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Inside Housing
12/11/2010

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  • ALMO buys back right to buy homes

    15/11/2010

    An arm’s-length management organisation has hailed its pilot scheme to buy back former right to buy homes as a success.

  • Low rates help keep repossessions down

    15/11/2010

    Repossessions are down 27 per cent on last year, according to Council of Mortgage Lenders figures.

  • A time for giving

    12/11/2010

    Inside Housing had something of a Baldrick moment when the idea of launching a Christmas Appeal first surfaced.

  • Administrators shed 1,800 jobs at Rok

    16/11/2010

    The administrators for Rok have announced 1,800 redundancies, but said discussions on the sale of the social housing business are continuing.

  • Alive and kicking

    12/11/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority remains committed to the future of regulation despite facing closure in 2012

  • ALMO pays chief exec £260k per year

    12/11/2010

    Hammersmith & Fulham Homes is paying its chief executive more than twice the average salary of the heads of England’s largest arm’s-length management organisations.

  • Angel of the north

    12/11/2010

    After five years away from the housing sector, Jo Boaden is back as the new chief executive of the Northern Housing Consortium. Isabel Hardman finds out how she intends to fight the region’s corner.

  • Association taps bond market for £124m

    17/11/2010

    Circle Anglia has raised £124 million on the UK bond market to fund its development plans.

  • Barratt sales down during autumn

    17/11/2010

    House builder Barratt Developments has had a weaker autumn than expected.

  • Battersea plans will create 3,400 homes

    15/11/2010

    Plans have finally been approved to redevelop the Grade II Listed Battersea Power Station in London, creating more than 3,400 homes.

  • Bringing home the bacon

    12/11/2010

    On a recent stay in Normandy, France, I visited the local farmer and came back with milk, cider and a supply of logs for the wood burner.

  • Builder warns of development ‘hiatus’

    15/11/2010

    Social housing development is likely to stall while new funding models are introduced, construction firm Kier has warned.

  • Building incentive to cover empty homes

    12/11/2010

    Empty homes that are brought back into use could qualify for the same incentive payments as new houses.

  • Call to review lending rules

    12/11/2010

    Landlords are urging the Financial Services Authority to change mortgage lending rules to encourage shared ownership schemes.

  • Council rejects 'poor' inspection rating

    15/11/2010

    A council has clashed with the Audit Commission after inspectors called its housing service ‘poor’.

  • Councils in planning chaos

    12/11/2010

    England’s councils are being warned to expect a wave of legal challenges after the government’s decision to scrap regional housing targets was ruled unlawful.

  • Debt charity warns of sofa surfing rise

    17/11/2010

    People are having to sleep on friend’s sofas because they are unable to meet the costs of their own home, a charity has warned.

  • Decent homes cash opened up to councils

    11/11/2010

    Councils will be able to bid for decent homes funding for the first time, the housing minister announced today.

  • Developers to face additional charge

    12/11/2010

    Southwark Council plans to raise money for new homes by charging developers a premium on the extra profit they make from developments which don’t include affordable housing.

  • Drink warning for homeless migrants

    12/11/2010

    The UK faces a growing problem from hard-drinking eastern European rough sleepers unless action is taken now, a new report has warned.

  • Elderly given control of care budgets

    17/11/2010

    A million adults will receive personal budgets to spend on services they need, as part of the government vision for adult social care.

  • Eviction overhaul

    12/11/2010

    The Pinnock ruling means social landlords will find it harder to evict tenants, says Paul Hayes, head of housing litigation at Lewis Silkin

  • Finance reforms could fund 1 million homes

    16/11/2010

    Reducing the cost of land and the interest rates paid by social landlords could fund one million new homes in the next five years, a think tank has said.

  • Fixed tenancies will boost demand for services

    18/11/2010

    Ending security of tenure could increase the demands tenants place on landlords, an expert has warned.

  • Former CIH president awarded biggest bonus of the year

    12/11/2010

    A former president of the Chartered Institute of Housing picked up a bigger bonus than any other housing association chief executive last year.

  • Government figures came from website

    17/11/2010

    Figures used by the government to claim private landlords are driving up housing benefit bills came from a property website, it has emerged.

  • Government gives NTV grant

    12/11/2010

    Four national tenant organisations have been given £50,000 from the government to look into ways of continuing to operate a national tenant council. 

  • Government simplifes code for sustainable homes

    11/11/2010

    The government has simplified the sustainability standards that new build homes must meet.

  • Homes evacuated as floods hit Cornwall

    17/11/2010

    More than one hundred homes were evacuated in Cornwall today after the county was hit by torrential rain, leading to widespread flooding.

  • Housing advice faces legal aid cut

    16/11/2010

    Housing is among the raft of areas which will lose out in the government’s plans to bring down the £2 billion legal aid bill.

  • L&Q sets up £1.25bn house building fund

    16/11/2010

    London and Quadrant is to set up a £1.25 billion revolving facility to fund new homes.

  • Lest we forget

    12/11/2010

    As we commemorate Remembrance Day there is a call for housing providers to set homes aside for those who have put their lives on the line for their country. But not everyone believes it’s fair to give them special treatment. Lydia Stockdale reports.

  • Mortgage review threatens housing market

    17/11/2010

    Housing bodies have written to the chancellor warning proposed changes to mortgage regulation will have ‘dire consequences’ for the market.

  • Mysterious silence on right to buy

    12/11/2010

    Amid the plethora of information swirling round the coalition’s changes to housing policy (Inside Housing, 29 October), one matter is conspicuous by its absence.

  • New broom, new direction

    12/11/2010

    There are plenty of challenges ahead, but new Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Pat Ritchie says she is ready to reshape the organisation to meet them

  • New regulator handed power to transfer assets

    12/11/2010

    The Scottish Government has ignored objections from housing providers and handed a raft of easy to deploy powers over governance to the new Scottish Housing Regulator.

  • Out of the frying plan

    16/11/2010

    The High Court’s decision to overturn the abolition of regional spatial strategies has left the planning system in chaos

  • Persimmon sales remain stable

    15/11/2010

    Persimmon has reported its sales volumes are remaining stable and prices holding firm.

  • Radical change threatens rents

    12/11/2010

    Ministers plan to enlarge the areas used to calculate housing benefit payments for private tenants.

  • Regeneration director leaves CLG

    16/11/2010

    A Communities and Local Government director has become the first senior official to leave the department since its restructure was announced.

  • Rent increase of 5.1% confirmed

    12/11/2010

    Housing associations will be able to set rent increases of 5.1 per cent next year, increasing the sector’s turnover by more than £480 million pounds.

  • Repairs crisis as Rok enters administration

    12/11/2010

    Several landlords are facing a second battle in as many months to keep repairs services running, after Rok went into administration this week.

  • Rok announces further job losses

    12/11/2010

    The administrators of Rok have announced a further 268 job losses in Scotland after a potential buyer for its plumbing, heating and electrical business pulled out.

  • Rok faces split as bids are finalised

    15/11/2010

    Administrators for the building and maintenance contractor Rok are hoping to announce which companies will take on its work this week.

  • Rough sleepers cost the NHS £85m a year

    12/11/2010

    Homeless people cost the National Health Service £85 million a year and twice as many are admitted to A&E compared to the general population, a new study has revealed.

  • Scottish Government cuts housing budget

    17/11/2010

    The Scottish Government has cut its housing and regeneration budget from £448 million to £390.8 million.

  • Simply the best

    12/11/2010

    Nurturing employees is hard when financial rewards are few, but doing so is vital to the future success of housing organisations. Anita Pati finds out how to get the best from staff without breaking the bank

  • Social landlords raise £17.4m

    12/11/2010

    Social landlords sold 85 homes at auction in October raising £17.4 million.

  • Social landlords win direct payments

    11/11/2010

    Social landlords will receive their tenants’ housing benefit payments direct as part of the new universal credit system unveiled by the work and pensions secretary today.

  • Still waiting for regional review

    12/11/2010

    When communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles announced the abolition of the regional government offices in principle on 22 July, it was on the basis that a review into their viability would be carried out.

  • Stop, look and listen

    12/11/2010

    To say that the government’s approach to planning policy has met with a few dissenting voices is a bit like saying that Manchester United has won a few trophies or that Jack Nicholson has been on a few dates.

  • Support our charities this festive season

    12/11/2010

    Inside Housing this week launches its Christmas appeal designed to help some of the UK’s most important causes during the current turbulent economic times.

  • Taylor Wimpey expects subdued market

    16/11/2010

    Taylor Wimpey has reported a solid order book but warned that trading will be subdued for the rest of the year due to economic uncertainty and a lack of mortgages.

  • TENDERS 2010

    14/11/2010

  • The end of pink power

    12/11/2010

    As he leaves the Tenant Services Authority, chief executive Peter Marsh talks to Isabel Hardman about his legacy and plans for the future.

  • The pros and cons of deregulation

    12/11/2010

    The abolition of the Audit Commission and the Tenant Services Authority, coupled with the Communities and Local Government department’s proposal that the new regulator should operate in a manner that minimises interference, raises some questions about the sector’s future.

  • The season of goodwill

    12/11/2010

    Help Inside Housing spread some Christmas cheer by donating to our appeal for the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Caroline Thorpe explains how you can make a difference

  • UK Housing Awards 2010 - Video hightlights

    15/11/2010

    Video:UK Housing Awards 2010 - Video Highlights

  • UKBA takes housing providers to task

    12/11/2010

    The UK Border Agency has been forced to reprimand some of the companies it hires to provide housing, following the eviction of some asylum seekers through no fault of their own.

  • Welsh slash housing spending

    17/11/2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government has cut its housing budget by £26 million.

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