Archives : Jan-2019

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Dissatisfied homeowners and tenants will have simple and quick access to help when things go wrong according to new government plans. MPs say the new Housing Complaints Resolution Service will provide a straightforward way of getting help when faced with unresolved disputes such as repairs and maintenance. Unlike other sectors, such as financial services, the […]

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New research has shown that while England’s homelessness levels continue to rise, empty housing across the country is also on the increase The total number of empty homes in England is currently reported to lie at over 600,000. Research shows a minimum of 4,500 people slept rough on England’s streets last year. The number of […]

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The number of homeless people going to A&E has tripled in the last seven years, an investigation has revealed. Almost 32,000 emergency visits were recorded in English NHS hospitals last year, up from 11,000 in 2011. At Central Manchester University Hospitals there has been an increase of 188% in the last seven years. 1,887 emergency […]

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In a long overdue development, landlords who offer tenants rent-free accommodation in return for sex are committing a criminal offence under new guidance to prosecutors. A YouGov poll last year, commissioned by Shelter, suggested that 250,000 women in the UK had been offered free or reduced rent in exchange for sexual favours in the past […]

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In a welcome development, new centres aimed at taking rough sleepers off the streets will be set up in 15 locations across England. The £4.8m government project will see 11 shelters open by spring this year. The hubs will open in Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cheshire West and Chester, Derby, Gloucestershire, Lincoln, Liverpool, Medway, Nottingham […]

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Research by think tank the Resolution Foundation has revealed that young people have been particularly hard hit by the uncertain employment market. Setting the record straight explores how record employment levels have changed Britain since the financial crisis. The report found that the number in work has risen 2.8 per cent since the onset of the […]

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Four working single mothers have won a High Court challenge over the government’s universal credit scheme. The women say they are struggling financially because of the way their payments are calculated. Two judges announced on Friday that the women had succeeded in a judicial review action against the work and pensions secretary. Lawyers for the […]

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A new report says that three million new social homes must be built in England over 20 years to solve the “housing crisis”. Housing charity Shelter said 1.2 million homes are needed for younger families who cannot afford to buy and “face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private renting”. Existing schemes like Help to […]

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In an all too predictable development, the roll-out of the Universal Credit scheme to 3,000,0000 people has been put on hold. The Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd, will now seek a House of Commons vote on monitoring 10,000 claimants moving to UC instead of all existing benefits claimants. Politicians from both Labour and the […]