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Council tax cut approved by councillors for the second year running
Councillors last night (Tuesday 25 February) voted to approve a half a per cent cut in council tax for the second year running.
London Borough of Hounslow - Posted 26/02/2014

Sixty Icon Duncan Smith rules out regional benefit cap
Iain Duncan Smith has dismissed the possibility of introducing a new regional cap on benefits that could have seen payments to families in many parts of Yorkshire slashed further.
Yorkshire Post - Posted 26/02/2014

Floods budget has been cut by £250m, says statistics watchdog
Claims by the Prime Minister and the Environment Secretary that the government was spending more than ever before on flood defences have been undermined by fresh figures.
The Independent - Posted 26/02/2014

Atos quietly dropped from carrying out repeat reassessments by DWP, internal memo shows
An internal memo has revealed that the Department of Work and Pensions has stopped outsourcing company Atos from carrying out repeat assessments on people currently claiming work-related disability benefits.
The Independent - Posted 26/02/2014

Housing Minister's call for councils to release brownfield land for development
Councils should follow the Government’s lead by releasing brownfield land for the development of new homes, housing minister Kris Hopkins has said.
Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Renting homes to tourists will 'drain life out of West End'
Government plans to allow London property owners to let out their flats to tourists without getting planning permission will drain the life out of the West End, Westminster's Labour group has warned.
24 Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Helping single homeless people into homes
A scheme helping single homeless people into homes in the private rented sector is to be extended by 2 years, the government has announced.
Coalition Watch - Posted 25/02/2014

Kris Hopkins calls for views on how to create a fairer, more flexible private rented sector
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has called on landlords and tenants to offer their views on how a fairer, more flexible private rented sector can be created.
Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Sixty Icon Homelessness PRS scheme lands £2m government funding
A Crisis scheme helping single homeless people into private rented sector homes has been given a £2 million funding boost by the government.
Inside Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Sixty Icon Duncan Smith mocks Labour bedroom tax figures
More than 21,500 people have now been identified as wrongly paying the bedroom tax according to figures obtained by the Labour Party.
24 Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Iain Duncan Smith: Food banks good but politicised
Iain Duncan Smith has said that food banks provide a "good service" but have become "hopelessly politicised".
24 Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Funding offering a new start for single homeless people
A successful scheme helping single homeless people into homes in the private rented sector is to be extended by 2 years.
GOV.UK - Posted 25/02/2014

Government putting most vulnerable at risk by scrapping £347 million welfare fund
The scrapping of a government fund used by councils to provide emergency support will make it increasingly difficult to help vulnerable people facing short-term crises, local authorities are warning.
24 Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Reforming PRS core of Labour's housing strategy
Reforming the private rented sector will be at the core of Labour’s bid to tackle the housing crisis, the shadow planning minister has said.
Inside Housing - Posted 25/02/2014

Sixty Icon No coalition after next election, David Cameron to tell voters - report
Conservative leader to declare that a coalition along the lines of agreement with the Lib Dems will not be repeated.
The Guardian - Posted 25/02/2014

Sixty Icon Most of Regional Growth Fund unspent, report finds
More than three quarters of a government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, according to a new report.
BBC - Posted 25/02/2014

Councils in emergency fund plea
Councils have urged the Government to rethink a decision to scrap a £347 million fund used to provide emergency support for households.
London Evening Standard - Posted 25/02/2014

Merging police forces and councils sharing staff and services: Labour to pledge to 'streamline' local government services
A Labour Government would streamline local public services to save money, Chris Leslie, the shadow Chief Treasury Secretary, will pledge today.
The Independent - Posted 25/02/2014

Call to scrap 'outdated' rental laws that restrict Olympic-style lets
Ministers hope to scrap “outdated” laws which mean Londoners face a complex planning process if they want to rent out their homes for a week or two.
London Evening Standard - Posted 25/02/2014

Sixty Icon Scrap stamp duty to give Britain a real help to buy, Government told
Property experts and MPs mount campaign against tax as rising prices make it ‘unfair’ and ‘inefficient’.
The Independent - Posted 25/02/2014

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