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October ‌12th ‌2017 #1715
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UK surveyors report weakest house price outlook since June 2016 - RICSReuters
British house prices face the weakest outlook since last year’s Brexit vote, largely reflecting the prospect of further falls in central London, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said...
PMQs: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in universal credit clashBBC
Theresa May has defended the expansion of the government's flagship welfare reform as Jeremy Corbyn said it was increasing poverty and homelessness.
Javid: HRA borrowing cap can be lifted for fire safety24 Housing
Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that local authorities will be able to have “flexibility” to improve fire safety.
House prices: how much does one square metre cost in your area?Office for National Statistics
Homes in the most expensive area of England and Wales cost 25 times as much as in the cheapest area, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis of 2016 property prices.
DWP withholds data on Universal CreditSPeye
The DWP is deliberately keeping the adverse consequences of Universal Credit away from local government yet at the same time expecting local government to mitigate such adverse consequences.
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Biggest fall in low pay for 40 years, following introduction of the National Living WageResolution Foundation
The number of low-paid employees dropped by over 300,000 last year as Britain experienced its biggest year on year fall in low pay since 1977, according to a new report by the Resolution Foundation pu...
Ofgem extends energy price cap to 1m more vulnerable customersThe Guardian
Regulator takes interim step towards Theresa May’s plan for wider cap, which is unlikely to take effect until next winter.
Hightown launches charity retail bondInside Housing
Hertfordshire-based housing association Hightown has launched a retail charity bond with a 4% fixed interest rate.
Hard Brexit to batter British economy, study suggestsBelfast Telegraph
Research by Rabobank also shows that any form of Brexit would be detrimental to the economy and British workers.
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Philip Hammond admits Brexit 'no deal' will mean less money for NHS and social careThe Independent
Warning comes one day after the head of the NHS said cuts will be necessary without a bailout in next month's Budget.
Grenfell Tower survivors to be offered permanent UK residencyThe Guardian
Home Office improves upon one-year grace period for those who lost their homes in fire and whose status is uncertain.
Minister promises new LHA cap proposals this autumnInside Housing
The government will have new proposals for supported housing “this autumn”, a minister has pledged.
Councils fail to spend more than £7m of allocated DHP money24 Housing
DWP figures show that in 2016/17 nearly two thirds of councils failed to spend all the money that was available to them and eight councils spent less than half.
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Kensington ‘looking at’ bringing council house management in-houseInside Housing
Kensington and Chelsea Council is “looking at” internal management of its housing stock for the first time since 1996, its chief executive has said.
Grenfell survivors express concern over tenancy offersInside Housing
Former tenants of Grenfell Tower have raised concerns over the offer of ‘assured’ rather than ‘secure’ tenancies in their new homes.
Supported housing decision ‘very close’24 Housing
DCLG ministers have confirmed a future funding solution for supported housing is “very close” to release.
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Construction & Maintenance WEB TOP DN
UK to provide 557 million sterling funding for new renewable energy projectsReuters
The British government confirmed on Wednesday up to 557 million pounds of funding for new projects which generate electricity from less-established renewable energy technologies.
Council pledges to splash cash on homes and flood defencesThe News
Millions of pounds will be spent on improving Gosport’s homes and flood defences.
Buildings of the Future: it’s time to rethink the bottom lineHousingNet
The availability of measurement models that accurately reflect return-on-investment (ROI) is often the biggest hurdle in the design, construction and maintenance of Buildings of the Future.
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Supermarket sweep:thousands of new London homes could be built above stores — and Tesco is leading the chargeHomes & Property
Britain’s biggest supermarkets are diversifying into property with an ambitious programme to build thousands of new homes at sites across London.
Network Rail unveils London and South-east housing sitesConstruction News (register)
Network Rail has announced a raft of new sites to be included in a multi-site development package as part of plans to build up to 12,000 homes by 2020.
Council rules against radio boss's record-breaking £200m flatThe Guardian
Ashley Tabor has applied to make country’s most expensive apartment by knocking together two penthouses in Knightsbridge.
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Grenfell fire: only 10 households affected have permanent homesThe Guardian
Sajid Javid says officials are trying to rehouse 203 households made homeless by the fire, but only 111 have so far accepted offers of accommodation.
Housing mothers leaving prisonInside Housing
A 10-year project providing housing to mothers leaving prison reduced the number of repeat offenders and helped reunite women with their children. Lola Okolosie finds out why it came to an end.
Minority ethnic groups spend larger chunk of income on rent, audit revealsInside Housing
Most ethnic minority groups are more likely to spend a larger chunk of their income on rent than white British households, a government audit has revealed.
Young face growing mortgage debt burdenBBC
Young first-time buyers are increasing their overall mortgage debt in order to tackle short-term financial pressures.
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Loneliness as bad for health as long-term illness, says GPs' chiefThe Guardian
GPs will be urged to make time to see lonely patients, who are 50% more likely to die prematurely than people with good social network.
Austerity policy blamed for record numbers of children taken into care - Patrick ButlerThe Guardian
Fragmented approach to public services is damaging communities in England and punishing the poor, say council leaders.
Social care: a ‘hidden engine’ for economic growthThe Guardian
It employs more staff than the NHS and contributes an estimated £50bn to the economy. Could the sector bounce back from cuts to spearhead regional development?
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Positive outlook for buoyant Northern Ireland housing marketThe Irish News
The outlook for the Northern Ireland housing market is more positive than the rest of the UK, the latest industry figures show.
Revealed: Northern Ireland's best kept city, towns and villagesBelfast Telegraph
Northern Ireland's Best Kept City, Town and Village have been announced at an awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday.
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Care leavers in Scotland to be exempt from council taxChildren & Young People Now
The Scottish government is to legislate to ensure care leavers are exempt from paying council tax.
Blaenau Gwent homes cheapest per sq m in England and WalesBBC
Blaenau Gwent homes are on average the cheapest per square metre in England and Wales, new figures have shown.
Property prices up in Wales with sales surge recorded in AugustProperty Wire
House prices in Wales increased again during the summer following a slight dip in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest index.
Welfare reform a major challenge for Welsh housingInside Housing
The government’s green paper on social housing needs to provide answers for Wales over the LHA cap and Universal Credit, says Stuart Ropke.
PDF: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 – Fitness for Human HabitationWelsh Government
Once fully implemented, the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) will make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales, replacing various and complex pieces of existing legisl...
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PDF: Asking Price Index October 2017Home co uk
House Prices Tick Up Despite London Falls.
Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?FullFact
This figure refers to around 105 UK councils and comes from freedom of information requests made by the Observer. We don’t know what the case is for the rest of the country.
PDF: RICS UK Residential Market Survey - September 2017RICS
Activity indicators remain subdued in September.
Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep rootsLSE
Following the publication of the government’s racial disparity audit, Kevin Gulliver gives an overview of such disparities in housing. Drawing on several studies on the matter, he explains the c...
Let’s use ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ to create lasting change in housing24 Housing
Theresa May said of the new ‘Ethnic disparity audit’, “...People who have lived with discrimination don’t need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challen...
Stories behind the stats – what’s really going on behind the homelessness figures?Chartered Institute of Housing
The leading cause of homelessness in England is private rented sector tenancies coming to an end – but why? CIH policy and practice research officer Yoric Irving-Clarke explores the stories behi...
George Osborne’s Evening Standard leaders prove he has learned nothing about housing policyPeter Apps
George Osborne has mostly steered clear of housing in his Evening Standard leaders so far, reasoning perhaps that it is an issue where his politics do not match London’s.
An NHS for housing and food? It’s not as far-fetched as it soundsThe Guardian
State-provided universal basic services could be the best and most moral response to rising inequality.
Chasing deadlines and happiness, we forget our lonely elderlyThe Guardian
As a doctor I can’t replace the strongest medicine of all: attentive kindness to stave off loneliness.
Why I had to confront Jacob Rees-Mogg, and speak the truth about austerityThe Guardian
This potential Tory leader needs to know why a policy that has devastated the lives of millions – a policy he still champions – causes such outrage.
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