Housing

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on 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.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
02.02.2016Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as 'the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or the 'bedroom tax'. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper summarises some of the key legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit.
01.02.2016Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
20.01.2016Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel (excluding service accommodation) (England)
an overview of the housing options available to serving and ex-military personnel in England.
18.01.2016Empty housing (England)
This briefing outlines local authorities' powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
07.01.2016Households in temporary accommodation (England)
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives aimed at reducing those numbers.
07.01.2016Rough sleeping (England)
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping and outlines Government policy on this issue.
04.01.2016Mobile Homes Act 2013
This Commons Library Briefing paper provides background to, and explains the provisions in, the Mobile Homes Act 2013. The Act is aimed at improving conditions on permanent mobile home sites and strengthening the rights of mobile home owners on these sites.
30.12.2015Extending the Right to Buy (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. It is expected that the first sales will take place in 2016. It has been suggested that the voluntary scheme will be phased in.
29.12.2015Council Tax Reduction Schemes
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the implementation of local Council Tax Reduction Schemes from 1 April 2013. These local support schemes have replaced the national scheme of Council Tax Benefit.
29.12.2015Statutory Homelessness in England
This briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, recent Government policy in this area.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
22.01.2016Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Housing and Planning Bill.
16.12.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Immigration Bill.
16.07.2015Debate on the Budget Statement
This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
13.06.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2014-15)
The Infrastructure Bill makes provision for the Government's proposals to fund, plan, manage and maintain the UK's national infrastructure.
06.02.2014Immigration Bill (HL Bill 84 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Immigration Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 10 February 2014.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
01.01.2011Housing and health, January 2011
This POSTnote looks at the impact of poor housing on health and examines the implications for housing policy.
01.11.2010UK indoor air quality, November 2010
This POSTnote describes sources of indoor air pollution, the evidence for adverse effects on human health and outlines possible policy responses.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
12.01.2011PFI in housing and hospitals.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
30.03.2010Housing in the South East.
South East Select Committee report [Commons]
29.03.2010Planning for the Future: Housing and Economic Development in the West Midlands.
West Midlands Select Committee report [Commons]
10.03.2010The Decent Homes Programme.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
04.02.2010Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009, relating to domestic...
Government response. Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.11.2011HOUSING AND HEALTH
That this House welcomes the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) publication, A Foot in the door: a guide to housing and health; supports the NHC's efforts to encourage greater co-operation ...
03.11.2011SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN DOMESTIC PROPERTIES
That this House notes the wealth of evidence showing that sprinkler systems installed in domestic properties reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a fire as well ...
14.09.2011ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS' HOMEWISE CAMPAIGN
That this House believes that England faces a housing shortage with fewer homes being built than the new households that are being formed each year; welcomes the Royal Institute of ...
20.07.2011HOMELESSNESS AND SQUATTING
That this House notes research by Crisis showing that 39 per cent. of single homeless people have squatted; acknowledges that conditions in squats are often horrendous; further notes ...
22.06.2011HOUSING MARKET RENEWAL
That this House recognises the important contribution made by the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) programme in regenerating deprived communities; notes the 2.2 billion invested and the ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses