Housing

All Commons Briefing Papers
164 Documents
DateDescription
10.11.2016Savings (Government Contributions) Bill - debates in Parliament
Covers debates in Parliament on the legislation to introduce the Lifetime ISA and Help to Save Accounts announced in Budget 2016
01.11.2016Housebuilding (UK): Social Indicators page
167,920 permanent dwellings were completed in the UK in 2015/16, an increase of 10% on 2014/15 but a relatively low figure historically.
01.11.2016Applying as homeless from an assured shorthold tenancy (England)
This short Commons Library briefing paper considers the practice of English local authorities requiring assured shorthold tenants, who have been served with a notice of the landlord's intention to seek possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, to remain in situ until a court order/bailiff's warrant has been obtained before accepting a statutory duty under the homelessness provisions of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended).
01.11.2016Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses evidence to suggest that private landlords are reluctant to let to prospective tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit. The paper considers the reasons behind this reluctance and why refusals are unlikely to amount to direct discrimination.
31.10.2016Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
28.10.2016Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Comparison of the legal duties to tackle homelessness and assist people presenting as homeless in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. In this devolved policy area, increasingly divergent approaches are emerging from the four nations.
24.10.2016Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Homelessness Reduction Bill which is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 28 October 2016. The Bill was introduced by Bob Blackman MP and is aimed at refocusing local authority efforts on the prevention of homelessness. The Bill has attracted Government support.
17.10.2016Savings (Government Contributions) Bill
Library briefing for Second Reading debate on 17 October 2016
11.10.2016Brexit: implications for the housing market and construction industry
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the early impact of the vote to leave the European Union on the UK housing market and house building industry.
07.10.2016House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
The average UK property price increased from 200,141 to 216,750 in the year to 1 July 2016, an 8.3% increase.
06.10.2016Households in temporary accommodation (England)
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with the increased use of temporary accommodation.
05.10.2016Statutory Homelessness in England
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area.
03.10.2016Foreign Investment in UK Residential Property
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the extent to which foreign ownership of residential property should be considered an issue for the UK housing market.
28.09.2016Paying for supported housing
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the impact of the Government's policy of requiring rent reductions, and also the application of Local Housing Allowance caps, on the supported housing sector. The sector has argued that the measures threaten its viability. On 15 September 2016 the Government announced that LHA caps will apply in 2019/20.
20.09.2016Land Registry Privatisation
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the role and functions of the Land Registry, and historical reviews of its operating model. The Government has consulted on proposals to move Land Registry operations to the private sector, and is currently analysing the consultation responses. The paper outlines the debate for and against privatisation of the Land Registry.
15.09.2016Gazumping - a comparison of the English and Scottish conveyancing systems
Constituents who have been 'gazumped' frequently ask why the Government does not act to make gazumping illegal in England and Wales. Specifically, they ask why the Government does not introduce the Scottish system of conveyancing. This note provides an overview and comparison of the two systems of conveyancing. The current Government announced plans in the Marchs 2016 Budget to review the process with a view to making it "better value for money and more consumer friendly."
15.09.2016Home Ownership Statistics
This paper provides statistics on home ownership by age, region and ethnicity, based on data from the Labour Force Survey.
02.09.2016Support for UK Veterans
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
23.08.2016New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers' means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the APPG's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions.
09.08.2016Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of the different approaches adopted by the Governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in regard to some key areas of private rented sector policy.
09.08.2016Housing Benefit measures announced since 2010
This Commons Library Briefing Paper brings together details of the main Housing Benefit changes announced since 2010. Not all of the measures announced in 2015 have been implemented at this point.
28.07.2016Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper outlines the housing options open to serving and ex-military personnel, it does not cover service accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence.
21.07.2016Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date has been announced although a pilot scheme with five associations is underway.
20.07.2016Stamp duty land tax on residential property
This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made over the past two years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Constituency Statistics
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on constituency level statistics.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics 2016
This briefing paper brings together sources of statistics on subject areas covered by the Economic Policy & Statistics and Social & General Statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. In doing so it draws upon the knowledge of Library specialists, aiming to provide comprehensive topic-by-topic guides for use by anyone interested in the statistical series that underpin the United Kingdom.
13.07.2016Comparing the Right to Buy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides a comparison of Right to Buy policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
11.07.2016Rough sleeping (England)
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping and outlines Government policy on this issue.
05.07.2016Starter Homes for First-Time Buyers (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government's aim of delivering 200,000 starter homes by 2020 for first-time buyers under the age of 40. The homes will be sold at a discount of 20% off the market price. The starter home initiative only applies in England.
04.07.2016Rent setting: social housing (England)
This House of Commons briefing paper explains key policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002. It covers recent policy developments including the requirement on social landlords to reduce rents by 1% in each year for four years from April 2016.
17.06.2016Commons Library analysis: Shining a light on beneficial ownership: what's happening in the UK and elsewhere?
This Commons Library briefing describes measures being taken in the UK and elsewhere to make ownership of companies, land and real property more transparent.
15.06.2016Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises Government initiatives to stimulate housing supply in England since 2010.
27.05.2016Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on social landlords' discretion not to offer a 'lifetime' tenancy to new tenants after 1 April 2012. The paper goes on to explain provisions contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which will, when in force, provide that local authorities will only be able to offer longer-term tenancies in certain circumstances.
25.05.2016Planning for Housing
It is Government policy to encourage more house building within the planning system. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing, concern about unplanned developments, as well as the Government's proposals for reform.
24.05.2016Planning Obligations (Section 106 Agreements)
This briefing paper looks at recent changes to planning obligations, the appeals process surrounding them and how planning obligations interact with the Community Infrastructure Levy. The brief looks at England only.
24.05.2016The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The HHSRS is a risk based assessment tool which is used by environmental health officers to assess the risk (the likelihood and severity) of a hazard in residential housing to the health and safety of occupants or visitors. The paper looks at some of the reviews and reports into the operation of the HHSRS. It also looks briefly at wider housing conditions and standards.
23.05.2016Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the 'pay to stay' scheme in England under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over 60,000 market or near market rents. The Government has included measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, to make higher rents compulsory in due course for council tenants earning over 40,000 in London and 31,000 elsewhere. Housing associations will have discretion over whether or not to implement higher rents for tenants with these income levels.
18.05.2016Allocating social housing (England)
This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the legal framework contained in Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended) within which English local authorities allocate their housing stock. Nominations by local authorities to stock owned by housing associations (also known as private registered providers) are allocated within the same legal framework.
18.05.2016Planning Reform Proposals
Reforms aimed at making the planning system quicker and simpler to use are high on the Government's agenda, as set out in the 2015 Productivity Plan and Budget 2016. The Queen's Speech 2016 has announced a new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill providing for further reform in addition to those made by the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This paper sets out the Government's key planning reform proposals and those changes in the process of being made.
11.05.2016Housing and Planning Bill: Lords amendments and Ping Pong
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on amendments made to the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 during its Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the House of Lords. The paper has been updated to include further consideration of the Bill by the Commons and Lords (Ping Pong).
10.05.2016Zero Carbon Homes
Proposals for zero carbon homes and the Government's decision not to proceed with the scheme announced in July 2015
05.05.2016Empty housing (England)
This Housing of Commons Library briefing outlines local authorities' powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
05.05.2016Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the assistance available for certain households with their mortgage interest payments. Help with mortgage costs is available to claimants of certain means-tested benefits for people not in full-time work. The schemes are collectively known as Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). Payments are made towards mortgage interest payments and are generally made direct to lenders.
04.05.2016Immigration Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments and ping-pong stages
The Immigration Bill 2015-16 is currently in ping-pong stage. This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the latest developments with the Bill.
15.04.2016The New Homes Bonus Scheme (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how the New Homes Bonus works and provides comment on its impact. The New Homes Bonus is a Government scheme which is aimed at encouraging local authorities to grant planning permissions for the building of new homes in return for additional revenue.
29.03.2016EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)
Part 1 of this House of Commons Library briefing paper gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of European Economic Area (EEA) migrants to access social housing in England. Part 2 considers whether there is any evidence to suggest that EEA migrants are able to 'jump the queue' to access social housing more quickly than other applicants.
26.03.2016Extending home ownership: Government initiatives
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper describes the specific Government initiatives which have been developed in order to assist first time buyers into home ownership and, in some cases, to help existing owners who are seeking to move. The paper includes some comment on these schemes.
23.03.2016Leasehold retirement homes: exit/event fees
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains action taken by the Office of Fair Trading and the Law Commission to investigate the fees charged by managing agents or freeholders when a leasehold owner of a retirement flat wants to sell or rent out their home. These fees are often referred to as 'exit' or 'event' fees.
17.03.2016Succession rights and social housing
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the statutory rights of occupiers of social housing in England to succeed to a tenancy on the death of the previous sole or joint tenant. The rules in regard to secure council tenancies changed in April 2012 and additional restrictions will apply once the provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 come into force.
14.03.2016The Benefit Cap
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date. It goes on to consider the Government's intention to reduce the cap from 26,000 to 20,000 per year (23,000 in London).
04.03.2016Long leaseholders: building insurance requirements
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains long leaseholders' rights in relation to buildings insurance and summarises a Westminster Hall debate on the issue (October 2014) and the findings of a study carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority, also in 2014.
29.02.2016Planning and flood risk
Government planning policy on flood risk and development, particularly for housing, has been called into question following recent flood events. Find out what the planning policy is, the Government's position and the comments on it in the Library briefing paper.
19.02.2016Impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (social rented housing)
This House of Commons Briefing Paper summarises some key findings arising from research into the impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (also referred to as the 'Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or 'bedroom tax').
18.02.2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 had its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 9 February, and the Commons is due to consider Lords amendments on 23 February.
12.02.2016Right to Rent: private landlords' duty to carry out immigration status checks
The Immigration Act 2014 requires private sector landlords to check their tenants Right to Rent, which is to say, to ensure that they are not disqualified from privately renting property in the UK as a result of their immigration status. The Immigration Bill 2015-16 looks to build on this requirement with new eviction powers and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
02.02.2016Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as 'the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or the 'bedroom tax'. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper summarises some of the key legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit.
04.01.2016Mobile (park) homes
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the the rights of residents who live year-round on mobile home parks. The main focus of the paper is on mobile home owners in England but sections on Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are included.
04.01.2016Mobile Homes Act 2013
This Commons Library Briefing paper provides background to, and explains the provisions in, the Mobile Homes Act 2013. The Act is aimed at improving conditions on permanent mobile home sites and strengthening the rights of mobile home owners on these sites.
29.12.2015Council Tax Reduction Schemes
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the implementation of local Council Tax Reduction Schemes from 1 April 2013. These local support schemes have replaced the national scheme of Council Tax Benefit.
29.12.2015Housing and Planning Bill: Report on Committee Stage
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Housing and Planning Bill's progress in Public Bill Committee. The paper summarises Government amendments to the Bill and discussion on the Opposition's attempts to amend the Bill.
09.12.2015Housing an Ageing Population (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the challenges around providing housing for older people in the midst of both a growing population and a still recovering housing market. It covers issues around housing stock; adaptations; retirement housing and asset release.
26.11.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Committee Stage Report
The Immigration Bill is due to have Report and Third Reading in the Commons on 1 December. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Bill in Public Bill Committee and some of the new clauses proposed for consideration at Report stage.
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
02.11.2015Leaseholders in social housing: paying for major works (England)
An explanation of the assistance available to assist long leaseholders of social landlords in paying for major works. In August 2014 the Coalition Government introduced a cap on the amount that can be recovered from these long leaseholders where the work has been carried out with funding from central Government. The cap has been referred to as "Florrie's law."
26.10.2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 Committee Stage Report
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises debate and amendments to the Bill during its committee stage in the House of Commons.
22.10.2015Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background and comment on the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16. The Bill was presented on 13 October 2015 and is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 2 November 2015.
12.10.2015Ending a joint tenancy (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the legal position when a tenant of social housing wants to change a tenancy from joint names to their sole name.
06.10.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16
The Immigration Bill 2015-16 is due to have its second reading in the Commons on 13 October.
24.09.2015Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Legionella: Landlords' Responsibilities
This short briefing paper lays out the requirements on private landlords with reference to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and the avoidance of Legionnaires' Disease (caused by the Legionella bacteria).
08.09.2015Crown Tenancies Bill [Bill 23 of 2015-16]
This Private Members Bill will bring most Crown tenancies within the assured tenancy regime under the 1988 Housing Act. The Bill has secured Government support so is more likely be enacted.
04.09.2015Meeting London's housing need
This briefing paper considers evidence of London's housing crisis; how much additional housing is needed; and the barriers and potential solutions to the issue arising from a selection of research projects.
26.08.2015Housing Benefit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds
The Government intends to withdraw Housing Benefit entitlement from some 18-21 year olds from April 2017. This briefing considers evidence on the potential impact of withdrawal and provides comment from organisations and those working with young homeless people.
16.07.2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill [Bill 51 of 2015-16]
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's provisions; summarises the key measures; and includes relevant comment. The Bill is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 20 July 2015.
10.07.2015Summer Budget 2015: A summary
This note presents a summary of the Summer Budget 2015. This note provides an overview of the main Budget measures (see below), along with analysis of the forecasts, changes to the fiscal rules, changes to welfare, the National Living Wage, and public spending.
06.07.2015Discretionary Housing Payments
This note explains the funding position and considers evidence on how Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are allocated by local authorities.
17.06.2015Mobile (park homes): 10% commission on sales
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper explains the requirement to pay 10% commission on the sale price of a mobile home to the site owner and provides information on various reviews of that requirement. Mobile home owners regard the charge as "unfair and out of date."
16.06.2015Anti-social behaviour in private housing (England)
This note outlines the legal position and potential remedies available where people find themselves living next door to tenants of private landlords or owner-occupiers who exhibit anti-social behaviour.
15.06.2015The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015
This Act builds on existing Government initiatives, particularly the proposed 'Right to Build', with the aim of increasing the number of self/custom built properties in England. This note explains the Act's provisions.
15.06.2015Self-build and custom build housing (England)
This note describes various initiatives aimed at growing the self-build and custom build housing sectors. Both self-build and custom build provide routes into home ownership for individuals and groups who want to play a role in developing their own homes.
12.06.2015Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)
Building more private rented sector homes: Looking at measures by Government and policy proposals from those within the sector to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
12.05.2015Affordable Rents (England)
This briefing provides an overview of the affordable rent scheme under which tenancies in England are offered at up to 80% of market rent levels within the local area. It includes a summary of responses on some key associated issues.
27.03.2015The regulation of private sector letting and managing agents (England)
There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England but since 1 October 2014 they have been required to be members of an approved redress scheme. This note considers evidence and issues around the regulation of private sector letting and managing agents.
19.03.2015The Parties' housing policy commitments 2015
This note collates public commitments made on housing policy by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party ahead of the publication of the parties' 2015 election manifestos.
13.03.2015Selective licensing of private landlords (England & Wales)
This note explains the history and operation of selective licensing schemes for private rented properties since local authorities acquired the power to introduce these schemes in April 2006.
10.03.2015Constituency casework: housing (England)
This note provides a guide to reliable sources of information (including other House of Commons Library briefings) for answering common constituents' housing problems.
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics
This briefing paper brings together sources of statistics on 27 subject areas covered by the Economic Policy & Statistics and Social & General Statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. In doing so it draws upon the knowledge of Library specialists, aiming to provide comprehensive topic-by-topic guides for use by anyone interested in the statistical series that underpin the United Kingdom.
08.03.2015The Rough Sleepers Initiative (RSI) 1990-99
This note provides background to the Rough Sleepers Initiative (RSI) and an assessment of its impact in England between 1990 and 1999.
03.03.2015Anti-social behaviour in social housing (England)
This note gives an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour; a term which covers a disparate and broad range of conduct from tensions between neighbours to violent and intimidatory behaviour.
13.02.2015Retaliatory eviction in the private rented sector
This note explains the law in relation to retaliatory eviction and evidence around the extent to which it occurs, before going on to explain attempts to reform the law.
11.02.2015Local housing authorities - the self-financing regime: progress and issues
This note explains the implications of local housing authorities (with retained stock) moving to a self-financing regime from April 2012. It considers what use authorities are making of their new financial freedoms, the case for some continuing restrictions (borrowing caps) to be lifted and the impact of this on new council house builds.
31.12.2014Garden Cities
New garden cities have been proposed as one way to meet the housing shortfall. A new garden city has been proposed at Ebbsfleet and the Government has published a prospectus detailing Government support for new garden city proposals. A number of studies propose different models for delivering garden cities. This note sets out what has been proposed so far for new garden cities in the future.
30.12.2014The Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15
This note provides background information on the Bill's provisions and summarises the content of the Bill. The Bill's Committee Stage was adjourned on 29 October 2014 as a money resolution must be passed in order for it to progress any further.
04.12.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL]
This is a 'portmanteau' bill, covering a number of separate but related areas.
03.12.2014Autumn Statement 2014: a summary
This note provides a summary of the 2014 Autumn Statement, including changes to Stamp Duty, and the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) latest economic and fiscal forecasts.
26.11.2014Housing Benefit: Shared Accommodation Rate
The Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) limits the amount of Housing Benefit that single person under the age of 35 can receive. This note provides background information on the operation of the SAR and its extension in January 2012 to claimants under age 35.
24.11.2014Votes in Parliament on the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit
This note provides information on when divisions (votes) concerning this measure (referred to as the 'bedroom tax' and also the 'spare room subsidy' have taken place in Parliament and on the outcome of those divisions. Details are provided on how the different Parties voted.
17.11.2014Housing mobility schemes
Housing mobility schemes enable local authority and housing association tenants to relocate from their current area to other parts of the country. This is an overview of the history of mobility schemes and Government policy. It covers the Housing and Mobility Exchange Service (HOMES), the LAWN and Seaside and Country Homes schemes, Scout Solutions Projects Ltd. and MoveUK, the Hosing Mobility Tasklforce, the Housing Corporation review, HomeSwap Direct, Right to Move, the Localism Act and mutual exchange.
17.11.2014Land Value Taxation
This note discusses recent debates over the case for taxing land values and proposals for a 'mansions tax' - an annual levy on the most valuable residential properties.
08.09.2014Tenants' deposits
This note explains the requirement on landlords to place certain tenants' deposits in a statutory tenants' deposit scheme.
03.09.2014Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
23.06.2014Housing demand and need (England)
This note provides information on estimates of housing need and demand in England. It includes information on some of the main factors which influence demand and need for housing.
23.06.2014Incentivising the Right to Buy
In October 2011 the Prime Minister said he wanted to 'raise Right to Buy discounts to a level which will make the scheme attractive again and rejuvenate the housing stock.' This note summarises various changes to the Right to Buy (RTB) in England and reactions to those changes.
17.06.2014Eligibility to apply for social housing: persons from abroad (non-EEA)
This note provides an overview of the rights of persons from abroad (countries outside the EEA) to access social housing in England, including UK nationals returning from living abroad.
12.05.2014Deregulation Bill: Committee Stage Report
The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government's aim to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses and public authorities.
28.04.2014Overcrowded housing (England)
This note explains the statutory overcrowding standard and Government initiatives to tackle overcrowded housing.
24.04.2014Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013
This Act has strengthened the powers of social landlords to tackle tenants who sublet the whole of their dwellings for a profit.
16.04.2014Housing ex-offenders (England)
This note outlines the duties of local authorities in relation to the housing of ex-offenders and includes reference to established good practice in this area.
12.02.2014Housing association tenants: right to buy
Most housing association tenants do not have the right to buy their home. This note explains the position and outlines some alternative options.
10.02.2014Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to tenants in social rented housing
This note explains the Government's intention that social housing tenants in receipt of assistance with their housing costs should take responsibility for passing this assistance to their landlords when Universal Credit is phased in from April 2013.
30.01.2014Deregulation Bill
The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government's aim to reduce burdens on businesses and public authorities.
27.01.2014Immigration Bill: Committee Stage Report
The Immigration Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 10 October 2013 and had its Second Reading on 22 October. It is due to have Report stage and Third Reading on 30 January 2014. This Note discusses the main issues debated in Public Bill Committee.
13.01.2014The Fair Rents Regime
This note explains who is entitled to a 'fair rent' and how these rents are set.
09.01.2014Mortgage Arrears and Repossessions
This note explains Government measures to assist people who are struggling to meet their mortgage commitments.
30.12.2013Houses in multiple occupation
Houses in multiple occupation. By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/708. An overview of the powers local authorities have to control standards in HMOs.
30.12.2013The reform of Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance) for tenants in private rented housing
This note discusses the implementation of the LHA since 7 April 2008 and the reform of Housing Benefit for private tenants.
30.12.2013Houses in multiple occupation & planning restrictions
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the powers local authorities have via the planning system to limit the development of new houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
23.12.2013Housing Benefit: under-occupation in the private rented sector
This note explains issues around the application of the size criteria to people under-occupying their homes in the private rented sector and who are in receipt of Housing Benefit.
23.12.2013Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Bill 2013-14
The aim of this Private Member's Bill is to assist long leaseholders of flats who are unable to sign the legal notices necessary to trigger an individual lease renewal or the collective enfranchisement process. This note provides background to the Bill and its purpose.
18.12.2013Disabled facilities grants (DFGs)
Disabled facilities grants (DFGs). By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/3011. This note provides an overview of entitlement to disabled facilities grants and the process by which they are funded.
25.11.2013Community Land Trusts
This note provides an introduction to Community Land Trusts and Government policy in this area.
21.11.2013Rent control in the private rented sector (England)
This note provides information on rent regulation and the private rented sector from the 1988 Housing Act onwards, and sets out the arguments that have been made for and against controlling rents in the private sector.
30.10.2013Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders
This note provides information on the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder programme which was initiated under the Labour Government.
22.10.2013The historical context of rent control in the private rented sector
This note provides historical background to the introduction and impact of rent control, its continued use until January 1989 and its use in other European countries.
17.10.2013Immigration Bill
The Immigration Bill would significantly reduce migrants' rights of appeal; restrict access to services including private rented accommodation, bank accounts and NHS services by reference to immigration status; establish new arrangements for investigating sham marriages and examining persons departing the UK; and make various other changes related to immigration controls.
22.05.2013Housing complaints - the role of designated persons
This note provides information on the new role introduced by the Localism Act 2011 for "designated persons" in relation to complaints against social landlords by their tenants.
04.03.2013Co-ownership of real property
People who join together to buy real property (a house, flat, land) are known as co-owners. Typically, this may mean a couple in a relationship, whether married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, or friends, who jointly buy a property to live in. There are two ways in which two or more people may hold (own) the underlying benefit in a property - as 'beneficial joint tenants' or as 'tenants in common'.
13.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. It complements Research Paper 12/61 prepared for Commons Second Reading
01.11.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill seeks to reduce delays in the planning system and to facilitate new development, through various means. It would allow planning obligations (section 106 agreements) relating to affordable housing to be renegotiated. To promote economic growth, it makes provision for a planned revaluation of business rates in England to be postponed and to create a new employment status of employee owner. Its second reading date has been moved from 30 October to 5 November 2012.
24.10.2012Squatting in residential premises
Squatting. By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/355. This note outlines the legal remedies available to evict squatters from residential premises.
26.07.2012Olympic Britain
Olympic Britain tells the story of the profound economic and social change in the UK since the two previous London Olympics, in 1908 and 1948, using statistics and expert analysis. The book can also be browsed using the Parliament website at www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/olympic-britain/
16.07.2012The Supporting People programme
This paper sets out the Supporting People policy, intended to fund services to help vulnerable people live independently and first introduced by the Labour Government in April 2003. Initially a ring fenced grant to local authorities of 1.8 billion, it was estimated in 2009 that the net financial benefits of the programme were 3.41 billion.
29.05.2012Regional house prices: affordability and income ratios
In 2011 the ratio of lower quartile house price to lower quartile earnings in England was 6.5. The highest ratios are found in London (9.0), the South East (8.2) and the South West (7.8).
26.04.2012Warden support in sheltered housing
This note considers the issue of the removal of resident wardens from sheltered housing and the move towards a model of "floating support".
24.10.2011Mortgage repossessions: tenants' rights (England and Wales)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper summarises the options available to tenants when they discover that their landlord has defaulted on the mortgage payments.
04.08.2011The reform of Housing Revenue Account Subsidy
This note provides background on the old Housing Revenue Account (HRA) subsidy system and considers some of the issues associated with it up to its abolition in April 2012. This note will not be updated - information on the self-financing regime now in operation can be found in Library note SN/SP/6776 Local housing authorities - the self-financing regime: progress and issues.
27.05.2011Household projections in England and the Regions: 2008 - 2033
This note examines the 2008-based household projections for England and the regions from 2008 to 2033. The number of households in England is projected to increase from 21.7 million in 2008 to 27.5 million by 2033, an increase of 5.8 million or 27%. This is equivalent to an average annual increase of around 232,000 households.
06.05.2011New Homes Bonus: Statistics
This article provides statistics on the 2011/12 New Homes Bonus scheme grants. Approximately £200m has been allocated to local authorities through the scheme in its first year.
12.04.2011Localism Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the Commons Committee Stage of the Bill, and complements Research Papers 11/02 and 11/03, prepared for Second Reading. The Bill covers a wide range of topics in local government, planning, housing and the governance of London. It was not substantially amended in Committee, although there were some minor technical Government amendments. However, at several points, Ministers agreed to look again at certain issues and consider whether to introduce amendments at Report Stage.
30.03.2011Eco Towns
This note describes the Government programme of new settlements based on ecological principles, along with comment and criticism.
17.02.2011Welfare Reform and the Universal Credit
On 11 November 2010 the Government set out plans for a 'Universal Credit' to replace most in work and out of work benefits for people of working age. This note gives an overview of the main features of the Universal Credit and looks at some of the issues raised by the proposals.
15.02.2011Repossessions and mortgage arrears: statistics
Repossessions and mortgage arrears: statistics. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/263. This Note details trends in housing repossessions and mortgage arrears.
11.01.2011Localism Bill: Planning and Housing
This paper covers three parts of the Bill: Part 5 of the Bill will abolish regional planning, introduce a neighbourhood planning regime and abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission. Part 6 of the Bill will make significant changes to the way in which social housing is provided and will also repeal the legislation governing the provision of Home Information Packs (HIPs). This Part includes provisions that will enable the long awaited reform of council housing finance. Part 7 of the Bill will make changes to housing and regeneration functions in London. It will abolish the London Development Agency and introduce a regime for Mayoral Development Corporations. Changes to Greater London Authority governance will allow the delegation of functions by Ministers to the Mayor.
10.11.2010Home Information Packs: a short history
This paper provides background information on the introduction of HIPs and a chronology of key developments during their long implementation period up to their suspension in May 2010.
06.07.2010Economic indicators, July 2010
This Research Paper series summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK, along with comparisons with other major OECD countries. This edition includes articles on future growth in the UK economy, and the CPI and benefit indexation. [article:'Future growth in the UK economy' and 'The CPI and benefit indexation']
22.02.2010Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper summarises the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Bill. In July 2009 the Government announced that it would legislate to ensure that tenants are given adequate notice to vacate their property if their landlord defaults on their mortgage. Over the summer of 2009, the Government consulted on legislative options to achieve this. On 3 December 2009, Dr Brian Iddon announced that he would introduce a Private Members' Bill to protect private tenants whose landlords default on their mortgage. The Bill has Government support.
25.01.2010Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill Bill 15 of 2009/10
The main purpose of the Bill is to offer protection to tenants of rental properties whose landlord has both defaulted on his mortgage and not notified his lender that the property was being let (an 'unauthorised tenancy'). The Bill gives courts power to postpone the delivery of a possession order, and to stay or suspend the execution of an existing possession order. It also ensures the tenant is given notice of a possession order before its execution.
24.07.2009Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report
This report covers the Committee Stage of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill (HL) 2008-09. The Bill implements a number of community empowerment measuresoutlined in the white paper - Communities in control: real people, real power (Cm 7427). It also implements changes in relation to regional and sub-regional economic development and planning. See also Research Papers 09/45 and 09/46.
15.05.2009Local Democracy, Economic Development & Construction Bill [HL]: Democracy and involvement aspects (Bill 93 of 2008-09).
This paper covers parts 1 to 3 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]. The Bill implements a number of community empowerment measures outlined in the white paper - Communities in Control: real people, real power (Cm 7427). Other provisions concern a) tenants' representation, b) audit of entities connected with local authorities, and c) replacement of the Boundary Committee for England with an independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England. See also Library Research Paper 09/46, for coverage of parts 4 to 8 of the Bill which relate to economic and regional matters and construction contracts.
14.01.2009Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition of Social Indicators includes an article from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Washington , D.C.. This edition includes: Social background of the United States Congress 2009 Local authority finance in a recession 2011 UK Census of Population Underage drinking Excess winter mortality
10.10.2008The UK Housing market
08.10.2008Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition of Social Indicators includes an article from the Research Service of the Parliament of Australia on the immigration of highly skilled workers. This edition includes articles: - Recent trends in skilled migration to Australia - Energy price rises and their impact on demand - The UK Housing market And topical subject page on - US elections 2008
19.08.20082008 Housing and Regeneration Act - key amendments
A brief guide to the key amendments made during the Act's progress through parliament.
25.07.2008Impacts of immigration
This paper examines reports and evidence on the effects which immigration is having on communities and public services throughout the UK.
18.03.2008Housing and Regeneration Bill: Committee Stage Report
22.11.2007Housing and Regeneration Bill, Bill 8 of 2007-08
Housing and Regeneration Bill. (Bill 8 of 2007/08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/79.
20.02.2007Greater London Authority Bill 2006-07; Committee Stage Report
14.02.2007Planning-gain Supplement (Preparations) Bill; Committee Stage Report
31.01.2007The Land Use (Gardens Protection etc) Bill
10.01.2007The Planning-gain Supplement (Preparations) Bill
12.12.2006Greater London Authority Bill (Bill 11 of 2006-07)
The Greater London Authority Bill (Bill 11 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/60
18.08.2006Affordable housing in England
05.01.2004Housing Bill (Bill 11 2003/04)
Housing Bill (Bill 11 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/02.
21.11.2001Land Registration Bill (HL) (Bill 48 of 2001-02)
Land Registration Bill (HL) (Bill 48 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/103