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Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (18 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Homelessness Reduction Act, the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades, came into effect on 3 April 2018, to ensure more people get the support they need before they face a homelessness crisis. It is currently too early to fully understand the effectiveness of the Act. We intend to publish the first homelessness statistics since the Act came into force from our new...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: LGBT People (18 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: We recognise that the experiences of LGBT people, particularly young people, may lead to homelessness in too many cases, and understand that LGBT people who find themselves homeless may have a different experience of homelessness. However, we know we need to better understand this issue. That is why we committed to undertaking research with the Government Equalities Office in order to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness (17 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: Local authorities are required by law to ensure that ‘reasonable preference’ (priority) for social housing is given to those who need to move on medical and welfare grounds, including grounds relating to a disability. Statutory guidance issued to councils in 2012 includes ‘a mental illness or disorder’ as one of the indicators of the medical and welfare reasonable...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: Leasehold can be an effective tool for making multiple-ownership more straightforward, such as in blocks of flats with shared fabric and common areas. However, other than in exceptional circumstances new build houses should be sold on a freehold basis. We believe that where a house can be built and sold as freehold then it should be. This means that house owners are not faced with charges for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Estate Agents: Fees and Charges (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: We believe very strongly that service charges should be transparent, communicated effectively and that there should be a clear route to challenge or redress if things go wrong. That is why on 12 October, we announced a property agent working group to consider options to raise standards across the property agent sector, including looking at how fees such as service charges should be presented...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Southampton (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: This Government is committed to ensuring everyone has a home and we are taking unprecedented action to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Therefore, over £1.2 billion in funding has now been allocated through to 2020 to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping. Since 2010, the Government has allocated £6,002,487 to Southampton as part of its homelessness prevention and rough...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: Young People (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: Piloting Housing First was a 2017 manifesto commitment and was first announced at the Autumn Budget 2017. It is an important element of the Government’s effort to end rough sleeping by 2027. It will build on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act, and the new Rough Sleeping Initiative that the previous Secretary of State announced on 30 March. The Housing First Pilots that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Refuges: Domestic Violence (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: I refer the Hon Member to the answer provided to Question UIN 173543 on 19 September 2018.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Travellers: Caravan Sites (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Government response to the recent consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework confirmed that we are considering whether any changes may be required to the planning policy for traveller sites, as a result of the changes in the revised Framework. In addition, the Government is also reviewing responses to the consultation on Powers for dealing with Unauthorised Development and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Electrical Safety: Older People (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Government has recently announced that it will introduce new requirements for landlords to conduct electrical safety checks in the private rented sector to help ensure the safety of all their tenants, including older people. In the Social Housing Green Paper we are consulting on whether new safety measures in the private rented sector should also apply to social housing, as well as...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Owner Occupation: Electrical Safety (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Department does not run any schemes to provide financial support for electrical safety remedial work in the owner occupied sector.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough (16 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: In March this year, we announced the Rough Sleeping Initiative, which provided £30 million to 83 local authorities with high levels of rough sleeping. This represents a significant increase in support local authorities are able to offer people now and also those at risk this coming winter. This funding will go towards over 500 new dedicated homelessness workers and an additional 1,750...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Tenancy Agreements (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Government is committed to protecting the rights of tenants and giving them more security. We have published a model tenancy agreement which landlords and tenants can use as the basis for longer, family friendly tenancies, available for free at www.gov.uk/government/publications/model-agreement-for-a-sho rthold-assured-tenancy. And the measures announced in the Housing White Paper...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Government is committed to offering greater protection to tenants and ensuring that people are living in safe and good quality properties. The majority of landlords already take the safety of their tenants seriously. Landlords have their electrical installations checked regularly to identify and eliminate possible hazards unseen by the tenant. Existing legislation already requires...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Prices (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on matters of mutual departmental interest. I appreciate that a new home is not just the largest monetary purchase most people ever make; it is also one of the largest emotional commitments as people look to provide a safe, good quality home for themselves and their families. I acknowledge that a lack of housing...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: I refer the Hon Member to my answer to Question UIN 176245 on 11 October 2018.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Coventry (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Department has not received any representation from Coventry Council about the provision of funding to reduce homelessness. However, the Department has allocated £157,367 in 2018-19 to Coventry City Council as part of its homelessness prevention programmes.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Travellers: Caravan Sites (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: All local authorities in England can bid for funding to develop Traveller sites from the Government’s £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme (AHP). The Government’s planning policy for Traveller sites sets out that local authorities should objectively assess their traveller needs and identify a suitable five-year supply of sites.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Government announced on 30 March a new Rough Sleeping Initiative team that has direct oversight over the delivery of £30 million in 2018/19 to 83 local authorities, with further funding of £45 million to be allocated in 2019/20. This tailored approach is ensuring interventions are planned on the basis of local need, existing provision and service gaps in each area and that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (15 Oct 2018)

Heather Wheeler: The Government recognises that the ending of an assured shorthold tenancy is biggest cause of homelessness. The Government is committed to protecting the rights of tenants and giving them more security. We have published a model tenancy agreement which landlords and tenants can use as the basis for longer, family friendly tenancies, available for free at...


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