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Revealed: scale of merger code concern

TOP NEWS STORY: A significant number of chief executives say their housing associations are unlikely to sign up to a new sector-wide ‘merger code’.

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BME executives under-represented

12/02/2016 7:00 am | By Jess McCabe

Only 19 out of more than 500 executives in the UK’s largest housing associations are black or minority ethnic (BME).

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10,000 fewer possession claims

12/02/2016 2:23 pm | By Carl Brown

Social landlords issued 10,000 fewer claims for possession in 2015 than the previous year, according to government statistics published this week.

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Scottish regulator takes action against association

12/02/2016 12:19 pm | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator has taken action against a housing association in Paisley after finding “serious weaknesses” in the landlord’s governance and management of finances.

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City Hall rejects 10% rule for smaller developers

11/02/2016 4:46 pm | By Carl Brown

A City Hall director has rejected a call from a Conservative assembly member to ensure 10% of surplus land released by the Greater London Authority goes to smaller developers.

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Grainger reports 'strong performance'

11/02/2016 4:06 pm | By Carl Brown

Britain’s largest listed private landlord has announced higher rental increases, citing high demand amid a “strong trading performance”.

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Councils plan for PFI rent cut exemption

11/02/2016 2:04 pm | By Pete Apps

The government is considering granting housing built through private finance initiatives an exemption from the rent cut, according to council business plans.

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Lyons experts criticise homeownership focus

11/02/2016 10:39 am | By Pete Apps

The government is too focused on homeownership and needs to do more to help those who cannot buy, a commission of experts has warned.

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Birmingham Council to spend £60m on improving stock

11/02/2016 10:31 am | By Pete Apps

Birmingham Council plans to carry out a £60m programme of improvement works to its homes, despite the financial pressure exerted by the rent cut.

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Halfway house

The one-year rent cut exemption for supported housing only partly solves the problem, says Carol Matthews

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Merger values

The merger code provides an opportunity to challenge suspicion of the sector

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Twin objectives

The ability of our sector to adapt and evolve has been demonstrated time and again, say David Montague and Sinead Butters

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Checking the bill

MPs are calling for fundamental changes to the Housing Bill – but will it make much difference?

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The long game

Good income management is crucial to helping tenants, argues Deborah Good

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Beds unblocked

ANALYSIS: How one care home is using its facilities to help the NHS reduce costs from bed-blocking. Robert Cusack reports

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