Monthly archives: September 2016

Janey S
Janey S

By Janey S

Renters need a stable home too

Not convinced short-term contracts are unfair on renters?  We think much can be done to improve rental contracts. Please, if you have time, read on to find out why.

A stable home gives you security. It helps you to put down roots and gives you the chance to plan for the future. However, if you’re renting – living on six to 12 month contracts, life is uncertain and unpredictable.

1 in 4 families are now renting privately. If you’re a … MORE...

Steve Akehurst
Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

The future of social housing – take aways from our recent roundtable

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, delivered the RSA’s annual lecture last week. A former Head of Policy at No 10, Taylor looked at the issue of ‘why policy fails and how it might succeed’. In it he examined the fate of major policy innovations across recent history; those that have stood the test of time (like the Minimum Wage, Scottish devolution and the smoking ban) and those that have withered (he cites the Child Trust fund, the poll … MORE...

Vicky Pearlman
Vicky Pearlman

By Vicky Pearlman

An endless summer is no good for social housing tenants worried about a rent rise

The introduction of Pay to Stay from April 2017 will see some higher income social tenants required to pay more rent. Local councils are responsible for managing Pay to Stay but there is considerable uncertainty still about whether they will have the necessary IT processes or staffing in place, or enough time to inform tenants and assess their incomes, before the change is comes into effect in April 2017.

We might have been basking in the unexpected sunshine of an … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

How a legal stitch-up could undermine progress on homelessness

The Homelessness Reduction Bill potentially improves provision for non-priority need single people but Shelter is concerned by changes impacting families and vulnerable adults. Broadening the scope for finding someone intentionally homeless risks denying priority need households vital access to housing and opens up a legal minefield.

Parliament will next month debate Bob Blackman MP’s Homelessness Reduction Bill. It aims to ensure that local authorities help people threatened with homelessness as soon as possible. This would be available for all … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Welcome moves from the new Minister

Two months on and Theresa May’s new government has not revealed much about its plans for housing – but encouraging signals are now beginning to emerge. Last week the delayed Neighbourhood Planning Bill was published, proposing some welcome reforms, and then yesterday the new Housing Minister suggested that the Starter Homes policy could be tweaked to make it more effective.

Gavin Barwell MP told a property industry conference that supporting homeownership shouldn’t be at the exclusion of support for … MORE...