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23 October, 2020

Spending on temporary accommodation in England increased by almost 10 per cent in 2019/2020

New analysis of MHCLG figures also shows that the majority of spending went on private accommodation providers, of which more than a third went on emergency B&B accommodation

22 October, 2020 Open access

Lord Chancellor writes to High Court Enforcement Officers Association to request that no evictions are carried out in areas subject to high or very high COVID alert levels

Mr Buckland adds that Ministry of Justice will keep its approach under review 'in order to ensure it remains responsive and proportionate'

22 October, 2020

20 October, 2020

Government announces £3m funding for pilots to improve the quality and standard of supported accommodation provision

MHCLG and the DWP also publish joint non-statutory guidance setting out their expectations for the planning, commissioning, and delivery of supported housing

16 October, 2020

15 October, 2020

13 October, 2020 Open access

Government announces £10 million Cold Weather Fund for councils to help rough sleepers

Communities Secretary adds that a further £2 million will be made available for faith and community groups to help provide secure accommodation

13 October, 2020

National Fraud Initiative in Wales for 2018-2020 detects incorrectly awarded council tax discounts worth £4.6 million

Biennial report also highlights increase to £1.2 million in value of housing benefit overpayments identified, double the amount identified in 2016-2018

12 October, 2020

Government urged to find risk-managed housing solutions for perpetrators of domestic abuse so that victims can stay safe in their own homes

Letter to Minister from more than 30 signatories calls for a fresh approach to ensure that new Protection Orders provided for by Domestic Abuse Bill are fit for purpose

12 October, 2020

Scottish Local Government and Communities Committee launches consultation on Bill to limit rent increases in the private rented sector

Once passed, the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill would limit increases to the Consumer Price Index plus 1 per cent

8 October, 2020 Open access

Charities and health bodies warn of ‘risk to life’ of people facing homelessness and COVID-19 this winter

Open letter to the Prime Minister highlights risk of coronavirus transmission in night shelters and urges government to provide self-contained accommodation

8 October, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government launches updated plan for tackling homelessness, including the replacement of night shelters with ‘rapid rehousing welcome centres’

New centres form part of plan to phase out night shelters entirely by expanding rapid rehousing approaches such as Housing First

8 October, 2020

8 October, 2020

Ombudsman recommends council pays £500 compensation to disabled woman for distress caused by its mishandling of her student council tax exemption application

Investigation concludes Calderdale Council caused injustice through ‘constant and often wrong demands’ that increased anxiety and made autistic claimant ill

7 October, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government launches Tenancy Saver Loan scheme to provide low-interest loans to tenants struggling with rent arrears due to coronavirus

New scheme will be available until 31 March 2021 to private sector tenants in, or at imminent risk of, rent arrears

7 October, 2020

Bill introduced in Scotland includes new powers to evict domestic abuse perpetrators from social tenancies with a view to transferring tenancy to the victim

Domestic Abuse (Protection) Bill will enable victims to take on perpetrator’s tenancy, or take on new sole tenancy where it replaces a joint tenancy held with the perpetrator

6 October, 2020

Peers vote to amend Immigration and Social Security Bill to require physical proof of EU Settlement Scheme status to be issued if requested

Proposing the amendment, Labour Peer Lord Oates says the measure would deliver a consistent system of proof of residents’ rights which does not discriminate between nationalities

6 October, 2020 Open access

More than a fifth of private renters fear being asked to leave their home in next six months, Shelter reports

Housing charity also finds that coronavirus pandemic has left just half of private renters feeling safe in their own home