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Inside Housing
03/12/2010

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  • L&Q staff ‘threatened’ at dog track consultation

    03/12/2010

    A landlord is to complain to police after protestors opposed to a plan to build on the site of a former dog track in east London allegedly threatened staff at a consultation event.

  • Against the tide

    03/12/2010

    Despite the tough climate, councils can still play a key role in securing new homes

  • Banks set to offer growth fund support

    07/12/2010

    Lord Heseltine has revealed that four high street banks are working with the government on allowing projects access to the £1.4 billion regional growth fund.

  • Benefit reform court challenge fails

    07/12/2010

    A women’s rights group has been refused permission to challenge the legality of the emergency Budget.

  • Benefit reform delays fail to counter Lib Dem revolt

    03/12/2010

    Delays to housing benefit reforms announced this week by the Department for Work and Pensions have failed to stem a rebellion among backbench Liberal Democrat MPs and peers.

  • Bid for ALMOs to access private cash

    03/12/2010

    Arm’s-length management organisations could access private finance under new models being developed by policy leaders.

  • Birmingham Council to shut down ASB unit

    03/12/2010

    England’s largest local authority landlord is poised to axe its dedicated anti-social behaviour unit next year leading to the potential loss of 58 jobs.

  • Campaigners call for action on fuel poverty

    06/12/2010

    Friends of the Earth has attacked the government’s plans for the green deal, ahead of the publication of the energy bill.

  • Cash-strapped councils slash SP budgets

    03/12/2010

    Supported housing budgets could be devastated in parts of England following savage cuts planned by local authorities.

  • Claimants can keep benefit overpayments

    09/12/2010

    The Supreme Court has ruled that the government cannot sue benefit claimants for money it has wrongly overpaid them.

  • Communities given power over planning

    06/12/2010

    Plans to give communities powers to shape their neighbourhoods were unveiled by the government today.

  • Community groups get funding for homes

    09/12/2010

    The government is to make £25 million of start-up funding available for community land trusts.

  • Cornwall to review homes management

    03/12/2010

    Cornwall Council could create a county-wide arm’s-length management organisation to manage all of its homes.

  • Council plans to sell renewable energy

    29/12/2010

    Brighton and Hove Council is considering selling renewable energy to its tenants.

  • Councils seek early exit from HRA

    08/12/2010

    Three local authorities will today ask the government to allow them to leave the council housing finance scheme early.

  • Critics of Scottish study were wrong

    03/12/2010

    It is unfortunate that your coverage of our recently published Scottish Government report (Inside Housing, 19 November) focused on ill-judged comments on the research by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Division over effect of affordable rents on benefit bill

    03/12/2010

    The prime minister and the communities minister appear divided over how much the government’s tenure reforms will hit the housing benefit bill.

  • Don’t rest on your laurels

    03/12/2010

    The coalition government can be (and is) accused of many things, but one thing it is certainly not guilty of is dragging its heels.

  • Doorway to a life indoors

    03/12/2010

    A project giving homeless people cash to spend as they wish is helping to get them off the streets. Katie Puckett reports

  • Edinburgh seeks to avoid housing crisis

    07/12/2010

    Edinburgh Council will urgently look at a range of investment options to fund affordable housing because of an ‘emerging housing crisis’ in the city.

  • Elderly concerned by cost of care

    21/12/2010

    Older people are concerned about funding care in later life, a survey by the National Housing Federation has found.

  • Enrolment costs

    08/12/2010

    Chris Crighton, specialist pensions lawyer at national law firm TLT, sets out what employers in the social housing sector will need to do to prepare for automatic enrolment in pension schemes

  • Fixed-term tenures will stifle cohesion

    03/12/2010

    For more than 20 years I have worked with housing organisations and residents, encouraging them to develop meaningful relationships.

  • FSA under pressure to relax mortgage plans

    08/12/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has suggested the government would like to see the Financial Services Authority revise its proposals for mortgage regulation.

  • Gypsy and Traveller plans attacked

    08/12/2010

    Gypsy and Traveller groups attacked plans to scrap targets for pitches in London at City Hall yesterday.

  • IDS has 'no plans' for benefit concessions

    07/12/2010

    The government has ‘no plans at present’ to review the 10 per cent cut in housing benefit for jobseeker’s allowance claimants, Iain Duncan Smith said today.

  • Keep on moving

    03/12/2010

    As it marks its first 50 years, HACT’s role is no less urgent now than it was when it first launched, says Heather Petch

  • L&Q apologises for ‘threat’ claims

    06/12/2010

    London and Quadrant has apologised to local MPs who are opposed to its redevelopment of the Walthamstow stadium dog track.

  • Labour launches housing benefit fightback

    03/12/2010

    The Labour Party has launched an offensive against housing benefit cuts that were laid to Parliament this week.

  • Lakanal delays concern council leader

    08/12/2010

    The leader of Southwark Council has expressed concerns about the length of time being taken to investigate the fatal fire at Lakanal House last year.

  • Livingstone opposes tenancy changes

    06/12/2010

    Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has signed a letter opposing proposed changes to social housing tenancies.

  • Localism Bill hit by further delays

    08/12/2010

    The publication of the government’s Localism and Decentralisation Bill has been pushed back, amidst criticism from academics and planners.

  • Localism Bill to be unveiled this week

    06/12/2010

    Legislation that will radically alter the shape of the social housing sector is to be published this week.

  • Long live ALMOs

    03/12/2010

    Golden Gates Housing Trust in Warrington is the first arm’s-length management organisation to transfer to a housing association. Three more are set to follow suit. So is this the start of an inevitable move into the private sector for ALMOs?

  • Mayor outlines plans to aid social housing moves

    09/12/2010

    The mayor of London has set out his proposals for a mobility scheme to allow social tenants in the capital to move house more easily.

  • Mind the catch

    03/12/2010

    Landlords’ new flexibility comes at the price of forcing some tenants out if their income increases

  • Off the scale

    03/12/2010

    Cash-strapped councils appear to be automatically adopting the government’s inflation-busting rent hike in this age of austerity. Rhiannon Bury assesses the likely impact.

  • Paper backs down on Seabeck claim

    07/12/2010

    The Sunday Times has apologised for suggesting the shadow housing minister abused her position as an MP.

  • Peabody agrees deal to protect estates

    03/12/2010

    Peabody has agreed to a contract clause that will permanently protect the four affordable housing estates in London it is buying from the Crown Estate for around £143 million.

  • Pickles planning row goes back to court

    07/12/2010

    Developer Cala Homes has applied for a second judicial review to clarify planning rules following its victory in the High Court last month.

  • Poverty report highlights overcrowding

    06/12/2010

    A report commissioned by the prime minister into children’s life chances has presented overcrowded housing as a key indicator of poverty.

  • Public services director leaves Treasury

    07/12/2010

    A senior Treasury civil servant responsible for housing is to leave her post on 28 February.

  • Ram Sum 2010 - Speakers

    13/12/2010

  • Rent review could lower credit rating

    03/12/2010

    Housing associations hoping to use the new affordable rent regime to attract private finance will have to cut their development levels or risk weakening their credit rating, analysts have warned.

  • Report backs HCA approach to specialist housing

    08/12/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency should continue to prioritise investment in specialist housing, a report has suggested.

  • Scottish Gypsy sites ‘must be improved’

    03/12/2010

    Scottish Councils are being pressed by a human rights group to improve provision for Gypsies and Travellers amid concerns that increasing numbers are fleeing England.

  • Self service

    03/12/2010

    A change to HCA rules has given social landlords greater freedom over the services they charge for, says Tim Miles

  • Shadow of her former self

    03/12/2010

    As housing minister, Caroline Flint drew flak for proposing radical tenure reforms, but now she is on the other side, leading the attack. The shadow communities secretary spoke to Nick Duxbury.

  • Shapps gives details of affordable rent regime

    09/12/2010

    Grant Shapps has outlined details of how the controversial new affordable rent regime will work.

  • Social landlords given key role in Green Deal

    09/12/2010

    The government has confirmed social landlords will become accredited ‘Green Deal providers’ under its multi-billion pound flagship retrofit scheme, being unveiled today.

  • Stunell: new rent will deliver

    03/12/2010

    The government’s controversial new rent regime is likely to boost social housing supply, the communities minister has claimed.

  • Support our Christmas appeal

    09/12/2010

    Are you a Scrooge or a Santa? Inside Housing is calling on its readers to prove they are definitely the latter – by donating to our Christmas appeal.

  • Supported housing groups rejoin NHF

    07/12/2010

    Two housing providers who left the National Housing Federation after arguing its remit was too narrow have rejoined the organisation.

  • Taylor: protect seaside villages

    03/12/2010

    Seaside villages should be safeguarded against overdevelopment, the chair of the National Housing Federation has urged.

  • Thames Valley HA to lend mortgages

    03/12/2010

    A housing association has set itself up as a mortgage lender because of its frustration with established lenders restricting the number of shared ownership loans they make on its schemes.

  • The devil’s in the dust

    03/12/2010

    A wide range of legislation covers asbestos. Providers need to be abreast of it all, says Amanda Stubbs, partner at Trowers & Hamlins

  • TSA finds weaknesses at two associations

    07/12/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has judged two social landlords to have financial weaknesses which could lead them into trouble.

  • Two sides of the coin

    03/12/2010

    When the Crown Estate announced it was selling 1,230 affordable homes in London there was a powerful resident backlash, forcing the Crown to sell the homes to social landlord Peabody at £100 million less than the original asking price. Nick Duxbury finds out whether tenants are happy and if the taxpayer has got a raw deal.

  • Warm homes scheme to reach 2m homes

    03/12/2010

    Up to two million homes will receive a discount on their energy bills as part of a government plan to protect vulnerable people.

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