UK & International news



Mother who had Universal Credit reduced due to Maternity Allowance fails to challenge benefit rules

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

UK: Housing association orders immediate evacuation of estate over building safety fears

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

Woman denied social housing because she was not an Orthodox Jew fails in Supreme Court appeal

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

World's first pure octagonal residential high-rise planned for UK

Affordable homes are planned for what would be the world’s first pure octagonal residential building.

Published 20 October 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ ruled unlawful in second court case

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

England: Watchdog investigates four housebuilders over leasehold selling

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

England: True number of rough sleepers could be 'far higher' than government figures

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

England: Residents wins 60% rent reduction after council ends 'difficult relationship' with Mears

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

England: Hyde asks tenants to help select new homes and estates contractors

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 facilities management firm wins 15-year social housing deal in England

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

England: Planners and architects react to ‘disgraceful’ extension of permitted development rights

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

Sanctuary to conduct discrimination case review amid rent complaint

Sanctuary has ordered an independent case review to test for discrimination or unconscious bias after it was contacted by a black resident living in one of its private sector properties who had been paying more rent than their white neighbour.

Published 22 July 2020

England: Social landlords join call to scale up Housing First

A group of 12 organisations in England representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector are calling on the UK Government and social housing providers to help make Housing First available to those who need it.

Published 16 July 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ letting policy found to be unlawful in ‘momentous ruling’

Blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory, a judge in England has ruled.

Published 14 July 2020

And finally... IKEA wins approval to deliver first UK flat-pack homes

A housing developer jointly owned by IKEA has gained planning consent for its first housing development in the UK.

Published 29 June 2020