Renting increases risk of depression and lowers well-being

A new study has revealed that those who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression and lower levels of well-being.

Martin Duggan, general manager of the FIA

The Fire Industry Association officially launched their new qualifications in fire detection and alarms at the recent FIREX event in London.

Council homes sold at triple rate of building

Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them.

Fire safety assessment system ‘pointless’

Professor Arnold Dix has said that the current system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is ‘pointless’.

Homeless families rises by 17 per cent

The number of families finding themselves homeless over the past year has risen by nearly a fifth on five years ago.

Gloucester to run property portfolio to raise funds

Gloucester City Council will set up a Property Investment Board to make decisions on buying and selling properties to raise council funds.

Utility companies support for Grenfell victims

A number of utility companies have announced a package of support for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, alongside government funding.

Cladding in Camden to be removed

Camden Council will remove cladding from five of its blocks, after reviewing fire safety on its buildings after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Help to Buy schemes help over 285,000 people

New Help to Buy statistics show that over 285,000 completions have taken place using one or more of the government’s Help to Buy schemes.

Kensington council boss resigns over Grenfell incident

Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, has resigned following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Government-funded new social housing has plummeted

New statistics have shown that the number of new government-funded social homes has plummeted by 97 per cent since 2010.

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

The Guardian is reporting that councils will be fully reimbursed for any building work carried out on tower blocks.

Residential care system ‘failing’ the elderly

Care workers are compromising the dignity and well-being of the people they look after, a new survey has found.

Emergency funding available for Grenfell Tower incident

The Bellwin scheme will be activated to support the immediate response operation following the horrific incident at Grenfell Tower in London.

£1.7bn affordable housing boost for Scottish councils

The Scottish government has committed to stimulate investment in affordable housing by making £1.75 billion available to councils.

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