Social rented housing

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on social rented housing. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

03.11.2014Anti-social behaviour in social housing
This note gives an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour; a term which covers a disparate and broad range of conduct from tensions between neighbours to violent and intimidatory behaviour.
06.10.2014The impact of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (social rented housing)
One year on from the implementation of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (also referred to as the spare room subsidy or bedroom tax) several bodies published research into its impact. This note summarises some key findings of the ongoing studies into the impact of the under-occupation deduction.
22.09.2014Housing Benefit: Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)
Increasing the level of funding for Discretionary Housing Payments has been one of the ways in which the Government has sought to mitigate the impact of some of the reductions to Housing Benefit entitlement. Emerging evidence on the use of DHPs has raised questions around the adoption of different practices by local authorities. This note explains the funding position and considers evidence (to date) on how DHPs are allocated.
03.09.2014The Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15
This Private Member's Bill has two distinct aims, the first of which is to introduce three new exemptions to the application of the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) for claimants who are deemed to be under-occupying their social rented homes (this provision is often referred to as the 'spare room subsidy' or 'the bedroom tax'). The second aim is to secure a review of the availability of affordable and intermediate housing by the Secretary of State. On completion, a report of the review would be laid before Parliament. This note provides background information on the Bill's provisions and summarises the content of the Bill.
30.06.2014Succession rights and social housing
This note gives an overview of the statutory rights of occupiers of social housing in England and Wales to succeed to a tenancy on the death of the previous sole or joint tenant.

Research Papers

08.06.2011Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is an account of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. It complements Research Papers 11/23 and 11/24, prepared for the Commons Second Reading debate.
12.04.2011Localism Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper covers the Commons Committee Stage of the Bill, and complements Research Papers 11/02 and 11/03, prepared for Second Reading. The Bill covers a wide range of topics in local government, planning, housing and the governance of London. It was not substantially amended in Committee, although there were some minor technical Government amendments. However, at several points, Ministers agreed to look again at certain issues and consider whether to introduce amendments at Report Stage.
04.03.2011Welfare Reform Bill: reform of disability benefits, Housing Benefit, and other measures
This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. For information on the provision in the Bill relating to the introduction of Universal Credit, please see the complementary Library Research Paper, 11/24. Besides Universal Credit, the Bill proposes a number of other significant welfare reforms, including replacement of the current Disability Living Allowance, restriction of Housing Benefit entitlement to social housing tenants whose accommodation is larger than they need, time-limiting the payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance to twelve months, and capping the total amount of benefit that can be claimed.
11.01.2011Localism Bill: Planning and Housing
This paper covers three parts of the Bill: Part 5 of the Bill will abolish regional planning, introduce a neighbourhood planning regime and abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission. Part 6 of the Bill will make significant changes to the way in which social housing is provided and will also repeal the legislation governing the provision of Home Information Packs (HIPs). This Part includes provisions that will enable the long awaited reform of council housing finance. Part 7 of the Bill will make changes to housing and regeneration functions in London. It will abolish the London Development Agency and introduce a regime for Mayoral Development Corporations. Changes to Greater London Authority governance will allow the delegation of functions by Ministers to the Mayor.
18.03.2008Housing and Regeneration Bill: Committee Stage Report

Early Day Motions

That this House deplores the failure of Eastlands Homes to reply, since September 2011, to correspondence from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to his constituent, ...
That this House is concerned that social housing tenants are being denied savings of up to 180 per year on their energy bills as well as subsidised energy efficiency measures because ...
That this House deplores the decline in the number of new lettings made by local authorities and registered social landlords from 423,000 in 1996-97 to 264,000 in 2008-09; notes the ...
That this House is concerned that proposals for new fixed-term tenancies for council and housing association tenants, and up to 80 per cent. of market rents for new housing association ...
That this House notes the recently published report by the Bevan Foundation, entitled The Great Rent Robbery, which catalogues the failures of the Housing Revenue Account subsidy scheme ...


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses