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Inside Housing
17/09/2010

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  • Follow up inspection finds weaknesses

    20/09/2010

    A follow up inspection of Home Group has found services are not focused on customers and do not reach performance targets across the areas assessed.

  • Nine in 10 landlords fear benefit cuts

    20/09/2010

    More than 90 per cent of private landlords have said they would be less likely to take on tenants who are claiming housing benefit if proposed cuts go ahead.

  • Planners seek radical house building model

    21/09/2010

    Councils should issue bonds and give tax breaks to encourage building on designated sites, a planning body has said.

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    30/09/2010

  • ALMO tenants receive ‘good’ service

    27/09/2010

    The Audit Commission has found ‘substantial improvement’ in the services provided by a London arm’s-length management association.

  • Associations ‘mistreated’ by government

    22/09/2010

    The Scottish Government’s treatment of housing associations has been branded ‘shameful’.

  • Associations should trade on stock market

    23/09/2010

    Housing associations could raise £30 billion and fund an extra 100,000 homes a year if they were allowed to raise money on the stock market, according to a report by a right-wing think tank.

  • Average chief exec salary tops £150k

    23/09/2010

    The chief executives of England’s largest housing associations are paid £11,000 more than the prime minister on average, according to an Inside Housing survey.

  • Aylesbury estate demolition begins

    23/09/2010

    The long-awaited demolition of the Aylesbury estate in south London has begun as part of a £1.5 billion regeneration project.

  • Beat the domino effect

    17/09/2010

    Housing providers must make contingency plans after the collapse of contractor Connaught. Andrew Millross and Richard More, from Anthony Collins Solicitors, explain how.

  • Begging to differ

    17/09/2010

    It is undoubtedly good news that the coalition government has listened to the concerns of homelessness workers and overhauled the farcical rules governing rough sleeper counts in England.

  • Benefit cuts spark debt fears

    17/09/2010

    Two thirds of social landlords are concerned proposed cuts to housing benefit will lead to an increase in bad debt on their balance sheets.

  • Boris criticised after giving money to a beggar

    17/09/2010

    The mayor of London has fuelled a debate over giving money to beggars after he got off his bike to hand over a pound in Leicester Square.

  • Bully probe a ‘whitewash’

    17/09/2010

    A housing association employee who alleged they had been bullied by the chief executive of the organisation fears the investigation into the latter’s behaviour could be a ‘whitewash’.

  • Charity coalition to support vulnerable

    22/09/2010

    Four charities have formed a coalition to help vulnerable people who suffer from a combination of problems.

  • CLG denies right to buy is under review

    17/09/2010

    The Communities and Local Government department has denied it has any plans to change the right to buy, after a newspaper reported the scheme is under review.

  • Connaught gives us a chance to change

    17/09/2010

    The recent and highly predictable demise of the national social housing contractor Connaught has, quite apart from its unfortunate clients and sub-contractors, left the whole sector with a real dilemma.

  • Councils offered low cost homes advice

    22/09/2010

    Councils are being offered advice on developing affordable homes that are attractive to mortgage lenders.

  • Councils to increase home care charges

    29/09/2010

    Councils are reviewing charges for home care as they face cuts to social care budgets and services.

  • Courts must test gagging orders

    17/09/2010

    Chloë Stothart’s article headed ‘ALMO battles gagging order’ was excellent (Inside Housing, 13 August).

  • Cuts are coming

    17/09/2010

    After years of overspending, the housing sector cannot expect to escape budget cuts

  • Decent homes plus could cut building

    20/09/2010

    Creating a new decent homes standard that includes energy efficiency may jeopardise the number of new social homes that are built, a minister warned yesterday.

  • Double dipping

    17/09/2010

    Despite a rosy outlook in other parts of the world, the UK economy is not yet out of the woods and we must prepare for the possibility of a ‘double dipette’, says Chris Blackhurst

  • DWP concerned by tenure reform plans

    21/09/2010

    The Department for Work and Pensions is unhappy about government plans to reform security of tenure and to cut housing benefit, a minister revealed last night.

  • Eaga launches £350m solar panel fund

    17/09/2010

    A renewable energy company has set up a £350 million fund to make money from electricity generated by photovoltaic panels on social homes.

  • Ex-Chorley Housing chair dies aged 71

    17/09/2010

    The former chair of a north west housing association has died.

  • Financial freedoms to aid council building

    20/09/2010

    Councils will be able to fund development by borrowing against future income, the deputy prime minister announced today.

  • GHA appoints new chairman

    28/09/2010

    A new chair has taken over at the UK’s largest housing association as it continues to reduce its stock.

  • Give us your ideas

    17/09/2010

    You’ve already helped achieve two of Inside Housing’s What’s the Benefit? campaign aims. Now we need your help with the third: how to reduce the housing benefit bill without driving people from their homes. Martin Hilditch looks at your proposals so far

  • Harman opposes HMO rule changes

    21/09/2010

    The acting leader of the Labour Party has put forward a motion in Parliament calling for the reversal of changes to the licensing of houses in multiple occupation.

  • How will evictions work in practice?

    17/09/2010

    Further to coverage of David Cameron’s remarks about the future of secure tenancies, has anyone else considered the implications of evicting priority need households under this scenario?

  • IDS hopes to protect poor from benefit cuts

    17/09/2010

    Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has guaranteed to do his ‘absolute best’ to protect the worst off from benefit cuts.

  • Knowsley plans £7 million cut

    17/09/2010

    A Merseyside housing association will cut its budget by up to £7 million in response to the government’s plans to slash housing benefit.

  • Labour Party backs lifetime tenancies

    30/09/2010

    The Labour party conference has passed a motion attacking government plans to review lifetime tenancies and cut housing benefit.

  • Landlords object to change in law

    17/09/2010

    Social landlords fear changes to counter-terrorism and security powers could make it harder for them to gather evidence against perpetrators of anti-social behaviour.

  • Landlords reject Lovell deal over EU legal issue

    17/09/2010

    Former clients of stricken maintenance contractor Connaught are refusing to transfer their contracts to Lovell because of fears they may breach European Union law.

  • Landlords told to make expenditure public

    22/09/2010

    Housing associations should publish full details of their expenditure to justify the ‘enormous’ salaries paid to some chief executives, the housing minister has said.

  • Lifetime tenancy row threatens coalition

    17/09/2010

    One of the Liberal Democrats’ most senior MPs will hit out at Conservative opposition to security of tenure at his party’s conference this weekend.

  • Mears joins British Gas in energy scheme

    21/09/2010

    Mears has entered into a partnership with British Gas to fund energy efficiency improvements to 500,000 social homes.

  • Minister sparks fears of rent hikes to pay for new build houses

    17/09/2010

    The Scottish housing minister has sparked fears of sharp rent hikes to raise money to build new homes.

  • Mixing things up

    17/09/2010

    A new lettings policy in Liverpool underlines the value of secure tenancies

  • Movers & shakers

    17/09/2010

    Moira Goldie has joined Margaret Blackwood Housing Association as services development manager for its care and support activities. She worked previously with Enable Scotland, developing services to support people with learning disabilities.

  • Newham mulls in-house move

    17/09/2010

    Newham Council is considering taking its arm’s-length management organisation back in-house.

  • NHF chair hits back at Shapps’ pay attack

    23/09/2010

    The chair of the National Housing Federation has criticised housing minister Grant Shapps for his attack on housing association chief executive pay.

  • Ousted residents fear homelessness

    17/09/2010

    Residents of a London estate undergoing a controversial £1 billion regeneration programme have been served eviction notices as the council begins the demolition of their homes.

  • Property sector backs borrowing plans

    21/09/2010

    Nick Clegg’s announcement that councils in England will have the freedom to borrow against future income has been welcomed by the British Property Foundation.

  • Providers to choose type of tenancy

    20/09/2010

    Social landlords will be given discretion over whether to introduce fixed-term tenancies, the housing minister said last night.

  • Rainwater carbon risk

    17/09/2010

    Rainwater harvesting could double carbon emissions compared to mains water use, a report has found.

  • Ready for reform?

    17/09/2010

    At last year’s National Housing Federation conference then shadow housing minister Grant Shapps told social landlords to ‘prepare for the worst’ as the coming years were ‘probably going to be the most difficult period we have ever known’.

  • Right to buy home sales plunge by 20 per cent

    22/09/2010

    Right to buy sales have dropped by a fifth in a year, according to the latest government statistics.

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    16/09/2010

  • Sanctuary strikes £120m bond deal

    17/09/2010

    A housing association has launched the lowest priced bond in the sector for two-and-a-half years.

  • Save your energy

    17/09/2010

    The world’s energy consumption is major cause for concern, and housing makes a massive contribution to the globe’s carbon footprint. Anita Pati finds out how delegates at the first International Social Housing Summit can help

  • Sector becoming more appealing to women

    27/09/2010

    The social housing sector is getting better at encouraging and retaining women but still needs to do more.

  • Selling yourself

    17/09/2010

    Landlords are under pressure to help workless residents, but many feel ill-equipped to deal with it. This is the first in a new series of articles which aims to supply clear advice and tips to help tenants into employment. Matt Lewis reports

  • Shapps launches fresh assault on pay

    22/09/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps is to use a speech at the National Housing Federation conference today to attack housing association chief executive pay.

  • Snow urges landlords to raise their profile

    24/09/2010

    Broadcaster Jon Snow has urged delegates at the National Housing Federation annual conference to do more to get housing issues into the media.

  • Survey sample cuts will hide fuel poverty

    17/09/2010

    Government plans to slash the sample size for its survey on English housing conditions will make it ‘impossible’ to assess fuel poverty, an academic has warned.

  • Take part in our salary survey

    21/09/2010

    Hays Social Housing is carrying out a survey of pay across the sector for Inside Housing, and we need your input.

  • Tenant wins 17-year right to buy battle

    22/09/2010

    A tenant has won a 17-year battle to buy his cemetery lodge home through the right to buy.

  • The end of the American dream

    17/09/2010

    Owning a home is as American as apple pie. But successive governments pushing the dream of homeownership have left thousands of poor Americans living a nightmare. US journalist Sam Fulwood III explains how the situation became so dire

  • The price is right

    17/09/2010

    Landlords must be aware that tenancies with an annual rent of more than £25,000 will now be assured, says Neil Lawlor

  • Think ahead

    17/09/2010

    Landlords must plan now to avoid being stung by the 2 per cent VAT increase

  • Time for a new paint job

    17/09/2010

    The collapse of contractor Connaught last week has left hundreds of social landlords scratching their heads over who should take over their repairs and maintenance contracts. Carl Brown investigates the options.

  • Time to stand up for security of tenure

    17/09/2010

    David Orr (Inside Housing, 13 August) is quoted as saying ‘We talked about a wide range of issues with Grant Shapps before and after the election - tenure reform was one of those’.

  • Treasury rejects calls for tax change

    17/09/2010

    The government has rejected calls for tax changes to encourage investment in the private rented sector.

  • Unison calls for build surge

    17/09/2010

    Trade union Unison has called for an increase in house building to provide more affordable family homes.

  • University courses are vital for sector

    17/09/2010

    The recent article on housing education (Inside Housing, 6 August) takes a very ‘thin’ view of what housing education should be and I hope this will not be the only response that seeks to broaden the debate.

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