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Inside Housing
07/10/2011

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  • £100m to bring homes into use

    07/10/2011

    A housing charity is launching a scheme to help community groups access a share of the £100 million pot of government cash available to bring empty homes back into use.

  • A home of their own

    07/10/2011

    The number of adults with learning disabilities in need of specialist housing is set to rise by 48,000 over the next 15 years. But as Rhiannon Bury reports, funding constraints and benefit changes could deny them an independent life

  • Action stations

    10/10/2011

    Imagine receiving a letter telling you that you will have to pay a £670 penalty every year - simply because you have a spare room in the home you’ve lived in for years.

  • Affordable homes projects reach £560m

    24/10/2011

    The latest round of affordable homes contracts have been revealed by the Homes and Communities Agency.

  • Altered images

    07/10/2011

    ‘Social housing, once a support for families working hard to give their children something better, has too often become a place of inter-generational worklessness, hopelessness and dependency.’

  • Banishment order

    07/10/2011

    Labour proposals to tackle anti-social behaviour could see perpetrators evicted from their homes and banned from the area, whatever their tenure. Alex Wellman gauges support for the plan. Illustration by Jonathan Edwards

  • Beds for homeless boosted with £37m funding

    12/10/2011

    Thirty housing associations, councils and other providers will deliver around 1,200 new bed spaces for homeless people with £37.5 million of funding.

  • Benefit changes to hit poverty, report claims

    11/10/2011

    More than a million children and adults will be pushed into poverty by 2013 according to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • Big four ask Treasury for £43bn write-off

    07/10/2011

    Four of the country’s largest housing associations have called on the government to release £43 billion of historic grant to allow them to fund new homes.

  • Bright ideas

    07/10/2011

    We all know the current problems - house building is at its lowest level since 1923; the number of first-time buyers has reduced to an all time low; and more than 4 million families are now registered on social housing waiting lists.

  • Call made for rough sleeper scheme to go national

    12/10/2011

    A charity has called on every council in the country to adopt a homelessness scheme which has helped cut rough sleeping in London.

  • Charities voice fears for supported accommodation

    07/10/2011

    The government must maintain the housing safety net for the most vulnerable people in society, according to a coalition of charities and housing organisations.

  • Christian worker issues landlord with court threat

    24/10/2011

    A former housing manager is planning to take his employers to court after they demoted him and slashed his pay for comments he made on a social networking site.

  • Contract renegotiations put solar deals at risk

    07/10/2011

    Housing associations are facing the prospect of eleventh-hour renegotiations over photovoltaic panel ‘rent-a-roof’ deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds, following guidance published this week.

  • Contractors' pay linked to tenant satisfaction

    14/10/2011

    A pair of contractors could be hit with financial penalties if tenants are not satisfied under a new agreement with a housing organisation.

  • Council attacks benefit cap homelessness fears

    06/10/2011

    A central London council has hit out at claims that changes to housing benefit will force people onto the streets.

  • Council calls on Travellers to abide by law

    12/10/2011

    Basildon Council has called for Travellers to leave an illegal site peacefully after the High Court ruled in its favour.

  • Council credit rating 'constrained' by HRA reform

    12/10/2011

    Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has said that it has ‘constrained’ the rating of Birmingham City Council because of additional debt it will take on as a result of the housing revenue account reform.

  • Council failed domestic violence victim - report

    13/10/2011

    A council has been accused of maladministration after it failed to provide adequate support for a homeless woman fleeing domestic violence.

  • Council finance reform under threat

    07/10/2011

    Councils could be saddled with millions of pounds of extra debt as a result of government attempts to revive the right to buy, sector experts have warned.

  • Council gives ex-soldiers parity on waiting list

    11/10/2011

    A council has pledged to make it easier for former members of the armed forces to get a home by making the length of time they served equal to the amount of time others have been on the housing waiting list.

  • Council hits rioter with possession order

    06/10/2011

    A council has started eviction proceedings against one of its tenants who was convicted of offences linked to the riots in August.

  • Council planning consultation on dropping ALMO

    12/10/2011

    A council is to decide whether or not to begin consulting tenants on getting rid of its ALMO.

  • Council warns of dangers of planning reforms

    07/10/2011

    One of the UK’s biggest councils has warned that proposals to overhaul planning laws in the UK could damage the ability of local authorities to control development.

  • Dromey in pledge to push housing 'centre stage'

    11/10/2011

    Ed Miliband’s new shadow communities team will put housing ‘centre stage’, according to the new shadow housing minister.

  • Eco-energy scheme delay

    07/10/2011

    The government has had to postpone the launch of its £860 million renewable heat incentive as a result of concerns from the European Commission.

  • Economy fears hit number of homes for sale

    11/10/2011

    Fears over the economy caused fewer people to put their homes up for sale in September, the latest data shows.

  • Edinburgh and Glasgow forced to share housing fund

    07/10/2011

    A £250 million sum previously ring-fenced for housing in Edinburgh and Glasgow is to be shared with other councils across Scotland, the country’s housing minister has revealed.

  • Eviction-threat teen court date delayed

    12/10/2011

    A man accused of rioting offences will appear in court later this month.

  • Facing the future

    07/10/2011

    Riots, job shortages - it’s been a tough summer for young people. Martin Hilditch investigates how one housing association is helping

  • Familiar feeling

    07/10/2011

    The Conservative Party has unveiled plans to revamp the right to buy, but this policy failed to deliver more social homes in the past and seems unlikely to do so now, says Bill Randall.

  • Fears that RTB could jeopardise housing finance reform

    11/10/2011

    Council representatives have expressed concern that government plans to relaunch the right to buy could jeopardise housing finance reform.

  • Govt departments identify land for 54,000 homes

    06/10/2011

    Government departments have identified enough public land to build 54,000 homes as part of government plans to free up land for housing.

  • HCA affordable homes deals top £300m

    10/10/2011

    The total value of contracts signed under the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable homes programme passed £300 million last week after six more providers inked deals with the HCA.

  • High Court rules against Dale Farm Travellers

    12/10/2011

    Residents of the UK’s largest Travellers’ site have lost their case against eviction in the High Court.

  • 'House building ice age' warning issued to govt

    12/10/2011

    Housebuilders have warned government to stand firm on its planning proposals or risk a ‘house building ice age’.

  • Housing association joins with large landlord

    11/10/2011

    A housing association has pledged to build new homes after agreeing to join forces with one of the country’s largest landlords.

  • Housing benefit consultant jailed for murder

    10/10/2011

    A housing benefit consultant has been jailed for life for the murder of his 94-year-old father.

  • Housing Forum warns NPPF could backfire

    12/10/2011

    Government plans to reform planning could backfire and lead to less development, a housing body has warned.

  • Labour announce shadow cabinet reshuffle

    07/10/2011

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has appointed Hilary Benn as the new secretary for communities and local government as part of the shadow cabinet reshuffle.

  • Landlord fined £100,000 after man dies from burns

    06/10/2011

    A housing association has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £35,000 costs after a man died from burns received from a scalding hot bath.

  • Landlord nets saving with insurance deal

    11/10/2011

    Affinity Sutton has targeted an annual saving of £250,000 after agreeing a so-called captive insurance deal with a sector-specialist broker.

  • 'Let us borrow' says minister

    07/10/2011

    The Welsh finance minister has called on the UK government to lift borrowing restrictions to fund new housing in Wales.

  • London mayor tackles foreign rough sleepers

    07/10/2011

    The mayor of London is organising meetings with foreign embassies in a bid to tackle the number of overseas nationals who are sleeping rough in the capital.

  • Meet the board

    07/10/2011

    The housing sector has an important role to play in preventing a repeat of this summer’s riots. Here, Lydia Stockdale gathers together a panel of experts to help shape the sector’s response

  • Minister 'not for turning' on planning reforms

    06/10/2011

    Housebuilders are ‘crap’ at communicating their development plans to local communities and must show greater ‘maturity and restraint’ in where they build, according to a government minister.

  • Modern slavery

    07/10/2011

    Human trafficking must be kept on the public agenda if victims are to receive the support they need

  • MP calls for end to 'feudal' landlord laws

    10/10/2011

    A Labour & Co-operative Party MP will this week call on the government to create a new form of co-operative housing tenure and end ‘feudal’ land ownership laws.

  • MSPs attack Cameron over right to buy

    06/10/2011

    Scottish MSPs have criticised David Cameron’s plan to invigorate the right to buy in England, calling it ‘entirely the wrong decision’.

  • Nat Fed starts 'week of action' on welfare bill

    10/10/2011

    Social landlords are backing the National Housing Federation’s campaign to force a rethink of the government’s controversial proposal to cut housing benefit.

  • New chairman for Black Country Housing

    07/10/2011

    Black Country Housing Group has appointed a new chairman following the death of Sarah Webb last month.

  • New HA bond hits market

    06/10/2011

    Seven housing associations have clubbed together to launch a £100 million bond after the price of government borrowing plunged to historic low levels.

  • New shadow housing minister following reshuffle

    10/10/2011

    The Labour party has announced its new shadow Communities and Local Government team as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

  • Northern tenants to be hit for £146m with reforms

    10/10/2011

    Plans to penalise 240,000 families across the North of England for renting a home with a spare room will cost social housing tenants £146.12 million a year, the National Housing Federation has claimed.

  • NPPF defended at select committee

    11/10/2011

    Planning experts have defended changes to the planning policy, saying it will not result in widespread building on the greenbelt.

  • Pickles to take control of helping problem families

    07/10/2011

    The communities and local government department is to take control of a taskforce charged with turning around the lives of 120,000 families.

  • Private landlords face tougher efficiency rules

    07/10/2011

    Rules forcing private landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their homes could be introduced earlier if progress is not made voluntarily.

  • Private rents 'unaffordable' in most of country

    13/10/2011

    Average rents in the private sector are unaffordable for ordinary working families in more than half of local authorities in England, research shows.

  • Recycling rates not fault of high density housing

    11/10/2011

    High density housing is no excuse for failing to boost London’s recycling rates, a report from the London Assembly has said.

  • Right to buy sales hit rock bottom

    07/10/2011

    The number of homes sold under right to buy fell by 97 per cent in less than a decade, it has been revealed.

  • Rochdale to create largest co-operative

    07/10/2011

    Rochdale Council’s arm’s-length management organisation has been given the green light by the housing minister to create England’s largest social housing co-operative after it proved it could raise finance from commercial lenders.

  • Safer communities special

    07/10/2011

    Examining how communities are coming together in response to the riots that swept England over the summer

  • Scottish Govt social homes plans branded 'misleading'

    11/10/2011

    Housing experts have accused the Scottish Government of being misleading over plans to increase social housing in Scotland.

  • Sector welcomes shadow cabinet changes

    07/10/2011

    Changes to the shadow cabinet - including the introduction of a minister for older people - have been welcomed by the sector.

  • Select committee debates NPPF

    10/10/2011

    Experts and MPs are debating changes to the planning framework this afternoon as part of a government enquiry.

  • Shadow CLG secretary attacks Localism Bill

    12/10/2011

    The new shadow communities secretary has panned the government’s flagship Localism Bill, saying it only passes responsibility for cuts and not power.

  • Shapps ‘on the case’ in affordable rents row

    07/10/2011

    Grant Shapps has intervened in the stand-off between councils and housing associations over rents which is threatening to derail the £1.8 billion affordable homes programme.

  • Shapps attacks 'ludicrous' council over homeless

    13/10/2011

    The housing minister has accused England’s largest council of being ‘ludicrous’ for reporting just nine rough sleepers in its annual street count.

  • Shapps defends SP ring fence decision

    07/10/2011

    The housing minister has defended the government’s decision not to re-instate the ring fence for the supporting people budget.

  • Shapps: High-earners paying market rent could raise £56m

    06/10/2011

    Grant Shapps plans to raise £56 million for new affordable homes by forcing social housing tenants on six-figure salaries to pay market rent.

  • Southern consortium nets £20m HCA contract

    06/10/2011

    A consortium of landlords in the south of England has signed a contract to provide 1,600 new homes as part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable homes programme.

  • The right combination

    07/10/2011

    Landlords should ensure the benefits of combined heat and power systems outweigh the burdens, says Nnenna Morah, senior associate in the housing team at Lewis Silkin

  • Universal credit puts 20,000 jobs 'at risk'

    12/10/2011

    Thousands of housing benefit jobs could be at risk if government plans to introduce universal credit are implemented, a union has warned.

  • Unsecured bonds the future for PfP

    07/10/2011

    Places for People has pledged to replace almost the entirety of its £1 billion bond portfolio with unsecured debt as its existing bonds reach maturity.

  • Young people struggling to get own home

    13/10/2011

    Rising living costs, an increase in youth unemployment and the continuing difficulty in getting on the property ladder is forcing people to stay at home or remain in the private rented sector for longer according to research from HomeLet.

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