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Inside Housing
14/01/2011

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  • Affordable rent could add £1bn to benefit bill

    14/01/2011

    The government’s plans for a new ‘affordable rent’ tenure could add over £1 billion to the housing benefit bill.

  • Barnet scraps choice-based lettings scheme

    19/01/2011

    Barnet Council has scrapped its choice-based lettings scheme returning to a system where the council allocates people to the homes available.

  • Bovis expects profits to be better than expected

    14/01/2011

    Bovis has said it expects its 2010-11 profits to be better than it expected but has warned trading conditions this year will be subdued.

  • Carbon monoxide death inquest opens

    19/01/2011

    The inquest for a worker thought to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a housing association property was opened and adjourned this week.

  • Councils call for debt rule overhaul

    14/01/2011

    Councils could raise an extra £1 billion for housing if the government agrees to remove their debt from the public sector balance sheet.

  • Councils told to raise rents by 6.8 per cent

    14/01/2011

    The government has recommended that all councils raise their rents by 6.8 per cent from April this year.

  • Disaster aversion

    14/01/2011

    The effects of environmental disasters are one of the biggest threats to mankind, leaving behind devastating human, structural and economic losses. Disasters disproportionately affect the poorest people in developing countries and pose a huge threat to long-term development.

  • Exclusive: Homeless teens are ‘unsuitably’ housed

    14/01/2011

    Hundreds of vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds are being housed by councils in accommodation the government considers unsuitable, research has revealed.

  • Fast-track evictions unlikely to work, says housing association

    13/01/2011

    The government’s plans to allow social landlords to fast-track evictions is unlikely to work because of recent case law, says Riverside Housing Association.

  • Follow rules to the letter

    14/01/2011

    Cutting corners to save costs could end up costing you dear, says Yetunde Dania

  • Housing association serves order on tenant in hospital

    18/01/2011

    A housing association served an alleged noisy neighbour a court order on New Year’s Eve – while he was in hospital.

  • Housing Heroes Proof 2012

    07/10/2011

  • Hyde chief exit follows unrest

    14/01/2011

    The departure of Hyde’s chief executive followed months of disagreements between senior staff and board members about the direction of the 32,000-home group, Inside Housing can reveal.

  • Information laws could apply to associations

    14/01/2011

    A government drive to increase housing associations’ transparency took a fresh turn after the deputy prime minister indicated they should become subject to freedom of information laws.

  • L & Q set up in-house construction business

    18/01/2011

    London & Quadrant has set up its own in-house construction business.

  • Labour politicians attempt to block Localism Bill

    17/01/2011

    Labour politicians have tabled a motion to block the second reading of the government’s Localism Bill, due to have its second reading this afternoon.

  • Landlords plan major cost cuts

    14/01/2011

    Nearly one in four housing associations are planning to reduce their costs by more than £750,000 in the next financial year, according to a study by accountancy firm Baker Tilly.

  • Landlords to join forces with GPs

    20/01/2011

    A shake-up of the healthcare system will see housing providers forging relationships with GP consortia handed the role of commissioning services.

  • Localism and SP don’t go together

    14/01/2011

    There is a fundamental problem when it comes to applying localism to Supporting People. Normally the benefits of a policy accrue to whoever pays for it - you pay and receive something in return. With SP though, this trade-off doesn’t work, especially in two-tier local authority areas, as the benefits of SP largely accrue to others: district and borough councils, criminal justice and health services.

  • Localism Bill 'risks stigmatising tenants'

    18/01/2011

    The government’s proposals for social housing risk stigmatising tenants and weakening communities, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

  • Minister apologises for 'distressing' asylum seeker letter

    20/01/2011

    The immigration minister has apologised for an ‘inappropriate’ letter which demanded asylum seekers in Glasgow leave their homes in a matter of days.

  • Mitie wins £110m contract

    14/01/2011

    Mitie has won a £110 million repairs and maintenance contract.

  • Money talks

    14/01/2011

    What does it take to be the highest paid person in housing? Lydia Stockdale meets Anchor boss Jane Ashcroft to find out.

  • Mum’s the word

    14/01/2011

    Much stigma surrounds postnatal depression, particularly among some black and minority ethnic communities. Anita Pati finds out how one housing association is helping women cope

  • Neath Port Talbot campaigners demand transfer re-think

    19/01/2011

    Campaigners in Wales are demanding a council drop plans to transfer its stock to a housing association after it was rapped over the knuckles for the way tenants were consulted.

  • Pathfinders look to EU for £50m lifeline

    14/01/2011

    Housing market renewal pathfinders are seeking to plug a shortfall of at least £50 million with European funds to keep regeneration work on track.

  • Prize fight

    14/01/2011

    Council tenants fighting uncooperative local authorities for the ownership of their homes struck an early blow with the introduction of new rules. Carl Brown investigates.

  • Quarter of hostel bed spaces could go

    19/01/2011

    A quarter of hostel bed spaces for rough sleepers in England are threatened because of drastic Supporting People cuts, Homeless Link has warned.

  • Readers dig deep for charities

    14/01/2011

    People in housing difficulty will now get more help, thanks to Inside Housing readers.

  • Regulator failed to act on fire register pledge

    14/01/2011

    The Tenant Services Authority missed all three of its self-imposed deadlines to compile a fire safety register it promised to set up but later abandoned.

  • Residential builds down

    19/01/2011

    Residential project starts for the three months to December 2010 were down 31 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest Glenigan Index.

  • Revealed: the HCA’s eco-evaders

    14/01/2011

    Major social housing developers were granted permission to ignore national eco-standards for most of the government-funded homes they built.

  • Rough sleepers are sheltering in bins, says charity

    19/01/2011

    Migrants in west London have had to resort to sleeping rough under motorway flyovers and bins in freezing temperatures, according to a charity supporting the Sikh community.

  • Salvation Army takes over association

    14/01/2011

    Salvation Army Housing Association has become the second association to be taken over by an organisation not registered as a social landlord.

  • Secure your future

    14/01/2011

    Landlords must ensure they vet staff to protect themselves and the public

  • Social duty

    14/01/2011

    The government deserves credit for two decisions this week on anti-social behaviour.

  • Spelman: Traveller retrospective planning will be stopped

    18/01/2011

    Gypsies and Travellers will not be able to obtain retrospective planning permission and remain on illegal camps, the environment secretary has pledged.

  • Stop the eco-dodgers

    14/01/2011

    To the uninitiated, last month’s claim from the Homes and Communities Agency that one of its key functions is now ‘enabling’ might seem a spurious piece of mandarin-speak. However, as new HCA chief executive Pat Ritchie and her predecessor Sir Bob Kerslake will attest, this is arguably the agency’s raison d’etre.

  • Taylor Wimpey profits up

    20/01/2011

    Taylor Wimpey has reported better than expected pre-tax profits and a rise in affordable housing completions.

  • Technology saves care home from Supporting People cuts

    18/01/2011

    A housing association has saved an extra care scheme by replacing on-site care staff with cameras and alarms.

  • Tenders 2012

    18/01/2011

  • Thank you

    14/01/2011

    The festive season may be over but the season of goodwill lives on for the four housing charities set to benefit from Inside Housing’s Christmas appeal. In a special thank you note to readers, Caroline Thorpe reveals the grand total raised

  • Think it through

    14/01/2011

    Social landlords must bear new opportunities in mind when responding to the government’s consultation on flexible tenancies, says John Lines

  • Think tank must identify problems

    14/01/2011

    Having been in housing/regeneration for more than 45 years, I’ve seen many changes; but things have never been as bad as they are today.In the 1960s, when I started out, there was plenty of housing to go round - council housing, privately rented and owner-occupied, and the population was only growing steadily.

  • Ujima pair due to stand trial for money laundering

    13/01/2011

    Two suspects in the Ujima fraud case are due to stand trial at Isleworth Crown Court for money laundering on Monday.

  • Ujima suspects deny knowingly handling stolen money

    17/01/2011

    Two people accused of money laundering at failed housing association Ujima have denied they knew they were handling stolen money.

  • Union threatens Hull Council with tribunal

    20/01/2011

    Union bosses have threatened to haul Hull Council’s housing maintenance contractors before an employment tribunal after they refused to pay 129 maintenance workers.

  • VAT rise 'picking pockets' in housing market

    18/01/2011

    Tax increases are ‘picking the pockets’ of those struggling to stay in their homes and hitting first-time buyers, warns a property website.

  • Voice of the people

    14/01/2011

    Consultation on the government’s proposed housing reforms ends on Monday. Lucinda Dunseath took to the streets of Bristol to find out what people really think of the plans

  • What’s your vision?

    14/01/2011

    Thirty-six years in social housing gives me a long perspective on the greatest changes. The 1974 Housing Act created the housing association sector in its present form. The 1980s saw the introduction of the right to buy, compulsory competitive tendering, stock transfer, shared ownership and private finance.

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