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People face surge in household debts in next five years - studyThe Guardian
Mounting mortgage and other domestic costs will hit families hard if interest rates rise.
Vulnerable people 'trapped in homelessness' due to lawBBC
Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them "in a cycle of homelessness", due to a change in the law.
Jeremy Corbyn Would Help Poorer Families Pay Vet Bills And Give Tenants The Right To Keep A PetHuffington Post
Labour slams Gove’s ‘disposable’ green credentials.
UK House Price Index summary: December 2017GOV.‌UK
Headline statistics for December 2017 - the average price of a property in the UK was £226,756 the annual price change for a property in the UK was 5.2% the monthly price change for a property i...
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UK inflation still at 3% despite fall in food pricesBBC
UK consumer price inflation remained at 3% in January, the same level as in December.
Rent controls would leave tenants ‘worse off’24 Housing
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows linking rents to inflation would leave many tenants out of pocket Rent.
AHF prices £25m of loansInside Housing
Government-backed borrowing vehicle Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) has priced another £25m worth of loans.
IMLA calls for end to government intervention on BTLMortgage Strategy
The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has called for the government to “refrain” from imposing further costs on the buy-to-let market, as official figures confirm a protracted slow...
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Politics TOP DN
Boris Johnson: Brexit is a reason for hope not fearBBC
Boris Johnson is to attempt to reassure voters who are angry and alienated by Brexit that the UK's split from the EU is a cause for "hope not fear".
Northamptonshire County Council to sell new £53m HQBBC
A cash-strapped council has agreed to sell its new £53m headquarters, which opened just over four months ago.
How council taxes CAN be cut! With town hall bills soaring, one imaginative local authority boss has frozen his for seven yearsMail Online
Ferris Cowper is probably the most unpopular local politician in the country — among fellow local politicians, that is. It's hardly surprising, given the shocking way he has let the side do...
Setting council budgets is a messy series of unattractive compromisesThe Guardian
All councils face the pain of negotiating the least worst budget cuts for services like care homes and libraries.
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Council defends policy of putting homeless young families in Melton elderly housing complexMelton Times
Melton Council has defended its policy to move young families into vacant properties at a sheltered housing complex for frail and elderly people.
Millennial Couples Making 'Heart-Breaking' Family Decisions Because Of Housing MarketHuffington Post
A significant number of millennial couples are putting off having children or growing their families because they are renting properties and don’t own their own homes, according to a new report.
How one community beat the system, and rebuilt their shattered streetsThe Guardian
To revive their derelict area in Liverpool, a group of residents had to take it over. The latest article in our new economics series looks at one of the most remarkable stories in British urban histor...
What causes London's eviction 'hotspots'?Trust for London
Evictions have been rising quickly in London, up by 79% in the last five years- an eviction rate among renters more than twice as high as the rest of England. Why is the rate so much worse in London t...
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A year to go and the Brexit clock is ticking for procurement teamsInside Housing
Despite a lack of clarity from the government on many Brexit issues, its effects are already trickling down to the sector. Kate Youde asks procurement teams about their biggest concerns.
YHG pulls plug on modular housing JVPlace North West
Your Housing Group and its partner WElink have abandoned their joint venture into modular housing delivery.
London council to check tower blocks have been strengthened to government standardInside Housing
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has commissioned an engineering consultancy to check if two of its tower blocks have been strengthened to the standard required by the government.
Video: 'Sewage was flowing through my house'BBC
Sewage was left flowing into a man's rented house when a drain was discovered in the corner of his entrance hall.
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Largest modular built development gets green light24 Housing
Croydon gets plans approved for 21-storey development which will offer ‘up to 100% affordable housing’.
New village for 2,000 people in Swansea on site right next to M4Wales Online
The site is currently fields but also used to be a famous tinplate works.
Hundreds of homes planned for Slough Horlicks siteBBC
More than 750 new homes are set to be built on the historical site of the Horlicks factory in Slough.
Cliff Hague: SNP is about to give huge power to housing developersThe Scotsman
Proposed changes to the planning system will hand power to developers eager to accrue eye-watering bonuses, says Professor Cliff Hague, chair of the Cockburn Association and a Royal Town Planning Inst...
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People & Communities TOP DN
Mayor announces a brand new £45million fund to help young LondonersLONDON.GOV.‌UK
Sadiq steps up to provide funding struggling services desperately need.
Crisis’s Jon Sparkes: ‘Politicians are at last taking homelessness seriously’The Guardian
New legislation will prevent many thousands of people becoming homeless. It’s a step in the right direction, says the Crisis chief executive.
Housing association partners with unique refuge project24 Housing
The independently managed ‘safe space’ supports those unable to access a traditional refuge.
Cold water 'poured over' homeless woman in NorthamptonBBC
A homeless woman could have frozen to death after a bucket of water was poured on her, a volunteer group said.
Health & Social Care TOP DN
The Disability Dossier: 39 pages that could end the Tories’ crushing welfare agendaNew Statesman
A report of disability benefit claimants’ experiences exposes government cruelty and incompetence in unprecedented numbers.
A cornucopia of care24 Housing
Not content with the usual assortment of resident wellbeing initiatives, Hanover Housing are thinking outside the box. Rebecca McAdam reports on the variety of solutions it’s using to keep resid...
Video: Unpaid carers: Who will look after 93-year-old Joyce?BBC
There will be a shortfall in carers able to look after members of their own family, experts say.
Social careless talk costsLattepapa Policy
Or, millions now living will never pay inheritance tax. I’m going to do something odd for a second: I’m going to praise the intention behind the most controversial aspect of the 2017 Conse...
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Northern Ireland TOP DN
May fails to reach deal to restore Northern Ireland power-sharingThe Guardian
Parties urged to make ‘final push’ as DUP and Sinn Fein remain at odds over Irish language act.
Direct rule in Northern Ireland poses ‘unprecedented’ risk to sector, associations warnInside Housing
The threat of direct rule by the UK government in Northern Ireland poses “unprecedented” levels of risk to the country’s housing sector, associations have warned.
Support services in Northern Ireland ‘on the edge’ of collapse24 Housing
Warnings of some services collapsing if new funding isn’t found soon.
CIH launches review of Northern Irish housing policyInside Housing
The Chartered Institute of Housing has launched a new project to help “shape the future” of housing policy in Northern Ireland.
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Scotland TOP DN
Social Tenants in Scotland, 2016The Scottish Government
Scotland’s Chief Statistician to‌day released Social Tenants in Scotland 2016, the second annual statistical compendium publication on social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland, ...
UK House Price Index Scotland: December 2017GOV.‌UK
Headline statistics in December 2017 - the average price of a property in Scotland was £148,783 the annual price change of a property in Scotland was 7.7% the monthly price change of a property ...
Families to get £2,000 per year childcareHerald Scotland (register)
Around 200,000 working families in Scotland will be eligible for up to £2,000 of childcare support per child every year, the Treasury has said.
Councils continue to perform well for communities despite reduced spendingScottish Housing News
Scotland’s local authorities continue to perform well for their communities in terms of service delivery despite a sharp reduction in their finances, according to a new report.
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Wales TOP DN
UK House Price Index Wales: December 2017GOV.‌UK
In Wales, the average price increased by 5.4% in the year to December 2017 (up from 4.5% in the year to November 2017).
Comments & Blogs TOP
The government must keep its promise to build more homes at social rentInside Housing
Ministers are saying the right things when recognising the problem of unaffordable housing, but little action has so far materialised, writes Terrie Alafat.
You don’t have to hate cows to want to solve the housing crisisThe Guardian
Defenders of greenfield land fail to mention that many brownfield sites are cut off, contaminated and unsuitable for housing.
Falling house prices could be the reboot our economy desperately needs. But only if we prepare for a soft landingOpen Democracy
The housing market seems balanced on a knife edge. In January house prices fell for the second month in a row and buyer enquiries fell for the tenth consecutive month. Some commentators are calling fo...
Universal Credit fails children’s health and educationSPeye
Yet another unscrutinised change to Universal Credit (UC) was announced last week by statutory instrument and this one takes away free school dinners if the parent works 18.12 hours per week at nation...
Spiralling rents show a housing market in crisis – but it can be fixed with radical actioniNews
The national cost of renting from a private landlord passed £50bn for the first time last year to hit a record high, according new figures from the estate agent Countrywide, and the total bill h...
Managing property and improving safety - Peter Brown24 Housing
The spotlight is on safe property management, can social landlords prevent catastrophic and life threatening events in their housing stock?
Every rough sleeper is the product of political decisions. Stop criminalising themThe Guardian
No one wants to sleep outdoors in sub-zero temperatures, but far too many will, while politicians cut welfare and enforce austerity.
Joint ventures are an increasingly attractive model to stretch ambitionInside Housing
As more councils and housing associations plan to set up joint ventures, Boris Worrall explains why so many are taking a look.
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