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Inside Housing
05/11/2010

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  • Benefit cut victims to lose right to support

    09/11/2010

    Housing benefit claimants who fall into arrears when their payments are cut will not receive full support from their councils, an MP warned today.

  • Lovell to make £100m from Connaught deal

    09/11/2010

    Morgan Sindall expects the contracts it acquired from Connaught to increase its 2011 revenue by £100 million.

  • Surveyors gloomy on market prospects

    09/11/2010

    The latest data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows its members believe house prices are continuing to fall.

  • ‘Affordable rent’ to derail development

    05/11/2010

    Social landlords in the north and midlands are set to be the biggest losers under the government’s new affordable rent regime.

  • £45k helps rough sleepers find a home

    05/11/2010

    Most rough sleepers given money on demand as part of a pilot project to help them into permanent housing spent less than budgeted.

  • Administrator seeks buyer for Rok

    08/11/2010

    The administrator of building and maintenance company Rok has said its immediate priority is to find a buyer for the business.

  • ALMO secures top marks in inspection

    08/11/2010

    An arm’s-length management organisation has been awarded a maximum of three stars following an Audit Commission inspection.

  • Archbishop attacks unpaid work plan

    08/11/2010

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned government plans to force unemployed people to do unpaid work.

  • Associations to take over from councils

    05/11/2010

    Housing associations are drawing up plans to take over neighbourhood services axed by police and councils.

  • Best worst news

    05/11/2010

    You know times are hard when a government claiming to be the greenest ever hacks a third off the budget for the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and we are happy about it - grateful even.

  • Blast inquiry looks into kitchen works

    05/11/2010

    Early investigations into a huge explosion that completely destroyed three homes and left up to 33 uninhabitable are centring on kitchen improvement work carried out by a social landlord.

  • Building drive will cut social housing

    09/11/2010

    Social housing stock in England will decline by 123,000 homes over the next four years as a result of government proposals, the National Housing Federation has calculated.

  • Charity fears move to redefine homelessness

    05/11/2010

    The housing sector has hit back at suggestions the government might review the statutory definition of homelessness.

  • CLG given timetable for housing reform

    08/11/2010

    The government has published a business plan for the Communities and Local Government department, setting out how it will meet housing aspirations.

  • Cold comforts

    05/11/2010

    Should winter fuel allowance be scrapped and re-invested in insulating homes?

  • Community approach could hinder development

    09/11/2010

    House builders have warned MPs that giving communities more influence over development will result in a shortage of homes.

  • Connaught creditors face bleak prospects

    08/11/2010

    Connaught’s social housing arm had around 50,000 unpaid invoices at the time of its collapse.

  • Council sticks with care home plans

    18/11/2010

    A council in Wales is ploughing ahead with plans to replace its current care homes with four ‘super’ residential homes.

  • Court rules on ‘failures’ of Birmingham Council

    05/11/2010

    The High Court has ruled Birmingham Council acted unlawfully by preventing three vulnerable men from making homeless applications.

  • Court sets high bar for eviction

    05/11/2010

    Social landlords will find it harder to evict tenants following a landmark judgement this week.

  • Cracking down on corruption

    10/11/2010

    Kerry Gwyther, head of regulatory law at TLT, examines issues for registered providers and their boards in the Bribery Act 2010

  • Dawn of a brave new world

    05/11/2010

    There are big changes afoot in the world of rents and regulations. Keith Jenkins, partner at Winckworth Sherwood, explains

  • Departing TSA chief fears for regulation

    05/11/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has concerns about the financial health or governance of a dozen landlords, its outgoing chief executive has revealed.

  • Don’t buy into the criticism

    05/11/2010

    The right to buy scheme has received a lot of bad press but despite its drawbacks there are strong arguments to retain it, argues John Lines

  • Duncan Smith to unveil benefit reform plans

    11/11/2010

    Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is to set out further details of the government’s plans to overhaul the benefits system.

  • Eco doctor

    05/11/2010

    Chris Paul explains how to negotiate the hurdles of forming an ESCO arrangement

  • Exit strategies that spend to save

    05/11/2010

    Your report ‘Expensive exit strategies’ (Inside Housing, 15 October) was simplistic to say the least. In fact, it indirectly raised challenges which the coalition government will need to face up to when trying to achieve savings.

  • Foiling the Treasury plot

    05/11/2010

    Last month George Osborne lit the fuse to blow up billions of pounds of public spending and thousands of jobs. Isabel Hardman finds out how ministers saved green investment from the spending review’s blast

  • Former minister thrown out of Parliament

    05/11/2010

    A former local government minister has been ejected from Parliament for making false statements about his opponents in the run-up to the general election.

  • Galliford Try issues trading update

    08/11/2010

    Galliford Try has reported a strong balance sheet and a steady order book.

  • Gay tenants need more protection

    05/11/2010

    I have decided to write to you to provide some of my own comments after reading the feature about feeling safe and coming out (Inside Housing, 15 October) which included my own story.

  • Glasgow asylum deal terminated

    11/11/2010

    Hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow will have to be rehoused after the government terminated its contract with Glasgow Council to provide them accommodation.

  • GPs: ‘Health reform must help homeless’

    05/11/2010

    Reform of the National Health Service will fail if the government does not improve health services for homeless people, the chair-elect of the Royal College of GPs has claimed.

  • Green guru

    05/11/2010

    Community heating systems are a cost-effective way for social landlords to comply with carbon reduction targets but inexperienced providers could get caught out. Casey Cole explains how to avoid the pitfalls of metering

  • History in the making

    05/11/2010

    Last month, Southern Housing Group’s Samuel Lewis Trust estate on Liverpool Road in Islington, London, turned 100.

  • Homeowners struggle with mortgage costs

    11/11/2010

    The number of homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage has nearly doubled over the past year, according to figures from housing charity Shelter.

  • Housing role for commission spin-off

    05/11/2010

    A John Lewis-style mutual company that is being set up to replace the Audit Commission is to carry out housing inspections.

  • How to...

    05/11/2010

    Duncan Price explains how landlords can join a new funding consortium to maximise their return from feed-in tariffs

  • Hughes demands changes to avoid benefit battle

    05/11/2010

    Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes has pledged to vote against the government unless it alters three specific elements of its plans to reform housing benefit.

  • Hyde finance boss quits

    05/11/2010

    The group finance director at Hyde Housing Association is to leave his post.

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    04/11/2010

  • Labour fails to force housing benefit rethink

    10/11/2010

    Labour MPs failed in a bid to force the government to modify its plans for housing benefit reform last night.

  • Labour 'not against' housing benefit caps

    09/11/2010

    Shadow work and pensions minister Douglas Alexander has admitted he is in favour of cutting housing benefit payments, ahead of a crucial vote on the topic.

  • Landlords form ‘virtual’ boards to avoid bank fees

    05/11/2010

    An increasing number of housing associations are forming ‘virtual’ boards to avoid incurring million pound bank charges when they collapse their group structures.

  • Left out in the cold

    05/11/2010

    Cuts could spell the end of important projects to tackle rough sleeping but charities are fighting to keep the fire burning

  • Lib Dem defects over housing benefit cuts

    08/11/2010

    A Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has defected to Labour over cuts to housing benefit.

  • Ministers set out to tackle squatting

    11/11/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has launched an online guide for homeowners, aimed at stopping squatters ‘invading’ their property.

  • Move to scrap housing targets ‘unlawful’

    10/11/2010

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles’ decision to scrap regional spatial strategies was unlawful, a court has ruled.

  • MPs to examine local authority inspection

    09/11/2010

    An influential committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the government’s decision to abolish the Audit Commission.

  • On the continent

    05/11/2010

    The EU must reflect the role social landlords can play in achieving wider targets in its budget review

  • Quite contrary

    05/11/2010

    Can Mary Taylor take Scottish housing associations in a new direction following a turbulent four years? In her first interview since taking the job, the new Scottish Federation of Housing Associations boss talks to Emily Twinch about preparing for the challenges ahead.

  • Regeneration stalwart to leave HCA

    05/11/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency’s director of placemaking is to leave after more than 17 years with the quango and its predecessor.

  • Residents evacuated as homes flood

    11/11/2010

    Homes were flooded in Emsworth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight early on Tuesday morning after heavy rains.

  • Rok administrator makes 711 redundant

    11/11/2010

    The administrator for stricken contractor Rok has announced 711 redundancies.

  • Rok board puts firm into administration

    08/11/2010

    Social housing contractor Rok will be put into administration, the company has this morning announced.

  • Safety campaign scoops national award

    10/11/2010

    Inside Housing’s Safe as Houses campaign has been named campaign of the year by the British Society of Magazine Editors.

  • Safety first

    05/11/2010

    The health and safety review will help simplify legislation for social landlords, says Mark London

  • Scots urged not to slash housing budget

    15/11/2010

    Scottish ministers have been warned not to follow the UK government’s lead in slashing housing budgets when they unveil their spending plans this week.

  • Setting the standard

    05/11/2010

    With 7 million homes to be refurbished by 2020, it has to be done right. Nick Duxbury investigates a standard being developed by BRE specifically for retrofitting

  • Shared room rate change risks homelessness

    16/11/2010

    A group of charities has written to the government warning plans to extend shared room rate payments could increase homelessness.

  • Sound-off

    05/11/2010

    The coalition politicians who understand how much potential the unfolding global solar revolution holds for UK businesses have won their argument to maintain course with the feed-in tariff.

  • Support depends on collaboration

    05/11/2010

    The comprehensive spending review delivered a truly challenging agenda and marked the start of a process of radical reform of social housing.

  • Sustainable Housing Awards 2010

    05/11/2010

    The third Sustainable Housing Awards celebrate the very best in eco-technology, innovative design and inspirational projects for social landlords and their tenants. Chloë Stothart finds out what gave the winners the edge

  • Take arms against future troubles

    05/11/2010

    So now we know the future of affordable housing in the UK thanks to a clear statement from George Osborne - or do we?

  • Target practice

    05/11/2010

    Secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne has revealed the stick that will accompany the government’s green deal carrot.

  • The butterfly effect

    05/11/2010

    The creation of innovative new software is set to change the way social landlords develop sustainable housing. Nick Duxbury explains how

  • The climate changer

    05/11/2010

    Having survived the bonfire of the quangos, the influential Committee on Climate Change’s chief David Kennedy is pushing the government for a greener future. He talks to Nick Duxbury

  • The greener house effect

    05/11/2010

    For the most environmentally friendly way to insulate homes look no further than greenery. Trees, plants and shrubs are the best way to keep cold out of homes and tackle fuel poverty, says Anita Pati

  • The thick of it

    05/11/2010

    Alison Seabeck wondered what she had let herself in for when she took on her new role four weeks ago. Well, she knows now …. Isabel Hardman spoke to the shadow housing minister.

  • Time for creative thinking

    05/11/2010

    ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends,’ came Henry V’s celebrated cry to his troops as they besieged the French city of Harfleur in 1415. At least that’s Shakespeare’s rendering of events.

  • Traveller row lands council with legal bill

    10/11/2010

    A council is facing a legal bill running into tens of thousands of pounds after failing to pay £600 in compensation to two Travellers.

  • UK Housing Award winners announced

    10/11/2010

    The winners of the 2010 UK Housing Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London.

  • Where do we go from here?

    05/11/2010

    Within 24 hours of George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review announcement, Inside Housing convened a round table of housing finance chiefs to see how they were coming to terms with the chancellor’s cuts. Carl Brown reports

  • Winds of change

    05/11/2010

    Sailing round the world taught Dame Ellen MacArthur to live sustainably. Now she wants to teach people to do the same through a retrofit scheme

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