Risk planning 'unacceptably weak' in some areas, warns regulator

TOP STORY: The regulator has warned of “unacceptably weak” risk planning as it signals a tougher approach to compliance going forward.

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MPs: scrap Housing Revenue Account cap where housing unaffordable

29/04/2017 0:01 am

Borrowing caps on councils’ Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) should be raised – and, in some cases, scrapped – to help boost housebuilding, MPs have recommended.


London council investigates mistaken call for temporary accommodation payment

28/04/2017 2:11 pm

Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge.


PAC reports slams government over 'fundamentally flawed' housing market

28/04/2017 12:09 pm

The government’s million homes target “does not even come close” to meeting the demand for housing in Britain with the “fundamental flaws” in the market set to continue for decades.


Sargeant admits 'burst' of activity needed to hit build target

28/04/2017 10:07 am

The minister with responsibility for housing in Wales has said the sector needs “a real big burst” of building activity to meet its target of 20,000 affordable homes by 2021. 


Vivid seeks US investors following merger completion

28/04/2017 7:30 am

A new 30,000-home social landlord is in talks with foreign investors about loans of up to £200m as it scales up its development ambitions.

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Homelessness Reduction Bill passes into law

27/04/2017 5:24 pm

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has now become law, placing a new duty on councils to intervene at an earlier stage to prevent homelessness.

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Hyde issues £400m bond at 3% interest rate

27/04/2017 5:11 pm

A London housing association has issued a £400m bond at an interest rate of 3%, putting it among the cheapest individual deals secured in the sector.

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Government defeated in bedroom tax case

27/04/2017 4:21 pm

A couple who had their housing benefit reduced because they were unable to share a bedroom due to a severe disability have defeated the government in court for the second time.

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