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Inside Housing
10/09/2010

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  • Higher social rents should subsidise development

    14/09/2010

    The funding model for social housing is broken and must be changed if housing associations are to continue providing affordable homes, according to an influential think tank.

  • Housing bosses back right to buy review

    17/09/2010

    Council housing chiefs have said the right to buy policy should be reviewed, after a newspaper reported it is being reconsidered.

  • £27 billion green heat pledge scaled back

    10/09/2010

    The government plans to scale back its subsidy scheme for renewable heat in a bid to save money.

  • 2012 IH Events - Conferences and exhibitions

    13/09/2010

  • 700 Connaught staff to be made redundant

    10/09/2010

    A total of 700 Connaught workers will be made redundant, administrators KPMG have announced.

  • A busy man

    10/09/2010

    Climate change minister Greg Barker takes 12 minutes off from saving the planet to explain the government’s new ‘green deal’ to Nick Duxbury

  • A new contract

    10/09/2010

    Hard times call for radical changes - including a new contract between government and housing associations

  • All councils to supply rough sleeping figures

    14/09/2010

    The government has announced the way rough sleepers are counted will change from today.

  • Benefit cuts are 'economic cleansing'

    15/09/2010

    The government has been accused of practising ‘economic cleansing’ through its programme of cuts by one of its own backbench MPs.

  • Benefit reforms would push 54,000 children below the poverty line

    10/09/2010

    The government risks missing its target to end child poverty by 2020 if cuts to housing benefit go ahead, a leading housing charity warned this week.

  • Birmingham housing staff face dismissal

    15/09/2010

    Unions have warned that Birmingham council’s housing staff could lose their jobs as the authority looks to make financial savings.

  • Call for change

    10/09/2010

    Housing needs modern regulation in line with utility companies

  • Cestria boss quits despite bullying acquittal

    14/09/2010

    The chief executive of Cestria Community Housing has stepped down after being cleared of bullying allegations.

  • Chancellor denies rift over benefit cuts

    14/09/2010

    George Osborne has denied accusations of a ‘turf war’ between the Treasury and Iain Duncan Smith’s work and pensions department.

  • Clean-up begins after Connaught collapse

    10/09/2010

    Hundreds of landlords are facing uncertainty and extra costs as they seek to ensure repairs and maintenance services are not disrupted following the collapse of Connaught.

  • Clegg warms to benefit reform plans

    16/09/2010

    Nick Clegg has broken with his pre-election stance on welfare by claiming that benefits should not ‘compensate the poor for their predicament’.

  • Council restructures to save £500,000

    16/09/2010

    Westminster Council has announced it is restructuring housing management services to save £500,000.

  • Councils cut £400m on housing spend

    10/09/2010

    Councils spent £400 million less on improving existing or building new housing last year, despite an overall increase in their capital spending.

  • Councils underestimate benefit bill

    10/09/2010

    Rising demand for housing benefit has meant the amount councils underestimated they would spend on it has more than doubled in four years.

  • Ealing votes to close arm's-length body

    15/09/2010

    Ealing council’s cabinet has officially approved plans to bring its arm’s-length management organisation back in-house.

  • Eco doctor

    10/09/2010

    Strengthening supply chains through ‘sandpit’ days will help reduce the cost of building zero carbon homes on a grand scale says Dr Elizabeth Ness

  • Fire chief issues timber frame warning

    15/09/2010

    A top fire officer has warned of the dangers of timber-framed buildings under construction after a 64-flat extra care scheme went up in flames.

  • First UK PassivHaus body to launch

    10/09/2010

    Ten housing and sustainability organisations have come together to launch an industry body which plans to drive the building of thousands of PassivHaus homes in the UK.

  • Football fan scores victory over landlord

    20/09/2010

    A Manchester United fan has won a battle with his housing association to stop his house being painted in the rival colours of Man City.

  • Galliford Try expansion on track

    15/09/2010

    Affordable housing specialist Galliford Try has reported a three-year plan to double the size of its house building business is on track.

  • Government figures show rise in homelessness

    13/09/2010

    The number of people accepted as homeless rose in the second quarter compared to the first three months of this year.

  • Green guru

    10/09/2010

    Olivia Powis tallies up the funding available to help pay for retrofitting a home

  • Green planning statement shelved

    13/09/2010

    The government has shelved plans to publish a legally-binding statement on its planning policy on climate change and renewable energy, Inside Housing has learned.

  • Groups united in opposition to benefit cuts

    09/09/2010

    The government’s proposed cuts to housing benefit have come under fire from all sides, with charities, industry bodies and trade unions all voicing their opposition to the plans.

  • HCA chooses partners for advice panels

    14/09/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency has announced the names of 33 companies selected to sit on two panels which will advise on decisions about funding.

  • Hossacks faces bankruptcy over legal aid

    10/09/2010

    The leading firm of solicitors representing sheltered housing tenants is facing bankruptcy because of legal aid delays.

  • Housing schemes meet design standard

    13/09/2010

    A record number of new housing schemes have qualified for a Building for Life standard from design body CABE.

  • Housing task group head appointed

    10/09/2010

    A housing association sustainability chief is to chair one of four task groups set up to consult on the coalition government’s microgeneration strategy.

  • How to...

    10/09/2010

    Andrew Eagles outlines five areas social landlords can target to improve their SHIFT environmental ranking

  • IH Events - Briefings

    13/09/2010

  • IH Events - Webinars

    13/09/2010

  • Inside Housing Events - Awards

    13/09/2010

  • Inside Housing Events - Awards

    13/09/2010

  • Inside Housing Events - Awards

    13/09/2010

  • Inside Housing Events - Awards

    13/09/2010

  • Is it time to write off the TSA?

    10/09/2010

    The Audit Commission has already been left for scrap and the Tenant Services Authority has just a slim chance of being salvaged. Inside Housing’s exclusive survey reveals whether you think the TSA has reached the end of the road. Lydia Stockdale reports.

  • Islington PFI probe reveals overcharging but no fraud

    16/09/2010

    A fraud investigation into two Islington private finance initiative schemes has found some leaseholders were overcharged for work and did not benefit from discounts obtained from sub-contractors.

  • Justice panels are doomed to failure

    10/09/2010

    The home secretary’s plans for community justice panels - where an offender will explain their actions to their victim in front of a panel of community volunteers (Justice panels ‘will put people at risk’, Inside Housing, 3 September) - betrays a problem with the current magistracy.

  • Kier sees profits rise 10 per cent

    16/09/2010

    Kier Group has reported an increase in pre-tax profits in preliminary full year results.

  • L&Q calls on government to strike landlord deal

    10/09/2010

    All housing associations should be able to sign a contract with government pledging to use their assets more effectively, in return for funding and regulation guarantees, according to a report out today.

  • Landlords put faith in contingency plans

    10/09/2010

    Landlords which hold contracts with social housing maintenance firm Connaught say they are confident they will not lose out financially as a result of the contractor’s demise.

  • Mears to take over eight Connaught contracts

    13/09/2010

    Connaught’s administrator KPMG has agreed to transfer eight contracts to social housing repairs and maintenance contractor Mears.

  • MPs slate £750m employment scheme

    16/09/2010

    The government’s key programme for getting people on incapacity benefits into work was not implemented well and had limited effect, MPs have said.

  • Mutualism is key to the big society

    10/09/2010

    Social housing should be the bedrock on which a meaningful ‘big society’ is built.

  • Northern approach

    10/09/2010

    Scotland’s housing minister echoed his English counterpart this week in warning social landlords of tough times ahead following the likely cut to the affordable housing budget in the upcoming spending review.

  • Older people fear government cuts

    15/09/2010

    Nearly three quarters of older people believe the government’s cuts will hit them hardest, a study has found.

  • Paying the price

    10/09/2010

    Sadly, the demise of social housing contractor Connaught will come as no great surprise to its hundreds of social landlord clients.

  • Powerhouse to PassivHaus

    10/09/2010

    The coal mines and the industry they fuelled have long stood idle, but now green housing is giving Welsh industry a new lease of life. Chloë Stothart reports

  • Provider beware

    10/09/2010

    Landlords face increased risks under the home ownership for people with long-term disabilities scheme, says David Percival

  • Public sector workers unite

    10/09/2010

    Government suppport for workers’ co-operatives creates new opportunity, says Simon Randall, a consultant at Winckworth Sherwood

  • Purrfect solution

    10/09/2010

    Installing solid wall insulation can be costly and time-consuming, but a new laser measuring system called Whiscers is speeding up the process - and without the tenant having to move out. Nick Duxbury finds out how

  • Q&A: the DIY green deal

    10/09/2010

    Ben Earl explains what DIY specialist B&Q is doing as part of the coalition government’s private sector drive for its green deal, which will retrofit every home using savings from fuel bills

  • Redrow returns to profit

    14/09/2010

    House builder Redrow has reported a return to profitability in preliminary financial results for the year ending 30 June 2010.

  • Regeneration body to merge with council

    13/09/2010

    A regeneration body responsible for part of the Thames Gateway is to be merged with the local council, reversing plans to combine it with the Homes and Communities Agency.

  • Repossessions hit two-year low

    16/09/2010

    The number of repossessions in the second quarter of this year was the lowest for more than two years, according to official figures.

  • Retrofit realities

    10/09/2010

    The results of Gentoo’s retrofit reality programme are in - and they throw a spanner in the works of the government’s green deal. Nick Duxbury reports

  • Rival snaps up Connaught contracts

    10/09/2010

    One of Connaught’s competitors has stepped in to buy the bulk of its social housing contracts after the beleaguered firm called in the administrators.

  • Sacked surveyor in asbestos claims

    10/09/2010

    A health and safety worker is claiming a housing association sacked him for raising the alarm about its asbestos management.

  • Safety catches fitted to death fall tower block

    15/09/2010

    Child restrictors were fitted to the windows in a block from which an eight-year-old girl fell to her death, the social landlord has said.

  • Shapps to tackle underoccupancy

    16/09/2010

    Grant Shapps has pledged to help the 1.8 million families on the housing waiting list by tackling underoccupancy in social homes.

  • Shared ownership opens the door

    10/09/2010

    The report by the Chartered Institute of Housing Widening the rental housing market states that the ‘in-betweeners’ (low-income workers earning more than £12,000 but less than £25,000) are unable to access shared ownership housing schemes.

  • Sir Bob: ‘CLG will be high-performing’

    10/09/2010

    Sir Bob Kerslake has told Inside Housing he wants to fashion a high-performing Whitehall department as he takes a pay cut to to become one of the UK’s top civil servants.

  • Spending cuts to hit the poor hardest

    13/09/2010

    The Trades Union Congress has warned spending cuts will hit the poorest in society hardest, as it begins its annual conference in Manchester.

  • Still cutting it

    10/09/2010

    By changing the way we work we can still deliver in the face of reduced budgets, says Sir Bob Kerslake

  • Surveyors report house price falls

    14/09/2010

    Property prices have fallen for the second month in a row as more houses flood the market, surveyors have said.

  • Tenant protection fears as sector backs housing regulator

    10/09/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has said he wants the Tenant Services Authority to be abolished, but more than half of the 234 housing professionals who completed an Inside Housing online survey last month want England’s housing regulator to stay.

  • Tenants who live in squalor need help

    10/09/2010

    I read the article concerning tenants who live in squalor with interest (‘Down and dirty’, Inside Housing, 20 August), having recently completed a dissertation on hoarding as part of an MSc in housing and professional practice at Cardiff University.

  • The great estate

    10/09/2010

    Two north London housing estates have been given a grade II listing by English Heritage. Is this rightful recognition of cultural and architectural legacy, or a hindrance to renovation and improvement? Words and photography by Simon Brandon

  • The real deal?

    10/09/2010

    The coalition government has pledged to be the greenest government ever. Isabel Hardman investigates its true colours

  • The sum of all failures

    10/09/2010

    A freedom of information request reveals councils are underestimating their housing benefit bills leaving central government owing nearly £600 million at the end of the year. Emily Twinch reports

  • There’s no place like home

    10/09/2010

    A pressing topic at the International Social Housing Summit at The Hague next month will be how housing and healthcare providers can support our rapidly ageing population to stay where it wants to be: at home. Lydia Stockdale reports

  • Time for change

    10/09/2010

    We need to introduce regulatory standards to the retrofitting of existing homes as well as new builds. But defining this regulation shouldn’t be rushed, says Paul Morrell

  • United House increases profits

    13/09/2010

    United House has announced increased turnover and profits.

  • Up on the roof

    10/09/2010

    John Swinney and Allan Thompson debate whether housing associations should sign up for ‘free PV’ offered by green companies’ roof rental schemes?

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