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Inside Housing
01/12/2000

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  • Association merger move fuels controversy

    01/12/2000

    The decision by Edinburgh-based landlord Edinvar to consider merging with England's largest housing association Places for People has sparked off a war of words between housing professionals in Scotland.Angus Housing Association director Bruce Forbes

  • Associations failing standards' tests

    03/12/2000

    Below standard is the Housing Corporation's verdict on registered social landlords' performance in collection of rent, rent arrears and re-let times.The latest performance indicators' report for 2000 reveals that many of the country's 404 largest RSLs

  • Associations miss their rents target

    05/12/2000

    More than half the housing association sector failed to meet the Housing Corporation's rent target last year.A study of 421 housing associations

  • 'Below-standard' fraud probe blasted

    02/12/2000

    The Housing Corporation's ‘complete disregard for parliamentary scrutiny' has been slammed in a hard-hitting report from the Committee of Public Acc

  • Broomleigh links with troubled 1066

    01/12/2000

    A partner has been found for a troubled south-east housing association which failed to meet rent cap restrictions.Hastings-based 1066 Housing

  • Broomleigh links with troubled 1066

    01/12/2000

    A partner has been found for a troubled south-east housing association which failed to meet rent cap restrictions.Hastings-based 1066 Housing

  • Call for trust as battle lines are drawn

    02/12/2000

  • Cash transfer wins friends in the North

    03/12/2000

    Yorkshire and Humberside housing associations have welcomed suggestions that more needy regions could benefit from a redistribution of ‘potential ca

  • Cathy's home run

    01/12/2000

    Cathy Come Home, the television play that led to the launch of homeless charities Shelter and Crisis, has been named the most influential

  • Cautious greeting for 'US-style' tax breaks

    02/12/2000

    Proposals for tax credit for private investment in disadvantaged communities were unveiled by Chancellor Gordon Brown on Thursday (March 1).The new system, launched by the Chancellor for consultation, would operate on a competitive basis and be aw

  • Council anger at arm's-length snub

    02/12/2000

    The way arm's-length companies are being developed was called into question this week as the first council to be declared eligible to set up a compa

  • Council victory is 'excellent news'

    04/12/2000

    A landmark court victory will undermine developers' ability to resist providing affordable housing, house builders claim.A High Court judge o

  • Councils face housing service 'exam'

    06/12/2000

    The best councils will have to trudge through 100 questions on their housing service despite assurances from the housing inspectorate that its excell

  • Court upholds Cambridge two conviction

    03/12/2000

    Hostel workers will be unable to rely on the defence that they have taken 'reasonable steps' to prevent drugs sales on their premises following last month's court ruling upholding the conviction of the 'Cambridge two'.The Appeal Court refused to overt

  • Debt guidance under review

    03/12/2000

    The government is reviewing its guidance on overhanging debt for councils carrying out partial stock transfers.But the DTLR has said it is unlike

  • Defence spending may curb housing budget

    02/12/2000

    Social housing could be an early casualty of the war on terrorism after Chancellor Gordon Brown issued a clampdown on spending.Extra cash for

  • Deprived areas celebrate New Deal funds

    03/12/2000

    Twenty two deprived areas across England are to share in a £1.1 billion package under the second round of the New Deal for Communities programme. The successful bidders were confirmed by local government and regeneration minister Hilary Armstrong

  • Elderly people in line for a social housing charter

    01/12/2000

    A social housing charter and an advice line and website for landlords are among measures proposed this week by the government to help improve housing provision for older people.In a strategic framework document, the government outlines plans aimed at

  • FBHO pulls director out of inquiry

    01/12/2000

    The Federation of Black Housing Organisations has withdrawn its director from the high profile inquiry into race and housing.The FBHO board withdrew Harris Beider from the race and housing inquiry, citing the need to have him 'on the outside co-ordina

  • FEATURE: The great north run

    06/12/2000

    There was a time when Hadrian's Wall may as well have been just outside Watford for the amount of movement between the north and south. But two innov

  • Government plans mediation service for landlord-tenant disputes

    06/12/2000

    The government is looking at setting up a new mediation service to sort out disputes between landlords and tenants.The new organisation – whi

  • Government climb-down over arm's length

    02/12/2000

    The government has conceded that Audit Commission targets are too tough and agreed to give funding for arm's-length management to councils with only a two-star ‘good' rating.

  • Government in the dock over refugees' care

    03/12/2000

    The King's Fund has accused the government of being directly responsible for damaging refugees' health.In a briefing paper it says the asylum system, which forces people to live in inappropriate accommodation and use vouchers, consigns them to the mar

  • HIP to be pared

    01/12/2000

    Housing minister Nick Raynsford has announced the end of local authority housing investment programme returns.The move is part of a streamlining process announced when the new major repairs allowance was introduced. Mr Raynsford told delegates at

  • Housing hit by budget changes

    04/12/2000

  • Housing hit by Scots budget changes

    04/12/2000

    The Scottish National Party has accused the Scottish Executive of hitting the ‘poorest and most vulnerable communities' after a £35 million cut to th

  • Ken launches homelessness strategy

    02/12/2000

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has vowed to publicly take to task service providers who fail rough sleepers, as part of his new strategy to tackle homelessness.London's homeless will also get monthly surgeries with mayoral homelessness adviser MP Gl

  • Key worker loans scheme 'of limited value'

    05/12/2000

    The government will provide interest free loans in a bid to meet its manifesto commitment to house 10,000 key workers.The decision came as th

  • Key worker scheme 'needs radical re-think'

    05/12/2000

    The government's starter homes initiative will not go far enough in helping London's low and middle income earners and a ‘radical re-think' is neede

  • Lambeth writes off £18m as it ditches Capita

    02/12/2000

    A council has dropped an £18 million law suit to speed up the process of taking administration in-house after sacking its housing benefit contractor.

  • Learning from the past

    05/12/2000

    An oral history recalling a century of life on Southern Housing Group estates has brought together memories of the pioneering days of social housing.Through Different Eyes, published both in print and as a CD-Rom, marks 100 years since the death o

  • Leaseholders fail in repair bill challenge

    06/12/2000

    Right to buy leaseholders in north London must each pay up to £13,500 towards repairs on their housing block after losing a case against Camden Counc

  • Liver inquiry finds mismanagement

    06/12/2000

    A long-awaited report into an ‘extraordinary' severance package totalling £1,757,000 for three top housing association employees has found six members of the board guilty of mismanagement.Liver housing association planned to award outgoing chief e

  • London council mayor resigns over regeneration plans

    01/12/2000

    The problems of one of the largest regeneration projects in London have sparked an independent inquiry and prompted the resignation of Southwark's mayor from the ruling Labour group, it emerged this week.A Southwark council report has revealed that ne

  • Manchester's bad case of gas

    05/12/2000

    The transfer of just over 450 Manchester Council homes has been delayed after methane was discovered on nearby land.Investigations have been scheduled for the next two months as experts examine the former Macclesfield Council tip near to the Longr

  • Ministers send out mixed messages

    04/12/2000

    The government sent out conflicting messages after two ministers appeared at odds over the central core of housing policy.DTLR secretary Step

  • Must try harder, says housing boss

    02/12/2000

    Higher quality at lower cost must be provided for new housing for Scotland, according to a senior Scottish Homes director.Managing director of Scottish Homes' Lothian, Borders and Forth Valley region, Stuart Nichol said the agency insisted on sustaina

  • Nine to five no longer enough

    03/12/2000

    The chief executive of one of the largest RSLs has warned housing associations must be 'entrepreneurial' to survive the double challenge of rent rest

  • Protect witnesses, says LGA

    03/12/2000

    Troublesome tenants will continue to get away with their behaviour unless the government includes witness protection measures in its criminal justice and police bill, the Local Government Association has warned. The LGA wants the bill, due out next we

  • Report shows size does matter

    03/12/2000

    Smaller rural authorities tend to have more consistently high performance than larger councils, a new report has indicated.

  • Social housing is 'almost recession-proof'

    01/12/2000

    Recruitment statistics show the housing sector is virtually immune to recession, according to a recruitment consultant.The public sector is in a

  • Social landlords scoop bulk of starter home money

    01/12/2000

    The lion's share of the £250 million available under the new Starter Home Initiative is set to go to social landlords with bids modelled on existing shared ownership schemes, a senior civil servant has revealed.The government had opened up the bidding

  • Southend waves goodbye to transfer plan

    04/12/2000

    Tenants in the first ballot of contenders for next year's transfer programme have narrowly voted against the move.A total of 50.8 per cent of the Southend Council tenants who voted said no to the transfer of ownership and management of the 7,000 p

  • Tax threat 'won't sink Starter Homes plan'

    04/12/2000

    The Government has moved to allay fears that income tax is set to scupper its flagship Starter Homes Inititative.The Inland Revenue has warned th

  • Tenants protest over office closures

    03/12/2000

    Manchester Council tenants have appealed to deputy prime minister John Prescott to intervene in their dispute over office closures.Umbrella group Manchester Tenants and Residents Association has asked Mr Prescott and his deputies Hilary Armstrong and

  • Thumbs up to free provision for elderly people

    01/12/2000

    A leading care provider of supported housing has welcomed the Scottish Executive's decision to grant free personal care to elderly people, amid calls to extend similar provision to people in England and Wales.Hanover (Scotland) housing association chi

  • Troubled Kensington considers merger

    05/12/2000

    Kensington Housing Trust has approached up to 20 housing associations with a view to setting up a partnership.Kensington has been under press

  • 'Warehousing' is not an option

    05/12/2000

    The widow of the founder of the Simon Community has warned against an increasing focus on ‘warehousing' homeless people.Speaking at the openi

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