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.

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.
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.
13.01.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
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.
29.12.2015Housing and Planning Bill: Report on Committee Stage
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Housing and Planning Bill's progress in Public Bill Committee. The paper summarises Government amendments to the Bill and discussion on the Opposition's attempts to amend the Bill.
07.12.2015The Benefit Cap
This briefing explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date. It goes on to consider the Government's intention to reduce the cap from 26,000 to 20,000 per year (23,000 in London).
02.11.2015Leaseholders in social housing: paying for major works (England)
An explanation of the assistance available to assist long leaseholders of social landlords in paying for major works. In August 2014 the Coalition Government introduced a cap on the amount that can be recovered from these long leaseholders where the work has been carried out with funding from central Government. The cap has been referred to as "Florrie's law."
26.10.2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 Committee Stage Report
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises debate and amendments to the Bill during its committee stage in the House of Commons.
22.10.2015Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background and comment on the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16. The Bill was presented on 13 October 2015 and is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 2 November 2015.
12.10.2015Ending a joint tenancy (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the legal position when a tenant of social housing wants to change a tenancy from joint names to their sole name.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
15.12.2011EASTLANDS HOMES AND CORRESPONDENCE
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, ...
22.11.2011RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR SOCIAL HOUSING
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 ...
12.05.2011FLEXIBLE TENANCIES
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 ...
01.02.2011SECURE TENANCIES, LEVELS OF RENT AND HOUSING BENEFITS
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 ...
04.11.2010HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT SUBSIDY SCHEME AND WALES
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 ...

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