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January 4, 2017
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In the Housing Professionals Forum, Dr Stephen Battersby focused on homelessness and housing strategies. In 2015, it was estimated that over 3,500 people were homeless across England. Local agencies report that throughout 2015/16, over 8,000 people slept rough in London. Using the life span of one individual, Professor Dorling from the University of Oxford, tracked the changes in the UK’s housing from 1932 to the present day. His findings and Steve’s comments provide a thought provoking blog; to read the full post with links to the study by Professor Dorling, click here.

Posted on 19 December, Steve’s last blog of 2016 focuses on the ongoing DCLG Consultation on some of the new provisions contained within the Housing and Planning Act 2016, with particular attention paid to the ‘banning orders’. For more on this, click here.

The last digest post of 2016 focuses on an appeal against an Improvement Notice on the ground that the notice should have been served on another person. To read the full digest post, click here.

In the Food Professionals Forum, Jenna the forum moderator, has posted a number of blogs in December covering a variety of topics.

The FSA is carrying out a complete revision of the Wild Game Guidance used for those who shoot and/or supply wild game and retailers and processors of game meat.

Nicky Harrison, Head of Regulatory Delivery Division at the FSA commented on the publication of the LAEMS report. This latest LAEMS report shows that despite staffing reductions, there has been an increase in enforcement activity and in business compliance with hygiene regulations.

In December the FSA held a FHRS data cleansing week in order to reduce the number of data consistency issues in relation to the operation of the FHRS portal through FSA and inter-authority audits. The Instructions were attached to the second blog post announcing the commencement of the data cleansing week.