MPs and Peers on the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Ending Homelessness and for Housing Market and Delivery have today launched a joint inquiry on the conversion of empty commercial property into affordable housing.
The UK Government is being urged by the devolved governments to fund its cap on energy prices through a windfall tax, not higher borrowing. In a joint letter to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng, deputy First Minister John Swinney is joined by finance ministers from Wales and Northe
Around six million people with disabilities in the UK will receive their one-off £150 disability Cost of Living payment from 20 September, the government has confirmed this week. Those being paid a qualifying disability benefit will be paid automatically from 20 September, with the vast majori
Councils across Scotland have been encouraged to apply for a share of £4.8 billion levelling up funds as the application deadline approaches. Local authorities have until Tuesday, August 2 to submit an application for the UK Government’s funding, which aims to deliver on plans
The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic according to new UK Government data. The latest Household Resilience Study reveals that in April-May 2021, 7% of private renters were in arrears, up from 3% in 2019/20. This amounts to over 780
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined with the First Minister of Wales and the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to demand Prime Minister Boris Johnson “do the right thing” by reversing the decision to withdraw the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credi
Argyll and Bute Council and Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) have welcomed the investment of £1.23 million from the UK Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator (SHDFD) project. ACHA will manage and deliver the project with support from SSE Energy Solutions
From this week, the homes of 50,000 UK households will be upgraded with green improvements from a £562 million fund, reducing carbon emissions and supporting thousands of green jobs across the country.
In April, the UK’s first homes to be fitted with boilers and hobs that run on hydrogen rather than fossil fuel gas will be built in Gateshead. The semi-detached houses will use 100% hydrogen for heating and cooking in appliances including boilers, hobs, cookers and fires under a new government
British Gas has confirmed that it will continue to sell and advertise gas boilers despite government hopes to start phasing them out. The firm, which is the UK's largest energy supplier has argued that it needs to “upskill” its engineers and develop alternative technology before it can o
Finance secretary Kate Forbes has called on the UK Government to prioritise public services and economic recovery through a fresh fiscal stimulus package of £98 billion, ahead of the Spending Review on Wednesday. This support, which is at least 5% of GDP, would be on par with the economic reco
The UK Government has announced that small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. Under the new initiative, businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within d
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced further action to support firms affected by the coronavirus crisis by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies. To maximise the support available, the Chancellor is extending the CBILS so that al