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Sixty Icon 'Build more homes for private rent'
The Government should help councils build homes for long-term private rent rather than engaging in "political flag-waving" over affordable housing and home ownership, a report by leading developers and councils has said.
Shropshire Star - Posted 24/02/2014

Keep £347m emergency fund, councils in England and Wales urge
The government must reverse its decision to drop a "crucial" £347m fund to help families affected by emergencies, councils have said.
BBC - Posted 24/02/2014

Sixty Icon Child poverty strategy to be unveiled later this week
The government is to unveil a new strategy to tackle child poverty on Thursday, the BBC has learned.
BBC - Posted 24/02/2014

Sixty Icon Two cities the size of Leeds needed to house new migrants
Prediction likely to put further pressure on David Cameron to deliver on pledge to reduce levels of net migration to tens of thousands.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 24/02/2014

Sack Atos now rather than dithering, Labour urges the government
The controversial benefits firm has been in talks about getting out of its contract.
Mirror co uk - Posted 24/02/2014

Sixty Icon Councils' anger over decision to scrap hardship fund set up to help vulnerable
LGA claims axing of crucial safety net will see vulnerable families left destitute.
The Independent - Posted 24/02/2014

Councils urged to build homes for private rent
Local councils should set targets for building homes for the private rented sector, says new report.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 24/02/2014

Teather accuses Clegg over welfare
Nick Clegg was accused of a "patronising" attitude to critics of the Government's welfare reforms by a former Liberal Democrat minister, who said the system was leaving people "destitute".
MSN News - Posted 23/02/2014

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Trussell Trust food bank chiefs for ''frank and constructive" discussion
The talks will be viewed as a climbdown by the Government at a time when it is under growing pressure to act on food poverty.
Mirror co uk - Posted 23/02/2014

Sixty Icon London mayor criticised for £120m housing underspend
The revelation there is to be a £120m underspend on building affordable homes shows London's mayor is failing to meet his targets, his critics say.
BBC - Posted 23/02/2014

Video: Mayor's 'failure' to spend on affordable homes
London Mayor Boris Johnson has been criticised for failing to spend more than £120m allocated for housing.
BBC - Posted 23/02/2014

Torbay Council unspent cash 'to go to disabled people'
Torbay Council has promised that £340,000 of unspent money on emergency financial help for disabled people will not be spent on other services.
BBC - Posted 23/02/2014

CIH: Remove stamp duty to free up homes
The Chartered Institute of Housing has urged the government to consider removing stamp duty when older homeowners who receive pension credit move to smaller properties.
24 Housing - Posted 23/02/2014

UKIP housing spokesman trousering a fortune renting to migrants on benefits despite party's policies
Multi-millionaire landlord Andrew Charalambous earned £745,351 in housing benefit from tenants and concedes migration has 'fuelled price and demand'.
Mirror co uk - Posted 23/02/2014

Bedroom tax scandal wrongly charged to 40,000 council tenants - and Iain Duncan Smith is 'in denial'
That is already four times more than the amount whom the Work and Pensions Secretary had predicted would be hit by his failure to close a housing rules loophole.
Mirror co uk - Posted 23/02/2014

Coalition to unveil radical plans to cut child poverty
New strategy aims to counter criticism of poor record on living standards.
The Guardian - Posted 23/02/2014

No 10 publishes list of flood works that may be funded through grants
David Cameron gives details of measures that repair grants of £5,000 could fund if recommended by surveyor.
The Guardian - Posted 22/02/2014

UK floods 2014: government response
Government information and advice about flooding in parts of the UK.
GOV.UK - Posted 21/02/2014

PM announces details of flood support packages
Details of new funding schemes for homeowners and businesses in flood hit areas have been announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron.
GOV.UK - Posted 21/02/2014

Clegg hits back at church criticism
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended the coalition's welfare reforms in the face of the latest onslaught from the church, insisting it was right to withdraw benefits from claimants who refused to look for work.
London Evening Standard - Posted 21/02/2014

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