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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2002): Social Housing - UK

AN EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A TENANCY SUPPORT SERVICE

G. Torr

Housing Corporation, 2002

Project evaluated the effectiveness of supporting tenants who needed additional support in ordinary tenancies. A group of tenants who received the service was compared to a group who did not over a period of fifteen months. The services provided included help setting up home, claiming welfare benefits, contacting and accessing services and dealing with housing issues.

LIVE AND LET BUY

R. Winchester

Community Care, Aug. 15th-21st 2002, p. 30-31

The government's Starter Homes Initiative aims to help key public service workers such as nurses and teachers get onto the property ladder. Concludes that while the scheme may help individuals, it will not solve the general problem of widespread shortages of affordable housing.

NHS LAND SELL-OFF HELPS TO CURE HOUSING CRISIS

J Davey and A. Spackman

The Times, Sept. 2nd 2002, p. 3

Reports on NHS estates and discusses the proposed joint venture between the Millar Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the sell off of NHS property identified as surplus to requirements. Former hospitals meet the government's criteria for new housing developments and isolated mental hospitals offer the rare chance for developers to create "gated" estates.

SHELTER CALLS FOR END OF "RIGHT TO BUY" PROGRAMME

N. Morris

Independent, Sept. 23rd 2002, p. 8

The housing charity Shelter is urging ministers to temporarily withdraw right-to-buy discounts for council tenants in areas with severe housing shortages. It is claimed that the scheme is increasing homelessness by reducing the stock of affordable housing.

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