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Domestic abuse victims forced into B&Bs

insidehousing.co.uk — The number of domestic violence victims forced into bed and breakfast accommodation in England has shot up by 16% in two years. A total of 125 responses from local authorities to Freedom of Information requests show that councils placed 1,980 domestic abuse victims in B&B accommodation in 2013/14, compared to 1,701 in 2011/12 - a 279 increase.

Benefit claimants' personal data to be shared from February

insidehousing.co.uk — The government has changed the law to allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to share universal credit claimants' personal data with social landlords, councils and charities. On Friday, ministers laid down a controversial new statutory instrument to enable councils, housing associations, Citizens Advice bureaux, credit unions and charities to access information on universal credit claimants, so they can offer financial advice and support.

Westminster will be able to veto Scottish benefit changes

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Council faces High Court challenge over homelessness policy

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London Housing Bank in trouble as developers reject programme

insidehousing.co.uk — Boris Johnson's new 'housing bank' is likely to undershoot its target to create 3,000 homes, as documents show developers are planning to build just 106 properties by the 2018 deadline.

Tenant anger over plan to share personal details

insidehousing.co.uk — Plans to share a host of data on benefit claimants, including health records and IT literacy, with landlords and charities have been condemned by a national tenant organisation.

Government pilots benefit sanctions scheme for homeless

insidehousing.co.uk — The government is piloting a scheme aimed at preventing vulnerable homeless people being hit by benefit sanctions, Inside Housing can reveal.

Staff at Shelter vote for strike action over pay

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Shelter workers ballot for industrial action over pay

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Association 'could not have prevented' machete attack

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Jan 28, 2015

RT @nickduxbury: Thrilled, but unsurprised, that @insidehousing stars @PeteApps & @heatherspurr have been shortlisted for PPA New Business …

Jan 27, 2015

Such a weird situation when the Secretary of State is calling council tax inspectors 'snoopers' gov.uk/government/new… #ukhousing

Jan 23, 2015

@JohnCarnochan Hi John, I'm doing a piece on regeneration in the east end of Glasgow. Wondered whether you had a bit of time for a chat?

Jan 23, 2015

Interesting, looks like Hackney and Newham approached to participate in this, but opted out london.gov.uk/sites/default/… @DawnHFoster

Jan 23, 2015

Boris' new anti-gang drive: Every gang member penalised when any other gang member commits a violent crime. Sounds dodgy to me #ukhousing

Jan 23, 2015

RT @newscientist: Peer-to-peer lending offers mortgages without banks - and lets anyone invest in property ow.ly/HOdZ1 pic.twitter.com/WhZnB0gF7e

Jan 22, 2015

Wow seriously? All in-work social housing tenants should be 'gifted' their properties. telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/… #ukhousing

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