Policy updates

Updates on policy and strategy from around the sector, and the private rented sector - in date order.

10 June 2014 PDF (206kB) SEN news and policy update 07/2014

SEN news and policy update 07/2014

As previously highlighted in this news update, there is no direct proposed housing legislation for the new…

11 February 2014 PDF (109kB) SEN news and policy update 06/2014

SEN news and policy update 06/2014

Inside Housing has a news item on a Westminster Debate in Parliament on the private rented sector. Labour MPs urged the…

28 January 2014 PDF (121kB) SEN news and policy update 04/2014

SEN news and policy update 04/2014

There has been extensive media coverage of the Office for National Statistics original report with data that 3.3…

21 January 2014 PDF (116kB) SEN news and policy update 03/2014

SEN news and policy update 03/2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing has so far published three discussions papers on the future of housing in…

14 January 2014 PDF (110kB) SEN news and policy update 02/2014

SEN news and policy update 02/2014

The Halifax Housing Research Unit (part of the Lloyds Banking Group) has updated its quarterly perspective if the…

07 January 2014 PDF (131kB) SEN news and policy update 01/2014

SEN news and policy update 01/2014

The Halifax Housing Economics Research Unit (part of the Lloyds Banking Group) has published a series of reports

17 December 2013 PDF (127kB) SEN news and policy update 49/2013

SEN news and policy update 49/2013

There have been a considerable number of announcements and concerns raised as a follow up to and reaction to the Autumn…

03 December 2013 PDF (120kB) SEN news and policy update 47/2013

SEN news and policy update 47/2013

The Bank of England has published a letter to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee highlighting that it…

19 November 2013 PDF (107kB) SEN news and policy update 45/2013

SEN news and policy update 45/2013

The Observer has an article highlighting how the boom in housing prices in the owner occupied market is encouraging…

05 November 2013 PDF (118kB) SEN news and policy update 43/2013

SEN news and policy update 43/2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published a report on ‘new approaches to market rented housing’

29 October 2013 PDF (121kB) SEN news and policy update 42/2013

SEN news and policy update 42/2013

Halifax Housing Research (part of the Lloyds Banking Group) has published research on rural and urban housing markets

08 October 2013 PDF (161kB) SEN news and policy update 39/2013

SEN news and policy update 39/2013

There has been considerable coverage of the government’s decision to bring forward the start of stage two of…

01 October 2013 PDF (114kB) SEN news and policy update 38/2013

SEN news and policy update 38/2013

The Treasury and the Bank of England are working on a protocol to review annually in September the impact of help to buy to…

24 September 2013 PDF (117kB) SEN news and policy update 37/2013

SEN news and policy update 37/2013

According to the Office for National Statistics, house prices have increased by 3.3% over the last year in the UK

17 September 2013 PDF (130kB) SEN news and policy update 36/2013

SEN news and policy update 36/2013

The National Housing Federation has highlighted how the lack of affordable housing is leading to grown-up children…

28 August 2013 PDF (113kB) SEN news and policy update 33/2013

SEN news and policy update 33/2013

The Local Government Association has reiterated that planning permission has been granted for over 400,000 homes…

20 August 2013 PDF (118kB) SEN news and policy update 32/2013

SEN news and policy update 32/2013

There has been considerable coverage and debate on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) latest…

13 August 2013 PDF (127kB) SEN news and policy update 31/2013

SEN news and policy update 31/2013

The Guardian Professional Housing Network has an article on the advantages and disadvantages of rent control

23 July 2013 PDF (136kB) SEN news and policy update 28/2013

SEN news and policy update 28/2013

Compass and the Human City Institute have published a report on developing a ‘one nation housing policy’

16 July 2013 PDF (119kB) SEN news and policy update 27/2013

SEN news and policy update 27/2013

Centrepoint and the University of Cambridge have highlighted in a report that one million affordable homes are…

02 July 2013 PDF (126kB) SEN news and policy update 25/2013

SEN news and policy update 25/2013

The context is important for understanding the Spending Review announcement. It primarily covers the financial year…

18 June 2013 PDF (131kB) SEN news and policy update 23/2013

SEN news and policy update 23/2013

The CBI in its spending review submission has highlighted the need for infrastructure investment including…

12 June 2013 PDF (128kB) SEN news and policy update 22/2013

SEN news and policy update 22/2013

There are mixed messages emerging as to whether the Spending Review will include measures to increase the level of…

04 June 2013 PDF (143kB) SEN news and policy update 21/2013

SEN news and policy update 21/2013

The National Housing Federation has highlighted that the lack of investment in housing is limiting economic recovery

14 May 2013 PDF (116kB) SEN news and policy update 18/2013

SEN news and policy update 18/2013

The Queen’s Speech reiterated many of the changes in policy that are already being implemented, eg, welfare…

07 May 2013 PDF (117kB) SEN news and policy update 17/2013

SEN news and policy update 17/2013

There has been a plethora of news stories on councils, housing associations and developers beginning to gear…

30 April 2013 PDF (123kB) SEN news and policy update 16/2013

SEN news and policy update 16/2013

The new session of Parliament will be launched on 8 May 2013 with the Queen’s Speech. The House of Commons Library…

16 April 2013 PDF (106kB) SEN news and policy update 14/2013

SEN news and policy update 14/2013

Initial estimates by the Homes & Communities Agency suggest that it met its targets on delivering new homes in…

12 March 2013 PDF (115kB) SEN news and policy update 10/2013

SEN news and policy update 10/2013

The government has announced that it is setting up a network of evidence centres to improve decision making

06 March 2013 PDF (122kB) SEN news and policy update 9/2013

SEN news and policy update 9/2013

The government has formally launched its local infrastructure fund to help stimulate housing and commercial…

27 February 2013 PDF (130kB) SEN news and policy update 8/2013

SEN news and policy update 8/2013

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has announced that it is setting up a commission to make recommendations…

19 February 2013 PDF (111kB) SEN news and policy update 7/2013

SEN news and policy update 7/2013

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on government initiatives to stimulate housing supply

12 February 2013 PDF (120kB) SEN news and policy update 6/2013

SEN news and policy update 6/2013

The Guardian Professional Housing Network had an online discussion forum on this topic on 4 February

05 February 2013 PDF (136kB) SEN news and policy update 5/2013

SEN news and policy update 5/2013

The Homes and Communities Agency has published the January 2013 edition of its housing market report

29 January 2013 PDF (121kB) SEN news and policy update 4/2013

SEN news and policy update 4/2013

The Northern Housing Consortium has highlighted the role of the housing sector in reviving the economy

22 January 2013 PDF (116kB) SEN news and policy update 3/2013

SEN news and policy update 3/2013

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has highlighted that greater clarity is needed on ministerial powers in…

15 January 2013 PDF (121kB) SEN news and policy update 2/2013

SEN news and policy update 2/2013

Media coverage has highlighted that the relatively low priority attached to housing and local government

08 January 2013 PDF (134kB) SEN news and policy update 1/2013

SEN news and policy update 1/2013

The Institute for Economic Affairs has highlighted that the cost of subsidising rents and mortgages could be…