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...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

‘Renewal’ outlines huge opportunity for Conservatives on housing

One (rare) thing that everyone agrees on after Brexit is that it shone a spotlight on millions of people in England who feel left behind. As the new Prime Minister put it:

“I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours.”

While not the full story, housing is … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Homelessness changes: more evidence on how it really works in Wales

Last week, following the first parliamentary inquiry into homelessness for ten years, a cross-party committee of MPs identified the principal cause of homelessness as the cost and availability of housing.

The Committee also recommended that a vital component in addressing homelessness is making sure that the support given to those at risk of homelessness, and to people not assessed as in ‘priority need’ for rehousing, is meaningful.

The report welcomed the aspirations of new legislation introduced in Wales last yearMORE...