Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Inside Housing
05/02/2010

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  • A measure you can’t trust

    05/02/2010

    Skewed numbers, dodgy phone calls and ignored guidance. Exclusive new research reveals exactly how tenant satisfaction surveys could be making landlords look better than they really are. Hal Pawson reports

  • ALMO seeks new head after £2.6m bailout

    10/02/2010

    Waltham Forest’s arm’s-length management organisation Ascham Homes is advertising for a new £120,000-a-year chief executive.

  • ALMO threatens to seize home in drugs case

    08/02/2010

    A London arm’s-length management organisation has taken action against a tenant whose home was used for drug dealing.

  • Barclays finances 3,000 home development

    05/02/2010

    Barclays has provided Waterloo Housing Group with £100 million in new debt finance to support the construction of 3,000 affordable homes.

  • Best practice

    05/02/2010

    The housing sector is proving that its best efforts are flourishing despite the challenges of a cold economic climate

  • Building slump leaves ‘chronic’ housing shortage

    08/02/2010

    England and Wales face a ‘chronic’ shortage of housing as building figures drop to the lowest level since 1923, campaigners have warned.

  • Cheques sign off

    05/02/2010

    It may not be lamented but it is with a tinge of nostalgia that we this week report the demise of an icon of the 1980s: the housing benefit cheque.

  • Christine Laird loses costs appeal

    09/02/2010

    A former chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has failed to overturn a costs ruling in a case against another former employer.

  • CIH gives honorary membership to tenant

    11/02/2010

    For the first time a social housing tenant is among those given honorary membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Commencing countdown

    05/02/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority ignites into action on 1 April, so what should councils and ALMOs do to prepare? Greg Campbell and Tony Hirsch explain

  • Comparison site has sold us short

    05/02/2010

    Apropos Compare the landlord (Inside Housing, 15 January) small can be beautiful but also currently not available for comparative purposes on the recently released Tenant Services Authority portal website.

  • Councils to phase out use of benefit cheques

    05/02/2010

    A piece of social history is coming to an end as councils phase out the payment of housing benefit by cheque.

  • Creative thinking on support services

    05/02/2010

    A number of reports and reviews are promoting wider thinking about the role of sheltered and supported housing.

  • Decent homes can rectify its failings

    05/02/2010

    Decent homes has demonstrated it is possible to achieve substantial change in the quality of the housing stock within a short time frame.

  • Different delivery

    05/02/2010

    Devising new ways to support people will help the sector beat funding cuts

  • Dos & Don'ts

    05/02/2010

    Good pay isn’t always the key to retaining staff. Making people feel they are treated properly and rewarded fairly is just as important, says Jonathan Magee

  • Eco-towns given £60m to build show homes

    08/02/2010

    The first wave of eco-towns will receive £60 million to build ‘eco-show homes’ to encourage greener living.

  • Every little helps

    05/02/2010

    Landlords keen to improve customer satisfaction or recruit better staff are increasingly turning to private commerce for inspiration, says Ben Cook

  • Extending planning permission

    10/02/2010

    Christian Silk, associate at legal firm TLT, explains how cash-strapped developers can use new rules to extend planning permissions until they can secure the funds to begin work

  • Freeze hits housing market

    09/02/2010

    The cold weather last month caused the first drop in the number of people buying houses for more than a year.

  • Government influence over councils faces scrutiny

    08/02/2010

    A new select committee could be set up to probe how central government affects the ability of councils to do their job.

  • Hard times ahead

    05/02/2010

    Upheaval and uncertainty will make 2010 a hard year, but opportunities will arise, argues Jim Briscoe

  • Housing must back up green agenda

    05/02/2010

    David Orr’s article (Inside Housing, 18 December) about Housing Europe’s proposal to undertake a ‘green’ retrofit underlines how our homes contribute to climate change. In some regions, such as my own in the West Midlands, the housing stock is responsible for 33 per cent of carbon emissions.

  • Housing needs you

    05/02/2010

    Just a month after its launch, House Proud has won the support of all three main political parties, with each pledging to include housing in its election manifesto. This week we’re opening the floor to our backers, says Caroline Thorpe, and asking for your suggestions on what those pledges should be

  • Hyde sets its sights on £200m bond deal

    05/02/2010

    The amount of money raised by housing associations on the bond markets in the past six months is set to soar to £1.1 billion.

  • If you’re HAPPI and you know it, clap your hands

    05/02/2010

    The HCA’s report on creating housing to suit an ageing population is full of practical recommendations. But some housing associations are already showing how it should be done, as Zoe Gray finds out

  • Inspector tears into standard of sheltered housing

    05/02/2010

    The quality of some sheltered housing is so low that ‘students would not accept it as accommodation’, the Audit Commission’s main inspector for the sector has said.

  • Inspectors criticise Hyde South East

    09/02/2010

    The Audit Commission has criticised Hyde South East following a short notice inspection looking at access and customer care and diversity.

  • Inspectors praise housing services

    11/02/2010

    A council and a housing association have both received positive two-star ratings from the Audit Commission this week.

  • Keep it secure

    05/02/2010

    Follow basic steps to keep personal information safe to avoid breaching the Data Protection Act, says David Hall

  • L&Q and Countryside chosen for £560m scheme

    10/02/2010

    Developer Countryside Properties and housing association London & Quadrant are to regenerate a 40 acre housing estate in Ealing.

  • Maximum protection

    05/02/2010

    Choose a main contractor early on in a project to prevent problems later

  • Meet the National Tenant Council

    05/02/2010

    Tenants up and down the country have a powerful new body made up of 50 social housing residents. Emily Twinch joined them as they met for the first time to find out exactly what they want to do.

  • Ministers launch £1m empty homes crack down

    08/02/2010

    The government has announced a £1 million fund to help 17 councils crack down on anti-social behaviour in empty homes.

  • Needed: Tenant Voice

    05/02/2010

    As the clock ticks inexorably toward 6 May and the expected general election, time really is not on the side of Peter Marsh and his colleagues at the Tenant Services Authority.

  • Not out of the woods

    05/02/2010

    The UK economy will remain in the doldrums until after the election, says Chris Blackhurst

  • Notting Hill ‘weak’ on gas servicing

    10/02/2010

    Notting Hill Housing Trust has been told it needs to improve its gas servicing, following an Audit Commission inspection.

  • Perfect partners

    05/02/2010

    As a general election looms, savvy housing associations know now is the time to start wooing the politicians and local councillors who may soon be in power, says Ciara Leeming

  • Politicians back Welsh drive to control right to buy

    10/02/2010

    A National Assembly for Wales committee has backed the Welsh government’s drive to suspend the right to buy in parts of the country.

  • Relentless building is not the answer

    05/02/2010

    Tim Leunig has engaged in his annual onslaught on green belt and greenfield sites (Inside Housing, 30 October 2009 and 15 January). Sadly, it clouds the real housing issues. Millions of pounds have been spent on various agencies to decide where and when new housing should go.

  • Residents urged to fight anti-social behaviour

    10/02/2010

    Residents in 130 areas of England hit by anti-social behaviour are being urged to take a stand against the problem.

  • Scotland mulls rise in new build grants

    05/02/2010

    The Scottish Government is considering increasing the amount of house building grant given to councils from £25,000 per unit.

  • Scots confirm £200m housing budget cut

    05/02/2010

    The Scottish Government has confirmed plans to slash its housing and regeneration budget by nearly £200 million.

  • Shared insight

    05/02/2010

    Devolution has led to diverse approaches to housing policy - the cross-border lessons could be invaluable for all of us

  • Sheltered residents: ‘bring wardens back’

    05/02/2010

    Almost all sheltered housing residents would not have moved into their home if they had thought there was any threat to its resident warden service, a survey has found.

  • Snow storm

    05/02/2010

    Jon Snow, news anchor and long-time advocate for homeless young people gives Lydia Stockdale an exclusive guided tour of his latest project and tells her why he’s backing Inside Housing’s House Proud campaign. Housing departments of a sensitive nature should look away now.

  • Social landlords ‘put lone staff at risk’

    05/02/2010

    The safety of a growing number of housing staff is being jeopardised because they are being asked to work alone with potentially dangerous tenants, the UK’s biggest union has warned.

  • Street fight winners

    05/02/2010

    Five councils are up for an award recognising their innovation in tackling anti-social behaviour. Anita Pati takes a look at their tricks of the trade

  • Tenant involvement celebrated at awards

    10/02/2010

    The winners of the Tenant Participation and Advisory Service northern region awards have been announced.

  • Three Valleys first casualty of TSA regulation

    05/02/2010

    Social housing regulator the Tenant Services Authority has confirmed Three Valleys Housing is the first major association to be placed under supervision on its watch.

  • Tory MP’s policy plans branded ‘frightening’

    11/02/2010

    Landlords last night reacted badly to housing reform proposals put forward by the Conservative MP who would lead on social policy under a Tory government.

  • TSA local standards plan slapped down

    05/02/2010

    Landlords have warned the social housing regulator they are baffled by its plans for local housing standards because it has provided such vague guidance on how they would operate.

  • TSA outlines three-year plan

    08/02/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has set out plans to fight fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency of existing homes.

  • TSA website data needs updating

    05/02/2010

    As Isabel Hardman’s article correctly observed (Inside Housing, 15 January), the data used by the Tenant Service Authority’s new comparison website for some social landlords is older than that of others and this can create a misleading picture, particularly at a local level where significant change has taken place, such as the transfer of management responsibilities.

  • Two found guilty of hostel arson

    10/02/2010

    Two men who set fire to Novas Scarman’s flagship hostel Arlington House are due to be sentenced for arson.

  • Unison: staff pay ‘very uneven’

    05/02/2010

    A number of major London housing associations have frozen staff pay, according to a new survey.

  • Warm welcome for feed-in-tarrifs

    05/02/2010

    Social landlords have welcomed plans to make the use of renewable energy more financially attractive, despite warnings the rewards are too low to incentivise improved performance.

  • Welcome to the den

    05/02/2010

    There are no cameras, no besuited businessmen and no cries of ‘I’m out’. But social landlords inviting tenants to take part in their own versions of TV’s Dragons’ Den are finding the format a hotbed of good practice ideas, says Katie Puckett.

  • Welsh trust to woo private backers

    05/02/2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government is considering establishing a housing trust to pump private money into the social housing sector.

  • When times are hard

    05/02/2010

    It’s a year since the good old days of the innovation and good practice grant came to an end. So what do landlords think of its de facto substitute, the decidedly more frugal tenant excellence fund? Our exclusive survey reveals all, as Lydia Stockdale reports

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