Policy updates

Updates on housing policy and strategy including the private rented sector – in date order.

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pdf Current File size: 277KB Published Date: 12/02/2019
pdf Current File size: 455KB Published Date: 05/11/2018
pdf Current File size: 511KB Published Date: 10/09/2018
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pdf Current File size: 525KB Published Date: 08/11/2017
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 298KB Published Date: 31/01/2017
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 205KB Published Date: 24/01/2017
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 264KB Published Date: 18/01/2017
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 241KB Published Date: 10/01/2017
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 320KB Published Date: 20/12/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 235KB Published Date: 13/12/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 277KB Published Date: 06/12/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy-to-read summary. File size: 175KB Published Date: 29/11/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 236KB Published Date: 22/11/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 244KB Published Date: 15/11/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 69KB Published Date: 08/11/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 64KB Published Date: 01/11/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 154KB Published Date: 25/10/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 160KB Published Date: 18/10/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 142KB Published Date: 11/10/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 156KB Published Date: 04/10/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 171KB Published Date: 27/09/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 144KB Published Date: 20/09/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 145KB Published Date: 13/09/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 139KB Published Date: 06/09/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 128KB Published Date: 30/08/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 118KB Published Date: 23/08/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 120KB Published Date: 16/08/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 141KB Published Date: 09/08/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 136KB Published Date: 02/08/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 139KB Published Date: 26/07/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 99KB Published Date: 19/07/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 149KB Published Date: 12/07/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 99KB Published Date: 05/07/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 73KB Published Date: 28/06/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 82KB Published Date: 21/06/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 103KB Published Date: 07/06/2016
pdf Current A report published by the London School of Economics on private renting is essential reading. It is the most comprehensive briefing since the Rugg Review eight years ago. This report, together with the study for the RICS on housing associations and market renting (featured in the previous private rented sector update) and the House of Commons Library briefing, provide a great overview of the sector. File size: 114KB Published Date: 31/05/2016
pdf Current After the recent elections, attention now turns to the EU referendum. Property market analysts emphasise that uncertainty is the key issue as it affects investment and development. File size: 185KB Published Date: 24/05/2016
pdf Current The Housing and Planning Bill, which received Royal Assent on the last day of the Parliamentary session on 12 May 2016, includes a number of measures for the private rented sector. The Immigration Bill also received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 and includes measures on right to rent. Post-mayoral election in London, there are fundamentally different views on what the new mayor should do about the private rented sector. File size: 98KB Published Date: 17/05/2016
pdf Current This week the debate has kicked off on the implications of the results of the devolved assembly and local government elections. The Local Government Chronicle poses the question as to whether the Housing and Planning Bill is the most rubbish piece of legislation ever? And there continues to be evidence of the unravelling of some devolution proposals for English sub-regions. File size: 113KB Published Date: 10/05/2016
pdf Current Although much of the focus in the Housing and Planning Bill is on starter homes and Pay to Stay, the government has also made amendments on private renting, including changes to the Immigration Bill in relation to right to rent. Build to rent initiatives continue to be highlighted with the development of a further 390 units in Greater Manchester and an ALMO in the East Midlands announcing that it is getting involved. Data from the government indicates that the proportion of the housing stock in the Private Rented Sector has doubled since 2001 and now stands at over 20%. File size: 98KB Published Date: 03/05/2016
pdf Current Although there have been fewer government announcements because of the pre-election or election purdah period, there has been an intense focus on housing as an election issue in London. File size: 109KB Published Date: 26/04/2016
pdf Current A reoccurring theme over the last few weeks is that the build to rent sector is maturing. There has been a significant increase in the scale of institutional investment over the last few months as well as many guides on where to and how to invest! This backs up a key point in the Montague Review (2012) on institutional investment and build to rent that it would take 4-5 years for confidence to reach a tipping point. File size: 125KB Published Date: 19/04/2016
pdf Current There continues to be a strong focus on housing supply and planning with both the formal launch of the Local Plan Expert Group report and a study by Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners highlighting that up-to-date local plans are essential in boosting housing supply. File size: 104KB Published Date: 12/04/2016
pdf Current The main issue over the last week has been the Bank of England's recommendations to tackle the boom in Buy to Let. Opinion has gelled around two opposing viewpoints – ‘too little and too late’ and ‘unnecessary and premature’. File size: 91KB Published Date: 05/04/2016
pdf Current Although, the fallout from the Budget continues to dominant the news, there have been important developments on Devolution deals, Planning and housebuilding, tackling disability and the housing market. File size: 117KB Published Date: 29/03/2016
pdf Current The major debating point from the Budget for the Private Rented Sector is whether the decision by the government not to exempt large investors from the higher rate of stamp duty will deter further build to rent schemes! File size: 99KB Published Date: 22/03/2016
pdf Current Although speculation on the Budget tomorrow is rife in the media, there has been many important announcements and reports on the role of housing in tackling the health crisis. File size: 109KB Published Date: 15/03/2016
pdf Current There continues to be considerable coverage on the uncertain prospects for buy to let with the Bank of England maintaining its position of concern about the impact of the sector on financial stability in the housing market. Will the Budget on 16 March include new proposals to address this issue? File size: 86KB Published Date: 08/03/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated in to an easy to read summary. Topically, the European Commission published its annual country report for the UK on 26 February. File size: 125KB Published Date: 01/03/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated in to an easy to read summary. File size: 94KB Published Date: 23/02/2016
pdf Current Media coverage has focussed on Parliament including the Housing and Planning Bill and reports by the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee. There have, however, been a number of important reports on housing and health, homelessness and an ageing society. File size: 100KB Published Date: 16/02/2016
pdf Current We've pulled together the key issues and hot topics affecting the Private Rented Sector into this easy to read update. File size: 95KB Published Date: 09/02/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so collated into an easy to read summary. File size: 279KB Published Date: 03/02/2016
pdf Current We've pulled together the key issues and hot topics affecting the Private Rented Sector into this easy to read update. File size: 82KB Published Date: 26/01/2016
pdf Current The latest news and policy update covers the issues from the past week or so, we collated them in to a time-saving easy read summary. File size: 119KB Published Date: 19/01/2016
pdf Current We've collected the latest PRS news and useful reports from the last couple of weeks in to a time-saving easy read summary. File size: 91KB Published Date: 12/01/2016
pdf Current We've collected the key policy issues, news and useful reports from the last couple of weeks in to a time-saving easy read summary. File size: 128KB Published Date: 05/01/2016
pdf Current This is the last PRS news and policy update for 2015 and it covers all the issues from the past week or so. File size: 92KB Published Date: 22/12/2015
pdf Current We've pulled together the key issues and hot topics from the housing sector into this easy to read update. File size: 170KB Published Date: 15/12/2015
pdf Current We've put together this week's bumper edition of the news and policy update. Of course it focuses on the Spending Review and the Autumn Statement, as well as reactions from around the sector. File size: 112KB Published Date: 01/12/2015
pdf Current The latest policy and strategy announcements have been collated into the latest digest from SEN. File size: 102KB Published Date: 17/11/2015
pdf Current The latest policy and strategy announcements have been collated into the latest digest from SEN. File size: 107KB Published Date: 03/11/2015
pdf Current The latest policy and strategy announcements have been collated into the latest digest from SEN. File size: 122KB Published Date: 20/10/2015
pdf Current File size: 107KB Published Date: 06/10/2015
pdf Current The latest policy and strategy announcements have been collated into the latest digest from SEN. File size: 97KB Published Date: 22/09/2015
pdf Current The latest policy and strategy announcements have been collated into the latest digest from SEN. File size: 124KB Published Date: 08/09/2015
pdf Current All the key policy issues and announcements from the past week or so have been collated into this easy-read summary. File size: 114KB Published Date: 25/08/2015
pdf Current All the key policy issues and announcements from the past week or so have been collated into this easy-read summary. File size: 92KB Published Date: 11/08/2015
pdf Current The latest policy announcements and news items have been collated into this at-a-glance summary. File size: 95KB Published Date: 28/07/2015
pdf Current This week’s news and policy announcements have, of course, been dominated by the Budget. Here’s a summary of all of the recent ‘non-Budget’ issues. File size: 119KB Published Date: 14/07/2015
pdf Current The latest policy news and announcements from the social sector have been collated into this week’s easy-read digest. File size: 165KB Published Date: 30/06/2015
pdf Current Here’s the latest digest of the key policy and news announcements from the past week or so. File size: 134KB Published Date: 16/06/2015
pdf Current Here’s the first news and policy update in the wake of last week’s Queen’s Speech which opened the first session of the new Parliament. File size: 141KB Published Date: 02/06/2015
pdf Current As the new government administration settles in, here is the latest digest of the key policy announcements from over the past week or so. File size: 124KB Published Date: 18/05/2015
pdf Current In the last update before the big day on Thursday, here’s the round-up of the key policy and news announcements over the past week or so. File size: 147KB Published Date: 05/05/2015
pdf Current Away from the election campaign, here’s the latest digest of the key policy issues and announcements from the past week or so. File size: 131KB Published Date: 21/04/2015
pdf Current As we move towards the dissolution of Parliament, there has been a glut of recent policy announcements. Here’s an easy-read summary of the prominent issues. File size: 150KB Published Date: 31/03/2015
pdf Current Here’s the latest digest of the key policy issues and announcements from across the sector over the past week or so. File size: 143KB Published Date: 16/03/2015
pdf Current With the election less than three months away, the government has made a number of recent policy and funding announcements. Here's this week's summary of the latest releases, and announcements by other organisations. File size: 179KB Published Date: 03/03/2015
pdf Current There have been a number of policy developments over the last week or so. Here’s the SEN summary of the key announcements. File size: 131KB Published Date: 17/02/2015
pdf Current As we move into February, here is the round-up of the key social housing policy and strategy issues and announcements from the past week or so. File size: 141KB Published Date: 03/02/2015
pdf Current There has been a notable focus over the last couple of weeks on housing policy and planning, the impact of welfare changes, and the role of housing in tackling the crisis in the health service. Here’s the latest summary of the key announcements. File size: 119KB Published Date: 20/01/2015
pdf Current This first update of 2015 summarises all of the key issues and announcements from over the festive period. File size: 154KB Published Date: 06/01/2015
pdf Current Our colleagues at Castle Point Borough Council have forwarded the winter Edition of the Thames Gateway and South Essex Newsletter 2014. File size: 2MB Published Date: 06/01/2015
pdf Current As Empty Homes Week closes and the dust settles on the 2014 Autumn Statement, here’s the summary of the latest policy statements and issues in the headlines. File size: 142KB Published Date: 09/12/2014
pdf Current As we approach next week’s Autumn Statement, unsurprisingly there has been a little more media activity than usual. Here’s this week’s summary of all of the latest social housing policy and strategy issues in the headlines. File size: 148KB Published Date: 25/11/2014
pdf Current There have been a number of government announcements and other policy statements across the past week or so. This week’s update collates all of the key items in the headlines. File size: 143KB Published Date: 10/11/2014
pdf Current The key policy issues and news announcements from the last week have been collated into this easy-read summary. File size: 154KB Published Date: 28/10/2014
pdf Current Inflation has fallen. The key inflation figure as at September 2014, for next year’s rent setting, is 1.2%. The September CPI and CPIH information is set out in this inflation update. File size: 167KB Published Date: 14/10/2014
pdf Current The latest news and policy update has collated all of the key announcements in respect of housing policy. File size: 126KB Published Date: 14/10/2014
pdf Current As we reach the end of September, here is the latest news and policy update which captures all of the recent key announcements and issues. File size: 127KB Published Date: 30/09/2014
pdf Current As we reach the middle of September and the peak holiday season passes, a number of policy announcements and consultations have now been made public. Here is the latest digest of the key strategic issues across the sector in the past week or so. File size: 147KB Published Date: 16/09/2014
pdf Current As the summer holiday season draws to a close, this first update for September collates the latest varied policy announcements and media releases. File size: 120KB Published Date: 02/09/2014
pdf Current A surprisingly more productive week of news and policy announcements have been collated into this week’s update for SEN members. File size: 134KB Published Date: 19/08/2014
pdf Current A fairly lively week for policy announcements from governmental sources in particular, as we start to approach the summer break. Other announcements and news releases have been issued to suit. Here’s this week’s summary of all of the key issues. File size: 165KB Published Date: 05/08/2014
pdf Current There seem to have been a few policy announcements recently, perhaps tactically overshadowed by the cabinet reshuffle. Here’s a summary of the items that were released into the public domain over the last week or so. File size: 127KB Published Date: 22/07/2014
pdf Current The key policy and strategy items from around the social housing sector in the first week of July have been collated into this week’s update. File size: 128KB Published Date: 08/07/2014
pdf Current This week’s update collates all of the key social housing policy issues in the headlines over the past week or so. File size: 127KB Published Date: 23/06/2014
pdf Current As previously highlighted in this news update, there is no direct proposed housing legislation for the new Parliamentary session. However the Infrastructure Bill will include proposals to scale back section 106 agreements and zero carbon standards on small schemes. File size: 206KB Published Date: 10/06/2014
pdf Current Housing market There has been considerable debate and discussion following concerns expressed by the Governor of the Bank of England about the state of the housing market including the lack of supply and its effect on the economy File size: 101KB Published Date: 28/05/2014
pdf Current Tackling the housing crisis Shelter and KPMG have launched a major report, ‘building the homes we need’, to stimulate a debate in the run up to the general election in 2015. File size: 119KB Published Date: 13/05/2014
pdf Current Garden cities The government has launched a prospectus for local garden city proposals of at least 15,000 units File size: 124KB Published Date: 29/04/2014
pdf Current UK Housing Review The Chartered Institute of Housing has published its annual UK housing review File size: 137KB Published Date: 15/04/2014
pdf Current The Treasury website now has full details of the Budget Statement on Wednesday 19 March and related documents File size: 128KB Published Date: 01/04/2014
pdf Current The Chancellor of the Exchequer has already announced an extension to help to buy to 2020 as well as confirming major housebuilding plans for Ebbsfleet through a development corporation approach File size: 131KB Published Date: 18/03/2014
pdf Current The Governor of the Bank of England has highlighted that the housing market is recovering but there is little that can be done to tackle the housing bubble in London File size: 122KB Published Date: 04/03/2014
pdf Current Shelter has published research showing that since 1997, earners would need to have doubled their income to keep pace with house price inflation File size: 130KB Published Date: 18/02/2014
pdf Current Inside Housing has a news item on a Westminster Debate in Parliament on the private rented sector. Labour MPs urged the government to introduce rent controls - but see item below on rents. File size: 109KB Published Date: 11/02/2014
pdf Current There has been extensive media coverage of the Office for National Statistics original report with data that 3.3 million people between 20 and 34 years of age share the parental home File size: 121KB Published Date: 28/01/2014
pdf Current The Chartered Institute of Housing has so far published three discussions papers on the future of housing in preparation for the general election in May 2015 File size: 116KB Published Date: 21/01/2014
pdf Current The Halifax Housing Research Unit (part of the Lloyds Banking Group) has updated its quarterly perspective if the housing market File size: 110KB Published Date: 14/01/2014
pdf Current The Halifax Housing Economics Research Unit (part of the Lloyds Banking Group) has published a series of reports File size: 131KB Published Date: 07/01/2014