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Invitation of ideas as to how your community can be improved.

18 October, 20130 Comments
Issue For too long communities have not had a big enough say in what happens in their local area – whether it be about what happens to local amenities, how local services are delivered, or how new development is planned. Giving people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/giving-people-more-power-over-what-happens-in-their-neighbourhood The Sustainable Communities Act
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Third of UK’s private rented stock unaffordable says new report

15 July, 20130 Comments
A new report out today has revealed that most of southern England is now off limits to less affluent / low-income families wanting to rent a home. The Home Truths Report, from the Resolution Foundation, is the first of its kind to give a comprehensive assessment of where less affluent families can reasonably afford to
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Letting a property with a residential mortgage

15 June, 20133 Comments
A Bolton police chief made the news at the beginning of this month when he was convicted of mortgage and insurance fraud amounting to £46,000. According to the Daily Mail, the 53-year-old had a four-property buy to let portfolio and was attempting to buy a fifth; however, he had obtained at least two of these
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Homeless charity to trade tenants personal data?

10 May, 20130 Comments
Today it has been revealed that social landlords are planning to hand over rental payment data to a credit ratings giant, in an attempt to help social tenants build their credit histories and access more affordable housing. Later this month Experian and the social investment arm of The Big Issue “Big Issue Invest” will be
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Free deterrent to troublesome households within the PRS

23 January, 20130 Comments
A government report has found that councils are wasting billions of pounds, by not intervening with anti-social families more effectively. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has published new findings showing the huge savings that can be made for the taxpayer from turning around troubled families, by intervening more effectively in problem households. The Department for
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Why are councils failing to help homeless tenants?

11 October, 20120 Comments
A Freedom of Information request (FOI) has revealed that councils right across the UK failed to spend nearly £8million in Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) last year. In these economically hard times and with homelessness on the increase, drastic situations such as Croydon tenants being moved to towns in Yorkshire; Winter Migration; Tenants Fly North – are
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Confirmed: Universal Credit ends direct payment of housing benefit to landlords.

23 June, 201211 Comments
Details of the Government’s new procedures for the payment of Universal Credit were released on Friday 22nd June,  here and here, which confirm that the landlord’s right to insist on direct rent payments if a tenant is in arrears will be abolished. When the Universal Credit system goes live, in October 2013, payments will be
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