'New era' for housing associations under deal

TOP NEWS STORY: Sweeping changes included in an historic proposed deal over the extension of the Right to Buy to housing associations set the stage for “a new era” for the sector

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RTB deal vote result announced

03/10/2015 10:14 am | By Martin Hilditch

The vast majority of housing associations that responded to a National Housing Federation proposal  for the voluntary extension of the Right to Buy scheme to cover their homes have backed the plan.

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Charity Commission raises concerns over RTB deal

05/10/2015 0:01 am | By Jonathan Bunn

The Charity Commission has raised concerns over the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) voluntary offer to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants.

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Housing association suing McAlpine for £19.2m

02/10/2015 2:21 pm | By Corin Williams

The Newlon Housing Trust has launched a £19.2m lawsuit against construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine over allegations of poor workmanship at an affordable homes development next to the Emirates Stadium.

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Former housing manager jailed for bribery and corruption

02/10/2015 2:13 pm | By Corin Williams

A former local authority housing manager who took around £400,000 in bribes from contractors and false expenses claims has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

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No blanket exemption for supported housing

02/10/2015 0:01 am | By Heather Spurr

The government has decided against exempting all supported housing from the 1% rent cut, an official document has confirmed.

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ALMOs and councils call for urgent RTB talks

01/10/2015 4:51 pm | By Corin Williams

Arm’s-length management organisations and stock-owning councils have written to the communities secretary asking for urgent talks over the impact of the proposed Right to Buy extension on housing associations.

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Government urged to confirm ECO replacement

01/10/2015 4:28 pm | By Corin Williams

The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned the expiration of the Energy Company Obligation in 2017 could leave households in fuel poverty unless the government sorts out its retrofitting subsidy policy within six months.


NI instability holds up rent control plans

05/10/2015 0:01 am | By Corin Williams

Plans to set standard social rent levels in Northern Ireland have been halted because of political instability at Stormont.

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The right track

Pilots on in depth assessments clearly show their effectiveness, says Julian Ashby


Uncertain future

Risk shouldn’t derail the sector’s appetite for innovation, says Matt Leach

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The best offer

The voluntary Right to Buy deal is not an easy option to take but is the best available

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Understanding the refugee housing crisis Video

The UK government has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Nick Duxbury investigates the challenge faced in housing the victims of war

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Protect and survive

The mission of social housing is as vital as ever, says David Jepson

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Beyond council housing

ANALYSIS: Local authorities could jump-start the housing market, according to an expert panel brought together by Inside Housing, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke, Legal & General and Touchstone Residential. Mark Wilding reports

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  • Beyond council housing

    ANALYSIS: Local authorities could jump-start the housing market, according to an expert panel brought together by Inside Housing, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke, Legal & General and Touchstone Residential. Mark Wilding reports

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  • Never mind the cassocks

    INTERVIEW: The Reverend Richard Coles came under attack from the right wing press after questioning plans to extend the Right to Buy. Martin Hilditch finds out why the well-known personality has been getting exercised about housing

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  • From the frontline

    Q&A: Gregg Peart, a welfare rights officer at Derwentside Homes, talks to Simon Brandon about helping tenants claim the benefits they’re entitled to

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  • Facing the future: Network Housing Group profile

    ANALYSIS: Peter Apps meets Helen Evans to find out what went wrong with Network Housing Group’s proposed deal with Catalyst

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  • A view from outside the sector

    INNOVATION SPECIAL: What does an internationally renowned innovation guru make of a housing association’s approach? Peter Jackson reports

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  • Housing history timeline

    INNOVATION SPECIAL: New ideas are not just a thing of the present. Colin Wiles considers a few of the moments of change that formed the modern housing sector in this interactive timeline

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  • Inside Housing Innovation Index

    INNOVATION SPECIAL: Inside Housing and the Dolphin Index reveal the 61 most innovation-friendly social landlords in the UK. Simon Brandon reports

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  • From the frontline

    Q&A: Simon Brandon talks to David Hibbs, an income recovery officer at Spectrum Housing Group. Better known to his colleagues by his superhero alter ego, ‘Spreadsheet Man’

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  • Corbyn's early tests

    ANALYSIS: Martin Hilditch examines Jeremy Corbyn’s policies, their likely popularity and the key early tests he is likely to face in this area

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  • Testing times

    INTERVIEW: Government rules restricted what Terrie Alafat could say publicly for the first few months of her new job as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Now able to talk freely, she tells Martin Hilditch of her plans for the future

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