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Grenfell fire: Worrying number of PTSD cases among survivors and locals

15 December, 2017

A large proportion of the people living in buildings close to Grenfell Tower show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Charities urge ministers to let councils oversee asylum seeker housing

15 December, 2017

Thirty-three groups ask government to let councils provide 'independent oversight' of housing for those seeking sanctuary

Creative loan offer redefines what 'council housing' can be

15 December, 2017

A low rate finance facility backed by a district council bids to get affordable homes built

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2017-18

14 December, 2017

In July to September 2017-18 (Q2), local authorities sold an estimated 2,558 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Government's own figures add up to councils keeping RTB receipts

14 December, 2017

CIH says stats show mounting evidence that RTB replacements are simply not keeping pace with the level of sales

Social housing sector delivers 'another strong year of investment'

14 December, 2017

2017 global accounts show the sector, as a whole, is well-placed to respond to its changing operating environment

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Impact of Universal Credit - The Frontline Perspective

13 December, 2017

This report is the culmination of a year-long study and draws on the results of four surveys into the impacts of Universal Credit on housing organisations and their tenants

Working together for more homes

13 December, 2017

This report looks at how housing associations and local authorities can work together to tackle the housing crisis

Grenfell Tower fire: Soaring cost of high-rise fire safety

13 December, 2017

The cost of fire safety measures which councils and housing associations plan to introduce to high-rise buildings after the Grenfell tragedy has now reached at least £600m

Strong year of investment by social housing sector - HCA publishes Global accounts

13 December, 2017

The 2017 Global accounts of private registered providers has been published alongside unit cost data

Global accounts of private registered providers of social housing

13 December, 2017

An annual summary of the financial status of housing providers who own or manage at least 1,000 homes

Two new social rent houses in a year - Christchurch Council blames lack of big developments

12 December, 2017

Christchurch council says a lack of larger developments in the area in recent years is the main reason for a lack of affordable rented housing in the town

Budget failed to take the brakes off councils building homes

12 December, 2017

Government needs to invest significantly more in genuinely affordable homes and be far bolder in its support for councils if it is to meet the ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year

Lewisham residents fighting to save homes from demolition accuse council of 'social cleansing'

11 December, 2017

Residents and campaigners from two sites in Lewisham have accused the council of "social cleansing" over development plans which they say are threatening their homes, a public garden and their sense of community

Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry 'could bring measure of closure'

11 December, 2017

It is hoped the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will give "some measure of closure" to survivors and the bereaved

97% call for an update to Housing Health and Safety Rating System

11 December, 2017

The CIEH are calling for an update to the system which is used to take action on poor housing

Council to 'buy back' Dundee homes in bid to meet social housing demands

08 December, 2017

Dundee City Council is set to buy back some of its old properties to try and meet social housing needs

10,000 new homes as council launches major new house building company

08 December, 2017

The company will build homes for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability across Liverpool

Associations confirm £1.5bn partnership talks

08 December, 2017

Bromford and Merlin Housing are looking to build 14,000 new homes over the next 10 years

Exclusive: 7% rise in former Right to Buy homes now rented privately

08 December, 2017

The number of former council homes being let privately has soared to more than 40%

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

08 December, 2017

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher's scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities

More than £11m being invested in new social housing

07 December, 2017

More than £11 million will be spent developing new social housing schemes in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area during 2017/18

44% of councils have housing company

07 December, 2017

Nearly half of councils have set up a housing company in a bid to help deliver new homes

Bill ending Right to Buy in Wales is passed by AMs

06 December, 2017

Legislation to end tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales has been approved by the assembly

Council ordered to pay £300 to homeless mother who complained of 'revenge eviction'

06 December, 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council has been ordered to pay £300 to a mother who claimed she was evicted from notorious temporary accommodation in revenge

ALMO under threat as South West council reviews housing options

06 December, 2017

A council is considering bringing its ALMO back in-house ahead of merging with two other authorities

Social housing demand at record high in Northern Ireland

06 December, 2017

Statistics show a rise of 20% in ten years and 82% since 2002-03

Supported housing is vital. We can't make its funding discretionary

05 December, 2017

If funding decisions over supported housing are left to hard-pressed local authorities, vulnerable people will lose out

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

05 December, 2017

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe for tenants

GB Social Housing hits £250m borrowing benchmark

05 December, 2017

Bond aggregator GB Social Housing has cleared £250m worth of borrowing with a £34.5m bond tap, hitting its benchmark

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage

York Housing Association joins Karbon Homes

04 December, 2017

New partnership backed by residents and stakeholders

Social Housing Financial State of the Sector

04 December, 2017

Presenting the definitive headline financial results from the Vantage Global Accounts Plus analysis

Government unlocks £25m to deliver more homes

04 December, 2017

A new £25m fund has been launched to help local authorities to deliver much-needed homes

Welsh Assembly rejects amendment to delay Right to Buy ban

01 December, 2017

Welsh Assembly members have voted down Conservative attempts to delay banning the Right to Buy in Wales

Genesis granted planning permission for major north London estate regeneration

01 December, 2017

A housing association has been granted planning permission for a major regeneration of an estate in north London, two months after London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the loss of social housing in the plans

Housing tenure and wellbeing

01 December, 2017

Evidence shows social housing can provide the same practical and emotional benefits as other forms of housing

Review of factoring services in Scotland

30 November, 2017

Our summary findings

Further three landlords downgraded over viability concerns

30 November, 2017

Three landlords have had their viability assessments downgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency after concerns about their development plans

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter two 2017/18?

30 November, 2017

Housing associations started 46,183 homes in the 12 months up to and including September 2017

Lowest number of grant-funded social rented homes built on record

29 November, 2017

Fewer homes for social rent were completed between April and September this year with grant funding than in any comparable period on record

First big association does REIT deal

29 November, 2017

Places for People has become the first named large housing association to do a deal with one of the recently formed social housing real estate investment trusts

LGA: Let all councils borrow to build

29 November, 2017

The Local Government Association has urged government to allow all councils to borrow to build

Housing associations must build cross-tenure

29 November, 2017

New homes built by housing associations "have to be cross-tenure"

Conservative attempt to delay Right to Buy ban rejected

29 November, 2017

Conservative attempts to delay the scrapping of tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales have failed

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

Satisfaction with private property management services provided by Scotland's housing associations runs far behind their tenant satisfaction levels

Grenfell leaseholders concerned council valuations for their flats are not enough

28 November, 2017

Leaseholders who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster have warned they will be unable to afford to buy a new home in Kensington and Chelsea after the council started valuations of their homes at just £350,000

£7bn in grant funding needed to meet social rented demand

28 November, 2017

Grant funding of £7bn a year is needed to house all those in need of "sub-market" housing in social rented homes

Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset

28 November, 2017

This case study focuses on a toolkit developed by Bournemouth University working in partnership with Dorset County Council and a number of housing associations

Councils are sitting on a wealth of assets. Why not use them for public housing?

27 November, 2017

Local authorities need radical policies to resolve the acute shortage of affordable rental housing. One answer could be right up their own street

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

Whitehall list has yet to be set up, two years after its announcement

More detail on £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit

24 November, 2017

More details of the £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit were set out today by David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued 51 enforcement notices against high-rise buildings in the capital in the five months since the Grenfell tragedy.

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

Home Office invites companies to bid for £3bn to £4bn worth of contracts, after Serco and G4s made losses on 2012 deal

HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk

24 November, 2017

The English social housing regulator has begun to increasingly issue second-grade ratings for viability as the sector steps up its development plans

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.

The Budget gives the housing sector a window of opportunity: take it

24 November, 2017

For the first time in decades, housing received top billing in the Autumn Budget, it is too good an opportunity to miss, argues Benjamin Clayton

New careers being cooked up by Shiregreen jobseekers

24 November, 2017

A group of aspiring chefs from in and around Shiregreen are stirring up success for future careers after establishing a new catering service

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

£8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing

23 November, 2017

The government's £8bn loan guarantees scheme could be used by housing associations to deliver affordable housing.

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 - 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

We've looked at the figures to see how Philip Hammond's autumn budget will affect your finances - whether you're single, married, with or without children or retired.

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

More than £100,000 has been spent by local authorities in Gloucestershire since January 2016 putting up homeless people in hotels.

Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places

23 November, 2017

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

The government has announced a 'short-term measure' to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

Resolution Foundation warns average earnings will not return to 2007 levels until 2025.

Fact checker: what does the reclassification of housing association debt actually mean?

22 November, 2017

Confusion has reigned in the national media over the government's reclassification of housing association debt

Reducing UC wait to 31 days 'would not be enough'

22 November, 2017

Social landlords have warned that a cut in the UC waiting time from six weeks to 31 days would not go far enough to help tenants reduce their arrears

Just 2.5% of homes in 2016/17 for social rent

22 November, 2017

The last financial year saw the lowest percentage of social housing delivered since "net additions" records began in 2001

Associations pitch £100bn borrowing scheme to PM

21 November, 2017

Housing associations have pitched a new borrowing scheme for sub-market housing to Number 10

Budget 2017: Housing plans 'fail' without council homes

21 November, 2017

Campaigners want new homes to meet appropriate definitions of affordable - with a significant proportion for rent

Tenants leaving it until 'last moment' to find next rental

21 November, 2017

Data shows almost one in three tenants aim to move into their new home less than two weeks after they first make an enquiry to the landlord or letting agent online

What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

20 November, 2017

Rents are rising, and in most cases, faster than incomes

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapse

20 November, 2017

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapsed by more than half in the first quarter of this year, despite overall starts on new homes hitting their highest level in seven years

Want to fix the housing crisis? Give councils more borrowing powers to build

20 November, 2017

Don't blame the 92% of English councils that haven't built enough homes. Their hands have been tied by central government

Council makes 'urgent' call for extra government cash as UC arrears rise

20 November, 2017

A south London borough is has called on the government to provide "urgent" extra funding, to prevent families on Universal Credit being made homeless

Lifting borrowing caps would build 15,000 new council homes

20 November, 2017

Raising councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps would allow them to deliver at least 15,000 new homes

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

NFA and ARCH call for the chancellor to free up local authority borrowing limits in the Autumn Budget

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

Smart meters in the sector have had a slower than anticipated take-up

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

Theresa May cited four Labour councils which have so far decided not to fit sprinklers in high rises

Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing

16 November, 2017

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

Nine housing associations, including two G15 landlords, have been downgraded by the social housing regulator over financial viability concerns

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

Tenants face "numerous and often insurmountable barriers to justice" when trying to sort out defects in their homes

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

Report shows majority of tenants cannot afford and do not trust the insurance sector

Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housing

14 November, 2017

More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers' money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years

Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze

14 November, 2017

The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

Councils forced to sell off 'enough homes to house Oxford'

13 November, 2017

The Local Government Association is warning councils need more financial powers in the Budget to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

New research by Network Homes published today identifies particular risks for housing associations from the onerous ground rents seen in the leasehold market in the last ten years

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

An additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016- 17

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Sprinklers save lives. So why, after Grenfell, isn't the government doing more?

10 November, 2017

Only 2% of tower blocks have sprinkler systems yet councils which have asked for funding to make homes safe have been turned down or ignored

Councils can help tackle the housing crisis - but government has to step up

09 November, 2017

The housing crisis is one of the most serious issues this country faces - and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is right on the front line of that crisis

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission - set up by three of the country's largest housing associations - has held its first meeting

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

The government is considering separate rates for sheltered housing and extra care, sector sources have been told, as the new funding model for supported housing begins to take shape.

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

Having to feed your family while trapped in just one room, with nothing other than a kettle, isn't something you'd expect to hear about in Britain in 2017

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington leader says council not responsible for residents' safety

08 November, 2017

Elizabeth Campbell says safety is 'under legal remit' of Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation

Council chiefs pledge to rehouse 'every Grenfell survivor who wants a new home by Christmas'

08 November, 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were today offered a package of support to help them move into permanent accommodation and rebuild their lives

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

The sector must respond carefully to the supported housing funding consultation, or vulnerable tenants could still lose out

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

A housing association's retail charity bond has raised £10m and closed early due to high demand

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

Government urged to lift housing benefits cap as 1 million families face homelessness

06 November, 2017

More than 30 homeless charities, faith leaders and MPs warn Chancellor that abandoning freeze on LHA for private is 'essential' for low-income families to avoid homelessness

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

Guinness is to refund rent and service charges to Loughborough Park residents for the 18 days the estate spent without water

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

The sector has welcomed a change in direction from the government over the funding of supported housing but pointed out that there are still crucial details to be ironed out

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

The government has announced its plans for the future funding of supported housing

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

Supporting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for the Government, and we value the important role that supported housing plays

Former No.10 housing adviser: 'Social housing should be a reward'

01 November, 2017

Alex Morton has said government should not allow Labour councils that are failing to build other tenures a single penny of "social housing grant"

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

Three years on from extending Right to Buy, Sky News has seen figures which show the scheme has barely got off the ground

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

But new report stresses it is still too early to assess the ongoing impact of the strengthening

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

Responses to the November 2016 'Funding for supported housing' consultation

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

A policy statement and two consultation documents setting out the government's proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector

Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

31 October, 2017

A tailored approach to protect and encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing has been set out by government

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

A housing association has been so concerned about some of its tenants on Universal Credit that it has raised suicide alerts with local GPs

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

The zombie housing policies: what has happened to the Right to Buy extension and high-value asset levy?

27 October, 2017

What has become of the Right to Buy extension and the high-value asset levy?

Taking action now - first retrofitted sprinkler system in Manchester after Grenfell

27 October, 2017

One week after the Grenfell tragedy, the Board of Arcon HA decided to install a sprinkler system to its one and only tower block at Arundel Court in Blackley

A two-year U-turn: the rise and fall of the LHA cap

26 October, 2017

A timeline of the Local Housing Allowance cap's journey from George Osborne's brainchild to the policy's abandonment by Theresa May

LHA Cap: How it impacts one of north Wales' largest housing associations

26 October, 2017

The proposals to cap the Local Housing Allowance rates by the UK Government presents significant obstacles to helping the Welsh Government meet its target for new affordable homes

A London borough is transferring most of its social housing to a private developer. What is it thinking?

25 October, 2017

The Haringey Development Vehicle is thought to be one of the largest transfers of public land into a public/private partnership ever

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

Labour will urge the government to drop its plans to introduce a Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing in a parliamentary debate today

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

Housing association rents in England have dropped by 1.3% on average in the first year of rent cutting

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

Welsh housing associations have called on the UK government to reverse the Local Housing Allowance cap

Tenants affected by regeneration in Haringey guaranteed 'right of return'

24 October, 2017

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return

Budget must let councils 'take back control' of housing assets and revenue

24 October, 2017

ARCH and NFA set out key asks on allowing councils to lift the HRA debt caps for new build purposes

Dundee City Council to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2020

24 October, 2017

Dundee City Council has increased its new build social housing target to 1,000 properties by 2020/21 and has pledged to review the use of section 75 agreements to help deliver the new homes

Postcode lottery: The impact of applying the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants in Wales

24 October, 2017

The proposed application of the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants from April 2019 has the potential to cause deep and long lasting hardship for tenants right across Wales

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

A rise in opportunistic 'claim-farming' has led to a rise in successful disrepair claims against social landlords, but there are ways to reduce your vulnerability

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

There is more landlords can learn about the needs of LGBT residents

23 October, 2017

HouseProud, the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing is spearheading the first sector-wide study to explore resident interactions with housing providers

Learning the lessons from Grenfell

20 October, 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower four months ago shocked the country and threw the country's relationship with social housing into sharp relief

Connecting People, Improving Lives: A Digital Future for TEC?

20 October, 2017

There is an urgent need for government, regulators, telecoms and the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital connectivity

Associations having to give food parcels to tenants on Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

Housing associations are having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit as well as helping with utility bills

Chesterfield council tenants may have to change their own lightbulbs

20 October, 2017

Chesterfield Borough Council tenants could soon be expected to carry out minor repairs themselves to help save the authority money

Housing summit: LGA 'hopeful' of action on borrowing caps

20 October, 2017

The LGA is "hopeful" that the Autumn Budget will see a relaxation of council borrowing restrictions

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Gauke: 'unacceptable' for social landlords to evict Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

It is "simply unacceptable" for social landlords to evict tenants due to arrears built up when switching to Universal Credit

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

19 October, 2017

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users?

Associations could be forced to pay backdated VAT

18 October, 2017

More than 500 housing associations could be forced to pay four years' worth of backdated VAT, depending on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings

Written Statement - Introduction of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

17 October, 2017

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill and Explanatory memorandum have today been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Major housing associations launch commission into future of sector

17 October, 2017

Three of the largest housing associations in the UK have launched a commission to look at how the sector should change over the next 10-15 years

ForViva to fit sprinklers in tower blocks

16 October, 2017

ForViva has announced plans to fit sprinkler systems at all of its 17 high-rise blocks across the North West

The future social housing provider

16 October, 2017

Social housing in England is at a critical juncture

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

Government resists calls to lift council borrowing cap

13 October, 2017

The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their HRA

Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos

13 October, 2017

People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels

The cost of housing for low-income renters

13 October, 2017

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason

The CPI+1% rent settlement: sector reactions

13 October, 2017

The government last week announced a post-2020 inflation-linked rent settlement

The housing crisis will only get worse until England scraps right to buy

12 October, 2017

Selling off council homes is economically and morally reprehensible. The government needs to halt its kneejerk support for home ownership

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for Human Habitation

12 October, 2017

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling's fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance

Minister promises new LHA cap proposals this autumn

12 October, 2017

The government will have new proposals for supported housing "this autumn"

HRA borrowing cap can be lifted for fire safety

12 October, 2017

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that local authorities will be able to have "flexibility" to improve fire safety

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2017

11 October, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £927 a month

Why UK housing associations are failing to use data as an asset

11 October, 2017

As demand surges and issues within the system persist, it's become clear that the current methods for managing data are no longer fit for purpose

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

11 October, 2017

This research was commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and was conducted by the Indigo House Group

Disrepair claims: a losing battle for landlords?

10 October, 2017

I recently attended a seminar aimed at RPs defending disrepair claims

Major cities falling short on Right to Buy replacements

10 October, 2017

Major city councils are failing to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy since the government introduced a larger discount for tenants

Death of social rent properties in Salford?

10 October, 2017

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released

09 October, 2017

The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire

The UK housing market's perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it

09 October, 2017

With ownership plummeting, rents unaffordable and homelessness on the rise, action is needed to stave off a crash

Government confirms 25,000 homes figure is 'an estimate'

09 October, 2017

The government has confirmed that the 25,000 homes it expects to be built with £2bn of new funding is an "estimate"

£30million of council houses sold off in Leicester in two years

09 October, 2017

815 homes have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Grenfell neighbours hit out over rehousing proposals

07 October, 2017

Evacuated neighbours of Grenfell Tower have hit out at council proposals to treat them differently to those on the general waiting list as they await rehousing

Welsh landlords make advances on housing quality standard compliance

06 October, 2017

Numbers of social homes meeting the Welsh Government's housing quality standard have reached record levels

Right to Buy sales drop off

06 October, 2017

Right to Buy sales of council homes have dropped in recent months

Grenfell: Confusion as experts contradict Hackney Council on Fire Risk Assessment gaps

06 October, 2017

Surveyors and Town Hall at odds over documents which appear to counter Mayor's claim that FRAs 'up to date'

Rent settlement will get associations building

06 October, 2017

The new settlement on social rent will "enable social landlords to build many more houses"

Tenants pile on pressure over lack of RTB announcements

05 October, 2017

A group of housing association tenants are growing increasingly frustrated by a lack of information on the scheme

Government announces five-year rent settlement

05 October, 2017

The government has announced a return to Consumer Price Index plus 1% rent rises for five years after 2020

Theresa May's £2bn for social housing unlikely to solve problem

05 October, 2017

As No 10 aides admit cash helps create just 5,000 extra homes a year, it is no surprise the funds are being tagged 'chicken feed'

Theresa May Set To Unveil Council House Building Boom

04 October, 2017

Local authorities to be given new freedoms and new demands

The supported housing flats that weren't built

04 October, 2017

Most new supported housing projects have been put on ice

Grenfell Tower: Are North East tower blocks any closer to getting sprinklers fitted?

04 October, 2017

North East councils are open to the idea of retro-fitting the life-saving systems but are yet to make concrete commitments

The Landlord: Inside the Housing Executive

04 October, 2017

Following staff at Northern Ireland's biggest social landlord, the Housing Executive, as they struggle to cope with rising numbers of those presenting as homeless and tenants behind with their rent

DCLG issues new interim fire safety advice

03 October, 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated fire safety advice for owners if high-rise buildings with failed cladding systems

Right to Buy stopped us bidding for build grant

03 October, 2017

Government rules on how councils spend their money prevented London boroughs from bidding for Sadiq Khan's housing programme

Housing association downgraded over evictions process

03 October, 2017

A West Midlands-based housing association has had its governance rating downgraded by the regulator due to its eviction processes at a temporary accommodation scheme

The Waitrose effect: boom times for homeowners but evictions for tenants

02 October, 2017

How the the arrival of Britain's favourite supermarket in an area emphasises the growing gap between those who own property and those who rent it

Conservatives pledge 'complete rethink' of social housing in the wake of the Grenfell disaster

02 October, 2017

Sajid Javid was speaking less than a week after Jeremy Corbyn put the implications of Grenfell at the heart of his own speech

The social housing that never got built

02 October, 2017

"Claustrophobic" is how Llyle describes living in a studio flat with his girlfriend, Mehreen, and their toddler

Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

01 October, 2017

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saone

Corbyn pledges Labour to 'radical action' on social housing policy

29 September, 2017

Party conference hears Grenfell Tower described as a monument to social policies that had failed housing

Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls comes under fire

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that a Labour government would introduce rent controls has come under attack

Corbyn announces social housing review

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader's speech at this year's Labour Party conference to launch a party review into social housing policy

Regulator of social housing consults on Value for Money Standard

28 September, 2017

The regulator is proposing to revise and strengthen the existing Value for Money Standard and publish a supporting new Code of Practice

Midlands-based association evicted tenants without legal notice period

28 September, 2017

Tenants of a Midlands housing association may have been forced to sleep rough after they were evicted with very little notice

Housing associations should require less rent upfront to combat debt

28 September, 2017

Housing associations in Scotland have been urged to require less rent upfront to combat growing arrears under Universal Credit and the benefit cap

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

28 September, 2017

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

Milton Keynes Council to invest £54 million in council housing stock

27 September, 2017

Milton Keynes Council has announced that it will be investing close to £54 million in its council housing stock in 2017/18

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council

26 September, 2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils

Rebuilding social housing

26 September, 2017

Why the UK needs a new approach

Why you should be talking Value for Money

26 September, 2017

It seems like you can't move in the social housing sector in Wales without hearing talk of 'value for money'

Grenfell survivors 'forced to use foodbanks'

26 September, 2017

Labour MP wants answers over what's happened to the £20m raised in the wake of the disaster

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month's rent

26 September, 2017

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month's rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms

Social landlords staying silent on fire safety

25 September, 2017

Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety

Council slammed over social housing ambiguity

25 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat councillors have been accused of "not telling the whole truth" about the replacement of 96 socially rented homes in South Oxhey

Shock research reveals 'little action' by social landlords on fire safety

25 September, 2017

According to a survey, just 10% of social landlords have been in touch with tenants in person to talk through safety measures such as escape routes and fire doors

Parliament to receive £118m fire safety upgrade as funding for tower blocks refused

22 September, 2017

The government will spend more than £100m on fire safety upgrades to parliament, including sprinklers, despite turning down requests from councils for cash to fund fire safety works on tower blocks

Ledbury Estate residents protest over lack of heating in tower blocks

22 September, 2017

Residents of the Ledbury Estate have protested after being left without heating, after safety fears resulted in the gas supply being switched off in the tower blocks

Tackling homelessness together

22 September, 2017

The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership

Social housing is back on the agenda

22 September, 2017

Ministers are increasingly becoming interested in social housing and landlords must make the most of the opportunity

Helping social tenants improve or furnish their homes

22 September, 2017

Offering discounted surplus paint to tenants is just one example of how organisations can help tenants with decorating costs

Sector demands inflation-linked rent deal

21 September, 2017

Sector leaders have called for the power to set inflation-linked rent increases after Sajid Javid promised "certainty" at the NHF conference

Labour MP confirms DUP talks over LHA future

21 September, 2017

Homelessness forum event in Manchester hears housing doesn't need more legislation - it needs a complete change of policy

Social housing providers say welfare policy 'undermines efforts to tackle homelessness'

21 September, 2017

Of 106 councils responding to survey, 84% said welfare policy has hit homelessness work - 70% of housing associations agreed

'Housing crisis? We've got four empty council homes on our street'

21 September, 2017

"I feel all this is an utter scandal. The council have lost years of rent and council tax"

Keepmoat looks to private rented sector

21 September, 2017

After a year of growth, restructured Keepmoat homes is looking to expand into the private rented housing sector and modular housing

We will give tenants clarity over RTB

21 September, 2017

Alok Sharma has said he will seek to give clarity to housing association tenants over Right to Buy

Social housing: haunted by Grenfell, hemmed in by cuts, left in limbo

21 September, 2017

Warm words for social housing providers from communities secretary Sajid Javid can't make up for a lack of a coherent housing policy

Why are housing association flats lying empty when Grenfell survivors need them?

20 September, 2017

Properties owned by Kensington and Chelsea housing associations are being earmarked for redevelopment rather than providing much-needed homes

Housing leaders call for input into social housing green paper

20 September, 2017

Housing leaders have welcomed the government's green paper on social housing, but said providers must be given a chance to have their say

Supported housing: getting people back onto their own feet

20 September, 2017

Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the future

Ending stigma could produce immeasurable benefits

19 September, 2017

The Benefit to Society campaign is one with the greatest potential to change the tide for social housing

How public money is spent on housing

19 September, 2017

As a nation, we just aren't building enough homes

Ten more councils join request to spend RTB receipts on shared ownership

19 September, 2017

A further 10 councils have joined a consultation with the government to be allowed to spend Right to Buy receipts on shared ownership

Council could buy homes from rogue landlords as full extent of disrepair and mismanagement revealed

19 September, 2017

Glasgow City Council has set aside almost £50 million to bring up to 500 properties under public ownership

Welsh housing association development soars

19 September, 2017

Housebuilding by housing associations surged 56% in the last quarter

The Tories have failed, says Healey, as social housing spending hits a record low

19 September, 2017

The Tories have "washed their hands" of responsibility by failing to build the houses needed by ordinary families

The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

18 September, 2017

You've just been informed that there's a new development planned in your neighbourhood, but rather than leaf through the image of a brochure, you reach for a pair of VR goggles

How having access to social housing helped my mental health and got me back on my feet

18 September, 2017

Growing up, I was told that all council estates were dirty and that social housing tenants were lazy scroungers who were likely to steal anything that wasn't nailed down

'Direct link' between welfare changes and rough sleeping rise

15 September, 2017

Labour responds to the mayor of London's comments that there is a 'direct link' between welfare changes and the rise in rough sleeping.

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

Stereotypes of social housing tenants are isolating and damaging

15 September, 2017

Housing association tenant explains why the Fair Press for Tenants guide for media is needed

2017 UK HOUSING REVIEW

15 September, 2017

New housing supply continues to fall behind new household growth across Great Britain.

Poor people pushed into debt by harsh benefit deductions

15 September, 2017

Poor people on benefits are being pushed into destitution by having direct deductions taken from their benefit payments. 

We need to change how we talk about homelessness

15 September, 2017

People often have a limited view of homelessness and are fed 'typical' media

Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017

15 September, 2017

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on payment advances for claims to Universal Credit for May 2016 to June 2017.

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

Study finds 'shocking' lack of support for young people leaving care

14 September, 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's finds 65% of young care leavers with mental health issues get no support from government

RICS UK Residential Market Survey August 2017

14 September, 2017

August 2017: UK Residential Market Survey

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

RLA presents Universal Credit evidence to Select Committee

13 September, 2017

The RLA has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the troubled roll out of Universal Credit.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017

13 September, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain.

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

13 September, 2017

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness.

UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017

13 September, 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

APPG: 'We must get housing options right for older people in the countryside'

13 September, 2017

Parliamentary group urges action on LGA analysis outlining the need for more specialist homes.

Councils have 'urgent' concerns over Homelessness Reduction Act delays

12 September, 2017

London council leaders have 'urgent concerns' over delayed government guidance on the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Civitas set to raise more capital for supported housing buys

12 September, 2017

REIT hopes to tap into a 'significant pipeline' of further opportunities which exceed remaining investible equity and proposed debt finance.

Severe weather warning - are your tenants safe?

12 September, 2017

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days - with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes

12 September, 2017

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.

Anglesey council's financial outlook 'remains bleak'

12 September, 2017

Councillor Llinos Medi said the authority has had to save £19m over the last five years and have to save another £8m over the next three.

A new urban eyesore: Britain's shamefully shoddy student housing

12 September, 2017

Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn't just ruining British cities - it's damaging student life.

DWP to procure 'off the shelf' appointment booking system for Universal Credit

12 September, 2017

Solution for a five year contract expected to be a 'seven figure sum' for cloud-based system providing 99.9% availability supporting UC.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

11 September, 2017

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity

Squeeze on living standards is down to welfare cuts, not the fall in the pound

11 September, 2017

Love it or loathe it, the long shadow of Brexit dominates our political weather. With good reason, of course.

'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting

11 September, 2017

Parents will pay £2.3bn this year helping children with rent, as the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' stretches beyond helping with house deposits.

Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

11 September, 2017

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

Government buying into affordable homes

11 September, 2017

Evidence of Downing Street testing fresh housing initiatives to win over younger voters.

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11 September, 2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Universal Credit expansion is 'a disaster waiting to happen' says Citizens Advice

11 September, 2017

Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is 'a disaster waiting to happen'.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

11 September, 2017

A new account shows how Attlee's reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier - and that was the key to their success

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Where should housing and social care overlap?

08 September, 2017

Do housing providers need to play a more active role in assessing the housing needs of vulnerable individuals

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

DWP launches new helpline for landlords

08 September, 2017

The DWP has issued a new guide that includes a helpline for landlords who have had their Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement approved and whose tenants will still not communicate with them.

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

We're addicted to debt and headed for a crash. It could be worse than 2007

07 September, 2017

When Provident Financial lost £1.7bn in share value a week ago, a handful of people asked whether this was a Northern Rock moment.

Liverpool Mutual Homes mitigates Universal Credit through predictive analytics

07 September, 2017

Liverpool Mutual Homes have created efficiencies, driven down arrears and helped reduce the impact of Universal Credit

SFHA: UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

07 September, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations warns the continued roll-out of the benefit will hurt some of the most vulnerable in society

Keep exploring different options to improve services

07 September, 2017

Mergers may grab the headlines, but there are lots of other opportunities for associations to deliver real benefits

Property entrepreneur turned MP backs ban on letting agent fees

07 September, 2017

Tory Kevin Hollinrake tells Commons the compromise of a cap would start 'a race to the top'.

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Campaign calls for increasing number of accessible homes

07 September, 2017

Champion of accessible and inclusive housing, Habinteg is campaigning for the government, councils and developers to recognise the importance of increasing the supply of accessible homes to meet national demand.

How will councils survive the funding abyss?

06 September, 2017

From struggling northern councils to seemingly prosperous counties, talk of a financial meltdown is getting louder.

Council tax reduction for around half a million Scots

06 September, 2017

Scotland's Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 491,180 households and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.5m.

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

06 September, 2017

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils.

Flexibility 'needed for the future of payments'

06 September, 2017

'Flexibility, greater automation and mobile payments' crucial to future payments strategy according to payments collection specialists.

Grenfell: social housing policy issues 'dealt with in due course'

06 September, 2017

In the Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledges that such issues need to be addressed

Life on the job in social housing: 'it's always important to remember our social purpose'

06 September, 2017

Empathy and resilience are a must for frontline housing sector staff

The future of supported housing must be top priority

05 September, 2017

With MPs back at the House of Commons today after the summer recess, the government must take an urgent look at the future funding of supported housing

Majority of charity's supported housing under threat from LHA cap

05 September, 2017

More than 90% of shelters run by a major homelessness charity face a risk from the government's proposed supported housing funding changes.

Benefit sanctions shoot up 50% in six months

05 September, 2017

The number of sanctions imposed rose from 18,994 last July to 33,860 in December, before falling back to the 30,000 mark by March this year.

New benefits system planned for Dundee is 'broken and should be halted'

05 September, 2017

That's the view of the director of Dundee CAB after several national bodies expressed concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit

How will Universal Credit claimants experiencing homelessness be paid?

05 September, 2017

With the roll out of Universal Credit Full Service set to accelerate in October, what options will ensure people can receive their UC?

Buy-to-let alterations could result in stock surge

05 September, 2017

Alterations to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of September are set to entice a surge of rental stock

Housebuilding boom front and centre for resumed parliament

04 September, 2017

The need for new homes and where they can be built now seen as crucial to government strategy beyond Brexit.

Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

04 September, 2017

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme.

REITs target small housing associations

01 September, 2017

All identified housing associations that are involved with a new index-linked funding method have fewer than 1,000 units

Cigarettes cause majority of deadly council housing fires

01 September, 2017

Cigarettes were the most common cause of deadly fires in council housing in the seven years preceding the Grenfell Tower fire

Homeowners 'happier than renters' with their standard of living

01 September, 2017

Homeowners are happier about their standard of living than renters

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

31 August, 2017

In the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of social housing in Britain

Mind the pay gap

31 August, 2017

What will be revealed when social landlords publish new data on their gender pay gaps?

Tenants to be charged for damage

30 August, 2017

Council tenants are to be charged for damage caused to their homes and gardens "beyond fair wear and tear" under new cost-cutting plans unveiled by Waverley Borough Council

Alison Inman: 'Some who experience domestic abuse will live in social housing'

30 August, 2017

Tenant champion and incoming Chartered Institute of Housing president says domestic violence needs to be centre of housing policy

Scottish housing leaders raise DHP concerns

30 August, 2017

Housing leaders have spoken out against the Scottish Government's plan to make Discretionary Housing Payment schemes voluntary for councils

Housing association given governance upgrade

30 August, 2017

A housing association that was previously downgraded for seeking to restrict an internal review has had its governance rating upgraded by the social housing regulator

Council to fit sprinkler systems themselves to get them into high-rises 'as quickly as possible'

29 August, 2017

The move comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter one 2017/18?

25 August, 2017

Housing associations started 9,063 homes in 2017/18 Q1

Associations pull 85% of planned supported housing developments

25 August, 2017

Housing associations have slashed the number of supported housing homes they plan to build by 85%, as uncertainty around government reforms to the sector stymie development

Cash offer fails to entice council tenants to move

24 August, 2017

Increased incentives, designed to persuade council house tenants in Moray to downsize, have failed to boost housing stock

Regulator writes to tenant groups over Grenfell

24 August, 2017

The social housing regulator has written to tenants' groups to explain its role in the sector, following the Grenfell Tower disaster

Half of new association homes funded privately

24 August, 2017

Housing associations are funding almost half their affordable housing from their own balance sheets

Grenfell residents' call for fire safety checks refused five weeks before blaze

23 August, 2017

A request by Grenfell Tower residents for an independent review of fire risk to the building was refused just five weeks before the deadly blaze

Two housing associations under review by regulator

23 August, 2017

Two housing associations are being investigated by the social housing regulator for governance issues

National Panel of Tenants and Service Users

23 August, 2017

This theme considered views on what value for money means for users of social landlord services

Bringing private and social housing together can be the key to successful regeneration

22 August, 2017

John Gallacher champions the use of mixed tenure developments to create thriving and sustainable communities as he looks back on four decades spent in the housing industry

Protest called amid homes loss fears after housing associations merger plan announced

22 August, 2017

Tenants and resident from Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing oppose the plan, which would create one of the country's largest housing associations

Why replacing Right to Buy homes is so difficult

22 August, 2017

In 2012, the government announced it was revitalising the Tory party's most famous council housing policy

Brexit 'cuts off' cash for social housing

22 August, 2017

European Investment Bank has frozen its UK operations

What housing associations want from contractors

21 August, 2017

Social housing does not stay still for long

Sharp rent arrears rise in Ross-shire blamed on new Universal Credit benefit system

21 August, 2017

Rent arrears for council house tenants have doubled in some areas of Ross-shire in just two years - and the controversial universal credit scheme has been blamed for the sharp rise

DCLG considering allowing shared ownership for RTB replacements

21 August, 2017

The government is considering proposals from a group of 50 councils to allow them to spend Right to Buy receipts on purchasing properties for shared ownership

Tower Hamlets Council to roll out free wi-fi in town centres and social housing

21 August, 2017

Mayor John Biggs says the plan will tackle inequality and poverty with businesses and homes around Brick Lane, Watney Market and Chrisp Street the first to get online

Agency board provider sees signs of slowdown in rental market

18 August, 2017

The number of rental properties coming to market has hit a four-year low

The way residents and tenants are treated is a stain on modern Britain

18 August, 2017

The Ledbury and Grenfell residents were repeatedly dismissed when they raised safety concerns. Frontline housing staff must do more to listen and act

Landlords want rent payments in credit scores

17 August, 2017

RLA calls for rent payments to be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own

Sadiq Khan fails to build any social housing in year as Mayor

17 August, 2017

Sadiq Khan has failed to build any social housing in London in the past 12 months despite promising to construct thousands of houses every year during his election campaign

Welsh Government to review social rents ahead of LHA cap

17 August, 2017

The Welsh Government has brought forward a review of its social housing rent policy as it looks for ways to offset the impact of the LHA cap

Developers 'underestimating profits' to avoid building social housing

17 August, 2017

Petition mobilised across England and Wales urging councils to make development assessment documents public

Study shows social benefit of housing investment

16 August, 2017

Research values social return on investment for social housing

National conversation needed about the value of social housing

16 August, 2017

It is unacceptable that in such a wealthy society such as ours, we have so many people who are forced to live on the streets or live in unsuitable accommodation

Listen to the tenants in social housing

16 August, 2017

If you live in a tower block, your home is visible but you are not

Social housing firm Mears hit by Grenfell Tower fall out

15 August, 2017

Safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will hit profits this year as building works are delayed

The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

15 August, 2017

All too often social housing residents tell us that they feel like second-class citizens

Social media and social housing - four tips for housing professionals

15 August, 2017

While social media can be very successfully used to build a more direct and personal connection with tenants, housing associations and social landlords need to be prepared to respond meaningfully when things aren't going to plan

Some Right to Buy owners now 'property millionaires'

15 August, 2017

Over 1.5 million council homes in the UK have been sold to council tenants, making millions for some

Universal credit and the risk of digital failure

14 August, 2017

With UC being rolled out across the country, a strong digital inclusion strategy can be the difference between successful adoption and a potentially devastating impact on housing associations' income

Barriers to setting up council-owned housing companies

14 August, 2017

Difficulties spending Right to Buy receipts and confusion over the Housing Revenue Account, planning and rent-setting

HCA urges caution over REIT deals

14 August, 2017

Housing associations should be aware of the risks involved in taking money from real estate investment trusts

People shouldn't have to feel grateful for social housing - it's a basic human right

11 August, 2017

We should stop seeing social housing as scarce or precious. It's as much a necessity as good healthcare and education

London will fall further behind on new council homes without more action from Mayor

11 August, 2017

Sian Berry told the Mayor he has 'a lot of catching up to do' after revealing that no new council homes funded by the Mayor have started on site since he took office 16 months ago

Concerned tenants offered chance to move out of tower blocks

10 August, 2017

Southwark Council has offered tenants on one of its estates the chance to move out after compartmentation breaches were found in two of its tower blocks

Helping journalists portray social housing tenants fairly

09 August, 2017

A group of housing associations is working to produce a guide for journalists on how to avoid stereotyping

Joint response - Terms of Reference to the Public Inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire - ARCH, CIH, Inside Housing and NFA

09 August, 2017

This is a joint submission into the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry to ensure we provide a consistent message accross the trade and professional bodies across the housing sector

If social housing is precious, tenancies should be time-limited

09 August, 2017

Without means testing and fixed tenancies, someone on a high income could end up in secure housing while those on lower incomes struggle

Abolition of Right to Buy Scheme 'Progressing'

08 August, 2017

Proposals which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wrexham and across Wales have moved a step closer

Enough Empty Council Flats In One Chelsea Block To House All Grenfell Families

08 August, 2017

Council flats in the same borough as Grenfell Tower which could house all the survivors are lying empty because the owners want to demolish them

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

08 August, 2017

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

Grenfell must be a turning point in housing - for staff and residents

07 August, 2017

Making social housing more commercial has eroded workers' skills and knowhow

HCA could de-register 'sham transactions' housing association

07 August, 2017

An association sued by Southwark Council for alleged "sham transactions" that helped it avoid building affordable housing could lose its status as a registered provider

Right to Buy: Whose interest does it serve?

04 August, 2017

Right to Buy, the policy no one wants to talk about, is decimating local councils' housing stock and costing us all dearly in state subsidy

Shared housing: the solution?

04 August, 2017

Shared housing for social tenants could be the next big thing due to government plans to cap housing benefit for single under-35s

An ode to social housing

04 August, 2017

Sometimes words alone aren't enough to explain the issues

'Damaging' Right to Buy policy is suspended in city for five years

03 August, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended for a period of five years in Cardiff

Make Social Housing Our Nation's Badge Of Honour

03 August, 2017

In the wake of the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower there has been a torrent of public comment

Inquiry into Regulatory oversight of Housing Associations

02 August, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales

Welsh associations urged to further empower tenants

02 August, 2017

Associations in Wales welcome a report from the Welsh Public Accounts Committee praising the increasing transparency in the sector but setting out robust recommendations

How have attitudes changed towards social housing?

02 August, 2017

Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can't afford to buy or rent their own home?

Green space v social housing: the fight for the future of London's oldest allotments

02 August, 2017

A charity's plans to build social housing threaten allotments established in 1832 for the working poor of Ealing

Councils 'can't hide' fire safety reports

02 August, 2017

The information commissioner is urging councils to proactively publish fire information 'in full' for residents to see

Bringing repairs in-house

02 August, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are improving services and efficiencies by setting up their own repairs and maintenance companies

Council to let associations bid for RTB receipts

01 August, 2017

Housing associations are invited to bid for the £16m pot - as long as it is spent on easing Hackney council's 12,000-plus waiting list

Council secures long-term housing strategy

01 August, 2017

Transaction will reduce the council's rent obligations by approximately 30% over the next 10 years

New council homes planned in Walthamstow as clock ticks in council's race to spend £16.5m Right to Buy cash

31 July, 2017

The council made more than £41 million selling social housing between April 2014 and April this year

Technology adoption in social housing: what's your scorecard?

31 July, 2017

We're entering an age of unprecedented technological, social and political disruption that will create a great deal of unpredictability and risk

Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

31 July, 2017

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

'It's social cleansing': the 93-year-old fighting east London demolitions

28 July, 2017

In Whitechapel, residents say their campaign against the possible bulldozing of their council homes is a battle over the future of housing

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

28 July, 2017

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks will be deemed to have failed a new fire safety test

Social housing residents have changed: landlords must now adapt

27 July, 2017

The sector must get away from the legacy notions of a 'typical' social housing tenant and to understand the breadth and scope of people who now live in affordable housing

Union warns more social housing is needed in WIltshire

27 July, 2017

Just over a third of new homes built in Wiltshire last year were for social housing, but a union is calling for more

Reassuring tower block tenants post-Grenfell

27 July, 2017

The Grenfell fire has caused anxiety among tower block tenants

Facebook backs campaign to tackle social housing stigma

27 July, 2017

'Benefit to Society' will benefit from backing from one of the largest organisations in the world, social media giant Facebook

Consultation on recognising residents' associations, and their power to request information about tenants

26 July, 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed secondary legislation under section 29A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 - Tenants' Associations: power to request information about tenants

Tenants satisfied with Clydebank Housing Association services

25 July, 2017

The result of an independent poll commissioned by CHA has revealed that 94% of its tenants are satisfied with the overall service they receive

A blueprint for Scotland's future

25 July, 2017

The Scottish Government should strengthen and clarify the links between housing and the various outcomes of the National Performance Framework

The social housing system is being demolished without a whimper

24 July, 2017

Housing associations are beset by cuts, but will survive - the real victims of the crisis are the most vulnerable people in society

Council 'remains committed to delivery of homes' partly through 'arms-length' £60m housing company

24 July, 2017

Warrington Borough Council 'remains committed' to setting up a £60 million housing company

New social homes are first in rural village for decades

21 July, 2017

Work has started on the first new social homes to be built in a small upper Weardale village for more than 50 years

Local councils to receive £15m in extra funding

21 July, 2017

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announces grants totaling £15m to local councils to help ease the pressures on local services

Scottish Housing Regulator updates regulation plans for three RSLs

21 July, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated regulation plans for three RSLs as each undergo various changes within their organisations

Tenants move into brand new affordable homes in Glasgow

21 July, 2017

Housing association says the rented flats are state-of-art

Tenant complaints rise

20 July, 2017

Complaints by social housing tenants have increased

The Housing Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2016-7

20 July, 2017

Housing Matters: Fairness Matters

Views sought on lettings agents' fees

20 July, 2017

Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has today launched a formal consultation on legislative proposals to remove the ability of lettings agencies to charge fees to tenants

Grenfell cladding '14 times combustibility limit'

19 July, 2017

Burning cladding on Grenfell Tower would have released 14 times more heat than a key government test allows

Make housing associations subject to FoI says industry bosses

19 July, 2017

A proposed law making housing associations subject to the Freedom of Information Act has won the backing of the regional and national press trade body

Plans to scrap right to buy policy are met with mixed reaction in Senedd

19 July, 2017

Plans which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wales have been met with a mixed reaction

Statutory protection for the future funding of supported housing

19 July, 2017

New report exploring the options around increased statutory protection

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

19 July, 2017

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

'The city desperately needs council housing': Mill Road depot protesters want a 'less posh' Cambridge

19 July, 2017

Campaigners say the the first housing site built using devolution cash must be at least 50 per cent council housing

Making it count: proving the economic value of housing associations in their local area

18 July, 2017

Housing associations are key drivers of economic growth and have a huge impact on the local communities where they operate

More than half a million social homes in England do not meet basic health and safety standards

18 July, 2017

New figures reveal hundreds of thousands of homes with serious safety hazards

Permanent homes for Grenfell survivors will be ready 'very shortly' amid anger over 'unsuitable' temporary accommodation

18 July, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid claims many families had turned down temporary accommodation

Social landlords could recover cladding costs

17 July, 2017

Associations and councils enquire about legal routes open to them against contractors

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2016/17?

17 July, 2017

Housing associations started 3,769 homes in rural areas in 2016/17

Consultation on an amendment to the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard

17 July, 2017

The deregulatory measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amend the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by removing the requirement for private registered providers to seek the regulator's consent to the disposal of social housing and to some constitutional changes

13 housing associations trial Glasgow Housing Register

14 July, 2017

A new pilot project is set to reduce the amount of applications social housing applicants have to fill out in the Glasgow area

Associations 'could increase development by a third'

14 July, 2017

Housing associations in Wales have been told they could increase development without harming their business model

Hard cash is needed to make social housing residents feel safe

14 July, 2017

Even after the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, central government is still refusing to fund councils and housing associations to do their job

Lambeth Council starts 'more intrusive' fire risk assessments

13 July, 2017

Lambeth Council has begun carrying out "more intrusive" Fire Risk Assessments on its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, one of its directors has told an all-party parliamentary group

English Housing Survey (SRS)

13 July, 2017

Social rented sector, 2015-16

Social Landlord Housing Sales, 2016-17

13 July, 2017

The overall number of housing sales by social landlords decreased during 2016-17 and remained well below the levels seen in years prior to 2008-09

End distance, tenants tell associations and councils

13 July, 2017

Tenants have called for better communication from associations and councils

Social housing in Europe: legacies, new trends and the crisis

12 July, 2017

What is considered social housing varies across Europe

Council called out over £2bn housing privatisation plan

12 July, 2017

Hugely ambitious Haringey plan branded "out of touch and high-handed" but council says it "couldn't be clearer" over right of return for tenants

Councils may have to cover cost of high rise fire safety measures

12 July, 2017

Response from first secretary of state, Damian Green, at PMQs taken as suggesting councils may be expected to pay for recommended work

Delay to Supported Housing Green Paper a 'blow'

12 July, 2017

The housing sector has responded to reports the Supported Housing Green Paper has been delayed by the government

Abused women face homelessness after eviction notice is served on St Albans refuge

12 July, 2017

Abused women and escapees from arranged marriages face being made homeless following the eviction of a St Albans refuge

Grenfell Tower fire: Government 'too slow to reassure residents' living in similar blocks

12 July, 2017

'It is totally unacceptable that four weeks on ministers still don't know and can't say how many other tower blocks are unsafe'

Grenfell fire: councils to foot bill for fire safety work 'in first instance'

12 July, 2017

Announcement that councils will be 'first port of call' to pay for improvements raises fears that vital work will be delayed

Policy Response: Impact of the LHA freeze

11 July, 2017

Frozen Local Housing Allowance is freezing people out of the housing market

JRF Response to the Housing White Paper consultation

11 July, 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice

Understanding cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government ordered an audit of high-rise social housing tower blocks across the country

The time for social housing and tenant engagement is now

11 July, 2017

Chief Executive of Tpas, Jenny Osbourne, says now is the time for tenants to grasp the initiative and drive engagement

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

10 July, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account

Council reveals £4m post-Grenfell costs to tower blocks

10 July, 2017

Figures from a single London borough indicate the huge costs councils face over tower block safety post Grenfell

Despair of the families forced into temporary housing

10 July, 2017

A perfect storm of boom and bust in the housing market has forced record numbers of children into temporary accommodation in parts of Scotland

Right to Buy ban in Wales needs to be explained

10 July, 2017

People who live in social housing in Wales must be given clear information about plans to end the right to buy their homes

Housing association stands firm amid calls to 'shame' them into fitting sprinklers at The Tannery in Canterbury

07 July, 2017

Dozens of properties were destroyed after a blaze ripped through buildings in July 2015

Measuring the impact on housing associations of applying Local Housing Allowances to the social rented sector in Northern Ireland

07 July, 2017

In November 2015 the Chancellor announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the amount of rent housing benefit will cover in the social rented sector would be capped

Rental sector now needs '360-degree protection'

06 July, 2017

Owner of rent-hub says tenants shouldn't need to set up protest sites to have their voices heard

Just 14 Grenfell Tower families have accepted rehousing offers

06 July, 2017

Disaster response spokesperson says many of 158 affected families had turned down temporary offers in order to wait for permanent homes

Putting the "social" back in "social housing"? Thoughts from Housing 2017

05 July, 2017

Political circumstances hung heavy over this year's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

How to solve the UK's housing crisis: Government should let councils buy land, grant it planning permission and then sell it off

05 July, 2017

Devolving power to local councils could help yield £30bn to pay for public services

DCLG urged to back new national tenant voice

05 July, 2017

All four NTOs want a 'coherent, legitimate and empowered' voice for tenants to communicate directly with government and other agencies

NI social housebuilding threatened by new benefit cuts

05 July, 2017

Social housebuilding in Northern Ireland is being threatened by benefit cuts planned by the UK Government

Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland

05 July, 2017

The benefits system is changing

Social Housing Provider Upgrades Smoke Alarms to Aico Multi-Sensors

04 July, 2017

Northwards Housing in Manchester is undertaking a major smoke alarm upgrade programme across its entire housing stock of 13,500 properties

Labour MPs urge Haringey council to rethink housing sell-off

04 July, 2017

North London MPs David Lammy and Catherine West call for pause in £2bn plan, amid fears residents could be forced out

Housing funds 'wasted' by councils

04 July, 2017

Money which is supposed to help people struggling to pay their rent is being wasted by some councils

Tenant safety and housing regulation

03 July, 2017

Tenant safety is precious. The Cave Review highlighted tenant protection as one of its guiding principles for the Social Housing Regulator

Cladding crisis deepens as 181 towers fail tests

03 July, 2017

The Government's expert fire advisory panel is now seeking further advice on whether cladding must be stripped from towers where basic fire tests confirm cladding is combustible

Housing 2017, day three: How are landlords making tower blocks safer?

30 June, 2017

Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone's lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual event in Manchester this week

Working together to meet housing need: local authority and housing association partnerships in a changing environment

30 June, 2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Sheltered housing saves NHS and social care services £486m per year

29 June, 2017

Think tank report urges Government to exclude older people's housing from future Housing Benefit cap

Legal aid cuts 'may have stopped Grenfell tenants pursuing safety concerns'

29 June, 2017

Law Society chief suggests fire in London tower could be stark example of dangers of lack of provision for less well off

Landlords warned to prepare for huge growth in Universal Credit claimants

29 June, 2017

Landlords could see the number of their tenants claiming Universal Credit multiply by up to nine times when their area moves to full digital roll-out

Grenfell: Five Welsh social landlords test cladding

29 June, 2017

Five Welsh social landlords are testing cladding on tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to March 2017

29 June, 2017

In January to March 2016-17(Q4), local authorities sold an estimated 2,890 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Real Time Information (RTI) awareness aid for local authorities

29 June, 2017

This RTI guide provides information on how this process works and helps local authority staff in the processing of RTI referrals

Social Housing High-Rise Data for England & Wales

28 June, 2017

On HousingNet.co.uk we work predominantly with Land Registry Data and we have tried calculating the number of floors in a building with it but there are too many variables for any degree of accuracy

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

28 June, 2017

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

Grenfell Tower cladding scandal could cost councils millions after Government says no guarantee of extra funding

28 June, 2017

'There is no way we can afford to reclad our tower blocks. If we have to find that money, it will come from other projects'

CIH: Inaugural Savills Housing Sector Survey finds focus on social rents

28 June, 2017

More than 90% of housing associations say their number one priority is providing discounted rental properties

Grenfell Tower response: a Q&A for housing associations

28 June, 2017

What should happen if I think the cladding on our building is made of aluminium composite material (ACM)?

High-Rise in England & Wales

28 June, 2017

Tower blocks that have failed combustibility tests

Thousands more people should be evacuated from tower blocks while cladding is tested

27 June, 2017

Thousands more residents in high-rise blocks should be evacuated if necessary to keep them safe even before tests on cladding come back

Cheap rent and no dodgy landlords: What it's like living in a housing co-op

27 June, 2017

With the average rent in Britain being around £900-a-month, people are looking for new options

Landlords reveal the types of cladding on their tower blocks

27 June, 2017

Social landlords have shared details of the type of cladding they have on their tower blocks in a snap survey by Inside Housing

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

27 June, 2017

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

Council tower block cladding tests demanded by Welsh Government

27 June, 2017

All social landlords in Wales are being told to carry out fire safety tests on tower block cladding similar to the material used at Grenfell Tower

Social housing target lowered due to Stormont impasse

27 June, 2017

More families in need of social housing will have to wait longer for a home

The British housing crisis, in five charts

26 June, 2017

If you've followed this debate at all, you'll probably be familiar with this one, but it never stops being shocking

Market commentary June 2017

26 June, 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast

Dispossession: A vital new film on the social housing crisis

26 June, 2017

The housing crisis is a term we've all heard

Thousands warned their blocks clad with same panelling as Grenfell Tower

23 June, 2017

Guardian inquiries suggests 25 buildings in London, Salford and Plymouth are covered in aluminium composite

Catalogue of failings show housing association misled tenants

23 June, 2017

A catalogue of "fundamental failings" stemming from systemic weaknesses led to Scotland's housing regulator taking control of a troubled housing association

London social housing, eco-friendly homes and the world's first 'vertical pier' in running for top prize

23 June, 2017

The RIBA national award winners are revealed today, and the shortlist for the coveted Stirling Prize for the UK's best building of the year will be drawn from the 49 winners

Safety checks on private residential blocks

22 June, 2017

This letter is intended for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England

A guide to tenants' housing rights around safety and repairs

22 June, 2017

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, here's where to get help and advice if you're a social housing tenant with questions about your own home

Report on statutory intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association

22 June, 2017

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland

Grenfell Tower: 16 council inspections failed to stop use of flammable cladding

22 June, 2017

Officials tasked with enforcing strict fire regulations didn't prevent use of material effectively banned on tall buildings

After Grenfell: Glasgow tower tenants set up safety panel

21 June, 2017

Housing association to recruit tenants from 14 of its towers to address safety concerns

Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland

21 June, 2017

The provision of housing faces new as well as existing and persistent challenges

Social housing and rise of 'streets in the sky'

20 June, 2017

The deficiencies of the tower block model for lower-income housing go far beyond the problems of cladding

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

20 June, 2017

LGA chair says minister made funding promise in private conversation about implications of Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire: Theresa May snubs Jeremy Corbyn's call to seize private properties to house high-rise victims

20 June, 2017

Downing Street says: 'We don't support proposals to seize private property'

Communities Secretary statement: safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

20 June, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has given the following statement regarding safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Regulator issues fire safety advice to social landlords

20 June, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator written to all social landlords in Scotland to issue fire safety advice following the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London

Angus Housing Association calls for overhaul of housing subsidy system

20 June, 2017

A housing association director has called on the Scottish Government to review the way in which it subsidises councils who want to build new homes

What is it that residents really want?

20 June, 2017

The nature of resident feedback is changing as housing associations realise the benefits of minute-by-minute feedback systems

Homes and Communities Agency Housing Statistics

20 June, 2017

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

FactCheck Q&A: how much do we spend on social housing?

19 June, 2017

Who pays for new social housing?

Tories did not build new social housing over fears it would 'create Labour voters'

19 June, 2017

Social housing was not built under the Conservative-led coalition because of fears it would 'create Labour voters'

Government orders landlords to carry out tower block cladding tests

19 June, 2017

The government has told social landlords to carry out tests of cladding on their tower blocks

Fire safety information requests may be diverting landlords

19 June, 2017

The extremely tight deadlines attached to Scottish Government requests to local authorities for information on high rise stock, following last week's tragic fire in West London, may be diverting landlords from even greater priorities over fire safety

London fire: Council seeks to reassure tenants about homes

16 June, 2017

Highland Council has sought to reassure its tenants on the safety of their homes following London's Grenfell Tower fire

Call to cut cost of evictions

16 June, 2017

Housing group says the approach of social landlords to sanctions against tenants can play a pivotal role in preventing eviction and easing costs

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle review - balanced look at a dysfunctional market

16 June, 2017

Paul Sng's clear-headed documentary successfully crunches vast amounts of material on the history and reality of affordable housing in Britain

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

16 June, 2017

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human habitation' may be reconsidered following the fire at 27-storey residential block Grenfell Tower this week

Sector calls on government to delay supported housing changes

16 June, 2017

Housing figures have called on the new government to put back controversial plans to change the funding of supported housing, due to the current political hiatus

London blaze cladding material NOT used in Glasgow flats

16 June, 2017

Glasgow's largest housing association has confirmed none of its buildings are insulated using the same material as that in the stricken Grenfell Tower

Housing Association bosses promise 'no cuts' to sheltered housing services

16 June, 2017

Campaigners have pledged to continue their fight against the loss of services to sheltered housing despite bosses assuring there are no plans to make cuts

Three-quarters of all UK social housing blocks found to be 'potentially unsafe in a fire' in 2011 report

14 June, 2017

Hundreds of managers raised concerns following 2009 Camberwell tragedy which killed six people

Associations move to reassure tenants after Grenfell fire

14 June, 2017

Housing associations reassure tenants over fire safety measures for tower blocks

Local authorities to share £1.75bn affordable housing investment

14 June, 2017

More than £1.75 billion is being allocated to councils in a major Scottish Government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing

Glasgow Housing Association provides lifeline for residents saving them over £360,000

13 June, 2017

"The fuel advice service makes a real difference to people's lives"

How can councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?

13 June, 2017

New models, partnerships and innovations

Scottish housing output continues to flatline

13 June, 2017

Whilst the Scottish Government highlights a 29 per cent increase in funding approvals for 'affordable housing', allocating grant is very different to actually building homes

Affordable Passivhaus service set for Scottish social housing sector

13 June, 2017

A new service will be launched tomorrow which aims to provide affordable, Passivhaus-standard social housing in Scotland

Tenant dies in fire at sheltered housing block

13 June, 2017

A man has died in a fire at a sheltered housing block managed by Housing & Care 21

55 sheltered housing fires recorded in Aberdeenshire last year

13 June, 2017

Aberdeenshire is the worst place in the north of Scotland for sheltered housing fires

New £600m social housing procurement framework invites bids

13 June, 2017

Specialist contractors invited to bid for work across Scotland's social housing sector - with support promised to smaller firms

Social housing trust targets £300m listing

12 June, 2017

An investment trust focused on social housing is expected to launch plans for a £300m stock listing on Monday despite the market's volatility since the chaotic snap election

DUP has previously voted against supported housing changes

12 June, 2017

Controversial plans to cap housing benefit in supported housing could come under pressure if the DUP continues to vote against the reforms

Renters make themselves heard at the ballot box

09 June, 2017

Generation Rent finds Tories lost seats with higher than average renter populations

Shared ownership good for HAs but has risks

09 June, 2017

Housing associations can fill unmet capacity for shared ownership but must guard against a fall in house prices

LHA cap will transform social housing in Scotland

09 June, 2017

It's fair to say that we have all been slow to understand the implications of the LHA maxima being applied to social housing

Housing First

08 June, 2017

Guidance for Social Landlords

Dundee council homes to benefit from £4m external wall insulation work

08 June, 2017

A near £4 million programme of external wall insulation is to be installed into Dundee City Council homes

Decline in living standards for social housing tenants

08 June, 2017

A third of social housing tenants have seen their standard of living decline in recent years as above-inflation increases have hit food, fuel and transport

Associations plan £750m joint bond deal

08 June, 2017

Thirteen housing associations are in talks to create a pioneering new borrowing group which would seek to issue a joint bond of up to £750m - a record for the sector

Hanover Scotland draws on tenant engagement

07 June, 2017

For the last year, staff, customers and representatives from the Board of Hanover Scotland have been working on a strategy to enable more innovative, meaningful and fun ways of engaging with residents

Newly merged association receives permission for first development

07 June, 2017

Newly merged housing association Vivid has secured planning permission for 560 homes in its first development since its merger

Affordable Rent Special Edition: A cunning plan

07 June, 2017

In 2015, Conservatives promised housing association tenants the right to buy

HomeLet Rental Index

06 June, 2017

The average rental value in the UK (£901) has reduced by 0.3% compared to the same period last year (£904)

Modular construction can make a real difference if social landlords embrace its potential

06 June, 2017

Modular construction methods have come a long way since the post-war heyday of prefabrication

Five myths about migrants and housing

05 June, 2017

What do you know about migrants and where they live? Here are five things often said about migrants' housing rights that are untrue or only partially true

Barwell: new homes for 'social rent' will be let at affordable rent levels

02 June, 2017

A "new generation of homes for social rent" promised by the Conservatives will be at affordable rent levels which can be up to 80% of the market rate

Nottingham ALMO to set up new housing association

02 June, 2017

The largest developing ALMO is planning to set up a registered housing association as it looks to step up its development of affordable homes

Scottish landlords round on 'brutal' Universal Credit

02 June, 2017

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have urged the UK government to reconsider on the policy

Top 50 Social Landlords: The Top 10

02 June, 2017

With entries closed, here's our top 10 - and how to vote for your winner

Councils called out over letting fee enforcement

02 June, 2017

Research exposes extent to which councils have failed to tackle non-compliance

Cumbrian housing association judged non-compliant over financial issues

01 June, 2017

The housing regulator has issued a heavy downgrade for a Cumbria-based housing association, warning it was failing to mitigate risks and could have placed its financial viability in danger

May: I want to work with local authorities and housing associations

01 June, 2017

Theresa May has said she wants to work with the public sector on housing to get more homes built

LHA cap could jeopardise Scotland's 50,000 homes target

01 June, 2017

Senior council staff in Scotland have warned linking LHA to social housing could jeopardise the Scottish Government's target to build 50,000 affordable homes

Right to Buy is costing the public purse millions of pounds

31 May, 2017

David Baybut, Head of Real Estate at the national law firm Stephensons shares insight into the government's Right to Buy scheme

Deregulation: A limited new dawning for housing associations

31 May, 2017

A brave new world of deregulation apparently dawned for Housing Associations on 6 April this year when provisions from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force

Scottish Government to bring forward reclassification bill in September

31 May, 2017

The Scottish Government will bring forward legislation to reverse the reclassification of housing associations in Scotland this September

Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

31 May, 2017

Although Brexit was the driving force behind the Prime Minister's decision to call an early election, it has provided an opportunity to draw attention to the serious housing issues we're facing

Smaller housing associations can play their part in delivering new homes

30 May, 2017

Through new approaches, smaller housing associations make a valuable contribution to new supply in this country

Housing For Older People

30 May, 2017

Rented sheltered housing does not meet the needs of 25% of older households

Low-paid must cover rent by working equivalent of morning per day, says Shelter

30 May, 2017

Low-paid workers are slogging for the equivalent of a morning per day just to cover the cost of their rent

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

LIN member report May 2017 - The Homelessness Reduction Act

01 May, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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