Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Inside Housing
08/01/2010

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  • 24% of providers can’t afford to renew contracts

    08/01/2010

    Almost a quarter of supported housing providers are considering not bidding to provide some of their existing services when their contracts end.

  • 25 more landlords to offer mortgage rescue

    08/01/2010

    The number of housing associations offering the mortgage rescue scheme is set to more than treble following a plea for help from the Homes and Communities Agency.

  • A new beginning

    13/01/2010

    The start of 2010 will herald a fresh start for the house building market, if traditional indicators are to be believed. GL Hearn’s Justin Sumner explains why.

  • Barnet's loss is older people's gain

    08/01/2010

    The High Court decision against the reform of warden services in Barnet is a welcome one and a great victory in the fight to keep this valuable service.

  • Barratt forward sales rise 43 per cent

    14/01/2010

    House builder Barratt Developments’ forward sales stood at £651.2 million on 31 December 2009, up 43 per cent on the previous year.

  • Charity to launch homeless college

    08/01/2010

    A housing charity is preparing to launch a college to combat levels of poor numeracy and literacy among young homeless people.

  • CIH chief executive Sarah Webb launches the campaign

    14/01/2010

    A video introduction to the House Proud campaign, which is calling for greater recognition of the importance of housing services

  • CIH: charge high earners more rent

    08/01/2010

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has suggested tenants whose circumstances improve could pay more rent to tackle waiting lists.

  • Councils face new year rent headache

    08/01/2010

    Councils are facing potential cash flow problems after the government altered the council housing subsidy regime.

  • Councils given £120m to build homes

    11/01/2010

    Housing minister John Healey has announced the second wave of funding in the first council house building programme for twenty years.

  • Councils show appetite for house building

    12/01/2010

    Councils are showing a keen interest in building affordable housing, the Homes and Communities Agency has said.

  • Dangerous dog owners barred from social housing

    14/01/2010

    Prospective tenants who own ‘weapon dogs’ could find themselves refused homes in a London borough.

  • Divining the future

    08/01/2010

    They say the future is written in the stars. So can they tell us what the next 12 months hold for social housing? Lydia Stockdale talks to eight leading industry figures - and one celebrity astrologer - to find out

  • Efficiency scheme begins in Walsall

    11/02/2010

    The first homes in the government’s £350 million Community Energy Saving Programme are receiving an eco-makeover.

  • Extra help needed for rough sleepers

    11/01/2010

    Shelter Scotland has called for agencies to work together to ensure no-one is sleeping rough on the streets as sub-zero temperatures continue.

  • Forged in a new mould

    08/01/2010

    A new era of freedom beckons for the structural set-up of social landlords

  • Galliford Try sales figures up on 2008

    12/01/2010

    House builder Galliford Try has announced its sales figures at the mid point in its financial year are up on 2008.

  • Green homes will constrain affordable housing

    11/01/2010

    Consultants have warned spending cuts and strict regulations on green housing will heavily impact the government’s ability to deliver affordable homes.

  • Guinea pigs sought for crime-fighting pilot

    13/01/2010

    Ministers are looking for 10 areas to pilot agreements between councils, police and residents to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

  • HCA appoints development panel members

    08/01/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency has announced the organisations that will be involved in developing its sites.

  • Helping hands

    08/01/2010

    Volunteer schemes work best when people are clear about what’s expected of them. Lydia Stockdale sets out some simple guidelines to ensure everyone is in the picture

  • High Court orders housing support for failed asylum duo

    08/01/2010

    The High Court has ordered the government to give two failed asylum seekers housing support, while it considers whether to grant a judicial review into changes to the asylum system.

  • Home Group plans to dissolve boards

    09/02/2010

    Housing association Home Group could dissolve a number of its boards and appoint more tenants to make decisions on strategy and performance.

  • Homeless man left hospital in pyjamas

    14/01/2010

    A homeless man was discharged from a London hospital with few clothes and nothing on his feet, a charity has claimed.

  • House price rises slow in December

    12/01/2010

    The pace of house price increases slowed at the end of 2009, according to the latest figures released by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Housing groups among best employers for LGB staff

    13/01/2010

    Five housing organisations have made it into the top 100 places to work for gay, lesbian and bisexual employees.

  • Housing ombudsman sees surge in complaints

    13/01/2010

    The number of complaints dealt with by the Housing Ombudsman Service increased 21 per cent last year, its annual report has shown.

  • In the hot seat

    08/01/2010

    Who better to interview Chartered Institute of Housing president Howard Farrand than a couple of up and coming CIH members? Lydia Stockdale eavesdropped on their line of questioning.

  • In the line of fire

    08/01/2010

    Housing staff fear they will be at the sharp end of looming public sector cuts, says Inside Housing’s new columnist, a senior housing officer who wishes to remain anonymous

  • Lib Dems unveil £1.4bn empty homes scheme

    14/01/2010

    The Liberal Democrats have launched plans to invest £1.4 billion in bringing empty homes back into use.

  • London Assembly orders fire safety investigation

    14/01/2010

    The London Assembly has ordered its planning and housing committee to investigate fire safety in buildings in the capital.

  • London tenants are least satisfied in country

    11/01/2010

    Social tenants in London are the most dissatisfied with their landlords, according to a Housemark survey.

  • Million use credit cards for housing debt

    11/01/2010

    More than 1 million householders face homelessness or repossession because they use a credit card to pay their mortgage or rent, according to a Shelter survey.

  • Moving the goalposts

    08/01/2010

    For the second year running, civil servants at the Communities and Local Government department have decided to make life difficult for local authorities which still own housing.

  • MPs demand action on energy efficiency

    12/01/2010

    The government must expand efforts to improve energy efficiency in homes if it is to achieve emission reduction targets, MPs have warned.

  • New Deal scheme fails to tackle economic deprivation

    13/01/2010

    The £2 billion New Deal for Communities programme has done little to improve the economic situation of the 39 most deprived areas of England.

  • Novas in row with staff over pay cut and longer hours plan

    08/01/2010

    Novas Scarman is in a stand-off with trade union Unite after telling support staff they must take a £4,000 pay cut and work longer hours.

  • Officials cleared of misconduct in Trump case

    13/01/2010

    The leader and eight other members of a Scottish planning committee have been cleared of misconduct after giving outline permission for land, which is to be part a billionaire’s controversial golf resort.

  • Pathfinder joins councils

    08/01/2010

    The housing market renewal pathfinder for East Lancashire has merged with seven local authorities to form a regeneration company for the region.

  • Planned housing starts up by half

    08/01/2010

    The number of applications to build new homes shot up by 43 per cent in the last quarter of 2009.

  • Reaching out

    13/01/2010

    Gentoo Group came out top among housing providers in the Stonewall survey of gay-friendly employers. Equality and diversity co-ordinator Pam Walton explains what the organisation does differently.

  • Refugees deserve better

    08/01/2010

    Whatever happens in this year’s general election, one certain legacy of this Labour government will be a problematic asylum and immigration system.

  • Rents climb by 5 per cent

    08/01/2010

    Housing association rents rose by 5.1 per cent in 2008/09, a study for the Tenant Services Authority has found.

  • Residents question impact of £100m crime drive

    08/01/2010

    Only 19 per cent of residents in areas targeted by a £100 million government anti-social behaviour drive believe the situation has improved.

  • Rising housing costs cause family conflict

    12/01/2010

    Nearly 10 million people have been forced to continue living with an ex-partner because they can’t afford to live on their own, or know someone who has, according to Shelter research.

  • Road to nowhere

    08/01/2010

    New rules mean failed asylum seekers must travel to Liverpool if they wish to submit fresh evidence to support a new claim. But for most, the journey they most need to make is the one they can least afford. Emily Twinch reports.

  • Rok margins hold steady

    12/01/2010

    Building and maintenance firm Rok has said its results will be in line with expectations due to its decision to scale back its new build activities in 2009.

  • Small co-ops can’t access funding

    08/01/2010

    Following the publicaction of the report into the co-operative and mutual housing sector Bringing democracy home, I felt compelled to write to housing minister John Healey outlining my concerns over funding for housing co-ops.

  • Staff help residents battle through snow

    13/01/2010

    Housing organisations have been going out of their way to help residents struggling with the snow and cold weather.

  • Third Southwark blaze

    08/01/2010

    One hundred and fifty Southwark residents were evacuated from their homes this week following a third major blaze in the borough in just over seven months

  • Three Valleys faces bullying allegations

    08/01/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has been handed a survey of staff at Three Valleys Housing in which 32 employees complain of a ‘bullying management culture’ at the association

  • Tread carefully

    08/01/2010

    Small housing associations may not suit a one-size-fits-all regulation model

  • TSA consults on plans to address discrimination

    13/01/2010

    The social housing regulator has set out its plans for tackling discrimination in the sector.

  • Unlock the potential

    08/01/2010

    Tackling homelessness would be so much easier with the use of private homes

  • We need a decision over zero-carbon

    08/01/2010

    The article The missing piece by Phillippa Ward (Inside Housing, 11 December) was a joy to read.

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