0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

redefining social housing

20 October 2010

The CSR has delivered the expected 50% cut in the social housing budget. In addition, affordable housing will be “redefined” with new tenants offered intermediate rents at around 80% of the market rent. Terms for existing tenants will not be changed.

This will soften the blow of the grant cuts. However, it will lead to harsh results – neighbours paying different rents, more people dependant on benefits to afford rents and fewer “affordable” homes in higher value areas.

According to the Chancellor, increased rents will deliver 150,000 new affordable homes over four years – that will do little to address current demand. Indeed, won’t the reduction in grants, housing benefit cuts and “redefinition” of affordable housing mean increased demand for social housing will exceed any increase in supply?

The CSR repeatedly mentions the need to reform social housing to make it “more responsive, flexible and fair”. Today has been light on the detail but it’s clear the Government intends there to be change and probably sooner rather than later.

related opinions

IR35 changes - six months and counting...

In his 2018 Autumn Budget, the then Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced a significant change to the way liability for IR35 breaches will be dealt with for private sector companies from April 2020.

View blog

Marriott International: a look behind the ICO’s £99m fine and what this means for corporate acquisitions

Last month, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced notice of its intention to fine (NOI) Marriott International, Inc. £99m for infringements of the GDPR.

View blog

Supreme Court backs employers seeking to enforce restrictive covenants: Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd

The Supreme Court in Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd has determined that where post-termination restrictive covenants (i.e. “non-compete” clauses) in employment contracts go further than reasonably necessary to protect an employer’s business interests, it can apply the ‘blue pencil test,’ severing the offending words and leaving the remaining enforceable clause in place.

View blog

Watch this space on breach of contract, vicarious liability and assumption of responsibility

The concept of Assumption of Responsibility is on many stakeholders’ minds at the moment following the Supreme Court decision in CN & GN v Poole.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up