The private sector will be given a bigger role in welfare to work in Monday’s launch of the Freud report, says the Financial Times. Demand for private rented homes is rising at its fastest rate for nine years thanks to a buoyant economy and migration, according to theRead More →

The latest figures of those homeowners approaching the mortgage rescue scheme for help in paying mortgages have been released today. A further four households have been accepted, bringing the total to six which have benefited, but the number approaching the local authorities for help has remained steady. Read More →

The Audit Commission has published local authority comprehensive performance assessments: 71% of councils with responsibility for housing are performing in the top two categories, an increase of 8% from 2005. Among its housing inspections, Golden Gates Housing – the ALMO in Warrrington – got a top ranking. Read More →

Campaigners against the eco-town proposal of Weston Otmoor have won a protective costs order to take part in the High Court proceedings. This allows the campaign group to be considered an official ‘interested party’ that can participate in the proceedings taking place in January. The ruling judge granted theRead More →

A million tenants living in private rented housing are living with the fear of eviction if they compain about poor conditions, according to a report today by Citizens Advice. The report calls for protection against retaliatory eviction. More details are in the next issue of LPW, published next week.Read More →

Guidance on renegotiating section 106 agreements is to be released by the Homes and Communities Agency later this month. The guidance for local authorities and developers is needed following a High Court ruling last year that quashed Blythe Valley borough council’s 30 per cent affordable housing policy and aRead More →