Queen's Speech: Will new bill prevent homelessness? Sadly, the answer was no.
Jules Birch has been following the progress of the Housing & Planning Bill closely. Follow his blow by blow account on his blog. It's very good and very detailed.
The new year has got under way with the House of Commons debating the Housing & Planning Bill. If you haven't been following the progress of the bill you should. It was only in its committee stage that we learned that Secure Tenancies would be coming to an end.
A good way to follow the 'action' is to read Jules Birch's excellent blog. His latest instalment about this very important piece of legislation can be found by clicking on this link: The Housing Bill: just for starters. As Birch states, what's at stake is the future of social housing in England.
The Housing & Planning Bill is becoming a bit of a bedroom farce according to Nearly Legal, while other blogs have good discussions and analyses about them machinations and consequences of this messy but very important piece of legislation; read: Red Brick on ending secure tenancies; and Jules Birch on all aspects of the bill.
The government has published its Housing and Planning Bill, read more about it by following the links below:
Where will the new homes come from? No record of homes built on sold-off public land.
New Housing Standards for England came into force on 1 October (forget Decent Homes Standards). This briefing from Habinteg explains them very clearly.
Updated Indices of Deprivation data have been published by DCLG. Read about them here.