Housing Management Network news update 28/07/21 | Housing Management Network news

Housing Management Network news update 28/07/21


Council evicts family for not viewing property 180 miles away

A Lewisham family has launched legal action following being evicted from temporary accommodation as they were unable to attend a viewing for a home more than 180 miles away in Stoke-on-Trent.

Waltham Forest Council blamed the freeze in Local Housing Allowance for the decision to end the temporary accommodation for the family due to their “duty to taxpayers”.

The family were told to leave temporary accommodation after they were unable to attend the viewing of the house in Stoke-on-Trent because the father had just started a new job in London.



Universal credit cuts will plunge people into poverty

The £20 per week top-up to Universal Credit brought in at the start of the pandemic is due to be scrapped in September, but this risks plunging people into poverty warns the Liverpool City Region Housing Association (LCRHA).

The LCRHA represents 20 housing associations across the region and they believe removing the top-up will damage living standards before there have been any signs of the recovery plus will undermine the government’s levelling-up agenda.



Survey reveals ASB concerns

Launched during ASB week, a survey by safety group Resolve has found that 56% of ASB incidents over the past three years were not reported. Four in ten of those surveyed also fear that ASB incidents will increase following the ending of lockdown.

Resolve want communities to work together to make them safer and believe that addressing ASB behaviour is a national priority.



London Councils seeks to end homelessness with new Rough Sleeping Director

Michelle Binfield starts in August and her remit will include working with London local authorities, health services and the voluntary sector to help co-ordinate efforts to secure long-term accommodation for rough sleepers plus prevention measures.

The aim of the appointment is to meet the government’s goal of ending rough sleeping by 2024, and London is seen as key to tackling this.