UK & International news



England: Shelter plans legal action to tackle discrimination of tenants on benefits

A new campaign has been launched after an investigation uncovered routine discrimination by letting agents against tenants on housing benefit.

Published 22 August 2018

England: Voluntary right to buy pilot launched for housing association tenants

A £200 million pilot has been launched today to extend the right to buy for social housing association tenants in England.

Published 16 August 2018

England: Social housing green paper promises ‘new deal’ for social housing tenants

New measures which aim to “rebalance” the relationship between landlords and residents are to be considered as part of government proposals on social housing in England.

Published 14 August 2018

England: Housing organisations call for 'bold plans' to tackle cause of homelessness

Housing and homelessness organisations in England have welcomed commitments in the UK government's new rough sleeping strategy, while calling for bold plans to tackle the causes of homelessness.

Published 13 August 2018

Housing organisations welcome UK government U-turn on supported housing

Scottish and UK-wide housing organisations have welcomed a major UK government U-turn on funding for temporary supported housing.

Published 10 August 2018

England: Five large associations downgraded over increased sales risk

Five large housing associations in England have had their credit ratings downgraded by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

Published 31 July 2018

England: Heatwave ‘as dangerous as winter’ for rough sleepers, charity warns

With the heatwave and the high temperatures set to continue across the UK, a charity has warned that people sleeping rough on the street are at a high risk of life-threatening dehydration and serious sunstroke.

Published 27 July 2018

England: Fixed Term Tenancies: Social housing at a cross-roads

A new I-SPHERE report reveals how housing associations and local authorities in England are using Fixed Term Tenancies. Beth Watts shares the main findings and reflects on their implications for the social housing sector.

Published 24 July 2018

England: Shelter reveals sharp rise in number of working homeless families

More than half of all families in England housed in temporary accommodation after being accepted as homeless by their local council are in work, according to new figures from Shelter.

Published 23 July 2018

UK: Housing associations ‘invest £70m a year’ to help hard-pressed tenants into work

A think tank has called on the UK government to recognise the role of key social housing providers and devolve power to help the long-term unemployed after new research revealed the true extent of housing associations’ spending in this area.

Published 19 July 2018

England: Transport infrastructure exacerbating housing crises, say architects

The dire state of the UK’s transport infrastructure is contributing to the housing crisis, according to a new report published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Published 19 July 2018

England: Brexit fallout sees eighth housing minister appointed in eight years

Kit Malthouse MP has been appointed as the new minister of state for housing in England, the fifth minister to hold the position in the last three years.

Published 10 July 2018

England: Housing associations strike deal with government agency to deliver 14,280 homes

National housing agency Homes England has announced strategic partnerships with eight housing associations to deliver 14,280 additional affordable homes by March 2022.

Published 4 July 2018

England: CIH calls for Right to Buy suspension as sales continue to outstrip replacements

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has urged the UK government to suspend its Right to Buy policy as new figures revealed that the sale of homes under the scheme continue to outstrip replacement properties.

Published 29 June 2018

CIH’s new current affairs programme examines contribution of social housing to society

Housing associations and councils key to tackling chronic shortage of affordable homes, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has told its new current affairs programme.

Published 28 June 2018