This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
The Library will produce a briefing or material for the second reading debate and this page will be updated when it is made available.
The second reading paper may be updated as the Bill goes through Parliament; alternatively additional papers will be added to this page to reflect the Bill’s progress.
- The Queen’s Speech
- Queen’s Speech background paper
- Consultation: A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants
- Consultation: Tenancy deposit reform: a call for evidence
- Commons Library Briefing Paper: The end of ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions
- Commons Library Briefing Paper: Tenancy deposit schemes
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This briefing paper explains measures taken by the Government during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households in the rented sector to retain their homes. The paper covers the introduction of extended notice periods and restrictions on the enforcement of court orders. The ban on enforcing eviction orders in England is due to expire on 31 May 2021. There are widespread calls for more assistance for landlords and tenants in response to the economic pressures they face due to the pandemic.
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper describes the specific Government initiatives which have been developed in order to assist first-time buyers into home ownership and, in some cases, to help existing owners who are seeking to move. The paper includes some comment on these schemes.