UK & International news
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
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
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
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
A woman who argued it was unlawful to distinguish between Statutory Maternity Pay and state Maternity Allowance when calculating how much a person should receive in Universal Credit has failed in her claim before an English court.
Published 28 October 2020
One of London’s largest housing associations is to undertake a comprehensive safety review across a six-block residential development following expert advice that the construction of the buildings may be putting around 1,000 residents at risk.
Published 21 October 2020
A woman who was unable to obtain social housing because she was not a member of the Orthodox Jewish community has failed in her appeal to the Supreme Court, made on the basis she suffered unlawful direct discrimination on grounds of race or religion or ethnic origin.
Published 20 October 2020
Affordable homes are planned for what would be the world’s first pure octagonal residential building.
Published 20 October 2020
The practice of refusing to rent homes to people on housing benefit has suffered another legal blow after a disabled father won his trial against housing benefit discrimination this week.
Published 10 September 2020
Four of the UK's biggest housing developers are being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over concerns they may have broken consumer protection law in relation to leasehold homes.
Published 4 September 2020
The number of people sleeping rough in England during the COVID-19 health crisis could be three to four times higher than official UK Government figures, according to a professor of urban studies at Heriot-Watt University.
Published 26 August 2020
Hundreds of families in temporary accommodation in east London have had their rent reduced by around 60% after a four-year campaign against their corporate social landlord Mears.
Published 17 August 2020
Social housing tenants are being enlisted to help the Hyde Group with a range of jobs such as shortlisting and interviewing potential contractors.
Published 14 August 2020
Glasgow-based Saltire Facilities Management has commenced work on a 15-year servicing, maintenance, and installations contract for Stonewater, a social housing provider who manage over 32,000 properties across England.
Published 10 August 2020
Plans by the UK Government to extend new ‘rights’ to alter or replace buildings across England without the need for planning permission risk adding to the country’s already prevalent health and societal inequalities, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.
Published 23 July 2020