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10/12/2010

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  • Police seconded to housing association

    24/12/2010

    A housing association has seconded 12 police constables to tackle anti-social behaviour in what it claims is a first for a housing organisation in the UK.

  • Poor areas hit by local government cuts

    14/12/2010

    Some of the poorest areas of England will see the most severe local government funding cuts next year.

  • A fair share?

    10/12/2010

    Rural planners are causing shared landlords an unnecessary headache, says Ian Deuchar

  • A lack of support

    10/12/2010

    Support services for vulnerable people face a double hit as councils raid an already depleted Supporting People budget to cushion cuts in other departments. Emily Twinch investigates the effect on service providers and those who rely on them.

  • A victory for inequality

    10/12/2010

    The announcement by Theresa May, home secretary and minister for women and equality, that the government will not be implementing the proposed socio-economic duty contained in the Equalities Act 2010 is to be condemned.

  • ALMO chief suspended after governance fears

    15/12/2010

    The chief executive of an arm’s-length management organisation has been suspended amid concerns about governance.

  • Apollo wins refurbishment contracts

    10/12/2010

    Apollo has won three contracts worth a total of £12 million.

  • Associations must rise above the 'coasting middle'

    10/12/2010

    Former Tenant Services Authority chief executive Peter Marsh’s fear of a ‘coasting middle’, and his worry that it will be for representative bodies to ‘help shine a light on mediocrity’, could be seen as an indictment of the sector’s ability to police itself or to make co-regulation genuinely deliver (Inside Housing, 5 November).

  • Auction sales down by £14.1m

    10/12/2010

    Social landlords sold 24 homes at auction in November raising £3.3 million.

  • Baring teeth

    10/12/2010

    The fashion for aggressive ‘status’ dogs is a growing problem for many social housing tenants. Lydia Stockdale investigates the phenomenon and what social landlords can do about it.

  • Birmingham in 1,500-home PRS deal

    10/12/2010

    Birmingham Council is next week due to approve a private rented sector initiative that aims to deliver up to 1,500 new private and intermediate rented homes over the next five years.

  • Charity warns of ‘surge’ in homelessness

    15/12/2010

    Shelter has warned homelessness could be about to soar, after research showed rising numbers of households are in rent or mortgage arrears.

  • Controlled demolition

    10/12/2010

    As the new chief of the Tenant Services Authority, Claer Lloyd-Jones has been handed the job of overseeing the regulator’s closure by April 2012. In her first major interview since taking the job, she tells Caroline Thorpe why she’s ‘absolutely delighted’ to be there.

  • Council to expel homeless benefit claimants

    15/12/2010

    A council has admitted it plans to move 80 per cent of homeless housing benefit claimants needing temporary accommodation out of the borough.

  • Councils move closer to self financing

    10/12/2010

    A bill to allow three local authorities to leave the council housing finance scheme early has been granted a second reading.

  • Councils split over fixed-term tenancies

    10/12/2010

    Town halls across England will resist the government’s controversial social housing reforms by refusing to scrap tenancy for life, a snapshot survey has revealed.

  • Crucial rights case in EU court

    10/12/2010

    The UK government has been caught up in an embarrassing human rights case over claims it failed to prevent a vulnerable family suffering inhumane and degrading treatment.

  • Don’t lose initiative

    10/12/2010

    The public will be forced to pay for social housing if private finance initiative funding is cut

  • Fed welcomes house building moves

    14/12/2010

    The National Housing Federation has welcomed moves to make it easier for communities to build homes.

  • Fight for survival

    10/12/2010

    With critics suggesting that arm’s-length management organisations are nearing the end of their natural life, Inside Housing invited some of the movement experts to come out fighting and share their survival techniques. Isabel Hardman reports.

  • Flint attacks ‘cynical’ Localism Bill plans

    14/12/2010

    Shadow communities secretary Caroline Flint has dismissed the government’s commitment to localism as cynical and unfair, following the introduction of a landmark bill yesterday.

  • Funding cuts ‘betray’ ALMO tenants

    22/12/2010

    Arm’s-length management organisation tenants feel they have been ‘betrayed’ by the government, the National Federation of ALMOs has said.

  • Funding cuts may undermine Localism Bill

    13/12/2010

    Local government funding cuts due to be announced today could undermine the objectives of the Localism Bill, a think tank has warned.

  • Government freezes warm homes scheme

    16/12/2010

    The government’s warm front fund will not take any more applications this year, despite warnings from the Met Office of another big freeze.

  • HCA targets large landlords

    10/12/2010

    A radical shake-up of social housing funding could allow a handful of large housing associations to snap up the bulk of government funding until 2015.

  • Held to account

    10/12/2010

    Two months ago I outlined to new Labour leader Ed Miliband how progressive housing policies could help return his party to power. Following the news this week of a two-year housing policy hiatus, we at least know what Mr Miliband thought of my ideas.

  • Homelessness figures show sustained rise

    09/12/2010

    Homelessness has risen in two consecutive quarters for the first time since 2003, according to government statistics.

  • Infrastructure fund delivers alternative to bonds

    16/12/2010

    A British representative for a US-based infrastructure fund has launched a programme to make hundreds of millions of pounds available for social housing projects.

  • Joint venture to build homes in south east

    14/12/2010

    A developer and an investment company have formed a joint venture to invest up to £150 million in providing around 500 new homes in London over the next nine months.

  • Keep ALMOs at arm's length

    10/12/2010

    I welcome the recent government announcement to widen the decent homes funding to councils (Inside Housing, 19 November), as it has the potential to benefit many more residents.

  • Lakanal relatives demand inquest date

    08/12/2010

    Barristers for the families of the people who died in a tower block fire in south London have called for an inquest date to be set.

  • Law firms win legal aid battle

    10/12/2010

    Three more law firms have secured contracts to provide legal advice to applicants for housing services, after threatening the Legal Services Commission with legal action.

  • Lessons must be learned

    10/12/2010

    After the collapse of Connaught and Rok, it would be reckless to lose any more of our building services firms, says Chris Blackhurst

  • Lib Dem peers to fight housing benefit cutbacks

    10/12/2010

    Liberal Democrat peers will rebel against the coalition’s cuts to housing benefit for unemployed tenants, according to the party’s former work and pensions spokesperson.

  • Localism Bill date confirmed on Twitter

    10/12/2010

    The long-awaited Localism and Decentralisation Bill will be published on Monday, the government has confirmed.

  • Localism Bill pushes homeless into private sector

    15/12/2010

    Powers to stop homeless people refusing private sector housing have been published in the Localism Bill.

  • Lovell secures Norwich contracts

    16/12/2010

    Lovell has been awarded three contracts by Norwich Council for an undisclosed sum.

  • Merseyside providers given one star ratings

    17/12/2010

    Housing services in one of Britain’s poorest areas are still in need of improvement, according to inspectors.

  • Miliband slated over two-year housing policy vacuum

    10/12/2010

    Labour is unlikely to combat the coalition government’s radical reform programme with a coherent policy of its own for two years, a leading academic has claimed.

  • Money talks

    10/12/2010

    Housing providers are looking carefully at pay this year, following two years of pay freezes.

  • More enterprise partnerships approved

    14/12/2010

    Three more local enterprise partnerships have been approved covering Norfolk and Suffolk, the Black Country and Worcestershire.

  • Northern areas bear brunt of spending cuts

    15/12/2010

    Northern communities will be worst hit by local government spending cuts, the National Housing Federation has found.

  • Northern Ireland to be hit by benefit cuts

    24/12/2010

    Northern Ireland will be disproportionately hit by tax and benefit reforms, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed.

  • Osborne does not speak for Rooney

    10/12/2010

    As a tenant of Cheshire Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, I read with interest the feature on the housing needs in George Osborne’s Tatton constituency (Inside Housing, 19 November).

  • Passing the fitness test

    10/12/2010

    A new definition of charity means landlords must make sure their managers are fit for purpose, says Philip Heath, corporate partner at Weightmans

  • Pick and mix

    10/12/2010

    Tenants are demanding more powers to choose their services. But is this realistic in the current climate? Housing experts John Perry and Joanna Richardson think it is - if landlords follow their five-step guide

  • Pickles issues delayed Localism Bill

    13/12/2010

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles has introduced the Localism Bill to parliament, paving the way for a radical overhaul of social housing.

  • Plus Dane leads call for £500m bond

    10/12/2010

    A housing association is in talks with the Homes and Communities Agency about issuing a £500 million group national bond to fund more development.

  • RAM SUM 2010 - Gordon Brockington Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Ian Burrows Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Jane Nelson Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - John Barnes Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Keith Simpson Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Lynn Dexter Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Paul Kirby Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Peter Gardener Slide

    13/12/2010

  • RAM SUM 2010 - Rob McNaughton Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Robin Lawler Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Shaun Aldis Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Stuart Macdonald Slide

    13/12/2010

  • RAM SUM 2010 - Susmita Sen Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • RAM SUM 2010 - Wayne Gethings Slide

    13/12/2010

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  • Repairing tenant relations

    10/12/2010

    Poor repairs will quickly annoy residents. Simon Brandon asks tenants whose landlords claim to have overhauled maintenance services whether things really have improved

  • Right to buy act becomes law

    13/12/2010

    An act that will ditch the right to buy for new social housing tenants in Scotland has become law.

  • Scottish regulator has ‘failed Gypsies’

    10/12/2010

    Amnesty International has accused Scotland’s social housing watchdog of failing to properly regulate the quality of Gypsy and Travellers’ sites.

  • Shapps rapped by Commons watchdog

    10/12/2010

    Housing minister Grants Shapps has been chastised for failing to answer adequately his Labour counterpart’s questions in parliament.

  • Shared ownership lenders quadruple

    10/12/2010

    The number of lenders in the £1.38 billion shared ownership market has nearly quadrupled in a year as more small building societies offer products in their local areas.

  • Social landlords improve inspection scores

    13/12/2010

    A council and an arm’s-length management organisation have improved their ratings from the Audit Commission.

  • Support threshold cut for building scheme

    13/12/2010

    Powers to allow local people to develop in their area without planning permission will only be subject to a 50 per cent agreement.

  • Surveyors predict continuing price falls

    14/12/2010

    House prices continued to fall in November, according to the latest figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Swedish builder opens UK homes division

    13/12/2010

    Swedish construction company Skanska is to enter the UK house building market.

  • Teenage revolution

    10/12/2010

    A Liverpool landlord is letting its young tenants take over the roles of key staff members for a day. Carl Brown finds out how they got on in the hot seat.

  • The good fight

    10/12/2010

    Cuts mean decent homes promises will be broken - but there’s still plenty to fight for

  • The latest cut: pride in homes

    10/12/2010

    The government’s recently published consultation document, Local decisions: a fairer future for social housing, outlines several pertinent areas. However, the very important issue of the physical maintenance of social housing has not been mentioned, either in that document or in the broader media reports about the reforms.

  • The shape of things to come

    10/12/2010

    The publication of the Decentralisation and Localism Bill may have been delayed, but this week we started to get a feel for precisely what the coalition’s devolved landscape might look like.

  • Treasury to keep bulk of RTB receipts

    13/12/2010

    The government will continue to receive 75 per cent of receipts from right to buy sales following reform of the council housing finance system.

  • Westminster co-op has new leaders

    10/12/2010

    A housing co-operative declared ‘technically insolvent’ has come under the control of a new management committee, which says it can trade successfully.

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