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Unlucky for some: Your 2013 Housing Almanac


Published by Max Salsbury for in Housing and also in Communities, Featured

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The new year seems as if it's only a few weeks away now. But what will 2013 bring to the world of housing? Here 24dash contributor, Brian Church, takes a lighthearted look at the year ahead.


Former housing minister Grant Shapps releases his autobiography, Doubleglazed (published by Shapps & Shapps). Co-author Michael Green calls the book ‘essential reading’.


Westminster council denies plans to relocate poorer tenants to Jupiter after US military reveals new jet can fly six times the speed of sound.


Keen to help those worst affected by welfare changes, government budget makes cardboard boxes VAT free.


As bedroom tax takes effect with "under-occupancy" penalties, Eric Pickles denies his cookie jar counts as a separate room. Also, universal credit pathfinders launched in hi-tech pioneers Wigan and Oldham.


New anti-squatting law tested after Nick Clegg refuses to leave cabinet room following local election meltdown for Liberal Democrats.


Council blasted for letting luxury developer forego Section 106 duty as judge rules covered parking spaces for Ocado delivery vans do not count.


Tory old guard claim Sir William Beveridge would be turning in his grave at abuse of current benefits system. Tory maverick Nick Boles says if that’s so, the cemetery could probably be built on.


Height of the silly season (or not?) as Daily Express claims all defined benefit pension schemes to be converted to defined peanuts.


After successful peace talks, L+Q announce plans to reroute Walthamstow dog track through Iain Duncan Smith’s back garden.


National launch of universal credit for new claimants. Operates on golden rule that those in employment should never get less than workshy MPs. 


Labour pledges support for massive affordable housebuilding programme unless they get elected.


DWP retrospectively fines Mary and Joseph for having an under-occupied side-stable.


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