Sunday, 23 November 2014

Inside Housing
03/09/2010

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  • Balls makes £6bn housing pledge as voting begins

    03/09/2010

    Labour leadership challenger Ed Balls made a £6 billion pledge to build 100,000 affordable homes, as voting opened in the contest to become the next leader of the opposition.

  • HCA signs landmark private sector deal

    03/09/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed to give funding to a developer to build homes for private rent in the first deal of its kind.

  • Kerslake takes £50k pay cut to join CLG

    07/09/2010

    Sir Bob Kerslake will take a pay cut of more than £50,000 when he takes up his position as permanent secretary at the Communities and Local Government department.

  • Lakanal House inquest judge pulls out

    03/09/2010

    A high-profile judge who had been lined up to lead the inquest into the deaths of six people in a London tower block fire has pulled out.

  • New allocation rules favour workers

    03/09/2010

    Councils are using new legal freedoms to give people with a job an advantage over the unemployed when it comes to gaining a social home.

  • Planning granted for 700-home scheme

    07/09/2010

    Outline planning permission has been granted for a 706-home development in west London.

  • Scrapping security of tenure  ‘will not solve housing crisis’

    03/09/2010

    Ending tenancy for life will not solve the UK’s housing crisis, a think tank close to the Conservative party has suggested.

  • £450m plan for Newcastle

    03/09/2010

    Newcastle Council is on the verge of signing a major regeneration deal for 1,800 homes in its west end.

  • 100,000 council homes will still be non-decent in 2015

    03/09/2010

    One hundred thousand council homes will still be non-decent in five years’ time, the government has revealed.

  • Abbott: Budget cuts 'unfair on women'

    07/09/2010

    Women and children will bear the brunt of the government’s emergency Budget cuts, Labour leadership hopeful Diane Abbott warned last night.

  • Association finances withstand economic fears

    07/09/2010

    Housing associations have proved ‘remarkably robust’ in the current economic climate, according to figures from the Tenant Services Authority.

  • Audit Commission prepares to go private

    07/09/2010

    The Audit Commission has appointed a new managing director of audit practice to prepare the organisation for its move into the private sector.

  • Banging the drum

    03/09/2010

    It’s time to herald a new era of council-led house building, says John Lines

  • Barratt cuts losses as business picks up

    08/09/2010

    Barratt Homes has reported a £33 million pre-tax loss for the year ending 30 June 2010, an improvement on the £144.1 million loss reported last year.

  • Benefit cuts to hit women hardest

    03/09/2010

    Ken Livingstone has published findings showing women will be disproportionately affected by the coalition government’s changes to housing benefit and pensions.

  • Benefit rulings could cost DWP

    03/09/2010

    The government may have to refund overpayments of housing benefit it has already clawed back, following legal action.

  • Clive Betts to head ALMO group

    02/09/2010

    Clive Betts has been elected chair of the all-party parliamentary group for arm’s-length management organisations.

  • Connaught calls in administrators KPMG

    08/09/2010

    Administrators are being appointed to Connaught’s social housing division after the contractor failed to secure additional funding.

  • Connaught clients seek alternatives

    07/09/2010

    Worried housing associations are approaching rivals of Connaught ahead of an expected announcement that it has gone into administration.

  • Connaught nears administration

    07/09/2010

    Troubled social housing contractor Connaught is believed to be on the brink of administration.

  • Construction activity slowed in August

    02/09/2010

    The growth of the UK’s construction industry slowed for the third month running in August, according to a survey for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

  • Councils may share management team

    09/09/2010

    Two London councils have announced they are considering sharing a chief executive.

  • Councils used private sector to stop 65,000 becoming homeless

    03/09/2010

    Councils helped 65,000 people find homes in the private sector last year, new figures have revealed.

  • Digital explosion

    03/09/2010

    There has been a surge of new information and communications technology that could save social landlords precious time and money. But, as Keith Cooper reports, only if they know how to use them.

  • Fed issues warning on right to build scheme

    09/09/2010

    Plans to let communities build homes without planning permission will fail unless the threshold for support is lowered, the National Housing Federation has warned.

  • Gang ban

    03/09/2010

    Clauses stopping tenants from being gang members will be difficult to enforce, says Robert Wassall

  • Gentoo bid to raise £50m for ownership scheme

    03/09/2010

    Gentoo is hoping to raise £50 million from institutional investors to fund the roll-out of a new home buy scheme across the country.

  • Going global

    03/09/2010

    There are lessons to be learned from comparing the mechanisms different countries use to channel financial resources into affordable housing

  • Government reverses HMO licensing laws

    08/09/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has overturned rules governing houses in multiple occupation introduced last year.

  • Hard times

    03/09/2010

    When the ring fence around Supporting People funding was removed last year, many homelessness charities began to fear for their contracts with local authorities. In the second part of our series focusing on charities Emily Twinch finds out how, and if, they are able to survive.

  • HCA chief executive to stand down

    06/09/2010

    Sir Bob Kerslake is to leave his role as chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency.

  • Homelessness? There’s an app for that

    03/09/2010

    A new iPhone app lets you ‘adopt’ a young homeless person. Anita Pati finds out how it’s leading to a rise in donations

  • Housing shortage puts homes out of reach

    06/09/2010

    A shortage of homes has led to the average age of an unassisted first-time buyer reaching 37, an industry body has claimed.

  • Inside Housing Events 2011

    23/09/2010

  • It pays to work

    03/09/2010

    Any time social housing policy is deemed  front page news is noteworthy.

  • Job-linked benefit cuts would hit 200,000

    06/09/2010

    Nearly 200,000 unemployed people will lose around £500 a year if cuts to housing benefit go ahead, union leaders warned today.

  • Justice panels ‘will put people at risk’

    03/09/2010

    Government plans to hand communities responsibility for tackling anti-social behaviour put some individuals in danger of reprisal attacks, social landlords have warned.

  • KPMG hopes to save Connaught jobs

    08/09/2010

    KPMG is ‘hopeful’ that the majority of Connaught workers’ jobs will be transferred to other companies.

  • Landlords stand up for shared ownership

    03/09/2010

    The government must act to maintain the integrity and reputation of publicly funded shared ownership schemes, according to a new paper by a group of housing associations.

  • Legal body backs down over advice contract

    09/09/2010

    The Legal Services Commission has avoided a judicial review by backing down on its decision not to award a housing advice firm a social welfare contract.

  • Legislation to tackle rogue landlords

    08/09/2010

    The Scottish Government has pledged to tackle unscrupulous landlords in its programme of government released today.

  • Lend them a hand

    03/09/2010

    Mortgage lending must increase to help buyers onto the housing ladder

  • Local insight can stem homelessness

    03/09/2010

    The news that the government is to axe its rough sleeping and homeless prevention advisors, although regrettable, is not surprising (Inside Housing, 30 July 2010).

  • Logging their opinion

    03/09/2010

    A new trend for ‘hyperlocal’ websites focusing on the nitty gritty of community life is stretching residents’ influence beyond traditional tenants’ groups and meetings. Alex Klaushofer logged on to find out why they are so popular and what social landlords can learn.

  • Merseyside councils to share director

    03/09/2010

    Two Merseyside councils will share a director of regeneration in a bid to cut staff costs.

  • Minister seeks flexibility on benefit cuts

    20/09/2010

    The Northern Irish social development minister Alex Attwood has warned the government that reform to benefits must not be used to ‘wage a war’ on the vulnerable.

  • Minister was wrong on Stevenage plan

    03/09/2010

    I attended the Chartered Institute of Housing conference this year and having heard Grant Shapps’ speech on ‘wanting to see homes built where people wanted and needed them’, I asked Mr Shapps if there was anything he could do to assist the West of Stevenage development that, many years after the development was first proposed, has yet to go ahead because of objections by the Conservative-controlled county council and neighbouring local council.

  • Movers and shakers

    03/09/2010

    Moat has appointed Carli Harper-Penman as director of communications and public affairs. She joins from the Shaw Trust where she was head of public affairs.

  • NIHE suffers a £100m shortfall

    03/09/2010

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is considering transferring some of its homes to housing associations after a cash crisis delayed its maintenance programme.

  • No official path for tenant inspectors

    03/09/2010

    I was surprised to read about ‘the official qualification’ for the role of tenant inspector (‘School for sleuths’ Inside Housing, 6 August).

  • North east councils given ‘fair’ ratings

    02/09/2010

    A council which took over housing services from six former local authorities has been praised in its first inspection.

  • Ombudsman should have stronger role

    06/09/2010

    The housing ombudsman should lay its annual report before Parliament, a report by the Law Commission has suggested.

  • Outlook unclear for cloud

    03/09/2010

    Social landlords should consider the drawbacks as well as the benefits of online IT services delivery, says Simon Morrissey

  • Police complaints body to investigate death

    06/09/2010

    The death of a homeless man in custody is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

  • Private sector must offer more security

    03/09/2010

    A current disincentive for households whose circumstances have improved to voluntarily move on from social housing is the lack of security of tenure available in the private rented sector.

  • Public sector homes rise by 16 per cent

    03/09/2010

    Registrations for new homes have risen by nearly a third in a year, the latest figures from the National House Building Council show.

  • Ready for reform

    07/09/2010

    With an announcement on the future of council housing finance due this month, social housing lawyer Kate Silverman examines what the current proposals would mean for local authorities and housing associations.

  • Scots to get independent housing regulator

    08/09/2010

    The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into proposals for an independent housing regulator.

  • Shapps can't have his cake and eat it

    03/09/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has announced that while the new regulatory regime for social housing is to be preserved, he proposes to abolish the Tenant Services Authority that devised it.

  • Spending cuts threaten Scottish house building

    10/09/2010

    The UK government’s public spending cuts will impact on the level of investment in social housing in Scotland, the housing minister has warned.

  • Study uncovers private rented sector abuse

    08/09/2010

    More than 90 per cent of environmental health officers have encountered landlords harassing or illegally evicting tenants, a study has found.

  • Subletting drive secures four homes

    20/09/2010

    Four tenancies have been voluntarily given up following a subletting crackdown in Surrey.

  • Technology

    03/09/2010

    How technology can save social landlords money, plus CCTV, an iPhone app on homelessness, and a look at cloud computing.

  • The spy in the sky

    03/09/2010

    When 216 CCTV cameras were installed in a Muslim area of Birmingham, it sparked a local outcry and a national debate on the monitoring of communities. Rhiannon Bury kicks off our technology special issue with a report on the campaign to have the cameras removed.

  • Treasury money saving site prompts 1,600 ideas

    03/09/2010

    Members of the public have submitted 1,600 suggestions about how the government could save money through housing cuts.

  • TSA finds failings at south west landlord

    03/09/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has identified failings in the way Somer Housing Group is run.

  • What's in a name

    03/09/2010

    Charities have spent years trying to dispel the stigma surrounding homelessness.

  • Winners and losers as HCA allocates funding

    08/09/2010

    Months of uncertainty ended in joy for some and misery for others this week as the Homes and Communities Agency revealed where it will direct its dwindling reserves of development cash.

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