Rough sleeping has risen in London over the past year

Rough sleeping has risen in London over the past year, despite the government pledging to house everyone during the pandemic.

Apps to help simplify home extension application process

Robert Jenrick has announced that two new apps are being launched to help homeowners improve and extend their homes.

Jenrick plans to build upon success of ‘Everyone In’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has set out government plans to build on the hugely successful ‘Everyone In’ programme.

Boroughs call for a ‘fit for purpose’ fire safety regime

London Councils is calling for the government to ensure that it established a fire safety regime that is ‘fit for purpose’.

At least 130,000 households made homeless in pandemic

At least 130,000 households in England were made homeless during the first year of the pandemic, despite the government’s ban on evictions.

Social investment pilot to fund 200 homes for rough sleepers

More people at risk of homelessness will be supported into accommodation through a new social investment pilot that will create over 200 move-on homes.

Discounted homes for key workers and local residents

Discounted houses for local people and key workers will be made available as the new First Homes scheme launches to help local first-time buyers.

Changes to housing benefits to help homeless

Care leavers and homeless people could receive extra housing support thanks to changes to housing benefits.

‘Retrofit revolution’ to tackle climate emergency in London

Sadiq Khan has declared a ‘retrofit revolution’ in London, with new measures that will make buildings more energy efficient and tackle the climate emergency.

Ten councils to test the use of digital tools in planning process

Housing Minister Chris Pincher has announced a £1.1 million fund to test the use of digital tools and data standards across 10 local areas.

LGA warns of homelessness wave as eviction ban ends

Councils have expressed concern for families on the ‘cliff-edge’ of becoming homeless as the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions ends.

Social housing sector in good financial health

The Regulator of Social Housing has published the results of its latest Quarterly survey of registered providers’ financial health.

700,000 thousand private renters faced eviction last year

Generation Rent has estimated that almost 700,000 thousand private renters have received a section 21 eviction in the last year.

Shelter calls for 90,000 social homes to be built

Approximately a third of adults do not have safe or secure homes, according to housing charity Shelter.

Care leavers offered unsafe and unsuitable accommodation

New research has uncovered the extent of unsafe accommodation offered to vulnerable young people when they leave care.

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The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

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