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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2000): Social Housing - UK

CATCH - 22 FOR RENT COLLECTION

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?

T. West

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.

FUTURE IN THE BALANCE

P. Mason

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.

GETTING WARMER

B. Randall

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.

HOUSES IN MOTION

S. Regan

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

Rotherham: 2000-05-08

Proposals include:

  • promotion of a strategic role for local authorities; support of sustainable home ownership;
  • encouragement of the transfer of council estates to registered social landlords;
  • maintenance of rents for social housing at affordable, sub-market levels;
  • strengthening the protection available vulnerable groups of homeless people such as care leavers and victims of domestic violence;
  • reforming lettings policies to give social housing tenants more choice of home; restructuring of rents to reflect the size, quality and location of homes;
  • reform of Housing Benefit to tackle fraud and improve work incentives.
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