DCLG

Residents of London tower with Grenfell-style cladding could face £2m bill to replace panels

ES News Email<p>Residents living in a London high-rise block with the same cladding that was used on the Grenfell Tower may be forced to pay millions of …

Grenfell Tower

Property market braces for shockwaves from landmark leasehold case

Appeal court ruling could halve the cost of extending leases or buying freeholds for 2.1m households in England and Wales<p>One of Britain’s richest men, the Duke of Westminster, could see the value of his estates plummet this week if a landmark legal challenge is successful. The case could also …

Real Estate

What's behind the quiet rise of homelessness in the countryside?

Hidden from view, tents and old caravans are dotting the UK’s landscape this winter, as more and more people are forced to live rough in our woods and fields<p>Take a drive through the Mendip hills in Somerset and you’ll come across some beautiful countryside sights: fresh mist rolling over green …

Housing

Strong And Stable? Theresa May's Reshuffle Was A Big Distraction For Whitehall

After the unforced error of the Prime Minister’s reshuffle, government departments now have to spend precious time and resources changing nameplates …

Brexit

Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants, say peers

<b>Ministers are being urged to give councils and housing associations back the right to offer lifetime tenancies to those they consider vulnerable.</b><p>Peers are debating the issue of lifetime tenancies for those in social housing, which started to be phased out by David Cameron's Tory government.<p>They …

Housing

Cabinet reshuffle recap: Theresa May clears out white men for women and ethnic minorities

12:16KEY EVENT<p>Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle so far<p>Here’s the moves that are being reported so far. We will update this list as news</b> …

Brexit

How eviction leads to homelessness: ‘My youngest child doesn’t know what a home is’

Loss of tenancy – sometimes with just two months’ notice – is a major cause of homelessness, forcing families into temporary accommodation. These photographs show how people living in north Wales have been affected<p>The single biggest cause of homelessness today is loss of tenancy – in other words, …

Housing

Eighteen items for the new lord chancellor's 2018 to-do list

Forewarned is forearmed – what solicitors need to look out for this year.

Law (UK)

More babies dying in Liverpool "because of Tory cuts"

Growing numbers of babies are dying in Liverpool before they even reach their first birthday, shocking figures reveal.<p>Council chiefs blamed Tory cuts …

Liverpool

After good news for generation rent, comes the bad … you’ll have to wait a year

Raising enough money for a deposit plus letting fees can be a real challenge, especially for young people<p>With so much focus on the costs of getting on to the first rung of the property ladder, the challenges facing those simply trying to get into the renting market are often overlooked. However, …

Housing

Labour calls on Tories to sack council leader who demanded homeless people be removed for Royal Wedding

Labour has called for a Conservative council leader to be sacked from the board of the Government’s housing agency over his "entirely inappropriate" …

Housing

Gender pay gap: More than 500 firms reveal their figures

<b>Ladbrokes, Easyjet and Virgin Money are among the major companies to reveal gender pay gaps of more than 15% in favour of men for mean hourly pay.</b><p>Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures by April - so far 527 firms have done so with about another 8,500 left to …

Business

Government to direct leaseholders who want to sue conveyancers for negligence

5 January 2018<p>Ground rent: Government takes action<p>The government is to ensure that leaseholders know how to sue their conveyancer where they may have …

Law (UK)

Homeless people to get £135m from dormant bank accounts

Government to unlock disused accounts to help build a "fairer society".<p>Money will also be used to help disadvantaged people and tackle debt.<p>Hundreds …

Housing

This Must Be The Year We Seize The Opportunities Of An Ageing Society

In 2017, we heard a lot about the challenges of an ageing population, with heated debates during the General Election campaign about housing, funding …

Over 11,000 homes have stood empty for at least 10 years, data shows

Lib Dem research finds just one in 13 councils in England and Wales used powers to take over properties lying empty despite housing crisis and rising homelessness<p>More than 11,000 homes across the country have been lying empty for longer than a decade despite the housing crisis and rising …

Housing

More than 11,000 UK homes empty for 10 years

<b>More than 11,000 homes across the UK have been empty for 10 years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has found.</b><p>The figures, from 276 local councils, show there are more than 216,000 homes across the country which have been empty for six months or more.<p>Lib Dem leader Vince Cable called it a …

Housing

UK economy: the year in numbers

What difference does a year make? The Financial Times looks back on the UK economy in 2017 in numbers.<p>1.7 per cent<p>Growth in the UK economy over the …

Economy

Government moves to reverse controversial ‘staircase tax’

The Government has published draft legislation to reverse the so-called ‘staircase tax’ which charged thousands of businesses occupying more than one …

Sajid Javid

Alarming number of female inmates released into homelessness

<b>The number of women released from prison into homelessness has more than doubled over the past year, new figures reveal.</b><p>Information obtained by …

Prison

Government to tell rogue landlords: 'shape up or ship out'

Councils to be given powers to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords, including tougher rules on bedroom sizes<p>A package of measures to crack down on rogue landlords, including a tougher licensing regime for house shares and a minimum size for bedrooms, has been announced by the government.<p>Alok …

Housing

Rogue landlords targeted by government - BBC News

Getty Images<p>Rogue landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour.<p>The government says landlords in England who want to rent a property to five or more people, from at least two different families, should be licensed.<p>Under the plan, the maximum number of …

Theresa May

One in five female prisoners are homeless after release, data shows

Labour attacks ‘shocking’ failure of privatised probation companies after proportion doubles in a year<p>One in five female prisoners are released into homelessness after the number doubled over the last year, figures requested by Labour show.<p>Data from the Ministry of Justice show that 227 out of …

Law (UK)

Rogue landlords targeted by government

<b>Rogue landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour.</b><p>The government wants landlords in England who want to rent a property to five or more people, from at least two different families, to be licensed.<p>Under the plan, the maximum number of people who can …

Theresa May

Birmingham City Council worker allowed to keep job despite sexual harassment case

Birmingham City Council had suspended more than 300 staff for disciplinary matters in the last five years, including for sexual harassment.<p>Nearly …

Birmingham, UK

Local Government urges households to recycle as much as possible over Christmas

From wrapping paper to Christmas cards and mince pie foil cases to Christmas trees...<p><b>Households across the country are being encouraged to recycle as</b> …

Christmas

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to scrap 'no fault' evictions to tip housing rules back in favour of renters

Labour’s next manifesto will include a pledge to reduce eviction powers for landlords and tip housing rules back in favour of renters, Jeremy Corbyn …

Jeremy Corbyn

London Euston hosts Christmas lunch for the homeless

The UK’s fifth-busiest rail station was transformed overnight to a banquet hall<p>It’s 11am at Euston station in London, and instead of the usual noise of commuters, the main sound that can be heard is that of the carol the Twelve Days of Christmas. The music is being played on the piano as around 200 …

London

Tories drop two flagship housing policies from key strategy document

Two of the Conservatives’ flagship housing policies have been dropped from a key government document, raising questions about the future of the plans.<p>…

Housing

Homelessness in England rises by 75% among vulnerable groups

The number of homeless cases involving someone suffering from a mental or physical illness has skyrocketed since 2010<p>Homelessness among people with mental and physical health problems has increased by around 75% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, and there has been a similar rise in the …

Poverty