Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Inside Housing
08/10/2010

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  • Confusion reigns after planning overhaul

    08/10/2010

    Local authorities are struggling to quantify requirements for homes after the government scrapped development goals, a study has found.

  • Global survey finds budget optimism

    13/10/2010

    An international survey of housing providers has shown a sense of optimism for the next year, despite ongoing financial uncertainty.

  • Housing executive faces governance audit

    08/10/2010

    The Northern Irish social development minister has launched an immediate inquiry into the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

  • £500k payment sparks review at Housing 21

    08/10/2010

    Housing 21 has been ordered to launch an investigation into its governance after its outgoing chief executive picked up a package worth more than half a million pounds.

  • 2011 IH Events - Round-tables Mini profile - Civica

    13/10/2010

  • A growing problem

    08/10/2010

    A social landlord in the west midlands is cracking down on the tenants cultivating drugs in its properties - and saving thousands of pounds. Chloë Stothart reports

  • Alison Seabeck to be shadow housing minister

    11/10/2010

    Alison Seabeck will be announced as the new shadow housing minister, her office confirmed this afternoon.

  • Associations in £875 million merger talks

    11/10/2010

    Two Northern housing associations have announced they are in talks over an £875 million merger.

  • Basildon pulls out of talks over Gypsy site

    08/10/2010

    Basildon Council has pulled out of talks to find alternative sites for Gypsies and Travellers living on the biggest encampment in Europe.

  • Benefit plans could aid far right groups

    13/10/2010

    Plans to cut housing benefit could boost support for the British National Party, according to the Labour MP who defeated the leader of the far-right group in the general election.

  • Campaigners fear domestic violence cuts

    12/10/2010

    Cutting support services for women fleeing domestic violence could lead to a rise in murders, campaigners have warned.

  • Chemicals found under Motherwell estate

    08/10/2010

    Toxic chemicals have been found on land under a 400-home estate in Scotland.

  • Connaught contract was not a ‘disaster’

    08/10/2010

    I will gladly rise to the bait cast by Keith Simpson in his letter ‘Connaught gives us a chance to change’.

  • Council cuts staff to save £1.2m

    14/10/2010

    Slough council is to axe senior staff and members of its housing team to save £1.2 million.

  • Councils forced to accept HRA reform

    08/10/2010

    The government will force through plans to reform the current housing subsidy system if a minority of councils refuse to comply, it revealed this week.

  • Don’t down tools

    08/10/2010

    Removing the powers available to social landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour would be a backwards step

  • Door opens for benefit rescue

    08/10/2010

    The government has indicated it may water down plans to pay housing benefit direct to tenants, following furious lobbying from worried social landlords.

  • Drop in number of new homes

    25/10/2010

    The amount of new homes added to England’s housing stock last year fell by nearly a quarter, say government figures.

  • ERoSH issues warning on new standard

    08/10/2010

    A proposed European benchmark for sheltered housing will lower standards across the industry unless it is changed, experts have warned.

  • Flint gets CLG role in shadow cabinet

    08/10/2010

    Controversial former housing minister Caroline Flint is to take on the communities and local government brief in the Labour shadow cabinet.

  • Giving notice

    08/10/2010

    A new act gives tenants more protection if their landlord faces repossession, says Karen Neald

  • Gypsies and Travellers to get more rights

    13/10/2010

    Communities minister Andrew Stunell has announced plans to give Gypsies and Travellers the same rights as social housing tenants.

  • HMO licensing changes face legal challenge

    13/10/2010

    A group of councils is to sue the government over changes to legislation on houses in multiple occupation.

  • House prices fall as sellers test market

    12/10/2010

    An influx of new sellers coupled with a shortage of buyers is pushing house prices down, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has said.

  • Housing support delivers economic gains

    15/10/2010

    Services funded by the Supporting People programme in Wales contribute nearly £240 million to the Welsh economy.

  • In the frame

    08/10/2010

    Calls for a review of the fire risks posed by timber frame buildings have reignited fears over the safety and suitability of the construction method in social housing. Caroline Thorpe reports on the facts and figures fanning the flames of the debate

  • Islington rejects calls to close ALMO

    12/10/2010

    Councillors in Islington have rejected calls for a referendum on abolishing its arm’s-length management organisation, Homes for Islington.

  • Keeping watch

    08/10/2010

    Front line housing officers have become reality TV stars as the BBC films their battle to tackle anti-social behaviour. Lydia Stockdale visits them on set to find out their views on government plans to overhaul the system

  • Large associations’ pension liability doubles to £509.1m in 12 months

    08/10/2010

    The UK’s largest housing associations saw their pension liabilities double in the past year, their annual accounts have revealed.

  • Last piece of the puzzle

    08/10/2010

    The housing sector is holding its breath to see what final cuts will be revealed in the jigsaw of the comprehensive spending review. Carl Brown pieces it all together and looks at the bigger picture for social landlords.

  • Miliband announces shadow CLG team

    11/10/2010

    The Labour Party has announced the MPs who will work with Caroline Flint to shadow the Communities and Local Government department.

  • Miliband to unveil shadow cabinet roles

    08/10/2010

    Former housing minister John Healey has won a place in the shadow cabinet after coming second in a ballot of Labour MPs.

  • Mixed communities help tackle poverty

    12/10/2010

    Housing allocations policy should aim to create mixed communities and not high concentrations of social housing, according to a report issued by leading think tanks.

  • Money talks

    08/10/2010

    If chief executives were more open about their salaries the public would see they’re not all greedy

  • Movers & shakers

    08/10/2010

    Solihull Community Housing has appointed Steve Boyd as chief executive. Mr Boyd is currently managing director of Tristar Homes and will take up the new post on 1 December.

  • New chief executive prepares HCA for smaller future

    08/10/2010

    The new chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency warned the organisation is in for a major change in the way it operates during the first few months of her tenure.

  • NI housing director faces inquiry over links to contractor

    08/10/2010

    A housing director at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has been suspended over allegations about his relationship with a contractor.

  • Nowhere to shelter

    08/10/2010

    Elderly people shouldn’t have to live in fear within their own community, especially when their housing is supposed to be secure, says Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist

  • Payments to address housing benefit shortfall

    14/10/2010

    The government is considering increasing the amount of money it provides for tenants who face a shortfall between their housing benefit and rent.

  • Peabody confirmed as Crown Estate buyer

    12/10/2010

    Peabody has been confirmed as the prospective buyer of four London housing estates currently owned by the Crown Estate.

  • Planners back minimum space standards

    12/10/2010

    The Town and Country Planning Association has welcomed the mayor of London’s policy of mandatory space standards for new private as well as public housing.

  • Private firms could benefit social housing

    12/10/2010

    Business leaders have suggested the social housing sector should be opened up to private companies to improve the quality of homes.

  • Private rented sector faces tougher rules

    15/10/2010

    The Scottish Government has introduced legislation to tackle unscrupulous landlords in the private rented sector.

  • Rules of employment

    12/10/2010

    Equality law has been given an overhaul. Employment lawyer Joanne Lunt outlines some of the implications for housing providers

  • Second Labour MP given housing role

    12/10/2010

    The Labour Party has put two of its MPs in charge of shadowing the Communities and Local Government department’s work on housing.

  • SHA mini profile 2011 - Connect in Housing

    13/10/2010

  • SHA mini profile 2011 - H + H Celcon

    13/10/2010

  • SHA mini profile 2011 - Higgins

    13/10/2010

  • SHA mini profile 2011 - Wates living space

    13/10/2010

  • Shapps casts doubt over capital funding

    08/10/2010

    The current housing funding system has failed and the government will look at new models of investment in the future, the housing minister stressed this week.

  • Shapps promises to cut building red tape

    12/10/2010

    Grant Shapps has pledged to cut red tape to make it easier for developers to build homes.

  • Short-life housing will help homeless

    08/10/2010

    The theme of making effective use of short-life housing to tackle homelessness ran through the 24 September edition of Inside Housing.

  • Stand up and be counted

    08/10/2010

    Housing was a recurring theme at this year’s Conservative Party conference.

  • Tackling gang violence

    08/10/2010

    Housing associations cannot apply for new injunctions to tackle gang violence. Jane Plant, associate solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors, explains why

  • Watchdog issues timber-frame warning

    11/10/2010

    Developers should consider using alternatives to timber-frame construction methods if a site fire could put lives at risk in neighbouring homes, new guidance states.

  • Welsh assess progress on quality standard

    16/11/2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government is compiling information for the first time on progress towards meeting the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

  • Welsh groups unite against benefit cuts

    11/10/2010

    Welsh housing organisations are calling on the public to sign a petition against the UK government’s proposed cuts to housing benefit.

  • What’s in a name?

    08/10/2010

    It looks like the term ‘anti-social behaviour’ is being phased out by the Conservatives.

  • Word on the street

    08/10/2010

    With the possible scrapping of ASBOs and the recent plea from the chief inspector of constabulary for us to ‘reclaim the streets’, the debate on community safety is a hot topic. Simon Brandon asks six people on the front line how we can make our neighbourhoods safer

  • Zero carbon targets are 'unrealistic'

    13/10/2010

    The government’s target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 is unrealistic and will lead to a rise in building costs, a new report warns.