Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • Commission dumps transfer complaint


    The European Commission has thrown out a complaint by a Scottish MSP who claimed that the transfer of Glasgow Council's housing stock broke competiti

  • Community plan


    Emmaus communities for homeless people are spreading rapidly across the country. Their president Terry Waite tells Siân Gibson of his hope to see one in every major city – and his ambition to enter Parliament

  • Corporation and NHF say no need for lenders campaign


    The Housing Corporation and the National Housing Federation have shelved plans to launch a new campaign to encourage more lenders to join the social housing market.The two organisations had been investigating the possibility of setting up a programme

  • Council issues registration warning


    Glasgow Council has issued a warning to students not to collude with landlords trying to avoid registration of their houses in multiple occupation.The start of the academic year approximately coincides with the extension of HMO licensing in Scotland f

  • Dispersing the myths


    Dispersed asylum seekers and refugees can make a valuable contribution to their new communities. Celia Cashman shares the lessons learned from a Yorkshire-based specialist housing provider

  • Filling in the gaps


    The setting up of a sector skills council offers a real opportunity to make a difference to housing's future, says Richard Foxwell

  • Holding tight


    A community in the north-west is fighting plans to demolish a row of historic houses. David Blackman hears both sides of a case that could become a litmus test for market renewal programmes

  • Hot work


    A 3,000-year-old ‘sweat lodge' has been discovered on a site for affordable homes at Rainham in Essex.The find was made during a two-week archaeological dig on the land, which is being developed by Estuary Housing Association. Archaeologist Robin Denc

  • House builders push for subsidies on infrastructure


    Direct subsidy for private developers would be better spent on infrastructure, house builders have said.In the week that government figures showed an increase in house building, the House Builders Federation said the plan to give annual development pr

  • Housing courses fail to appeal


    Students are continuing to shun undergraduate housing courses despite efforts to make the subject more attractive.As the annual clearing process got underway it emerged that almost a third of university housing courses had failed to attract enough app

  • Neighbourhood round two to concentrate on housing


    The second round of the government's neighbourhood management pathfinder initiative will have a strong focus on housing.The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister wants to select 10 pathfinders to share up to £25 million over seven years. Eligible pa

  • Reserves may fund decent homes target


    The government is considering giving struggling councils extra help to meet the decent homes target by allowing them to use their major repairs reserves to fund improvements and enhancements to homes.In a wide-ranging consultation paper on the future

  • Shrewd operator


    Max Steinberg, one of the best known figures on the northern housing scene, is moving from regulation to regeneration. He tells David Singleton it's a task he's relishing

  • Special delivery vehicle to drive Cambridgeshire growth forward


    Negotiations are under way to set up a special delivery vehicle to drive housing growth in Cambridgeshire.Plans for the Cambridge sub-region, which forms part of one of the four housing growth areas earmarked by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, in

  • Sun on the Tyne


    Newcastle and Gateshead have seen regeneration initiatives come and go but there's a real feeling that this time Tyneside is getting it right. Gemma Charles reports

  • Traditional build campaign challenges off-site drive


    The former development director of a major housing association is spearheading a campaign promoting brick-built homes over modern construction methods.Traditional Housing Bureau director Barry Holmes has written to new Housing Corporation chair Peter

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