Saturday, 25 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • Association denies claims over arbitration ‘precedent'


    Charlton Triangle Homes has re-ignited a long-running dispute with leaseholders after deciding an arbitrators' ruling that it unlawfully charged a resident for repairs did not set a legal precedent.The case highlights a conflict between the Office of

  • At the races


    The government wants to take housing management out of the hands of councils. But local authorities can demonstrate they are delivering innovative services, say John Marsh and Mark Roden

  • Branding exercise is now iN business


    Up to 100 housing associations have indicated they will adopt a new social housing ‘brand' promoted by the National Housing Federation.The strapline, ‘iN business for neighbourhoods', was developed as part of Housing's Better Future, the federation's

  • Cry freedom


    Arm's-length management organisations say they need parity with registered social landlords if they are to flourish. Gordon Perry lays out the arguments for greater freedoms for ALMOs

  • Double trouble?


    Three months after the Audit Commission took on the Housing Corporation's inspection duties, housing associations still have cause for concern, argues Deborah Shackleton

  • Face the music...


    The aim of the best value regime is to drive up delivery standards. After 16 reinspections of poor services, how effectively is the Audit Commission doing its job? Margaret Hughes investigates

  • Growth area plans scaled back


    Planners have scaled back new housing forecasts in the first of the strategies for the Communities Plan growth areas. The draft development strategy for the Milton Keynes/south midlands growth area, published last week, outlines the number of homes th

  • Inspectors back mayor's ‘justifiable' homes target


    A panel of independent inspectors has backed London Mayor Ken Livingstone's target for 50 per cent of new build to be affordable.The government-appointed panel concludes that the target is ‘reasonably practicable' and ‘justified'. But they argue that

  • Legislation risks becoming 'toothless'


    The proposed removal of the priority need criterion in determining homelessness applications in Scotland could result in local authorities and RSLs o

  • MPs oppose giving grant to developers


    The government should streamline and improve the effectiveness of housing associations before introducing measures to pay social housing grant to private developers, an influential select committee said today.The Commons Draft Housing Bill select comm

  • MPs snub grants to developers


    Associations have welcomed an influential select committee's warning against allowing private developers to receive social housing grant.In a report published this week, the select committee on the Draft Housing bill recommends government should ‘cons

  • Redrawing the battle lines


    Unison may be parting company with some of its former allies in the debate over arm's-length management but the union remains a powerful advocate of local authority housing. Paul Hebden spoke to general secretary Dave Prentis

  • Shake-up strengthens planning powers


    Councils will be allowed to earmark sites for social housing as part of a shake up of planning guidance published last week.Housing minister Keith Hill announced last week the government's proposal to cancel circular 6/98 governing planning and afford

  • The turnaround


    Denbighshire Council managed to turn round its rents service from being the worst in the country to one of the best. Mark Atkinson and Simon Kaye unveil their five-point plan for improving a poor service

  • University challenge


    Targets to further expand Britain's graduate population have serious implications for the housing market in university towns and cities. David Singleton sees how Nottingham is coping with the student boom

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