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Cameron and Miliband clash on housing at PMQs
Housing put in a rare appearance at prime minister's questions this week when David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed over the Labour leader's "use it or lose it" plans to stop developers landbanking.
24 Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Committee's 'serious concerns' with HCA addressed by government
The Communities and Local Government Committee has published the government’s response to its September 2013 report on the regulatory work of the Homes and Communities Agency.
24 Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Government responds to Committee's serious concerns over social housing regulation
The Communities and Local Government Committee today publishes the Government’s response to its September 2013 Report, The work of the Regulation Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency.
Parliament.uk - Posted 16/01/2014

Pickles rules out review of regulation
Eric Pickles has rejected calls from MPs for a further review of social housing regulation, saying such a move would undermine lender confidence.
Inside Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Boris Johnson announces plans to create four new opportunity areas as part of alterations to the London Plan
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced plans to create four new opportunity areas which would deliver tens of thousands of new homes and jobs in the capital.
Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Sixty Icon Councils have until February to apply for additional DHP
Councils hoping to bid for a share of £20 million additional emergency hardship funding have until February to apply.
Inside Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Council may ban right to buy homes being let
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.
Inside Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Politicians praise report backing legal aid for housing cases
Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians have praised a report calling for the return of legal aid provision for all housing cases.
Inside Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Wolverhampton bid to save £123m could hit housing
Wolverhampton Council’s plan to cut £123 million from its £322 million budget to avoid insolvency could threaten front line housing services.
Inside Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Budget cuts unsustainable – London Councils
Local Government Finance Settlement 2014/15: consultation response.
HousingNet - Posted 16/01/2014

Sixty Icon George Osborne says UK has huge amount to do on welfare cuts
Chancellor says Britain should “praise” European nations for their welfare reforms, and singles out Germany for having “led the way.”
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 16/01/2014

Olympic Park affordable housing 'trade off'
Less "affordable housing" is to be built on the 2012 Olympic Games site in a "trade off" for more economic activity, London's mayor has said.
BBC - Posted 16/01/2014

Sixty Icon Hundreds of affordable Olympic homes under threat won't be replaced in park
Boris Johnson has said today that affordable housing targets in other areas of the Olympic Park won’t be increased, despite potentially slashing 1,000 homes from one of the neighbourhoods.
Inside Housing - Posted 16/01/2014

Government to close bedroom tax 'loophole' by March
The minister for welfare reform Lord Freud has confirmed that the housing benefit loophole that exempts certain long standing tenants from the bedroom tax will be removed in March this year.
Coalition Watch - Posted 16/01/2014

Croydon Council awarded cash to tackle ‘beds in sheds'
Croydon Council is one of 23 local authorities to be awarded a share of a £4 million cash pot to target squalid and dangerous properties such as ‘beds in sheds’.
Housing - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon 'Absolute poverty' of Victorian age has returned to the UK, says Labour MP
The coalition Government has brought "absolute poverty" back to Britain for the first time since the Victorian age, a veteran Labour left-winger claimed tonight.
London Evening Standard - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon Cameron questioned over his view on land grab
David Cameron was today questioned on his views on Ed Miliband’s ‘use it or lose it’ policy idea after the Labour leader said he is not doing enough to close the gap between housing supply and demand.
Inside Housing - Posted 15/01/2014

Brent Council consults on licensing scheme for private sector landlords
Brent Council is consulting on proposals for a landlord licensing scheme which aims to stamp out poor conditions, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour by tenants.
Housing - Posted 15/01/2014

Sixty Icon PDF: Future Funding of the Housing Ombudsman
The single Housing Ombudsman was launched on 1 April 2013 with an extended jurisdiction to cover both housing associations and local authority landlords. A new Housing Ombudsman Scheme 1 (setting out the Ombudsman's terms of reference) (“the Scheme”) came into effect on 1 April.
GOV.UK - Posted 15/01/2014

Lord Freud takes a pasting in bedroom tax 'cock-up' debate
Lord Freud has confirmed that a policy oversight that means thousands of social housing tenants are exempt from paying the bedroom tax will be closed in March.
24 Housing - Posted 15/01/2014

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