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Inside Housing
12/06/2009

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  • Government backs empty homes call

    15/06/2009

    The government has agreed that bringing empty homes back into use is an effective way of providing housing, in response to an Inside Housing campaign.

  • Accommodation found for victims of racist attacks

    17/06/2009

    More than 100 Romanians who were apparently hounded from their Belfast homes by racists have been re-housed in temporary social housing.

  • Affordable housing to be key election issue

    18/06/2009

    Affordable housing will be a major issue in the upcoming national election, the new junior housing minister predicted today.

  • ALMOs hit by Leeds ruling

    12/06/2009

    An employment case involving Leeds Council and its ALMO could have far-reaching implications

  • Avoid an expenses row of our own

    12/06/2009

    Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1996 and guidance from the now defunct Housing Corporation has helped the sector to manage the recording of personal expenses and potential conflicts of interest. But are we now beyond reproach and fully transparent in our dealings?

  • Blueprint

    12/06/2009

    Michael Heseltine masterminded the seminal housing programmes of the Thatcher years. The Tory grandee tells Simon Brandon he has a few ideas for the current crop of Conservatives, too.

  • Breach of trust

    12/06/2009

    Already one person is worried their bank account has been compromised as a result of the theft of a Pensions Trust laptop containing the unencrypted personal details of 57,000 members. More are at risk. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Builders scramble for kick-start cash

    12/06/2009

    Individual developers and housing associations have bid for large chunks of a £400 million government fund to kick-start stalled housing schemes.

  • Capita ordered to sell benefits business

    12/06/2009

    Outsourcing giant Capita has been ordered to sell off part of IBS Open-Systems, a former competitor in markets for social housing and benefits software.

  • CLG admits mortgage rescue is too slow

    18/06/2009

    Struggling homeowners are not getting through the government’s mortgage rescue scheme fast enough, its director of homelessness has admitted.

  • Controversy as regulator plans tenure overhaul

    12/06/2009

    The Tenant Services Authority has thrown off its shackles and waded into controversial debates about security of tenure and housing association rent levels.

  • Council loses £1m case against former CIH boss

    15/06/2009

    A former chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has been vindicated after a successive employer failed in its attempt to sue her for allegedly hiding her mental illness on her application form.

  • Court rules housing associations are public bodies

    18/06/2009

    Housing associations are public bodies and susceptible to claims under the Human Rights Act, London’s Court of Appeal confirmed today.

  • Demand for housing advice rises

    15/06/2009

    Most people in Wales would seek independent advice if they faced homelessness, rather than turning to their landlord, local authority, or mortgage lender.

  • Don't victimise asylum seekers

    12/06/2009

    The move by some councils to make it harder for sick and disabled asylum seekers to get the residential care they need (Inside Housing, 5 June) is entirely in keeping with a national policy of deterrence.

  • Duties confirmed for new CLG ministers

    15/06/2009

    The responsibilities of the ministers at the new look Communities and Local Government department have been finalised following the reshuffle.

  • Economist warns repossessions will double

    16/06/2009

    Repossession levels are set to almost double in the next two years, a leading economist has warned.

  • Expert opinion

    12/06/2009

    Traditional approaches to customer care are past their sell-by date

  • Expert panel to seek private investment

    18/06/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has announced a panel of experts that will search for new sources of private investment.

  • Families ‘hide tenants’ deaths from landlords to remain in home’

    12/06/2009

    Relatives of dead social tenants are failing to inform landlords about their loved ones’ deaths so they can continue to live in their homes.

  • Four walls don't make a home

    12/06/2009

    A shortage of sites is forcing many Gypsy and Traveller families to move into permanent homes. Here, in their own words and pictures, they describe their plight

  • Funding change threatens two thirds of SP contracts

    16/06/2009

    Two thirds of Supporting People contracts are at risk because funding protection for the programme has been axed, delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference were warned this week.

  • Funding overhaul would deliver 300,000 homes

    16/06/2009

    The Local Government Association has said councils could build 309,000 homes in 10 years if they were given freedom from the existing housing finance system.

  • Gallery: Day two at Harrogate

    17/06/2009

    The latest images from day two of the Harrogate conference and exhibition

  • Gallery: images from Harrogate day three

    18/06/2009

    Pictures from around the show and exhibition on the final day of the Chartered Institute of Housing event

  • Gloucester solves the unsolvable

    12/06/2009

    So Michael Portillo is powerless to do anything to help people who are subject to hooliganism, vandalism and bad neighbours. (Inside Housing, 5 June).

  • Green dream

    12/06/2009

    Social landlords must not allow the controversy at Whitehall to eclipse the fight against climate change

  • Harrogate gallery (day one)

    16/06/2009

    Images from around the Harrogate exhibition and conference

  • HCA and Norwich agree 1,300 home deal

    17/06/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has set up a partnership with Norwich City Council to jointly develop around 1,300 homes in the city.

  • HCA officials put emphasis on design

    17/06/2009

    Homes and Communities Agency officials have stressed the importance of striving for good design despite the recession.

  • Healey to raise new build efficiency standards

    18/06/2009

    Housing minister John Healey has announced that all new buildings will have to beat current energy efficiency standards by 25 per cent from 2010.

  • Homelessness is the reel thing

    12/06/2009

    A group of young people who have been homeless in Harrogate have committed their experiences to film. Harley Regan was one of those involved. He talks to Ciara Leeming

  • House building sector shows signs of life

    11/06/2009

    The construction industry may be coming through the worst of the downturn, with public housing work in particular showing signs of life.

  • Housing associations should do more for LGBT residents

    15/06/2009

    The chief executive of housing association Metropolitan has called for the sector to do more to address issues faced by gay, lesbian and bisexual residents.

  • Housing minister promises councils more freedom

    16/06/2009

    John Healey promised council housing departments greater freedom to set allocations policies and control their finances, in his maiden speech as housing minister.

  • Institute assessing flexible tenure

    16/06/2009

    The Chartered Institute of Housing is looking at flexible forms of tenure that could alter while a tenant remains in a property.

  • L&Q Group plans £250m bond issue

    12/06/2009

    Mega housing association L&Q Group is planning to issue £250 million of bonds within the next six months.

  • Landlords compete for energy efficiency fund

    17/06/2009

    A fund to help social landlords upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes has been snapped up by bidders and will be allocated by July.

  • Lead developer plans amended

    12/06/2009

    The Scottish Government is watering down its unpopular plans to give housing grant to a handful of lead developers, following widespread opposition from housing associations.

  • Let's be positive about older people

    12/06/2009

    I was pleased to see Inside Housing’s piece on Housing 21’s report, Building choices part 2 – getting personal (5 June).

  • Let's not waste the next 10 years

    12/06/2009

    The squeeze on public finances means we need to rethink the case for mixed-use regeneration, writes Sir Bob Kerslake

  • Link to CIH Video Files

    17/06/2009

  • Loan deal used to buy affordable homes

    12/06/2009

    A landmark loan deal between a Scottish housing association and a local authority is to result in a village getting affordable rented homes for the first time in nearly 60 years.

  • Marsh: gathering personal data could improve services

    17/06/2009

    Housing providers could offer other public services to tenants based on personalised information, the chief executive of the Tenant Services Authority has said.

  • Mortgage lending down in May

    18/06/2009

    Gross mortgage lending fell 2 per cent between April and May, and is now down 58 per cent on last year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

  • Movers & shakers

    12/06/2009

    Drivers Jonas LLP has promoted associates Stuart Knight, Simon Latson (pictured) and Julian Record. Mr Latson and Mr Record are based in the project management and building consultancy, and Mr Knight works in strategic consulting as head of the local government sector.

  • MPs' eyes should now be opened

    12/06/2009

    I just wondered, having followed all the headlines and articles regarding MPs’ expenses, if they will be more inclined to consider council tenants’ need for first homes, and do away with the crippling negative subsidy?

  • Musical chairs must end

    12/06/2009

    Another Harrogate conference and another housing minister – John Healey. This will be the third time running that a different minister will address the sector at its flagship event, and that is simply not good enough.

  • Nationwide bags Dunfermline housing finance business

    17/06/2009

    The Bank of England has sold defunct Scottish building society Dunfermline’s £670 million housing association finance business to Nationwide.

  • No contest

    12/06/2009

    Housing finance reform may not be all that sexy, but as a way of giving councils more power to improve tenants’ lives, it’s a clear winner

  • Official figures show fall in homelessness

    15/06/2009

    The number of people accepted as homeless in the first quarter of this year went down 26 per cent from last year, according to government figures.

  • Older people prefer mutual housing

    12/06/2009

    As the proportion of older people in the population is likely to grow substantially in the coming decades, it is an issue that is likely to assume greater importance as time goes on.

  • One in four people struggle with housing costs

    15/06/2009

    One in four people expect to struggle to pay for their housing over the next year, a survey has found.

  • Out of Africa

    12/06/2009

    Ask your staff if they want to work with children near a rubbish dump and they might run a mile. But, as Simon Brandon reports, that’s just what Great Places has been inviting its employees to do in east Africa - and they can’t get enough of it

  • Party on

    12/06/2009

    Low cost homeownership marks an important birthday this year. Is it over the hill, or does life begin at 30? Isabel Hardman joins the celebrations

  • Political positioning

    12/06/2009

    A general election is guaranteed by this time next year and housing will be a key battleground. As politicians begin to clamour for votes, Caroline Thorpe examines the three main parties’ policies.

  • Prime minister calls on the two Johns

    12/06/2009

    Gordon Brown has appointed his fourth housing minister, less than two years after striding into Downing Street promising to take the issue much more seriously.

  • Regulatory change will up pressure on boards

    17/06/2009

    Housing association boards must have greater expertise to hold executives to account in new self-regulatory system, the chair of the Tenant Services Authority has warned.

  • Right to a lawyer

    12/06/2009

    Employees accused of misconduct around children could be allowed a lawyer during internal disciplinary hearings, writes James Lynas

  • Royal 'meddling' delays affordable housing plans

    12/06/2009

    The Prince of Wales has been criticised for meddling in a landmark housing project, after the plans he opposed were withdrawn by the developer.

  • Scots commit £31m to house building

    15/06/2009

    £31 million extra is being made available for new housing in Scotland, as part of the Scottish Government’s economic recovery plans.

  • Shelter backs up pathfinders

    12/06/2009

    Housing market renewal pathfinders must be given guarantees that their funding will not fall after the next spending review, homelessness charity Shelter has demanded.

  • The bunking off guide to Harrogate

    12/06/2009

    Tough work, being at a conference. So what’s Harrogate got to offer the hardworking punter in need of a little time out? Alison Taylor finds out.

  • The Holyrood files

    12/06/2009

    Housing associations have complained of favouritism towards councils north of the border. Now Martin Hilditch delves into a dossier of previously unpublished memos that lift the lid on the row and helped forge Scottish housing policy

  • 'The TSA's tone is too confrontational'

    12/06/2009

    At least, that’s what one housing boss thinks of the new regulator so far. Is his sentiment echoed by housing chiefs at other associations, ALMOs and councils? Simon Brandon asked them and reveals the exclusive results

  • The waiting is over

    12/06/2009

    Six months after it was launched, much of which has been spent trundling round England in a pink van, housing’s new regulator has set out its vision for the future.

  • Thinking big

    12/06/2009

    A 100,000-home social landlord? Not in my lifetime

  • Tories would force HCA to prove its worth

    17/06/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has been warned it would be scrapped under a Conservative Government it if could not prove its worth.

  • TSA to tell Novas to hand over its land

    12/06/2009

    The Tenant Services Authority is planning to direct the troubled Novas Scarman Group to transfer its land to another housing group.

  • Union pushes for council-led building

    17/06/2009

    Representatives from super-union Unite are planning meetings with the newly-appointed housing ministers to press for renewed action on reviving council house building.

  • Video: Harrogate - final day

    18/06/2009

    Events from the final day of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Harrogate show

  • Video: Harrogate - Thursday AM

    18/06/2009

    As the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Harrogate conference and exhibition enters its final day, we look back at Wednesday’s events, and preview what is still coming up

  • Video: Harrogate 2009 - Tuesday

    16/06/2009

    Highlights from the opening day of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Harrogate exhibition and conference

  • Video: Harrogate 2009 - Wednesday

    17/06/2009

    A look at what is coming up during the second day of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Harrogate conference

  • Video: Harrogate 2009 - Wednesday PM

    17/06/2009

    All the latest from Harrogate, and a look ahead to what is coming up on the final day of the conference on Thursday

  • Video: Harrogate 2009 preview

    15/06/2009

    As the UK’s leading housing and communities event gets underway in Harrogate, Inside Housing TV takes a look at what is coming up over the next few days

  • Video: Housing Heroes Awards

    12/06/2009

    Highlights from the inaugural Housing Heroes awards, which recognise the unsung achievements of housing professionals

  • Video: Michael Heseltine interview

    12/06/2009

    The Tory grandee tells Simon Brandon what has gone wrong with the Thames Gateway regeneration programme. See below for the full interview

  • Vote against stock transfer has sent a clear message

    12/06/2009

    A decisive 72 per cent of South Cambridgeshire Council tenants voted against stock transfer on 4 June.

  • Wales has led the way on mortgage rescue scheme

    12/06/2009

    I was interested to read the article ‘Mortgage rescue fund helps just two families’ (www.insidehousing. co.uk, 1 June). This scheme does not apply to Wales.

  • Watchdog makes support cash plea

    12/06/2009

    The government must step in to stop housing support cash for vulnerable groups being diverted to other services, the Audit Commission has warned.

  • Wave reviews

    12/06/2009

    For the staff at Luminus, Sunday is the best day of the week because the next day they go back to work. Simon Brandon suspends his disbelief to ask chief executive Chan Abraham what his secret is.

  • Ways of the world

    12/06/2009

    From Sweden to the Netherlands, via New Zealand, what do tenants want globally? And how does regulation in other countries ensure they get it? John Perry reports

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