Sunday, 21 September 2014

Inside Housing
16/07/2010

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  • Former minister to chair Olympics firm

    21/07/2010

    Former housing minister Nick Raynsford is to chair the company that will run the affordable homes at the athlete’s village being built for the 2012 Olympics.

  • United House secures £16m town hall deal

    19/07/2010

    United House has won a £16 million contract to refurbish Tottenham town hall and build 109 new affordable homes at the rear of the historic building.

  • Benefit plans concern Lib Dem deputy

    22/07/2010

    The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has voiced concerns about proposed changes to housing benefit.

  • Boris fears housing benefit reforms

    19/07/2010

    The mayor of London has said he is concerned about the impact of plans to cut housing benefit, and requested special treatment for the capital.

  • Budget won't help construction

    16/07/2010

    The cuts to public spending announced in the emergency Budget should come as no surprise and are something the construction sector has been bracing itself for.

  • Care and support

    16/07/2010

    Our care and support special explores how the sector is dealing with spending cuts.

  • Cash prizes up for grabs

    16/07/2010

    Six projects working with homeless people are in line to win a share of a £50,000 prize fund after the shortlist for the Andy Ludlow Homelessness awards was unveiled by London Councils.

  • Cause for concern

    16/07/2010

    On average, Inside Housing receives two calls a month from tenants seeking help with complaints about their landlord.

  • City slicker

    16/07/2010

    Pushpa Raguvaran is going head to head with the private sector in a bid to win more of the lucrative care market. But was the Housing 21 chief’s decision to drop £19.5 million on a listed company the right one? To kick off our care and support special, Caroline Thorpe met her.

  • Coming in to land

    16/07/2010

    As the £1.67 billion Supporting People programme absorbs the first round of spending cuts, can it continue to provide a soft landing for vulnerable households? Nick Duxbury analyses the results of an exclusive survey to find out.

  • Compiling data for Top 50 developers

    16/07/2010

    I refer to your article on 25 June, ‘Fifty biggest developers to build 6,000 fewer homes’ and the supporting table of the Top 50 developers.

  • Council director to deliver 8,500 new homes

    22/07/2010

    Brighton and Hove council has appointed a new director responsible for drawing up plans for the provision of 8,500 new homes by 2025.

  • Councils scrap plans for 85,000 homes

    19/07/2010

    Plans to build nearly 85,000 homes across England have been axed following the government’s decision to end house building targets.

  • Councils want more powers

    16/07/2010

    London’s council leaders are negotiating with London mayor Boris Johnson about the way in which housing funding powers should be devolved to City Hall.

  • Dealing with dementia

    16/07/2010

    A pilot project is giving residents with dementia extra support so they can stay in their own homes. Anita Pati reports

  • Figures show fall in rough sleepers

    15/07/2010

    The number of people sleeping rough on England’s streets has decreased slightly, according to statistics collected by the Communities and Local Government department.

  • Government reviews eco-town programme

    16/07/2010

    The government is considering re-branding the eco-town programme after launching a full review into it.

  • Government 'snuck out' HCA cuts

    16/07/2010

    Former Labour housing minister John Healey has criticised government ministers for not making a statement in Parliament about cuts to the Homes and Communities Agency budget.

  • Growing aspirations

    22/07/2010

    New Charter Housing Trust has won a bronze award for its community garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park show this week. Here Linda Sidebottom, from the housing provider, explains how the garden came about.

  • Hackney awards £220m contract

    20/07/2010

    Three construction and maintenance firms have won a joint £220 million contract to deliver improvement work to Hackney council’s housing stock.

  • HAs in bid to receive the same VAT relief as councils

    16/07/2010

    Some housing associations are pushing the government to give them the same perks as local authorities when it comes to reclaiming Value Added Tax.

  • Hitting home

    16/07/2010

    Elsayed Ward already struggles to support his family in a cramped and damp flat. From April next year this task will be even harder. Isabel Hardman investigates how reforms to housing benefit will leave Mr Ward and thousands like him fighting to keep a roof over their heads

  • Homelessness trailblazers

    19/07/2010

    Six projects working with homeless people have been shortlisted for the 12th Andy Ludlow homelessness awards.

  • Housing delivery key to Big Society plans

    19/07/2010

    Passing control of affordable housing delivery down to neighbourhood level will form a key plank of the coalition government’s Big Society policy, the prime minister has said.

  • Housing powers devolved to Wales

    21/07/2010

    Legislation that will allow Welsh councils to suspend the right to buy in areas of high housing demand has received royal assent.

  • Housing sector calls for £9.5bn investment

    19/07/2010

    Social housing bodies are calling on the government to invest £9.5 billion in building affordable homes in its autumn spending review.

  • Hundreds give backing to housing benefit campaign

    16/07/2010

    More than 300 people backed Inside Housing’s What’s the Benefit? campaign within three working days.

  • Inquiry launched into Kingston fire

    16/07/2010

    An investigation has been launched into why a fire destroyed the top four stories of a council-owned block of flats in Kingston, Surrey, so quickly.

  • Keenly priced bond nets £200m for Hyde

    19/07/2010

    Hyde Group has raised £200 million in a deal that demonstrates the growing availability of cheap bond finance within the sector.

  • Landlords and Ikea strike Olympic deal

    16/07/2010

    Two housing associations have agreed a landmark deal with an Ikea-owned development company which will see 1,500 homes built on the edge of the Olympic park.

  • Landlords hit by SP ring fence removal

    16/07/2010

    More than a third of supported housing providers have experienced a significant reduction in their budget since the removal of the ring fence from supporting people funding.

  • Landlords seek clarity on LHA payments

    20/07/2010

    The British Property Federation has written to the work and pensions secretary asking for confirmation that housing benefit payments will go direct to landlords.

  • Make a show of it

    16/07/2010

    The government’s personalisation agenda gives vulnerable people control over their care. Lydia Stockdale discovers how one group of residents is using its influence to ensure integrated services are put centre stage.

  • Modern ways of engaging people

    16/07/2010

    Social networking may be cheap as a way of garnering local support for development proposals (Inside Housing, 25 June), but it is only part of the communications mix and hardly the best way of targeting by geographical area.

  • Mortgage rescue schemes to be cut back

    20/07/2010

    Government help for homeowners struggling to keep up with their mortgage repayments is to be scaled back following a review of the emergency measures introduced under the Labour administration.

  • Movers & shakers

    16/07/2010

    Sandwell Homes has appointed Paul Field as interim chief executive. Mr Field was previously finance director and company secretary of the organisation, and will remain in his post until March 2011 while a new chief executive is recruited.

  • NHF launches ‘loan shops’ to support low-income families

    16/07/2010

    The National Housing Federation has launched an attack on loan sharks with a new scheme to provide people on low incomes with affordable credit.

  • NTV closure is 'major blow' for tenants

    16/07/2010

    The government must show it is still committed to social tenants after it scrapped their representative body, tenant groups have said.

  • Ombudsman sees 43% rise in complaints

    16/07/2010

    The number of tenants complaining about the services provided by housing associations has soared by 43 per cent in the past year, the housing ombudsman has revealed.

  • One in ten social homes are underoccupied

    21/07/2010

    One in ten social homes are underoccupied, according to figures from a home exchange agency.

  • Public asked to consider use of building powers

    23/07/2010

    Communities are being asked to consider how they would use powers allowing them to build homes in their area without planning permission.

  • Public should tackle anti-social behaviour

    20/07/2010

    The general public and frontline workers such as housing officers should be trained in community safety skills to tackle anti-social behaviour, a report has found.

  • Reading between the lines

    16/07/2010

    Maintenance firm Connaught had an extreme reaction to the Budget, so was it right or is there more going on beneath the surface, asks Chris Blackhurst

  • Right to buy tenants trapped on estates

    21/07/2010

    Helping tenants to buy their own homes has trapped them in neighbourhoods from which they are unable to escape, research into the effects of the right to buy policy has revealed.

  • Rules needed to stop homes overheating

    21/07/2010

    Building regulations should prevent homes being built which are at risk of overheating, a new report has recommended.

  • Save our children

    16/07/2010

    As Budget cuts force more and more children onto the streets we need a national programme of refuges to keep them safe

  • Seeking a solution to sky high rent

    16/07/2010

    Government plans to cut the £21 billion housing benefit bill would be a cure that is worse than the disease

  • Serial killer police focus on RSL flats

    22/07/2010

    Police looking for further victims of serial killer Peter Tobin are concentrating their search on a housing association-owned property in Brighton.

  • Social housing stock is underoccupied

    20/07/2010

    Research has found around 27,000 homes are underoccupied in the east of England.

  • Stoking fires for change

    16/07/2010

    Imagine a scheme which allowed a local authority to save £5.5 million over two years in its spending on health, social care and housing.

  • Tenants' opinions count just as much

    16/07/2010

    I write regarding the article in the 18 June edition of your magazine entitled Spin your web.

  • The clock is ticking

    16/07/2010

    Landlords who deal with care must beware of new law requiring registration, says Lynn Aglionby, partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP

  • The right side of the law

    16/07/2010

    A new High Court case sets another human rights precedent, says Scott Greenwood

  • There’s still a place for housing PFI

    16/07/2010

    In response to your story ‘Housing PFI in doubt as Shapps launches review’ (Inside Housing, 2 July), it should be noted that the focus of the National Audit Office report was on the government procurement process in a new market and to understand the requirements involved in housing refurbishment projects.

  • There's more than one way to recruit

    16/07/2010

    I am rather mystified by both Mr Sitch’s reluctance to engage with speed recruitment and by his assertion that this is an outmoded and discredited process (Inside Housing, letters, 25 June).

  • Union seeks Labour views

    16/07/2010

    The housing association branch of public service union UNISON is consulting its members over which candidate for the Labour leadership they believe has the best housing policies.

  • VAT hike will cost associations £125m

    16/07/2010

    Housing associations will cut building programmes to minimise the impact of the planned Value Added Tax hike, which will add up to £3.5 million to their annual operating costs.

  • Warwick awards £1.2m adaptation contract

    21/07/2010

    Lovell has won a £1.2 million, four-year contract to carry out disability adaptation work across Warwick council’s housing stock.

  • Welfare reforms to increase need for homes

    20/07/2010

    Social landlords should brace themselves for a surge in demand for housing as the coalition government’s controversial welfare reforms take hold, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

  • What's the damage?

    20/07/2010

    Housemark outlines the findings from its annual report assessing how effectively social landlords are dealing with anti-social behaviour.

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