Average UK rents falls

New data has shown that the average UK rent has fallen for the first time in over seven years, mirroring a similar fall in the housing market.

House prices fall for third month in a row

Nationwide have revealed that house prices in the UK have fallen for the third month in a row, for the first time since 2009.

Lowly paid paying half of income on rent

Housing charity shelter has warned that low-paid workers are working for the equivalent of a morning per day just to cover the cost of their rent.

English housebuilding at decade high, DCLG figures show

New figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said the number of new homes being built in England is at its highest level for ten years.

West Suffolk councils take on extra staff to combat homelessness

Edmundsbury borough and Forest Heath district councils are to recruit extra staff to help fight homelessness in response to rising numbers as well as major changes to legislation and benefits.

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.

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