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Inside Housing
15/10/2010

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  • Minister tells associations to slash pay

    18/10/2010

    Housing associations in Northern Ireland must cut their chief executive pay packages, the social development minister warned today.

  • £125bn could be unlocked to fund homes

    15/10/2010

    A more commercial approach to asset management could unlock £125 billion from landlords’ balance sheets to fund new homes, a consultancy has said.

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    15/10/2010

    The coalition government’s cutbacks are starting to bite and it’s only just the beginning, says Jon Cruddas

  • A fair future?

    20/10/2010

    Public service reform and fairness are said to be the guiding principles of the comprehensive spending review. Reform of social housing is seen to be part of this.

  • A rough deal

    15/10/2010

    The launch of London’s ‘no second night out’ strategy to tackle the number of long-term rough sleepers on the capital’s streets is a welcome and pragmatic response to an intractable problem.

  • All change

    20/10/2010

    Mike Wilkins, chief executive of London-based Ducane Housing Association, offers his initial reactions to the spending review

  • All of capital’s councils back devolved funding

    15/10/2010

    All 32 London councils have agreed to participate in a plan to hand them a share of the Homes and Communities Agency’s £5 billion investment budget for the capital.

  • Asylum system causes separation of familes, says report

    25/10/2010

    Accommodation support for failed asylum seekers is a major cause for the separation of families, says a charity report.

  • Baroness suspended for social home claims

    19/10/2010

    A Labour baroness who claimed second home allowances for a housing association property in London is to be suspended from Parliament.

  • Be careful not to get stung

    15/10/2010

    A court ruling means dismissed employees can now recover unlimited damages. Phil Allen and Emlyn Williams, partners at Mace & Jones, explain

  • Benefit cap puts landlords’ income at risk

    15/10/2010

    Social landlords have warned they face large drops in their income as the result of government plans for a £500-a-week cap on all benefits.

  • Budget cuts would halt HCA funding

    18/10/2010

    Spending cuts could mean the Homes and Communities Agency will not be able to fund any new house starts next year, one of its directors has warned.

  • Charities demand clear strategy on EU migrants

    15/10/2010

    Homelessness charities have warned the government that it must have a clear strategy for dealing with European migrants if it is to end rough sleeping by the 2012 target.

  • CLG budget to be cut by 51 per cent

    20/10/2010

    The Communities and Local Government department is to have its budget cut by 51 per cent over the next four years.

  • Councils face debt struggle at RTB plans frozen

    21/10/2010

    Plans to allow councils to keep right to buy receipts are to be suspended for the four year comprehensive spending review period.

  • Executive faces double review

    15/10/2010

    The Northern Irish social development minister has launched two separate reviews which will decide the fate of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

  • Expensive exit strategies

    15/10/2010

    In a time of massive spending cuts, some senior housing staff are leaving their organisations with bumper packages. Martin Hilditch reports on how almost £14 million has been doled out in the past two years by just 25 providers

  • Experts want code scrapped

    15/10/2010

    A group of sustainability experts has demanded that ministers scrap the code for sustainable homes as part of changes to building regulations.

  • Farmers urged to create affordable homes

    19/10/2010

    Government ministers are urging councils to change their planning policies so that farmers can convert disused buildings into affordable housing.

  • Finding a safe house

    15/10/2010

    Victims of domestic violence can need constant rehousing as they escape their past. But a group of housing associations has solved this problem by creating a network of secure homes. Chloë Stothart finds out more

  • Follow the rainbow

    15/10/2010

    Communities are now so diverse, social landlords can no longer see things in terms of ‘whites’ and ‘non-whites’

  • Former president of the CIH dies aged 90

    15/10/2010

    A former president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Mary Smith, has died at the age of 90.

  • Four in 10 jobs could go at CLG

    22/10/2010

    Up to four in 10 jobs could be axed at the department for Communities and Local Government following the spending review, it has been announced.

  • Further housing benefit cuts to save £215m

    20/10/2010

    The government has announced further plans to cut housing benefit payments in the comprehensive spending review.

  • Green campaigners threaten legal action

    20/10/2010

    The government could face legal action if it cuts payments to homeowners who generate their own renewable energy.

  • HCA committee to regulate social housing

    18/10/2010

    An independent committee is to be set up with the Homes and Communities Agency to replace the Tenant Services Authority.

  • HCA publishes spending breakdown

    19/10/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency has for the first time published a detailed breakdown by local authority area of its spending.

  • Homelessness grant held at £100m a year

    21/10/2010

    Homelessness grant is to remain at £100 million a year for the spending review period, but concerns have been raised about the removal of ringfencing.

  • Housing shadow to lead policy review

    15/10/2010

    New shadow housing minister Alison Seabeck will help lead a review of Labour’s housing policy and focus attacks on housing benefit reforms and plans to end security of tenure.

  • Housing staff face pension cost hike

    15/10/2010

    Proposed changes to public sector pensions could have a direct impact on tens of thousands of housing professionals.

  • Increased rents could build 15,000 homes a year

    22/10/2010

    The new rent regime could generate £1.5bn of extra borrowing capacity for housing associations enabling nearly 15,000 new homes to be built a year, the Chartered Institute of Housing has calculated.

  • Inspectors praise Bracknell landlord

    20/10/2010

    Inspectors have praised a stock transfer housing association for its ‘strong progress’ in the two years since it was set up.

  • Is it safe to come out?

    15/10/2010

    New equality laws this month place the onus on social landlords to actively tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tenants. Ciara Leeming finds out whether landlords are ready to help.

  • Johnson: tax bankers to ease spending cuts

    19/10/2010

    The shadow chancellor has said the government should increase tax revenues to lessen the impact of capital spending cuts on affordable housing.

  • Landlord suffers £25m land hit

    15/10/2010

    Places for People has seen the value of its land plummet by £25 million - a fifth of the total fall predicted for all housing associations in 2009/10.

  • MEP calls for more efficiency funding

    26/10/2010

    A Green MEP has called for more European Union funding to allow landlords to make homes energy efficient.

  • New homeless hub planned for London

    15/10/2010

    A rough sleeping hub is likely to be set up in London to organise housing and support for homeless people, as part of a drive to end the problem by 2012.

  • Osborne raises rents and slashes funding

    20/10/2010

    Capital funding for social housing is to be cut by £4 billion and social rents set at 80 per cent of market levels, the chancellor has announced.

  • Pathfinders to join forces with LEPs

    15/10/2010

    Two housing market renewal pathfinders are planning to merge with new local enterprise partnerships.

  • Pickles scraps council performance targets

    15/10/2010

    The government has announced it is scrapping a set of performance pledges for councils which include house building and sustainability targets.

  • Planning system hampering better homes for older people

    25/10/2010

    More ‘joined up’ planning needs to be done to provide better homes for an ageing population, a report from the Local Government Association will suggest.

  • Prisoners to be given housing advice

    19/10/2010

    Government officials will work with councils to improve access to housing advice in prisons to stop the ‘revolving door’ of reoffending.

  • Public backs cuts to social housing funding

    20/10/2010

    The public supports cuts to social housing but believes services tackling crime and anti-social behaviour should be protected, a survey had found.

  • Ready for the challenge

    20/10/2010

    There are no great surprises in the CSR – we all knew cuts were coming and in this current climate we all have to “do better with less” – this is where we need to think differently and maximise the potential of all our staff and resources to get the best out of them for those we serve.

  • Romany soldier

    15/10/2010

    Maggie Smith-Bendell has spent 20 years fighting for the rights of Gypsies and Travellers to build on their own land. Now she has a new enemy in communities secretary Eric Pickles and she’s prepared to pitch her wagon outside parliament to make her voice heard. Emily Twinch reports.

  • Salaries of top civil servants revealed

    18/10/2010

    Details of the most highly paid civil servants in the Communities and Local Government department have been published for the first time.

  • Scots fear housing cuts as budget falls

    20/10/2010

    Housing organisations in Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government not to slash affordable housing budgets as the country’s funding drops nearly £1 billion.

  • Sector calls for empty homes incentives

    19/10/2010

    Empty homes that are brought back into use should count as new homes for house building targets, an online debate has suggested.

  • Sector encouraged by regulatory plans

    15/10/2010

    The housing sector has welcomed government plans to continue independent regulation of social landlords.

  • Sector rallies against ‘devastating’ cuts

    19/10/2010

    Housing bodies have warned cuts expected in the spending review will have a ‘devastating’ impact on the most vulnerable members of society.

  • Secure tenancies face axe as funding is cut

    19/10/2010

    Ministers are expected to scrap tenancy for life in the wake of massive funding cuts in tomorrow’s comprehensive spending review.

  • Seeing through the fog

    15/10/2010

    Change is on the horizon so landlords must embrace radical reform

  • Shapps defends ‘radical’ social housing reforms

    21/10/2010

    The Communities and Local Government department had an ‘enormous’ and ‘over-bloated’ budget before it was cut in half, according to the housing minister.

  • Sleep-outs don’t do any harm

    15/10/2010

    Jeremy Swain’s opinions often challenge and provoke, but his article attacking sleep-outs (Inside Housing, 24 September) shows he is becoming the grumpy old man of homelessness.

  • Social housing ‘to be hit with £8bn cuts’

    18/10/2010

    Social housing could see cuts of around £8 billion as part of the comprehensive spending review on Wednesday.

  • Social landlords raise £13.76m

    15/10/2010

    Landlords raised a total of £13.76 million through the sale of properties at auction in September.

  • Social landlords to set tenancies and rents

    20/10/2010

    Social landlords are to be given the freedom to raise rents towards market levels and introduce time-limited tenancies, the government has announced.

  • Spending cuts to hit most vulnerable hardest

    21/10/2010

    Plans to slash social housing budgets and drive up rents will hit the poorest members of society hardest, practitioners have warned.

  • Supporting People budget reduced

    20/10/2010

    The government has promised to protect vulnerable people despite cutting Supporting People funding by 11.5 per cent, to £6 billion.

  • Sustainable projects spared spending axe

    21/10/2010

    Sustainability campaigners have expressed relief that the government has not cut subsidies for microgeneration of heat and energy.

  • Tackling ASB must stay top of agenda

    15/10/2010

    The recent report from the chief inspector of constabulary Sir Denis O’Connor on the policing of anti-social behaviour puts registered social landlords’ efforts to protect and improve the lives of residents into stark context.

  • 'The shape of social housing is changing'

    20/10/2010

    Leading figures from the social housing sector give their views on the key announcements from the comprehensive spending review

  • Think tank labels HCA cuts 'desirable'

    20/10/2010

    The budget of the Homes and Communities Agency could be cut by 50 per cent without major damage to the supply of affordable housing, a think tank has claimed.

  • Three strikes rule to target benefit fraud

    18/10/2010

    Ministers are to launch a tough new strategy for tackling benefit fraud.

  • TSA deadline missed as regulator is axed

    15/10/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority is threatening to name and shame the 15 per cent of landlords who have failed to publish local standards plans.

  • Wales confident assembly will not decimate housing budget

    22/10/2010

    Umbrella groups in Wales are confident the Welsh Assembly Government will not follow the UK Government in its major slashing of investment in affordable housing.

  • Watch this space

    15/10/2010

    The Supreme Court is considering cases which could have a big impact on landlords, say Jane Plant and Helen Tucker

  • When will the penny drop?

    15/10/2010

    Melinda Phillips, Barbara Laing and Jon Rosser: a roll call of distinguished and dedicated housing professionals, who share one rather less attractive achievement: all received staggeringly large payouts on departure from their respective organisations (Housing 21, Anchor and Town and Country).