempt from the 1% rent reduction has been widely received by the sector

80,000 council homes could be lost by 2020

29 January, 2016

At least 80,000 social rented homes could be lost by 2020 unless councils are given greater powers to build new homes

Full house: Councils' role in allocating social housing

28 January, 2016

Demand for social housing is high and far outstrips the supply available to local housing authorities

Housing Benefit changes could cost sector hundreds of millions and threaten health and wellbeing of tenants

27 January, 2016

The SFHA is urgently calling on the UK Government to rethink upcoming changes to Housing Benefit

Council considers writing off £436,000 of historical rent arrears

27 January, 2016

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire will be asked to consider writing off historical debts from former council tenants at a meeting next week

My council house gave me security and opportunity. Now the Tories are out to destroy them

26 January, 2016

The Lords will try to stop the Tory assault on housing. Here one Labour peer explains why he owes everything to his council house

Capping of social housing rents - what impact will it have on your service?

26 January, 2016

The proposed capping of social housing rents at Local Housing Allowance levels could have a devastating impact on homelessness services

Not-so Temporary Accommodation

26 January, 2016

The provision of temporary accommodation is a marker of Scotland's world-recognised progressive homelessness legislation from 2012

Benefit cap on social housing will leave thousands homeless

26 January, 2016

Up to 82,000 specialist homes for most vulnerable residents, including domestic violence victims, at threat of closure

House Of Lords Official Report - Housing Benefit: Social Housing Units

26 January, 2016

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the independent review of the overseas domestic workers visa published on 17 December 2015

Social Landlord Support Pack

22 January, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Class-based punishment? How legislation to evict social tenants involved in riots is unjust

22 January, 2016

Part of the 'fightback' by the Coalition Government against the 2011 riots was to take tough action on sections of Britain's society

Letter to MPs - The real impact of LHA on vulnerable people

22 January, 2016

I am writing to personally urge you to consider the implications of the Local Housing Allowance cap being applied to vulnerable social housing tenants

David Cameron has 'earned £500,000 renting out his Notting Hill home since becoming PM' while cracking down on social housing

18 January, 2016

David Cameron has come under fire for saying he worries about his children being able to afford a home after it was revealed he is believed to have earned £500,000 in rent

The social housing sector has never known a year like last year...

15 January, 2016

I can safely say that the social housing sector and the regulator have never known a year quite like it

Government's pay to stay policy 'chastises the poor' in Cambridge

15 January, 2016

A Cambridge council tenant has accused the Government of "chastising the poor" over the impact its new 'pay-to-stay' policy could have in the city

How David Cameron plans to destroy Britain's social housing in 7 easy steps

13 January, 2016

The Tories new housing bill has been sneaked in while nobody's looking, and it could spell the end of social housing

Housing associations working together to tackle tenancy fraud

13 January, 2016

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have been stepping up measures to prevent and detect social housing tenancy fraud

What's reducing social housing lettings by housing associations, and why does it matter?

12 January, 2016

Last year social housing lettings by housing associations decreased by 1% to 268,273, against the long term trend

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

12 January, 2016

In 2014-15 local authorities provided an estimated 3.8 million days of temporary accommodation for homeless households

The social housing tenants taking to Twitter to influence policy

11 January, 2016

Not all tenants want to be on a housing association board. Social media gives them the opportunity to shape housing and fight back against bad PR

Update on Local Housing Allowance caps on social housing rents

11 January, 2016

Lord Freud has responded to David Orr's letter that highlighted the impact of introducing the cap to supported housing

Views given on council housing rent level in South Lanarkshire

08 January, 2016

Council tenants in South Lanarkshire have taken the opportunity to give their views on the rent level options for the next financial year

How social housing landlords can tackle the rise of rent arrears

08 January, 2016

Social landlords have a vital role to play in reducing this amount and payment flexibility is a critical success factor in achieving this

Care crisis

07 January, 2016

We must stop Local Housing Allowance caps applying to care and support housing rents

Council Tax proposals could damage house building

07 January, 2016

Charging Council Tax on unbuilt developments could decrease house building numbers by deterring SME house builders

First Time Buyer Tracker

07 January, 2016

November 2015

Invitation to tender: action research learning lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots

07 January, 2016

The NHF in partnership with the pilot housing associations, is commissioning research to learn lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots to inform the wider programme

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears

A recap of the Housing Bill so far

06 January, 2016

Prior to the Bill and its latest amendments being debated, much of the talk was on how it was already a done deal and the real battle would be in the Lords

'It's a steel-toothed poverty trap' - three tenants on the misery of pay to stay

06 January, 2016

With properly affordable rents in social housing under attack, older working women explain why they are so worried by the government's new policy

Tories slammed for 'appalling' decision to push through crucial housing law at 3am

06 January, 2016

Labour blasted the decision to rush through a six-hour debate on the Housing Bill - which includes plans to end lifelong council tenancies

Social Homes valued at over £500,000

06 January, 2016

Now that we've valued nearly all social homes in England we can start interrogating the data and we're open to suggestions on this

Current registered providers of social housing

06 January, 2016

Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations

Rob the poor and give to the rich - housing policy for 2016

05 January, 2016

The bill before parliament is ideology at its purest: a full-throttle attack on social tenants everywhere

£23m cash blow to Kirklees Council as government demands council house rent reduction

05 January, 2016

Latest cut forces another budget re-think

Caroline Lucas blasts Housing and Planning Bill as "another nail in the coffin for British social housing" as she prepares to vote against it

05 January, 2016

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party's MP for Brighton Pavilion, will vote against the Housing and Planning Bill later today

Cities unite against David Cameron's attack on council tenants' lifetime leases

04 January, 2016

Local authority chiefs have joined forces against the Tory scheme which they say will hurt families and damage neighbourhood communities

Mapped: buying is now cheaper than renting across Britain

04 January, 2016

Rising rents and rock-bottom mortgage rates mean even homeowners with huge mortgages are better off than tenants

The end of council housing

04 January, 2016

In 1979, 42% of Britons lived in council homes

Dozens asked to leave homes for rent arrears and bad behaviour

30 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses in Dundee this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Council evicts 55 in a year

29 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

2015 in housing: 12 months of growing crisis

29 December, 2015

We look back on a year of escalating protests over dwindling social housing supply and a Tory focus on homeownership despite booming costs

Lewisham Homes top for reducing arrears in the South

29 December, 2015

Lewisham Homes was the best performing organisation at reducing council tenants' rent arrears in the South of England last year

Thousands of children 'on council housing waiting lists'

29 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of children are on waiting lists for council housing

Council asks housing tenants how rent should be spent

23 December, 2015

Council housing tenants in Caithness are being asked their views on how their rent should be spent

Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35

21 December, 2015

Single men aged 21-25 appear to be the most at risk of eviction and serious arrears

Trying to make sense of current social housing policy

21 December, 2015

Social housing policy has for a long time been muddled

The end of social housing

17 December, 2015

The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time

Welsh Government maintains policy for social housing rents in 2016/17

16 December, 2015

Welsh Government has announced that the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has agreed to maintain the Welsh Government Policy for Social Housing Rents for 2016/17

Pay to stay to be voluntary for housing associations

16 December, 2015

Terrie Alafat said: "We have warned that pay to stay could discourage social housing tenants from increasing their earnings or finding work"

Bedroom farce

16 December, 2015

We want housing association landlords and tenants to reap the benefits from shorter-term tenancies as well

Are you a council tenant? Then you must be punished

14 December, 2015

The end of lifetime council tenancies looks like another welfare-bashing crapshoot

As a social housing tenant, I have always been treated with dignity

14 December, 2015

After my marriage broke down my housing association flat was my lifeboat - now I'm a member of the association board and it values my opinions

Playing Russian Roulette with housing tenancies

14 December, 2015

The government is in the process of removing security of tenure for council tenants

Oxford City Council breaks homeless housing law

11 December, 2015

Oxford City Council has broken a law against housing homeless families in B&Bs for more than six weeks

Conservative minister says ending lifetime council tenancies will 'help social mobility'

11 December, 2015

Labour MPs attack government for sneaking in changes which will cause insecurity as housing minister Marcus Jones says tenants will benefit

Make 'specified' homes exempt from rent cuts

11 December, 2015

David Orr has called on the government to protect specialist homes, as the reductions in rents may see a decline in services for those that need them the most

The dream of social housing is being chiselled away to nothing

10 December, 2015

The government's new policy of reviewing council tenancies every five years will pitch thousands of people into an uncertain future

Changes to housing benefit for social tenants will hit young people

08 December, 2015

Over the last week I've been unpicking the implications of the announcement that housing benefit for social tenants will be limited to the level of the local housing allowance

The impacts of changes to social rents policy

08 December, 2015

We analyse effects of big changes to social rent policy in England

Social housing sector in rude financial health as HCA reveals £5.3bn cash in hand and high investor confidence

07 December, 2015

The social housing sector is in rude health, according to the Homes and Communities Agency

England Has Lowest Number Of New Socially Rented Homes Since Records Began

04 December, 2015

While the number of new affordable homes in England rose 55% year-on-year, those on social rents - the cheapest on offer - fell to an all-time-low

Lewis challenges councils to spend £2bn on social housing

04 December, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has challenged local authorities to use more than £2bn to build more social housing

Why council housing won't go away

04 December, 2015

There's about to be a new era for council house

Osborne's devolution experiment will hit poorer councils where it hurts

02 December, 2015

The chancellor talks the talk on decentralisation but he's clawing back central funds with no regard to local councils' tax base, entrenching regional divisions

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update

02 December, 2015

This quarterly statistical publication provides information on recent trends in

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

Social housing completions up 10% in Scotland

01 December, 2015

Scotland has seen a 10% increase in the number of social sector homes completed in the past year

Tackling fraud in the social housing sector

01 December, 2015

A short guide for directors and senior managers of housing associations

I'm a tenant, a loser by today's standards. But I won't shut up

01 December, 2015

Trying to voice a tenant's perspective on social housing is like shouting into a hurricane

Sixty Icon 'Pay to stay' will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear

30 November, 2015

The government's 'pay to stay' policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work

Osborne slipped social housing's obituary into the autumn statement

27 November, 2015

Chancellor claims to be 'fixing the roof while the sun is shining'. Cuts to housing benefit and forced sales of council homes say otherwise

South West housing job loss risk after social rent cut

25 November, 2015

Dozens of jobs could go at one of the largest housing associations in the South West due to planned rent cuts

Privatising UK social housing won't work - just look at Europe

24 November, 2015

The government is putting its faith in the market to solve our housing crisis. But many European countries have already done so and regret it

Haringey council tenants protest against 'social cleansing'

24 November, 2015

A group of tenants are protesting against council plans to demolish over three and a half thousand homes on council estates

Ahead of the CSR, tenants living on the edge

24 November, 2015

Wednesday's Comprehensive Spending Review may seal the fate of 100 years of housing associations as independent and community-based organisations if George Osborne decides on the asset sell-off

Council hit out at Pay to Stay scheme

24 November, 2015

Exeter City Council have criticised the Pay to Stay scheme set to be introduced by the government in April 2017

New social homes could be sold off before occupancy under government plans

23 November, 2015

More than 700 new council homes in Hackney could be sold off as soon as they are built and before anyone has lived in them

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - National Federation of ALMOs

20 November, 2015

The NFA would like to see councils and its members be able to retain any profit made from implementing this policy to benefit the community

'Shaking off' the stigma of social housing

19 November, 2015

Do you think the reality of social housing is what you watch on the TV series 'Benefits Street'?

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - CIH Response

19 November, 2015

In our view the implementation of this policy will lead to a range of perverse outcomes which run counter to government's wider ambitions to deregulate housing providers

Rent cut risks hitting Britain's most vulnerable groups

18 November, 2015

War veterans, people with learning disabilities and victims of domestic violence are just three of the highly vulnerable groups

Who lives in the 4.1m social homes in England and Wales?

18 November, 2015

An analysis of the most recent data shows that households in the social housing sector are older, smaller and more British than people might expect

Peers urged to reject 1% rent cut

17 November, 2015

Peers have been urged to reject the government's plans to impose a 1% rent cut on social housing

I'm not against home ownership, just the destruction of social housing

17 November, 2015

Selling off homes and not replacing them will be catastrophic for the social fabric of estates like mine

'I am no longer willing to be silent - I am a proud tenant'

17 November, 2015

When I was approached last year by my landlord, Cottsway Housing, to write my personal Housing Day story, my first response was to inwardly cringe

The wrong debate about regulation of social landlords

17 November, 2015

Reclassification of housing associations was an accident waiting to happen

What does the Autumn Statement have in store for the social housing sector

16 November, 2015

Commenting ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 25 November

How 'pay to stay' housing will penalise disabled people like my daughter

16 November, 2015

My daughter is severely disabled and I have cancer. Not only is there is hardly any housing for us, George Osborne's pay to stay scheme will double our rent

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

13 November, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in July to September 2015

George Osborne's social housing ping pong

13 November, 2015

There are some who say that the housing association sector has taken us so far but might not be the right partner for the future

Vulnerable people will be hardest hit by social housing rent cut

12 November, 2015

An annual 1% reduction in social rents will endanger our charity's support for young people and those who need us most

Duncan Smith's great council house giveaway: Millions of tenants could own 70% of their home under scheme being pushed by Work and Pensions Secretary

12 November, 2015

Millions of council tenants could become the owner of most of their home for free

Electricity safety first for Glasgow HA tenants

12 November, 2015

Almost two thirds of fires in Scottish homes are linked to electricity

Residents and landlords need flexibility on tenancies

10 November, 2015

If plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants go ahead, landlords must be given the flexibility to support different tenants in different areas

Social rents policy: choices and tradeoffs

06 November, 2015

Reductions in social rents announced in the July Budget will be of little or no direct benefit to most of the 3.9 million households in England living in social housing

Young tenants now reliant upon HA support

05 November, 2015

Young social tenants are increasingly reliant upon housing associations for support as their lives become more precarious

Hundreds of thousands of council tenants face a rent rise of up to £3,000 a year

05 November, 2015

Experts warn George Osborne's little noticed 'pay to stay' scheme will leave an estimated 250,000 people in social housing worse off

Cuts to social rents will benefit exchequer more than tenants, but will strengthen work incentives

05 November, 2015

Reductions in social rents announced in the July Budget will be of little or no direct benefit to most of the 3.9 million households in England living in social housing

Local authorities support greater power to residents

04 November, 2015

The overwhelming majority of local authority members, residents and volunteers want to see more collaboration between local authorities and communities

Muir Group announces redundancies due to rent reductions

04 November, 2015

Muir Group have announced that due to the government rent reductions, they will have to make some of their staff redundant

Social housing sector 'worth £1bn in jobs and investment'

03 November, 2015

Social housing organisations generate around £1bn a year in employment and investment in communities

Tenants to get a say on RTB deal

03 November, 2015

Tenants will be able to air their reservations to David Orr

Life coaching for tenants: helping young people avoid eviction

03 November, 2015

There's been a surge in young renters losing their homes. One social landlord is tackling problems early with intensive support

Cheshire East Council says tenants will have no right to buy homes

02 November, 2015

Tenants will not have the right to buy 2,000 planned council houses in east Cheshire, despite the government expanding its right-to-buy scheme

Social housing: future, what future?

30 October, 2015

The government may have begun by slowly boiling the frog of social housing, but it now seems poised to hurl our metaphorical amphibian into a pressure cooker

Social housing builder Genesis blames rent cut as it slashes affordable homes

29 October, 2015

One of Britain's biggest housing associations plans to cut the number of affordable homes it builds each year and double the amount of properties it will sell after George Osborne said he would cut social rents

Pay to Stay Consultation: Fairer Rent in the Social Housing Sector?

29 October, 2015

It is the Government intention to introduce a policy from April 2017 in England to enable housing association to charge rent according to the means of tenants

Thousands of new homes 'at risk' after social rent cut

29 October, 2015

Thousands of new homes are at risk following cuts to social rent, warn Daniel Watney LLP

MP accuses East Thames Housing Association of turfing out tenants

28 October, 2015

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick accuses social landlord of pushing out some of its tenants

Report on Department for Social Development - Advanced Land Purchases

28 October, 2015

C&AG has reported for a number of years on his significant concerns on matters relating to Housing Associations

Housing associations are seeing tenants move from exclusion to real poverty

27 October, 2015

Welfare reform and mounting cuts have made it more difficult for the social housing sector to help tenants in financial crisis

The Tory policy that encourages people to work less hard or lose their home

26 October, 2015

Despite the government's claim to represent hardworking families, 'pay to stay' will force some social housing tenants to actually work less

Clueless David Cameron's callous assault on social housing makes no sense at all

26 October, 2015

The Tories have mounted such a sustained assault on social housing it's a miracle more aren't homeless says People political editor Nigel Nelson

North Ayrshire Council seeks tenants' views on proposed rent charges

26 October, 2015

Council tenants in North Ayrshire are being urged to have their say on proposed rent charges for next year

Dozens of Aspire staff face the axe as rents are cut

23 October, 2015

Up to 70 housing association staff are facing redundancy - because tenant's rents are being cut

Changing perceptions is key to the future of the social housing sector

23 October, 2015

The North West Housing conference is underway, with speeches from many prominent figures across the social housing sector addressing the 200 delegates

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

20 October, 2015

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

Immigration Act Rollout Announcement

20 October, 2015

The Home Office has announced details of the rollout of Right to Rent checks.From 1 February 2016 all landlords and letting agents in England who allow a tenancy will need to make checks on ID for all adult occupiers

No one asked social tenants if they want right to buy or lower rent

20 October, 2015

Many social housing tenants are worried these policies threaten the future of the sector - but government doesn't ask for their views

Innovative App could help social landlords tackle fuel poverty

16 October, 2015

An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders was officially launched this week

7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn't closed

15 October, 2015

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations in England if no extra funding is provided

Tim Farron blasts David Cameron's 'assault on social housing'

14 October, 2015

Lib Dem leader says prime minister is 'choosing to turn a blind eye and ignore the most vulnerable people in Britain'

'We've had to go without food' - personal stories of the bedroom tax

14 October, 2015

Social housing tenants, embarrassed and powerless, share experiences of life under the bedroom tax

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

14 October, 2015

The Government's view is that tenants in social housing should not always benefit automatically from subsidised rents

Tackling Fuel Poverty in Social Housing

14 October, 2015

The main thrust of the new Government Policy for energy efficiency, is to tackle the overriding problems of Fuel Poverty in the UK, particularly in the social housing sector

Reducing risk in the social housing sector

13 October, 2015

2015 has brought with it a number of changes to Britain's welfare system

Eastern European tenants in social housing 'trebled since 2007'

13 October, 2015

The proportion of typical social housing in England being let to Eastern Europeans has trebled over the last eight years

David Cameron's "Generation Buy" pledge criticised by major Worcestershire social housing landlord

13 October, 2015

The chief executive of Worcestershire's biggest social housing provider has criticised David Cameron's tactic to create "Generation Buy"

E-Safety and young people

12 October, 2015

Improving understanding and support in the social housing sector

I fear the 1% cut to my social housing rent will lead to poorer service

09 October, 2015

Vital maintenance work will be hit if the government doesn't compensate councils - and writing off historic and unfair debt is the way to do it

Fair rents will ensure higher-earning tenants 'pay to stay'

09 October, 2015

Higher-earning tenants in social housing, will pay a fair level of rent to continue living there, under consultation proposals

Helping to protect tenants and people who use the services of social landlords

09 October, 2015

We are the independent Regulator of just under 200 social landlords

Social Housing Lettings : April 2014 to March 2015, England

07 October, 2015

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 1% to 268,273 in 2014/15

David Cameron is on track to kill off social housing

07 October, 2015

No one who has followed the past five years of Tory policy will be surprised that government wants to scrap the requirement to build affordable homes

Why we're voting against the social housing right-to-buy deal

01 October, 2015

Here at Red Kite community housing, we think the ballot to extend right to buy could be another bedroom tax moment in the making

Don't be fooled - housing associations are still under threat

01 October, 2015

The threat to social housing is still very real, and it hasn't gone away

Jeremy Corbyn speech: intense focus on social housebuilding and tenant rights

30 September, 2015

The Labour party leader has said housing is his number one priority, so what was announced in his speech?

Housing associations' deal over right to buy could lead to the "social cleansing" of rich British cities

30 September, 2015

Housing associations have until five o'clock on Friday afternoon to accept a "voluntary" deal on the right to buy that could change social housing for ever

I've been happily renting my council flat for 24 years - but for how much longer?

30 September, 2015

I held out against right to buy as I strongly believe in the principle of council homes and mixed communities

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

29 September, 2015

Statistical data return 2014-2015

Corbyn commits to council housing

29 September, 2015

The Labour Party's new leader has pledged to start a very large council house building programme

Property prices are not reduced by integrated social housing

28 September, 2015

New research by the NHBC Foundation has found that house prices are not reduced on developments which successfully integrate social and private housing

Why we must fight tooth and claw against social housing sell-off

25 September, 2015

In a sector already ravaged by right to buy, millions more homes may now be at risk of privatisation

Why Social Housing Matters

25 September, 2015

The timely release of homelessness figures is a reminder for both the sector and Central Government why social housing is badly needed

Out in the cold: The UK's social housing emergency

25 September, 2015

Forcible evictions fuel a housing crunch amid sharp welfare cuts and surging rent costs in London

Social landlords must be wondering how much longer they can survive

24 September, 2015

Welfare cuts are forcing housing associations to adapt or die, while their role to provide affordable housing for the poorest is under threat

Why social landlords are knocking on doors to help young tenants find jobs

24 September, 2015

Plans to scrap housing benefit for unemployed 18-21 year olds have forced housing associations into doing more to help tenants find work

On social housing, Tory ideology trumps all evidence

23 September, 2015

The Conservative government has declared war on housing associations despite them being a success story

Social housing must plan for a radically different future

22 September, 2015

My advice for housing associations at this year's National Housing Federation conference is to connect with politicians and think business

Syrian refugees - what can social landlords do to help?

22 September, 2015

Up to 20,000 refugees will be resettled in Britain from Syria

Sitra briefing on rent reduction

21 September, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill makes a provision that housing association rents are to be reduced 1% per year for 4 years starting in April 2016

New website could 'change the face of the social housing sector'

21 September, 2015

Social home seekers could see the way they find their property change thanks to "an innovative website that could change the face of the social housing sector"

National Federation of ALMOs' submission to the Public Bill Committee on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16

18 September, 2015

The supply and affordability of housing is a central issue for Government both because of the cost to the welfare system of supporting low income households in private rented housing

Council forces entry to service tenants gas boiler

18 September, 2015

Carmarthenshire County Council has executed a warrant to gain entry into a Llanelli tenant's home after failed attempts to service his gas boiler

Free broadband satellite dishes for remote homes

16 September, 2015

Government to launch pilot scheme to deliver universal service commitment

Project tackling fuel poverty wins 'Community Heating Project' award

16 September, 2015

Kensa Heat Pumps and Trent & Dove Housing's joint project aimed at tackling fuel poverty in 133 rural sheltered housing bungalows in Staffordshire has been awarded 'Community Heating Project of the Year'

Council set to withdraw energy efficiency programme

15 September, 2015

Following national problems with the government's flagship energy efficiency Green Deal, Birmingham City Council are set to approve the city's withdrawal from its own local version of the initiative

Comprehensive Spending Review 2015

15 September, 2015

NHF Submission

LIN member report September 2015 - Sector Based Work Academies - Getting Tenants into Work

15 September, 2015

LIN member report written by Richard Walker

Adapting neighbourhood management for Universal Credit

15 September, 2015

In the days of austerity Ashton Pioneer Homes have learned valuable lessons as the first pathfinder for Universal Credit

New Scottish fund to help the young find work

15 September, 2015

Councils are to receive nearly £6m of government cash to help young people prepare for the world of work and get jobs

Council houses have been sold at 70% under their market value

14 September, 2015

The discounts are bigger than those ever envisaged by Margaret Thatcher and amount to almost £4bn, a Guardian investigation has found

Council on course to become property developer

14 September, 2015

Cambridgeshire County Council is set to be the first local authority of its kind in the UK to become a commercial property developer

Council's solar panel plan scuppered

10 September, 2015

Government proposals to slash the household returns from solar panels have scuppered Carmarthenshire council's plan to install solar panels on around 2,700 of its homes

Residents helped to get online in Warrington

10 September, 2015

A new scheme that will help local people access the internet, learn new skills and access services online has been launched in Warrington.

Spike in social housing tenants leaving Cambridge to rent - more evidence of 'social cleansing'?

09 September, 2015

There are fresh fears about the "social cleansing" of Cambridge after new figures showed a flood of people leaving the city for cheaper housing

Help your tenants register for their free gas safety toolkit

02 September, 2015

For Gas Safety Week 2015, show tenants how to get a free Gas Safety Toolkit

Are current approaches to measuring and analysing resident satisfaction fit for purpose?

26 August, 2015

Using surveys to measure resident satisfaction has become one of the key ways to assess the effectiveness of housing providers

Rent setting: social housing (England)

25 August, 2015

In 2002 the Labour Government introduced a rent convergence policy under which, over a ten year period, rents in social housing were to be brought into alignment

Full data released: Right to Buy to Let

24 August, 2015

Inside Housing reveals the full data behind its investigation into Right to Buy re-lets.

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

21 August, 2015

Parliament UK research briefing

Government housing sell-off is 'impossible'

20 August, 2015

A LEADING Wychavon councillor has described the Government's policy to sell off housing association properties as 'impossible.'

Worklessness and social housing: a look behind the numbers

19 August, 2015

Social housing is stigmatised for high rates of unemployment among tenants, but there's more to the numbers than meets the eye

Profit or purpose? The fight over the future of social housing in Britain

17 August, 2015

A housing association's decision to stop building homes for the poor has left the sector divided over its future. Is this the beginning of the end for social housing?

London borough of Newham has highest social rents in England and Wales

13 August, 2015

The London borough of Newham has the highest average social rent in England and Wales, according to housing costs analysis from the Office for National Statistics

Council tenants set to save more than £1.4m in heating bills

13 August, 2015

Sheffield council tenants are set to save more than £1.4million on their annual heating bills through a new initiative being delivered to thousands of council homes across the city

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales (March 2015)

10 August, 2015

Social rented stock for Welsh social landlords by local authority area by the number of sheltered housing and extra care housing units of accommodation

Social housing stock and rents

07 August, 2015

An annual report which includes information on the number of dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

Quakers welcome House of Lords amendment to Charities Bill as right to buy threat looms

06 August, 2015

The Quaker movement is backing a House of Lords amendment to the Charities Bill that will protect homes under threat from government plans to extend the right to buy to housing associations

Scrutiny Live - Findings with Evidence

31 July, 2015

When we got together to plan Scrutiny Live earlier this year, we couldn't have imagined the support and encouragement we would get from so many people

Opinion: The right to play

30 July, 2015

Affinity Sutton has taken the decision to remove all 'No ball games' signs on its estates

Housing rent reduction policy will hit plans to build 42,000 new homes

29 July, 2015

Proposals announced in the Summer Budget to lower rents for social housing tenants could force district councils to scrap plans to build an extra 40,000 new homes over the next 30 years

'Bedroom tax' cash help for Welsh tenants urged by AMs

28 July, 2015

Social housing tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax should get more financial help from the Welsh government

George Osborne's social housing rent cut to save tenants £s, cost Cheltenham Borough Council £7m

24 July, 2015

With one hand he giveth and with the other he taketh away

What is the government's five-year vision for social housing?

23 July, 2015

After the right to buy and cuts to rental income take effect, social housing will be a far smaller player in the housing market

Social rent cut set to take £2.6bn from councils

21 July, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne's decision to cut social housing rents by 1% in each of the next four years will cost local authorities a total of £2.6bn in lost revenue

Opinion: Email separated but not yet divorced

21 July, 2015

How are we coping without email?

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Where do we add value? - It's the local economy, stupid.

17 July, 2015

Weaver Vale Trust Report

The government's plans are nothing short of an attack on social housing

15 July, 2015

Social housing used not to be the preserve of the few. That's a ideal worth harking back to

Will Osborne's social housing rent rises for high-earners discourage work?

08 July, 2015

Despite rallying against the culture of worklessness, the UK chancellor's budget plans seem to discourage tenants from work - and further divide communities

Summer Budget: Social housing and welfare - the details

08 July, 2015

George Osborne today delivered sweeping changes to rents and benefits in a Summer Budget that could change the face of social housing forever

How to effectively manage void properties

07 July, 2015

Re-letting empty properties is a core function for housing providers

George Osborne's emergency budget has social housing tenants in its sights

06 July, 2015

George Osborne has social housing tenants firmly in his sights in this week's emergency budget

Public sector could save billions without cutting frontline services

03 July, 2015

Whitehall can expect huge cuts in the emergency budget but there is scope for major efficiencies in procurement and shared services

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

02 July, 2015

The survey indicates that the sector as a whole remains financially strong with access to sufficient finance

How We Work

02 July, 2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator has made more information available about how it assesses risk in registered social landlords (RSLs) and local authorities

Millions spent papering over the cracks of bedroom tax disaster

02 July, 2015

Merseyside councils last year paid out £4.6 million in discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to help households affected by the bedroom tax

Social housing sector continues in a strong financial position

02 July, 2015

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Bedroom tax protesters campaign at the Senedd

01 July, 2015

Campaigners from across South Wales attended the protest at the Senedd against the Bedroom Tax

Agents and landlords rise up in anger against new licensing scheme

01 July, 2015

A LA faces the possibility of a judicial review just 3 months ahead of its plans to introduce Newham-style blanket licensing of all rental properties

Scottish Housing Regulator welcomes new report on value for money

30 June, 2015

The Scottish Housing Regulator has welcomed a new report contributing to the debate on what value for money means

Housing associations excluding homeless tenants

30 June, 2015

Demanding rent in advance is at odds with the ethos and role of social landlords and stops homeless people getting accommodation

Properties being let in shortest time on record

29 June, 2015

One third of new lets are being agreed before the existing tenant moves out

Future funding outlook for councils 2019/20

29 June, 2015

Interim 2015 update

Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine

29 June, 2015

Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants 'from September' after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines

Newcastle City Council 'forced' to plunder welfare funds

29 June, 2015

A north-east of England council says government budget cuts are forcing it to use funding earmarked for vulnerable residents

Housing and Poverty

29 June, 2015

Until recently, a combination of social housing, Housing Benefit and the homelessness safety net has provided protection against poverty

Regulator's National Panel says quality of homes central to tenant satisfaction

26 June, 2015

The quality of tenants' homes, speed of emergency repairs response and affordability are central to tenant satisfaction

David Cameron under pressure from Tory MPs to review controversial 'bedroom tax'

25 June, 2015

Conservative MPs reported the controversial policy proved hugely unpopular on the doorsteps during the general election campaign

Rental Yield Data Table

25 June, 2015

Social Housing v Private Rent Yield Comparison

Living wage in the social housing sector: what housing associations told us

25 June, 2015

Lowest-paid staff in social housing sector receive below the living wage, at an average of £7.69 per hour, Guardian survey finds

UK Housing Review

24 June, 2015

2015 Briefing Paper

IDS warned of social housing evictions risk posed by lower benefit cap and universal credit

23 June, 2015

A lower benefit cap combined with the introduction of direct rent payments under universal credit could lead to a rise in evictions from social housing

Regulating The Standard

19 June, 2015

This new version of 'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Social rent setting policy proposed for NI

19 June, 2015

DSD yesterday briefed the Social Development Committee on proposals for a social rent setting policy for Northern Ireland

Why the government's long-term economic plan should include building more social rented homes

18 June, 2015

CIH policy adviser John Perry examines the case for building more low-rent homes set out in a new report

Tenants calling UK government - is anyone out there?

18 June, 2015

Social housing tenants are a diverse bunch

Building New Social Rent Homes

17 June, 2015

A report by Capital Economics for SHOUT and the NFA #BuildToSave

1.3 million social housing tenants miss out on savings

17 June, 2015

People in social housing to get fair and affordable access to essential, everyday services

Housing the Nation: Ensuring councils can deliver more and better homes

02 June, 2015

At this timely seminar APSE and the TCPA will launch a high-profile research study which demonstrates that local authorities can - and want to - deliver more and better housing

Opinion: Five ways Housing Associations can challenge the right to buy

27 May, 2015

Rob Gershon looks at innovative ways that the right to buy could be undermined

LibDems uneasy over sharing tenants' rent history with credit reference agency

20 May, 2015

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over a letter which they say has been sent to tenants by Coastal Housing Group

Temporary Accommodation - a long way from home

20 May, 2015

The worst effects of the housing crisis have been starkly illustrated by the news of unprecedented numbers of homeless families being sent out of London

£108m to improve social housing in Wales

19 May, 2015

More than £100m is to be spent on improving Wales' stock of social housing, the Welsh government has announced

Social landlords expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

18 May, 2015

Report based on survey of English housing associations and councils suggests government moves to restrict benefits will result in a surge in tenant evictions

Social housing problems

18 May, 2015

Danny Cox sits in for Ali and discusses if Oxford City Council should be allowed to move social housing tenants as far away as Birmingham and Coventry?

Easing the burden

18 May, 2015

The impact of welfare reform on local government and the social housing sector

After the election, what happens now for residents?

15 May, 2015

After the surprise election result, attention has now turned to what the Conservatives' policy proposals could mean for social housing and social tenants

£800m shortfall on social housing in London since 2011 revealed

12 May, 2015

Proportion of homes started each year in capital that are affordable has halved after cut in social housing subsidy

What are the implications of the election result for the social housing sector?

11 May, 2015

Many in the sector were taken aback by the Conservative Party's right to buy proposals

London council pays tenants to leave the crowded city

08 May, 2015

As rents rise and population exceeds 8.6 million renters offered up to £6,000 to leave

Social landlords lock tenants into energy companies and fuel poverty

06 May, 2015

Some social housing tenants are unable to switch their energy suppliers for heating and hot water because their social landlord has 'locked' them in to buying from one supplier

Five ways social landlords can be better at procurement

05 May, 2015

In the changing landscape of social housing, we ask an expert how landlords can improve supply management to get the best results for their tenants

Money advice leads to £3m savings for tenants

01 May, 2015

Tenants in County Durham are now more than £3m better off thanks to the advice and support provided by their local housing association

Tories' right to buy 'could dent public finances and reduce social housing'

27 April, 2015

IFS sounds warning over flagship Tory policy, saying sale of best council stock also risks widening gulf between rich and poor

Why Labour's rent cap won't make your rent cheaper

27 April, 2015

Sounds a bit strange to say this but it's absolutely true, however, it will make your tenure more secure

Financial plight of social housing tenants revealed

24 April, 2015

More than 80% of social housing tenants have seen no sign of their financial situation improving despite an upturn in the economy

A question of tenant satisfaction

21 April, 2015

I read with interest the 24dash.com article from HouseMark chief executive Ross Fraser on tenant satisfaction in social housing

Don't trip up: six things to watch out for with universal credit

20 April, 2015

The introduction of universal credit means big changes for social landlords and tenants

The Tories don't believe in the principle of social housing

17 April, 2015

An extension of Right to Buy will segregate communities, especially in London

The truth about tenant satisfaction

17 April, 2015

This week, we published our annual review of the latest Star tenant satisfaction survey results which reveal that satisfaction levels amongst social housing tenants has remained constant

Rents and Equality. Barnet, again

16 April, 2015

It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor's casting vote) are determined to carry on with their plan to raise rents for council tenants

The fuel poverty strategy - what does it mean for social landlords?

16 April, 2015

In 2014 the Government unveiled a revised fuel poverty target

Tenants to Benefit from Renewable Heat

16 April, 2015

The UK's most ambitious retrofit upgrades programme featuring ground source heat pumps in social housing is set to halve the energy costs of over 130 residents

Ten energy-saving tips for tenants that are cheap and easy to follow

16 April, 2015

You don't have to live in the dark or stop washing to save energy

Ending Expensive Social Tenancies

15 April, 2015

Fairness, higher growth and more homes

Another nail in the coffin of social housing

14 April, 2015

As they head into the general election, all the parties recognise that there is a severe housing shortage

Right to Buy will cost £4bn in housing benefit

14 April, 2015

The Conservative party's pledge to grant 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their homes would cost the country £4 billion more in housing benefit

Council tax: six steps local authorities can take before sending in the bailiffs

13 April, 2015

Arrears need to be recovered in a more sustainable way to prevent households sinking into problem debt

Council privately rent houses - as 1,700 still on waiting list

07 April, 2015

Council houses are being offered for rent on the open market because people do not want to live in them

Low pay and benefits the 'new normal' for social housing tenants

31 March, 2015

A combination of low pay and benefits has become the 'new normal' for social housing tenants

Two fires a day in London high rise flats 'show landlords must act'

23 March, 2015

Fire chiefs have called for landlords to act after figures showed nearly two fires a day are reported in London's high rise flats

Landmark disability discrimination judgment

20 March, 2015

The ruling means that, in most cases where there is likely to be an arguable case that the tenant has been discriminated against on the grounds of their disability, it will not be dealt with in a summary hearing

Victoria's social housing plan not discriminatory

13 March, 2015

Richard Wynne says allowing developers to build cheaper housing away from apartment complexes more 'flexible'

Nine out of 10 tenants are satisfied with social landlords' services

12 March, 2015

Eighty eight per cent of tenants of Scottish social landlords are satisfied with the service provided by their landlord

Fewer council tenants will get help with rent after new cuts

11 March, 2015

Fewer housing benefit claimants in Oxford will be eligible for money to help them pay their rent after funding was cut.

Opinion: How housing associations are empowering communities

11 March, 2015

As traditional methods of support for communities are undermined, social landlords have an increasingly important role to play.

The cost of the cuts: the impact on local government and poorer communities

11 March, 2015

Cuts to local authority budgets are having a profound effect on the services people receive.

Councils turning to bailiffs to evict tenants, instead of helping them with rent arrears

09 March, 2015

Councils have been accused of turning to bailiffs and the courts rather than helping people in rent arrears

'Dickensian' poor doors separating wealthy tenants should be banned

09 March, 2015

Developers should be banned from the "Dickensian" practice of having separate "poor doors" for social housing tenants

Social housing rents - playing the percentage game

09 March, 2015

Inflation is falling and could soon reach a negative figure - but neither tenants nor social landlords should start celebrating when it comes to rents

New support for social tenants who want to work

09 March, 2015

Social tenants who need to move for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list

Social housing vacancies, lettings and rent arrears, 2013-14

06 March, 2015

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned, or partly owned, by local authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Clanmil Housing Helps Tenants become "Savvy Savers"

05 March, 2015

The Clanmil Housing Group has launched an innovative new scheme offering its tenants an opportunity and incentive to start saving

I have succeeded to a tenancy, why can't I stay?

04 March, 2015

Many people live with and care for a family member tenant of a housing association or council property, with the expectation that they will be able to remain there and take over the tenancy if the tenant should die

70% rise in Dundee council house rent arrears

03 March, 2015

The number of former council house tenants in arrears has risen by more than 70%

UK rents up yet again in January

27 February, 2015

UK rents went up 2.5% in January, with the average monthly rent now £889

Housing Benefit overpayments guide

27 February, 2015

This guide is for staff who deal with Housing Benefit overpayments for local authorities and housing authorities

Renters at higher risk of mental health problems

26 February, 2015

Renters are 75% more likely to experience serious anxiety and depression than home-owners

Flexible Direct Debit days could see rent payments rise 20%

25 February, 2015

A public sector payment specialist has urged housing providers to adopt 'any day' rent payments for Direct Debits

Tenant voices

24 February, 2015

As the housing world continues to change at a rapid pace, there is a danger that the views of tenants get lost amidst debates about policy and funding

Six ways landlords can help social housing tenants to move home

24 February, 2015

From home swaps to financial support, here's how to help tenants downsize to avoid the bedroom tax or move house for a new job

33,000 social homes lost to right to buy since 2012

24 February, 2015

The country has lost 33,000 of its social homes to the controversial right to buy scheme since the Tory-led coalition 'reinvigorated' the policy in 2012

North East social landlords come together to raise gas safety awareness

24 February, 2015

Coast & Country Housing hosted a meeting of North East-registered social landlords to share best practice and raise safety standards

One council house is built to replace every 21 sold to tenants

20 February, 2015

Only one new home is being provided to replace every 21 that are being sold to council tenants under the government's right-to-buy scheme

Sector shows improved performance in meeting value for money standards

19 February, 2015

The latest assessment of registered providers' value for money submissions shows an overall improvement in the sector's compliance with the regulator's standard

Fuel advice service helps GHA tenants cut bills by £450,000

17 February, 2015

Tenants of Scotland's biggest social landlord have been helped to save more than £450,000 on their energy bills over the past year

Housing Benefit overpayment recovery good practice

16 February, 2015

Good practice for local authority staff on recovering Housing Benefit overpayments

Evictions from rented homes hit record levels in 2014

13 February, 2015

Homes in England and Wales being repossessed at a rate of 115 a day

Sector 'speechless' over Tory plan to give away millions of social homes

13 February, 2015

A Tory plan to potentially give away millions of social homes to people who stop claiming benefits has caused uproar

Number of evictions rise but have landlords got better?

13 February, 2015

The number of tenants being turned out of their homes by bailiffs rises to a record high, but the number of private landlords making claims to evict tenants falls

Housing Benefit fraud and error: local authority insight survey wave 27

12 February, 2015

This research seeks to understand what local authorities are doing to prevent fraud and error in Housing Benefit

Lack of competition from diminished social housing helps fuel buy-to-let boom

11 February, 2015

A lack of new social housing is slamming the brakes on a potential competitor to the buy-to-let juggernaut

Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme: local authority monitoring template

10 February, 2015

Local authority template to monitor reductions in weekly Housing Benefit entitlement under the Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme

Moving On

06 February, 2015

Findings from CIH's housing mobility survey

Council moves to bring overcrowded private sector flats into social housing sector

06 February, 2015

A council has embarked on a £9.3 million mission to bring four blocks of privately-owned tenement flats into the social housing sector

Social housing tenants banned from luxury garden

05 February, 2015

Southwark's planning committee has agreed to alter the legal agreement for the One Tower Bridge development to prevent tenants of a new block of council housing from being able to use the communal garden

Why a Labour win is a disaster for homeowners, landlords and tenants

04 February, 2015

Mansion tax is "rich-bashing" and pure "vote winning", says property expert

Labour will help 9m renters save £600 each, Ed Miliband to promise

03 February, 2015

Nine million renters would save more than £600 each in the next parliament under Labour's plans to ban letting agent fees and cap rent increases for longer-term tenants

Social Housing A force for good

03 February, 2015

Social housing is in my blood, it provided a home when I was homeless and a job when I was unemployed

Council Tax Exemptions for Charitable Housing Associations

30 January, 2015

Judgment was handed down today in 3 appeals concerning whether a charitable housing association is entitled to council tax exemption for the void periods between lets

Social landlord looks to sell empty homes as bedroom tax bites

30 January, 2015

A social landlord has "reluctantly" asked the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for permission to sell over 100 of its empty homes

Fraudsters thwarted by councils in London to the tune of £73 million

30 January, 2015

Fraud in London has increased by 46% since last year, a new study has found

The second year of value for money self-assessment - Insight to the sector experience and good practice

28 January, 2015

This publication should be of use to those with an interest in improving the approach to VFM self-assessment

The challenges of superdiversity for social housing

27 January, 2015

The changing nature of many urban communities in the UK is providing challenges to traditional models of managing social housing

£1 million in extra funding for tenants secured by housing association

27 January, 2015

One of London's largest housing associations has managed to secure £1 million in additional benefit income for its tenants over the past two years

Court forces tenants to comply with Council's gas safety checks

26 January, 2015

A judge has ordered two tenants to allow Swindon Borough Council to carry out essential gas safety checks at their homes after they persistently refused to give access to engineers

Reform, Risk And Resilience: Social Housing In Scotland

26 January, 2015

The social housing sector in Scotland, chiefly housing association and council housing providers, confront a wide array of external and internal risks

Social landlords 'still uncertain' about value for money rules

23 January, 2015

Survey finds social landlords think rules could be more clear

Why letting council tenants own their homes is a mistake

23 January, 2015

Selling off more council houses is no answer to Britain's housing problems,

Social tenant evicted after sons' reign of terror

22 January, 2015

A family from Birkenhead has been evicted from their social housing property after a string of anti-social behaviour

Food bank receives critical cash boost

22 January, 2015

Social landlord Isos has committed to supporting the crucial work of the West Northumberland Food Bank for a second year to help feed those in need

Social landlord puts £8,000 into food bank

21 January, 2015

A North East social landlord has put nearly £8,000 into a food bank to help support its staffing costs and provide advice and support to people currently using the service

Visa warns social landlords of possible rent payments bombshell

21 January, 2015

Housing associations and local authorities are being alerted to changes in transaction costs for rent payments made using a debit card

DWP stopping benefits of 100 people with mental health problems everyday

21 January, 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is stopping the benefits of people with mental health problems at a rate of over 100 a day, new data has shown

Jobcentre 'hit squads' set up benefit claimants to fail, says former official

21 January, 2015

Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers

Householders hoping to get green deal assessments are out of pocket

21 January, 2015

Householders who arranged a green deal assessment through a firm called Tivium believing it was part of the government's official scheme are out of pocket after the firm failed to carry out promised work

'We cut back on everything to pay the rent - including food'

21 January, 2015

Michelle and Kevin live in Cambridge. When Kevin became self-employed, a cut in tax credits and housing benefit left the family facing homelessness

LHA rates may increase by up to 4% in certain areas of NI

21 January, 2015

A new statutory instrument takes effect on 20 January that will allow for the uprating of Local Housing Allowance by up to 4% in certain parts of Northern Ireland

Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap

21 January, 2015

Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families, says Katie Schmeucker

Should I support 'rent control'? The devil is in the detail

21 January, 2015

At the beginning of the month the Independent reported that 'almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls'; polling showed that 59% of people supported their reintroduction. 7% were in opposition and a sizeable 34% didn't know

'We need to adapt to the new digital landscape'

21 January, 2015

Ahead of CIH's latest digital housing event, Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing Trust, says social landlords must look to other industries and embrace new technology

Housing association's new chief executive welcomes 'milestone' move into private rented sector

20 January, 2015

The new chief executive of a housing association has hailed its decision to move into the private rented sector as a "milestone" moment for the organisation

Where is housing heading?

20 January, 2015

Social housing's alternative futures

30-year tenant evicted as council tackles ASB across borough

20 January, 2015

A nightmare tenant whose drunken arguments with her son made her neighbours' lives a misery has been evicted from her North London home of 30 years

Tenant voices

20 January, 2015

As the housing world continues to change at a rapid pace, there is a danger that the views of tenants get lost amidst debates about policy and funding

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20 January, 2015

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks

Value for money statements - Four ways you can make yours far better

19 January, 2015

The Homes and Communities Agency has written to 160 landlords warning them to do better on meeting the requirements of the value for money standard

Hundreds of households in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

16 January, 2015

Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

16 January, 2015

The amount of rent English councils lost due to empty homes rose for the second consecutive year in 2013/14

Welfare reform forces up repairs costs

15 January, 2015

Housing associations in parts of England have been forced to increase spending on repairs and maintenance to entice new tenants into larger homes due to the government's welfare reforms

Cash incentive for residents

15 January, 2015

A cash incentive has been launched by Essex housing association Colne to help residents avoid getting into debt with high-interest and payday lenders

Even more social rented homes lost in 2014 than in 2013

15 January, 2015

Statistics published just before Christmas show that the loss of housing let at social rents is speeding up

Jargon Buster a guide to housing jargon for tenants and housing staff

14 January, 2015

This quick and easy Jargon Buster gives explanations to some of the many terms and acronyms Tenants and Housing Staff may come across in relation to Social Housing

Digital inclusion - Staying online

14 January, 2015

Rapid changes in digital technology pose challenges for tenants and landlords alike. Louise Kingdon asks how the social housing sector should respond

'Chronic social housing shortage' leaves 1 in 10 homeless households in temporary accommodation for over a year

13 January, 2015

One in 10 homeless households in Scotland spend more than a year in temporary accommodation

High street lettings agency debut for council

13 January, 2015

The housing department of an east London local authority has made its high street debut with its very own lettings agency

Impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

09 January, 2015

Effects and responses by landlords

Flats refurb scheme halves tenants' heating bills

09 January, 2015

Tenants living in three blocks of flats in east Manchester have had their annual heating bills halved, thanks to a refurbishment scheme

Managing the Impact of Welfare Reform Changes on Social Housing Tenants in Wales

08 January, 2015

This report looks at the impact of welfare reform changes on social housing tenants in Wales

High house prices breed a new generation of 'revolving door' renters

07 January, 2015

Almost a million more people in England rent their home than they did five years ago

Rent setting for social housing tenancies (England)

06 January, 2015

This note explains policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002

Wheatley Group helps thousands of tenants keep warm this winter

06 January, 2015

Thousands of older tenants are being helped to stay warm and cosy this winter

New Approaches to delivering social value

05 January, 2015

Housing associations and local authorities are called 'social' landlords for an obvious reason

Council vows to protect tenants with rents freeze

01 January, 2015

A local authority in the West Midlands has vowed to "protect working families" by announcing plans to freeze all council housing rents

Number of evicted tenants is soaring

30 December, 2014

Soaring numbers of tenants are being turned out of their homes by bailiffs

Housing association lowers proposed rent increase

24 December, 2014

A Scottish housing association has cut back on proposed rent increases as tenants struggle to cope with the cost of living

The future of social housing - a look ahead to 2015

23 December, 2014

What do you anticipate will be the biggest challenge facing Housing Associations during 2015

Engaging with tenants

22 December, 2014

This year has been the year UKHousing decided to take to social media en masse

Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19 December, 2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws

Social housing providers warned full impact of welfare reform yet to come

19 December, 2014

The social housing sector is yet to feel the full impact of the Tory-led coalition's welfare reforms

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: final reports

18 December, 2014

Final evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Project relating to the direct payment of Housing Benefit to tenants in social housing

Housing costs for tenants in social housing

18 December, 2014

Research about communications with social housing tenants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Social housing lettings in England: April 2013 to March 2014

17 December, 2014

DCLG collects and publishes official statistics relating to deprivation, fire and rescue services, housing and homelessness, local government finance, planning performance and land use

Social housing app brings a touch of 'Tinder' to house swaps and wins £40,000 open data innovation prize

17 December, 2014

A new smartphone app, MoveMaker, has won the Housing Open Data Challenge

How a group of tenants got their social landlord to take their damp problems seriously

17 December, 2014

A group of social housing tenants operating under the collective pseudonym 'Bessy Banks' started an online campaign to get their landlord Bromford Housing Group to sort out damp problems

Think Rent First

17 December, 2014

Homes for Northumberland (HfN) is urging its tenants to put their rent first this Christmas

Record number of homeless families in 'out of area' temporary accommodation

12 December, 2014

High rents and housing benefit cap making it harder for councils to find safe and decent places in local area

Public perceptions of social tenants and the social rented sector

12 December, 2014

The British public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

Local authority housing statistics : year ending March 2014

12 December, 2014

The focus of this statistical release is on social housing that is owned and managed by local authorities

How to create sustainable tenancies

12 December, 2014

What's the best way of creating sustainable tenancies? Business improvement consultant Cath Davies shares her top tips for social landlords

Diane Abbott pledges rent controls in mayoral bid

11 December, 2014

A London mayoral hopeful has pledged to cap private rents in the capital and levy cash from private landlords to build more social housing

London has 75% of England's temporary accommodation households

11 December, 2014

The number of London households in temporary accommodation accounts for 75% of England's total

Council tenant evictions soar following bedroom tax introduction

11 December, 2014

The number of council tenants evicted for rent arrears soared by 19% in the first year of the bedroom tax

Six ways to reduce evictions

11 December, 2014

Evictions are at an all-time high as benefit cuts take their toll on residents. How can housing providers buck the trend and help people to stay in their homes?

Sheffield gets Christmas spirit by telling residents to pay their rent

10 December, 2014

Sheffield Council is urging its tenants "to put their rent first this Christmas" and offering them a chance to win £250 of shopping vouchers

Tenant evicted due to state of garden

08 December, 2014

Nottingham City Homes is warning its tenants to make sure they keep their gardens tidy - or else face eviction as one former tenant has

Social landlords 'downgrading welfare reform as a risk'

05 December, 2014

Social landlords are downgrading the threat posed by welfare reform in their business plans, following delays with the implementation of universal credit

London council loses landmark unlawful eviction case

05 December, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that statutory damages for unlawful eviction of tenants should be calculated in the same way for social landlords as it is for private landlords

Residents urged to back gas safety proposals

05 December, 2014

Enfield Council is urging residents to back a campaign which wants to give social landlords extra powers to make sure gas appliances in the properties they own are safe

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

05 December, 2014

So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be?

Evictions rocket as welfare reforms and rising property prices hit home

03 December, 2014

As thousands of tenants face court battles to keep the bailiffs at bay, housing charities call for greater protection for renters

Who actually supports the idea of privatising social housing?

03 December, 2014

This is no example of the north/south divide - I can't find a single voice in support of the effective privatisation of social housing

Social housing in crisis as right-to-buy depletes stock

02 December, 2014

Lib Dems say tackling deficit is 'political priority', with only quarter of replacement homes being built

A challenging time - supporting customers with money management

28 November, 2014

Welfare reform has presented a number of challenges to housing associations and their customers, and minimising the risks presented, continues to be a focus

Helping to protect tenants and people who use the services of social landlords

25 November, 2014

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland, accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2014

24 November, 2014

Our annual assessment of progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage across the UK

New research confronts social housing stereotypes

20 November, 2014

Report debunks the myth that social housing residents are characterised by high levels of benefit dependency, lone parenthood, long-term unemployment and limited aspiration

Rent First...please

20 November, 2014

An annual campaign to encourage council tenants to prioritise paying their rent in the lead up to Christmas is due to start on Monday (24th November)

Coastline embarks on stock improvement to tackle fuel poverty

19 November, 2014

Cornwall's Coastline Housing Association has launched an ambitious plan to reduce fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants by 2019

How can you slow the unstoppable rise of evictions?

19 November, 2014

The number of evictions has more than doubled in a year, throwing thousands of families into turmoil and temporary accommodation

What will the housing market look like in 2040?

17 November, 2014

This research explores how the housing market is likely to change in the coming decades, and how this will affect poverty

Housing group accused of hiking rents by 36% in four years

14 November, 2014

A London housing association accused of hiking the rents on more than 1,000 homes by 36% over the past four years says it is making a loss on the properties

Barnet Council proposes 'unlawful' rent rise

13 November, 2014

Barnet Council's proposals to increase its tenants' rents to 80% of market rent levels could be unlawful

Loss of rented housing is causing homelessness says CIH NI

13 November, 2014

Tenants on low incomes are struggling to meet the increasing shortfall between their housing benefit assistance and their rent

Public are positive towards contribution and value of social housing

12 November, 2014

The British public are positive about the contribution and value of social housing

Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

12 November, 2014

Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year

More households can benefit from renewable heating

11 November, 2014

More social landlords and their tenants could soon be benefitting from renewable heating, helping them have warmer homes and lower bills

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11 November, 2014

A housing charity is leading a consortium of social landlords to make the sector's first foray into using 'big data' from half a million homes to predict properties at risk of rent arrears

Association creating home swap app

11 November, 2014

A social landlord is developing the housing sector's answer to dating app Tinder in order to help tenants swap homes

Benefits changes warning over social housing rents

07 November, 2014

More benefit reforms by the UK government could make it difficult for housing associations in Wales to take on any more of the responsibilities that councils can no longer afford

Scotland's social landlords call on Smith Commission to devolve welfare system

06 November, 2014

Scotland's social landlords are calling on the Smith Commission to devolve all aspects of the welfare system, with the full fiscal and tax powers needed to fund the system

Renters need reform now - not the promise of a house in seven years

06 November, 2014

Will Labour break the grip of the home ownership political orthodoxy?

Guidance for handling arrears and possession sales of shared ownership properties

04 November, 2014

This guidance for lenders and HAs has been prepared jointly by the CML, NHF, HCA and the BSA

Council becomes first to use new anti-social powers to evict tenants

31 October, 2014

Oldham Council is believed to have become the first local authority in the country to use new anti-social behaviour powers to remove tenants from a property

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

30 October, 2014

Politicians have been urged to take the concerns of tenants more seriously after research indicated that more than 100 MPs will represent renter-dominated constituencies

Renter Power

30 October, 2014

Is Parliament's paradigm of home ownership coming to an end?

Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29 October, 2014

Four in 10 social housing tenants have cited better repairs and maintenance as their top priority for improving quality of life

Five ways housing associations can improve their customer service

28 October, 2014

To survive in a more commercial world, housing providers need better customer service

Almost half of British renters might never be able to afford to buy a home

24 October, 2014

The spiralling cost of buying a first home in the UK means that almost half of all renters are not sure they will ever be able to get on the property ladder

Government rejects social landlords' gas access call

24 October, 2014

Campaign to allow housing associations greater access to homes to save £500m receives major blow

Filling the void

24 October, 2014

Helena Partnerships was faced with a glut of three bedroom homes it couldn't rent. So it turned to the private rental market for answers

The private rented sector divide

24 October, 2014

Northern social landlords are starting to eye the private rented sector, but at the same time other social landlords are cancelling their PRS plans

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

23 October, 2014

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

23 October, 2014

An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the 'maximum amount' under the landlord's policy for 'unreasonable delay' in completing an emergency repair

New report reveals majority of social housing tenants who can work, are in work

21 October, 2014

While the majority of Londoners think people in social housing are unemployed, new research reveals that 74% of those who can work do

Sept 14 Buy-to-Let Index

20 October, 2014

Rents hit fresh record despite sharp slow down in annual rises

Understanding the new ASB Act - essential reading for landlords

20 October, 2014

ASB consultant Gez Kinsella shares his thoughts on preparations for the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act

Housing association drops mandatory conditions from tenancy agreements

20 October, 2014

A housing association has quietly dropped mandatory conditions from its tenancy agreements after a pilot found they were not needed

Data Sharing and Universal Credit

17 October, 2014

The DWP consulted on changes that will allow information to be shared with social landlords about Universal Credit claims

Rent increase blow to landlords

16 October, 2014

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates

Sector backs government's universal credit alert plan

16 October, 2014

Housing organisations have broadly welcomed government proposals to alert social landlords when their tenants move on to universal credit

Council launches tenancy fraud amnesty

15 October, 2014

Haringey Council has launched an amnesty for tenants that are illegally subletting their council homes

Social housing tenants' debt widening income divide

15 October, 2014

A housing association's research into the impact of financial and economic changes on households has uncovered a widening income gap between its tenants

Tenant Leading Change is about tenants and landlords coming together to support effective tenant involvement

14 October, 2014

The Government wants to see all social landlords offer tenants the chance to get involved and take control of their neighbourhoods

'Tenants are being judged by the standards of Benefits Street'

10 October, 2014

Should social landlords be imposing conditions on tenants as part of their tenancy agreements?

Passport patrol for renting a home

10 October, 2014

Midland residents will soon have to produce passports and immigration documents in order to rent a home in the private or social rented sector

Social housing tenants get bespoke BT internet service

10 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are now able to get access to an internet service specifically designed for them, after the launch of a new system by BT Business

How to ... create sustainable tenancies

09 October, 2014

Housing providers are now thinking radically about how they deliver front-line services to respond to the unprecedented changes they face as a result of welfare reform

Council housing standards must improve

09 October, 2014

Local authorities in Wales are in danger of providing a second class service for their tenants due to the slow progress in bringing their homes up to scratch

New service offers tenants rent savings on mobile top ups

09 October, 2014

Social housing tenants are being offered a new service that allows them to save money on their rent when they top up their mobile phone

Universal credit data sharing will help landlords support social tenants

06 October, 2014

Allpay has welcomed a consultation by the DWP seeking views on sharing UC claimant information with social landlords and local authorities

Ignore the stereotypes - most social tenants don't want to rely on benefits

06 October, 2014

Low pay and part-time work are the main reasons people are trapped in working poverty, including many in social housing

Landlords' development concerns over Tory benefit freeze

03 October, 2014

Housing associations have expressed concern about their ability to develop new homes under Conservative plans to introduce a two-year freeze on benefits

Tenant escapes eviction after taking five years to clear garden of scrap and cars

03 October, 2014

A social housing tenant has narrowly avoided being evicted by her social landlord, after finally cleaning up her garden

A living rent?

01 October, 2014

Mark Lupton and Helen Collins from Savills Housing Consultancy explain how their rent model linked to household income would work

Benefit cut could force social landlords to turn tenants away

01 October, 2014

Housing associations warn Conservative policy would also prevent them from building new homes as funding dries up

£4.5 million to heat social rented homes

30 September, 2014

The Scottish government has announced a £4.5 million scheme to improve the energy performance of 1,600 social housing homes

Poll Digest - Social - Circle Housing Group Social Housing Survey

29 September, 2014

Almost half of Britons believe social housing tenants choose to claim benefits as a lifestyle choice

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26 September, 2014

A study has found associations managing property are in the best position to offer help, ahead of energy charities and family and friends

Social housing chief executives' enormous pay packets are indefensible

26 September, 2014

While social tenants suffer benefit cuts and rent hikes, the salaries of those in charge of housing them continue to soar

Is Labour genuinely committed to social rent?

26 September, 2014

Labour needs to explain the role it sees for genuine social housing after May

Fifty Families

24 September, 2014

Exploding the myths about the unemployed

Campaign to beef up social landlord's legal powers to access properties for mandatory gas safety checks

22 September, 2014

Campaigners are calling on the Government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks

Tech & Tenure

19 September, 2014

Digital trends among renters and their satisfaction with tenure

Social landlords lobby for radical rent model

19 September, 2014

New 'affordable working rent' links payment level to household income

Universal Credit data sharing with social landlords

19 September, 2014

Seeks views on allowing DWP to share information with social landlords to enable them to support tenants claiming Universal Credit

Approaches to tenancy management in the social housing sector

18 September, 2014

Exploring new models and changes in the tenant-landlord relationship

Major safety campaign targets dodgy fire doors in social housing

16 September, 2014

Scrutiny of fire safety in affordable homes is likely to remain at the top of many social landlords' agenda

Tenants evicted over messy gardens

15 September, 2014

A number of social housing tenants who refused to tidy up their gardens have been evicted

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing

15 September, 2014

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

Fife man at centre of 'bedroom tax' turmoil

11 September, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching a bid to overturn a landmark ruling that size does matter when it comes to defining a bedroom

The Affordable Homes Bill: A Partial Solution

11 September, 2014

Nearly Legal Blog

Government launches 'right to move' consultation for social housing tenants

10 September, 2014

Social housing tenants who want to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list under new proposals being drawn up for town halls

Right to Move: government launches consultation to support social tenants who want to work

10 September, 2014

Social tenants who need to move to a new area for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list

Mutual exchange: 10 ways to help tenants swap homes

10 September, 2014

From financial incentives to flexibility, a CIH adviser provides tips on how landlords can help social housing tenants move home

Helping tenants to make a house a home

09 September, 2014

A new pilot scheme in Sparkbrook could revolutionise the way new tenants learn to set up home in Birmingham

The Big Tenant Survey - why did social landlords do so badly?

04 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey 2014 was completed by 61,000 tenants, who make up 7% of the 850,000 social housing tenants registered on the HomeSwapper mutual exchange platform

Eviction for fraudsters who lied on social housing applications

03 September, 2014

Two people who claimed they needed social housing have been evicted from their homes after making false claims on their applications

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

02 September, 2014

Pushed into a corner by soaring prices, greedy landlords and a cap on benefits, one London council has embarked on a daring set of untested policies

The lessons that social landlords should learn from a damning tenant survey

02 September, 2014

The Big Tenant Survey did not make good reading for landlords

The Big Tenant Survey

01 September, 2014

The vast majority of social housing tenants do not feel listened to or cared about by their landlords

Scottish landlord data 'will empower social housing tenants'

29 August, 2014

Council and housing association tenants in Scotland are to be given more information about how well their landlord is performing

Churchill Home Insurance research reveals social renters experience more household crime than homeowners

29 August, 2014

Social renters are the tenancy group worst affected by household crime according to new research released by Churchill Home Insurance

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

28 August, 2014

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected

Move to Midlands or be homeless: London mum brands council 'inhumane'

26 August, 2014

Cecilia Bruce-Annan has been told to move with her three children to Stoke-on-Trent because of the benefits cap

Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22 August, 2014

60% of current board members weren't in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Sharing made easier for social landlords

22 August, 2014

Social landlords that promote Scottish government shared equity schemes have received some good news

Home Group's plans for its £62m surplus

22 August, 2014

Mark Henderson, chief executive, Home Group

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22 August, 2014

Future governments will be required to tackle England's least energy efficient properties to fight fuel poverty

Housing association starts and completions up 10%

22 August, 2014

The number of annual starts and completions for housing associations in England have increased by 10% year-on-year

Mum of Derby disabled boy wins her bitter 'bedroom tax' battle

22 August, 2014

The mother of a severely disabled boy who was having her benefits slashed because of the so-called bedroom tax has won a rare legal victory

Quarterly Survey of Private Registered Providers

21 August, 2014

The June 2014 quarterly survey report is based on responses from 257 private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

What would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum mean for social housing?

21 August, 2014

Housing has already been devolved to the Scottish government, but a yes vote could mark big changes for social landlords

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy

20 August, 2014

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister

New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week

20 August, 2014

An alteration meaning social landlords can now tell who is claiming universal credit began yesterday

"Scraping the Barrel" - The Cost of Living for Social Housing Residents: Executive Summary

19 August, 2014

Today we launch the first part of our research on the cost of living for social housing residents

94% of UK's social housing tenants face financial pains

19 August, 2014

The mass majority of the UK's social housing tenants have faced some kind of financial difficulty in the past six month

Paying rent through Facebook

19 August, 2014

The stark reality is there are 8.7 million adults in the UK that have never been online - and worryingly almost half are social housing tenants

Social landlord launches credit union tender

19 August, 2014

A social landlord has announced plans to team up with a credit union, in a bid to offer tailored financial support to its tenants and staff

Voids fall despite welfare reform fears

15 August, 2014

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

Social landlords showing value for money

15 August, 2014

Value for money is the name of the game for social landlords preparing their annual results

Why housing associations should not be able to pick and choose their tenants

15 August, 2014

If providers chose their tenants, the poorest and most vulnerable people could be excluded in favour of the financially independent

Universal Credit One Year In - Full Report

13 August, 2014

Report by NHF

Housing associations should have some say in who lives in their homes

12 August, 2014

When councils nominate tenants who are not appropriate for a property, housing associations should be able to intervene

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08 August, 2014

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

ASB drops as Sovereign replaces concrete with grass for Christchurch residents

08 August, 2014

Sovereign housing association has seen anti-social behaviour drop after building residents in Christchurch a new communal area

Concerns over localised funding for supported housing

08 August, 2014

The government wants to localise funding for supported housing. Heather Spurr explains why this has landlords so worried

Council staff are not overpaid - far from it

08 August, 2014

Where the Taxpayers' Alliance sees waste, I see investment in our communities - and not enough of it

A rent first approach to Universal Credit

08 August, 2014

Outlines the changes introduced to tackle the challenge to housing association income posed by Universal Credit

Social landlord's care worker arrested after 16 poisoned

08 August, 2014

A 23-year-old female care worker has been placed in a psychiatric unit

Council forced to write off £1.1 million in rent arrears following IT fault

07 August, 2014

An east London council has been forced to write-off £1.1 million in rent arrears following a malfunction with an IT system

Social landlord is making a meal of things

07 August, 2014

A social landlord is offering breakfasts, lunches and learning activities to 500 families in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull this summer

London borough to limit average rent to below £100 per week

06 August, 2014

An inner-London borough has pledged to keep rents below an average of £100 per week for council tenants in the face of a lack of affordable housing in the capital

The government needs to understand the impact of its own housing policies

06 August, 2014

A number of different figures have popped out this week which should worry anyone who is even a little bit sentient

Cunning Plan sees Facebook rent payment system created

05 August, 2014

Social housing tenants in Salford can now pay their rent via Facebook

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

04 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies for dealing with vulnerable tenants

Social housing and social investment

01 August, 2014

Report published by the DWP into Social housing

£millions in right to buy fraud uncovered by council

01 August, 2014

Barnet Council has uncovered nearly £12 million in right to buy, tenancy and benefit fraud in a 12-month period

Local authority slapped by judge over 'irrational and unfair' council tax policy

01 August, 2014

A local authority's decision to ban council tax support for residents has been branded "irrational and unfair" by a judge

Court quashes Peabody eviction of vulnerable tenant

01 August, 2014

A housing association's attempt to evict a 58-year-old disabled man has been quashed after a judge ruled it did not follow its own policies

Social landlord doubles surplus

01 August, 2014

Cost-cutting measures result in £40.2m surplus, despite drop in turnover

Councils shun flagship government homelessness scheme

31 July, 2014

London boroughs are 'increasingly unwilling' to take part in the government's programme for single homeless people

Social landlord more than doubles anticipated surplus

31 July, 2014

Circle Housing has produced a surplus of £44.5m for 2013/14, more than doubling the £20m it had targeted at the start of the year

Genesis surplus down 10%

31 July, 2014

Genesis Housing Association has seen its annual surplus decrease by just under 10% to £40.1m

Local authority's 'benefit tourism' rule discriminated against residents

31 July, 2014

Sandwell council's policy, designed to deter low-income families from south-east moving to the area, harmed locals

'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing

31 July, 2014

Separate entrances are nothing new, and the truth is that social housing providers demand them

Police warn that 'relentless' bedroom tax is turning people into criminals

31 July, 2014

Concerns have been expressed by police chiefs that victims of the "Bedroom Tax" are being forced to turn to crime and loan sharks

Injunction for PRS tenant after death threats to social housing resident

31 July, 2014

A PRS tenant has been given an anti-social behaviour injunction after making threats of violence towards a neighbour living in social housing

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith hopes 'speed dating' sessions for tenants affected by welfare reform will undo a housing log jam

Bedroom tax tenants in Bristol see rent arrears reach £725,000

31 July, 2014

Rent arrears for council tenants in Bristol who have been hit by the so-called bedroom tax have soared to more than £725,000

Social landlord reports record £75m surplus

30 July, 2014

Affinity Sutton has reported a record £75m surplus, despite deciding to limit its exposure to the sales market

Calculating social wellbeing

30 July, 2014

By having a standard way of calculating social impact, Affinity Sutton has worked out the value of community investment programmes compare to other projects

What's really happening to rents?

30 July, 2014

Are rents rising more slowly than house prices? That's what the figures from the Office for National Statistics suggests

Eight housing apprenticeships launched in Sheffield

30 July, 2014

Sheffield City Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in all aspects of housing for "enthusiastic" young people

Meeting the value for money standard - is your organisation on track?

29 July, 2014

Social housing providers have been struggling to meet the value for money standard set up by the Homes and Communities Agency

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative Delivers Amazing Savings On Fuel For Tenants

29 July, 2014

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative has announced its fuel prices for its much vaunted Biomass Energy Project

'We have created a mess'

29 July, 2014

Since 2010 England has seen a NET loss of 35,000 social rented homes every year

Rental Index

28 July, 2014

Tenants in London now pay rents that double those across the rest of Britain

Tackling fuel poverty

28 July, 2014

Social landlords should not wait for government targets in order to respond to fuel poverty

Affordable housing tenants given separate doors in luxury developments

28 July, 2014

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate 'poor doors' in multi-million-pound London developments

Nearly 60pc of rented homes fail inspections

28 July, 2014

Close to 60pc of all private rental premises that were inspected by local authorities last year failed basic minimum requirements

The future of social housing

25 July, 2014

This week the Homes and Communities Agency and GLA both published details of the funding they have allocated through their affordable homes programmes

London landlords urge rent overhaul

25 July, 2014

London's 15 largest housing associations are calling for the government to review rent setting for tenants

Digital isn't everything - many social housing tenants prefer paper

25 July, 2014

Just under half of all adults who have never been online live in social housing, so perhaps it's time to recognise the role of print

Landlords' multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25 July, 2014

The government's fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works

Hard up renters turning to payday lenders for deposits

25 July, 2014

Renters are being priced out of house and home by deposits that have soared by 50% since the financial crisis began

Councils failing to spend £millions in DHPs as families struggle

24 July, 2014

Local authorities are failing to spend millions of pounds that could potentially be used as emergency payments for families hit by welfare cuts

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23 July, 2014

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas

Social and private renters

23 July, 2014

Demographic and economic data on social and private renters

'Social housing should not be more expensive than affordable housing'

23 July, 2014

As a growing number of people cannot afford private rent, we roundup the main points from our debate on affordable housing

Is social housing a failed brand?

23 July, 2014

Social housing is now a damaged brand. Housing associations need to return to their roots

Bedroom tax sufferers not the only victims looking to swap their homes

22 July, 2014

With the controversial 'bedroom tax' under review for "pushing people into rent arrears", the attractiveness of downsizing in social housing appears never to have been higher

Nick Clegg accused of hypocrisy after U-turn on bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

Lib Dem leader says party no longer supports policy in its present form in intensification of Tory 'differentiation strategy'

Downsizing with the bedroom tax

17 July, 2014

The price for underoccupying a home is high for many vulnerable people. Jess McCabe visits Stoke-on-Trent to find out how landlords are attempting to help

Ratings agency to review negative social sector outlook after 'promising developments'

16 July, 2014

A ratings agency will review its negative outlook after reporting housing associations have 'coped well' with recent challenges

Councils ignoring mayor's plea to hit empty homes with 150% council tax bill

16 July, 2014

Boris Johnson has lobbied London local authorities to apply a 50% council tax premium on homes that have been empty for more than two years

The social housing brand is broken

16 July, 2014

Boris Worral, writing in a personal capacity as someone with experience of campaign and lobby work, responds to Tom Murtha

Don't mention social housing

16 July, 2014

Here is the speech delivered by Tom Murtha, SHOUT campaigner and former Midland Heart chief executive

Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

15 July, 2014

DWP report interim report

Does traditional social housing have a future?

14 July, 2014

24 Housing debate

My Bedroom Tax Story

14 July, 2014

Under-occupied blog

Social landlord offers cash for occupancy

11 July, 2014

Guinness Partnership is offering buyers at its east London development a £10,000 cash incentive to live in its properties

Social landlord's record-breaking £174m surplus

10 July, 2014

L&Q has generated a mammoth £174m surplus, smashing the sector record it set last year by more than half

53,000 troubled families' lives turned around

10 July, 2014

Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years

Bridgend Council workers 'are turning to foodbanks and benefits to survive'

10 July, 2014

Claim comes as local government staff go on strike over pay

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £44 per home

10 July, 2014

Camden Council has complained that it is facing a further budget gap of £70 million because of coalition cuts - which it must close by 2018

Over a million public sector workers walk out in UK-wide strikes

10 July, 2014

More than a million public sector workers are striking in disputes about pay and coalition cuts

Social landlord's staff to strike after being forced to 'work for free'

08 July, 2014

A Scottish social landlord's maintenance staff will take industrial action after being forced to work extra hours 'for free'

'Forging Futures' for social housing

08 July, 2014

Dr Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Strategy Committee and chief executive of the Accord Group

Funding affordable housing

08 July, 2014

Low income housing tax credits in the USA and their potential in the UK

London landlords jubilant as rents reach '£1 High Club'

07 July, 2014

Delighted central London landlords have seen average weekly rents climb to £1.05 per square foot, meaning only one thing: Payday

Social housing tenants must get the service they deserve

07 July, 2014

Tenants have a right to know how to complain if they get a poor service from their social landlord

Angry councils lay down the law to control rogue landlords

04 July, 2014

London councils are rebelling against the Government's refusal to introduce licensing for private landlords and are setting up schemes

Common Allocations Policy

04 July, 2014

Ceredigion County Council has drafted a Common Allocations Policy

The extent of single homeless cuts

04 July, 2014

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

Social landlord defends Asian housing priority after outcry

03 July, 2014

Social landlord Orbit Housing has been accused of discrimination after apparently giving priority to Asian people at one of its housing schemes

Council finance broken

03 July, 2014

Councils in England and Wales should stop "moaning from the sidelines" and help redesign the totally broken local government finance system

Welsh government beats digital exclusion targets

03 July, 2014

The Welsh Government has published a set of revised targets for reducing digital exclusion after surpassing its original aims

Burdening tenants with extra conditions doesn't work

03 July, 2014

The opinion of Alison Inman, CIH and TPAS board member and former chair of the National Federation of ALMOs

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

London School of Economics to examine a council's proposals for rent control

'Do your research'

03 July, 2014

NLA warns councils that their lack of understanding of the realities of the PRS is hampering efforts to improve standards

Bill to ban retaliatory evictions launched

02 July, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has launched a private members bill seeking to outlaw retaliatory evictions

Council house evictions in Lambeth are symptom of 'profit making culture'

02 July, 2014

The borough of Lambeth is gripped by a 'profit making culture' over the emptying of council houses

Social housing tenant survey results 'deeply worrying'

01 July, 2014

The results of a social housing tenant survey have been described as 'deeply disturbing', with residents caught in a spiral of poverty which is affecting their health and wellbeing

The inconvenient truth - quality of tenant data is average at best

30 June, 2014

Social housing has never been at the forefront of technology, and arguably has never needed to be

'Beds in sheds' building in north-west London is torn down by council

27 June, 2014

A council has taken landmark action to demolish an outbuilding which it suspected would have been used as an illegal "beds in sheds" dwelling

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

Lord Freud withstood a barrage of questions about the bedroom tax in the House of Lords

'Pickle the bedroom tax' protest to coincide with minister's speech

26 June, 2014

Tenants and campaigners called for the bedroom tax to be 'pickled' outside the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

The Conservative party should not impose the bedroom tax on tenants unless they turn down a suitable alternative offer of accommodation

Housing staff must get closer to tenants

25 June, 2014

Frontline housing staff believe they will need to work more closely with tenants in the future

First Minister to highlight £1bn investment in social housing

24 June, 2014

The £1bn spent by the Scottish Government on social housing in recent years is 'good for our economy and good for our society'

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

The Impact of Welfare Reform

24 June, 2014

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

Tenants should be treated as customers too

20 June, 2014

Scrutiny of landlords' performance benefits all

Supreme Court to hear landmark council tax rebate case

19 June, 2014

A landmark case concerning local authorities' obligations when carrying out public consultations will be heard by the Supreme Court today

Social landlords could build 100,000 new homes a year

17 June, 2014

Social Housing Under Threat - a campaign for social housing - launches this week

Pushing pay-to-stay

13 June, 2014

The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap

Why should council tenants be left behind?

13 June, 2014

Did you know nationally that 82% of people are online but if you live in social housing - the figure is more likely to be 64%

Energy saving devices could save tenants hundreds of pounds

13 June, 2014

Thousands of tenants are going to benefit from cheaper utility bills thanks to new energy saving devices

The social housing stigma: how to fight the stereotyping of social tenants

11 June, 2014

Residents are not the scroungers they are often portrayed as, but social housing is hardly a workers' paradise

'Phase out' private rent and build more council homes

10 June, 2014

A trade union has called for the private rented sector to be 'phased out' in favour of a massive council house building programme

Thousands of social homes to benefit from ££0m British Gas solar partnership

09 June, 2014

More than 6,000 social homes will become rooftop solar sites as part of a £60m partnership between British Gas, Social Finance and Gen Community

Landlords to identify violent extremists

06 June, 2014

Manchester police to launch national scheme training housing staff to spot tenants vulnerable to radicalisation

Rent deadlock drives landlord out of boroughs

05 June, 2014

Lack of assurances means association will build larger homes elsewhere

Welfare Reform Survey - 2013/14 Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 Update

04 June, 2014

Summary of responses June 2014

Jersey minister says rent control 'doesn't work'

02 June, 2014

Jersey's housing minister says he has deep reservations over calls for rent controls

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their High Court challenge

Are housing associations really killing off social housing?

30 May, 2014

Critics may not like the tough decisions social landlords have taken, but we are more focused than ever on our social purpose

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

The latest challenge to the bedroom tax focuses on overnight carers for disabled children

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

A third have cut back on food and a quarter have cut back on heating

Should the social housing regulator charge for regulation?

29 May, 2014

What impact could the proposals have and is there merit to charging for regulation?

Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

28 May, 2014

A council has appealed to private rented sector landlords to offer homes for families on its waiting list

Octavia trial makes district heating hot topic for social landlords

27 May, 2014

A project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties

Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

23 May, 2014

Consultation: Summary of Responses

Legal battle looms over rent reform

23 May, 2014

Stock transfer associations say new rent regime will cost them millions

Guidance on rents for social housing

23 May, 2014

This guidance sets out the government's policy on rents for social housing from April 2015 onwards

Direction on the rent standard 2014

23 May, 2014

This direction will apply to standards set by the social housing regulator in relation to rent for registered providers from 1 April 2015

Localising Council Tax support administration subsidy grant determination (2014 to 2015)

23 May, 2014

This document sets out the distribution of subsidy paid to local authorities in England

Bedroom tax a year on - can the evidence speak for itself?

23 May, 2014

Opinion of Alan Humphreys, chief executive, Grand Union Housing Group

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

People in Inverclyde hit by financial misery through the 'bedroom tax' will now automatically get relief payments under a new council deal

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

By helping tenants in bedroom tax appeals, housing providers can bring more money into communities and minimise arrears

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

E-petition calling on the Government's Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax

Will tenants ever pay their rent by smartphone?

20 May, 2014

More people are using mobile apps to make digital payments. Landlords need to get savvy now

Landlord fined for safety issues

19 May, 2014

Cardiff Council has fined a private landlord £1,100 under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

19 May, 2014

As decisions by the First Tier Tribunal on bedroom tax appeals seem to be coming in thick and fast, here is a list of them

'Bedroom tax victimising mentally ill patients'

16 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is victimising patients with mental health problems

Ending bedroom tax injustice

16 May, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that the introduction of the bedroom tax will be filed as a regret

Why are social housing tenants stigmatised?

15 May, 2014

Kate Davies, Notting Hill Housing Group chief executive and CIH governing board member Sarah Webb Lecture, OneCIH Conference, Birmingham

Social landlords prepare to enter energy markets

15 May, 2014

Social landlords are muscling into the energy market for the first time, launching initiatives in a bid to protect them from price rises

Housing associations and welfare reform

15 May, 2014

Facing up to the realities

Pembrokeshire grandparents in 'Bedroom tax' row have their challenge heard in High Court

15 May, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) who represented Paul and Susan Rutherford says it could be weeks before a ruling is made

Landlord exposed council to 'serious risk'

15 May, 2014

Arm's-length management organisation was unable to monitor repairs spend

New DWP proposal will trap people in their homes, and in debt

14 May, 2014

New DWP proposals to protect landlords' rental incomes are in danger of trapping people in their homes, creating a modern day version of a debtor's prison

The living wage was a good start - but what we really need now is a living rent

13 May, 2014

Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities

Universal Credit - Rent Arrears Form

12 May, 2014

This form is for private and social sector landlords to claim Universal Credit rent arrears

Family of five face eviction from one room bed and breakfast accommodation

12 May, 2014

The family have no cooking facilities, no access to a washing machine and are not allowed to have visitors in the B&B where Reading Borough Council has placed them

Tenants facing eviction after refusing to pay a penny of bedroom tax

09 May, 2014

A West Midlands ALMO has revealed that 36 of its tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have not paid a penny of it

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

What role for social renting in the new world?

Where is housing?

07 May, 2014

So what's not to like about social renting?

Social landlord launches credit union

06 May, 2014

A social landlord is set to launch a new credit union for its tenants

Bedroom tax: the penalty for being disabled

02 May, 2014

Since the government introduced the bedroom tax, we have seen substantial and sustained media coverage

Welsh MPs turn guns on UK Government for 'wicked' welfare changes

02 May, 2014

Westminster Hall debate puts so-called bedroom tax and Work Programme under scrutiny

Eviction rate doubles under 'unjust' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

A council's eviction rate has doubled since the government's controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April

Scottish government given powers to 'offset' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

Scotland has been given new powers to add more money to a fund that is claimed will offset the cost of the bedroom tax

Liberty granted permission for bedroom tax court challenge

02 May, 2014

Liberty has been given permission to proceed with a judicial review, claiming the policy unfairly affects separated families

Landlord opens school of social housing

01 May, 2014

A housing association has opened an academy in south London aimed at teaching residents about the social housing sector

Council housing - more than cheap rent and taxpayer 'subsidies'

01 May, 2014

Thoughts about community and social housing, which naturally contain a (mercifully short) moan about bedroom tax

How your council tax bill could be cut by £100 if councils forced everyone to pay their debts

29 April, 2014

Council tax bills could be cut by an average £100 per household if authorities chased up debts properly

Bedroom tax victim turned to 'spare room' cannabis factory to cope with debts

29 April, 2014

A tenant caught out by the bedroom tax allowed one of her spare rooms to be used as a cannabis factory to cover her loss in benefits

'Thanks for paying your bedroom tax - here's a Creme Egg'

25 April, 2014

Housing association Valleys to Coast in Bridgend has written to tenants offering the gesture to thank those struggling with financial hardship for their "efforts to pay this shortfall"

Social landlord's 'Talent Pool' gets grandmother job

25 April, 2014

A grandmother-of-three has been helped into work by her social landlord

Thamesbank and Hounslow Council Help for struggling families

25 April, 2014

Residents struggling with the impact of welfare reform will be able to get help managing their finances thanks to a partnership between Hounslow Council and Thamesbank

Bedroom Tax human rights ruling could pave way for 420,000 to launch similar appeals

24 April, 2014

Spina bifida sufferer Jacqueline Carmichael and 24-hour carer Jayson were told the Coalition's hated charge contravened their human rights

Food for Thought

23 April, 2014

Riverside one of the UK's leading housing providers has provided £500 of funding to Gateshead Foodbank

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23 April, 2014

Inside Housing is surveying the social housing sector for the third year in a row to find out more about the levels of abuse that housing professionals experience in the course of doing their jobs

Providing social housing for local people

22 April, 2014

Statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England - summary of consultation responses

Plea to aid downsizing amid empty rooms glut

22 April, 2014

Seven in 10 households in England and Wales have at least one spare bedroom despite a severe housing shortage, census figures show

HSBC enters social housing sector with £75m loan

17 April, 2014

A HA has confirmed it has secured a £75 million debt facility from HSBC, marking the bank's first major direct lending to the sector

Financial situation deteriorating for majority of low income social housing tenants

17 April, 2014

Almost two thirds of social housing households feel that their financial situation has worsened in the last year

Learning curve

17 April, 2014

A year on from the introduction of the bedroom tax

Fees for eviction proceedings to rise by 150%

16 April, 2014

Fees for issuing eviction proceeding notices to social tenants are due to surge by 150 per cent to £250

Bedroom tax savings to be used to build new homes

14 April, 2014

Grant Shapps has said that the money the government has saved through the bedroom tax will be used to build new homes for people on housing waiting lists

SFHA welcomes launch of domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) but expresses concerns over Green Deal Assessments for social housing stock

14 April, 2014

The SFHA has welcomed the launch of the domestic RHI but has called on the Government to forgo Green Deal Assessments for social housing stock

Council launches scheme to rent spare rooms to tenants facing homelessness

11 April, 2014

Mansfield District Council has introduced a new initiative to encourage households to rent spare rooms to those at risk of becoming homeless

Croydon Council rent arrears drop by nine per cent

11 April, 2014

Rent arrears for Croydon Council tenants have dropped by more than nine per cent in the last year

Bedrooms and brickbats

11 April, 2014

The bedroom tax will probably survive

Public access

11 April, 2014

A new scheme launched by the Bar is designed to help social landlords access legal help effortlessly

The impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants

09 April, 2014

How are social housing tenants and landlords being affected by welfare reforms?

Social landlords may need to lower rents

09 April, 2014

Social landlords may be forced to lower rents because tenants cannot keep up with soaring housing costs

Council defends unspent DHP

04 April, 2014

North Lincolnshire spends just 17 per cent of its housing DHP funds

Social landlord blames bond price on Osborne pension changes

04 April, 2014

A social landlord has blamed the price of a £200 million bond issue on George Osborne's shake-up of pensions in the recent Budget

Council threatens residents with bailiffs

04 April, 2014

Cardiff Council has threatened its residents with bailiff action if they fail to clear their debts

Time to rethink bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

04 April, 2014

MPs today urged the government to rethink the bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

Number of social housing tenants swapping homes due to bedroom tax up by a quarter

03 April, 2014

The number of social housing tenants using home-swapping services as a result of welfare reform has risen by a quarter in the last 12 months

Cause for concerm?

02 April, 2014

Early impacts of benefit sanctions on housing associations and cooperatives in scotland

Direct Payments Demonstration Projects Landlord Learning Document

01 April, 2014

This publication pulls together key issues and learning that the organisations involved collectively agree on and also provides practical examples.

Bedroom tax has failed on every count

28 March, 2014

We now know the policy is barely helping overcrowding and the savings are far less than the government hoped

It's official: the bedroom tax causes misery

28 March, 2014

I don't think the increasingly strained Iain Duncan Smith intends to cause suffering, but that's exactly what his bedroom tax does

Charity reports rise in arrears

28 March, 2014

The number of people approaching Citizens Advice centres for help with social housing rent arrears has risen by 10 per cent in a year

The bedroom tax

28 March, 2014

Bedroom Tax Information

Welfare and Benefits Officer helping social housing tenants increase household incomes by half a million pounds

28 March, 2014

A Welfare and Benefits Officer based in Stockton-on-Tees has been helping social housing tenants to increase their household incomes by over half a million pounds

DWP responds to universal credit payment concerns

27 March, 2014

DWP to change process of social landlords applying for 'alternative payment arrangements' under UC for tenants who are not paying their rent

New homes being built to help 'victims of bedroom tax'

27 March, 2014

Twenty-one new homes are set to be built in Merthyr Tydfil next week to help those struggling with the 'Bedroom Tax'

"Legacy of recession" remains as Citizens Advice reports 26 per cent rise in house repossession problems during 2013

24 March, 2014

National charity helped with 87,000 social housing rent arrears problems last year

Digital inclusion: housing providers need to think mobile

24 March, 2014

Residents are increasingly accessing the internet via mobiles - and social housing providers must react to the trend

Welfare cap could make housing association homes 'unaffordable'

21 March, 2014

The head of one of the UK's largest housing providers has said the welfare cap outlined in today's Budget could see housing association homes become unaffordable

Salix Homes teams up with Community Switch to help Salford tenants save money on energy bills

21 March, 2014

Salford-based Salix Homes is working with Community Switch to help its tenants to save money by switching to a cheaper energy supplier

Half of social housing tenants forced to choose between food and fuel

18 March, 2014

Half of a social landlord's tenants think their energy bills are too high, with some even choosing between paying bills and buying food

Councils launch legal challenge into London mayor's rent plan

14 March, 2014

Councils will find it difficult to get developers to build affordable housing under plans by Boris Johnson to raise rent levels

300,000 fewer social homes will receive insulation due to proposed cuts

14 March, 2014

Proposed government cuts to retrofit subsidy funding will result in almost 300,000 fewer social rented homes receiving insulation over the life of the scheme

The impact of the bedroom tax on stock management by social landlords

14 March, 2014

CIH Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Housing Best Value Network (SHBVN) sample survey of social landlords

Bedroom tax - Landlords successful in tackling stock management challenges

13 March, 2014

Scottish social landlords have worked hard to minimise the impact of the bedroom tax on the speed with which property is re-let

Scotland's social landlords urged to rethink above inflation rent increases

13 March, 2014

Social landlords have been urged to rethink plans for above inflation rent increases to relieve pressure on tenants hit by welfare reforms

Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer?

12 March, 2014

Plans to scrap bedroom tax and other welfare reforms are all very well but a future Scottish government will be constrained by finances

Council tax benefits 'perverse'

11 March, 2014

Changes to council tax benefits have weakened work incentives for almost a quarter of a million people in England

Housing Benefit has made landlords complacent

11 March, 2014

Social landlords have allowed tenants to disconnect from their contractual responsibility to pay rent

IPPR: Devolve certain benefits to 'improve social outcomes'

11 March, 2014

Responsibility for housing benefit and the work programme should be devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Universal Credit: Iain Duncan Smith and welfare changes

11 March, 2014

The work and pensions secretary has started the biggest overhaul of the UK's welfare state since it was brought in

Freud and IDS stonewalling bedroom tax fund request

11 March, 2014

Lord Freud and Iain Duncan Smith have been stonewalling Scotland's request to add more money to a bedroom tax fund

Circle Housing chief urges housing leaders to tackle welfare reform together

10 March, 2014

Mark Rogers has urged the housing industry, government and third sector agencies to pull together and support customers affected by welfare reform

Wellbeing Valuation Approach

10 March, 2014

Report by Affinity Sutton - measuring the social impact of community investment

Government warned over age discrimination housing proposals

07 March, 2014

The Scottish government has been warned to abandon plans to allow social landlords to discriminate against potential tenants because of their age

Performance Matters: social landlords get ready to report on their performance

05 March, 2014

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has today published the first edition of a new series of reports about 'Performance Matters'

Social housing - Public money, Private Pay

04 March, 2014

Attracting top talent to the social housing sector is essential but how are things right now?

Bedroom tax cutting people adrift from their lives

04 March, 2014

Bishop of Swansea and Brecon John Davies will join a protest rally against the tax in Cardiff

Household benefit cap and Universal Credit housing costs

03 March, 2014

DWP proposals relating to the new definition of exempt accommodation

Bedroom tax refund delay woe for householders

03 March, 2014

Council chiefs in the North-East say they are struggling to find hundreds of people unlawfully charged the 'bedroom tax' after blunder

Should council tenants move so that bankers can have nice homes?

03 March, 2014

Londoner Kevin Mullins and his wife need a bigger home in prime Covent Garden but council rules say they should go to the 'affordable' fringes

West Dunbartonshire Council secures additional funding for struggling tenants

03 March, 2014

West Dunbartonshire Council has secured an extra £500,000 of Discretionary Housing Payments to help residents affected by the bedroom tax

One in five could be in housing association homes by 2033

03 March, 2014

Housing associations could house one in five of England's population by 2033

Bedroom tax loophole closes

03 March, 2014

A loophole which allowed thousands of tenants to escape the bedroom tax closes

English Housing Survey Bulletin

28 February, 2014

2012-13 Headline Report published

Council to provide 3,500 new homes in 'ground breaking' PRS scheme

28 February, 2014

A London borough will establish a council-owned company to build thousands of private rented homes

Empty social homes and rent arrears up in Wales

27 February, 2014

Empty social homes and tenant arrears have increased in Wales, according to the latest social housing figures

London rents more than twice national average

26 February, 2014

The average London rent is now 102 per cent more than the national average

English Housing Survey

26 February, 2014

Headline Report 2012-13

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2012-13

26 February, 2014

SDR 31/2014 26 February 2014

English housing survey 2011 to 2012: household report

26 February, 2014

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Duncan Smith mocks Labour bedroom tax figures

25 February, 2014

More than 21,500 people have now been identified as wrongly paying the bedroom tax according to figures obtained by the Labour Party

Campaigners fail to overturn bedroom tax court ruling

24 February, 2014

A group of people with disabilities has failed to overturn a court ruling which found the bedroom tax is lawful

Largest recipients of housing benefits in Wales pocket £25m in a single year

24 February, 2014

Landed estates, letting agents and private landlords as well as charities and not-for-profit organisations share mammoth benefits cash pot

Social landlords need to do more to protect tenants' data

24 February, 2014

To avoid breaching the law, social landlords need to do more to protect tenants' data

Impacts of Welfare Reforms on the Social Rented Sector

21 February, 2014

Report of a Welsh Government Task and Finish Group

Five lose housing benefit cut appeal

21 February, 2014

Five disabled social housing tenants have lost their Court of Appeal bid to have benefit cuts for those with spare bedrooms ruled unlawful

Social landlord agrees immigration deal with the Home Office

21 February, 2014

Glasgow landlord to report suspicions over legal status of housing applicants

Court to rule on bedroom tax legality

20 February, 2014

The Court of Appeal is due to rule on whether the bedroom tax is legal when applied to disabled people

DWP reveals nearly 500,000 households affected by bedroom tax

20 February, 2014

The DWP has released statistics breaking down the number of households affected by bedroom tax and the average amount deducted from HB

Bedroom Tax Toolkit

20 February, 2014

Coast and Country Housing Association Bedroom Tax appeal toolkit

Council accused of 'social cleansing' after halving housing waiting list

19 February, 2014

A campaign group has accused Brent Council of 'social cleansing' after it more than halved its housing waiting list

'Bedroom Tax' help

19 February, 2014

Nearly 7,000 extra households receive assistance in just one month

Independent Scotland is the only way to scrap bedroom tax for good says Margaret Burgess

19 February, 2014

The only way to scrap the bedroom tax for good is through the powers of an independent Scottish Parliament said Welfare Minister

Majority of UK's social housing tenants believe homes sub-standard

18 February, 2014

Over half of the UK's social housing tenants believe the property they in live fails to meet decent homes standards

Growth of loans for Scottish social landlords lowest since 2004

18 February, 2014

The growth of loans available to Scottish housing associations has been squeezed to its lowest rate since 2004

Tory-run councils will ignore pleas from ministers and impose tax rises

18 February, 2014

Dozens of Conservative councils will defy pleas from ministers and impose council tax rises on their residents in April

West Dunbartonshire Council rent rise to be invested in housing

18 February, 2014

Rents for council tenants in West Dunbartonshire are to rise by 7.63%, which the council states will help fund improvements to housing

Housing benefit 'spare room' rebates for 3,000 in West Midlands

18 February, 2014

At least 3,000 tenants in the West Midlands are set to be eligible for rebates after having benefits wrongly cut because of extra bedrooms

Archbishop Nichols: UK welfare system 'seriously wrong'

18 February, 2014

The UK's welfare system is "seriously wrong" in allowing poorer members of society to remain "in a destitute situation"

People urged to take up social housing as bedroom tax leaves properties empty

18 February, 2014

A local authority is set to discuss encouraging more people into social housing as homes sit empty due to the ravages of the bedroom tax

Council to buy homes with right to buy cash

17 February, 2014

Milton Keynes Council intends to buy homes with right to buy sales cash to help ease a rental property shortage

Social landlords still struggling with anti social behaviour

17 February, 2014

Taking quick and effective action in serious anti social behaviour cases remains challenging

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

17 February, 2014

Early effects and responses by housing associations to the introduction of welfare reforms

NLA calls for Council Tax relief for flood-hit landlords

17 February, 2014

The NLA is calling on the government to widen its offer of 100 per cent Business Rate relief for those affected by the recent devastation

Evictions in rental sector at highest level since records began

14 February, 2014

Over 12,000 people were evicted in the last three months of 2013

CIH Scotland commentary on recent bedroom tax tribunal rulings

14 February, 2014

Second revised edition - February 2014

No comfort for those in fuel poverty

14 February, 2014

Imagine living in a house so cold, you stay in bed all day just to keep warm. This is the reality for hundreds of social housing tenants

Right time to invest in energy efficiency?

14 February, 2014

Is it still a good time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency?

Government closes bedroom tax loophole

14 February, 2014

An oversight that exempted some of the victims of the bedroom tax from being hit by the policy has been closed by the government

Arrears drop in Passivhaus schemes

13 February, 2014

A landlord claims it has slashed rent arrears close to zero by housing tenants in super energy-efficient Passivhaus homes

As cost of rent rises and housing supply remains stretched should the Government increase frozen rent-a-room tax threshold

13 February, 2014

The rent-a-room tax threshold is out of date and needs to be hiked to keep up with far higher rental costs

The fight for social housing

13 February, 2014

The HCA Prospectus marks another milestone in the slow death of social housing, but the sector must fight to defend it

Bid to scrap bedroom tax to get second Commons reading

13 February, 2014

A Labour MP's bill calling for the bedroom tax to be scrapped will get a second reading after successfully passing its first hurdle

Solar panel investment to continue

12 February, 2014

A housing association has announced further plans to fit energy saving solar panels on some of its oldest properties

Landlords should offer more efficient mutual home exchange

12 February, 2014

Kris Hopkins said social landlords should do more to help tenants switch homes as the government launched an updated mutual exchange guide

Councils ignoring Government 'bedroom tax' advice penalising disabled people

11 February, 2014

Councils are ignoring government guidance and failing to prioritise disabled people for payments to help cope with the bedroom tax according to the Papworth Trust

Housing minister: social landlords should help tenants to move

11 February, 2014

Social landlords should do more to help tenants who want to move home, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has claimed

Free access to computers in Liverpool

11 February, 2014

In a bid to get more people online Riverside is joining forces with Imagine If Trust to provide free access to computers

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

10 February, 2014

Research Report 2 from the Scottish Housing Regulator

Bedroom Tax Tribunal result

10 February, 2014

Nearly Legal - a new bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decision from Monmouthshire raises some issues on the First Tier Tribunal's approach to room use

Promoting mobility through mutual exchange: realising the potential

10 February, 2014

This guide draws on the experience of 12 mobility pilots which the DCLG funded to test innovative and cost-effective ways of supporting mobility through mutual exchange

Bedroom Tax loophole

10 February, 2014

The Government has closed the bedroom tax 'loophole' with effect from 3 March 2014

Majority of associations to hike rents by maximum

07 February, 2014

More than 95 per cent of housing associations will increase their rents up to the maximum allowed

Who Pays? -The Impact of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy on Disabled Residents living in Adapted Properties in Wales.

07 February, 2014

'£40m public money set to be wasted in Wales' due to bedroom tax impact on disabled people according to this new report from Wales and West Housing

Town halls asked to help freeze Council Tax this year

06 February, 2014

Eric Pickles has called on councils to take up the offer of additional central government funding to help freeze Council Tax this year

The minor prophet and the bedroom tax miracle

06 February, 2014

Iain Gray advised his fellow MSPs to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God after speech in regards to Bedroom Tax

'£40m public money set to be wasted in Wales' due to bedroom tax impact on disabled people

06 February, 2014

More than £40m of public money is set to be wasted in Wales due to the removal of the spare room subsidy from disabled people

Up to 600 homes in Wirral set to receive bedroom tax refunds

05 February, 2014

Up to 600 homes in Wirral could receive refunds of around £1,000 after discovering they should have been exempt from paying the bedroom tax

Is the 'bedroom tax' the new Poll Tax?

04 February, 2014

The withdrawal of the spare room subsidy has definitely gained an enhanced political salience, beyond its arithmetical and social impact

Scotland pledges to meet full cost of bedroom tax

04 February, 2014

Scotland has pledged to meet the full cost of the bedroom tax by finding an extra £15 million for housing benefit support

Benefit cuts leave 70,000 people in council tax arrears, says Labour

04 February, 2014

Around 70,000 people are being pursued by bailiffs for council tax arrears following benefit cuts, the Labour Party has claimed

Ministers branded "utterly clueless" over Bedroom Tax's impact on disabled people

04 February, 2014

Campaigners claim up to 400,000 have to pay the £14-a-week surcharge - but when Tory Employment minister Esther McVey was asked she did not know

Government review into councils' housing spending welcomed by ALMOs

04 February, 2014

The National Federation of ALMOs has welcomed the government's decision to launch an independent review into the role councils can play

City sees drop in number of bedroom tax victims

04 February, 2014

Bristol City Council has reported a drop in the number of tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax will waste £234Million of taxpayers' money if disabled tenants forced to move house

03 February, 2014

The figure is nearly Half the £500million the Government hoped to save this year with the hated rules - ministers estimate around 35,000 claimants will be affected

Freud: Bedroom tax figures 'may indicate people are downsizing''

03 February, 2014

The lower than expected number of people hit by the bedroom tax may be due to people downsizing into smaller properties

Strain for Shoreline over £179k owed in bedroom tax arrears from struggling tenants

03 February, 2014

More than half the Shoreline tenants affected by the so-called bedroom tax are in arrears

Social housing's clients should drive change

03 February, 2014

A highly partial and confused picture of our social housing reform process

Minister Nicola Sturgeon in call over benefit aid cap

03 February, 2014

A further £15m has been found by the Scottish government to help those hit by the so-called "bedroom tax" in the year ahead

Social landlords should focus on helping tenants, not boosting profits

31 January, 2014

With residents facing a debt crisis, landlords should get their own homes in order before wheeling and dealing in the city

MSPs call for end of 'bedroom tax'

31 January, 2014

A Holyrood committee has called on the UK government to abolish the spare room subsidy or hand powers to the Scottish Parliament

Government pledges £50m more in aid for benefit claimants hit by bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

The Government today promised more than £50 million extra to help London benefit claimants affected by the so-called "bedroom tax"

Payback time

31 January, 2014

DWP acknowledges that social housing tenants who have been claiming housing benefit for same home since 1996 are exempt from the bedroom tax

Universal credit: DWP answers key questions on housing payments

30 January, 2014

The DWP has published a new guide for social landlords to help them understand and plan for the direct payment of housing costs under UC

More than 270,000 poorest households in England face £80 council tax rise

30 January, 2014

Dozens more local authorities say they are reducing protection for vulnerable residents

Fewer homes funded if councils restrict conversions to affordable rent

30 January, 2014

Councils that seek to restrict the conversion of social homes to affordable rent will see 'fewer homes funded in their area'

Iain Duncan Smith Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' Over 'Inadequate' UK Benefits Warning

30 January, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Council of Europe's "lunacy" for calling on the UK to raise the amount of benefits paid out

Tough ask

30 January, 2014

On the whole social landlords need to up their game to get funds from philanthropists

Video: 'Bedroom tax' petition evidence session

30 January, 2014

The Welfare Reform Committee hosted a second evidence session on petition PE01496

Council pledges to help hundreds of tenants wrongly hit by bedroom tax

30 January, 2014

Sheffield City Council has pledged to support hundreds of social housing tenants wrongly charged with the controversial bedroom tax

Disabled childrens bedroom tax amendment defeated

30 January, 2014

An amendment to the bedroom tax exempting disabled children from the bedroom tax was defeated in the Lords by 185 votes to 154

£165m fund to help housing benefit claimants

30 January, 2014

Councils will receive £165 million to support vulnerable claimants who might need extra support next year (2014 to 2015)

Almost half of housing staff have experienced resident suicide threats

29 January, 2014

Housing officers should receive more training and support to help residents affected by welfare reforms

Housing association gives boost to vulnerable people

29 January, 2014

A scheme to help vulnerable people manage their money has secured a total of nearly £58,000 for residents in Carlisle

Scots bedroom tax error answers demanded

29 January, 2014

Clarification over how many people in Scotland may have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax has been demanded by the Scottish Government

Turned away

29 January, 2014

Will the Scottish housing bill make it easier for social landlords to abandon homeless people

Unspent millions in former Social Fund budget prompts call for 'bedroom tax' help

29 January, 2014

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Jeff Cuthbert confirmed Discretionary Assistance Fund hasn't spent more than half its budget

164 tenants wrongly charged bedroom tax

29 January, 2014

164 of 1,356 tenants affected by the bedroom tax are due a refund because of a major error by the DWP when they drafted the regulations

Benefit cap 'hits most vulnerable'

28 January, 2014

The Government's so-called "benefit cap" is threatening to cause severe hardship to some of the most vulnerable people in society

Lawyers Granted Judicial Review Against Councils 'Unfair' 'Bedroom Tax' Housing Policy

28 January, 2014

Lawyers acting on behalf of a disabled couple, have been granted permission to bring a judicial review

Crooked grandmother evicted from council home

28 January, 2014

A woman who fraudulently claimed £42,000 in benefits has been evicted from her council home

Bedroom tax builds: HAs must develop smaller homes to win grant share

28 January, 2014

Housing associations are being advised to deliver one and two-bed homes if they want to win a share of the latest affordable housing grant

Tenancy fraud scheme 'frees up' Gloucestershire social housing

28 January, 2014

A scheme to provide social housing for "people who genuinely need it" has seen fraudulent tenants evicted from up to 70 homes in Gloucestershire

Explain benefit reform error, Scots minister Burgess demands

28 January, 2014

The Scottish government has demanded to know how many "vulnerable people" in Scotland have incorrectly lost out

Judicial review sought over council's 'unfair' housing policy

27 January, 2014

A Black Country council is facing a judicial review over its handling of a housing benefits claim

Drive for more one and two bedroom homes in HCA prospectus

27 January, 2014

Affordable housing providers will be expected to deliver more small homes to help bedroom tax tenants downsize

Exempt accommodation discussion paper

27 January, 2014

NHF discussion document to develop a proposition on what a new system should look like and what principles should under pin it

Social landlord optimises rent payments ahead of universal credit with pioneering agreement

23 January, 2014

A social landlord is optimising rent payments from tenants ahead of universal credit through a pioneering agreement with its local credit union

Whistleblower claims company swindled hundreds of thousands from social landlords

20 January, 2014

A building company fiddled hundreds of thousands of pounds from councils and housing associations by paying bribes and deliberately overcharging for repairs

British renters now paying £854 a month

20 January, 2014

The average British tenant now pays £854 a month in rent but the upward trajectory of charges could be slowing

Rent support scheme nears 100% success rate in preventing evictions

17 January, 2014

A scheme that helps vulnerable tenants in rent arrears avoid eviction has recorded a 97% success rate for keeping people in their homes

Cold homes make 23% of social housing tenants ill

16 January, 2014

More than a fifth of social housing tenants have suffered ill health as a result of cold homes, as they struggle to cope with spiralling energy bills

Councils have until February to apply for additional DHP

16 January, 2014

Councils hoping to bid for a share of £20 million in additional emergency hardship funding have until February to apply

Council may ban right to buy homes being let

16 January, 2014

A Labour-led council in London is attempting to become the first to bar social tenants that take up the right to buy from ever letting the property to private tenants

The bedroom tax error explained

15 January, 2014

A newly discovered bedroom tax loophole could see tens of thousands of households paid back millions in housing benefit payments. But who will be affected by it and what happens next?

Has bedroom tax caused housing trust's lettings struggle?

15 January, 2014

Perplexed housing chiefs say there has been an enormous and unaccountable drop in the number of people in need asking for trust homes

Illegal subletters get month's amnesty to own up

14 January, 2014

Social housing tenants that are illegally subletting their homes in Croydon are to be offered a month-long amnesty to confess

Government steps up efforts to sell-off social housing stock

13 January, 2014

The government is to offer more incentives to help social housing tenants take up the right to buy in 2014, communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced

First council announces bedroom tax refunds since revelation of legal loophole

13 January, 2014

Exeter CC has revealed that "a small of number" of tenants are due bedroom tax refunds after a recent revelation

Tory MP Anne McIntosh joins revolt against bedroom tax

13 January, 2014

One of the North's Conservative MPs yesterday joined the revolt against the 'bedroom tax' - calling for an exemption for rural areas

Rents for social housing from 2015-16

13 January, 2014

The consultation invites views on the proposed rent policy for social housing from 2015 onwards

Amendment 'stigmatising' social tenants passes in House of Lords

10 January, 2014

A heavy defeat for the government in the House of Lords last night paved the way for an amendment which 'stigmatises' social tenants

Three ways to improve how you handle housing complaints

09 January, 2014

Handling complaints well can save time and resources later on. Here's how you can resolve them more effectively

Action call on poor housing in private rented sector in Hyndburn

08 January, 2014

Residents living in privately-rented homes should be guaranteed similar living standards to those living in social housing

The 'Unrentables'

07 January, 2014

It might sound like a bad cartoon movie, but it's becoming real life: the 'unrentables' are a subset of the 10 million renters in Britain

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

07 January, 2014

Survey on rent arrears and the impact of Welfare Reform on the social housing sector in Scotland

Eviction of tenants on welfare 'will create benefit blackspots'

06 January, 2014

A big landlord's decision to reject housing benefit claimants is the latest symptom of a trend that could see the low-paid excluded from whole areas of the country

How to make the 2015 spending review work for all of Britain

06 January, 2014

Councils should become more proactive in the private rented sector and use housing benefit money to improve standards

Osborne accused of 'deliberately misleading people' by Labour

06 January, 2014

Labour has accused George Osborne of 'deliberately misleading people' by claiming the coalition is funding an expanded social housing programme

How councils can prepare residents for universal credit

03 January, 2014

Findings show that 90% of Citizen's Advice clients are not ready for universal credit - so what can councils do?

Providing social housing for local people

02 January, 2014

Statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England

Communities Count

01 January, 2014

The Four Steps To Unlocking Social Value

Bedroom tax problem 'will last a generation'

24 December, 2013

Preston's bedroom tax problem will take at least 18 years to sort out, councillors have been told

How the Discretionary Housing Payment fund has been spent by region

23 December, 2013

How the Discretionary Housing Payment fund has been spent by region - April to September 2013

How to beat the buy-now-pay-later profiteers at their own game

23 December, 2013

One housing provider has set up a cheaper alternative to buy-now-pay-later deals that carry costly mark-ups for residents

Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language

19 December, 2013

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could be given power to put a blue pencil through any language with which he disagrees

£250,000 invested to help tenants through difficult times

19 December, 2013

Guinness South is investing £250,000 into a new five-person team designed to help tenants sustain their tenancies through difficult times

Disabled tenants come off worse in bedroom tax DHP lottery

19 December, 2013

Social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have wildly varying chances of receiving financial help

Cycle safety must be considered in GLA affordable grant bids

19 December, 2013

London social landlords bidding for affordable housing grant will have to submit a 'cycle safety statement' as part of their bids

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall

19 December, 2013

Documents to assist local authorities with their support for HB claimants affected by the size criteria for social sector tenants

Letter to claimants affected by removal of the spare room subsidy

19 December, 2013

A suggested letter for local authorities to send to claimants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

The Financial & Social Cost of Evictions

19 December, 2013

Recent reports show the number of pre-eviction notices soaring by 26% across UK social housing

Christmas card warns London council tenants 'pay your rent'

18 December, 2013

"Insulting" Christmas cards warning "Don't overindulge this Christmas. Pay your rent!", have been sent out to west London council tenants

Social landlord fails to assure HCA

18 December, 2013

A housing association has so far failed to assure the Homes and Communities Agency it can manage development risks

Call For 'Bedroom Tax' To Be Scrapped

18 December, 2013

In a pointed report, the Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government in London to scrap the reforms

A fair deal for councils and fair bills for taxpayers

18 December, 2013

Councils should focus on sensible savings to protect services and keep Council Tax down

Public sector housing rents set to rise by 5% in April

16 December, 2013

People living in public sector homes in the Isle of Man will see their rent rise by five per cent next year

Social housing will perish if its supporters don't defend it

16 December, 2013

The government displays a deep hostility towards social housing and its defenders are nowhere to be found

Town halls 'failing to protect vulnerable' from higher council tax

16 December, 2013

It is 'not clear' if the cut to council tax credit will meet the government's objectives to protect vulnerable people from tax increases

Landlords count the cost of storm damage

13 December, 2013

Housing organisations are facing bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds in the wake of a tidal surge and deadly storm that battered the UK last week

GB Social Housing to re-enter market

13 December, 2013

Bond aggregator, GB Social Housing, is re-entering the lending market under new management

HSBC to start lending to housing associations

12 December, 2013

The world's largest bank, HSBC, plans to start lending to housing associations next year

HCA warns of potential downgrades as landlords contacted over VfM performance

12 December, 2013

The Homes and Communities Agency has written to a number of housing associations over concerns about their value for money performance

25% of housing benefit payments switched back to landlords

12 December, 2013

One in four tenants on the UC direct payment demonstration projects have had their benefit switched back to their landlords due to rent arrears

First social supermarket in the UK opens

10 December, 2013

The first 'social supermarket', where products can be bought for as much as 70 per cent off, has opened in South Yorkshire - but only for 500 families

Over three quarters of London's social tenants are in work

09 December, 2013

The majority of London's social housing tenants are in work

Social landlord closes property linked with violence and drugs

09 December, 2013

A social landlord has managed to close a property that had become a centre for anti-social behaviour

Labour councils to build 87% more social homes for rent

09 December, 2013

Labour local authorities, and the social landlords they work with, have on average 87 per cent more social and affordable homes with planning permission

The Human Impact of Welfare Reform Exposed

09 December, 2013

Ministers hope the Government's flagship welfare reform will teach people to be more responsible but can they shoulder the burden?

HCA to downgrade housing associations after poor VfM performance

06 December, 2013

The HCA will downgrade a number of housing associations in the New Year as a consequence of their poor value for money performance

ECO cuts put landlords' retrofit plans at risk

06 December, 2013

Government plans to cut back a vital £1.3 billion a year green subsidy have left hundreds of millions of pounds of social housing retrofit projects across Britain at risk

G320 has capacity to build 15,000 homes

06 December, 2013

Social landlords in London have the capacity to build up to 15,000 homes over 10 years if they are given greater access to grant funding and land

Preparing for Universal Credit Implementation

06 December, 2013

Key questions and answers for Local Authorities

Conference hears how digital revolution can beat the welfare reform blues

06 December, 2013

Technology can help ease the burden of welfare reform, delegates at a conference for social landlords in the North West were told recently

Social Housing Fraud... Let the battle commence

06 December, 2013

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

Lifting of council borrowing limit welcomed but concern over selling off of "expensive" council homes

06 December, 2013

The Chancellor's announcement that local authorities will be expected to sell off 'expensive' council homes has been met with less enthusiasm

Concern over rent arrears led to discovery of woman's body at sheltered housing complex

05 December, 2013

The body of an elderly woman went undiscovered for six weeks at a sheltered housing complex

Benefit changes 'penalising tenants'

05 December, 2013

Housing benefit changes are penalising tenants and putting substantial pressure on landlords' resources

Social tenants Christmas eviction warning

05 December, 2013

A housing association has told its tenants that those who are up to date with their rent will get two 'rent free' weeks this Christmas

More than 50% drop of social home starts in Scotland

04 December, 2013

The number of social home starts in Scotland has dropped by more than 50 per cent quarter-on-quarter

Real London Lives project shows 80% in HAs are working

04 December, 2013

4 in 5 people living in housing association homes in the capital go to work each day

Welfare reform having serious financial impact in Scotland

04 December, 2013

Welfare reforms are having a serious financial impact on social landlords in Scotland, the SFHA will tell a UK parliamentary committee today

Universal Credit: Housing association pilots prepaid card for automatic rent payments

04 December, 2013

Housing association Moat is piloting a prepaid card that will help its tenants pay their rent when they receive housing benefit direct under UC

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

04 December, 2013

Parts of the country with thousands of families languishing on social housing waiting lists are being prevented from building council housing

£120m social housing contract for green deal provider

03 December, 2013

A green deal provider has secured a £120 million contract to provide solar panels to social housing clients across England and Wales

UK's most successful empty home scheme celebrates milestone

03 December, 2013

A council's long-running empty homes scheme has now brought a landmark 3,027 properties back into use

Registered Social Landlords

03 December, 2013

A report providing information on lets made by Registered Social Landlords in 2012/13 has been released by Scotland's Chief Statistician

Sub-letting tenants could face prison

03 December, 2013

New legislation carries a 2 year sentence or fine of up to £5,000

Experts claim social landlord assets undervalued by £14bn

02 December, 2013

Housing association assets are undervalued by more than £14 billion

Newcastle landlord launches 'rent to own' scheme

02 December, 2013

A Newcastle MP has backed a 'rent to own' scheme for white goods, furniture and electronic gadgets

Charities Turn 'Bedroom Tax' Attack On PM

02 December, 2013

David Cameron says disabled people who need the extra room are exempt from the subsidy - but organisations claim this is not true

Landlords risk missing out on 10.3bn Euro cash

29 November, 2013

An international affordable housing body has warned that social landlords risk missing out on a share of 325 billion Euro of EU cohesion funding

Get a grip on repair costs

29 November, 2013

Fixed-price repairs contracts cannot be applied automatically to leaseholders

Council to prioritise housing for locals and armed forces whilst punishing bad behaviour

29 November, 2013

Southwark Council has decided to prioritise its social housing to people with a local connection and members of the armed forces

A Brief Guide to Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16

29 November, 2013

Main changes to the legislation to the Social Rent Policy that the Government are proposing

Councils may be asked to return HRA cash

29 November, 2013

Cash-strapped councils that topped up their ailing general funds with millions of pounds of rent money could be forced to return the cash

Will council crisis funds last the winter?

28 November, 2013

As local assistance schemes take over from the social fund, families may have to choose between 'heat and eat'

Hastings 'under pressure' from London benefit families

28 November, 2013

An East Sussex council says it is concerned about the number of benefit dependent families being moved out of London into Hastings

Build-to-rent tenants jump queue for family-size homes

28 November, 2013

Faced with a 10-year wait for scarce two- and three-bed houses, group in London will help build 10 to rent themselves

DBC demands bedroom tax exemptions for disabled people

27 November, 2013

The Disability Benefits Consortium is calling on the Government to take immediate action to exempt disabled people, their families and carers from the 'bedroom tax' changes to HB

Social landlords to form alliance with police

26 November, 2013

Social landlords from across Greater Manchester are to sign a new pledge that will lead to them working more closely with the police

Call to extend new fire rules to social landlords

26 November, 2013

A new fire safety scheme where businesses can select just one fire authority to set regulations 'must' be extended to social landlords

Foodbank partnership to help vulnerable tenants

25 November, 2013

A housing association has gone into partnership with a food bank to help tenants struggling with debt and unemployment

Hopkins: it's easy to fill voids

22 November, 2013

Housing minister dismisses claims welfare reform has made it harder to let larger social homes

PM says more needs to be done to tackle social landlord payoffs

21 November, 2013

David Cameron said today that local authorities need to do more to stop big payoffs to chief executives of housing associations

Building better dialogue between tenants and landlords

21 November, 2013

How social landlords are engaging with their tenants on the ground

Trust offers homes on website to tackle high private rents

21 November, 2013

A housing trust has started advertising some of its properties on a new national website in a bid to combat high private sector rents

The landlord-tenant relationship must adapt to welfare reform

21 November, 2013

Attempts to change tenants' behaviour are only half of the solution. Landlords must change how they work as well

New data shows how many North West families are really being hit by the bedroom tax

19 November, 2013

Manchester, Liverpool and Salford among top ten most affected

MPs' bedroom tax hypocrisy - a sensible solution, at last

19 November, 2013

Why not stick those politicians claiming housing expenses while voting for the bedroom tax in a block of studio flats in central London?

Calls to social landlord surge 35% since welfare reform

18 November, 2013

A housing association has recorded an upsurge in the number of calls to its customer call centre since welfare changes came into effect this year

Halton mulls online-only move for 90% of customers

15 November, 2013

A landlord is considering giving tenants tablets and smartphones as part of a drive to get 90 per cent of its customers online only by 2018 in a bid to cut costs in the face of welfare reform

Council says feared benefit cap 'exodus' has failed to materialise

15 November, 2013

An 'exodus' that was predicted in a London borough as a consequence of the benefit cap has failed to materialise, Hammersmith and Fulham council has claimed

Under-occupation of social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

14 November, 2013

Parliamentary briefing - Updated November 2013

Survey finds landlords in limbo over ECO contracts

14 November, 2013

Rumours that the UK's main subsidy for energy efficiency work on homes may be scrapped or considerably altered have left social landlords wondering about the fate of contracts worth millions

How can housing associations avoid financial disaster?

14 November, 2013

After two organisations' finances hit the rocks in the past year, our experts give their advice on how to manage risk

DWP Quarterly Statistical Summary - Focus on Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy

13 November, 2013

This Statistical Summary aims to give users a structured overview of the benefit National and Official Statistics, published by the DWP

Better finance for 1m social tenants if data was shared

12 November, 2013

One in five social tenants are unable to get loans from traditional mainstream lenders because they fail to pass credit tests

Helping tenants back to work

12 November, 2013

All of us working in social housing know how tough the current economic climate is for our tenants

Seven simple ways you can help residents reduce their energy bills

12 November, 2013

As energy prices soar many face a choice between heating and eating. Here's how you can help people in your communities

Bedroom tax leaves properties standing empty, North East MPs claim

11 November, 2013

Tenants are scared to move in to larger properties because of the under-occupation penalty, according to North East MPs

Council plans not to evict bedroom tax tenants unless they turn down offers to move

11 November, 2013

Tenants in arrears as a result of the bedroom tax will not be evicted unless they decline two offers of alternative accommodation

Into the red

08 November, 2013

Inside Housing launched its welfare reform focus group to chart the impact of the government's welfare reforms on social landlords and their tenants in April

Councils fail to spend hardship funds

08 November, 2013

English authorities could be forced to return £26 million to government if they don't start spending

Public perceptions of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS)

08 November, 2013

A report of research carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions

Social landlord to launch new shared ownership model

07 November, 2013

Thames Valley Housing is launching a shared ownership model where home owners automatically buy 1 per cent more of their property each year

Benefit cap: 36,000 accept work help

07 November, 2013

New figures show almost 36,000 people potentially affected by the benefit cap have accepted support to get into work

Housing associations in Wales give £1bn economic boost

06 November, 2013

More than £1bn a year is being spent by Welsh housing associations with 80% of the money staying in Wales, according to independent research

Welfare reform and social housing

06 November, 2013

Given the far reaching impact and implications of the Government's welfare reforms, how have providers responded to the challenges

Parents under pressure as rising rents add to cost of living crisis

06 November, 2013

The lack of affordable housing is adding to the country's cost of living crisis with private rents in England set to rise another 44% by 2020

Social landlord becomes living wage employer

06 November, 2013

A North East social landlord has pledged to pay its staff the living wage

Housing providers braced for 80% rise in arrears

04 November, 2013

The social housing sector is preparing for an 80% rise in rent arrears rates as a consequence of the government's welfare reforms

How the Poundbury project became a model for innovation

04 November, 2013

For 20 years, the Prince of Wales's housing scheme in Dorset has led the way on green energy and social housing

Rents for social housing from 2015 to 2016

01 November, 2013

This consultation sets out the proposed changes to rent policy for social housing, to apply from April 2015 onwards

New social rent policy branded 'unfair' by local authorities

01 November, 2013

Council landlords have branded the government's new social rent policy 'unfair'

Time to put the professional into the PRS

31 October, 2013

Robert Flint from Winckworth Sherwood discusses ways in which social landlords can increase the professionalism of the private rented sector

Five things to consider before renting homes out at full market rates

30 October, 2013

Social landlords are increasingly developing homes for rent by young professionals and others ineligible for social housing

New approaches to market rented housing

30 October, 2013

CIH Report

Social landlord pledges £65m to develop private rented homes

29 October, 2013

A social landlord has become the latest association to divert significant financial resources into the development of privately rented homes

Local authority reduces households in temporary accommodation by 58%

29 October, 2013

A local authority has reduced the number of households in temporary accommodation by 58 per cent year-on-year

Barrister warns bedroom reclassification could lead to refinancing

28 October, 2013

A top housing barrister warned landlords could trigger a repricing of their stock by reclassifying the number of bedrooms in their property

HCA: 'Get tough on gas access'

25 October, 2013

Social landlords should take legal action against tenants who refuse gas safety engineers access to their homes

Social landlords given a chunk of second RHPP pot announced

24 October, 2013

Social landlords across Great Britain have been awarded a share of an additional £5 million pot to kit out homes with renewable heating equipment

What Can I Rent for My Budget in London?

24 October, 2013

Many of the people who move to London each year are surprised by how high rents are in the city

Social landlord and council launch electric pay-per-use car club

23 October, 2013

A London borough and housing association have launched an entirely electric pay-per-use car club in East London today

Social landlord gives residents food bank vouchers as poverty increases

21 October, 2013

London housing association steps in to support food banks after seeing residents struggle to buy food

Incentives would encourage bedroom tax tenants to pay up

18 October, 2013

Incentives such as vouchers for essential items and rent holidays are most likely to be effective in getting bedroom tax-hit tenants to pay rent on time

The bedroom tax: only fair to private tenants?

18 October, 2013

Of all the arguments made for the bedroom tax, the most slippery is the one about it being 'only fair to private tenants'

A better private rented sector must not be at the expense of social homes

16 October, 2013

While the government's £1bn build-to-rent fund could help those renting privately and expand the sector, thought must be given to how the policy affects need at the bottom of the market

'Affordable rents are driving up costs and housing benefit'

16 October, 2013

Policy and practice officer Laura Shimili looks at the new statistics on fixed term tenancies and affordable rents for 2012/13

Local people will be prioritised for council housing under new statutory guidance

15 October, 2013

New measures announced by the Government will ensure that local people are prioritised for council housing, said Eric Pickles

Shropshire and Mid Wales homes waiting list hits 25,000

15 October, 2013

The waiting list for social housing across Shropshire and Mid Wales has grown to 25,000 people, figures showed today

Young mothers evicted from London hostel may be rehoused 200 miles away

15 October, 2013

Newham council says cuts and welfare reform mean it might have to look outside borough to rehouse 29 single mothers

Boston landlord licensing plans to tackle anti-social behaviour

15 October, 2013

A Lincolnshire council is planning to introduce a licensing system for landlords to crack down on anti-social behaviour at their properties

What you need to know about the new social housing fraud act

15 October, 2013

The new act comes into force today to crack down on the estimated 100,000 social housing properties subject to fraud

Testing DWP's assessment of the impact of the social rented sector size criterion on Housing Benefit costs and other factors

15 October, 2013

Research questions bedroom tax's ability to make savings - The government may have significantly over-estimated the savings likely to be generated by the bedroom tax

Only 'well-established' locals to be considered for social housing

14 October, 2013

Only people with a 'well-established' connection to a local area will be considered for council housing

Poverty in social housing decreases but increases in PRS

14 October, 2013

The number of people living in poverty in London's social housing has decreased by 340,000 over the last ten years

Council offers grants for tenants to downsize

14 October, 2013

Harrow Council is offering its tenants grants to downsize their homes in an effort to reduce its 4,000-strong housing waiting list

Social housing sales in England: 2012 to 2013

10 October, 2013

This statistical release presents national statistics on the number of sales of existing social housing stock in England for 2012 to 2013

Family of 12 to get Ipswich council homes joined together

09 October, 2013

Plans to knock two Ipswich council houses together for a family with 10 children have sparked a petition from neighbours opposing it

Re-energising The Green Agenda

09 October, 2013

Report by the All Party Parliamentary Group calls for green deal social landlords consultation

Stoke-on-Trent council flats to be rented privately - because tenants don't want to live there

08 October, 2013

High-rise council flats and family homes are set to be offered for rent to professionals - because tenants do not want to live there

Crackdown on tenancy fraud in Gloucestershire

08 October, 2013

Social landlords across Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH), will be shining a spotlight on tenancy fraud this week

Local authority lettings in England drop 17% in six years

04 October, 2013

Statistics released today show the number of homes let by councils in England has dropped 17 per cent in six years from 145,403 in 2007/08 to 120,012 in 2012/13

Sleepy housing associations must become more efficient, says Boles

01 October, 2013

Conservative ministers have warned housing associations must become much more efficient in their use of assets if they are to remain 'relevant'

Is the Conservative party bringing about the end of social housing?

01 October, 2013

This government is forcing housing associations to charge 'affordable rents' that are too pricey

Future of work programme should include 'more involvement' for social landlords

01 October, 2013

Welfare minister Lord David Freud has hinted the government will answer pleas by social landlords for its flagship employment scheme to be overhauled

Millions of ghosts in UK's rented properties

30 September, 2013

Up to 3.3 million 'ghost' tenants are living unofficially in rented properties across the UK, new research has revealed

Housing benefit challenge set for Appeal Court

27 September, 2013

The legality of housing benefit changes is to be challenged after lawyers for 10 adults and children with disabilities won the right to take their cases to the Court of Appeal

Social landlords to 'stress-test' business models rather than ring-fencing assets

27 September, 2013

Social landlords will no longer be required to ring-fence their social housing assets from riskier commercial ventures elsewhere in their business as had been planned

Digital champions may hold the key to empowering housing communities

26 September, 2013

This week's launch of the Digital Champions Network could be the beginning of a new era of online literacy for residents

Red alert

26 September, 2013

The shooting of a housing employee during an eviction in July highlighted the dangers front line workers face in the line of duty

Research published on impact of welfare reform

23 September, 2013

New research published on the impact of the proposed housing benefit reforms on the social rented sector

At the end of the road

20 September, 2013

The Welsh Government is planning to abolish the mandatory ground for possession commonly known as ground 8 (of schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988)

Give social landlords funding for advising tenants about universal credit

19 September, 2013

Social landlords must be funded to provide advice to tenants if universal credit is going to succeed

Take cues from the private sector and form partnerships, says housing association head

19 September, 2013

Social housing needs to take more cues from the private sector and providers should attempt to form better partnerships across this boundary

CIH advises councils to collect data on the size of bedrooms

19 September, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing is advising councils to ensure they gather data about room sizes from social landlords

Sector study on governance of housing associations registered in Wales

18 September, 2013

This research study assesses how well housing association Boards meet certain standards of governance in use across Wales

Housing associations take the lead in promoting social value

18 September, 2013

Public bodies can learn from services and campaigns of housing organisations, says government social value ambassador

Tougher penalties for benefit crooks welcomed by social landlord

17 September, 2013

Guinness South has welcomed government proposals to increase jail terms for benefit cheats to up to 10 years

Labour disputes 'bedroom tax' claim by Jackie Baillie

16 September, 2013

Labour has said it has not pledged to reverse housing benefit changes

Housing benefit by region

16 September, 2013

Every region in Great Britain saw increases in the number of housing benefit claims

Social housing unites in Nottingham to oppose bedroom tax-linked evictions

16 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social housing providers have agreed to take an anti-eviction policy against people who fall into rent arrears due to the bedroom tax

Leaked email outlines bedroom tax defence for Lib Dems

16 September, 2013

An email outlining how Liberal Democrat members should defend the bedroom tax in interviews was accidentally leaked to the media this morning

'Party politics' stopping tenants from getting bedroom tax discretionary payments

16 September, 2013

Local councils are 'playing politics' by not granting discretionary payments to tenants affected by the bedroom tax

DWP mulls fresh bedroom tax advice

13 September, 2013

The DWP is considering issuing fresh guidance to councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax

UN expert says UK government 'most aggressive' in 11 missions

13 September, 2013

An under-fire UN inspector said she had never faced such an 'aggressive' reaction from a government, after a report she wrote was branded an 'absolute disgrace' by a senior Tory politician

'Bedroom tax for the better off' possible in Wales if stamp duty is devolved

13 September, 2013

Devolving stamp duty powers to Wales could be used to create a 'bedroom tax for the better off'

£20m to help bedroom tax victims in Scotland this year

13 September, 2013

The Scottish Government has announced in its draft budget that £20 million will be made available this year to help those struggling from the effect of the bedroom tax

Less than 5% of landlord's households affected by bedroom tax willing to downsize

13 September, 2013

Peabody has said less than five per cent of its households hit by the bedroom tax are willing to downsize

UN official will urge government to fund social housing

13 September, 2013

A United Nations investigator will recommend the government starts funding social housing again, to avoid breaching international treaties on housing

DWP mulls fresh bedroom tax advice

13 September, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering issuing fresh guidance to councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax

Nottingham landlords draw up bedroom tax eviction protocol

13 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social landlords are introducing a city-wide eviction prevention protocol for dealing with tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Grant Shapps should reconsider his ill-informed UN 'bedroom tax' outrage

13 September, 2013

Raquel Rolnik acted within her remit and did meet the government despite the Tory chairman's claims to the contrary

It's an extra room, but does it count as a bedroom?

13 September, 2013

Four council tenants have had a cut in their housing benefit reversed, after a tribunal in Fife ruled that an extra room in their home was not a bedroom

Housing association backs UN official's slamming of 'abhorrent' bedroom tax

12 September, 2013

Coast & Country Housing has welcomed the findings of a United Nations' special rapporteur, which branded the bedroom tax a 'shocking' policy that should be abolished

NHS trust told to alert landlords after suicide

12 September, 2013

A coroner has recommended a London hospital trust passes information about vulnerable patients to social landlords

7,000 Scottish tenants to get grants to curb bedroom tax effects

12 September, 2013

An extra 7,000 households hit by the bedroom tax in Scotland can receive hardship grants as result of the Scottish Government more than doubling funding in its budget

RESI: Councils still don't recognise PRS social benefits

12 September, 2013

Councils are still reluctant to recognise the private rented sector's social benefits, a conference heard today

The bedroom tax is a bad idea - but welfare reform is necessary

12 September, 2013

If you want to give people the chance of a future that's better than a life on benefits you have to change this mess of a system

'Shocking' bedroom tax should be axed, says UN investigator

11 September, 2013

Housing expert Raquel Rolnik says policy could constitute a violation of the human right to adequate housing

Conservatives protest to UN over 'bedroom tax' report

11 September, 2013

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has condemned as an "absolute disgrace" a UN official's critical comments on the government's housing benefit changes

Protestors gather at parliament to banish bedroom tax 'monster'

11 September, 2013

Protestors against the coalition's bedroom tax are congregating today at the Scottish parliament, as housing charity Shelter Scotland steps up its campaign against the widely-hated policy

UN tells government to abolish 'shocking' bedroom tax

11 September, 2013

The United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has told the Tory-led coalition that it should abolish its controversial bedroom tax

Bedroom tax is a human rights issue

11 September, 2013

The UN special investigator's shock over bedroom tax exposes the low status social rights are afforded in Britain

Bedroom tax effect questioning continues

10 September, 2013

The committee probing the effect of the bedroom tax in Scotland will continue their examination today

Bristol council tenants in arrears 'may be evicted'

10 September, 2013

Council tenants in Bristol who have fallen into arrears due to housing benefit changes may have to be evicted, the city's mayor has admitted

Council's energy saving work set to save social tenants thousands

10 September, 2013

Tenants of Sandwell Council are set to collectively save over £38,000 year-on-year following the installation of energy saving features to properties by Wates Living Space

Liverpool housing association will pay Bedroom Tax

09 September, 2013

South Liverpool housing trust says it will cover people's bedroom tax shortfall if they make an effort to get a job

Tax paid for tenants in training

06 September, 2013

A Liverpool landlord is covering bedroom tax shortfalls for tenants to incentivise take-up of a training and employability programme

'Escalating human cost' of welfare reform highlighted in Manchester

06 September, 2013

Manchester housing providers have highlighted the 'escalating human cost' of welfare reform, five months after the bedroom tax came into effect

Opinion: Benefit reforms are sending us back to the future

04 September, 2013

Steve White, the outgoing chief executive of Blackwood Housing Association, argues that the government's welfare reforms signal a fundamental shift in the way the sector operates

Charity's campaign to banish the bedroom tax 'monster'

04 September, 2013

Housing charity Shelter Scotland has launched a campaign to get the UK government's controversial bedroom tax abolished

Bedroom tax investigated by UN housing official

04 September, 2013

Raquel Rolnik on two-week tour of UK cities to assess general housing policy as well as impact of bedroom tax on human rights

Elderly residents to receive lodger support under council scheme

03 September, 2013

A scheme to keep elderly people in their own homes for longer by having a lodger move in to provide low-level support is set to be introduced by the Royal Borough

Tenant slashes wrist in housing office after being driven to despair by bedroom tax

03 September, 2013

Tormented former miner attempted suicide in front of staff because he couldn't cope with running up rent arrears as a result of the hated tax

Council tenants in B&Bs slashed to zero

03 September, 2013

The number of families living in bed and breakfast accommodation in Westminster for more than six weeks has been slashed to zero

Landlords launch consortium to cut costs and support business

02 September, 2013

Scottish social landlords are to launch a new procurement consortium to cut costs and support local businesses

Regulator acts to avert landlord insolvency

02 September, 2013

A new report highlights the decisive action taken by the Scottish Housing Regulator to avert the insolvency of a registered social landlord

Sky-high rent? Why not get a home on the cheap and live like a lord

02 September, 2013

As the costs of renting soar we look at innovative ways to find accommodation on the cheap

Bedroom Tax: Ed Miliband says Labour will scrap hated levy

02 September, 2013

In a sensational victory for the Sunday People's campaign, the Labour leader could unveil his plan as early as this month in his Brighton conference speech

Renting cheaper than buying in London, the South East and Scotland

02 September, 2013

Inflated house prices mean mortgages are less affordable than renting for many, even with a 20pc deposit

Labour pledges £50m to battle 'bedroom tax'

02 September, 2013

Labour will pledge to find £50 million in Scotland's budget in order to negate the impact of the so-called 'bedroom tax' in Scotland

Bedroom tax could cause Christmas homelessness crisis

30 August, 2013

Landlord repossession claims and court orders issued after the introduction of the tax in April saw double digit rises in the three months to June

Frozen out

30 August, 2013

When the government announced its controversial welfare reforms, it promised that supported housing would be protected from the impact. So why are some providers still left out in the cold?

Smaller landlords shun ratings in deal drive

29 August, 2013

Small and medium-sized housing associations without credit ratings are turning to capital market funding, due to improved investor appetite

Social landlord on verge of mass stock transfer

29 August, 2013

Salford's Salix Homes has been recommended as the preferred bidder to take ownership of 8,200 council properties in the city

Family Mosaic builds less to keep rents low

28 August, 2013

Family Mosaic's surplus rose by 18 per cent to £45 million in 2012/13, but it built fewer homes in an attempt to keep rents at social levels

Welsh Government Renting Homes

28 August, 2013

A better way for Wales

Cambridgeshire councils see rent problems increase after benefit changes

27 August, 2013

The number of people asking for help with rent payments in the last few months has quadrupled in some areas, Cambridgeshire councils' data shows

Bedroom tax boosts arrears for Welsh housing associations

23 August, 2013

Housing associations in south Wales have seen more than half their tenants affected by the bedroom tax fall into rent arrears

Bedroom tax activists to take part in mass sleep out

23 August, 2013

Anti-bedroom tax campaigners across the country will take part in a mass sleep out tomorrow night

Disabled single mother becomes first Scottish victim of bedroom tax

22 August, 2013

A severely disabled mother of two is to become the first tenant in Scotland to be evicted from her home as a result of the bedroom tax

'Speed dating' homes swap event for Oxford tenants

22 August, 2013

A 'speed dating' event is being held for council and housing association tenants in Oxford who want to swap their homes

Tenants may beat 'bedroom tax' with new bathrooms

21 August, 2013

Hundreds of people who could fall victim to the "tax" are to benefit from new plans to convert spare bedrooms into bathrooms.

Bedroom tax forcing previously paid-up tenants into arrears

21 August, 2013

Shocking new figures appear to suggest that social housing tenants who previously kept up with their rent payments have been forced into arrears since the introduction of the widely condemned bedroom tax

'Bedroom tax will destroy rural communities'

20 August, 2013

The government's bedroom tax will lead to the break-up of rural communities, a pressure group has warned

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

20 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship

Gwent tenants owe £190,000 after housing benefit changes

20 August, 2013

Tenants of four Gwent housing associations who were hit by changes to housing benefit now owe more than £190,000 despite previously making the rent,

Why we had to go further than 'no eviction' policy

20 August, 2013

Bolton At Home Blog

Supporting vulnerable people back into society requires time, Patience and commitment, not punitive measures

20 August, 2013

Abigail Scott Paul reveals how benefits changes are affecting people on the front line of poverty in the North East

Housing association pledges to rehome bedroom tax victims

20 August, 2013

A housing association has pledged to rehome anyone who goes into arrears and is evicted due to the bedroom tax

Two thirds of London tenants in conflict with their landlord

19 August, 2013

Two thirds of tenants in London have had bad experiences with a landlord and more than half parted ways while in dispute over deposits

Landlords spoil pay-to-stay party

16 August, 2013

Many social landlords intend to reject the government's pay-to-stay policy, an exclusive poll by Inside Housing reveals

Bedroom tax safety warning

16 August, 2013

A Merseyside HA is advising staff not to display their uniforms or name badges outside work hours due to fears for their safety from bedroom tax protestors

Islington devolves DHP decisions to landlords

16 August, 2013

A council is delegating power to housing associations to decide who receives discretionary housing payments and emergency loans in a bid to speed up applications

Housing association staff donate to food bank

14 August, 2013

Staff at Sanctuary Housing in Salisbury have donated food from their own kitchens to a local food bank

SFHA call for evidence

14 August, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is currently gathering evidence on the ability of under occupying tenants to move to smaller homes

FOI reveals effects of bedroom tax in Wales

14 August, 2013

More than half of Welsh councils received more requests for additional housing payments in the first two months of the bedroom tax than for the same period last year

Digital Deal: 12 projects to help social tenants get online

12 August, 2013

The government's Digital Deal has provided funding for internet services and training to social housing tenants

Government funds effort to get social housing tenants online

12 August, 2013

South Essex Homes is one of twelve UK housing associations that have secured funding from the government's 'Digital Deal'

Major flaws revealed in pay-to-stay policy

09 August, 2013

The government's pay-to-stay policy will not work in parts of 16 LAs across London because tenants will have to earn more than the £60k cap to be able to pay affordable rents

Majority of social tenants happy with their homes but bedroom tax causing anxiety

09 August, 2013

Two thirds of social housing tenants say they are happy or very happy with the condition of their properties and a third believe the standard of social housing is on the up

No internet access in 17% of UK homes, ONS data shows

09 August, 2013

Four million homes in the UK are still not connected to the internet, according to the Office of National Statistics

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics quarterly

08 August, 2013

April to June 2013

The secrets of success in tackling social housing fraud

08 August, 2013

By clamping down on tenancy fraud, Sandwell council recovered 44 properties and saved nearly £1m

Evictions loom as social landlord reports 86% arrears rise since bedroom tax

07 August, 2013

A Northumberland social landlord has warned that evictions might be on the cards after seeing its rent arrears shoot up by 86% since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax: Huge rise in tenants in arrears

07 August, 2013

The number of social housing tenants plunging into rent arrears in the Scottish capital soared in the two months following the introduction of the bedroom tax

Scottish charity plots bedroom tax challenge

06 August, 2013

A charity is pulling together a working group to plot a legal challenge to the bedroom tax in the Scottish courts

96% of bedroom tax victims have nowhere to downsize to

06 August, 2013

The vast majority of social housing tenants affected by the bedroom tax have no smaller properties available to them to downsize to

Bedroom Tax: Neighbours form ring of steel to help foster mum ruined by levy

05 August, 2013

Irene Lockett could not pay the extra £23.24 per week docked from those with empty rooms under new welfare rules.

Tax boost for existing tenants

02 August, 2013

Sinn Fein is 'confident' the bedroom tax will not apply to existing tenants in Northern Ireland, a representative has said

Housing association joins community bank

02 August, 2013

A Somerset-based housing provider has told its tenants they are set to benefit from its new partnership with a community bank

Food vouchers for hard-up tenants

02 August, 2013

Tenants of North Lincolnshire Homes who are struggling financially are being offered vouchers to exchange for three days worth of food

High-earning tenants forced to declare income

31 July, 2013

High-earning social tenants are to be legally obliged to declare their income under plans to force households that earn more than £60,000 to pay market rent

Rent Payment and Collection Under Universal Credit

31 July, 2013

CIH Scotland practical guidance for Scottish social landlords on rent payment and collection under Universal Credit

The bedroom tax court judgment has thrown up some puzzling anomalies

31 July, 2013

Disabled people are left wondering how a policy which leads to such significant discrimination and hardship can ever be justified

Disabled families await housing benefits cuts ruling

30 July, 2013

The High Court is to rule on whether cuts to housing benefit for social housing residents with spare bedrooms discriminates against disabled people

High Court rejects disabled tenants bedroom tax challenge

30 July, 2013

The High Court has just rejected ten families' challenge against the bedroom tax. The families plan to appeal

Housing benefit challenge dismissed by High Court

30 July, 2013

Disabled families have lost a court challenge to social housing benefit cuts for residents with spare bedrooms in England, Wales and Scotland

Housing groups slam bedroom tax ruling

30 July, 2013

Housing groups and charities have been left 'deeply disappointed' after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the government's bedroom tax

'Bedroom Tax' leads to rise in Glasgow rent arrears

30 July, 2013

Rent arrears are rising across Glasgow since the 'bedroom tax' was introduced almost four months ago

Bedroom tax legal challenge dismissed by high court

30 July, 2013

Ten families who argue the tax discriminates against those with disabilities vow to appeal as campaigners warn that ruling puts such families at 'real risk of homelessness'

Housing benefit challenge cases

30 July, 2013

A group of 10 disabled people have lost a legal challenge to government plans to cut housing benefit. They are from various parts of the UK all say they are being badly affected by the benefit changes. Here are the arguments of four of them.

High-earning tenants forced to declare income

29 July, 2013

High-earning social tenants are to be legally obliged to declare their income under plans to force households that earn more than £60,000 to pay market rent

Bristol City Council may relax rules on tenants in rent arrears

29 July, 2013

Council tenants in arrears in Bristol could be allowed to move home after the council said it may relax its regulations on those who owe rent

Spread the word

29 July, 2013

ALMOs can play a key role in improving standards in the private rented sector

Bothered by the bedroom tax? Try speed dating

29 July, 2013

A council's speed dating experiment has proved successful in helping social housing tenants beat the bedroom tax

Housing association pledges year's support to food banks

29 July, 2013

Wulvern Housing has pledged to support two food banks for another year

Man cuts own throat in bedroom tax protest

26 July, 2013

Witnesses say the middle-aged man sliced his throat from ear-to-ear with a knife as he spoke to an adviser

No bedroom tax evictions, TUC leaders demand

26 July, 2013

TUC leaders in Manchester have urged the city council not to evict any tenants who fall into arrears as a result of the bedroom tax

Transfers and Mutual Exchanges - survey results

25 July, 2013

Adactus Housing Survey results

High Income Social Tenants

25 July, 2013

DCLG Pay to Stay Consultation Paper: Summary of Responses

Upsize Downsize event

25 July, 2013

Cross Keys Homes

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing consultation launched

24 July, 2013

Landlords in Sheffield could be forced to apply for special licences to let property in an area of the city, the council has said

Government sets out right to transfer rules

23 July, 2013

Long-awaited plans to give tenants' groups the right to take ownership of their estates have been published

Landlords 'spend £325m a year on ASB'

23 July, 2013

Social landlords spend £325 million every year dealing with anti-social behaviour

Should I Stay or Should I go - 100 days of the Bedroom Tax

23 July, 2013

Aragon Housing Association Report

Should tenants pay more rent if they can afford to?

23 July, 2013

Unnecessary subsidy paid to 16% of social-rent households could go towards the development of thousands more homes

As renters cry out for change, ministers bury their heads in the sand

22 July, 2013

Private renting used to be a stepping stone

Is private renting the new social housing sector?

22 July, 2013

A new Communities and Local Government report recommends some changes to the private rented sector

RHI open to social landlords

19 July, 2013

Social landlords will be able to benefit from a scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating technology

Real Life Reform

12 July, 2013

Liverpool Housing Trust Project brief - Monitoring the real impact of Welfare Reform across the North 2013-2014

Welfare reform - how are landlords preparing?

12 July, 2013

A summary of findings from a CIH/Circle Housing survey

Landlords win reprieve on renewable heat scheme

12 July, 2013

Social landlords will be able to benefit from a scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating equipment

Disabled benefit claimants forced to cut food bills

11 July, 2013

Nine in 10 disabled people hit by the bedroom tax who have been refused a discretionary housing payment are cutting back on food or bills to make ends meet

Landlords struggle to rehouse bedroom tax tenants

11 July, 2013

Most social landlords will only be able to rehouse less than a fifth of tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Welfare reform: How landlords are preparing

11 July, 2013

House Exchange and CIH report

Bad Weather, Good Habits

10 July, 2013

Encouraging social housing tenants to save more

Housing crisis: The poor struggling to pay rent

09 July, 2013

Since April about 660,000 people living in social housing have been told they may only claim benefit for what is judged to be an appropriate number of bedrooms

Newcastle tenants hit by bedroom tax urged to take part in home swap events

08 July, 2013

Council tenants in Newcastle affected by the bedroom tax are being invited to take part in a series of home swap events across the city

Family Mosaic looks at 'whole person' to get 1,000 back to work

08 July, 2013

Family Mosaic is taking a look at the 'whole person' to get 1,000 people back to work and is encouraging the rest of the social housing sector to learn from its employment 'Boot Camp' programme

Councils must gain more power to raise standards in the private rented sector

08 July, 2013

Local authorities should enforce private rented sector standards yet lack funds to do so. Expanding selective licensing can fix this

Funding rules will not end social housing

05 July, 2013

Landlords will not be expected to convert all re-lets to affordable rents in the new funding programme

The Bedroom Tax in Merseyside

05 July, 2013

Our report highlights the impact of the bedroom tax after 100 days

Duncan Smith accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing success of bedroom tax

03 July, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing the controversial bedroom tax 'a success' in a House of Commons debate

Direct Payments system

28 June, 2013

Speech by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

CIH backs Freud over bedroom tax threat

28 June, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has defended the welfare reform minister's threat to councils over the 'inappropriate' reclassification of properties for bedroom tax purposes

Evaluation of the temporary jobs pilot: Proving Talent

28 June, 2013

Report by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for the Give Us A Chance consortium of social landlords

Scottish parliament considers bedroom tax petition

28 June, 2013

The Scottish Parliament's Petition Committee has agreed to remit Govan Law Centre's (GLC) bedroom tax petition to the Welfare Reform Committee for full

Lord Freud offers new direct payment 'guarantees' to protect social landlords

27 June, 2013

Lord Freud today announced further concessions on Universal Credit direct payments as he sought to appease social landlords' concerns over the controversial policy

'It's not a bedroom tax' claims Freud as he faces angry protests from within and without

27 June, 2013

Lord Freud has faced a room full of social housing officials angry over the government's bedroom tax policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Protesters call for bedroom tax leniency

26 June, 2013

Campaigners called on housing staff not to enforce the bedroom tax in a picket outside the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference today

Poverty and problematic debt: what can social housing providers do?

25 June, 2013

The current economic situation and planned welfare reform have led to concerns over a potential increase in problematic debt among social housing residents

North East homeless are hit by Government's bedroom tax

25 June, 2013

THE head of the North East's biggest homeless charity has revealed the Government's bedroom tax is even affecting those who sleep on the streets

Government warns Leeds City Council on bedroom tax

24 June, 2013

Leeds City Council has been warned it could lose money after it reduced the number of bedrooms it said were in some council homes

Housing benefit changes and how one man downsized

24 June, 2013

A single man explained how he moved from a three-bedroom house to a flat after his children moved out and changes to housing benefit, which were introduced in April, cut his income

Bedroom tax debt mounts

21 June, 2013

As housing providers across Britain scrabble to get to grips with the bedroom tax, Inside Housing asks a focus group of 10 social landlords how painful it has been so far

Benefit Cap rollout

21 June, 2013

National implementation of the benefit cap will be managed over a 10 week period split into two tranches:

Halton social landlord says house exchange schemes helping tenants hit by bedroom tax

21 June, 2013

Home swaps are helping tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' to relocate

Cuts and bruises

21 June, 2013

Over the past two-and-a-half years, Inside Housing has carried many warnings about the likely dire impacts of welfare reform on tenants and social landlords

How to manage income collection effectively

20 June, 2013

Social landlords are operating in an increasingly challenging financial environment

Councils call for powers to tackle nuisance tenants in private rental sector

19 June, 2013

Councils are calling for extra powers that will let them tackle anti-social behaviour committed by people living in privately rented homes

Anti social residents kept off council waiting list

19 June, 2013

Slough Council may bar people who have behaved anti-socially or are 'not financially responsible' from its housing waiting list until they 'change their ways'

Bedroom can be any size for bedroom tax

18 June, 2013

West Berkshire Council rule that a bedroom is not a bedroom because it is only 49 square feet

Bedroom tax hits 500 Westminster council tenants as rent arrears shoot up 16%

14 June, 2013

Nearly 500 social housing tenants have been hit by the bedroom tax in a London borough that has seen rent arrears jump by 16% in a single month

SNP government would axe bedroom tax

14 June, 2013

A Scottish National Party government would axe the bedroom tax north of the border within a year of Scottish independence

Councils handed £50m to fight fuel poverty

14 June, 2013

The Scottish Government has allocated £50 million for councils to improve the energy efficiency of homes

East Lothian to pay bedroom tax bills

14 June, 2013

East Lothian Housing Association is paying the bedroom tax for some of its tenants - having developed an assistance scheme for households it feels are particularly unfairly hit

Bedroom tax protest in memory of suicide victim

14 June, 2013

A protest is being staged in Birmingham on Saturday 15 June in memory of a woman who committed suicide over the bedroom tax

CIH urged to invite anti-bedroom tax tenant to speak at conference

13 June, 2013

Social tenants across the country have signed a letter to the Chartered Institute of Housing opposed to the bedroom tax

Under-occupying tenant's 'emotional attachment' to home no defence against eviction

13 June, 2013

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a tenant has no right to remain in her social home simply because she has an 'emotional attachment' to it

The social tenant's guide to taking in a lodger

13 June, 2013

With the changes in benefits about to come into force on 1st April 2013, there are new rules about under-occupancy

Patch work: Solving the rent equation

12 June, 2013

New research by LIN has found a direct link between arrears and the number of staff employed to collect rent. But even with smaller 'patch' sizes, housing officers are struggling to keep tenant debt under control

Council's figures reveal it saves six from homelessness everyday

12 June, 2013

Southwark Council saves six people a day from homelessness, according to new figures

Collecting Rent is Crucial for Housing Associations

12 June, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has re-stated that the Federation and its members do not support a headline 'no evictions' policy

Fund to help tenants start their own businesses

10 June, 2013

Social housing tenants in west and south Yorkshire are to benefit from a scheme to help them start up their own businesses thanks to £1.5 million of European cash

'Bedroom tax' failing, says housing associations' report

07 June, 2013

The government's policy on homes has come under fire in a report by the University of Cambridge and seven housing associations across the eastern region

Skills selector

07 June, 2013

Housing providers are on the hunt for employees with specialist skills as a result of welfare reforms, which are putting tenants' finances and landlords' incomes under pressure

'No-eviction' policies to tackle the bedroom tax won't work

05 June, 2013

Council's would be better advised to offer practical help for low-income households than take this problematic approach

Pensioners facing bitterness and bankruptcy in retirement as debt levels soar

03 June, 2013

Instead of a happy retirement, many over-65s are now in debt to loan sharks

Shelter launches website aimed at solving young people's housing problems

03 June, 2013

Housing charity Shelter has launched a new website designed to assist people working with young people on their housing and homelessness problems

Brighton speed daters get to keep each other's houses

30 May, 2013

A local authority has come up with a novel way to help tenants hit by the bedroom tax - speed dating

Hungry Britain

30 May, 2013

Welfare cuts leave more than 500,000 people forced to use food banks, warns Oxfam

Leeds council tackles bedroom tax with semantic solution

30 May, 2013

Reclassifying spare rooms as 'non-specific rooms' should help tenants in social housing avoid reduction in housing benefit

How to avoid paying your bedroom tax - get it reclassified as a study

30 May, 2013

Councils and housing associations are reclassifying thousands of bedrooms across Britain as box rooms, studies or non-specific rooms so that tenants can avoid the so-called "bedroom tax".

'Bedroom tax': More tenants apply for financial help

30 May, 2013

Bedroom tax or spare room subsidy? The politicians may argue over the title but one fact can't be ignored. That's the growing evidence of council tenants facing real financial difficulties

Rape victim legally challenges bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

A victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking has launched a legal challenge against the bedroom tax on the grounds it is 'discriminatory'

Ten lessons landlords should learn about the bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

Shelter Cymru's Jennie Bibbings explains the best and worst ways in which housing providers have handled the bedroom tax

Social landlord saves club for the elderly

29 May, 2013

A club for the elderly has been saved from the axe after a social landlord stepped in with funds

Tenants face eviction over controversial 'bedroom tax'

28 May, 2013

Thousands could lose their homes as councils and housing associations begin a clampdown on those in rent arrears

Coventry council apologises to families told they could not appeal against 'bedroom tax' cuts to benefits

24 May, 2013

Council accepts letters to tenants were wrong after challenge by campaign group Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax

Reclassification 'will not hit rent hard'

24 May, 2013

A leading academic has claimed that landlords reclassifying their properties to protect tenants from the bedroom tax would only suffer 'very limited' losses

How can the Digital Deal help social housing providers?

24 May, 2013

Social landlords have until June 3 to bid for a share of the Digital Deal, a £400,000 government fund aimed at helping tenants get online and improving their IT skills

Council 'sorry' for empty room letter to disabled woman

23 May, 2013

A disabled woman who was wrongly told she had to pay an under-occupancy charge has received an apology from the council for "causing her distress"

Bedroom Tax Snapshot

23 May, 2013

The best and the worst of landlord and local authority practice, as experienced through Shelter casework

Homes 'standing empty' because of bedroom tax

23 May, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed

Renting Homes - A better way for Wales

23 May, 2013

Welsh Government White Paper

Social landlord's new phone app has bedroom tax calculator

22 May, 2013

One vision Housing revamped smart phone app now comes with a bedroom tax calculator - so tenants can work out if their HB will be cut

Homes 'standing empty' because of bedroom tax

22 May, 2013

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed

Growing up renting: A childhood spent in private rented homes

21 May, 2013

Our rental market is having a damaging impact on children's lives

Social landlords team up and offer speed-dating to tackle bedroom tax

21 May, 2013

Four housing associations in the Bristol area have teamed up to offer their tenants a housing speed-dating event, in an effort to help combat the bedroom tax

Local authority shakes up its housing allocations policy

21 May, 2013

Richmond Council has rewritten its housing allocation policy to give priority to locals, ex-service personnel, foster carers, people in work and those making a "significant contribution to society".

Law 'should change' to stop B&B use

21 May, 2013

A flagship Conservative council has called for law changes to prevent it 'frittering away millions of pounds' on housing people in temporary accommodation

Too many questions about welfare changes remain unanswered

21 May, 2013

The UK Government's welfare changes are throwing a question mark over the Welsh Government's ability to deliver support to some of Wales' most vulnerable people, Tackling Poverty Minister Huw Lewis warned

Welfare reform could cost landlords £1.4bn a year

20 May, 2013

Social landlords face losing £1.4 billion of rental income a year as a result of welfare reform, according to a new report

Regulator warns of 'substantial' threat to finances

20 May, 2013

Housing providers face being hit by a 'double whammy' of increased rent collection costs and reduced income due to welfare reform

Rule change to allow conversion of office space into social housing could regenerate high street

20 May, 2013

Planning law changes which will allow disused office buildings to be converted into residential accommodation could regenerate the high street

Three top tips for creating a successful digital inclusion strategy

20 May, 2013

A strategy is crucial in combating digital exclusion, but what should be included and how can you make it work?

Renting in Wales: Concern over cost of tenancy changes

20 May, 2013

Plans to change how social and private homes are rented in Wales have been outlined by the Welsh government

The Welsh Government has unveiled plans to simplify the law on renting homes

20 May, 2013

Housing Minister Carl Sargeant has been spelling out his plans to simplify complicated law governing how homes are rented

Housing chief issues second warning over 'unfair and incompetent' bedroom tax

17 May, 2013

A housing chief has issued a second warning to government over its reforms of the benefits system

Universal Credit direct payment pilots to be extended for further six months

16 May, 2013

The Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects will be extended for a further six months, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has announced

Universal Credit direct payment demonstration projects - latest findings

16 May, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions today published its latest report into the Universal Credit demonstration projects testing the payment of housing benefit direct to social housing tenants

LIN Press Release - Direct Payment projects extended for 6 months

16 May, 2013

DWP Direct Payment Projects extended for 6 months

Bedroom tax victims begin High Court challenge

16 May, 2013

Ten claims being brought against the government's bedroom tax have begun to be heard at the High Court

Direct payment pilots extended to test bedroom tax

16 May, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has extended pilots testing the direct payment of housing benefit to tenants to assess the impact of the bedroom tax

Disabled families at High Court in housing benefit challenge

15 May, 2013

Disabled people and their families are challenging the government's decision to cut housing benefit for recipients living in properties deemed too large

Survey uncovers health concerns of private tenants

14 May, 2013

Rogue landlords are putting tenants in the private rented sector at risk by failing to carry out repairs

Bedroom Tax suicide: Grieving son of Stephanie Bottrill hits out at David Cameron

13 May, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith's punishing new payments were the last straw for the tragic 53-year-old who killed herself to avoid plunging into further poverty

Private landlords seek to develop strategy for longer-term tenancies

13 May, 2013

RLA is surveying its members in an effort to present its own alternative to Shelter's proposals for longer-term private sector tenancies

LIN Member Report May 2013 - Direct Payments to Tenants and the Impact on Rent Arrears

13 May, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Vivienne Ashley

Providers warned over temporary housing plan

10 May, 2013

Housing associations pulling out of managing temporary accommodation due to benefit caps risk reducing the amount of available stock for homeless households, London Councils has warned

Westminster seals free internet deal

10 May, 2013

Westminster Council has signed a deal which will eventually roll out free internet access to more than 22,000 households

High Court to consider tenants' claims against Bedroom Tax

09 May, 2013

The High Court is to consider 10 claims being brought against the government's Bedroom Tax

Bedroom tax tenants failing to pay rent

09 May, 2013

South Yorkshire Housing Association has revealed that half of its tenants affected by the bedroom tax have failed to cover the resulting shortfall in their rent

Digital divide cuts off social tenants

07 May, 2013

Social housing continues to lag behind other tenures in terms of internet access

Migrants' access to benefits likely to be restricted

07 May, 2013

The government is expected to seek to restrict migrants' access to social housing and benefits in measures to be outlined tomorrow

Social housing: Welsh government's annual £4m for 30 years

07 May, 2013

The Welsh government has revealed plans to inject a further £4m a year into new social housing for the next three decades

Housing association apologises for 'eviction' letter

03 May, 2013

Housing association Genesis has apologised for any distress it may have caused by a letter it sent out that appeared to threaten tenants with eviction

How housing providers are beating the bedroom tax

03 May, 2013

Faced with a huge increase in arrears as a result of the under-occupation penalty, some housing providers have taken major steps to protect their residents and themselves

Keep it in the family

03 May, 2013

Family housing association in Birmingham is tackling rising unemployment by pledging to fill 10% of its job vacancies with its own tenants

Landlords to get benefits of tenants in arrears

01 May, 2013

Payment of benefit will be switched back to social landlords when tenants accrue two months of arrears during universal credit 'pathfinders'

Universal Credit direct payments: Testing the water

01 May, 2013

As Universal Credit gets underway in the North West of England, Liverpool-based One Vision Housing reveal the findings of their own direct payments pilot and share some valuable lessons

Opinion: It's not too late to save struggling families from devastating cuts

01 May, 2013

Bob Taylor, chief executive of Knowsley Housing Trust argues that people must be given a sense of hope

Diabetic man says dialysis room is 'not a spare bedroom'

30 April, 2013

A man who uses a room of his house for daily dialysis treatment says the government's changes to housing benefits are unfair

Social landlord cuts kitchen refurb costs

30 April, 2013

A social landlord has achieved a 17% reduction on its kitchen refurbishment programme following a pilot into strategic procurement methods

Universal credit: Major benefits shake-up begins

29 April, 2013

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts with the first claims being made for the new universal credit payment

PRS tenants protest against unfair fees

29 April, 2013

Private renters campaigning against unfair fees and high rents demonstrated outside letting agents in north London on Saturday

CLG pulls out of mobility scheme

26 April, 2013

The Communities and Local Government department has decided not to fund a new national mobility scheme for social housing tenants

Law group warns against mass appeals

26 April, 2013

A wave of mass appeals against bedroom tax decisions risks leaving people in limbo due to tribunal delays, law centres have warned

Rights law is an asset

26 April, 2013

Without article 8, those in bedroom tax disputes will have an uphill struggle, according to Giles Peaker, solicitor at Anthony Gold

Tenants asked to sign 'ambition plans'

25 April, 2013

A south west housing association is requiring new tenants to sign up to a plan to improve their lifestyle, which will be linked to their future access to housing

Social hearted, commercially minded

25 April, 2013

Housing associations must forge new relationships with their tenants to help with increasingly squeezed finances, according to a report from the think tank The Smith Institute

Charity warns 'bedroom tax' will push up homelessness

25 April, 2013

A Swansea mother has told ITV News that she sufferes sleepless nights and has even considered suicide due to changes to the benefits system

Housing Minister approves Council plan to help struggling tenants

25 April, 2013

Council tenants who are most affected by the changes to housing benefit could be eligible for financial help following successful lobbying from Swindon Borough Council

Council to build PRS homes

24 April, 2013

Telford & Wrekin Council is planning to build more than 550 new homes for the private rental market over the next three years

Social housing tenants offered recycled computers in online drive

24 April, 2013

Social housing tenants are being offered recycled computers in a drive to get more residents online

Bedroom tax drove tenant to create cannabis cake factory in shed

24 April, 2013

A social housing tenant who turned his shed into a cannabis factory has claimed he did so to raise funds to pay the bedroom tax

Councils need more powers to tackle tenancy fraud

24 April, 2013

Tenancy fraud will soon be criminalised, but only greater powers to investigate fraudsters will stop people getting away with it

Homelessness Transition Fund

24 April, 2013

Homeless charities across England can now apply for grants of up £150k to invest in new ways of preventing and tackling rough sleeping

Bedroom tax drove tenant to create cannabis cake factory in shed

23 April, 2013

A social housing tenant who turned his shed into a cannabis factory has claimed he did so to raise funds to pay the bedroom tax

Edinburgh confirms no eviction policy

23 April, 2013

Edinburgh Council has adopted a 'no eviction' policy for tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax'

Should minimum space standards apply to social and private housing?

22 April, 2013

British homes are the smallest in western Europe. Would minimum space standards make the difference?

Coventry libraries' online time rises for welfare tests

22 April, 2013

The amount of free internet access in Coventry's libraries has been doubled to two hours because people were struggling to complete new welfare reform online assessments in an hour

Join the E-action against the bedroom tax

19 April, 2013

Mencap has created an e-action which allows people to tell David Cameron what they think about the bedroom tax

How prepared are Local Authorities for Welfare Reform?

19 April, 2013

Homelessness Link Report

Letting agents face tougher scrutiny

18 April, 2013

Letting agents and residential managing agents will now have to sign up to a recognised ombudsman scheme following an amendment to a bill currently going through parliament

Half of privately owned homes are 'under-occupied'

18 April, 2013

Research from Naionwide shows 49% of owned homes have two or more spare bedrooms, while in the private rental sector only 16% do

Wates Living Space invests in QSH and Steve Partridge becomes new CFO

18 April, 2013

QSH acts an interface to match housing needs with institutional finance, enabling Housing Associations and Local Authorities to build much-needed affordable homes without government subsidy

Social housing tenants paid £30 to learn about money

17 April, 2013

A housing association is offering tenants a £30 incentive to learn how to manage their personal finances.

Bedroom tax: lack of legal support may see housing arrears increase

17 April, 2013

Fears are growing that the 'bedroom tax' will lead to an increase in evictions, but it may not be that simple for social landlords

Council to use HRA funds to limit bedroom tax

17 April, 2013

Swindon council has got permission from the housing minister to use money from rental income to set up a £420,000 fund to support tenants affected by welfare cuts

Up to 10,000 new homes will improve the rental market

16 April, 2013

The Build to Rent Fund is designed to help developers invest in homes built specifically for private rent by reducing the up-front risk in a relatively untested market

Greenwich Council launches job scheme for victims of benefit cuts

16 April, 2013

The Royal Borough of Greenwich claims it is the first council in the country to launch a scheme to get the families worst affected by the government's benefit cuts into work

Credit union £38 million expansion deal signed

16 April, 2013

ABCUL has been awarded a contract worth up to £38million to modernise and grow the credit union industry so it helps more people on low incomes

Housing associations get part of £1bn private rent fund

16 April, 2013

Eight housing associations were among the successful bidders that will share £700 million of government funding for new private rented homes

GHA buys homes for tenants to avoid bedroom tax

16 April, 2013

Glasgow Housing Association is to buy 300 homes to allow people to avoid the government's bedroom tax

Top tips: lessons from the direct payment pilot schemes

15 April, 2013

How can you prepare for the introduction of direct payment? Our panel of experts involved in the government's pilot schemes share their advice

Council urged to limit impact of bedroom tax

15 April, 2013

Councillors in Cambridge to discuss measures to limit the impact of the 'bedroom tax' including reclassifying some properties

Benefit change: Tenants outnumber available Wales homes

12 April, 2013

There are not enough suitable homes available for tenants in Wales who want to downsize amid changes to the benefit system, BBC Wales research shows

Housing bodies slate bedroom tax mass appeals

12 April, 2013

Chartered Institute of Housing warns campaign may risk strong cases

Investment pot to prevent homelessness

12 April, 2013

A £78,000 investment pot is being established to prevent homelessness by Richmondshire Council

Why a digital inclusion strategy is now crucial for social landlords

12 April, 2013

Changes to how benefits are accessed means housing providers will have to do more for their tenants

Tenants could be offered cash to leave country

12 April, 2013

A north London council is considering offering up to £20,000 to tenants considering a move abroad

Knowsley saves 200 households from bedroom tax

11 April, 2013

Knowsley Housing Trust has so far succeeded in exempting up to 200 tenants from the bedroom tax

Welfare reform is needed but the bedroom tax will end badly

10 April, 2013

The 'bedroom tax' does little for either benefits claimants or the public purse and is likely to become the poll tax of 2013

Government denies shifting social housing cash

10 April, 2013

The Northern Irish Government has denied that it has siphoned money intended for social housing into first time buyer schemes

Charity wins appeal over bedroom tax for Sheffield family

10 April, 2013

A Charity has secured exemption from the 'bedroom tax' for a Sheffield family - and say others could have success too

Housing sector aiming to get tenants on the internet with 'Spring Online'

09 April, 2013

Housing providers across the UK are to help their tenants get internet access as they take part in this year's 'Spring Online' campaign

Council receives 5,000 requests for low cost homes

09 April, 2013

A London council has received 5,000 requests from local people asking it to help them find low cost homes in the borough

Live discussion: direct payment demonstration pilots

08 April, 2013

The government's pilot schemes have seen arrears double in the first four months, but what can be learned from the six schemes' progress so far?

Government pledges £400k universal credit IT cash

08 April, 2013

Social landlords can bid for a share of £400,000 government funding to help tenants improve their internet skills

Benefit changes: Leeds City Council could 'reclassify' bedrooms

08 April, 2013

Plans to "reclassify" bedrooms in more than 800 council homes are being considered in Leeds, in response to housing benefit changes

A slice of life

08 April, 2013

Over the next year, Inside Housing will track the impact on their businesses and lives through this new welfare reform focus group

Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance Manual

05 April, 2013

April 2013 Good Practice Guide for DHP's

Housing benefit changes may prompt return of rent collectors

05 April, 2013

Nine in 10 housing professionals predict increased arrears under universal credit, requiring landlords to rethink rent collection methods

Strike a Digital Deal to help people get online

05 April, 2013

Social landlords are urged to bid for funding to design innovative projects to help their tenants get online with the launch of Digital Deal

Bedroom tax to cost more than it can save

05 April, 2013

The bedroom tax will cost Northern Ireland more to implement than it will save in HB, according to new figures released by CIH and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations NIFHA

Sheltered housing and welfare reform

05 April, 2013

NHF Report

Council tenants can rent out spare rooms

04 April, 2013

Social housing tenants will be allowed to make thousands of pounds by renting out their spare rooms and their benefits will be unaffected, ministers have admitted

Changes to council tax on empty homes introduced this week

04 April, 2013

Information from the Empty Homes Agency Limited

Bedroom Tax: Some Home Truths

03 April, 2013

Bedroom tax could cost taxpayers more, not less, according to new NHF report

The Bedroom tax map of Britain: where will it hit hardest?

03 April, 2013

The National Housing Federation has worked out what this will mean per year for claimants in each constituency across the country

Universal Credit and future funding: social housing sector reveals its greatest fears

03 April, 2013

Housing associations are nearly as concerned with funding as they are with Universal Credit

£40 million for council tax cuts

03 April, 2013

The Scottish Government has pledged to protect vulnerable residents from increased council tax bills by launching a £40 million fund to bridge the gap

LIN Member Report April 2013 - Bedroom Tax Appeals

02 April, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner

Scottish government says law to prevent 'bedroom tax' evictions is unnecessary

02 April, 2013

The Scottish government has rejected Labour's call for emergency legislation to prevent tenants being evicted as a result of arrears caused by the so-called "bedroom tax".

Warning: if you spend your money on fags you might lose your home

02 April, 2013

Housing associations have come under attack for 'patronising' messages over welfare reform. How should they reach tenants?

'Scrap bedroom tax or give Scotland its fair share of funds'

02 April, 2013

The UK government must scrap the bedroom tax in Scotland or give the country its fair share of funds to deal with both the human and financial impact

Universal Credit: service charges

01 April, 2013

Guidance for landlords

Impact of Welfare Reform on Social Landlords in the South-West

28 March, 2013

A new study has revealed that 56 percent of housing associations and almost 30 percent of councils are worried that their tenants still know hardly anything about the welfare changes

Government lose Bedroom Tax challenge decision

28 March, 2013

The Government fails in its attempt to prevent legal action against its controversial Bedroom Tax

Fast-track possessions to rise

28 March, 2013

Housing associations will increasingly use 'fast-track' possession notices to evict tenants who fall behind with rent payments

Tenants choose to stay and pay bedroom tax

28 March, 2013

Just 1 per cent of households affected by the government's 'bedroom tax' have moved home to avoid the controversial under-occupancy charge, which comes into effect on Monday

Money Advice Service - guides

27 March, 2013

Free printed guides give you clear, unbiased information and advice in plain English - of particular interest will be the 'Everyday money' guides

Council slaps five-year local connection rule on social housing applications

26 March, 2013

A local authority will from next week only allow those with a five-year connection to the area to apply for council housing

Housing Benefit reform

25 March, 2013

Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy fact sheet

Benefit changes for disabled people and social housing tenants

25 March, 2013

One of the most radical reforms of the benefits system starts to takes effect from April with changes to many payments, including those for social housing tenants

Cameron announces crackdown on housing and welfare for migrants

25 March, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined government plans to restrict the benefits available to migrants in the UK

LIN Press Release - information for private and social sector landlords

25 March, 2013

Changes to the size criteria for approved foster carers and parents of armed forces personnel

Housing associations shirk their responsibilities to those most in need

22 March, 2013

It is too easy for social landlords to turn away those that have fallen through the cracks of the system in favour of safer tenants with good salaries

Plan to scrap eviction power

22 March, 2013

The Welsh Gov is planning a forthcoming white paper to scrap ground 8 possession law which social landlords may use to combat arrears caused by welfare reforms

'Money saving expert' Martin Lewis launches financial advice service for social tenants

21 March, 2013

'Money saving expert' Martin Lewis has launched a new service to help social tenants manage their finances

Pay to stay threshold to be set at £60,000

21 March, 2013

Social landlords will be able to charge market rents to tenants where their household income exceeds £60,000, the government has announced

Expert round up: how should housing providers use data?

18 March, 2013

Our panel of housing and technology leaders share their advice on how to capture and analyse data

How will the housing benefit changes work?

18 March, 2013

A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the "bedroom tax" by Labour and, for many, the name has stuck

Council: no tenant to be evicted over bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

A council has declared that none of its social tenants will be evicted if they cannot afford to pay the government's forthcoming bedroom tax

Thousands protest against bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

Thousands of people have gathered at demonstrations across the UK to protest against the government's 'bedroom tax' penalty for under-occupation of social housing

'Welfare reform will change social housing forever'

15 March, 2013

The government's welfare reforms will change the social housing landscape forever, delegates at the CIH Scotland conference have been told

Bedroom tax: drastic u-turns, partial concessions, and spin

15 March, 2013

The most significant - and potentially most politically damaging - bodyswerve on the bedroom tax this week was slipped out without fanfare

Going private

15 March, 2013

High house prices mean homeownership is a pipe dream for a growing number of renters. Neil Merrick examines how social landlords are generating extra income and plugging a gap in the market by moving into the PRS

Tory MPs voice bedroom tax worries

15 March, 2013

Conservative MPs have written to councils raising concerns about the impact of the 'bedroom tax' - despite voting for the measure in parliament

Birmingham landlord finds just 6% of tenants will downsize

15 March, 2013

A survey of residents by a Castle Vale Community Housing Association has found that only 6 per cent intend to move to a smaller house as a result of the 'bedroom tax'

Courts will fill up with tenants, lawyers warn

15 March, 2013

Lawyers expect courts to be inundated with 'thousands' of legal cases following the introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax' next month

Bedroom tax: why you should march against this heartless, pointless 'reform'

15 March, 2013

Mass evictions of the most vulnerable are no way to tackle the housing benefit bill, and we must do all we can to stop them

Protestor delivers 'bedroom tax disclaimer' to One Vision

15 March, 2013

A protestor has hand-delivered a 'bedroom tax disclaimer' to the head offices of One Vision Housing

Foster carers with more than one child will still face 'bedroom tax'

14 March, 2013

Carers' exemption from under-occupancy charge does not extend to more than one 'spare bedroom', ministers reveal

Housing sector heading for 'perfect storm'

13 March, 2013

The Scottish Housing Regulator has warned of a 'perfect storm brewing' in the social housing sector

Public sector 'should look to housing to improve'

13 March, 2013

The public sector is failing deprived communities and is in urgent need of reform, a leading think tank warned today

Westminster Council under attack over bedroom tax claims

12 March, 2013

A councillor has written to Westminster City Council's cabinet member for housing to complain that of over 500 tenants due to be hit by the bedroom tax, only 8 have so far been downsized

5 top tips to tackle the 'bedroom tax'

12 March, 2013

Information from the Bevan Foundation

Tenants affected by benefit changes get help to downsize

12 March, 2013

Tenants in Torfaen who are affected by welfare reform and are struggling to pay their rent will now find it easier to move a smaller home

IDS pledges to protect disabled children

12 March, 2013

The work and pensions secretary has pledged to protect disabled children who will be hit by the bedroom tax

Charity launches spare rooms campaign

12 March, 2013

Depaul UK is calling on UK households with spare rooms to offer them to homeless young people

Council's bedroom tax avoidance house swap event creates 200 viewing requests

12 March, 2013

Croydon Council's house swapping event has led to almost 200 requests to view properties.

LIN Press Release - Partial U-turn over bedroom tax

12 March, 2013

Partial U-turn over bedroom tax announced by Iain Duncan Smith

Welfare reform trial sees rent arrears rise in Torfaen

11 March, 2013

Tenants in south Wales taking part in a trial of the UK government's benefits reforms have seen rent arrears rise seven-fold to £140,000 in seven months

Occupancy Analyser

11 March, 2013

Wirral Partnership Homes has launched a new 'occupancy analyser' toolkit to help assess the financial impact of the bedroom tax on its future income

These 'spare' bedrooms are far from empty, Mr Shapps

11 March, 2013

If 'we're all in this together', let's have escalating council tax bands based on bedroom size

Three quarters of bedroom tax tenants won't move

11 March, 2013

Three quarters of tenants who will be affected by the bedroom tax would refuse to move even if smaller properties were available, according to research conducted by Aspire HA

80,000 People in London fall foul of Bedroom Tax

11 March, 2013

Thousands of low-income families across the capital will be forced to pay more rent or move out of their homes when the bedroom tax comes in according to NHF

Bedroom tax fact check

08 March, 2013

Following Prime Minister's Questions this article looks at the claims made about who will be exempt from the bedroom tax

Tenants asked to sign bedroom tax disclaimer

08 March, 2013

A Liverpool-based housing association is asking tenants to sign forms that say they accept they will be hit with legal action if they don't pay their rent as a result of the 'bedroom tax'

Orbit recycles hundreds of old computers to help tenants get online

08 March, 2013

Orbit Group is recycling hundreds of old computers to help tenants get online ahead of the government's imminent welfare reforms

Anger on the streets

08 March, 2013

Protests against the government's controversial bedroom tax are being staged across the country ahead of the policy's implementation on 1 April

Marching on

08 March, 2013

Inside Housing report

Minister casts doubt on PM's housing benefit claim

08 March, 2013

A senior Conservative has cast doubt on claims by David Cameron that severely disabled children are exempt from what critics have dubbed the "bedroom tax"

'Bedroom tax will stop new homes being built'

07 March, 2013

The forthcoming bedroom tax will limit the amount of new homes social landlords are able to build, according to a speaker at a CIH South East Conference

'Under-occupancy charge is not a tax' says PM

07 March, 2013

The Prime Minister has been defending the coalition's "under-occupancy charge", which has been dubbed "bedroom tax", at Prime Ministers Questions

Universal Credit: Proposal for Direct Payments trigger

07 March, 2013

CIH has joined forces with the National Housing Federation and Community Housing Cymru to advise the government

DWP sets date for national benefit cap roll-out

07 March, 2013

The national roll-out of the benefit cap will begin on 15th July announced the Department for Work and Pensions

Figures show where bedroom tax will hit hardest

06 March, 2013

The NHF has calculated which constituencies will be hit hardest by penalties for under-occupation of social housing that come into force on 1 April

Tackling Squalor - The pivotal role of social housing

06 March, 2013

Report by Centre for Labour and Social Studies

Council ends lifetime tenancies for social homes

06 March, 2013

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has ended lifetime tenancies for new social housing applicants

Ministers urged to exempt foster carers from 'bedroom tax'

06 March, 2013

Leaders of 11 children's charities say new rules will make it more difficult for people in social housing to become foster carers

Benefit changes: Residents look to 'swap properties'

06 March, 2013

People in Croydon who may lose out of benefits as the government changes its rules on spare bedrooms have said the changes will have a big impact on their lives

Bedroom tax to be introduced before legal challenge

06 March, 2013

A legal challenge to the government's penalty for the under-occupation of social housing will not go ahead until after the policy is introduced on 1 April

Homes Under the Hammer star launches household goods re-use scheme

05 March, 2013

Martin Roberts, star of TV show Homes Under the Hammer, has launched a housing association's new household goods re-use scheme

Social rents increases will break up communities

05 March, 2013

The government's misguided changes to social rents will have a negative affect on people's mental health and on treatment and support services

New bedroom tax figures show local impact

05 March, 2013

New figures estimating the numbers of people hit by the bedroom tax at constituency level have been released by the National Housing Federation

East meets west

04 March, 2013

Three hundred households in Greater Manchester are set to benefit from highly efficient heating systems thanks to £20 million from the Japanese government

300% rise in demand for youth emergency accommodation

04 March, 2013

Depaul UK's campaign is calling on the 7.5 million households nationwide that have spare rooms to consider making it available to a young homeless person

Benefit cap will force more children to move schools mid-year, says thinktank

01 March, 2013

RSA warns that poorer children are more likely to have their education disrupted if they are forced out of affluent areas

'Bedroom tax' legal challenge

01 March, 2013

A disabled couple have gone to the High Court to take legal action against the Government's so-called bedroom tax

Exclusive: Benefit claimants offered £6,500 to move out

28 February, 2013

Labour-run Brent LBC will offer 150 benefit recipients with large families a one-off payment of £6,500 to move out of the borough, under a proposed £1m 'new start' scheme for those hit hard by welfare cuts

Bedroom tax will cost taxpayers more

26 February, 2013

The coming bedroom tax will end up costing Scottish taxpayers more not less, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Scottish charity calls for £50m bedroom tax fund

26 February, 2013

A housing charity has told the Scottish Government it needs to set aside £50 million to protect social tenants from the impact of the bedroom tax

DWP: bedroom tax will not be changed

25 February, 2013

There will be no changes made to the bedroom tax according to the Department for Work and Pensions

Bedroom tax protestors joining 'benefit justice summit'

25 February, 2013

Tenants protesting against the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts are to join a 'benefit justice summit'

The bedroom tax ignores the link between home and health

25 February, 2013

The emotional costs of 'bedroom tax' could far exceed savings in housing benefits according to JRF

Coast & Country launches mass protest against the bedroom tax

25 February, 2013

Coast & Country is harnessing the voice of tens of thousands of social housing tenants from across the North East to launch a mass protest against the bedroom tax - speaker from LIN Director Claire Turner opens this event

Bedroom tax will hit poorer students

25 February, 2013

The bedroom tax could hit students already struggling to survive without financial support from their parents

Top tips: managing the bedroom tax in social housing

25 February, 2013

How can housing providers protect tenants and their bottom lines from the impact of the under-occupation penalty? Our experts share their advice

DWP rules out changes to bedroom tax

22 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted there will be no change to the bedroom tax following reports that Iain Duncan Smith has asked officials to look at how the policy will affect disabled people

Home swap service to tackle welfare reform

22 February, 2013

Social landlords are to set up a national mobility scheme to help tenants move to avoid the impact of the government’s welfare reforms and to find work

Challenging Times, Changing Lives

22 February, 2013

Welfare reforms will fail to result in positive changes unless the government and social landlords increase support services for tenants, Riverside study warns

'Bedroom tax' rules re-examined

21 February, 2013

Welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith has instructed officials to "look again" at how the "bedroom tax" will affect disabled people, the BBC has been told

Government backtracks on pensioner bedroom tax

21 February, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to protect some of the pensioners that could be hit by the bedroom tax

Southwark Council pilot findings cast doubt on viability of Direct Payment of benefits

21 February, 2013

A London council has projected it faces a rocketing £14 million increase in rent arrears once the direct payment of HB to tenants comes into effect later this year

Universal credit: more tenants face eviction and rent arrears

20 February, 2013

Emerging findings from direct payment pilots suggest vulnerable housing benefit claimants will struggle with new measures

Is the 'bedroom tax' fair?

20 February, 2013

MPs Helen Goodman and Richard Harrington debate whether people should have their benefits cut if they have a spare room

A mother of 11 housed in a 'mansion'? Spare us this modern morality tale

20 February, 2013

Huge families on benefits may make for spectacular news stories but economically they are insignificant

Couple take bedroom tax hit to keep shrine to dead son

20 February, 2013

A couple who lost their son to cancer are prepared to pay the bedroom tax to keep a shrine to his memory

Welfare changes: tenants get explanatory video

19 February, 2013

Hundreds of council home tenants can learn more about the Government's forthcoming welfare changes thanks to a new online film

Free IT courses for Dale & Valley Homes' customers

19 February, 2013

Council tenants in Wear Valley are being offered the chance to learn computer skills for free

800% rise in homeless families housed in B&Bs for over six weeks

18 February, 2013

The amount of homeless families being housed in B&Bs for over six weeks has risen by 800% since 2010's general election, new figures have revealed

LIN Press Release - Information on Direct payment of Universal Credit Housing costs direct to landlords

15 February, 2013

Universal Credit (UC) - Guidance on Personal Budgeting Support

Council housing homeless families in £1,500 per week hotel rooms

15 February, 2013

Westminster City Council is paying over £1,500 per week to house homeless families in West End hotel rooms

Direct payments housing association: 'Welfare reforms could cost us £10m a year'

14 February, 2013

Wakefield and District HA who are taking part in the DWP Direct Payment demonstration projects says the Government's welfare reforms could end up costing it £10million a year

'Social landlords don't have to collect the bedroom tax'

14 February, 2013

Current claims that the bedroom tax will increase the housing benefit bill by forcing under occupiers into the private sector are one dimensional

Tenants get lessons in IT and savings

14 February, 2013

Whitefriars Housing has teamed up with Henley College and is giving its tenants lessons in IT and how to save and manage their money

Benefit cuts: London tenants told to move away from Capital

14 February, 2013

Camden council is considering shipping tenants that'll be hit by the coming benefit cuts as far away as Leicester and Birmingham

Social landlord backs motion to help those hit by bedroom tax

14 February, 2013

Liverpool Mutual Homes is backing a Parliamentary motion to increase Discretionary Housing Payment funding in the face of the coming bedroom tax

London council forced to move families away

14 February, 2013

A London council is considering moving up to 2,817 people miles out of the borough because benefit changes mean they will struggle to pay private sector rents

How to: undertake an equality analysis

13 February, 2013

CIH report

Room without review: Thoughts on tackling the bedroom tax

12 February, 2013

Report from nearlylegal - housing law, news and comment

How 'bedroom tax' will impact on communities

12 February, 2013

BBC information video

'I do not accept the bedroom tax is a tax'

12 February, 2013

David Cameron made that rather self-defeating comment in the Commons on the 6th February during Prime Minister's Questions

Harlow Council plans social housing ban for criminals

12 February, 2013

People with certain convictions will be banned from social housing under a new policy introduced by a council

Birmingham to set up lettings agent

11 February, 2013

Birmingham Council plans to launch a social lettings agency to provide access to private rented property to people in housing need

Universal Credit - Local support services framework

11 February, 2013

The Local support services framework states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

LIN Press Release - Universal Credit (UC)

11 February, 2013

The local support services framework for the government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, states it will be up to the DWP to make exceptions to normal payment rules such as paying the housing element of the credit to landlords

Bedroom tax 'won't work in Liverpool'

11 February, 2013

The government's bedroom tax won't work in Liverpool, a housing association targeted by protestors has said

Back to the future for housing reward and incentive schemes

08 February, 2013

Written off in the last decade, social landlords should look again at prizes and incentives to manage welfare reform

English Housing Survey Headline Report 2011/12

08 February, 2013

The first results from the 2011-12 English Housing Survey. The EHS is the government's major national survey on homes and housing

Benefit uprating strips cash out of social housing communities

07 February, 2013

Residents claiming jobseeker's allowance will see their income rise by £2 a week, although bills are expected to climb by £10

Work longer to keep spare room, says pensions minister

07 February, 2013

People facing a cut in housing benefit because they have a spare room in their council home could work more hours to keep it, the pension minister has said

Ed Miliband attacks David Cameron over bedroom tax

06 February, 2013

Labour leader says cut in benefits for those with spare rooms in social housing will hit disabled people and military families

'Bedroom tax' will cost taxpayers more

06 February, 2013

The government's controversial new "bedroom tax" will cost rather than save money in parts of the country, it has been claimed

Bedroom tax debate: Liam Byrne and Nigel Mills

06 February, 2013

MPs Liam Byrne and Nigel Mills join Krishnan Guru-Murthy in the studio to debate the impact of the 'bedroom tax'

'Bedroom tax': Carer criticises housing benefit cut

06 February, 2013

A man who gave up work to care for his sick wife is "disgusted" at the so-called "bedroom tax" which may see him lose £60 a month in housing benefit

Under-occupation and the new policy framework

04 February, 2013

Report by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research

Sheffield private rent plan finalised

01 February, 2013

A group of councils in the Sheffield city region has finalised plans to develop up to 1,000 private rented homes using government funding and local authority-owned land

Welfare reform impact: regional summaries

01 February, 2013

NHF Reports

No Clear Benefit

31 January, 2013

The financial impact of Council Tax Benefit reform on low income households

Employment and Support Allowance - Incapacity Benefits Reassessment: Work Capability Assessments

31 January, 2013

Nearly a third of those on the old incapacity benefits have been found capable of some kind of work since controversial reassessments began, according to figures from the DWP

Nudge, nudge: Orbit reward scheme cuts rent arrears by 500k

29 January, 2013

Orbit Heart of England says its resident reward scheme, ProPoints, has helped reduce rent arrears by around half a million pounds

Housing association to create 1,000 apprenticeships for workless tenants

29 January, 2013

Radian is planning on creating 1,000 apprenticeships for its unemployed tenants

Set in place solid foundations - Then tackle the myriad of welfare reforms

28 January, 2013

LIN complimentary report for landlords

Government 'could change' bedroom tax

28 January, 2013

A junior minister has said the controversial bedroom tax could change if there are impacts the government has 'not thought of'

Freud: Direct payments will not reduce incomes

28 January, 2013

Lord David Freud said he does not expect landlords to 'suffer sudden losses of income' as a result of direct payment of benefit to tenants

The spare bedroom tax: a mess of contradiction and impossibility

28 January, 2013

In April the new 'spare bedroom tax' comes into force, meaning many low-income families and disabled people will be forced to move or face yet more cuts. The implications are frightening

Tenants get £40 boost to open jam jar accounts

28 January, 2013

Walsall housing association is offering its tenants financial incentives to open up jam jar accounts

Merseyside families to be hit with yearly £16 million 'bedroom tax' bill

25 January, 2013

Analysis of DWP data by the NHF has revealed that the Government's 'bedroom tax' could cost Merseyside's social tenants over £16 million a year

Hundreds get plugged into opportunities at employment fair

25 January, 2013

Organisations in Knowsley have worked together to help link people with employment and training opportunities in the borough

Apprentice Scheme Goes From Strength to Strength

25 January, 2013

South Tyneside Homes' apprenticeship scheme is proving popular as the programme is helping a great deal of youngsters onto the first rung of the employment ladder

landlords should get systems in place before Universal Credit

25 January, 2013

Here Claire Turner, director of LIN, argues that landlords should take steps to prepare for Universal Credit before payments are made direct to tenants

Landlord to cushion bedroom tax blow

25 January, 2013

A housing association plans to pay tenants the amount they will lose through the bedroom tax over three years as a lump sum cash incentive to downsize

Rent arrears to rise 51% under welfare reforms

24 January, 2013

Housing associations expect their rent arrears to increase by more than half as a result of the government's welfare reforms

Rent arrears could rocket over 50% under new welfare plans

24 January, 2013

A million people living in social housing could struggle with their rent and end up in debt as a result of the Government's welfare shakeup, warns the NHF

Evictions warning over housing benefit reforms

24 January, 2013

Changes to housing benefit later this year could lead to a rise in evictions, a key housing body has warned

Millions to struggle with rents under welfare reforms

24 January, 2013

A million people living in social housing could struggle with their rent and end up in debt as a result of the Government's welfare shakeup

Committee warns rising rents threaten low income Londoners

23 January, 2013

A London Assembly committee will demand to know where traditional housing association tenants will be housed if spiraling rents in the capital price them out

Supporting People funding boost is a mirage for cash-strapped councils

23 January, 2013

Whitehall allocations process suggests SP boost but 'obscures' real funding cuts that leave local authorities out of pocket

MPs debate impact of 'bedroom tax' changes in Wales

22 January, 2013

MPs will discuss the impact of a so-called "bedroom tax" which will impose an under-occupancy penalty on tenants

Social housing should build a future for our young people

21 January, 2013

Octavia Housing has launched an apprenticeship scheme only open to residents, fostering culture of aspiration on its estates

Only 37% of landlords to offer green deal

18 January, 2013

Just over a third of social landlords are planning to let tenants take up the government's green deal programme according to new research

Landlord to host 'soap opera' about benefit changes

17 January, 2013

New Charter Homes is turning its offices into the venue for a 'soap opera' to help tell tenants about important changes to their welfare benefits

Councils win cash to tackle fuel poverty

17 January, 2013

Councils and third sector organisations have been allocated £46 million of government funding to tackle fuel poverty

Exempt accommodation update

17 January, 2013

NHF report on how the reform of benefits to cover housing costs will affect people living in supported and sheltered housing

How housing staff can work to tackle child poverty in their communities

16 January, 2013

Thousands of children are struggling in poor families. Housing providers should not turn away from this tricky problem

Council offering landlords cash incentives to house homeless families

16 January, 2013

Hounslow Council has launched a new incentive for landlords to help local families at risk of becoming homeless

Welfare reform: Landlord restructures to create 17 permanent roles

15 January, 2013

Guinness South has restructured its Neighbourhood Services Directorate to create 17 permanent roles to help residents cope with welfare reform changes

The direct payment guinea pigs

11 January, 2013

Inside Housing examines the results of six pilot projects, which have been testing the new system since June, to find out what landlords can expect

STAR benchmarking service

10 January, 2013

Summary of findings 2011/12

Six steps to improve digital inclusion in 2013

10 January, 2013

Getting residents online is now more important than ever. Follow six simple stages to help this transition

Benefit caps 'will lead' to increased homelessness

09 January, 2013

A leading landlord organisation has warned that government plans to cap benefits are likely to lead to an increase in homelessness

LIN Press release - Universal Credit Service Charges

09 January, 2013

Universal Credit service charges - guidance for landlords

Support for social tenants to have their say on local services

08 January, 2013

CLG have launched a new training programme designed to put power firmly in the hands of social tenants

Sustainable housing movement held back by lack of tenant data

07 January, 2013

The Naked House experiment proves the impact on energy bills, but the real challenge is changing resident behaviour

Benefit cut set to hit forces families

07 January, 2013

The bedroom tax will penalise families with empty bedrooms - forcing tenants to downsize or pay for the rooms. It means service personnel deployed away from home could have nowhere to come back to when they are on leave

Enterprise Clubs - support for self-employment

04 January, 2013

Enterprise Clubs - make the most of local knowledge and resources to help unemployed people in their communities set up as self-employed or start their own business

Millions behind with rent and mortgage payments

04 January, 2013

Millions of households are struggling to maintain rent and mortgage payments in the face of the government's austerity measure

Tenant arrears fall by 16%

04 January, 2013

It's good news for landlords as the number of tenants in severe arrears has fallen for the first time in over a year

Measures to reduce Housing Benefit expenditure - an overview

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to tenants in social rented housing

03 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Home-work: Helping London's social tenants into employment

02 January, 2013

Report by The Centre for London

Unintended consequences: Local Housing Allowance

01 January, 2013

Report by People, Place and Policy online

Universal Credit

01 January, 2013

2013 Focus LA Led Pilots Monthly Update December 2012

Website tracking council tax benefit changes launched

24 December, 2012

A think tank has launched a website tracking changes to council tax support in England

Number of homeless families in B&Bs on the rise

24 December, 2012

Official figure doubled from 1,230 to 2,460 in London between 2010 and 2011, and rose again in first six months of 2012

Tenants handed computers in Christmas giveaway

21 December, 2012

Newlon Fusion, the community arm of Newlon Housing Trust is presenting tenants with computers and training as part of work to prepare for the impact of welfare reforms

Temporary accommodation

21 December, 2012

NHF submission to DWP in response to their update on temporary accommodation reforms

Editor's blog: my Christmas wish is for housing to find a voice on welfare

21 December, 2012

Latest evidence on rent arrears under universal credit is damning, but next analysis will come too late

Direct payment projects warn of creeping arrears

18 December, 2012

The creeping of arrears in the direct payment demonstration projects is further evidence landlords will need to provide a range of payment options

Direct Payment projects: Rent worth more than £500,000 not collected

17 December, 2012

More than £500k of rent was not collected by RSL's and LA's during the first four months of the Government's Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

Housing provider's adviser army to prepare 1000s of tenants for welfare reform

17 December, 2012

A housing provider is sending out an army of advisers to inform its tenants about the Government's imminent welfare reforms

LIN Press release - Direct payment pilots report increased arrears

17 December, 2012

Landlords testing direct payment of benefit failed to collect 8 per cent of rent on average in the first four months of the six pilot projects

Providers missing out on social media

14 December, 2012

Housing associations must take advantage of social media for better engagement with their tenants, a study has found

Landlords hand out food parcels to tenants

14 December, 2012

Social landlords are increasingly having to provide food parcels for residents struggling to meet rising living costs as austerity bites

'Tenants unaware of impact benefit changes will have on them'

12 December, 2012

New research has found that only 22% of housing providers believe their tenants understand the impact that the coming welfare changes will have on them

Demonstration projects have shown 'value of jam jars'

12 December, 2012

An MP says the demonstration projects trialling direct housing benefit payments to tenants have shown the value of jam jar budgeting accounts

Housing associations 'set to manage' Universal Credit challenge despite significant risks

11 December, 2012

Universal Credit poses a significant but manageable risk to housing associations, according to an overview of the sector published by the ratings agency Moody's

Would payment of housing benefit to landlords create a stable private sector?

11 December, 2012

Labour will address direct payment in exchange for offering longer, more stable tenancies. Will the policy work?

Direct payments will require landlord to collect extra £23m a year

10 December, 2012

Golden Gates has warned that the move to pay housing benefit directly to tenants as part of UC will require it to collect an extra £23m each year

Social landlord's 'stark warning' so far ignored by 700 'under occupiers'

10 December, 2012

A social landlord which wrote to 1,400 'under occupying' tenants who will be affected by the coming Bedroom Tax is yet to receive replies from half of them

Latest on Universal Credit

10 December, 2012

10 December 2012 - Universal Credit and related regulations laid before Parliament

Home-work: Helping London's social tenants into employment

07 December, 2012

Report by think-tank Demos

Statutory Homelessness: July to September Quarter 2012

07 December, 2012

Official figures show housing benefit cuts leading to sharp rise in homelessness

Direct payment to cost pilot landlord £8 million a year

07 December, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted its plans for direct payment of benefit will proceed despite a landlord on a pilot project claiming the policy will cost it £8 million a year

Northern landlords buy lettings firms

07 December, 2012

Two northern housing associations will take on the management of 1,300 private homes after buying independent private lettings businesses this week

Autumn statement 2012 in charts

06 December, 2012

What did George Osborne announce in the Autumn statement

George Osborne's Autumn Statement: Reactions

06 December, 2012

Reaction to George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Housing benefit to rise less than rate of inflation

06 December, 2012

Payment increases to landlords to be capped at 1% from 2014, while plan to end housing benefits for under-25s is dropped

Osborne unveils fresh welfare cuts

06 December, 2012

George Osborne has announced a series of welfare cuts in his autumn statement

Chancellor plans to bring 50,000 homes on to the market

06 December, 2012

Autumn statement unveils plans to use infrastructure capital fund to accelerate existing housing schemes

Social housing and the autumn statement: all in it together?

06 December, 2012

It is still not clear how much, if any, of the £5bn capital injection has gone to affordable housing or to new homes over the next three years

The Autumn Statement: Austerity here to stay

06 December, 2012

Austerity is here to stay. That is tough for everyone - but hardest for the poorest

Landlords 'deeply concerned' over new benefit caps

06 December, 2012

Housing associations are "deeply concerned" around proposals to cap working age benefit increases

Warning on benefit cuts amid rise in homelessness

05 December, 2012

Rise in statutory homelessness has disproportionately affected families with children, Crisis report says

Housing could lose out in £5bn spending spree

05 December, 2012

George Osborne is set to unveil a £5 billion boost to fund a wave of stalled infrastructure projects today but the housing sector could miss out

Welfare budget under spotlight - Autumn Statement

05 December, 2012

The welfare budget is set to come under further assault today as chancellor George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement: At-a-glance summary of key point

05 December, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has updated MPs on the state of the economy and the government's future plans in his Autumn Statemen

Osborne unveils fresh welfare cuts

05 December, 2012

George Osborne has announced a series of welfare cuts in his autumn statement

Study of accredited landlords finds they prefer vetted tenants too

05 December, 2012

Survey of landlords offers guidance for local authorities, but reveals stark differences between tenants and owners

Government to push ahead with 'pay to stay'

05 December, 2012

The government has confirmed it is pressing ahead with plans to charge high-earning social tenants more rent

Further welfare cuts risk 'serious unrest'

04 December, 2012

Social housing tenants and the communities where they live could be 'pushed over the edge' by further welfare cut

Housebuilding stifled by government funding rules

04 December, 2012

Treasury limits on investment are preventing councils and Almos from building up to 60,000 new homes over the next five years

Moat splits resident services into three tiers to influence tenant behaviour

04 December, 2012

Moat residents who are in rental arrears will no longer qualify for a cosmetic repairs service from February

Government taxes your spare room

04 December, 2012

We all know that money is tight but for thousands of social housing tenants things could be about to get even tighter

The Financial Implications of Welfare Reform for Social Housing Landlords

04 December, 2012

The viability of dozens of housing associations is at risk from the financial impact of welfare reform - report from PHHS

George Osborne set to drop plan to end housing benefit for under-25s

03 December, 2012

Lib Dems revolt against David Cameron's 'unjust' move in runup to chancellor's autumn statement

Government Policies: Giving communities more power in planning local development

03 December, 2012

We want people to be able to influence decisions about new and modified buildings and facilities in their area.

Sale and leaseback deals 'could be risky'

03 December, 2012

A senior figure at the housing regulator has urged housing associations to exercise caution when entering into sale and leaseback deals

Expert round up: the future of Almos

03 December, 2012

Compilation of opinions on arm's-length management organisations

Housing ALMOs branching out to deliver range of services

03 December, 2012

ALMOs are branching out from their core business of managing council homes to provide a growing range of services for other landlords

Regulator in resource crisis

30 November, 2012

Social housing regulator has admitted it lacks the resources to function effectively and plans to lobby the government

Osborne may relax council debt cap

30 November, 2012

Treasury official hints at borrowing increase for house building authorities

Prisk: State land sell-off could yield 33,000 new homes

30 November, 2012

The Government has sold enough public sector land to build an estimated 33,000 new homes, the housing minister has revealed

Why housing associations should take advantage of the private rented sector

30 November, 2012

As Places for People expands into the private rented sector, its chief executive explains why others should follow their lead

Landlord warning on Benefits Changes

30 November, 2012

The National Landlords Association has concerns about changes to benefits

Time to think big

30 November, 2012

If housing providers get these details right, private rent will take off

Autumn statement: what it means for housing

29 November, 2012

Find out all about the autumn statement, what it means for the sector and what we expect

An army of benefit scroungers? The evidence just doesn't stack up

29 November, 2012

Our research into people on low incomes found little sign of the stereotype of the workshy claimant who doesn't deserve help

The private sector cannot be the only answer to London's housing problems

29 November, 2012

The capitals property market serves the demands of the wealthy and global speculators, rather than the needs of the majority

Three factors that make a supported housing scheme a success

29 November, 2012

A not-for-profit organisation has helped develop a scheme that supports individuals with learning disabilities and diverse needs

October Market Trend Data from Land Registry

29 November, 2012

October house prices down 0.3 per cent since September

Localism will fail unless government and housing associations get joined up

28 November, 2012

The Government's localism agenda will fail unless the current disconnection between housing associations and Westminster is overcome

Post 2015 doubts hold back house building

28 November, 2012

Housing groups have warned uncertainty about the future of affordable housing is holding back development

Landlords urged to invest in communities

28 November, 2012

The contribution housing associations can make by investing in areas where they rent homes has been highlighted in a report published today

Ignorance prevents housing providers from claiming social investment

28 November, 2012

With social investment expected to become a popular form of funding for community services, housing associations are perfectly placed

Poor housing can 'lead to mental health problems'

27 November, 2012

Councils, landlords and other agencies should work together to help vulnerable people living in bedsits

Housing associations should report 'social value'

27 November, 2012

Housing associations should be legally required to report on the social value they generate

Welfare-to-work: Official figures show job target missed

27 November, 2012

The government's flagship welfare-to-work programme has failed to hit its main target, official figures show

Acting on Localism: The role of housing associations

27 November, 2012

The role of housing associations in driving a community agenda. A new ResPublica report

DWP IT system causes benefit data backlog

26 November, 2012

Concerned councils left overloaded by system crucial to government welfare reforms

Quarter of tenants need help with universal credit

26 November, 2012

Around a quarter of social tenants will need support with the switch to universal credit if they are to avoid financial risk

Why it's time for greater competition in social housing management

26 November, 2012

Benchmarking means that providers judge themselves against often poor-performing competitors

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012

26 November, 2012

Extent of in-work poverty is laid bare in a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report today

Back-to-work scheme 'failing homeless'

26 November, 2012

Homeless people are being failed by the government's flagship back-to-work programme despite large amounts of public money

Why social landlords should provide fully furnished properties

21 November, 2012

Tenants that can't afford the upfront costs of furnishing a home are falling victim to expensive rent-to-own schemes

Autumn Statement submission

21 November, 2012

NHF submission to the Government, which outlines a five point plan for growth through housing

Housing associations 'must do more' to help tenants ahead of Universal Credit

21 November, 2012

Housing associations need to do more to assist tenants in using the internet and to support their communities in setting up social enterprises

Charity increasing ties with housing associations to get disadvantaged into work

20 November, 2012

A business-led charity is hoping to expand its relationship with the social housing sector as it looks to increase delivery of a successful employment scheme

Landlord partners with energy firm so tenants can see fuel use

20 November, 2012

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing has partnered with an energy firm to allow tenants to see how much energy they're using in a bid to reduce monthly bills

'Bedroom tax' dilemma for social housing tenants

20 November, 2012

Research seen by the BBC suggests almost 95,000 people in England could be forced into arrears because there are no smaller homes for them to move into

Social tenants' finances and vulnerability to direct payments

20 November, 2012

NHF report which identifies those who will struggle with move to Universal Credit

HA's employment scheme sees 54 into work in 6 months

16 November, 2012

New Charter Homes' employment scheme has got 54 people into paid work in six months

How social landlords can take the lead on enabling broadband connectivity

15 November, 2012

Research recently found that just under half of those living in social housing have no access to the internet

Freud admits reforms could force families to move

15 November, 2012

The minister for welfare reform Lord David Freud has admitted that a reduced cap on housing benefit could force families in high-value areas to move

Plan to fit 'super-fast broadband' to London council flats

13 November, 2012

Wandsworth Council is considering options to give council tenants access to fibre optic broadband

Government claim that universal credit will always make work pay for single parents is at risk of failure, new research shows

13 November, 2012

Universal credit will fail to provide all working single parent families with a route out of poverty, and act as a disincentive to work longer hours for some

Cutting housing benefit for under-25s 'is unworkable and irresponsible'

12 November, 2012

Crisis says move to save £1.8bn risks condemning thousands of vulnerable young people to homelessness

McCausland rules out call for six-month freeze on government's 'bedroom tax'

12 November, 2012

Northern Ireland's social development minister has ruled out any postponement of the "bedroom tax", due to be introduced in April next year

'We're bracing ourselves'

09 November, 2012

Report by 24dash

Communications for smaller housing associations

09 November, 2012

New NHF guide illustrates how smaller housing associations can communicate effectively, whatever their resources

Audit Commission doubles tenancy fraud estimates to nearly 100,000

09 November, 2012

Up to 98,000 socially rented properties in England are being used fraudulently, according to the Audit Commission's revised tenancy fraud figures

Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012

09 November, 2012

Government's response to the consultation

Jobs, growth and warmer homes

09 November, 2012

Consumer Focus report

HB Direct

09 November, 2012

November 2012 - includes information on Council Tax Support, Supported 'exempt' accommodation and Universal Credit, Temporary accommodation, Universal Credit and the HB Direct pilots

Knock, knock

09 November, 2012

Who's there? This is the question Aspire Housing is asking tenants during visits to their homes to find out who will be hit by the bedroom tax next April

Direct payment tenants taken to court

08 November, 2012

One of the HA's involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects has warned social landlords to get strict with their arrears policy ahead of UC

Should social tenants receive free broadband access?

08 November, 2012

Jake Berry has called on government to provide free broadband for social housing residents. Do you support the proposal?

What can housing expect from the autumn statement?

08 November, 2012

The chancellor will announce his plans for the economy on 5 December. What impact will this have on the housing sector?

£5.67: the value of £1 spent on confidence and skills for tenants

08 November, 2012

With the Social Value Act coming into force next year, housing associations are fighting to prove their financial worth

Six tips for landlords to reduce void rental periods

07 November, 2012

Welfare reform will lead to repossessions and properties being abandoned by tenants. Here's how to get it back into use quickly

The cost of running a home

06 November, 2012

A guide from Wolverhampton Homes which aims to give an idea of those costs that tenants will have to budget for when running their own home

The best of British banking

06 November, 2012

A report by Accent on basic bank accounts for Consumer Focus

Changes to sanctions for Employment and Support Allowance claimants from 3 December 2012

06 November, 2012

Introducing a revised sanctions regime for Employment and Support Allowance claimants who are in the Work Related Activity Group

Top tips: helping residents find employment

06 November, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on why and how housing providers should help tenants to find work

Why we should provide social housing tenants with free broadband

06 November, 2012

It's not a vote-winner and it won't make me popular, but social tenants need free internet access

Trust launches welfare benefit advice phone line

05 November, 2012

Halton Housing Trust is launching a new phone service to help its customers get to grips with welfare reform and benefit entitlement

PDF: Lost benefits - An article from February 2004

05 November, 2012

Disturbing results from a trial of direct housing benefit payments mean the government should think long and hard before applying the reform to the social sector

Dispelling the myth that social housing is a barrier to work

05 November, 2012

Information from Riverside Housing Association

Bedroom Tax Guidance

05 November, 2012

CIH Scotland - This practice guidance is aimed primarily at Scottish social landlords - i.e. local authority landlords and registered social landlords

April is the cruellest month

05 November, 2012

Every time you think you have got your head around the impact of the April 2013 welfare changes you realise you have forgotten something that makes it even worse

London housing crisis: benefit bill soars as rents rise and wages lag

05 November, 2012

New government data on in-work households in the capital claiming housing benefit illustrates the impact of high rents, especially in the poorer suburbs

Evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects- Emerging Learning

02 November, 2012

This is the second report in this series

Managing the Impact of Housing Benefit Reform

02 November, 2012

National Audit Office Report

NIFHA calls for bedroom tax delay

02 November, 2012

The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations has called for a six month postponement to the introduction of the under-occupation penalty

Landlords plan bank account

02 November, 2012

A group of Greater Manchester landlords is working with local credit unions to set up a new type of bank account to help thousands of tenants who could be made worse off by welfare reform

Direct payments landlord wants policy u-turn

02 November, 2012

The CEX of Wakefield and District Housing who are involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects says he hopes the results will change policy to allow tenants to retain the choice to have HB paid to their landlord

Council stands to lose £70m in welfare shake-up

01 November, 2012

One of England's largest local authorities stands to lose £70m over the next five years as its tenants feel the brunt of welfare cuts

No regrets, says direct payments landlord

31 October, 2012

Family Mosaic says it's pleased it's taken part in the Direct Payment demonstration project as it has given it a better understanding of how to prepare itself and its tenants ahead of UC

Housing associations and provision for destitute migrants - associated appendices

31 October, 2012

Social landlords can take advantage of a pack that has been launched to prevent migrants being homeless

DWP issues warnings to households in benefit cap hotspots

30 October, 2012

Nearly 89,000 households across Great Britain may be affected by next April's household benefit cap, with 42% living in social housing, according to the DWP

DWP holds back data on direct payment pilots

30 October, 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions has insisted tenants are ready to manage their own money but is not yet releasing data from its direct payment pilot projects

Lord Freud told to explain 'unique circumstances' of direct payments concession

29 October, 2012

A Labour MP has called for an urgent debate or statement from Lord Freud as to why he has let tenants in Northern Ireland continue to have HB paid directly to their landlord under UC

Residents in crisis can bank on support from their HA

29 October, 2012

Residents in crisis will be receiving food and support more quickly than ever thanks to Thames Valley Housing Association

Unlawful subletting: Bill could force Sky and banks to hand over data

26 October, 2012

Banks, building societies, utility companies and even Sky TV could all be forced to hand over data to social landlords to help them detect and prosecute instances of fraud

IDS plans 'two-child' family benefit cap

26 October, 2012

Families claiming child-related benefits may find the amount they are entitled to capped at two children, the work and pensions secretary said today

Landlords to access tenants benefit data

26 October, 2012

Housing associations in Liverpool have launched a new IT system with the city council's benefits service that will give them access to tenants' benefit data

Open letter to landlords: why renting to housing benefit claimants makes sense

26 October, 2012

Put those prejudices aside. This is a real period of opportunity for those letting properties in the private rented sector

Are banks turning their backs on state-sponsored Universal Credit accounts?

26 October, 2012

It appears not all is going to plan with the DWP's attempts to get a national payment supplier to offer 'budgeting accounts' for Universal Credit claimants

Millions set aside to cover welfare costs

26 October, 2012

The UK's largest landlords are stockpiling cash in preparation for next year's onslaught of welfare reforms

Doubts cast on green deal cash back scheme

25 October, 2012

Construction groups have questioned whether £125 million of cashback payments will be sufficient to encourage take up of the green deal energy efficiency scheme

What housing providers can learn from the Tesco Clubcard

25 October, 2012

Most social landlords know very little about their tenants, but collecting the right data can improve housing services

Labour support for Tory MP's subletting Bill

24 October, 2012

Labour has pledged its support for a Private Members' Bill - tabled by a Tory MP - which will crackdown on social housing fraud

Choosing a life on benefits is no longer an option

23 October, 2012

Jobseekers who repeatedly refuse to play by the rules face losing benefits for three years under tough new rules

Universal Credit: Northern Ireland to continue direct payments to landlords

23 October, 2012

Tenants in Northern Ireland will still be able to have their housing costs paid directly to their landlord, it has been announced

SFHA: Benefit bill due to lack of social homes

23 October, 2012

The growing HB bill is due to a shortage of social rented housing and increased subsidies for expensive private sector rents, new research from the SFHA has found

Housing benefit limit only for future claimants

22 October, 2012

Plans to end housing benefit for under-25s would only apply to new claimants, the Department for Work and Pensions has said

The future goes digital for Sanctuary residents

22 October, 2012

Residents from across Brighton are to be given the opportunity to get online and surf the web thanks to a new Sanctuary Housing initiative

Home Truths 2012: the housing market in England

22 October, 2012

This National Housing Federation report says that by the next election one million earners will be dependent on welfare to afford rent

Northern Ireland tenants 'worst hit' by bedroom tax

22 October, 2012

The bedroom tax will cost housing association tenants in Northern Ireland more than £70,000 a week, the chief executive of a membership body has said

Local authorities to seek minimum council tax payments

19 October, 2012

More than 100 councils fear they cannot plug the funding cuts in council tax benefit by hiking up rates on empty and second homes

Homeless youngsters given lodgings in spare rooms

19 October, 2012

A Herefordshire organisation that supports young homeless people has found lodgings for two 17-year-olds

Minister's domestic abuse warning about welfare reforms

19 October, 2012

Welfare reforms could make it harder for female victims of domestic abuse to leave violent partners, according to Welsh government minister

Possible changes to Rotherham council homes tenancies

19 October, 2012

New tenants in larger council houses in Rotherham may no longer be offered life-long tenancies in an attempt to cut the number of families waiting for accommodation

Industry pans payment control

19 October, 2012

Plans to introduce pre-payment cards to restrict how groups of people spend their benefit money risk stigmatising claimants, housing organisations have warned

Tenants 'not confident' about direct payments

18 October, 2012

One in three social housing tenants on benefit are not confident they can keep up to date with rental payments if they receive their benefit direct, a report has found

Peer calls for disabled exemption to bedroom tax

18 October, 2012

A Labour peer has called for thousands of disabled people to be exempt from the bedroom tax

Holes in the Safety Net: The impact of Universal Credit on disabled people and their families

17 October, 2012

A report by the Children's Society, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK says 100,000 households with children could have incomes reduced by up to £28pw

Rent increases to slow on the back of low inflation

17 October, 2012

Social housing tenants are likely to see lower rent increases next year after the Treasury released inflation figures

Why digital exclusion is a social care issue

17 October, 2012

As our society becomes increasingly digitalised, figures reveal a large proportion of those not online have a disability or are elderly

Over 50% of Welsh social housing incompliant with government standards

17 October, 2012

Well over half of Wales' 72,329 social homes are failing to comply with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) according to official figures

Lords fear bedroom tax will hurt disabled tenants

17 October, 2012

Peers have raised concerns about the impact of the bedroom tax on disabled people - and said discretionary housing payments will do little to help the problem

Call for rent limits on former Council properties

16 October, 2012

Labour seeks curbs on buy-to-let investors charging inflated rent

Hammersmith & Fulham confirms allocation plans

16 October, 2012

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have agreed new policies on tenure, allocations and homelessness

LIN Member Report October 2012 - How to tackle under-occupation

15 October, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Rebecca Wilkie.

Universal Jobmatch

15 October, 2012

Universal Jobmatch launches on 19 November 2012. This is DWP's new, free online job posting and matching service

120,000 troubled families could be legally banned from spending benefits on alcohol and tobacco

15 October, 2012

Troubled families living on benefits will be legally barred from spending welfare money on alcohol and tobacco, under plans being drawn up in Whitehall

Green Deal Quick Guides

15 October, 2012

Quick guides on the Green Deal are available for householders, owners, tenants and landlords

Clegg vows to oppose age limit on housing benefit

15 October, 2012

Nick Clegg has vowed to oppose a 'blanket ban' on housing benefit for under 25-year-olds, but stressed further welfare cuts will be needed

Discretionary Housing payments

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Data sharing

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Social Fund

12 October, 2012

Report by the NHF

Call for housing associations to collect council tax

12 October, 2012

A West Midlands-based housing association says it's worth exploring the idea of social landlords collecting council tax on behalf of local authorities as a result of the Government's welfare reform

171,000 single parents could lose their homes

12 October, 2012

More than 171,000 single parents could be forced to move home if housing benefit is axed for under-25s

Homes recovered in subletting crackdown

11 October, 2012

Dozens of homes have been recovered in Lambeth as part of a crackdown on fraudsters

£8m in DHP funds left unspent by councils

10 October, 2012

Councils across Britain failed to spend nearly £8m in Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) last year, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed

No approaches on two-year fixed-term tenancies, says HCA

10 October, 2012

The HCA says it has not yet been approached about breaches to the regulatory framework around councils offering and planning to roll-out two-year fixed-term tenancies for young people

Jury out on state-sponsored bank accounts for Universal Credit

10 October, 2012

Housing associations have given a cautious welcome to Government plans to subsidise for a year bank accounts that would help claimants manage monthly payments under Universal Credit

Landlord warns welfare cuts will hit house building

10 October, 2012

One of the largest developing housing associations in the south east has warned of a 'huge drop in housing capacity' if further changes are made in welfare and rental policy

PM confirms age limit plan for housing benefit

10 October, 2012

David Cameron has confirmed the government will look to end automatic housing benefit for under 25-year-olds

Minister announces £145m fund to boost financial inclusion

09 October, 2012

Lord Freud tells Conservative conference that he is working with the financial community to develop ways to increase financial inclusion

Osborne's housing benefit proposals 'will hit families with children hardest'

09 October, 2012

Charities say impact of cutting housing benefit for under-25s would be to discourage mobility and increase homelessness

LSL New Build Index

09 October, 2012

September 2012

Cutting under-25's housing benefit will increase youth homelessness

09 October, 2012

History tells us that George Osborne's plan to remove housing benefit based on age instead of need will have a severe impact on young people

Top tips: managing the latest round of right-to-buy

09 October, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on how to handle the new right-to-buy

Why aren't councils claiming millions in DHP funds to help homeless tenants?

09 October, 2012

Freedom of Information request obtained by Landlord Information Network which shows that hundreds of councils have underspent on their DHP pot

Tory MP outlines exemptions to under-25s benefit cut

09 October, 2012

Plans to stop under-25s claiming housing benefit would not affect anyone coming out of care or fleeing domestic violence, a parliamentary aide has clarified

Benefit pilot avoids arrears

08 October, 2012

A Scottish housing association claims to have so far avoided arrears in its universal credit direct payment pilot by not insisting on direct debits

Planning minister to raise direct payment concerns

08 October, 2012

An influential government minister has pledged to raise the issue of stopping paying HB direct to landlords with the DWP after concern with the impact of the policy on investment in new homes

Universal Credit and HB cuts: something for something?

08 October, 2012

Shelter Policy Blog

Q3 2012 Tenant Arrears Tracker

05 October, 2012

October 2012

Benefit data held back by councils

05 October, 2012

Councils are delaying sharing vital benefit information with housing associations because of IT limitations and fears of breaching data protection rules

Warning over Tory council's £40,200 income cap for social housing

04 October, 2012

Shelter fears that a London borough's plans to ban households earning over £40k from its waiting list will see a "huge swathe of the population locked out of a decent place to live"

Landlord complaints increasing, says charity Shelter

04 October, 2012

Complaints about landlords in England have risen by more than a quarter in recent years, the charity Shelter says

3 landlords sign up to council's lettings scheme

04 October, 2012

A council has already seen three landlords sign up to its new service for helping families into accommodation

Housing association steps up interventions on direct payment project

03 October, 2012

One of the HA's involved in the Government's direct payment demonstration projects says more interventions are being taken to collect unpaid rent

Housing associations call on DWP to answer 'big questions' on supported housing

03 October, 2012

The National Housing Federation is calling on the Government to answer the "big questions" on the future of housing benefit for supported housing

Hammersmith and Fulham to fix social housing tenancy term

03 October, 2012

A London council plans to bring in fixed term tenancies for people who apply for social housing from 2013

Partnership opportunity with Jobcentre Plus in South Yorkshire

03 October, 2012

Jobcentre Plus wants to work with partners to support families across South Yorkshire who are affected by intergenerational worklessness

L&Q to plough £10m into privately rented homes

02 October, 2012

Social housing giant L&Q is ploughing £10m into privately rented homes this year.

Changes to Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions from 22 October 2012

02 October, 2012

The new regulations introduce a regime of fixed period sanctions, to replace the existing sanction rules and move claimants closer to the sanction regime planned for Universal Credit

MP attacks provider's private rent plans

02 October, 2012

A London MP has condemned plans by his local housing association to rent some of its homes privately to fund refurbishment work

Ed Balls pledges extra £3bn to build 100,000 affordable homes from 4G sale

02 October, 2012

Labour plans to build houses and offer stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers rather than cut debt, says shadow chancellor

Hilary Benn: Bedroom tax is a shameful policy

02 October, 2012

The government's so-called 'bedroom tax' is a "shameful policy", shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, Hilary Benn has said

A click away

01 October, 2012

Social housing tenants frequently fail the credit checks required to receive internet access from internet providers, creating broadband blackspots in many social housing estates - Landlords need to address this problem

Top tips: the future of housing finance

01 October, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on the challenges of housing finance

Green deal: insulate your home from rising energy bills

01 October, 2012

Government's green deal scheme offers a range of energy-saving home improvements with deferred payments linked to how much you save on your bills

Universal Credit could exclude people without Internet access

01 October, 2012

People with little or no IT skills could have difficulty applying for the UK Government's new Universal Credit

Quids in: The impact of financial skills training for social housing tenants

01 October, 2012

Personal Finance Research Centre University of Bristol

Universal Credit: Claimants could keep fortnightly payments for two years

28 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says Universal Credit claimants could keep fortnightly payments for up to two years with their cases reviewed periodically

Landlord halves rents to break benefit trap

28 September, 2012

A charity providing housing and support services for vulnerable people in Birmingham has set up a rent relief scheme for young people which will see their rents halved if they secure employment

£1billion to improve council homes set to boost economy

28 September, 2012

The Housing Minister has confirmed nearly £1b to bring sub-standard council homes up to scratch will be allocated to 41 councils over the next 2 years

Landlords in talks to give tenants free internet

28 September, 2012

Social landlords are in talks with internet service providers in a bid to arrange free online access for tenants ahead of the introduction of the universal credit

How to - Help tenants manage their money

27 September, 2012

CIH guide for housing staff

Council reports surge in right to buy applications

27 September, 2012

A Conservative-run council has said it is expecting a 400 per cent increase in right to buy applications following the government's decision to increase discounts

Future of housing benefit for supported housing

26 September, 2012

NHF response

Open Access report: In full

26 September, 2012

A comprehensive breakdown of the CBI's report that argues that opening up public services will lead to savings for the taxpayer

Affordable Rent: Councils 'insisting on social rents for larger homes'

26 September, 2012

The CEX of Peabody HA says many councils are using section 106 agreements to insist on social rents for larger homes under the new Affordable Rent regime

Finding and sustaining a home in the Private Rented Sector - The essentials

26 September, 2012

Shelter report - A guide for frontline staff working with homeless offenders

Electrical Fire Safety Week

26 September, 2012

In support of Electrical Fire Safety Week, the NLA’s fire safety advice and guidance will be free to access during September

Universal Credit Announcements

26 September, 2012

In a letter to the SSAC the DWP has confirmed that initially exempt accommodation cases will still be handled as part of HB rather than as part of universal credit housing costs

Universal credit to exclude supported housing costs

25 September, 2012

Homelessness charities have welcomed a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to exclude supported accommodation from universal credit

Housing Benefit size criteria in the social rented sector

25 September, 2012

New factsheets and posters to help local authorities communicate the Housing Benefit size criteria change to Housing Benefit claimants

Are we serious about tenant scrutiny?

24 September, 2012

Diluting scrutiny will affect its potential to create the dynamic tension from which innovation and solutions are formed

It's social housing - so why are the needy locked out?

24 September, 2012

Developers and a London council are excluding anyone with mental health problems from a £500m scheme

Landlords and tenants lock horn over energy efficiency

24 September, 2012

Social landlords and tenants are at odds over who should pay for energy-saving measures such as insulation, an exclusive survey shows

London boroughs 'outsourcing waiting lists'

21 September, 2012

London boroughs are "outsourcing their waiting lists" and undermining the allocations policies of councils in other areas, according to a Conservative MP

Heat scheme leaves social landlords in the cold

21 September, 2012

Social landlords will be excluded from a government scheme to encourage the take up of renewable heating under proposals published for consultation

Flexible tenure: the key to sustainable communities?

20 September, 2012

How one housing association is developing a business model that allows landlords to quickly adapt to residents' changing circumstances

Housing association warns sector after direct payments blow

19 September, 2012

Payment errors in the first 2 months of a project to pay tenants HB directly has seen a HA warn the sector over the importance of communication with LA's, residents and the DWP

Universal Credit: Freud lays down criteria for new bank accounts

19 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money under Universal Credit

Homeowners offered grants to house social tenants

19 September, 2012

Cherwell DC is offering owners of empty homes grants of up to £15k to renovate their houses in exchange for allowing the properties to be temporarily used as social housing

Freud: New financial products to help Universal Credit claimants manage money

18 September, 2012

Ministers are calling for a range of suppliers to explore the feasibility of new financial products to help benefit claimants budget and manage their money

Councils reject 'pay to stay' proposals

18 September, 2012

Stock holding local authorities have warned the government not to impose rules forcing them to charge high-earning social tenants more rent

DWP clarifies advance payments' for Universal Credit claimants

18 September, 2012

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud says benefit claimants used to being paid fortnightly will be able to opt in for an advance payment to bridge them on to the monthly system of Universal Credit

Mark Prisk pledges to work with housing sector

18 September, 2012

New housing minister says he intends to make use of sector's expertise and promises long-term plan for the housing crisis

Tackling the poverty premium in social housing

17 September, 2012

A Big Lottery Fund scheme is helping landlords to provide financial advice for tenants to help stop a spiral of debt and evictions

Homeless families in B&B accommodation up by 44%

17 September, 2012

National Housing Federation points to rise as 20 councils warned about housing families in B&Bs for 'unacceptably long time'

Sink or Swim? The impact of the Universal Credit

17 September, 2012

Social Market Foundation Report

Top tips: improving digital inclusion

17 September, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on how housing can get residents online

The housing benefits cap means a wretched life for thousands in B&Bs

17 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform will leave families already on the lowest housing rung with nowhere to go

Social landlords can branch out to meet demand for private rent

17 September, 2012

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has laid down the gauntlet to social landlords across the country, to branch out and help meet the growing demand for rented homes

DWP urged to subsidise new bank accounts ahead of Universal Credit

14 September, 2012

The Government should create a set of standards for 'Budget Accounts' (jam jars) - which safeguard rental income for housing associations according to new report

Social hearts, business heads

14 September, 2012

NHF report

Pay to stay: rents for high income social tenants

14 September, 2012

Response to the proposal that social landlords should be able to require tenants in social rented housing on high incomes to pay higher rents

L&Q to offer cheap green deal package

13 September, 2012

London & Quadrant HA plans to use hundreds of millions of pounds raised on the bond market to help deliver the government's flagship retrofit scheme

Warm Front Changes Eligibility

13 September, 2012

The eligibility for Warm Front has now changed with additional benefits being added

Housing bodies dismiss 'pay to stay'

13 September, 2012

Housing groups have poured cold water on government plans to charge higher earning social tenants more rent

LIN Member Report September 2012 - Case Study - Helping Landlords to prepare for Welfare Reform

13 September, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner and Peter Hall

IDS to look at 'social housing broadband tariff' for Universal Credit

12 September, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith says the Government will explore a 'social housing broadband tariff' to enable those to claim the new Universal Credit online

Pay to Stay could lead to 'subsidy giveaway'

12 September, 2012

News report - Today marks the end of the Government's consultation on plans to charge higher earning social tenants more rent

The Parent Trap: Childcare cuts under Universal Credit

11 September, 2012

The Children's Society has published a report raising concerns about the impact of the loss of support with childcare costs through Housing Benefit under Universal Credit

Housing association boss becomes credit union chair

11 September, 2012

The chief executive of a housing association has been appointed the chair of a credit union and plans to use his organisation's own resources to grow the union and expand its services

Universal credits and changes to benefit claims debate

11 September, 2012

The row over the new universal credits - with a government bid to simplify benefits - saw Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith face questions from MPs in the Commons

Fortnightly payments to stay under universal credit

11 September, 2012

Benefits will continue to be paid fortnightly under the government's welfare reforms if recipients are unable to manage monthly budgeting

Homeless Westminster families offered housing 54 miles away

10 September, 2012

Homeless families in Westminster are being offered accommodation as distant as Bletchley - 54 miles away

Fears raised over digital benefits

10 September, 2012

MPs have been warned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds may suffer if the government pushes ahead with plans to digitise the benefits system

Get yourself connected

10 September, 2012

Bromford Group has launched a social networking site to help its tenants access training and jobs

Tower blocks mooted for London borough’s B&B crisis

07 September, 2012

A London council says the pressure on temporary accommodation in the borough