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16 January 2014

Housing Law update 5: Scotland and Wales - Tim Horsley

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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16 January 2014

Housing Law update 5: England - Tim Horsley

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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14 November 2013

Housing law 4: update, news and leasehold

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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26 September 2013

Housing law update 3: September 2013 – homelessness and allocations

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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15 August 2013

Anti-social behaviour update 2013

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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08 August 2013

HQN annual conference: getting the best from the private rented sector

Network briefing by Janis Bright

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18 July 2013

Housing law update 2: summer 2013

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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04 July 2013

The spending review and related announcements

Network briefing by Alistair McIntosh, Janis Bright and Ian Parker

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13 June 2013

Preview: the government spending round

Network briefing by Mark Smulian

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16 May 2013

Universal Credit – service charges

Network briefing by Ian Parker

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25 April 2013

Universal Credit

Network briefing by Sue Beasor

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11 April 2013

Housing demand and supply: are we building enough homes?

Network briefing by Roger Jarman

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21 March 2013

The private rented sector: how effectively is it regulated?

Network briefing by Roger Jarman

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14 March 2013

Youth justice: the systems in Scotland, England and Wales

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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07 March 2013

Left hand, right hand: housing regulation cultures in England and Scotland

Network briefing by Janis Bright

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28 February 2013

Transparency and freedom of information for housing associations

Network briefing by Julian Dobson

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07 February 2013

The 2011 Census and the social housing sector

Network briefing by Roger Jarman

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17 January 2013

A housing practitioner’s guide to the draft Anti-social Behaviour Bill

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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13 December 2012

The benefit cap

Network briefing by Sue Beasor

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06 December 2012

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Network briefing by Ruth Selo and Alistair McIntosh

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28 November 2012

Summary: housing law update

Network summary by Tim Horsley

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28 November 2012

Housing law update

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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22 November 2012

Cashback: an update on the DIY repairs scheme for tenants

Network briefing by Mark Smulian

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25 October 2012

Regeneration and housing: ways forward in difficult times

Network briefing by Charlie Hughes

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18 October 2012

Community safety engagement update

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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05 October 2012

Montague Review: Barriers to institutional investment in the private rented sector

Network briefing by Tim Brown

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13 September 2012

Housing policy changes and reshuffle

Network briefing by Mark Smulian

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07 June 2012

Regulating the standards: How the Social Housing Regulator will regulate in practice

Network briefing by John Wheeldon

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17 May 2012

Fixed term tenancies - issues for English landlords

Network briefing by Neil Merrick

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10 May 2012

Regulation under the new regime for England: an HQN survey

Network briefing by Janis Bright and Alistair McIntosh

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10 May 2012

The Welfare Reform Act - are you ready?

Complimentary RIEN briefing by Rob Emery

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27 April 2012

What should we be learning from Ombudsman reports?

Network briefing by Robert Brewer

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19 April 2012

All change! An evaluation of the new frameworks for regulating social housing in England and Scotland

Network briefing by Roger Jarman

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05 April 2012

Focusing on early intervention of families

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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29 March 2012

The comprehensive guide to the Welfare Reform Act 2012

Network briefing by Sue Beasor

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22 March 2012

Housing and the Budget

Network briefing by Neil Merrick

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15 March 2012

Development for registered providers - some current issues

Network briefing by Peter Atkinson

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08 March 2012

Tenancy fraud: should it be a criminal offence?

Network briefing by Roger Jarman

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01 March 2012

Social tenants and landlords: the Coalition's approach

Network briefing by Martin Wheatley

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16 February 2012

Women on boards

Network briefing by Charlie Hughes

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09 February 2012

Literacy – guidelines for social housing providers

Network briefing by Joanna Jeffery and Richard Seager

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01 February 2012

Resident involvement in social housing in the UK and Europe: research and good practice

Briefing by Janis Bright

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26 January 2012

Housing inspection: the next steps

Network briefing by Roger Jarman

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19 January 2012

The return of Right to Buy

Network briefing by Neil Merrick

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12 January 2012

Council self-financing and stock transfer: the housing association perspective

Network briefing by Robin Tebbutt

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06 January 2012

Riots, gangs and violence and the role of housing providers

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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22 December 2011

Scottish housing issues update

Network briefing by Zhan McIntyre

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09 December 2011

Self-financing for councils: update on stock issues

Network briefing by Robin Tebbutt

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06 December 2011

Autumn Statement

Network briefing by Steve Wood

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01 December 2011

Complaints handling in Scotland

Network briefing by Helen Barclay

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24 November 2011

Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

Network briefing by Janis Bright

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22 November 2011

An overview of the Localism Act 2011

Network briefing by Sue Farrant

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18 November 2011

Neighbourhood planning

Network briefing by Neil McDonald

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20 October 2011

Serious detriment in landlord and community services

Network briefing by Tim Horsley, Mike Jones and John Wheeldon

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13 October 2011

Eviction powers for anti-social behaviour - the government’s consultation

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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07 October 2011

The new Scottish homelessness framework: progress towards priority for all by 2012

Network briefing by Isobel Anderson

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16 September 2011

Implementing social housing reform; consultation on the government's proposals to change the TSA standards

Network briefing by Tim Horsley

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28 July 2011

A new era for the public sector: the Open Public Services White Paper

Network briefing by Kate Murray

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08 March 2011

The Welfare Reform Bill 2011

Briefing by Sue Beasor

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04 March 2011

Excellence in housing - the way ahead after the Spending Review and Localism Bill

Network briefing

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07 February 2011

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011: implications for housing

Network briefing by Kate Murray

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04 January 2011

Briefing - Localism and the Big Society agenda: the role for social landlords?

Network briefing by Charlie Hughes

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14 December 2010

Briefing - The Localism Bill 2010/11

The implications for housing and communities

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03 December 2010

Universal credit

Briefing by Sue Beasor

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23 November 2010

Department for Communities and Local Government's business plan

Network briefing by Robin Tebbutt

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20 October 2010

Review of social housing regulation - initial reaction from HQN

Network briefing by Alistair McIntosh

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07 July 2010

Fresh thinking, new ideas

Network briefing by Anna Evans

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10 June 2010

The impact of spending cuts on housing

Network briefing by Neil Merrick

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07 June 2010

New government - new rules: the hitchhiker's guide to the coalition's housing policies

This briefing by Alistair McIntosh explains exactly where the coalition is coming from on all the major issues. Don't get caught off guard - read it

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21 April 2010

Setting out their stalls: the 2010 party manifestos

Network briefing by Kate Murray

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22 March 2010

Regime change: the TSA's finalised regulatory framework

Network briefing by Kate Murray

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22 December 2009

Tackling unlawful subletting and other tenancy fraud

Network briefing by Neil Merrick

News

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15 January 2013

SENIOR COHOUSING COMMUNITIES – AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH FOR THE UK?

report by Joseph Rowntree

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17 September 2012

Mark Prisk writes about his new job as housing minister

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16 August 2012

Evidence review of the costs of homelessness

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16 August 2012

Homelessness Prevention and Relief: England 2011-12

Official release on homelessness and prevention

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16 August 2012

Making every contact count: A joint approach to preventing homelessness

First report

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27 June 2012

Get Britain Buildin

Round 2 announced

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18 June 2012

Grant Shapps backs Bill to criminalize tenancy fraud

Tenancy cheats to "feel the full force of the law"

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14 June 2012

Grant Shapps: Funding boost for strong homelessness safety net

Cash to help advice service continue

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11 June 2012

Eric Pickles hails 100 per cent Troubled Families take-up

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23 May 2012

Scottish welfare reform bill starting its progress

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23 May 2012

Grant Shapps: Swifter justice for 'neighbours from hell'

New powers to prevent 'riot tourism'

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21 May 2012

A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities

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21 May 2012

A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities

This White Paper sets out proposals for new legislation and other, non-legislative, action

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18 May 2012

The General Housing Consents 2012 - Section 32 of the Housing Act 1985

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15 May 2012

Managing risk essential for housing associations’

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15 May 2012

National Assembly committee highlights the three ‘C’s for better public procurement

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15 May 2012

Grant Shapps: Revamped Right to Buy to deliver thousands of new homes

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14 May 2012

SHR issues Regulatory Advice note on data accuracy

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14 May 2012

Newbuy guarantee gathers pace as Santander signs up

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11 May 2012

Grant Shapps: £1.8m to tackle scandal of 'beds in sheds'

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09 May 2012

The Queen’s Speech 2012

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30 April 2012

National taskforce to end the problem of 'beds in sheds'

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27 April 2012

Local Enterprise Partnership Network conference

Transcript of the speech from Eric Pickles

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24 April 2012

Grant Shapps: Help to get boxed-in generation up the property ladder

Minister pledges to help those growing out of their properties

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19 April 2012

New help for self home builders launched at most famous address in the country

A package of new support to give as many people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes was announced

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11 April 2012

George Clarke appointed empty homes adviser

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11 April 2012

Deputy Prime Minister’s speech on green growth

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04 April 2012

David Cameron launches the world's first ever social investment builder

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04 April 2012

Consultation on reforms to the real estate investment trust (REIT) regime

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04 April 2012

SHR publishes RSL regulation plans

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04 April 2012

Wales Audit Office publishes Strategic Equality Plan

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02 April 2012

Local authority model complaints handling procedure

Published by the Scottish public services ombudsman

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28 March 2012

The Troubled Families programme: Financial framework for the payment-by-results scheme for local authorities

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28 March 2012

Cabinet Office and Oracle sign deal to save £75 million for taxpayers

The Cabinet Office and Oracle have signed a new deal that will deliver in excess of £75 million in savings by 2015

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27 March 2012

National Planning Policy Framework

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27 March 2012

Localism Act: Neighbourhood Plans and Community Right To Build - Impact Asessment

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27 March 2012

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes its annual Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) Progress Update Report

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published its annual analysis of social landlords’ progress towards achieving the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS)

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24 March 2012

2011 Global Accounts of housing providers

Published by the TSA

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24 March 2012

£1 million fund to tackle binge and underage drinking

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24 March 2012

Cash to wounded warriors - Government commitment to support our troops beyond the battlefield

Cash payments for councils who have adapted the homes of wounded soldiers injured in the line of duty were announced

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22 March 2012

Budget 2012

Published by HM Treasury

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16 March 2012

Reinvigorating Right to Buy and One for One Replacement: Information for Local Authorities

This guide sets out the key information for Local Authorities about how the new changes to the Right to Buy policy will affect them

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06 March 2012

Government launches employment support for prisoners

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05 March 2012

Neighbourhood planning - case studies

Pen pictures outline four featured front runners' proposed neighbourhood plans

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05 March 2012

Andrew Stunell: First cash for neglected neighbourhoods to bring empty homes back into use

Almost £70m of funding for 95 projects will bring over 5,600 properties back into use across the country

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07 February 2012

Making apprenticeships a gold standard option for ambitious young people

PM announces a new round of government funding

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06 February 2012

Behavioural insights team publish paper on fraud, error and debt

The latest paper sets out some of the most effective actions which public bodies can take

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03 February 2012

Assembly Committee considers borrowing powers and capital funding for Wales

Public consultation opens on a new inquiry examining aspects of financing and funding of devolution in Wales

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03 February 2012

Cost reduction in central government: summary of progress

The NAO reports on progress so far

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31 January 2012

DCLG consultation: proposed policy statement for Part 2 of the Localism Act 2011

Comments sought by 22 April 2012

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31 January 2012

Grant Shapps quizzed on “bedroom tax”

View the transcript here (Commons Hansard)

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25 January 2012

Bringing empty homes back into use: application guidance for community and voluntary groups

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25 January 2012

Welfare Reform Bill: report stage day six

Latest update: Lords continue to scrutinise government proposals and make amendments

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23 January 2012

Meeting local housing demand – a guide for elected members

HCA and LGA publication argues that councils are central to tackling the housing crisis

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20 January 2012

Housing strategy debated in Lords: “housing should be a focus for the coalition”

Click the link above to read the full transcript

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12 January 2012

Attitudes to age in Britain 2010-11

DWP in-house research report

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12 January 2012

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman two-stage visual guide

Briefing note by Helen Barclay

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05 January 2012

DCLG consultation: allocation of accommodation

Responses sought by 30 March 2012

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05 January 2012

HCA announces Traveller pitch funding allocations to 2015

33 housing associations, local authorities and other providers are set to deliver around 600 new Traveller pitches

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04 January 2012

Grant Shapps: next phase of local public audit

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04 January 2012

Consultation response: future of local public audit

Proposals for the new arrangements for audit of local public bodies

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29 December 2011

IPPR report: delivering reform of the building sector to meet the UK’s housing and economic challenges

Are Britain’s big builders willing and able to deliver the new houses we need?

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28 December 2011

£3.1 million from dormant bank accounts invested in Big Society projects

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23 December 2011

Review to examine institutional investment in private rented sector

Sir Adrian Montague to lead the review of barriers to investment in rented homes

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22 December 2011

DCLG consultation: reinvigorating Right to Buy and one for one replacement

Comments sought by 2 February 2012

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22 December 2011

Scottish Government sets out its opposition to proposed changes to the welfare system

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21 December 2011

First-ever fund will offer £20million support for single homeless people

The funding is additional to the existing Preventing Homelessness Grant and will be made available in the New Year

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19 December 2011

The Local Government Finance Bill

DCLG statement

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19 December 2011

PPN 10/11: new threshold levels for 2012 and changes in the use of the accelerated restricted procedure

The finalised and agreed threshold values to apply from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2013

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16 December 2011

DCLG consultation response: localising support for council tax in England

Outlines the plans for enabling local authorities to introduce localised schemes in England from 2013-14

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15 December 2011

Troubled families cost the tax payer an estimated £9 billion per year, equivalent to £75,000 per family

An update on the Troubled Families Team

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15 December 2011

Quango reforms take a leap forward as Public Bodies Act receives Royal Assent

The reforms in the Act will begin immediately and include the abolition of Regional Development Agencies

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14 December 2011

Government under-occupancy plans defeated in Lords

Peers voted 258 votes to 190 in favour of amendment 12 to the Welfare Reform Bill

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13 December 2011

TSA consultation: the proposed revised accounting direction for social housing in England from April 2012

Comments sought by 6 March 2012

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08 December 2011

Do it your way – Deputy Prime Minister launches new ‘City Deals’

The first wave of deals will be with the eight largest cities and their surrounding Local Enterprise Partnerships

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07 December 2011

Landlords must catch up and open their books to public scrutiny

Criticism of housing associations that failed to widely publish details of how they are spending public money

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07 December 2011

Attitudes to housing, planning and changing policies

A NatCen Social Research report (British Social Attitudes 28)

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07 December 2011

Audit Commission report: Work in progress – meeting local needs with lower workforce costs

Joint Audit Commission and Local Government Association report on how local authorities are reducing their workforce costs, with some finding creative solutions

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05 December 2011

Joint HCA and TSA consultation: future equality objectives

Responses sought by 24 February 2012

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05 December 2011

Scottish Government consultation: the terms of proposed tenancy deposit schemes

Responses sought by 21 January 2012

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02 December 2011

Social mobility business compact

Nick Clegg launches a Business Compact, asking businesses to do their bit

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02 December 2011

Community Budget pilots move one step closer

Shortlisted areas named

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02 December 2011

Structural reform plans

View the latest (November 2011) updates

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28 November 2011

Response to interim report from the Independent Riots Victims and Communities Panel

The interim report states that "there was no single cause of the riots and there is no single solution

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23 November 2011

Housing Groups' reaction to the new housing strategy

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21 November 2011

TSA consultation: statutory consultation on revisions to the regulatory framework

Comments sought by 10 February 2012

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21 November 2011

Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

New strategy to deliver homes and strengthen the economy

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17 November 2011

Tough times – Councils’ responses to a challenging financial climate

Audit Commission analysis

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17 November 2011

Openness and accountability in local pay

Draft guidance under section 40 of the Localism Act

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16 November 2011

Localism Bill receives Royal Assent

DCLG statement

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15 November 2011

A plain English guide to the Localism Act – update

DCLG overview document

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07 November 2011

Ten additional NCS 2012 delivery partners announced

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03 November 2011

The government “has produced no adequate 'strategy' for regeneration”

Statement from the Communities and Local Government Committee report on regeneration strategy

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03 November 2011

Audit Scotland report: local partnerships have a key role in improving local economies

The role of community planning partnerships in economic development

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02 November 2011

The August riots in England: understanding the involvement of young people

Independent major research study examining the motivations of young people involved in the August riots

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02 November 2011

Government shrinks number of central London government office spaces by 20 per cent

36 property holdings in central London alone have been exited since May 2010

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31 October 2011

Local authorities challenged to do better on adoption

Government publishes performance tables for children in care for the first time

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27 October 2011

HomeSwap Direct to offer fresh opportunities for social tenants

Scheme to give greater choice over potential swaps by allowing them to see a much wider selection of properties

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27 October 2011

TSA: progress on implementing the Localism Bill and regulation activity update

View Claer Lloyd-Jones’ latest letter to social housing providers

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26 October 2011

Promoting independence: the future of housing related support

A Local Government and Information Unit and Circle publication

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25 October 2011

Build now or pay later? Funding new housing supply

Report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

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25 October 2011

£700m HCA investment makes major contribution to heritage preservation

HCA report outlines the scale of its contribution to bringing heritage assets forward for redevelopment

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12 October 2011

HCA announces successful bidders for Homelessness Change Programme funding

£37.5m funding allocated to 37 projects to improve facilities for rough sleepers and provide 1,200 extra bed spaces

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11 October 2011

Strategic framework for work of the Office of Civil Society

Open letter from Nick Hurd

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11 October 2011

Cabinet office savings audit report

A reported £3.75 billion in savings from May 2010 to March 2011

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07 October 2011

Local Government Pension Scheme: consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates and changes to scheme accrual rates

Submit intent to respond by 28 October, costed options by 25 November and final responses sought by 6 January 2012

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07 October 2011

Structural reform plan progress reports published

September progress updates for each department’s Structural Reform Plans

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29 September 2011

The Code of Recommended Practice for local authorities on data transparency

Download the DCLG report here. See also the link below for the consultation summary document

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23 September 2011

Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee's Report: Localism

Command Paper containing formal response to report on Localism

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19 September 2011

Reduction in the Public Works Loan Board interest rate for borrowing for self-financing

The interest rate offered to LAs by the PWLB will be temporarily reduced from January 2012, allowing councils to reinvest millions in housing

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19 September 2011

TSA registrations and de-registrations, September 2011

View the updated registrations here

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19 September 2011

National Citizen Service 2012 providers announced

Nineteen service providers have been selected to run National Citizen Service (NCS) pilots in 2012

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13 September 2011

Cities to bid for new powers to spark economic growth

New clauses to the Localism Bill should mean England's biggest cities can drive faster growth

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13 September 2011

Independent transparency and privacy review

Download the report and recommendations here

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08 September 2011

UK housing conditions among worst in Western Europe

Claims made in the latest report from the Pro Housing Alliance

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07 September 2011

Renewing Scotland: the government's programme for Scotland 2011-2012

Sets out legislation for the coming year and summarises main legislative and non-legislative goals

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05 September 2011

TSA update: Localism Bill, quarterly financial survey and affordable rent programme

View Claer Lloyd-Jones’ letter to social housing providers

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05 September 2011

Consultation: mental health strategy for Scotland 2011-15

Comments sought by 31 January 2012

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22 August 2011

Big Lottery Fund: consultation on proposed policy directions

Responses sought by Friday 18 November 2011

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11 August 2011

TSA registrations and de-registrations, August 2011

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05 August 2011

Capital Assets Pathfinders: first public property map - councils could save billions

A 'demo' map locates over 180,000 assets owned by almost 600 public sector bodies, including 87 councils

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05 August 2011

More on Capital Assets Pathfinders

View the video or download the transcript here

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04 August 2011

Making open data real: a public consultation (proposed approach for transparency and open data strategy)

Comments sought by 27 October 2011

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27 July 2011

Government progress update: our vision for safe and active communities

Baroness Newlove’s top three priorities to help people make a difference to their neighbourhoods

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15 July 2011

£30m fund for charity support services opens

Download the guidance and application form here. Applications close on 5 August 2011

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13 July 2011

Scottish Government: hundreds of homes for rent

A new financing model will deliver hundreds of new affordable homes, Alex Neil confirms

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25 June 2011

Armed Forces encouraged to use FirstBuy scheme

Grant Shapps sends special agents into barracks to help our troops buy homes

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17 June 2011

Home ownership will fall by nearly two million by 2025, predicts think-tank

Report by The Smith Institute considers implications for affordable housing providers