Applying as homeless from an assured shorthold tenancy (England)

This paper considers how English local authorities deal with private tenants who have been served with a section 21 notice and are about to become homeless. A common response has been to tell tenants in this position to remain in situ until a court order/bailiff’s warrant is obtained. The paper considers changes introduced by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 with effect from 3 April 2018. …

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Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers

This briefing paper explains measures the Government has put in place during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and to enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper is being updated regularly to take account of new developments. …

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The growth in short-term lettings (England)

This Commons Library briefing paper examines the growth in short-term lettings through online peer-to-peer platforms. It outlines the positive impacts of the accommodation sharing economy, and growing concerns about the adverse effects of high levels of short-term lettings in some areas. The paper discusses calls from some sectors for greater regulation of short-term lettings in England, and provides a brief overview of the regulatory approaches in other countries. …

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Shared ownership (England): the fourth tenure?

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how shared ownership housing operates in England. It outlines Government policies to extend shared ownership, including proposals for a new national model for shared ownership and a new right to shared ownership for housing association tenants. The paper also examines the key barriers to extending shared ownership. …

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Implementation of the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. This briefing paper outlines progress in implementing the Act’s provisions. Several key measures in the Act will not be taken forward, such as ‘pay to stay’ and mandatory fixed-term tenancies for local authority landlords in England. …

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Rough sleepers: access to services and support (England)

Rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, many with high levels of complex and interrelated needs. This paper provides an overview of the support and services – including accommodation, health, welfare, training, employment and voter registration – that are available for rough sleepers in England, and the challenges rough sleepers can face in accessing them. …

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Adult Social Care Funding (England)

This Commons Library briefing paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional short-term, ring-fenced funding that has been committed to adult social care between 2016/17 and 2020/21, and outlines concerns about a social care funding gap and future financial uncertainty.…

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Children’s social care services in England

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key challenges currently facing local authority children’s social care services in England, including: increasing demand for children’s social care; funding pressures; poor and inadequate services in some areas; workforce challenges; and poor outcomes for children in need.…

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Estimates Day debate: Spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

There will be an Estimates Day debate in the House of Commons Chamber on 2 July 2019 on the spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The debate will be opened by Layla Moran MP.…

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