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Inside Housing
04/11/2011

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  • Anne McLoughlin

    11/11/2011

    Anne McLoughlin took over from Sinéad McQuillan on 8 November as chair of Innisfree Housing Association.

  • Another council to prioritise homes for employed

    04/11/2011

    A council is planning to prioritise a fifth of its housing stock for employed people after changes to its allocation policy were agreed at a town hall meeting.

  • Battening down the hatches

    04/11/2011

    Inside Housing’s exclusive salary survey shows it’s been a difficult 12 months for most housing employees. Simon Brandon reports on the regime of pay freezes and increased workloads introduced by organisations as they battle the economic gloom

  • Benefit fines raise eviction fears

    04/11/2011

    Government plans to increase the amount of benefits which can be withheld from a claimant convicted of a crime could increase evictions, social housing sector experts have warned.

  • Best behaviour

    08/11/2011

    Increasing energy efficiency isn’t just about fitting the latest technology, says Professor Elena Gaura, landlords must also examine patterns of use

  • Blaze at tower block run by ALMO hit with fire demand

    08/11/2011

    A number of residents have been placed in temporary accommodation after fire broke out in a tower block run by an ALMO which previously had an enforcement notice issued against it.

  • Botch jobs ‘likely to rise’ as insulation deadline looms

    04/11/2011

    The risk of botched energy efficiency retrofits is likely to rise as energy suppliers rush to meet targets for insulating cavity walls and lofts before the end of next year, a housing body has warned.

  • Bovis to clear debt by year end

    08/11/2011

    Bovis Homes has said it expects to return to profit by the end of the year after reporting increased sales for the year so far.

  • Broader horizons

    04/11/2011

    Given the turmoil engulfing the Eurozone, this week might seem an odd time to predict the set up of a cross-border social landlord, but that is what happened at the International Housing Summit in Rotterdam.

  • Builder abandons South West affordable homes

    16/11/2011

    A construction firm has abandoned the affordable housing market in the south west of England citing a lack of opportunity outside of London.

  • Building drop pushes down housing supply figures

    03/11/2011

    The net supply of housing in England has fallen by six per cent on last year, according to government figures.

  • Call for 5% VAT on green deal energy efficiency works

    04/11/2011

    A sustainable housing body has called on the government to introduce tax breaks for energy-efficiency measures undertaken through the green deal.

  • CIH head warns sector over housing strategy

    15/11/2011

    The interim chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned that the government’s housing strategy might merely repeat previous announcements.

  • Contractor announces halt to PV work

    10/11/2011

    A contractor has decided stop working on solar photovoltaic schemes after the government revealed plans to cut payments made through the feed-in-tariff.

  • Contractor lands £11m of refurbishment work

    04/11/2011

    A contractor has been chosen by two separate social landlords to refurbish hundreds of homes in London in deals worth £11 million.

  • Contractor reveals Connaught recovery work ongoing

    09/11/2011

    Morgan Sindall has said progress on recovering work from stricken contractor Connaught is proceeding in line with expectations.

  • Contractors split £1bn housing framework

    04/11/2011

    Almost 100 contractors have been picked by a social housing consortium to undertake maintenance and improvement work on thousands of homes.

  • Council PV plans under review after FIT cut

    09/11/2011

    A council which was planning to put solar photovoltaic panels on 3,000 homes is ‘reviewing its position’ after the government announced cuts to feed-in-tariff payments.

  • Council rent policies will lower value of homes

    04/11/2011

    Councils’ rent policies in London will reduce the value of affordable housing and hamper the ability of housing associations to build homes, according to research from consultancy Drivers Jonas Deloitte.

  • Councils call for Huhne to delay cuts to FIT

    10/11/2011

    Councils are calling on Chris Huhne to delay planned cuts to the feed-in-tariff warning that they will have to drop thousands of solar photovoltaic panel installations.

  • Court issues injunction against Dale Farm reoccupation

    07/11/2011

    A council has been granted an injunction to stop Travellers and campaigners from moving back onto an illegal site.

  • Criminal conviction for illegally subletting tenant

    04/11/2011

    A local authority has secured a criminal conviction against one its tenants after discovering the man was illegally subletting his home.

  • Deadline for direct payment pilot looming

    08/11/2011

    The deadline for social landlords wanting to apply to take part in the Department for Work and Pensions direct payment of benefit pilots is today.

  • Edward Rowberry

    11/11/2011

    Arcadia Housing has appointed Edward Rowberry as assistant director of finance.

  • Energy performance certificate overhaul

    04/11/2011

    Energy performance certificate assessors will have to complete extra training and tests under government plans for an overhaul of the system ahead of the launch of its flagship retrofit scheme.

  • Family settlement threat to housing benefit tenants

    17/11/2011

    People on housing benefit could be stopped from bringing a member of their own family to the UK from overseas under new proposals.

  • Fight fuel poverty

    04/11/2011

    The number of social tenants in fuel poverty could rise to 2.5 million across Britain if expected government sustainability reforms proceed.

  • First word

    04/11/2011

    The Energy Act doesn’t go far enough to reduce fuel poverty and that means tenants will be trapped in sub-standard homes, says Caroline Lucas

  • Government issued with legal threat over FIT cuts

    07/11/2011

    The government has been warned to change its plans to cut feed-in tariff payments or risk being taken to court.

  • Green guru

    04/11/2011

    The delivery of sustainable homes is a global problem and providers in the UK can learn a lot from their counterparts around the world, says Neil Jefferson

  • Green light for £130m housing plan

    09/11/2011

    A council has given the green light to £130 million plans to build 2,000 new houses and bring empty homes back into use.

  • Health check

    04/11/2011

    Can living in an energy-efficient home improve residents’ well-being? Gentoo’s latest retrofit pilot aims to find out. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Health reform could leave homeless out in the cold

    04/11/2011

    Government plans to reform the health system and localise service commissioning could put homeless people at risk, charities have warned.

  • Hit for six

    04/11/2011

    A 91-home Yorkshire development might mark the peak of sustainable house building. Martin Hilditch finds out why

  • House builder planning increase in private market

    08/11/2011

    A house builder is planning to increase operation in the private market by developing more than 1,000 homes a year.

  • House building to benefit from £500m fund

    07/11/2011

    Details of a £500 million fund designed to support infrastructure projects to jumpstart economic growth at a local level have been revealed.

  • House sales on the rise from previous month

    08/11/2011

    The housing market saw an increase in new sales last month, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Housing challenge at private landlords’ conference

    16/11/2011

    Private landlords from across Leeds are to come together with the council at a conference to look at ways of ensuring people have access to affordable homes.

  • Housing market ‘robust’ despite economic fears

    07/11/2011

    Conditions in the UK housing market remain stable despite wider economic uncertainty, according one of the country’s leading builders.

  • Housing strategy attacked by property group

    07/11/2011

    The government’s current housing strategy will fail to address the undersupply of new homes, according to a report from a property services firm.

  • How to...

    04/11/2011

    Social landlords can play a big role in improving the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes. But they must lobby hard to ensure ministers understand that they will need support to do so, says Martin Wheatley

  • Inside Housing columnist praised at awards ceremony

    10/11/2011

    An Inside Housing columnist was singled out for praise at a top awards ceremony this week.

  • Jack Dromey investigated over salary claims

    09/11/2011

    Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey is being investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over claims that he failed to declare part of his salary.

  • Keeping it real

    04/11/2011

    Have house builders misused the word ‘sustainable’ in the national planning policy framework debate?’

  • Keith Harley

    11/11/2011

    Willmott Dixon is aiming to take a greater share of the private residential contracting market with the appointment of Keith Harley as housing for sale sector manager.

  • Ladder video lands safety officer in trouble

    09/11/2011

    Housing contractor Morrison has suspended one of its health and safety officers after he was filmed falling off a ladder.

  • Landlord agrees £90m HCA contract

    04/11/2011

    Sanctuary Housing Group has signed the biggest contract so far agreed under the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable homes regime, with almost half of the £1.8 billion programme now allocated.

  • Landlord heads to China and Middle East for funds

    04/11/2011

    A landlord will look to private investors in China and the Middle East to fund future development as it seeks to diversify its sources of debt.

  • Landlord in shock after suspected kidnapping

    15/11/2011

    A housing association has spoken of its shock after a 10-year-old boy was suspected of being kidnapped and held in one of its homes.

  • Landlord reducing PV investment due to FIT cuts

    07/11/2011

    Peabody is hacking back its multi-million investment in solar panels by half as a result of the government’s cuts to the feed-in tariff.

  • Landlords risk HCA cash if they don't act on homes

    04/11/2011

    A senior Homes and Communities Agency figure has called on housing associations to move quickly in getting their affordable homes development programmes up and running – and said they will lose their funding if they don’t.

  • Localism Bill passes through Parliament

    08/11/2011

    The government’s flagship Localism Bill has completed its passage through Parliament, 18 months after it was unveiled by the coalition.

  • London protesters to set up homeless support

    07/11/2011

    Occupy London protesters camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London are planning to set up a welfare tent to support homeless people access support services.

  • Look closely

    04/11/2011

    Don’t sign on the dotted line before checking contracts carefully for errors, says Matthew Lake

  • Loss of Commission could harm empty homes

    07/11/2011

    The scrapping of the Audit Commission will lead to fewer councils tackling empty homes, a consultant has warned.

  • Mark Crosbie

    11/11/2011

    Country and Metropolitan Homes has appointed Mark Crosbie to the role of head of technical, where he will be responsible for ensuring the technical team delivers well designed and properly considered schemes for implementation by the production department. 

  • MEP calls for Europe to investigate FIT cut

    09/11/2011

    An MEP has called on the European Commission to investigate whether the government’s proposal to slash the feed-in-tariff will damage the UK’s ability to meet EU targets on renewable energy.

  • Michael Cleaver

    11/11/2011

    AmicusHorizon has appointed Michael Cleaver as director of homeownership.

  • Mitie to provide security to thousands of homes

    09/11/2011

    A contractor has been picked to provide out of hours mobile caretaker service to 32,000 homes.

  • MPs back appointment of regulator chair

    07/11/2011

    A committee of MPs has backed Julian Ashby’s appointment as chair of the new Homes and Communities Agency regulation committee.

  • Multi-million pound repairs contracts issued

    03/11/2011

    A major housing provider has awarded its contracts for repairs and maintenance work in a deal worth £630 million.

  • Private landlords dropping LHA tenants

    03/11/2011

    Caps on housing benefit could force three quarters of private landlords out of the local housing allowance market, new research shows.

  • Rally against fuel poverty

    04/11/2011

    Leading housing and sustainability figures have rallied to support Green Light, Inside Housing’s new campaign to secure social landlords’ access to vital green subsidies so the sector can protect tenants from fuel poverty.

  • Redundancies costing landlords millions

    04/11/2011

    Housing associations have doled out millions of pounds in redundancy and severance packages as the effects of the recession on their workforces continued to take their toll.

  • Second legal challenge to FIT cuts emerges

    10/11/2011

    The government is facing its second legal challenge in a week over its proposed cuts to the feed-in tariff from a consortium of solar companies.

  • Self-financing could help councils build homes

    08/11/2011

    The new system of self-financing for councils could enable authorities to build more homes and improve services for tenants, according to a report by umbrella group London Councils.

  • Shapps backs campaigner in Facebook religion row

    08/11/2011

    The housing minister has backed a campaigner who attacked a housing association for demoting a worker who made controversial comments online.

  • Solar rules to exclude 86% of UK homes

    09/11/2011

    Just 14 per cent of UK homes would be eligible for incentive payments for generating electricity from photovoltaic panels under government proposals.

  • Sound-off

    04/11/2011

    It’s no longer enough for housing providers to focus on bricks and mortar or be sustainable on behalf of their tenants.

  • Sustainable Housing Awards 2011

    04/11/2011

    With the green deal approaching, the use of pioneering eco-technologies in housing is more important than ever before. Here Chloë Stothart reveals the housing providers, developers and architects leading the way

  • Taking control

    04/11/2011

    The Localism Bill must put an end to short-term thinking and allow councils to determine how to resolve their residents’ housing needs, says Jon Cruddas

  • Tariff cut leaves solar plans on the scrapheap

    04/11/2011

    The sun set on landlords’ solar ambitions this week as an unexpectedly savage cut to a subsidy payment for solar photovoltaic panels left the majority of social housing PV schemes unviable.

  • Tenant takes council to court over demolition plan

    04/11/2011

    A tenant is taking Hammersmith & Fulham Council to court over its decision to sign an exclusivity deal with a developer as part of plans to knock down two estates.

  • Tenants could be charged for benefit advice

    04/11/2011

    Private companies are looking to charge tenants for benefit advice because of planned changes to legal aid rules, a consultant has warned.

  • The demolition explosion

    04/11/2011

    Councils in England are planning to knock down thousands of homes at a time of critical housing need. Martin Hilditch investigates why

  • The eco-pioneers

    04/11/2011

    New research has found that a handful of ‘leaders’ are driving the housing sector’s approach to sustainability. Martin Hilditch finds out what sets them apart from the rest

  • The get out of jail free card

    04/11/2011

    Associations that enter into leases with councils must beware as authorities have a get-out clause, says Jacqueline Knox, director at Wragge & Co

  • The other side of the story

    04/11/2011

    Dale Farm has dominated the headlines in recent months. But as Alex Turner finds, there are plenty of examples of landlords and Travellers working together successfully

  • The right move?

    04/11/2011

    Home swap direct is a great idea for social tenants wanting to move but it won’t work without support

  • Treasury denies benefit link to inflation axe

    04/11/2011

    Civil servants in the Treasury have denied there are plans to change the way benefits are calculated after this week’s highest inflation measure since September 2008.

  • Tributes paid as housing champion dies

    15/11/2011

    Tributes have been paid to a former member of the housing corporation who has passed away after almost four decades working in the sector.

  • Tributes paid as 'tireless' housing veteran dies

    04/11/2011

    Terry Edis, chair of both the Walsall Alliance of Tenant Management Organisations and the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations, died yesterday (Thursday 3 November) after a period of ill health.

  • Turned away

    04/11/2011

    Women fleeing domestic violence are entitled to a roof above their head, so why are so many sleeping rough?

  • UK Housing Awards 2011 winners announced

    09/11/2011

    The winners of the 2011 UK Housing Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London.

  • Welsh repossession hotspots revealed

    10/11/2011

    A charity has released information which shows the housing hotspots where people in Wales are most at risk of losing their home through repossession.

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