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Inside Housing
16/01/2009

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  • £169m of housing rescue fund unused

    16/01/2009

    The government has spent just £31 million of a £200 million pot set up eight months ago to help housing associations buy up developers’ unsold homes.

  • A full circle

    16/01/2009

    ‘There’s no such thing as reality, only people’s perceptions,’ as the saying goes.

  • A year to remember

    21/01/2009

    Housing minister Margaret Beckett has taken another welcome step by announcing a consultation on proposals to make council house building a reality again.

  • Associations key to £200m rescue plan

    16/01/2009

    Housing minister Margaret Beckett today launched a £200 million mortgage rescue scheme for families facing repossession.

  • Back to Black

    16/01/2009

    Stuart Black has joined Strategic Team Group as non-executive chair.

  • Bank bail out to kick-start lending

    19/01/2009

    Gordon Brown today announced plans to provide government guarantees for mortgage-backed debt, as part of a second bid to bail out the banks and boost lending.

  • Beckett attacked for recovery claims

    19/01/2009

    The housing minister has come under fire for suggesting housing market recovery may be imminent.

  • Being creative

    16/01/2009

    Landlords have become increasingly savvy at getting their tenants involved, writes Neil Merrick

  • Benefits hinder regeneration work

    20/01/2009

    The cost of coming off benefits is hindering efforts to increase employment for residents living near regeneration schemes, according to MPs and peers.

  • Best Practice

    16/01/2009

    There is an awful lot of talk about best practice in the social housing world. Nothing seems to give the sector a warmer glow than surveys filled and boxes ticked. But how much of that actually makes a difference?

  • Board of appeal

    16/01/2009

    A head for numbers, strategic nous, healthy scepticism, a sense of humour… Simon Brandon asks, what makes the perfect housing association board member?

  • Brace for impact

    16/01/2009

    For his housing strategy to work, Boris Johnson will need to stand up to his Tory colleagues in the boroughs, writes Jon Cruddas

  • Builders struggling

    16/01/2009

    Leading house builders reported dire trading conditions this week, with one introducing a four-day week to cut costs.

  • Builders warn of 90,000 redundancies

    16/01/2009

    Up to 90,000 employees of small and medium-sized builders are facing redundancy in the next six months, the Federation of Master Builders has warned.

  • Captain Cook

    16/01/2009

    Valleys to Coast Housing has appointed Stephen Cook as chief executive.

  • Carbon Challenge plans shown to the public

    20/01/2009

    Plans for a 344 home zero carbon development in Peterborough have been unveiled.

  • Clarke promoted

    16/01/2009

    Mick Clarke has been promoted from deputy chief executive to chief executive of homelessness charity The Passage.

  • Communities asked to address Gaza tensions

    20/01/2009

    Hazel Blears has called for community groups to help quell escalating racial tensions in the UK triggered by the war in Gaza.

  • Council leader questions government research

    16/01/2009

    The leader of a council featured in controversial government research on poor white people has questioned the findings of the study.

  • Councils given freedom to build social homes

    21/01/2009

    The government has unveiled plans for a new generation of council-led affordable home building.

  • Credit crunch fallout strains housing staff

    16/01/2009

    The soaring demand from tenants and residents for help to avoid homelessness is placing housing staff under growing strain, Britain’s largest public sector union has warned.

  • DWP rewrites legislation to avoid Lords’ benefit ruling

    16/01/2009

    The government could face a raft of legal challenges over its housing benefit regime after reworking legislation to avoid implementing a House of Lords judgement.

  • Eastern assembly finds space for homes

    20/01/2009

    Large scale growth should be encouraged in Cambridge, Norwich and Chelmsford, a report by the East of England Regional Assembly has recommended.

  • Ennis completes HCA team

    16/01/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has completed its team of directors with the appointment of Richard Ennis as its director of finance and corporate services. 

  • Fears Wales is losing track of build figures

    16/01/2009

    The Welsh Assembly Government has admitted it has no direct way of monitoring the number of affordable homes built in Wales, despite pledging to deliver 6,500 of them by 2011.

  • Follow my lead

    16/01/2009

    Beacon authorities - chosen for their vision and top-class services - set the benchmark for best practice. Ciara Leeming reports

  • Genesis support helps tsunami victims

    19/01/2009

    Genesis Housing Group has helped to fund homes for 15 Sri Lankan families who were forced to live in temporary shelters after the 2004 tsunami.

  • Gentoo beats private rivals to decent homes contract

    22/01/2009

    The construction arm of housing association Gentoo has been hired to carry out a £27 million refurbishment of Berwick’s former council housing.

  • Goddard goes the distance

    16/01/2009

    Barry Goddard has joined Morrison Facilities Services as finance director for its north east region.

  • Grant rates rise for associations

    16/01/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency is upping grant rates for social housing schemes threatened by the credit crunch, according to housing associations.

  • HCA chief stresses the rural agenda

    16/01/2009

    Access to housing is the most pressing issue facing rural communities, the chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency has said.

  • Heathrow to cost 70 social homes

    16/01/2009

    The expansion of Heathrow Airport will mean 70 council homes will be demolished and many more affected by noise and disruption.

  • Heffernan explained

    16/01/2009

    The government is facing fresh legal challenges after dodging a House of Lords ruling on housing benefit. Emily Rogers examines how it got into this mess

  • Highland Council ditches build plans

    20/01/2009

    Highland Council has abandoned plans to start building council homes again because of a lack of government subsidy.

  • Home economics

    16/01/2009

    Landlords have already boosted efficiency, but Anita Pati finds how tenants and text messages are just some of the things that could help them do more.

  • Housing Heroes - 2010 Events home

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  • Housing Hero's media pack home

    21/01/2009

  • Housing providers lack HIV knowledge

    20/01/2009

    Many social housing providers are failing to provide a decent service to people with HIV, according to a new report.

  • How a pink camper van is helping tenants

    21/01/2009

    A pink camper van rolling into a car park on the Pepys Estate in south east London today marked the beginning of the Tenant Services Authority’s ‘national conversation’ with social housing tenants.

  • Inside Housing - 2010 Event Details home

    21/01/2009

  • Insolvency risk to major house builders

    19/01/2009

    The number of construction firms with ‘critical problems’ jumped by 190 per cent in the last three months of 2008, according to administrators Begbies Traynor.

  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

    16/01/2009

    No, it’s three cash-rich landlords ready to fly to the rescue of their struggling rivals. But is their motive simply to save the day? Crispin Dowler reports

  • Know your enemy

    12/01/2015

    Three politicians - one underprepared, one badly dressed and one (possibly) Scrooge-like, feature in this week’s Closed Circuit

  • Landlords charged for consultation visits

    22/01/2009

    Housing providers will have to pay £2,000 a day for a visit from the Tenant Services Authority’s comments camper van.

  • Lawyer of last resort

    16/01/2009

    This year 75,000 people are set to have their homes repossessed by anxious lenders. John Egboche tells Simon Brandon how he is fighting to make sure Brent Council residents aren’t among them.

  • Legal challenge threatens eco town programme

    22/01/2009

    A judicial review that could end the government’s eco towns programme reaches the Royal Courts of Justice today.

  • Let us make use of decent homes cash

    16/01/2009

    In November’s pre-Budget report the government announced that £130 million of decent homes spending was being brought forward from 2010/11 into 2008/09.

  • Long walk to freedom

    16/01/2009

    It is time to create a more equal society, where people are not shut out because they are older

  • Monitoring skills are sorely lacking

    16/01/2009

    Keith Simpson of Just Housing is absolutely right to say that good partnering is more than just a matter of attitude (Letters, 9 January).

  • Moral banking

    16/01/2009

    Neill Gibson of Trowers & Hamlins says landlords and Islamic finance institutions could work together

  • Mutual understanding

    16/01/2009

    Chris Handy lists 10 reasons why co-operative housing is due a comeback

  • New environment for Sir John

    16/01/2009

    Sir John Harman has been appointed to the National House Building Council board of directors.

  • New venture

    16/01/2009

    Leeds Federated Housing has appointed Gail Monnickendam as deputy chief executive.

  • No evidence needed for anti-social behaviour evictions

    21/01/2009

    A new form of tenancy created to help families address anti-social behaviour will allow them to be evicted without evidence.

  • No rights without responsibility

    16/01/2009

    A root problem of today’s society is the obsession about one’s rights without recognising one’s obligations. For example, a resident, tenant or customer who voluntarily applies and accepts the benefit of social housing, implicitly and contractually accepts obligations.

  • Novas faces new investigation

    16/01/2009

    Housing association Novas Scarman has called in auditors after allegations that one of its contractors had links to a member of its staff.

  • Off the walls

    16/01/2009

    Court battles and a deepening recession have left Peter Walls undaunted. Gentoo’s inimitable boss tells Philippa Ward that housing badly needs an overhaul.

  • Pathfinders 'must improve value for money'

    21/01/2009

    Public spending watchdog the Audit Commission is going to get tougher on housing market renewal pathfinders as ‘public resources get tighter’.

  • Play your part in safeguarding

    16/01/2009

    Recent case reviews, investigations and court cases have highlighted concerns around housing agencies’ role in safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults. I continue to be surprised that there appears to be little discussion within housing teams about the lessons to be learned from these cases.

  • Practice makes perfect

    16/01/2009

    Despite the recession, housing providers must continue improving tenant services. Emily Twinch looks at some success stories

  • Rebellion brews over proposed rent hikes

    16/01/2009

    Inflation-busting increases leave councils torn between protecting their tenants or their budgets

  • Regulator launches hot-pink comments camper van

    21/01/2009

    The Tenant Services Authority today launched a ‘comments camper van’ which will tour England as part of the regulator’s national consultation.

  • Repossessions rise by 92 per cent

    22/01/2009

    Repossessions shot up by 92 per cent in the last year, according to figures from the Financial Services Authority.

  • Review finds housing market regulation is illogical

    21/01/2009

    Regulation of the housing market needs to be reformed and rationalised, a government-backed review has found.

  • Rising through the ranks

    16/01/2009

    Phoenix Community Housing has appointed Chris Starke as finance director.

  • Rotten boroughs

    16/01/2009

    The residents of Nottingham and Norwich deserve better and so does the social housing sector.

  • Rough sleeping migrants encouraged to return home

    19/01/2009

    London-based homelessness charity Thames Reach is helping rough sleepers from central and eastern European countries to return home.

  • Royal treatment

    16/01/2009

    Keith Tallintire has been appointed chief executive of Prince Bishop Homes, a subsidiary of Derwentside Homes.

  • Rural developer forced to close

    19/01/2009

    The Rural Housing Trust will stop building homes and make most of its staff redundant after being hit by the economic downturn.

  • Sacked housing boss should have been caught sooner

    20/01/2009

    A scandal that led to Norwich’s head of strategic housing being sacked should have been identified earlier, an independent review has found.

  • Scottish associations oppose FOI change

    19/01/2009

    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has hit out against proposals to extend the Freedom of Information Act to social landlords.

  • Scottish growing pains

    16/01/2009

    Development must remain sustainable in hard times

  • Shareholders revolt over house builder bonuses

    19/01/2009

    Shareholders at one of the countries largest house builders have voted against bonuses paid to its top executives.

  • Shepherds Bush is financially sound

    16/01/2009

    Issigonis House, Shepherds Bush Housing Association’s shared ownership development in west London, was granted change of use on 7 January by Ealing Council.

  • Spelman takes over as communities shadow

    19/01/2009

    Caroline Spelman has replaced Eric Pickles as shadow communities secretary in a reshuffle of the shadow cabinet.

  • Stop inflation-busting rent rises

    16/01/2009

    Two steps forward and one step back.

  • Strive for an integrated Utopia

    16/01/2009

    Why ‘campaign for social rented housing for all’, as mentioned in Linda McNeil’s letter (Inside Housing, 28 November)?

  • Surveyors call for swift return to council-led building

    22/01/2009

    Plans to encourage councils to build social homes must be taken forward quickly, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has warned.

  • Tenants triumph

    16/01/2009

    The House of Lords has found in favour of the tenants in three tolerated trespasser cases

  • The pursuit of happiness

    16/01/2009

    The architects at BPTW Partnership are at pains to point out that they are not dedicated followers of fashion.

  • Think tank looks to tackle age discrimination

    20/01/2009

    Left wing think tank the Fabian Society has launched a policy forum to thrash out how age discrimination should be tackled.

  • Tories promise energy 'revolution'

    20/01/2009

    The Conservative Party has launched plans to revolutionise the way energy is supplied to and used by UK homes.

  • Tories to probe mega-landlords

    16/01/2009

    The Conservatives are planning to probe how well large housing associations interact with tenants, amid concerns that they are difficult to hold to account.

  • Unemployment rise drives risk of homelessness

    21/01/2009

    Charity Crisis has warned rising unemployment is putting people at risk of losing their homes.

  • We shall not be moved

    16/01/2009

    Richard Donaldson is refusing to sell his home to allow a run-down estate to be demolished.

  • Welsh goals will not be forgotten

    16/01/2009

    Everyone recognises that the current economic climate is having an impact upon the number of new homes being built.

  • Welsh landlords pledge to fight nuisance tenants

    23/01/2009

    The first social landlords in Wales have signed up to new government standards to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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