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  • More council tenants in rent arrears following benefit reformsThere was a 21% rise in the number of council households in rent arrears in England in the three months to June, according to a survey of council housing bodies. 30 October 2013
  • 'Bedroom tax' not working in Scotland, study findsCouncils and other social landlords in Scotland face a rising tide of rent arrears as a consequence of the UK coalition's 'bedroom tax', according to an expert report for the Scottish Parliament's welfare reform committee. 21 October 2013
  • DCLG chiefs defend top-slicing New Homes BonusSenior figures in the Department for Communities and Local Government have defended the government's decision to top-slice the New Homes Bonus, saying reforms will 'tie in' councils to Local Enterprise Partnerships' plans. 16 October 2013
  • Health surcharge included in Immigration BillMinisters have set out plans to charge some immigrants a 'health surcharge' to cover the costs of any NHS treatment they receive during their stay 10 October 2013
  • Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced restrictions on migrants’ rights to council housing to ensure ‘everyone who comes here pays their way'. Photo: Shutterstock Pickles caps council property repair chargesLocal Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced a cap on the amount councils can charge people who have bought their homes under Right-to-Buy for repairs and improvements, after he accused some town halls of abusing their position. 07 October 2013
  • Pickles slams 'rip off' council landlordsLocal government secretary Eric Pickles has said he will consider reforming the way councils treat residents who have bought their council house leases under the Right To Buy, noting that some people had been 'ripped off' by large repair bills. 01 October 2013
  • Government mortgage guarantee programme rolled out earlyThe second phase of the government's £130bn Help to Buy scheme to will be launched next week, three months earlier than planned, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. 30 September 2013
  • Building site Divert New Homes Bonus to LEPs, says CBIAll of the New Homes Bonus funding intended to encourage councils to approve housebuilding should be given to Local Enterprise Partnerships to ensure construction of new properties is coordinated between authorities, the CBI has recommended. 27 September 2013
  • Miliband 'fearful' about scale of council cutsLabour leader Ed Miliband has said he is 'fearful' about the impact government cuts are having on councils, but warned the party will not able to provide 'easy answers' on reversing reductions. 26 September 2013
  • Hilary Benn_Getty Labour would direct council funding to most deprived, says BennLabour would reform council funding to ensure money goes to those parts of the country with the greatest need, shadow local government secretary Hilary Benn has said today 24 September 2013
  • Miliband pledges to scrap 'bedroom tax'Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that a Labour government would abolish the controversial 'bedroom tax', which cuts Housing Benefit paid to social housing tenants deemed to have spare rooms. 23 September 2013
  • MPs urge better broadband for Wales Counties warn on impact of New Homes Bonus cutCuts to the money county councils receive from the government's New Homes Bonus will hit the delivery of vital infrastructure projects such as rural broadband and transport schemes, ministers have been told today 19 September 2013
  • Nick Clegg Clegg vows to review council housebuilding limitsLiberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today said he 'understands' the need to build more homes across the country, and pledged to examine what could be done to free councils to build more homes. 16 September 2013
  • For sale pic, Photo: Alamy Bank of England 'should cap house price rises'The Bank of England has been urged to adopt the aim of limiting annual house price inflation in the UK to 5%, in a bid to ensure 'stability' in the cost of homes 13 September 2013
  • Deprived housing Let councils get tough on bad landlords, says LGIURestrictions placed on councils by central government are stopping town halls from tackling rogue landlords, the Local Government Information Unit warned today. 12 September 2013
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