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People losing their homes 'could triple' in coronavirus as families face mounting debt - Mirror Online

People losing their homes 'could triple' in coronavirus as families face mounting debt - Mirror Online | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The number of households made homeless after being evicted for falling behind on the rent could triple if the Government does not stop a mounting debt crisis, campaigners are warning.

Over half a million private rented households in England are estimated to be in arrears, Generation Rent said.
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30,000 people were forced to spend lockdown living in one room

30,000 people were forced to spend lockdown living in one room | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Poor and cramped housing conditions left nearly 16 million Brits suffering health problems during lockdown, a new report has revealed.

The National Housing Federation (NHF) study showed that 30,000 adults spent the Covid-19 shutdown in a home consisting of just one room, while more than 3,600 children were living in homes made up of two rooms.

The figures highlight the impact being felt by the 62,580 families staying in temporary accommodation – the highest number in 13 years – and have triggered a campaign by leading charities demanding the Government puts social housing at the heart of its pandemic recovery plans.
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What can I do to improve the efficiency of my home right now?

What can I do to improve the efficiency of my home right now? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new £2billion Green Homes Grant to help homes across England become more energy efficient in his mini-budget on Wednesday.

The scheme will allow homeowners and landlords to apply for a voucher that will fund at least two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their homes.  

The vouchers are up to £5,000 per household for most, however, homes with the lowest incomes could get even more money with some being fully funded for changes, up to £10,000 per household, the thresholds of which have not yet been published.
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Coronavirus slump could delay building of 300,000 homes | World news | The Guardian

Coronavirus slump could delay building of 300,000 homes | World news | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than 300,000 planned new homes may remain on the drawing board over the next five years, deepening the UK’s housing crisis, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new research predicts.

Stalled construction and the recession will slash the number of new homes being built, with 85,000 predicted to be lost this financial year, according to a study by the property agency Savills with the housing charity Shelter.

Construction of the cheapest social housing could fall to a “catastrophic” low of 4,300 units annually – the smallest number since the second world war. Shelter said this would not even be enough to clear the waiting list for a social home in Wakefield, never mind the rest of the country.
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Covid housing affordability crisis - Three quarters of northerners back call for dedicated affordable housing for key workers

Covid housing affordability crisis - Three quarters of northerners back call for dedicated affordable housing for key workers | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A new IPPR report today, together with polling commissioned by the thinktank, warns that housing affordability issues are set to intensify due to Covid-19, with those on low incomes and privately renting most affected.

In a new paper published today, Renting Beyond their Means: The Role of Living Rent in addressing housing affordability, IPPR recommends devolving power and resources to local government to set local rents, have the flexibility to develop their own housing products and housing funding, as well as suspending and devolving Right to Buy.
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We can't breathe

We can't breathe | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Ihad been spending a fair amount of time reporting from the Caribbean when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005. Making my way to the Crescent City from Kingston, Jamaica, I arrived to see US troops stationed outside the Harrah’s casino, as mostly black people were plucked from trees and roofs, and bodies floated down main streets and started decomposing in houses.

It wasn’t just the levees that had been breached but the facade of a First World nation: one of the United States’ most celebrated cities appeared like Port-au-Prince, only with skyscrapers.
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Coronavirus Killing Black Britons at Twice the Rate of Whites - The New York Times

Coronavirus Killing Black Britons at Twice the Rate of Whites - The New York Times | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Black people in England and Wales are twice as likely to die from the coronavirus as white people, even accounting for differences in class and in some underlying health measures, according to official figures released on Thursday, laying bare an extraordinary gap in the toll of the coronavirus.

The analysis, conducted by Britain’s Office of National Statistics, found that longstanding differences in wealth, education, living arrangements and self-reported health could explain a portion of the outsized impact of the virus on racial and ethnic minorities.
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Covid-19, like Grenfell, exposes the rotten deal for minorities in the UK

Covid-19, like Grenfell, exposes the rotten deal for minorities in the UK | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
British society needs to be reshaped in a more egalitarian manner that doesn't set up minorities as lambs to the slaughter.
"This virus doesn't discriminate," was the conclusion of government minister Michael Gove following the news that Covid-19 had reached deep into the halls of power in the UK, striking down Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself. 
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Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter...

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter... | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Campaigning charity Shelter, which has been outspoken in its criticism of many letting agents in recent years, has now produced a guide aimed at the industry.

The focus of the guide is to prevent discrimination against housing benefit or Universal Credit recipients in the light of the spate of ‘No DSS’ messages on some private rental accommodation advertisements in the past two years.
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Our terrible housing stock is making lockdown life even worse

Our terrible housing stock is making lockdown life even worse | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Celebrities posting from gardens and hot tubs are taking to Instagram to implore us to stay in our homes. Politicians and medical officers can’t give us definitive answers on when the lockdown might ease. The over 70s and medically vulnerable are only a quarter of the way into their strict 12 week staycation. And one thing has become painfully obvious: we’re not all isolating equally.
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Shelter warns 20,000 evictions could go ahead as legislation fails to go far enough - Shelter England

Today the government has published its emergency legislation to suspend new eviction cases for three months during the Covid19 crisis. 

The legislation extends the notice period that landlords must give tenants before they can evict them through a court process, from two months to three. This does not go far enough to protect people and keep them in a safe home until this public health emergency has passed.  
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Worcester's overcrowded accommodation could put people at greater risk during coronavirus pandemic, thinktank warns

Worcester's overcrowded accommodation could put people at greater risk during coronavirus pandemic, thinktank warns | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
MORE THAN a thousand city households could be living in overcrowded accommodation, with a leading housing think tank warning they are more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Latest government figures show there were 1,026 households on the housing waiting list in Worcester in 2018/19 who were living in overcrowded, unsanitary or unsatisfactory conditions.
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News - Fitness for Human Habitation Act comes into force for existing tenancies

News - Fitness for Human Habitation Act comes into force for existing tenancies | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 adds hazards listed in the government’s housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) to requirements set out in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Tenants will therefore be able to legally compel their landlord to fix any of the 29 HHSRS hazards, which range from fire safety issues to damp and mould or poor natural lighting and ventilation.
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Evictions could treble due to coronavirus rent debts, activists warn | World news | The Guardian

Evictions could treble due to coronavirus rent debts, activists warn | World news | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The number of households made homeless after being evicted for falling behind on the rent could treble if the government does not stop a mounting debt crisis, campaigners are warning.

They are calling for the government to suspend evictions due to rent arrears arising from the pandemic, an increase in the amount of and eligibility for housing benefits, and a scheme to clear arrears not covered by the benefit system that would guarantee 80% of landlords’ incomes.
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A third of household income goes into paying rent, survey finds

Private renters are struggling to pay housing costs as rent accounts for a third of their income, government data shows.

Nearly a third (28%) of renting households have had difficulty in paying their housing costs last year, compared with just 5% of homeowners with a mortgage, according to the 2018/19 English Housing Survey.

In London, more than a third (36%) of renters reported some difficulty in paying their housing costs.

Housing charity Shelter said the figures highlight the “bleak” situation many renters are in as they deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Private renters said they spent about a third of their household income including, housing benefit, on rent, rising to two-fifths for those renting privately in London.
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Government data reveals rise private renters' satisfaction levels

Government data reveals rise private renters' satisfaction levels | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Newly released data from The English Housing Survey has revealed that there has been an increase in the proportion of private renters satisfied with their housing.

According to the figures, in 2018/19, 84% of private tenants were satisfied with their accommodation, up one percentage point from the year before. This compares to 81% in the social rented sector.

The data further reveals that 73% of private renters were satisfied with the way their landlords carried out repairs and maintenance. This compared to 67% of social renters.
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84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year, charity warns

84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year, charity warns | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Around 84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year due to the impact of coronavirus, according to estimates published by housing charity Shelter.

The projection, which has been taken from research carried out by Savills, includes existing properties converted into homes as well as new properties being built.

It would mean overall output falling from around 255,000 last year to 171,000 homes in the financial year 2020/21.
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Financial inequality: the ethnicity gap in pay, wealth and property | Money | The Guardian

Financial inequality: the ethnicity gap in pay, wealth and property | Money | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Selina Flavius is one of a growing number of women in Britain who are talking about money – but as a black woman she faces two challenges. “We experience gender equality and the gender pay gap, which is more spoken about,” she says. “But there’s also the ethnicity pay gap.”

The 38-year-old founded the website Black Girl Finance last year to help others like her. “Some of it was societal and some of it was personal. I wanted to create a safe space where we could focus on our finances,” she says.
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Room to breathe? How the COVID-19 lockdown highlights age inequalities in living space

Room to breathe? How the COVID-19 lockdown highlights age inequalities in living space | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
At first glance, it could seem as though almost every household in the UK is currently going through a remarkably similar experience.

Regardless of what they would normally choose to do with their time, for the moment nearly everyone in the country is being forced to spend all of their days living within the same four walls, with only the other people who they are either fortunate, or possibly unfortunate, enough to share their home with for company. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, the government-imposed restrictions on personal liberty are to all intents and purposes the same.
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Coronavirus: Overcrowded households on pain of lockdown life

Coronavirus: Overcrowded households on pain of lockdown life | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Figures suggest coronavirus is hitting deprived communities hardest, with cramped living conditions held up as one possible explanation. How are families in overcrowded housing coping with life in lockdown?

Anab Ahmed weeps as she recalls the moment her four-year-old son asked: "Do we live in prison, mummy?"
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Overcrowding is highest for those with low incomes

Overcrowding is highest for those with low incomes | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Key points
Living in an overcrowded household is associated with worse health outcomes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also a potential route for transmission of infection.
People in lower income households are more likely to be in overcrowded accommodation than those in higher income households. They are also more likely to be in an overcrowded household with an adult aged over 75 or someone with a health condition.
People with lower incomes may be hit harder during the pandemic and associated lockdown in multiple ways, contributing to health inequalities.
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Now We're Spending All This Time Indoors, The Cost Of Poor Housing Becomes Clear

Now We're Spending All This Time Indoors, The Cost Of Poor Housing Becomes Clear | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
We are nearly three weeks into an enforced lockdown due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Our living spaces today have become makeshift classrooms, workspaces and places to exercise. That’s a lot of time at home. As the bank holiday weekend is upon us and the lockdown is likely to continue, possibly into the summer, the substandard conditions that so many of us live in have never been so starkly apparent.
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The final stages of Section 24 – where does this le...

The final stages of Section 24 – where does this le... | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
This month saw the introduction of the final stages of the Section 24 tax changes, first introduced in April 2017.

Whereas buy-to-let investors could once deduct all mortgage interest from their rental income when paying tax, from this tax year, they will only be able to claim a tax credit on buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage interest at the basic rate of income tax, currently 20%.
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News - Disability benefit reviews suspended for three months

News - Disability benefit reviews suspended for three months | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The government said it has taken the temporary step to reassure vulnerable people about the continuity of their benefits during the outbreak, as well as focusing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) resources on helping new claimants access the system.

There will be no new reviews or reassessments for Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit until June.
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Bricknells Letting Agents: "It's not easy being a landlord in the private residential sector"

Bricknells Letting Agents: "It's not easy being a landlord in the private residential sector" | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As a letting agent that has exclusively operated within the PRS for the last 20 years, we have seen significant changes in tax laws and regulation compliance.

Having had the opportunity to contribute to this publication, we feel a need to support landlords by urging the government to support this vital resource in providing safe, affordable housing to those that prefer to rent or cannot aspire to owning their own home.
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