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Inside Housing
18/06/2010

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  • Housing professionals fear funding cuts

    21/06/2010

    More than a third of housing professionals fear the government’s programme of cuts will threaten their ability to provide affordable homes.

  • A day in the life of a housing hero

    18/06/2010

    ‘I don’t have quiet days,’ says Francis Kabia, a neighbourhood warden employed by Brent Housing Partnership, as he begins another shift.

  • Assembly to investigate London’s housing plans

    21/06/2010

    The London Assembly is to launch an investigation into the future of affordable housing in the capital.

  • Association secures £20m loan

    21/06/2010

    Barclays has agreed a £20 million loan with Two Castles housing association, repayable over 30 years.

  • Auction sales raise £15.2 million

    28/06/2010

    Councils and housing associations sold a total of 52 properties for a combined £15.2 million at auction in May.

  • Benefit cuts risk eviction and homelessness

    23/06/2010

    The government’s decision to cut housing benefit has been criticised by homelessness charities and housing associations.

  • Beware a break in the chain

    18/06/2010

    Beware of transfers as they could prove costly if you lose a contract, says Steven Lorber, partner at Lewis Silkin

  • Borrowing cap for councils to stay

    24/06/2011

    The borrowing cap under the new self-financing system for council housing services will not be removed, a senior civil servant has said.

  • Breaking the habit

    18/06/2010

    Drug problems are hard to tackle when rehabilitated addicts are forced to return to their old neighbourhoods. Lydia Stockdale visits one housing association that’s helping them escape the ghosts of their past and make a fresh start.

  • Capital spending cuts put on hold

    22/06/2010

    The construction sector has welcomed a government commitment to not make further capital spending cuts in this Budget period.

  • Chancellor urged to relax tax rules

    21/06/2010

    The emergency Budget should relax stamp duty land tax rules to encourage more private sector and foreign investment in affordable housing, lawyers have argued.

  • Charity launches community project competition

    24/06/2010

    Hact, the housing action charity, is offering cash prizes for projects which could improve conditions in poor and marginalised communities.

  • CIH is downgrading our profession

    18/06/2010

    I am dismayed that it is proposed, in the framework proposals for reform, to be discussed at its AGM that the Chartered Institute of Housing is to look to remove its fellowship grade. I feel the prospect of fellowship maintains an interest for corporate members to continue working toward this higher recognition. Without this, corporate members will simply sit on this grade for good and would potentially be less active in the organisation and less interested in their own professional ...

  • Community tensions undermine big society plans

    23/06/2010

    Intensive work with communities is needed before David Cameron’s plan to build a ‘big society’ can work, according to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Confusion over cash cuts

    18/06/2010

    A council warned supported housing providers that it would cut their funding by 20 per cent this year - only to do a U-turn a week later.

  • Councils must make unpopular choices

    24/06/2010

    Council leaders will have to show strong leadership by taking unpopular decisions to deliver housing, the chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency has said.

  • Councils: give us reform guarantee

    18/06/2010

    Councils have asked the government to publicly state the circumstances under which any settlement that would see them leave the current subsidy system could be changed at a later date.

  • Counting the carbs

    18/06/2010

    The government must consider a more realistic and cost-effective target of 50 per cent carbon reduction

  • Dormant bank accounts could fund localism plans

    23/06/2010

    Money from dormant bank accounts could be used to fund the government’s ‘big society’ plans, the Harrogate conference heard this morning.

  • Down memory lane

    18/06/2010

    A project in Kent has found a way to get isolated older residents more involved in their communities. Anita Pati reports

  • Edinburgh sorry over ‘admin error'

    18/06/2010

    Edinburgh Council has been forced to apologise after it sent out 1,600 letters telling tenants their housing benefit was being cancelled.

  • Elderly care could collapse in four years

    24/06/2010

    State-funded care for elderly people could collapse within four years without a fundamental review of its funding, an expert warned yesterday.

  • EU ‘interference’ could harm social housing

    28/06/2010

    The chief executive of the National Housing Federation has warned ‘bureaucratic interference’ from the European Union could damage UK social housing.

  • Family ties

    18/06/2010

    As Grant Shapps prepares to next week outline the Lib-Con future for social housing in England, Isabel Hardman investigates the births, marriages and deaths to come for the sector

  • Fire authorities ‘complacent’ before Lakanal blaze

    23/06/2010

    Fire authorities were complacent about policing social housing before a fatal blaze last year, a senior fire safety manager has said.

  • Free recruitment system launched

    24/06/2010

    ConsultCIH and Ocean Media Group launched a free recruitment and talent management web-system to help social landlords improve quality and efficiency when hiring staff.

  • Funding cuts would boost waiting lists

    21/06/2010

    The National Housing Federation has warned 354,000 people will be added to housing waiting lists by government spending cuts.

  • Genesis to sell homes and restructure

    18/06/2010

    Genesis Housing Group will sell around 800 homes and operate in a smaller geographical area as part of an overhaul which it says will improve services for residents.

  • Harrogate in pictures

    22/06/2010

    Images from around the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference and exhibition

  • House building figures up 39%

    22/06/2010

    A total of 11,474 new social homes were registered in the three months to May 2010, an increase of 39 per cent on the same period last year.

  • Housing crisis requires green belt land

    22/06/2010

    The green belt should no longer be protected to enable more homes to be built, according to one of the Harrogate conference speakers.

  • Housing sector braces itself for ‘years of pain’

    18/06/2010

    One in five senior housing professionals thinks next week’s emergency Budget heralds years of pain that will see the sector’s budget slashed by more than 30 per cent.

  • Housing shortage here to stay

    22/06/2010

    Britain’s chronic housing shortage cannot be fixed under the current economic circumstances, a leading economist has warned.

  • Housing’s new political muscle

    18/06/2010

    Housing needs a strong voice now more than ever. Nick Duxbury persuades the country’s new MPs to do their bit in the fight for new homes

  • IHTV episode 2

    22/06/2010

    A round of of the first day’s events, plus a look ahead to day two.

  • IHTV episode 3

    23/06/2010

    Day two at Harrogate, with a look back at some of the events so far.

  • IHTV episode 4

    24/06/2010

    More from day two of Housing 2010, and a look ahead to the final day.

  • In video: Miracle growers

    18/06/2010

    It was an absolute blooming success. The Places of Change garden, created by 500 volunteers for more than 40 homelessness organisations in England, won a silver medal at May’s Chelsea Flower Show.

  • Inside Housing TV - episode one

    22/06/2010

    The first of the Inside Housing TV videos from Harrogate 2010, giving a look at what is coming up over the next few days.

  • Landlord drops Weaver test case

    17/06/2010

    A case that was expected to test whether housing associations are public bodies will not come to court after the landlord withdrew its action.

  • Landlords need to improve support for ASB victims

    22/06/2010

    More than two-thirds of social landlords believe they need to improve the way they support victims of anti-social behaviour, according to a new survey.

  • Landlords welcome change in HMO laws

    18/06/2010

    Councils will be free to decide whether to restrict the number of houses in multiple occupation in their area, the housing minister has announced.

  • LHA cuts to lead to 'benefit ghettos'

    24/06/2010

    Plans for a tough new local housing allowance regime risk plunging people into arrears and creating benefit ghettos, delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference have warned.

  • Manningham suspends four

    18/06/2010

    A housing association has suspended four members of staff as part of an investigation that is shrouded in secrecy.

  • Miliband: housing faces toughest Budget cuts

    22/06/2010

    Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has warned affordable housing will face some of the government’s ‘toughest cuts’, ahead of today’s emergency Budget.

  • Movers & shakers

    18/06/2010

    Stephanie Harrison has joined The Regenda Group as executive director, operations (customer services). She previously worked at Cobalt Housing where she was director of housing.

  • New energy laws let landlords bulk-buy

    18/06/2010

    Social landlords in Northern Ireland are to become energy brokers as a result of new legislation.

  • NHF chair attacks funding cuts

    23/06/2010

    Former Liberal Democrat MP Matthew Taylor has used a Harrogate platform to launch a thinly veiled attack on the housing minister.

  • No faith in home transfer

    18/06/2010

    Nine out of 10 social tenants think they are more likely to find a new home by exchanging properties with other tenants than through their landlord, according to a survey.

  • Opposition to new build ‘high’

    18/06/2010

    Housing development would collapse if local people get the power to decide if new homes should be built in their communities, according to new research.

  • Osborne to limit benefit payments

    22/06/2010

    Maximum limits on housing benefits have been announced by chancellor George Osborne during his first Budget speech.

  • Perceptions of social housing must change

    24/06/2010

    Politicians will never throw their full weight behind housing so long as people believe that ‘social housing is for social failures’, according to BBC home editor Mark Easton.

  • Pickles overrules Denham on £4.5bn project

    21/06/2010

    Work on a £4.5 billion development in Brent Cross is moving ahead after communities secretary Eric Pickles overturned a decision by his predecessor, John Denham.

  • Private eye

    18/06/2010

    We need a renewed focus on private renters who move into the sector as a last resort

  • Private to be top tenure

    18/06/2010

    The private rented sector will become a bigger form of tenure than social housing within the next three years, according to new projections.

  • Radical change needed to cope with spending cuts

    22/06/2010

    The Chartered Institute of Housing president has called for a radical rethink of the housing system to prevent social renters from being hit hardest by government spending cuts.

  • Reducing isolation is very important

    18/06/2010

    I would like to support the intention of the Centre for Social Justice to produce a report into recommendations for reducing isolation among older people through community initiatives (Inside Housing, 4 June).

  • Regeneration schemes offer poor returns

    21/06/2010

    Returns from regeneration property were significantly lower than for all property in 2009, according to an index by market information company IPD.

  • Regulator to continue until 2012

    24/06/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority will continue to operate until at least 2012, according to its tenant standard manager.

  • Safety first

    18/06/2010

    Housing officers aren’t equipped to deal with anti-social behaviour and nor should they have to, argues Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist

  • Shapps to scrap Tenant Services Authority

    18/06/2010

    Responsibility for regulating the financial governance of social landlords will be passed to the Homes and Communities Agency, under plans to ‘delete’ the current watchdog the Tenant Services Authority.

  • Stock options appraisal

    18/06/2010

    A new book is celebrating 20 years of stock transfer. But is there a future for housing providers taking on council homes? Yes, say the book’s authors. No, says a council housing fan

  • Take nothing for granted

    18/06/2010

    As shadow housing minister, Grant Shapps was vocal on his vision for housing. Now he has the job proper and, in his first in-depth interview since the election, Stuart Macdonald finds out if he’ll deliver.

  • Thousands fewer homes to be built because of localism

    24/06/2011

    Localism will hit house building in the future with 31,000 fewer homes expected to be built each year, a new report claims.

  • Thousands fewer homes to be built because of localism

    24/06/2011

    Localism will hit house building in the future with 31,000 fewer homes expected to be built each year, a new report claims.

  • To build or not to build?

    18/06/2010

    It’s been the hot topic since David Cameron entered Number 10 - will the coalition government’s localism agenda be the downfall of development? Inside Housing asked Ipsos Mori to survey public opinion to find out and added questions on other burning issues for good measure. Caroline Thorpe reveals the results

  • Tough times

    18/06/2010

    While the likely demise of the Tenant Services Authority will set tongues wagging at next week’s annual Chartered Institute of Housing conference and exhibition in Harrogate, the real question is: how bad will the emergency Budget be for housing?

  • Tracey Emin to offer art lessons to hostel residents

    18/06/2010

    One of England’s most renowned artists is to run art courses for homeless people at a well-known hostel.

  • Tristar tenants vote for stock transfer

    18/06/2010

    Stockton-on-Tees council tenants have voted in favour of transferring their arm’s-length management organisation to a housing association.

  • TSA undeterred by closure threat

    23/06/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority will not let its uncertain future distract it from making sure landlords improve services for tenants, one of its directors has pledged.

  • Turning the tables on tragedy

    18/06/2010

    Since her daughter died in the crossfire of a gangland shooting, Beverley Thomas has dedicated her life to addressing the social conditions that give rise to violent crime. She tells Lydia Stockdale her story

  • TV star in deal to build green homes

    18/06/2010

    Televison presenter Kevin McCloud is planning to defy market conditions and begin work on a number of sustainable housing schemes in partnership with GreenSquare Housing Group.

  • Victim of its own success

    18/06/2010

    So the worst-kept secret in the history of social housing is finally out: the Tenant Services Authority’s pink van has reached the end of the road.

  • Way forward for affordable homes

    18/06/2010

    The announcement by housing minister Grant Shapps of a ‘black hole’ in funding for affordable housing dealt a significant blow to a development model already struggling during the current economic climate.

  • We must try hard to work together

    18/06/2010

    I just wanted to let you know how interesting I found your article on co-operation between housing, social services and the police (‘Have you missed your connection?’, Inside Housing, 4 June). I was able to relate to all three scenarios and some of the failures of the respective organisations.

  • What’s the worst that could happen?

    18/06/2010

    On Tuesday chancellor George Osborne will deliver his emergency Budget setting out the coalition government’s public spending cuts. Caroline Thorpe dreams up three scenarios that could leave housing in rude health, with a mild temperature or in need of intensive care

  • Who wears the trousers?

    18/06/2010

    When it comes to buying goods and services for their homes, tenants want to - and should - be involved in choosing them. A new survey reveals the extent to which social renters feel their landlords are getting it right. Anita Pati investigates

  • Zero carbon target ‘unrealistic’ say property professionals

    18/06/2010

    Three quarters of property professionals think government commitments to make all new housing zero carbon by 2016 are unrealistic, according to a new survey.

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