Social Investment Fund launched for homelessness

Homeless Link has launched a £4.5 million Social Investment Fund for organisations working to reduce homelessness.

Councils in 'severe' need for affordable homes

A new report has found that 98 per cent of councils have described their need for affordable houses as ‘severe’ or ‘moderate’.

Average asking price hits record high

The average asking price for homes in UK has hit a record high of £317,281, according to the property website Rightmove.

‘Shaky foundations’ for social care plans

A former coalition government minister has warned that the Conservative Party plans to change social care funding may be derailed by councils.

A new ‘dementia-friendly’ home aimed at learning how better to support those living with the condition will be constructed this Autumn.

One in three borrow money to pay rent

According to new figures by hoping charity Shelter, half a million low earners have had to borrow money to pay their rent during the past year.

Cheshire East Council secures green protection ruling

Cheshire East Council has secured a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court to better protect residents from speculative housing developments that threaten the countryside.

Judge calls to end separation of elderly couples

Speaking at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) conference, Sir James Mundy, president of the family division of the High Court, has criticised the separation of elderly couples when one or both are moved into care homes as ‘inhumane’.

Councils failing to protect countryside, CPRE warns

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has warned that councils are failing to apply planning guidance that is designed to protect countryside growth plans.

Mayor donates 15 per cent of salary to homelessness

As his first act as the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has donated 15 per cent of his salary to kick start the Homelessness fund.

End dominance of major housing builders, MPs urge

A report by the Communities and Local Government Committee has called on the government to end the dominance over the housing market of the major homebuilding firms and encourage councils and housing associations to build more.

Government housing plans lack ambition

A report has claimed that the government is dependent on a ‘broken’ market, and lacks ambition in addressing current housing needs.

Khan launches database to name criminal landlords

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new online data base to name and shame criminal landlords and letting agents who exploit their tenants.

Over 200,000 homes in England lying empty

Figures have revealed that over 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016.

Surveyors retain bleak perception of property market

RICS latest monthly survey shows that property surveyors are gloomy about the current state of the housing market.

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