Friday, 29 August 2014

Inside Housing
09/04/2010

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  • A healthy attitude towards housing

    09/04/2010

    I completely endorse Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ongoing House Proud campaign - especially its focus on health (Inside Housing, 22 January, 2010). Decent, well-adapted housing promotes health and keeps people at home and out of hospital and care homes.

  • And they’re off

    09/04/2010

    The common complaint this week as the phoney war for Number 10 finally ended, was that it was impossible to draw a line between the main political parties.

  • Asylum seekers are left destitute by rule changes

    09/04/2010

    Growing numbers of failed asylum seekers are being left destitute because of rule changes that are causing huge delays to decisions about whether to give them access to housing.

  • Bid to unlock £42m of EU retrofit cash

    09/04/2010

    Two regional development agencies have called for housing associations to form consortia in order to access a total pot of up to £42 million of EU funding that would be used to bolster England’s fledgling retrofit industry.

  • Bonfire of the acronyms

    09/04/2010

    No sooner have we waved a legal goodbye (in England anyway) to the ghastly RSL acronym, than up pops RLSR in Abigail Davies’ article about resident-led self-regulation (Inside Housing, 26 March 2010).

  • Brown: build more for less

    09/04/2010

    A future Labour government would launch a ‘new deal’ for housing that would mean more homes being delivered with less funding, the prime minister has announced.

  • Call of the wild

    09/04/2010

    In a week of political distractions you would be forgiven for missing housing minister John Healey announce a consultation on allowing parish councils to grant planning permission for developments of up to 15 affordable homes in rural communities - a concept spookily similar to that suggested in the Conservative’s recent planning green paper.

  • Chief executive of LHA-ASRA Group named

    12/04/2010

    The chief executive of Solihull Community Housing is to leave his post to take over as head of the 12,000 home LHA-ASRA Group.

  • Councils that build may get Lib Dem boost

    09/04/2010

    The Liberal Democrats’ election manifesto is likely to contain a pledge that councils’ housing funding should be taken off the public sector balance sheet, according to its former spokesperson on communities and local government issues.

  • Country life

    09/04/2010

    Rural housing enablers can play a vital role in giving communities the homes they need. But with pressure on budgets, the role is under threat. Should we care? Simon Brandon spent the day with Wiltshire-based enabler Carol Southall to find out

  • Cultivating success

    09/04/2010

    Last week, Inside Housing started tracking progress at the Places of Change garden. Here, Lydia Stockdale gets some top tips on project management from behind the scenes at the Chelsea Flower Show entry’s headquarters at Cornwall’s Eden Project

  • Deal with pet peeves

    09/04/2010

    A recent dog owner case shows housing providers are beholden to head lessor, explains Scott Greenwood

  • Declare your deposits

    09/04/2010

    Landlords could be fined if they fail to register deposits in time, says Paul Hayes

  • FIT for purpose

    09/04/2010

    Feed-in tariffs must be part of a national retrofit programme if we are to stop climate change, argues Bill Randall

  • Former chief of Solihull Care Housing Association dies

    12/04/2010

    The former chief executive of Solihull Care Housing Association has died following an illness.

  • Guidance fails to clarify responsibilities to house homeless teens

    09/04/2010

    The government has rejected calls that it should require social service departments to take full responsibility for looking after homeless 16 and 17-year-olds.

  • HCA spends £5.6billion to beat targets

    12/04/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency has said it has met or exceeded its main targets for 2009/10.

  • Healey and Shapps start war of words

    09/04/2010

    Housing minister John Healey and his opponent Grant Shapps have become embroiled in a war of words at the start of the general election campaign.

  • Hold judgement on regulation

    09/04/2010

    I believe the introduction of a new regime of risk-based regulation incorporating co-regulation is in danger of being undermined by soundbites and a misleading title.

  • Home ownership central to Labour housing manifesto

    12/04/2010

    The Labour Party will fight the General Election with pledges to extend home ownership to people on modest incomes and make savings in funding for regeneration.

  • Home schooled

    09/04/2010

    On 1 August the government will withdraw funding from developmental housing courses, leaving students to make a stark choice between paying doubled fees and a future career in the sector. Kate Youde investigates.

  • House building to rise in 2010

    13/04/2010

    House builders in the UK will produce 154,000 more homes in 2010, according to new research.

  • House prices rise but at slower pace

    13/04/2010

    House sales are expected to increase and prices are likely to stabilise, according to a poll of surveyors.

  • IH mini profile SHA - H + H Celcon

    08/04/2010

  • IH Mini Profile SHA - Mitie

    08/04/2010

  • Keeping watch

    09/04/2010

    The Conservatives would be barking mad to scrap the Tenant Services Authority

  • Lib Dem MP calls for more generous way of funding housing

    15/04/2010

    Simon Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, has called on whichever party forms the new government in May to introduce a ‘much more open, honest and generous way of funding housing.’

  • Lib Dems promise to reform public sector borrowing

    14/04/2010

    Councils could be freed from current public sector borrowing requirements in order to build a new generation of council homes under a Liberal Democrat government.

  • Longlife is fighting hard for survival

    09/04/2010

    Last week’s news item, Longlife could be cut short (Inside Housing, 26 March, 2010), was not representative of the real issues that Longlife finds itself embroiled in.

  • Manchester ‘super council’ to go ahead

    09/04/2010

    A huge super council will oversee decisions about housing, planning and the economic development of Greater Manchester, in a bid to drive the region’s economic recovery.

  • Movers & shakers

    09/04/2010

    Helen Evans has been appointed London operations director at Network Housing Group. She joins from Brent Housing Partnership where she was chief executive.

  • New Place Shapers chair wants to maintain quality

    14/04/2010

    The new chair of a group of community-based housing associations, which promote good practice, wants to minimise the effects of the recession on organisations’ staff and tenants.

  • New rules in Scotland could slow house building

    13/04/2010

    Home builders in Scotland say new regulations for green standards will slow-down delivery.

  • Numbers of mortgages increased in February, say CML

    15/04/2010

    The number of residential mortgages taken out in February increased by 12 per cent on the previous month signalling a modest recovery, said the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

  • Plaid Cymru calls for devolution of housing powers

    14/04/2010

    Welsh political party Plaid Cymru wants primary housing legislation to be devolved back to Wales and for finance reform to allow more council-built social housing.

  • Prime minister’s question time

    09/04/2010

    The general election was finally called this week - on 6 May Britain will choose its next government. In the first of a series in which we quiz the leaders of the three main political parties, Inside Housing asks prime minister Gordon Brown why social housing employees and their tenants should vote Labour

  • Private landlords hit out at Labour manifesto

    13/04/2010

    The Labour Party’s election manifesto has been criticised by large private landlords for a lack of clarity on how it will fund 50,000 new affordable homes.

  • Readers’ panel is a missed chance

    09/04/2010

    I was very disappointed with the composition of Inside Housing’s general election Readers’ Panel (Inside Housing, 19 March, 2010) that will be scrutinising key political announcements and revealing whether they feel sufficiently persuaded by any one party’s housing policy.

  • Repossession bill to become law

    12/04/2010

    Private tenants are to get greater protection from eviction after a private members’ bill was passed before the pre-election closure of Parliament.

  • Round the houses

    09/04/2010

    The Budget is helping out homeowners but what about the renters?

  • Ruling due over sex offender addresses

    09/04/2010

    Scottish law lords will announce within weeks if police will be forced to reveal the areas in which sex offenders are housed, following a court case by three housing associations.

  • Salvation Army to merge with landlord

    09/04/2010

    The Salvation Army is set to take over a housing association and become the first unregistered organisation with a subsidiary signed up to the housing regulator.

  • Scotland in bid to reduce evictions

    09/04/2010

    The Scottish Government is looking at introducing rules that would make it much tougher for social landlords to evict tenants.

  • Shelter league table panned

    09/04/2010

    The Local Government Association has written to homelessness charity Shelter criticising a league table it produced in which it criticised councils’ record over affordable housing.

  • South west special

    09/04/2010

    Assessing the role of housing enablers in rural communities, a look at an innovative retrofitting scheme, and how Cornwall’s Eden Project is supporting the Places of Change homelessness garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

  • Survey finds bullying in hostels

    27/05/2010

    Physical violence and sexual exploitation are among the forms of bullying happening in hostels and supported housing, research has warned.

  • The retrofit revolution

    09/04/2010

    The government has allocated £17 million to find innovative ways of reducing carbon emissions from social housing stock. Kicking off our special focus on the south west, Nick Duxbury looks at how the region is spending its retrofit cash

  • Union campaigns for council pay rise

    14/04/2010

    The UK’s biggest trade union has launched a campaign to overturn an alleged pay freeze for local government employees.

  • Voodoo neighbour given suspended possession order

    15/04/2010

    A housing association has gained a suspended possession order against a tenant whose three-year long vendetta against her neighbour included the use of a voodoo doll.

  • Warrington's ALMO tenants vote for transfer

    14/04/2010

    Warrington Council’s ALMO tenants have overwhelmingly voted to transfer ownership of all 8,700 homes to Golden Gates housing association.

  • We must invest in Scottish recovery

    09/04/2010

    The Scottish Building Federation is disappointed that the Scottish government’s call for a programme of accelerated capital spending of some £350 million in the recent UK Budget has not been answered.

  • Welsh bid for increased housing powers fails

    12/04/2010

    A Welsh Assembly Government bid to gain wide-ranging powers over housing in Wales has failed.

  • West Dunbartonshire improves performance

    14/04/2010

    The Scottish Housing Regulator has moved West Dunbartonshire Council up from a ‘poor’ to a ‘fair’ rating.

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