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September 2016

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    NEW CHANCELLOR HAS ANNOUNCED THE ENDING OF THE HELP TO BUY GUARANTEE SCHEME

    Mr. Hammond announced the ending of the Help to buy guarantee scheme in a letter to the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney.According to him, the scheme was introduced with a specific purpose which has been successfully achieved and that it would close at the end of the year.In Autumn 2013, the Help to Buy scheme was launched by Mr. Osborne in his statement as a "landmark" scheme that would...

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    COUNCIL DECIDES TO BUILD ITS CARE HOME TO GET BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY

    Here are details about the process:According to reports by Daily Echo, Cabinet portfolio holder for adult services, Cllr Karen Rampton, said:"One of the council's priorities is promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents, especially the most vulnerable."The population of older people in Poole is increasing and we have a duty to ensure there is sufficient capacity and a genuine choice of...

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    FAMILIES ARE LEAVING THE CAPITAL DUE TO RISE IN VALUATION AND RENT INCREASE

    The following are figures and reasons why families are moving out of London:Generation Rent director, Betsy Dillner, said:"London is an incredible city and the decision to move away isn't taken lightly. These people are leaving friends and family in order to find a home they can afford and some are leaving their jobs."This should worry everyone in London, from employers facing a loss of skills to...

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    IS HOME-OWNERSHIP SUPPOSED TO BE AN OPTION ONLY FOR THE RICH?

    According to 24 Housing, former housing minister, John Healey MP, said this at the event:"A million more households became home-owners under the last Labour government but home-ownership has plummeted under the Tories."I'll always fight for more council and public rented homes, but Labour's fight must also be to stop home-ownership becoming an option for the rich."It's why Jeremy Corbyn was right...

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    REDUCTION IN NET PRESENT VALUE DUE TO RENT CUT

    NPV is the 'rental income the landlord can expect over a four-year period less cost'; it is the value of social housing to the landlord.Here are the findings of the research which was based on information gathered on 420,000 homes, according to Inside Housing:Head of Savills Housing Consultancy, Mervyn Jones, said:"The data shows that, in general, housing providers are responding to the rent cut...

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    THE HOUSING MARKET IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE AFTER BREXIT VOTE

    The analysis made the following findings:Chairman at Jackson-Stops & Staff, Nick Leeming, said:"Three months after the UK's historic vote to leave the EU, the property market remains alive and active."There are more properties on the market today than on the day of the Brexit vote, and there has only been a marginal decline in the number of properties under offer. House prices have also declined...

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    INSUFFICIENT HOUSING FOR WOMEN ON RELEASE

    This report found:The director of the Prison Reform Trust's program to reduce women's imprisonment, Jenny Earle, said:"A tent and a sleeping bag are no answer to meeting the housing needs of women on release."Safe, secure accommodation is crucial in breaking that cycle of crime, and all the harm it causes to our communities, to victims, to the women involved and to their families."A Ministry of...

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    MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MAY BECOME UNDERFUNDED DUE TO BUDGET PRESSURES

    The PAC report says:"How the improvements in services will be paid for is less clear..."The Department has announced an additional £1billion for mental health services over the next 5 years, but this money is not ring-fenced."Although the Department for health said the extra money for the service would help over a million extra people access care by 2020, chair of the PAC, Meg Hiller MP said...

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    OVER 70 SEX ATTACKS IN CARE HOMES REPORTED

    Most of these homes cater to the elderly, aged 65 and older and most of the crimes reported were physical sex assaults, including several alleged rapes.These were the findings after the BBC submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request to all police forces of which 80% replied:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions...

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    THE THINK TANK HAS CALLED FOR A REFORM OF THE PRESENT HOUSING ASSOCIATION MODEL

    "The government needs to urgently move away from a one size fits all policy towards housing associations if it is to meet its target of one million new homes by 2020",according to Chris Walker, author of the think tank report where this was stated.Mr. Walker also said:"A new settlement will give well-run housing associations freedom to run their own organisations in the most efficient manner,...

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    GOVERNMENTS FEAR 'RESTRICTED BORROWING' WHICH MAY ARISE FROM RECLASSIFYING HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

    The ONS is expected to reclassify housing associations as public sector bodies.Ministers do not want this reclassification because such a move would put housing association debt on the national balance sheet, which would mean association borrowing is restricted.A consultant and former head of social housing at Dunfermline Building Society, said:"My fear is that new lenders will be put...

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    A NEED FOR REFORM IN THE SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM

    According to the report:After carrying out interviews with people working in the service and being cared for, as well as analysing existing data during their review, Think tank found:BBC News reports that:"A £5bn pot of money has been set aside to encourage joint work between the NHS and care sector, with an additional £1.5bn  being added to that by 2019, and councils have been allowed to...

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    PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING MAY NOT BE AFFORDABLE TO MANY REFUGEES

    The report which is looking at the progress of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme, the UK government's flagship effort to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees, showed the following:According to the NAO:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutionsFor more details, visit Inside Housing...

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    TRANSPARENCY WITH LAND OWNERSHIP IN SCOTLAND

    Ministers are seeking for opinions on proposals for a register of controlling interests in landowners and tenants; for clarity on who controls landowners and tenants of land in Scotland.24Dash reports what Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform said:"Improving transparency of land ownership in Scotland goes to the very heart of progressing land reform in Scotland."This...

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    CUTS APPROVED FOR LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

    Lancashire County Council (LCC) have signed off on the revised proposals at their budget meeting, where they had to try and find nearly £200 million to save by 2020. This means that the local authorities will sell more than 100 buildings including libraries, children's services and youth centres.However, LCC altered their original proposals after consulting with the public on the changes.David...

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    HOUSING MARKET MAY BE SETTLING DOWN AFTER INITIAL SURPRISE OF THE EU REFERENDUM

    Two months ago, after the EU referendum, Rics had the forecasted a major fall in sales. Conversely, over the next five years, they are forecasting a 3.3% a year increase on average; the most optimistic prediction since the EU vote.According to Rics:Rics' chief economist, Simon Rubinsohn, said:"There are clear signs that the housing market is settling down after the initial surprise of the...

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    MANY YOUNG OFFENDERS ARE PLACED IN UNSUITABLE ACCOMMODATION- ACCORDING TO REPORT

    The report which examined cases of 16 and 17-year-olds who have previously had traumatic experiences, hence "difficult behaviour" gave the following findings:The BBC reports what a government spokesperson said:"The law is clear that children's services must protect any child without a home and give them the support they need - and this age group is no exception."The number of 16 and 17-year-olds...

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    ISSUES OF HOMELESSNESS ON THE RISE IN GLASGOW

    Mr. Graeme Brown said the following to Evening Times while he visited George square to launch a new campaign to catalyse public and political support to fix the issue of homelessness in Scotland:"Despite good progress in recent years, we are still failing too many people in our society, particularly the most vulnerable, with the most basic of human rights - the right to shelter and a home."It is...

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    MANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REFUGES AT RISK OF CLOSING DUE TO HOUSING BENEFIT CAP

    Women who have been victims of domestic violence as well as their children are at risk of falling into the hands of their violent partners if the government caps housing benefit in the social sector at the same levels paid to private landlords. This would adversely affect the finances of refuges.Women's Aid- affiliated refuges conducted a survey on refuges which showed the following:The chief...

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    HOW HOME OWNERSHIP HAS CHANGED IN THE UK

    The following shows the state of the UK housing market:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions Visit the Telegraph for more details and statistics...

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    BEWARE OF SCAMMERS WHO CON DESPERATE TENANTS DUE TO HOUSING CRISIS

    The fraudsters have approached people in the following ways:Tower Hamlets Council have confirmed that the people selling the scheme have nothing to do with the council, the service does not exist and the website is a scam.The Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:"We will be working closely with the police to track don those responsible for this scam."Not only are these fraudsters seeking to fleece...

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