Sunday, 29 November 2015

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  • Abbey continues its social housing habit


    The Abbey National has reaffirmed its commitment to the social housing market after months of uncertainty.Head of social housing finance

  • Affordable homes boost for London


    More than 10,000 affordable homes will be built in London as a result of the Housing Corporation's 2003/04 development programme. In a preview of the approved development programme, the corporation's London director of investment and regeneration Stev

  • Angry reaction to funding tie-up plan


    Housing bodies in Scotland have hit out at the Scottish Executive over new measures to make regeneration funding dependent on stock transfer.

  • Bank loans not included in write-offs


    Plans to write-off the breakage costs owed by local authorities hoping to transfer their stock will not extend to loans they have with banks.Guidance on stock transfer issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister last week confirmed the Communiti

  • Compassion for sex trafficking victims


    A pilot project to place the victims of sex trafficking in safe houses has been launched this week by the Home Office.Eaves Housing for Women, which has a track record of working with women forced into prostitution, will provide the safe houses, where

  • Directors leaving Anchor in shake-up


    Four directors are to leave supported housing provider Anchor Trust as part of a managerial shake-up.Director of core services Penny Gardner, director of housing strategy Paul Johnson, director of innovation and development Eddy Proctor and director o

  • East and north-west cash boost unveiled


    A big increase in funding for new build in the east and north-west of England has been announced in the Housing Corporation's approved development programme.

  • Good progress made in Cambridge


    Cambridge Council is on track to meet the government's decent homes standard but still has major issues to address in the management of its stock, inspectors have decided.Cambridge will hit the decency target by 2005 on all the requirements except hea

  • Gray reveals critical disrepair figures


  • Law change needed to allow grants to private developers


    Allowing the Housing Corporation to give grants to private developers could require legislation, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed.The original 1964 act which set up the corporation said that all funds must go to charitable organis

  • Leicester to cut Braunstone ties


    Leicester Housing Association is moving to sever links with Braunstone Community Association as the landlord's role overseeing the troubled New Deal for Communities project comes under the spotlight.The association's chief executive David Seviour said

  • Major impact forecasted for province's RTB


    The introduction of the right to buy for housing association tenants in Northern Ireland could have a major impact on the province's surviving affordable stock, Ulster University housing professor Chris Paris told the CIH Cymru conference.Professor Pa

  • NAO asserts independence


    The head of the National Audit Office has asserted his organisation's independence amid claims that the government was attempting to tamper with the find

  • Older homeless losing out on welfare strategy


    Older people at risk of homelessness are increasingly being marginalised by mainstream providers, researchers warned this week.Specialist organisations are successfully resettling older homeless people but are chasing smaller amounts of funding to sup

  • Rating U-turn for Denbighshire


    A Welsh local authority which protested to the national assembly when its rents service was given a rock-bottom inspection rating has achieved a ‘complete turnaround'.Audit Commission in Wales housing service manager Anne Delaney told last week's CIH

  • Rural row


    A change of use order should be required on a countryside property before it can be used as a second home, MPs have heard.

  • Soup runs 'are keeping people on the streets'


    Homelessness groups were divided this week after the head of one of the largest charities of its kind said soup runs were ‘not a service required in

  • Sweet victory for the north in M&M reforms


    A major restructuring of local authority housing finance will see funds shifted towards the north of England.John Apps, acting head of local

  • Victims of domestic abuse need long-term solutions


    Support given to re-housed victims of domestic violence is vital to ensure they do not return to a life of abuse, government research has found.The study for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, published this week, finds that at least a fifth of

  • Warning over building boom


    A right-wing think tank has warned Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott that his plans to solve the housing crisis in the south-east by constructing 200,000 homes in four growth areas will spark a ‘popular uprising'.The report from Politeia predicts th

  • Welsh civil service move sparks staffing quality fears


    Civil servants in the Welsh Assembly's housing directorate will be based in the valleys town of Merthyr Tydfil from the end of next year.The department is set to move out of Cardiff and into a purpose-built base for more than 300 people on the Rhydyca

  • Welsh sector told it can take the lead


    Welsh housing professionals can lead the way in developing innovative policy and practice without the need for changes to the devolutionary framework, delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru's annual conference were told.Welsh Federation

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