Planned changes to housing benefit could leave thousands of residents who rely on specialist housing unable to afford their rent, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned.

Housing association tenants will be able to take their first step towards owning their own home, under the government’s plan to extend the Right to Buy scheme.

Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, has said ministers are considering the move to admit 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who have made it into Europe, as part of its response to the migrant crisis.

The government has announced £5 million worth of funding to help councils tackle ‘rogue landlords’.

The house building industry created a significant jobs boost during 2015, creating 106,000 new jobs, according to research conducted by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

Official figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions has found the UK has reached its highest ever employment rate of 74 per cent, with a record high of 31.4 million people in work.

The government has launched a £140m scheme to revive 100 run-down estates, chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine.

New measures announced by the government will allow potential homeowners around the country to need a deposit as small as £1,500 to achieve homeownership.

New research has revealed that there are a record 475,647 homes in England which have been given planning permission but have yet to be built.

The government has announced plans to directly commission the building of affordable homes on public land.

Housing charity Shelter has cautioned that rents and mortgages in England mean a significant number of families are having to skimp on heating and winter clothes in order to meet housing costs.

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the cost of renting in the UK could rise faster than house prices, increasing by 25 per cent over the next five years.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis will give councils authority to fine property owners and agents up to £30,000 for failing to tackle overcrowding and hazardous conditions in their buildings.

Rotherham councillors are set to receive decision-making powers from commissioners who maintain services are of good quality, well run and have strong leadership in place.

A report entitled ‘Beyond business rates: incentivising cities to grow’ has argued that councils should be handed more control of their finances, including the £10 billion generated in stamp duty tax.

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