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Inside Housing
06/03/2009

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  • Analyse this

    06/03/2009

    The Scottish Housing Regulator has appointed Ian Brennan as head of business analysis, Gerhard Mors as senior analysis manager and Linda Scott as senior regulation manager.

  • Mortgagee clauses difficult for lenders

    06/03/2009

    The sector should be grateful to Gillian Bastow for shining a spotlight on primary lenders’ concerns about mortgagee protection clauses (Inside Housing, 27 February).

  • Sheltered housing group welcomed

    06/03/2009

    Your article, ‘Fresh look at support plans’ (Inside Housing, 27 February), was misleading regarding Erosh’s position on the recent Help the Aged report.

  • ‘Banks have a moral duty to benefit housing associations'

    06/03/2009

    Banks have a moral duty to do all they can to help housing associations through the recession, Scotland’s newly appointed housing minister has claimed in his first interview since taking the job.

  • ‘Provide jobs’ landlords urged

    06/03/2009

    Local government leaders are set to challenge councils and housing associations to create more community-based job opportunities for long-term unemployed people. 

  • A strategy to bring communities to life

    06/03/2009

    Islington Council welcomes Inside Housing’s Empty Promise campaign.

  • All’s well in Wellingborough

    06/03/2009

    Wellingborough Homes has appointed Jackie Attfield as specialist welfare benefits adviser, offering welfare benefit, financial and debt counselling advice and assistance.

  • An opportunity that must be taken

    06/03/2009

    The impact of separating ownership, development and management of social homes would be huge.

  • Aspirational work

    06/03/2009

    Diana Wilson has joined Aspire Housing as an extra-care scheme manager.

  • Association steps in to save green homes

    09/03/2009

    A threatened eco-home scheme in Sheffield looks set to go ahead after housing group Places for People stepped in.

  • Associations warned against complacency

    11/03/2009

    Scottish housing associations are too complacent about the potential effects of the economic downturn on their businesses, the chief executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator has warned.

  • Aston thriller

    06/03/2009

    Chris Aston has joined Housemark as a benchmarking manager for London and the south east.

  • Authorities named as beacons for homes

    09/03/2009

    Four councils have been made ‘beacons’ for their housing delivery in the latest round of awards.

  • Beckett makes U-turn on council rents

    06/03/2009

    The government has made a dramatic last-minute U-turn on its resolve to push through 6.2 per cent council rent increases from April.

  • Bid to prevent rent increase fails

    06/03/2009

    Councils’ eleventh-hour bids to prevent inflation-busting rent increases have failed, although there may be hope for next year, Inside Housing has learned. 

  • Bovis Homes hit with £78.7m loss

    09/03/2009

    Bovis Homes has described 2008 as an ‘unprecedented’ year for house builders as it reported a £78.7 million loss.

  • Build forecast drops to 70,000 homes

    10/03/2009

    Just 70,000 homes will be built in 2009/10 with housing associations building more than private developers, according to the latest forecast.

  • Build plans axed as lenders reprice loans

    06/03/2009

    The government has stepped in to ask lenders to think twice before ‘aggressively repricing’ housing association loans, amid warnings that new developments could grind to a halt.

  • Caffeine injection required

    06/03/2009

    Ken Dow, Scotland’s new financial inclusion guru, tackles his bulging in-tray

  • Consensus on policy is needed

    06/03/2009

    As the portfolio holder for adult social care, health and housing at Southend on Sea Council, I have read about your Empty Promise campaign with great interest.

  • Council housing champion dies

    09/03/2009

    Alan Walter, the devoted tenant activist and chair of Defend Council Housing, has died, aged 51.

  • Decision on Newham’s 'unlawful' lettings system overturned

    06/03/2009

    Councils will have much greater freedom over the way they choose to allocate housing, following a landmark court case.

  • Enquiries fail to revive housing market

    11/03/2009

    A surge in interest from home buyers is failing to translate into sales, surveyors have reported.

  • Ethical leadership comes at a price

    06/03/2009

    Barbara Thorndick’s column, ‘Let’s get off the gravy train’ (Inside Housing, 27 February), caught my eye.

  • Family sued for living in a caravan

    06/03/2009

    A family forced to live in a caravan for more than a year after their home was hit by flooding have been sued by a neighbour because it blocked their view. 

  • Fifty associations hit as land values plunge

    06/03/2009

    Fifty housing associations have seen the value of their homes and land plummet so much they expect to make write-downs in their 2009 accounts.

  • Finance ministers back repairs VAT cut

    11/03/2009

    European finance ministers have removed the final obstacle preventing European Union governments from cutting VAT on building repairs.

  • Gateway developers cut low cost homes

    11/03/2009

    The Thames Gateway is being hit by developers seeking to renegotiate lower levels of affordable housing on their sites in response to the housing crash.

  • Government seeks to quantify section 106 gains

    09/03/2009

    The government is attempting to quantify the benefits planning obligations on developers have for local communities as it prepares to introduce a new charge.

  • Government vows to empower communities

    10/03/2009

    The Cabinet Office has unveiled its latest plans to personalise public services and empower communities.

  • Hitting the Zzzzs

    06/03/2009

    People should get a buzz out of work, but a third of staff claim to be bored, says Blair McPherson, director of community services at Lancashire Council

  • House builders used covert employee database

    06/03/2009

    House builders are among the construction firms accused of subscribing to a covert index holding personal information about workers in the sector.

  • House building down 76 per cent in Wales

    11/03/2009

    New house building in Wales plummeted by 76 per cent in the last quarter of 2008 compared with the same period the previous year.

  • House share

    06/03/2009

    Housing authorities should not be pressured by family courts to allocate housing in a particular way, notes Angela Penn of Weightmans LLP

  • Housing leads construction order slump

    12/03/2009

    Construction orders from the public sector and housing associations fell by 43 per cent in the three months to January, compared with the previous three months.

  • How you've grown

    06/03/2009

    It’s 12 years since urban stock transfer really took off. Hal Pawson measures their worth.

  • Jobs go as NHBC closes three offices

    06/03/2009

    The National House Building Council has made 70 job cuts and closed three regional offices. 

  • Lack of consultation ‘disturbs’ minister

    06/03/2009

    The minister in charge of older people’s housing has said she is disturbed by the lack of consultation over the removal of resident wardens from sheltered housing schemes. 

  • Lack of European lender damages market

    05/03/2009

    Badly-hit housing markets in Europe are being further damaged by the lack of a pan-European mortgage lender, an academic has claimed.

  • Leaving arrangements

    06/03/2009

    Agency workers’ contracts must be ended with care, writes Rebecca McGuirk

  • Lenders need to see sense

    06/03/2009

    When Vince Cable, the man who predicted the downfall of Northern Rock, says that development by housing associations is making the current downturn worse, we should take notice.

  • London gets £93m

    06/03/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has announced it intends to spend £93 million over the next year to kickstart five major London developments.

  • March 31st

    06/03/2009

    It’s a date that looms large in housing association diaries - at the end of the month they will tally their losses. There will be some nasty surprises, writes Crispin Dowler

  • Marked card

    06/03/2009

    Two years on from its election victory, has the SNP delivered on its campaign housing pledges? Neil Merrick asks Scotland’s housing workforce if they’ve made the grade

  • Mears reports 'most successful year'

    10/03/2009

    Social housing repairs and maintenance company Mears has reported its ‘most successful year’ despite the recession.

  • Minister backs action on empty homes

    10/03/2009

    Housing minister Margaret Beckett has backed an ‘increased focus’ on bringing empty homes back into use.

  • No logic to a laissez faire argument

    06/03/2009

    Tony Soares is often confused and contradictory.

  • No one home

    06/03/2009

    Even one empty home is too many, says Shelter’s Gavin Corbett, and Scotland has 87,000 of them. But with politicians not interested in filling them, what’s to be done?

  • Performance bonus to reward pathfinders

    11/03/2009

    Housing market renewal pathfinders will have access to nearly £350 million this year to regenerate some of England’s most deprived areas.

  • Plan to build 430,000 east midlands homes

    12/03/2009

    More than 430,000 homes are to be built in the east midlands by 2026, under government plans.

  • Repairs work keeps Rok in the black

    12/03/2009

    Maintenance and building firm Rok has reported a sharp fall in profits during 2008, but managed to remain in the black.

  • Roving Roden

    06/03/2009

    Tony Roden has been appointed director of property services at Willow Park Housing Trust.

  • Scots budget £644m to fund 6,500 homes

    10/03/2009

    Scotland’s new housing minister has promised to invest £644 million for social rented or low cost home ownership homes from April.

  • Scottish associations cut build plans

    11/03/2009

    A question mark hangs over house building affordability for more than a third of Scottish developing housing associations.

  • Sector is ‘hindering’ economic recovery

    06/03/2009

    Social housing is hindering the country’s economic recovery at a time when it should be helping it, the Lib Dem’s Treasury spokesperson has claimed. 

  • Shelter from the storm

    06/03/2009

    Over the past few weeks, junior housing minister Baroness Andrews has received more than 500 letters from some of the 500,000 people in sheltered housing in England and the political alarm bells have begun ringing loudly.

  • Shelter staff go as donations dry up

    06/03/2009

    Homelessness charity Shelter may be forced to cut up to 20 of its 850 staff, after a fall in donations. 

  • Social landlords in top employers list

    09/03/2009

    Nine housing groups have made it into the Sunday Times’ list of the top 100 companies to work for in the UK.

  • Sporting chance

    06/03/2009

    Wander just two miles south east of Glasgow’s city centre and the view looks like a warzone.

  • Supply and demand

    06/03/2009

    The UK Border Agency is unable to cope with the level of demand for support from failed asylum seekers

  • Taylor’s suited

    06/03/2009

    Orchard & Shipman has appointed temporary housing manager John Taylor as chief executive officer.

  • Tees Valley to study waste energy heat

    06/03/2009

    All new housing in the Tees Valley area could be heated by waste energy from the area’s heavy industry, under a new plan by the area’s leaders.

  • The eyes have it

    06/03/2009

    The recession has brought social housing to its knees, says Vince Cable. So what does the man dubbed ‘the soothsayer’ think will happen next, asks Simon Brandon.

  • Time for Plan B

    06/03/2009

    Only the most rigid of civil servants would insist that their prescriptive pre-crunch plans be adhered to now, says Tim Dwelly

  • Video: Margaret Beckett on empty homes

    11/03/2009

    The housing minister explains how councils can do more to bring empty properties back into use

  • Welsh investment bucks economic trend

    09/03/2009

    The Welsh Assembly Government has pledged to spend £500 million a year on housing for the next three years.

  • Words of advice

    06/03/2009

    New Scottish housing and communities minister Alex Neil must work to restore confidence in the socialhousing sector

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