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Council raid finds 16 living in a two-bedroom flat

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from Brent Council found sixteen people squeezed into a two bedroom flat above a shop in north west London, in conditions described as “Dickensian” by a local councillor. Council staff were supported by police... View Article

Anchor and Hanover in merger talks

Two large landlords who provide care services and homes to the elderly are in merger talks over forming a 53,000-home organisation and the biggest specialist housing association in the country. If the merger goes ahead, the new Anchor Hanover Group... View Article

BUPA fined £3m after death of elderly resident

A national care provider has been hit with a huge £3m fine following the death of a resident at an Essex nursing home after he contracted Legionnaires’ disease. Kenneth Ibbetson, 86, died three months after moving into Hutton Village Nursing... View Article

Second developer to pay for removing cladding on highrises

Taylor Wimpey is to pay the costs of replacing flammable cladding from a private highrise housing development in Glasgow, following the example of Barratt Homes. It is understood leaseholders at the Glasgow Harbour development were facing a bill of £10m... View Article

Long awaited Green Paper expected soon

The Government has announced that its overdue Social Housing Green Paper is finally due to be published on 24 July, ending months of speculation over its non-appearance. In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, the former Housing Secretary... View Article

Consultation on banning Grenfell type cladding is launched

The Government has finally launched its consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of tower blocks more than four weeks after initially announcing its intention to do so. The commitment to consult on banning combustible... View Article

Over 1m families on waiting lists for social housing

More than 1 million families are reportedly stuck on local authority waiting lists for social housing in England as the number of council homes has slumped to a record low. Analysis done by the housing charity Shelter shows that a... View Article

Landlord fined for failing to licence a Bath HMO

A Bath landlord has been fined £24,000 after failing to licence and manage a House in Multiple Occupation, which council investigators found to be in poor condition and had fire hazards. Allan Green, of Credenhill Road, London, was charged with... View Article

Spending watchdog slams faults in Universal Credit system

The Government’s flagship benefits scheme has been savagely criticised by the National Audit Office, who say Universal Credit is unlikely to deliver the planned savings for the taxpayer but is inflicting untold misery on tens of thousands of claimants through... View Article

Kate Henderson replaces David Orr at NHF

Kate Henderson, the current chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association will replace David Orr as the next chief executive of the NHF. Ms Henderson will take up the post in early October. During her time at the... View Article

Homelessness could end within a decade

Britain could put an end to homelessness within 10 years if the Government adopts and implements specific policies, according to the homeless charity Crisis. They also claim the policies could save the public purse billions of pounds. The charity estimates... View Article
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