Friday, 24 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • Anchor defends record after failings in care revealed


    Anchor Trust has defended its reputation after an undercover investigation revealed severe failings in its quality of care.A television reporter was employed by the Brighton branch of the trust's home care service Anchor Care, despite having a false C

  • Backlog will require extra funds to clear


    Birmingham Council will need to find additional funding to clear its backlog of repairs, its interim general manager for housing has said.David Hucker (pictured)has also admitted the council still does not know the true extent of the repairs backlog. He

  • Chief executive retires from DGHP


    The chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership has resigned seven months after the council transferred its homes to the association.A statement from the association said Yvonne MacQuarrie, who has been on sick leave since June, has r

  • Concern despite B&B concessions


    The government has pressed ahead with its plan to outlaw councils from using bed and breakfast accommodation for families.The Local Government Association was one of the most vocal opponents of the plan, which bans councils from placing a homeless famil

  • Funding in reach for Barnsley


    A two-star rating for Barnsley's arm's-length management organisation has unlocked £48 million in government funding.Berneslai Homes was rated as good and having promising prospects for improvement in the Audit Commission report published last week. S

  • Inquiry into grant abolition as schemes stall


    The Local Government Association is investigating the impact of the government's decision to scrap local authority social housing grant on affordable housing provision.LGA planning executive member Keith House told Inside Housing that the association

  • Integrated solutions


    Disabled people across Europe are playing an active part in creating innovative housing solutions to meet their needs, as Bill Randall discovers

  • Law change threat to key worker schemes


    The housing association sector's position as the leading provider of key worker accommodation could be under threat from changes to housing law recommended by the Law Commission.

  • Not in my back yard


    In Switzerland it's easier to locate nuclear waste sites due to a lack of them. A US academic thinks a form of neighbourhood decline insurance would defeat the need for them. On the internet there have even been songs penned about their antics. In the sec

  • Ownership drive for tenants


    Social housing tenants could be given the chance to buy their homes through shared ownership under one of the key recommendations by the government's Home Ownership Task Force.A total of 45 recommendations, including a new framework of simplified home

  • Poor leadership blamed for intervention at Hull


    The government is preparing to impose its own appointee on Hull Council following a damning re-inspection report into the authority's failure to tackle its housing problems.Local government minister Nick Raynsford announced that the appointee will be se

  • Positive steps for broader ethnic diversity


    Including representatives from ethnic minority communities on recruitment panels is one of 50 ways housing providers can promote diversity, a new publication has recommended.The report by the Race Equality Network, said organisations that struggle to re

  • Stock options challenge from Byers


    The government's stance on stock transfer faces some difficult questions from Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State in charge of housing until last year.The MP for North Tyneside tabled three questions for Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on council

  • Tenants say yes to ALMOs in ballot results


    Surveys of tenants in Newcastle and Solihull have resulted in votes in favour of setting up arm's-length companies to manage their homes.In a postal ballot by Newcastle in which 34 per cent of those balloted responded, a total of 84 per cent endorsed se

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