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Benefits Street residents give mixed reaction to second episode
Anger that series does not present 'fair picture' of life on Birmingham street mixes with sympathy for Romanians profiled.
The Guardian - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon Sweeping solution
Can the European Union offer a solution for homelessness where the government has failed, asks Heather Spurr.
Inside Housing - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon Four wins and a future challenge
Paul looks at four ways the organisation made a real difference in 2013 - and explains why we need to push even harder this year!
Homeless Link - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon Bedroom tax plans are a levy on the grief of the poor
When I lost my son, preserving his room for a while was a help. But poor and grieving families may soon be denied this choice.
The Guardian - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon How a housing law loophole went viral and forced bedroom tax change
I realised the power of social media when my housing regulation analysis post on Rightsnet made the government change tack.
The Guardian - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon Who should pay for social care services?
Does it make sense to have separate funding systems for health and social care? And what should be the balance between the individual and the state in funding services?
The King's Fund - Posted 14/01/2014

Re-imagining Regeneration – our Empty Homes Doctor is speaking at the National Housing Federation Conference
We’re keen to get the word out about what we’re doing at Leeds Empties – exploring a range of creative approaches – in particular our Empty Homes Doctor service – to bring more empty homes back into use.
Leeds Empties - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon 5000 pre 96 cases DWP – hahahahaha!
DWP estimated no more than 5000 pre 96 exempt case. I estimated 40,000 a big difference.
SPeye - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Two cheers for the Chancellor
Matthew Warburton, policy advisor at ARCH, argues the case for the financial capacity of councils to build new homes.
Local Authority Building & Maintenance - Posted 14/01/2014

Are rising rents stopping young people moving to cities?
Rising rents combined with Britain’s housing shortage are pricing young people out of areas where jobs are available, claims a new report from campaigners PricedOut.
The Independent - Posted 14/01/2014

Is every bedroom tax decision unlawful?
I put out a post a few weeks back that said all bedroom tax decisions were ‘unlawful’ and the use of that word saw many legal professionals take offence at that term.
SPeye - Posted 14/01/2014

Benefits Street by Chris Handy
The Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street aired once again last night (Monday, 13 January), focusing on people living in one particular street in Birmingham – a city where we work.
Accord Housing Association - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Hardest word - Jules Birch
A remarkable thing happened yesterday: Iain Duncan Smith used a five-letter word beginning with S.
Inside Housing - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Getting the house in order
As European and local elections approach in May, politicians should be focusing on the disparity between London and the rest of the UK rather than immigration, argues solicitor Robert Flint of Winckworth Sherwood.
Chartered Institute of Housing - Posted 14/01/2014

After the floods: how to address property damage
The effects of flooding on property are not always immediately apparent. What should property owners look out for, and how can chartered surveyors help?
RICS - Posted 14/01/2014

Is welfare reform making us less willing to accept help when we need it?
Current welfare reforms may be exacerbating underlying feelings that prevent us from getting the help we need, suggests Helen Spandler.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Demonising? Episode 2 of ‘Benefits Street' flatters a very ugly picture
The Synthetic Outrage Squad has been out in force over Channel 4’s Benefits Street, dubbing the series ‘poverty p* *n’ that ‘demonises’ a vulnerable group of people.
The Spectator - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Britain's homes in race against time with climate change - Colin Wiles
Britain's housing will not be fit for purpose if it fails to adapt to climate change. Bring on floating homes and green roofs.
Guardian Housing Network - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Private sector meltdown - Colin Wiles
The decision by Fergus and Judith Wilson to evict tenants on housing benefit from their portfolio of 1,000 properties in Kent was one of the more interesting stories of the past ten days.
Inside Housing - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Better housing is essential if we are to tackle the UK's obesity crisis
The places where people live and work influence the success of other public health measures to improve exercise and diet.
The Guardian - Posted 14/01/2014

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