UK & International news

Westminster set for tenth housing minister in a decade as Esther makes way

Esther McVey has been sacked as the UK Government’s housing minister after just seven months in the role.

Published 14 February 2020

Germany: Five-year rent freeze implemented in Berlin's PRS market

Lawmakers have approved plans to implement a five-year rent freeze in Berlin as part of plans to rein in the German capital's rental market.

Published 31 January 2020

England: Housing association defrauded of almost £1m in cyber scam

A housing association in England has received a governance downgrade after it lost nearly £1 million as a result of a cyber scam.

Published 30 January 2020

England: New measures could see tall building threshold lowered

The UK Government has launched a consultation into proposals to lower the 18-metre height tall building threshold as part of new measures to improve building safety standards.

Published 21 January 2020

England: National Housing Federation appoints new executive direct of public impact

Rhys Moore has been appointed as executive director of public impact at the National Housing Federation.

Published 28 November 2019

James Prestwich makes switch from National Housing Federation to CIH

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has appointed James Prestwich as its new director of policy and external affairs.

Published 27 November 2019

Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 15 November 2019

England: Places for People fined after employees develop Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Places for People Homes Limited has been fined £600,000 after five employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Published 15 November 2019

England: Clarion becomes UK's first provider to adopt sustainable housing model

Clarion Housing is to become the first housing association in the country to adopt a new pan-European initiative which promotes sustainability.

Published 14 November 2019

England: Housing association neighbourhood managers balloted for strike action over ‘erosion of employment conditions’

Housing managers at one of the UK’s largest housing associations are being balloted for strike action over employment conditions.

Published 5 November 2019

England: Not one starter home has been built despite £174m outlay, NAO reveals

The UK Government’s failure to deliver a single of the intended 200,000 starter homes it promised back in 2015 has been laid bare in a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 5 November 2019

England: Rent controls 'could hurt tenants', according to landlord body

The representative body for landlords in England and Wales has claimed that rent controls hurt tenants by drying up the supply of homes to rent and in some cases increasing rents.

Published 29 October 2019

England: High London housing costs linked to decline in birth rate

A new study has shown a correlation between housing costs in London and the number of births in the capital since 2010.

Published 25 October 2019

England: Shared ownership right to buy roll-out confirmed for housing association tenants

A new shared ownership model which will allow housing association tenants in England to buy a stake in their home for as little as £2,000 is to go ahead, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed.

Published 17 October 2019

English council takes 50% stake in Scottish energy company

An English local authority has invested £18 million in return for a 50% stake in Scottish energy provider Together Energy to supply its residents with green electricity.

Published 11 October 2019