This Week

Here’s a roundup of the week’s sector news, updates, announcements, and more:

 

Thursday 25 April 2019

MHCLG considers second Right to Buy pilot ballot after low take-up

The government is mulling a second ballot of the Right to Buy pilot for housing associations in the Midlands following unexpectedly low take-up, Inside Housing understands.

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Children going hungry as figures show one third of foodbank packages going to youngsters

The number of food parcels handed out at the Trussell Trust’s 1,200 sites totalled 1,583,668 in the last 12 months to March – and a third of them went to children.

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Committee hears evidence on benefit discrimination in rented housing

Sparked by media reports late last year of mortgage lenders restricting landlords from renting to people on benefits, the Work and Pensions Committee began an investigation into No DSS: discrimination against benefit claimants in the housing sector.

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Government policy must be rebalanced in favour of the young, say Lords Committee

The House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision has called on the government to take steps to deliver a fairer society by supporting younger people in the housing and employment market, and deliver better in-work training and lifelong learning to prepare the country for the coming 100-year lifespan.

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Home Office urges social housing to ‘know the signs’ of gang exploitation

A series of posters set to raise awareness around urban drug activity expanding to smaller town markets.

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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Universal Credit to hit 1.9m by over £1,000 per year

New research from the IFS finds 11m households will be entitled to some Universal Credit. They find large gains and losses from it are common: 1.6m adults will gain by more than £1,000 per year and 1.9m will lose at least that much.

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Council spend on homeless ‘drops £1bn a year’

A £1bn drop in annual council spending on homelessness support in England should be a “wake-up call” for the government, charities have warned.

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Labour to scrap developer ‘get-out’ clause

Permitted development rights introduced since 2013 allow developers to bypass the normal planning process by converting commercial spaces into housing without the consent of the council and local community.

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Grenfell survivors attack ‘incompetent’ ministers

After two years of meetings with the government over safety reform, Grenfell United (GU) have been met with “little action”.

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Poorer children ‘twice as likely to be out of work in later life’

Disadvantaged children who qualify for free school meals are twice as likely to be out of work in later life than their better-off peers, and even when they get good qualifications at school the employment gap remains, according to research.

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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Revealed: FOI requests detail impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act

The Big Issue contacted 354 local authorities to get a clear picture of the new legislation’s progress – here’s what was found.

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Rough sleeping figures cannot be trusted, says statistics chief

Sir David Norgrove urges ministers to clarify claims that numbers are falling in England.

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Hackitt ‘concerned’ Grenfell recommendations will fall away

Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety post-Grenfell, has warned not to let Grenfell slip off the agenda.

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North/South property divide has moved in the last decade

The traditional North/South property divide in Britain has moved from just 10 counties in the South of England to encompass parts of Wales and the Midlands, new research has found.

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Optivo to cut private sale homes from development plan

Optivo plans to cut up to 700 market sale homes from its development plans as part of measures to de-risk its exposure to the volatile UK housing market.

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Thursday 18 April 2019

London slump drags UK house price growth to more than six-year low

Official data also showed Britain’s consumer price inflation unexpectedly held just below the Bank of England’s 2 percent target in March, offering relief to consumers whose spending has helped Britain’s economy through the Brexit crisis.

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Mayor’s ‘unrealistic’ housing targets will encourage bad development

Between 2001 and 2017, thirteen of the 32 London boroughs lost more social rented housing than they built.

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Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population

The findings, described as “astonishingly unequal”, suggest that about 25,000 landowners – typically members of the aristocracy and corporations – have control of half of the country.

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Uncertainty remains after Brexit delay, say association bosses

Housing association bosses have warned that the delay to Brexit has done little to decrease uncertainty in the sector, with many warning that the lack of clarity over the UK’s future relationship with the European Union is continuing to affect decisions.

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Rents are less affordable in London, leading to falling rental prices

Rental affordability is at its highest in the North of England for a decade but renting a home is the most unaffordable on London, the latest lettings market research has found.

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