Housing organisation Tpas and SHOUT have called on the government to change its plans to charge households in council homes earning £30,000 per year in unaffordable market rents.

Plans to to charge council home households earning £30,000 a year unaffordable market rents have come under scrutiny by several housing organisations.

Peers have voted in favour of an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which proposed councils should be forced to give the money raised from the sale of high value council homes to the Treasury.

Councils will be allowed to decide how many starter homes are built in their area after peers at the House of Lords supported two amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill.

The governent has been defeated in the House of Lords over plans to offer ‘affordable’ homes to first time buyers at a 20 per cent discount.

Chelmsford City Council in Essex has been forced to amend a controversial law that criminalised ‘rough sleeping’ after a petition was launched campaigning against the move.

The Resolution Foundation has published a report on the beneficial effects of Scotand’s new council tax reforms which are set to make England’s council tax system the ‘most regressive’ in the UK.

The LGA has criticised government plans to repair nearly 1 million potholes over the next year, claiming that councils need ‘more than 230 times’ the money that has been allocated.

Leeds City Council has signed a multi-million pound deal to develop new housing on brownfield sites.

Darlington Borough Council is due to increase the rents of 237 homes with off-street parking.

According to a new report by the Howard League for Penal Reform, children’s homes regularly resort to involving police instead of offering teenagers support.

Councils expect homelessness to increase and housing waiting lists lengthen, according to a survey published by the Local Government Association (LGA).

The Department for Communities and Local Government has declared a new move to support 200,000 new homes for first time buyers under 40, as part of a pledge to build one million homes.

A report conducted by Barnardos has recommended that young people should be offered more supported lodgings to cut the number of care leavers living in ‘unsuitable bed and breakfasts’.

New research by the London School of Economics has found that The Housing Bill could push numerous social housing tenants away from the capital, resulting in a recruitment crisis in the care sector.

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