This briefing provides an overview of the affordable rent scheme under which tenancies in England are offered at up to 80% of market rent levels within the local area. It includes a summary of responses on some key associated issues.
This note collates public commitments made on housing policy by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party ahead of the publication of the parties' 2015 election manifestos.
This note explains the implications of local housing authorities (with retained stock) moving to a self-financing regime from April 2012. It considers what use authorities are making of their new financial freedoms, the case for some continuing restrictions (borrowing caps) to be lifted and the impact of this on new council house builds. [NOTE: this paper is out of date and will not be updated. For more up to date information see Library paper CBP08963 A new era for social rented housing in England?]
This note provides background information on the Bill’s provisions and summarises the content of the Bill. The Bill's Committee Stage was adjourned on 29 October 2014 as a money resolution must be passed in order for it to progress any further.
The Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) limits the amount of Housing Benefit that single person under the age of 35 can receive. This note provides background information on the operation of the SAR and its extension in January 2012 to claimants under age 35.
Housing mobility schemes enable local authority and housing association tenants to relocate from their current area to other parts of the country. This is an overview of the history of mobility schemes and Government policy. It covers the Housing and Mobility Exchange Service (HOMES), the LAWN and Seaside and Country Homes schemes, Scout Solutions Projects Ltd. and MoveUK, the Hosing Mobility Tasklforce, the Housing Corporation review, HomeSwap Direct, Right to Move, the Localism Act and mutual exchange.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas. This Private Member's Bill aims to introduce a requirement that a functioning carbon monoxide detector must be installed in all newly built and all rented residential properties.
In October 2011 the Prime Minister said he wanted to “raise Right to Buy discounts to a level which will make the scheme attractive again and rejuvenate the housing stock.” This note summarises various changes to the Right to Buy (RTB) in England and reactions to those changes.
This note explains the Government’s intention that social housing tenants in receipt of assistance with their housing costs should take responsibility for passing this assistance to their landlords when Universal Credit is phased in from April 2013.
The Immigration Bill would significantly reduce migrants’ rights of appeal; restrict access to services including private rented accommodation, bank accounts and NHS services by reference to immigration status; establish new arrangements for investigating sham marriages and examining persons departing the UK; and make various other changes related to immigration controls.