UK & International news



England: Church should use land to build affordable homes, finds archbishops report

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have released a landmark new report which sets out a bold new vision for the Church of England to lead by example to help solve the housing crisis, including delivering more affordable homes on its own land.

Published 22 February 2021

England: Cabinet member for housing resigns after Twitter account exposed

The cabinet member for housing at Southwark Council has resigned from his post after it emerged that he had not been transparent about a Twitter account that he managed.

Published 18 February 2021

England: Action against racial harassment in social housing 'still insufficient'

The National Housing Federation has been urged to review the current practice of inaction by social landlords when dealing with tenants' racial harassment complaints.

Published 17 February 2021

Scotland's approach to cladding crisis won't be piecemeal, says housing minister

UK housing secretary Robert Jenrick yesterday agreed to pay £3.5 billion to remove cladding from hundreds of thousands of unsafe high-rise flats in England and criticised the Scottish Government for doing "absolutely nothing" to help flat-owners affected in Scotland.

Published 11 February 2021

Charity calls for homeless people to be given vaccine priority amid health crisis concerns

A homelessness charity has called on the UK Government to give rough sleepers priority access to Covid-19 vaccines amid new research examining health and homelessness during the pandemic.

Published 26 January 2021

Homeless people can buy affordable homes in London, says Shaun Bailey

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for London mayor, has sparked rage after suggesting that people experiencing homelessness would be able to save up a £5,000 deposit to buy a share of a newly build affordable home in the city.

Published 15 January 2021

UK Government won’t extend support to rough sleepers during latest lockdown

People experiencing homelessness in England are facing the new lockdown without a return of the “Everyone In” housing policy, which helped house 15,000 people at the beginning of the pandemic.

Published 7 January 2021

England: Homeless veterans complete self-build homes

Six previously homeless veterans have completed a self-build scheme of 19 affordable homes in Leominster, Herefordshire.

Published 6 January 2021

England: Covid has intensified existing problems with cramped homes

Housing problems can affect health outcomes and have put residents at specific risk during the coronavirus pandemic, a think-tank has warned.

Published 5 January 2021

IKEA developer in UK social housing joint venture

BoKlok UK, the sustainable, quality low-cost home provider, jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has announced a new innovative joint venture with affordable housing provider VIVID to deliver modular homes.

Published 23 December 2020

England: Housing association sentenced after employees suffer debilitating nerve damage

Liverpool-based housing association Onward Homes Ltd has been fined after four employees developed a debilitating nerve condition over a period of several years.

Published 22 December 2020

England: £310m committed to homelessness as pressure mounts for Housing First roll-out

The UK Government has pledged to support local authorities in England with additional funding to prevent vulnerable people becoming homeless, amid new figures that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by more than 75% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Published 22 December 2020

England: Housing association ordered to pay tenant £31k in racism-related damages

An English housing association misled a black tenant regarding the anti-social behaviour record of her neighbours and failed to support her when she was racially harassed and had to flee her home, a judge has ruled.

Published 21 December 2020

England: 'Landmark' charter to improve social housing and give residents a greater voice

A new social housing charter has been launched in England which sets out reforms that aim to speed up the complaints procedure for residents and make landlords more accountable.

Published 17 November 2020

England: Waiting list for council homes 'to double to two million'

Spiralling council housing waiting lists in England could be set to nearly double to two million households next year as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19, a new report has estimated. 

Published 16 November 2020