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The Housing Management Network routinely looks over the biggest and most relevant news stories, reports and publications for members, covering the latest updates for everyone working in neighbourhood, tenancy and estate management.

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Week commencing 11 February 2019 – updates

Ruling gives housing providers greater flexibility to favour specific minority groups

The High Court has decided it was lawful under the Equality Act 2010 to operate a housing allocation system that had the effect of restricting tenancies to members of the Orthodox Jewish Community (OJC).

In a rare judicial review case involving the allocation system of a private registered provider, the court dismissed claims of racial and religious discrimination brought by non-Jewish families seeking scarce social housing.

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Friday 8 February 2019 – Prepared by Lead Associate Bobbie Hough

SUPPORTED HOUSING
Feature on Hornsey Housing Trust’s Dementia Café

Open to the housing provider’s residents and the wider public, the café offers spaces in which people with dementia can socialise, take part in activities to boost physical and cognitive well-being and, along with families and carers, receive practical advice.

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TENANCY SUSTAINMENT
Mind calls on MPs to tackle housing and mental health as research shows link

People with mental health problems, MPs, representatives from local Mind and the social housing sector came together to discuss mental health and housing at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday 5 February.

Organised by mental health charity Mind, the event took place in Westminster with the aim of kick-starting conversations to make sure the rights of people with mental health problems are firmly on the housing agenda.

Research unveiled at the event, from a seven-year study of over 40,000 households, found that those in the social and private rented sector had a higher risk of mental health problems compared to those who are home owners.

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ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Durham Housing Group funds project to tackle antisocial behaviour in Peterlee

A new initiative aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour by providing games for young people in a town centre car park has been launched in Peterlee.

Nearly 50 young people joined the first Street Games session in Asda’s lower ground car park, at the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, which has become a hotspot for problems in recent years.

Durham Housing Group has funded the 13-week project.

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SAFEGUARDING
300 landlords sign up to CIH domestic abuse campaign

The CIH launched its Make a Stand campaign eight months ago, calling for social landlords and housing organisations to commit to helping residents and staff suffering the effects of domestic abuse.

Collectively, the 302 landlords signed up own and manage 2.6m homes – more than half of all the social housing in the UK.

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