Rough sleeping (England)

The 2019 count in England recorded 4,266 rough sleepers, this represents a fall of 9% on 2018 but an increase of 141% on the 2010 count (1,768). This briefing paper provides background information on the causes of rough sleeping and local authorities’ duties. The paper covers the Government’s approach to meeting its ambition of ending rough sleeping by the end of the current Parliament. A separate paper, Coronavirus: Housing support, covers specific measures in place to assist rough sleepers during the pandemic. …

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[Coronavirus] Opposition Day Debates: Social Cohesion & Community and Financial and Social Emergency Support Package

On 25 March 2020, there will be two topics for the 7th allotted Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons. The first debate is on the subject of “Social cohesion and community” and the second on “Financial and social emergency support package”, both in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak. The House of Commons Library has shared relevant material below. …

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Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and has been updated to take account of subsequent developments, including the new Government’s commitment to increase housing supply. …

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Leasehold and commonhold reform

This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The 2017 Government committed to legislate in this area “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. The Conservative Manifesto 2019 contained a pledge to “continue with our reforms to leasehold.” The paper was updated to include new statistics released in September 2019. …

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What is affordable housing?

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 paper has been updated to include new data on housing affordability. …

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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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Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

This Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit/housing element of Universal Credit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as ‘the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy’ or the ‘bedroom tax’. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper has been updated to include some of the more recent legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction. …

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