K. Jacobs and B. Smith
Public Finance, Mar. 24th-30th 2000, p. 24-25.
Recent proposals for the reform of Housing Benefit include suggestions that tenants should make a contribution to their rent from their income support entitlement. Any such move is liable to increase the difficulties social landlords face in collecting rent.
CHALLENGE, COMPARE, CONSULT AND ER . COMPETE?
Housing, Mar. 2000, p. 26-31
Article explores the options for contracting out housing management by local authorities to a mix of private providers and registered social landlords under the best value regime.
Muncipal Journal, Mar. 10th-16th 2000, p. 21-22
Calls for the government to give a strong steer in the upcoming green paper on its vision for the future of council housing. Local authorities would like to see a cash injection and new rules that would allow them to borrow money to clear the backlog of repairs. Early indications are, however, that the consultation paper will not address the vital issue of funding.
Housing, Mar. 2000, p. 32-33
Introduces the new Heating and Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) which will supply comprehensive heating and insulation packages backed by grants of up to £700. It will focus on the elderly, the disabled and those on low incomes with children in private sector housing.
Guardian, Mar. 31st 2000, p. 21
Describes the steady transfer of council house stock to registered social landlords (RSLs) over the past decade. RSLs, unlike councils, can raise private finance to fund new building and repairs.
QUALITY AND CHOICE! A DECENT HOME FOR ALL
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions