In this edition:

Ministerial Updates

Updated 30.04.18

- James Brokenshire replaces Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Housing

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Building & Regeneration

Updated 12.04.18

- Consultation on the use of 'desktop studies' to assess the fire performance of external cladding systems

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Gypsy & Traveller Sites

Updated 06.04.18

- Government to review powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites

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Social Housing

Updated 09.04.18

- More than 2,000 take part in 'Rethinking social housing' workshops

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Welfare Benefits

Updated 16.04.18

- SFHA calls again for Universal Credit pause

- Universal Credit Housing Costs Element reinstated for claimants aged 18 to 21 years old

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Private Sector Housing

Updated 17.04.18

- Up to a third of millennials face renting from cradle to grave

- Hundreds of thousands put up with unsafe homes for fear of eviction

- Crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners

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Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Updated 18.04.18

- Welfare reforms are exacerbating youth homelessness new research reveals

- 70% of councils in England struggle to find housing for homeless people

- Deaths of UK homeless people more than double in five years

- Cross-government plan of action aims to reduce the number of people sleeping rough

- Shake up to council duties to tackle homelessness starts today

- Legal advice will now be available in England for anyone threatened with homelessness within 56 days

- One in five of Brighton's street homeless are in paid work

- CIH welcomes government's new rough sleeping initiative but says strategy on causes of homelessness still desperately needed

- Homeless Link responds to the government's new rough sleeping initiative

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Housing for Disabled People

Updated 25.04.18

- Sight loss, home and the built environment

- Housing provision leaving Scottish wheelchair users behind

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Housing Associations

Updated 30.04.18

- Double transfer increases Longhurst Group's stock to over 22,000

- Clarion Housing Group more than doubles investment in new homes

- Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

- Peabody completes its merger with Family Mosaic

- Aldwyck celebrate successful merger with King Street Housing Society

- Clarion Housing Group and Countryside Properties enter into a joint venture to deliver up to 2,600 new homes at Eastern Quarry

- Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing Association have officially amalgamated

- Luminus Group has formally joined Places for People as a subsidiary

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Conferences & Seminars

Updated 09.04.18

- Driving Business Transformation in Housing

- Repairs & Maintenance Conference 2018

- Communications Conference

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People in Housing

Updated 24.04.18

- SFHA welcomes Lorna Wilson for one-year research secondment

- Mark Washer, currently Chief Financial Officer of Clarion Housing, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at Sovereign HA

- Mary Gibbons, who is the current chief executive at Hundred Houses Society, is CHP's new Chief Executive

- Ruth Cooke has commenced her role as Group Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group

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World Window

Updated 26.04.18

- Affordable Housing in India

- Chili is leading the affordable housing movement in South America

- How Estonia is managing major housing reform

- Affordable housing in Poland

- Homeless in Russia: Saving lives with the Night Bus

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Media Watch

Updated 09.04.18

- Views from Altair

- CT Brief, Issue No. 34 available to download

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Training

Updated 11.04.18

- Cross-border entrepreneurship training programme launched

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Information Technology

Updated 11.04.18

- Aareon drives significant savings for New Charter Group's voids operation

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Housing Finance

Updated 23.04.18

- Councils have failed to spend £375m earmarked to ease the housing crisis

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Housing Provision

Updated 27.04.18

- The simple solution to UKs housing problem - apartments

- 'Time is right for a national debate on affordability' - CIH reacts to Labour announcement

- Labour commits to delivering one million affordable houses over 10 years

- Glasgow Council and partners sign agreement to deliver homes in £250 million regeneration project

- Orbit builds 2,000 homes and shared ownership sales rocket in record-breaking year

- Kier Living chosen by Homes England as partner to deliver 750 new homes in Northamptonshire

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Legislation & Court Issues

Updated 26.04.18

- Updates on housing related Bills before Parliament

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Affordable Housing

Updated 30.04.18

- Legal & General launches affordable housing arm

- Policy to increase the building of more affordable homes in the countryside welcomed

- Review of affordable housing supply in Wales announced

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Grenfell Tower

Updated 26.04.18

- New post-Grenfell tests show real-life fires could burn at least 100 degrees hotter

- Leaked Grenfell dossier reveals how disastrous refurbishment turned tower into a 'tinderbox'

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Supported Housing

Updated 26.04.18

- New research shows rise in demand for specialised supported housing

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