Thursday, 23 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • £3.2 billion needed to make all homes decent


    Social landlords will need to spend another £3.2 billion to make all of their housing stock decent.

  • Advisory committee launches housing benefit inquiry


    The social security advisory committee has launched an inquiry into the government’s proposed changes to housing benefit.

  • Buying clubs save £227 million


    Procurement consortia in England are generating average savings of 12 per cent and have outperformed their original business plans.

  • Cameron’s U-turn on security of tenure


    The prime minister has announced a sudden U-turn in government policy that could see new social tenants lose lifetime security of tenure.

  • Campaigners appeal against Neath ballot


    Anti-stock transfer campaigners in Neath Port Talbot are appealing against a tenant ballot after the council was found to have wrongly withheld key information.

  • Charities seek test case as UKBA forces out migrants


    Charities supporting migrants are looking to mount a test legal case after 13 homeless European nationals were forcibly removed from the UK.

  • Climate change


    Does the prospect of a grant free world mean doom or opportunity for developing housing associations asks corporate finance lawyer Pete Naylor.

  • Connaught expects to record full year loss


    Embattled social housing contractor Connaught has issued a stark financial warning to its backers.

  • Council loses legal battle against housing association


    A council has lost a legal battle with a housing association over who is liable for paying a £2.4m pension fund deficit.

  • Cuts hit hunt for chief exec


    The organisation that runs housing market renewal in Lancashire has suspended its search for a new chief executive over funding uncertainty.

  • Disabled could lose homes through mortgage aid cuts, says NHF


    Thousands of people with disabilities are at risk of losing their home following a government decision to cut support for mortgage interest payments, according to a housing umbrella body.

  • Do you stand out?


    Thousands of people take housing courses each year. So how can you shine as an outstanding student? Anita Pati talks to the tutors of some popular courses to find out

  • Don’t stifle ambition


    The announcement this week from the prime minister that he is keen to explore whether lifetime tenancies can be ended for future social housing tenants has caught the sector by surprise.

  • Education


    How housing education providers must adapt to budget cuts, a look at the Future Jobs Fund, and how to stand out as a student.

  • Explosion prompts heat pump recall


    An explosion at a housing association home in Somerset has led to a nationwide recall of a common type of air source heat pump.

  • Facing the future


    Meet the young people who have launched their housing careers via a popular scheme to get the long-term unemployed into work - and discover why they are a dying breed.

  • Financial changes threaten affordable housing


    Weakening the financial position of housing associations could have serious social consequences, a consultant has warned.

  • Foster son loses tenancy fight


    A foster son has lost his fight to take over the home he was brought up in from his late foster mother.

  • Funds for social housing could be cut by 80 per cent


    Capital funding for the social housing sector could be cut by as much as 80 per cent, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

  • Glasgow to transfer 1,246 homes


    The board of Glasgow Housing Association has given the go-ahead for homes in three areas of the city to transfer to community-based housing organisations.

  • Government launches benefit fraud crackdown


    The government will draft in credit ratings agencies to hunt down benefit frauds, the prime minister announced today.

  • Government plans threaten rural life, says group


    Government plans to hold local referendums on new housing schemes in England will make it easier to block homes in rural areas, campaigners have warned.

  • Great impact


    For me, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Housing Pact is an important document for two reasons.

  • Groups unite to oppose planning reform


    Nearly 30 organisations have signed a letter to communities secretary Eric Pickles challenging changes to planning policy.

  • Hammersmith and Fulham plans to close ALMO


    Hammersmith and Fulham council has announced plans to take its arm’s-length management organisation back in-house.

  • Highland to sell off a fifth of its homes


    Highland Council is looking to sell more than a fifth of its stock in a new model for increasing housing supply which could be rolled out across Scotland.

  • Housebuilder in legal bid against government


    A leading housebuilder has launched a legal challenge against the government’s decision to scrap regional spatial strategies.

  • Housing benefit cap would lower rents


    I feel you missed an opportunity in your study of Elsayed Ward (Inside Housing, 16 July). Mr Ward’s circumstances are clearly very difficult, but it would have been helpful to understand more about his situation. With three children (one of whom is now an adult), he should be entitled to a three-bedroom home.

  • Housing officer sacked for preaching faith loses tribunal


    A housing official sacked after telling a terminally ill woman to ‘put her faith in God’ has lost a legal challenge against his former employer.

  • Labour candidates back our campaign


    Four of the five candidates for the leadership of the Labour Party have backed Inside Housing’s What’s the Benefit? campaign.

  • Last resort


    The outcome of an anti-social behaviour case brought by a tenant could see landlords default to possession orders, says Neil Brand

  • Lightening the load


    Housing associations are missing a trick with the mortgage rescue scheme, says Sian Evans, partner at Weightmans

  • Maldon Council 'improving'


    Maldon Council’s housing service has made a ‘significant improvement’, inspectors have said.

  • Morgan Sindall profits decrease


    Morgan Sindall has reported pre-tax profits of £23.1m for the six months to 30 June.

  • Movers & shakers


    Erosh has announced that Imogen Parry is to retire from her position as director of policy in the Autumn. Ms Parry has worked as a specialist in sheltered housing for 25 years.

  • Must do better...


    Ministers have slashed almost £450 million from English university budgets and colleges are dropping courses. It’s time for housing education providers to pull their socks up if they want to continue to attract new talent. Nick Duxbury reports.

  • NTV in bid to carry on independently


    The National Tenant Voice has put in a bid for £50,000 worth of funding to explore whether it can run without government help.

  • Oldham ALMO appoints new chief executive


    Oldham’s arm’s-length management organisation has appointed an executive director from Liverpool council as new its CEO.

  • Peace role for NI landlords


    Social landlords will play a key role in tackling segregation in Northern Ireland, following anti-sectarian plans published last week.

  • School for sleuths


    Forward-thinking landlords are training their tenants to scrutinise their performance. Lydia Stockdale discovers how the official qualification for the role can benefit all involved

  • Shetland Council has 'serious problems'


    Auditors have slapped down the Shetland Islands Council over ‘serious problems’ with the way the authority is run.

  • Standing up for the little guy


    The coalition government’s cutbacks will hit the poorest members of society, says Jon Cruddas

  • Subsidy debate is too short-sighted


    The spat over housing benefit changes raises the question over who the welfare dependents really are. Tenants or landlords? State agencies or citizens?

  • Takeover on the cards for Tribal


    Tribal Group has confirmed it has received expressions of interest about a possible takeover.

  • The big squeeze


    Over recent weeks there has been increased discussion about how the social housing sector can make optimum use of existing homes.

  • The kids aren’t alright


    ‘I love housing and want to stay in it…It’s an industry you fall into and fall in love with at the same time.’ The sentiments of 25-year-old Monique James-Palmer will be echoed by many in the sector, but Ms James-Palmer’s romance could prove short-lived.

  • Wardens call to deputy PM


    Sheltered housing residents have written to the deputy prime minister asking him to bring back live-in wardens throughout the country.

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