The Conservative Treasury team are holding talks on handing responsibility to local councils for setting and distributing benefits such as the jobseeker’s allowance. Speaking at a conference organised by the New Local Government Network in London, the shadow chief secretary, Philip Hammond, disclosed that he was holding talks onRead More →

A number of local authorities are letting developers pay reduced section 106 contributions or defer payment until the economic outlook improves. Medway council for example has started a flexible payment policy in response to concerns from house builders including waiving interest on late contributions, while Norwich city council isRead More →

Tenants are benefiting from cheaper rents because of an oversupply of property, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said. The supply of rental homes in London has grown by 67 per cent in the past year, while rents have fallen by 6.9 per cent since March last year, andRead More →

The government has announced that tens of thousands of people who faced losing their homes have benefited from free legal advice under the housing possession court duty scheme. The scheme ensures advisers are at court to offer legal aid the government claims they have prevented immediate repossession in 85Read More →

HHSE has won an historic legal case at the European Court of Justice on behalf of a homeless woman with four small children. The case was wholly funded by the Government’s legal aid services. HHSE represented Nimco Hassan Ibrahim, a mother of four children, after her housing application wasRead More →