Housing Management Network news update: 16/11 | Housing Management Network news

Housing Management Network news update: 16/11

Here are some of the big stories impacting housing management.

ALLOCATIONS AND LETTINGS

Bailiffs must halt evictions during national lockdown

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said renters would be protected from evictions during the national restrictions, with no bailiff enforcement action allowed to take place in the coming weeks.

The only exceptions to this will be in cases of illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour, fraud, where a social housing tenant is the perpetrator of domestic abuse, or where the “landlord, rightly, would like to relet their property to another tenant”

 

TENANCY FRAUD

Labour MP charged with housing fraud over council flat

Apsana Begum has been accused of three offences relating to how she was given her council flat.

She is facing a probe over the housing association flat she moved into after leaving her estranged husband’s home and how she had leapt to the top of an 18,000-strong housing list so quickly despite having no children.

 

SAFEGUARDING

Social tenants 14 times more likely to be victims of alcohol-related domestic violence

Research from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology and the Institute of Alcohol Studies, analysed five years of data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), and linked details of alcohol-related violence or anti-social behaviour with information relating to victims’ occupation, income and housing tenure.

The incidence rate alcohol-related domestic violence for social renters was more than 14 times higher than that for homeowners.

 

SUPPORTED HOUSING

Government announces allocations for rough sleeper housing fund

The government has allocated over £150m to fund the delivery of 3,300 homes for rough sleepers by the end of March next year. A total of 276 schemes have been approved across all regions of England, including 38 in London.

 

Government launches new £15m scheme to house ‘clinically vulnerable’ rough sleepers during COVID-19 winter

The new Protect Programme will provide funding for areas that need additional support to house their large rough sleeper populations during the winter, with a particular focus on protecting those deemed clinically vulnerable.

The 10 areas that will receive the targeted funding are London, City of Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Cornwall, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Manchester, Salford, Oxford, Leicester, and Birmingham.