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A quarter of housing associations believe welfare reforms that have been branded the "bedroom tax" have impacted on their ability to rehouse homeless people, a new report revealed. A survey by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) found two out of three associations had seen an increase in the…
More than 4,000 households across England are at risk of losing their home every week through an eviction or repossession, according to research by Shelter. The housing charity also revealed the hotspots across the country where people are most likely to face losing their home. Newham in London topped the…
The number of working people claiming housing benefit has risen by almost 60% since 2010, according to research commissioned by Labour. Figures compiled by the House of Commons Library for the party suggest 386,000 more people with jobs are receiving the subsidy, up to 1,036,813 in November 2013 from 650,551…
Would taxing property values be fairer than the Council Tax? The Council Tax is widely discredited. Would taxing property values be fairer and could such a tax help to reduce housing market volatility? This report assesses the likely impact of a property value tax. It finds that: a progressive property…
There are clear links between health, housing and social care. The homeless live much shorter lives as do those people living in poorer quality accommodation and areas of deprivation. Life expectancy and the quality of life in later years are both drastically affected by Marmot's (2010) social gradient, with people…
This paper examines the association between housing tenure mix and health outcomes for urban residents. The analysis used Cox’s proportional hazard regression modelling with a range of health measures from two waves of the Scottish Health Survey plus linked hospital morbidity records for the survey respondents. There was no consistent…
Calls to a housing and homelessness helpline have soared in the last six months as people struggle with the cost of living, according to the charity which runs it. Shelter Scotland said 2,111 people contacted its Glasgow-based advice line in October, a 25% increase on the 1,682 who did so…
Thursday, 1 Nov, 2012

Webwatch - Housing Options

The advent of self-directed support and personalised care will mean that over time, more and more individuals will have control of, and choice around, their own care and support, and this will include where and how they want to live. Housing Options Scotland is a public service organisation that provides…
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