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Unsuitable accommodation is exacerbating the conditions of social housing tenants with pre-existing mental health problems, according to new research. Mental health charity Mind found that the difficulties those with mental illnesses face navigating the social housing system are hindering their recovery or worsening their conditions. The charity surveyed 2,009 people…
Housing developers and associations have signed up to an NHS scheme which will see them make people's home environments a healthier place. The partnerships with NHS England aim to expand ideas for healthy living such as dementia-friendly houses and restricting fast food sales to children. Other schemes that could be…
Private renters in England have a "toss of a coin" chance of facing eviction if they complain their home is not up to scratch, Citizens Advice has found. This is despite measures introduced three years ago to stamp out "revenge evictions". Citizens Advice found that private renters who formally complain…
Five of England's leading letting agents are discriminating against tenants on housing benefit, a report has claimed. Homelessness charity Shelter and the National Housing Federation said their undercover investigation of 149 regional letting agent branches found one in 10 had a policy not to let to anyone on housing benefit,…
Ministers have dropped plans for a new local grant fund to pay for councils to provide short-term emergency supported accommodation. The fund was a key part of proposals set out last October, when Theresa May abandoned former chancellor George Osborne's plan for a cap to cut housing benefit costs in…
Mears Group has navigated a shareholder's attempt to oust its chairman by agreeing to consider its proposed candidate for the role. Activist investor Shareholder Value Management (SVM) has withdrawn a request for a general meeting to remove Bob Holt, Mears Group said on Tuesday. However, the company, which is a…
Tenants receiving Universal Credit are collectively in £24 million worth of rent arrears, housing associations have warned. The findings were compiled from surveys of 118 housing associations across Britain. They were released by the National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish…
Governments could relieve pressure on the NHS by investing in upgrades to social housing, according to a new study. The findings suggest that making home improvements could help to considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions. Cold houses are thought to cause 33% of respiratory and 40% of cardiovascular diseases and an…
A chronic shortage of housing support for women released from custody is driving them back to prison, a report claims. Arrangements are often made at the last-minute, with some women unsure on the morning of their release if they will have accommodation that night, according to the Prison Reform Trust…
The number of households in England in temporary accommodation has increased by nearly two thirds since the start of the decade, Government figures show. On December 31 last year 78,930 households were in temporary accommodation, up 64% from a low of 48,010 on the same date in 2010. The figure…
Seventy people and a stillborn baby make up the final death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire, police have confirmed. All those who died in the blaze in west London five months ago have been recovered and identified, the Metropolitan Police believe. A baby, Logan Gomes, who was stillborn, has…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to intervene after a care provider announce plans to close nursing homes across Scotland. The trade union Unison said the decision by Bield Housing would see more than 160 residents, including some aged 90 and above, forced to leave their homes. The union…
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