Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Inside Housing

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  • ‘Fear factor' blamed for racial segregation in Oldham


    Oldham's problem of ‘acute' racial segregation in housing is a product of the ‘fear factor', MPs heard yesterday.Sajjad Hussain, chief executive of AKSA Housing Association, said ethnic minority groups living in the town had remained in their traditio

  • Airways flying high after loan deal


    Airways Housing Group has secured its lowest ever margins on a loan deal it has set up using its own in-house treasury vehicle.The group has arranged a new £74 million loan facility with Abbey National to finance the development of 1,500 new homes.

  • Commission attacks 'completely inadequate' service


    A Lancashire council's private housing service is to be placed under supervision by the Audit Commission after a second inspection revealed it had deteriorated.The commission warned Fylde Council it would recommend government intervention unless the s

  • Energy alternatives


    Advances in technology and falling costs mean alternative energy sources are increasingly being adopted by social landlords. Siân Gibson reports

  • Federation reports reversal of fortune


    National Housing Federation finances are looking healthier – two years after the trade body had to delve into its reserves.The 2002/03 accounts show that the federation had a surplus of £1.4 million before tax and transfers, compared with just £56,000

  • Home Office challenged over Dungavel 'prison'


    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has challenged the Home Office to meet its members to discuss providing homes for asylum seekers that are being held in Dungavel detention centre in Lanarkshire.Speaking at a meeting to draw attention to t

  • Link to reality


    Organisations can only get the best out of their software applications if staff understand the processes behind the business, says Dave Ashall

  • New council freedoms provoke concern


    Shelter has expressed concern after the government announced plans to end the ring-fencing of homelessness funds for the best councils.Extra freedoms for the 22 authorities rated ‘excellent' in the comprehensive performance assessment will give counci

  • On demand


    Housing associations are more likely to have an intranet than a web site. But making them a success is not always easy, says Maggie Gebbett

  • On-site revolution


    The construction industry is going high-tech to produce John Prescott's ‘step change' in housing supply. Gemma Charles reports

  • Shelter pilots boost London services


    A London-wide specialist housing advice service was launched this week by Shelter.London Housing Aid Services aims to build on the charity's work in the capital. It hopes to help develop and share good practice by offering training and supporting dial

  • Theory to practice


    As an academic Martyn Pearl was tough on the sector's performance on the e-agenda. Now he heads a council's housing department, has he softened his view?

  • Transfer's true face


    Myths have grown up about the nature and performance of transfer housing associations. It's time to lay them to rest, says Hal Pawson

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