On 1 July, the government announced a new housing proposal to reform England's hostile private-rented sector.
Yet campaigners are dismissing it as "meaningless" and "purely cosmetic".
Putting down roots
The government is proposing to introduce a minimum three-year tenancy. This would be a significant change as, currently, 81% of...
A new report by Brighton and Hove council has found that the flagship policy of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is causing spiralling rent arrears in the city. And the council is being forced to pick up the pieces.
It's just another day in the life of Universal Credit (UC).
As the Argus reported:
Norwich City Council is facing criticism for allegedly backtracking on a promise not to remove two market stalls in the Hay Hill area of the city. Volunteer groups working with homeless people use these stalls to serve meals. They claim the removal is part of an “underhanded attempt” to erase the work of community-led...
New government figures show that the number of older people becoming homeless is the highest in the past decade. These figures are a damning indictment of housing policy under this Conservative government.
As housing charity Shelter reported, new government figures on homelessness show that:
In the last year, 2,520...
On 27 June, Britain's beleaguered prime minister attempted to say her government is delivering for everyone:
But Labour MP David Lammy wasn't having any of it.
Theresa May gave 15 examples of how the government is delivering for everyone, ranging from slashing...
On 26 June, communities secretary James Brokenshire confirmed what the government describes as "a multi-billion pound boost to social housing".
But deeper analysis reveals that the proposals fall laughably short of the mark.
Brokenshire announced the government is investing £1.67bn in 'affordable' homes. This funding...
A woman whose husband murdered her two children now fears eviction thanks to the DWP stripping her benefits.
Her case is indicative of the DWP's apparent refusal to appreciate the difficulties of living with mental health conditions.
'Fit for work'
As the Sunday Post reported:
A medical assessor has ruled June Martin is fit for...
This article was updated at 8:00am on Tuesday 26 June to correct an error. It previously stated that the scheme was open to anyone. It is in fact only open to people with direct experience of homelessness or housing crises.
A groundbreaking homelessness organisation has launched an innovative programme. It's one which aims to try and...
On 20 June, the Guardian revealed that Homes for Haringey (the management company for Haringey Council's housing stock) urgently plans to evacuate two tower blocks in Tottenham, North London.
The Canary has seen the draft agenda for the upcoming meeting of the council's cabinet. It outlines Homes for Haringey's provisional...
New research by homelessness charity St Mungo's lays bare the startling impact of cuts to mental health services on homeless people.
It's a chilling example of how austerity targets society's most vulnerable people.
Hand in hand
St Mungo's conducted a survey of outreach services in London. It found that 158 rough sleepers have died...