Thursday, 31 July 2014

Inside Housing
16/04/2010

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  • £25 billion reform would leave councils with ALMOs better off

    16/04/2010

    Councils with arm’s-length management organisations could see their collective housing debt fall by more than £5.3 billion under proposals for reform of the housing finance system.

  • All talk no action

    16/04/2010

    Politicians can talk about an integrated national care service but it’s down to providers to make it happen

  • Ask the experts

    16/04/2010

    Q: Can residents ask a housing association to set up a customer scrutiny panel made up of tenants meaning we could question the board and management if there is a particular problem? Can we ask our housing association to do this now that the Tenant Services Authority’s new regulations have come into force? Eva Silver

  • Association fined £70,000 for carbon monoxide death

    21/04/2010

    A housing association has received a £70,000 fine following the death of a security guard from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Bill to protect private tenants from eviction

    16/04/2010

    Private tenants are to get greater protection from eviction after a private members’ bill was passed before the pre-election closure of Parliament.

  • Bristol tenants not 'scamming' council

    16/04/2010

    I wish to correct inaccurate and misleading information contained in the article Bristol uncovers tenants’ fridge scam (Inside Housing, 1 April).

  • Canine caveats

    16/04/2010

    Traditionally many providers - where they have bothered to mention pets in tenancy agreements - have simply banned dogs. However, some, such as Edinburgh Council and Wales & West Housing Association, have recognised this as a draconian approach and almost impossible to enforce fairly. They are piloting the approach of allowing tenants to have dogs in exchange for a commitment to ‘responsible ownership’.

  • Closed circuit

    16/04/2010

    The British Property Federation had a successful April Fool’s Day with the news desks of most national papers falling for not one, but two of their two hoaxes.

  • Cuts could delay build goal by 20 years

    19/04/2010

    The government’s affordable homes target could be missed by twenty years unless the three major parties promise to protect the housing budget, providers are warning.

  • Debt finance sums are misleading

    16/04/2010

    Your article Revealed: HRA winners and losers (Inside Housing, 1 April) reveals misleading figures from the law firm Trowers & Hamlins carrying out the analysis on Labour’s proposals to free councils from central government involvement in their housing finance.

  • Denham accuses Tories of caving in to landlords

    19/04/2010

    John Denham has accused the Conservatives of a ‘devious misuse’ of parliamentary process over regulation of shared housing.

  • Election candidates back housing pledge

    21/04/2010

    Two hundred and forty candidates standing for election have signed up to a National Housing Federation pledge on affordable homes.

  • Election panel: readers say it is possible to deliver more for less

    16/04/2010

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced last week that a future Labour government would expect more homes to be delivered with less funding.

  • Election panel: readers split on security of tenure

    22/04/2010

    Inside Housing website readers are divided on whether future social tenants should be guaranteed a secure tenancy, according to our latest poll.

  • Essex joins eco-town list

    16/04/2010

    A partnership of three councils in Essex will receive £200,000 to help develop proposals for new eco-town communities.

  • Expert opinion

    16/04/2010

    Failure to take up adequate employee references can prove disastrous in the long term

  • Former CIH president Bill Woof dies

    20/04/2010

    Former Chartered Institute of Housing president Bill Woof has died following a short illness.

  • Gateshead aims to branch out

    16/04/2010

    Gateshead’s arm’s-length management organisation is examining plans that would see it become the first ALMO to manage homes outside its home town or city.

  • Greens pledge to plough £4 billion into social housing

    15/04/2010

    The Green Party would launch a £4 billion social housing programme and focus on expanding the role of council delivery if it came to power.

  • HCA excluded top salaries in review

    16/04/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency excluded the salaries of three of its highest paid staff from an internal review in which it compared its director’s pay to other organisations.

  • Head of Supporting People review criticises scheme

    21/04/2010

    An academic studying the Supporting People scheme in Wales has said it is immensely important but badly run.

  • Homelessness charity seeks owner of Imogen's ashes

    16/04/2010

    Baffled staff at a homelessness charity are searching for a supporter who may have accidentally donated a casket of ashes.

  • Housing starts rise as prices strengthen

    19/04/2010

    The value of UK housing projects starting work in the first quarter of 2010 rose 37 per cent compared with last year.

  • In the dog house

    16/04/2010

    More than 6 million households in the UK own a dog and with attacks on housing officers on the increase, social landlords are being forced to re-examine their policies towards pets in a bid to keep their staff and communities safe. Kate Youde investigates

  • Lambeth tells ALMO to improve or close

    20/04/2010

    Labour councillors in Lambeth have given their troubled arm’s-length management organisation a one-year ultimatum to improve or close.

  • Landlords must improve end-of-life care

    16/04/2010

    Housing providers must be better educated about caring for people at the end of their lives, a new report has said.

  • Leeds Council to face ALMO employee race discrimination case

    16/04/2010

    Leeds Council must defend itself against an accusation of workplace racial discrimination brought by an employee of its arm’s-length management organisation, the Court of Appeal has found.

  • Lib Dem role in government could boost housing

    21/04/2010

    A hung Parliament could be good for housing because the Liberal Democrats would be given responsibility for the sector, the head of the CIH has claimed.

  • Lib Dems would create housing 'bombshell', say Tories

    16/04/2010

    Plans for housing in the Liberal Democrat manifesto would create a ‘bombshell’ for first-time buyers, the Conservatives have claimed.

  • Lloyds buys stake in United House

    21/04/2010

    A private equity firm has bought an estimated 30 per cent stake in housing contractor United House.

  • Mixed inspection for Bournemouth association

    19/04/2010

    Bournemouth Churches Housing Association has ‘strengths and weaknesses in balance’, inspectors have found.

  • Movers & shakers

    16/04/2010

    Amelia McCann has joined Bromford Group as head of development north. She previously worked at EC Harris where she was a commission manager.

  • NTV names its leaders

    16/04/2010

    The chief executive and chair of the National Tenant Voice have been announced.

  • On the public highway

    16/04/2010

    Registered housing providers are increasingly moving from private to public status

  • Outward bound

    16/04/2010

    Do your research before introducing new arrangements, says Avril Smith

  • Parties reveal vision for future of housing

    16/04/2010

    The three main political parties outlined radically different proposals for social housing in their manifestos this week.

  • Police hunt finance chief over Ujima ‘fraud’

    16/04/2010

    Police have appealed for help tracking down the former finance director of failed housing association Ujima, who has gone on the run.

  • Political pledges

    16/04/2010

    Historically the Liberal Democrats have been one of the most popular parties with the housing sector. The latest instalment of our weekly readers’ panel poll bears this out. However, this popularity has mattered little at a national level - until now.

  • Politicians urged to support elderly

    20/04/2010

    A sheltered housing body is calling on politicians to recognise the importance of good quality older people’s housing and care.

  • Right up my street

    16/04/2010

    In the latest instalment of our House Proud campaign, Lydia Stockdale looks at how tailoring housing to changing demographic need can ease pressure on health and social care services

  • Scales of prudence

    19/04/2010

    Justin Sumner gives his monthly update on how wider economic changes are affecting the housing sector.

  • Scots give £31m to affordable housing

    20/04/2010

    Affordable housing in Scotland has been given the biggest chunk of an extra £76 million awarded to the country after the Budget.

  • Scottish federation appoints new chief

    21/04/2010

    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has named its new chief executive.

  • Secrets and lies

    16/04/2010

    He was sacked by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and branded a ‘secret Nazi’ by a national newspaper. Speaking out for the first time since the scandal broke, former housing chief Gareth Mead tells Lydia Stockdale his side of the story.

  • Shelter's league table is flawed

    16/04/2010

    Shelter’s Housing League Table certainly seems to have upset a lot of councils (Inside Housing, 19 March). I, for one, believe the approach Shelter adopted is flawed. Relying on housing register information, even when the figures are taken from approved council documents, is not the way to proceed.

  • South east build targets ‘insufficient’

    16/04/2010

    MPs have urged regional bodies in the south east to revise and increase their house building targets.

  • Southampton fire inquest adjourned

    20/04/2010

    The inquest into the death of two firefighters who died in a Southampton council tower block has been opened and adjourned.

  • Tenant asked for more rent in case he dies

    20/04/2010

    A housing association has been forced to apologise after it asked a tenant to pay extra rent in case he died.

  • Tenant body appoints new chair

    22/04/2010

    The body representing tenants and residents associations in England has announced its new chair.

  • Tenants move back after fire

    16/04/2010

    Residents of a tower block where two firemen died in a blaze last week are set to move back into their homes over the next few days.

  • The customer is always right

    16/04/2010

    Even though customer service is much better than it used to be, ‘tenants - who needs them?’ remains the misanthropic mantra of a minority of housing staff. Presumably, they would have been happier working as traffic wardens or immigration officials.

  • The gallery

    16/04/2010

    Before the demolition of Southern Housing Group’s 1960s Market estate in Islington, north London, begins later this month, the housing association has teamed up with arts regeneration practice Talltales to turn the site into an art project.

  • The way I see it

    16/04/2010

    We must weigh up the cost of saying ‘no’ to asylum seekers’ plea for housing

  • Think tank calls for direct payment extension

    22/04/2010

    Direct payments of housing benefit should be extended to social tenants, an influential think tank has argued.

  • Third of landlords skip gas safety checks

    19/04/2010

    One in three private tenants is renting a house with out-of-date gas safety certificates, a new survey has found.

  • Too many cooks

    16/04/2010

    If Scotland is to increase the supply of affordable homes it must find a united voice

  • TSA to overhaul satisfaction data

    16/04/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority is planning a radical shake-up of the way tenant satisfaction data is collected, because residents are so unhappy with the present system.

  • Umbrella group makes the case for planning

    16/04/2010

    The Royal Town Planning Institute, the professional body that represents 22,000 town and country planners, has launched a manifesto for planning ahead of the general election in May.

  • Volcano traps housing ombudsman

    22/04/2010

    The housing ombudsman has been trapped in Canada because of the grounding of aircraft due to the eruption of a volcano in Iceland.

  • We all benefit from greener homes

    16/04/2010

    The article on the government’s ‘warm homes’ initiative, The green conveyor belt (Inside Housing, 12 March), misses out some of the opportunities and challenges in making our homes greener.

  • Welsh housing plan adapts to downturn

    21/04/2010

    A new housing plan for Wales was launched today at the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru’s annual conference.

  • Welsh landlords urged to use local contractors

    22/04/2010

    Housing providers in Wales are being encouraged to look to local businesses when buying services and goods to bring their homes up to standard.

  • Welsh renew bid for housing powers

    20/04/2010

    Housing organisations across Wales have renewed their demands for housing policy to be devolved after the general election.

  • Will tenants want to get involved?

    16/04/2010

    So, now we have it - for now, at least. The Tenant Services Authority ‘arrives’. It would be churlish to offer too many questions at this stage, so I’ll try just one.

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