News bites 27 January 2017

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Link claimed between poverty and private sector renting

The CIH has published a report which examines the relationship between the growth of private sector renting and poverty.

The number of people living in poverty in the private rented sector has doubled in the past decade. Furthermore, most people in poverty in the private rented sector and owner occupation are in working families.

Housing white paper delayed until february

Downing Street has pushed back the publication of the government’s landmark housing white paper, Property Week reported.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid told MPs in November that the document, which was initially supposed to be published before the end of last year, was “due to be published in January”.

The government had earmarked January 30th for the release, but multiple sources told Property Week that the document will now be published next month instead. One source said Theresa May’s team believed it needed “a few weeks more work”.

rough sleeping rises for sixth year running

The number of people sleeping rough in England has risen for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest official figures.

An estimated 4,134 people bedded down outside in 2016, according to the snapshot survey, an increase of 16% on the previous year’s figure of 3,569, and more than double the 2010 figure.

London accounted for 23% of the England total (960), down slightly from 26% in 2015, with the borough of Westminster (260 cases) recording the highest number of rough sleepers in both the capital and the country.

Housing minister calls time on resistance to local development

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said he hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure, Inside Housing reports.

In a speech at the UK Housing Delivery Summit, Mr Barwell said the government is looking at how to avoid “political resistance at a local level” when housing is proposed in an area. Mr Barwell also set out three areas the long-anticipated Housing White Paper will tackle:

  • Releasing more land for housing
  • Speeding up housing delivery
  • Diversifying the housing market
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