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Inside Housing
19/06/2009

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  • ‘It’s important to gain trust’

    19/06/2009

    Joy Burnett, residents’ association training and development officer at Lewisham Homes, explains her role

  • ‘Prepare for criticism’, GHA chief warns staff

    19/06/2009

    The chief executive of Glasgow Housing Association has warned her staff to brace themselves for criticism from the Scottish Housing Regulator, in a leaked memo seen by Inside Housing.

  • Agency calls for flood budget to double

    22/06/2009

    Government spending on flood defences needs to double to more than £1 billion a year by 2035, the Environment Agency has warned.

  • Association to offer mortgages on its own homes

    26/06/2009

    Housing association Places for People is offering its own mortgage range on a development of 300 homes, including a buy-back guarantee to protect buyers against negative equity.

  • Behind the blue door

    19/06/2009

    Tory housing policy would require radical changes

  • Beyond zero carbon

    24/06/2009

    For some people, zero carbon just isn’t green enough. James West, the winner of the HCA’s Future Vision competition explains more to Camille Ward

  • Bleak housing

    19/06/2009

    The human cost of the recession won’t be pretty, but Joseph Rowntree Foundation director Julia Unwin is more determined than ever to fight poverty and injustice. Caroline Thorpe reports.

  • Briefing: Weaver v L&Q

    23/06/2009

    Barrister Abimbola Badejo examines the details and implications of a Court of Appeal ruling that housing associations can be seen as public bodies

  • Build starts feel the squeeze

    19/06/2009

    Housing associations applied to start more new homes than the private sector in three English regions over the past three months.

  • Buy us out, demand gas estate residents

    19/06/2009

    Fifty residents of a housing estate that has been plagued by horrendous problems, including the carbon monoxide poisoning of two people, have demanded their money back.

  • Clawing back VAT

    19/06/2009

    High Court ruling confirms way for landlords to recover VAT, write Peter Stockdale and Amanda Atkinson

  • CLG chooses champions to end rough sleeping

    24/06/2009

    The Communities and Local Government department has chosen 15 organisations to act as ‘ending rough sleeping champions’ across England.

  • Consortium chosen to build Commonwealth village

    24/06/2009

    Glasgow City Council has named its preferred bidder for the construction of the athletes village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the city.

  • Construction and development

    19/06/2009

    Including our annual survey of the top 50 developing housing associations, and a case study of the first homes to meet level 6 of the code for sustainable home

  • Council seeks to offer assured tenancies

    23/06/2009

    England’s largest council landlord is pushing for the right to offer tenants alternatives to secure tenancies.

  • Council to sell land to social landlords

    24/06/2009

    A west midlands council wants to sell off four acres of its land to a housing association to allow more affordable homes to be built.

  • Court advice funding doubled to counter repossession threat

    23/06/2009

    Funding for legal advice in courts has been doubled to provide struggling homeowners with last-minute rescue from repossessions.

  • Developer launches attack on housing policy

    24/06/2009

    The chair of house builder Countryside Properties has questioned the ability of either the current government or the Conservatives to deliver sufficient housing.

  • East midlands beats house building goal

    25/06/2009

    The East Midlands Regional Assembly oversaw the development of 3,437 affordable homes during 2008/09, beating its target by 46 per cent.

  • Factory condition

    19/06/2009

    Landlords can learn a lot from the car production line and fill homes more quickly, as Roy Coldwell explains

  • Fallen on hard times

    19/06/2009

    It began with lofty ideals to boost social enterprise, but last week Novas Scarman Group was told by the social housing regulator to hand over its assets. Clara Story reports on a turbulent 18 months for the under-fire provider

  • Government shelves efficiency plans for existing homes

    25/06/2009

    The government has put the brakes on plans to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, but promised to look at the issue again in the future.

  • Green consensus benefits builders

    19/06/2009

    With relevant amendments to the Climate Change Bill gaining majority support in the Scottish Parliament’s transport, infrastructure and climate change committee last week, I’m delighted to see gathering momentum in favour of tax breaks to make Scotland’s homes more energy efficient.

  • Half of Olympic Village homes will be affordable

    22/06/2009

    Nearly half of the homes that will be created from the Athletes’ Village after the 2012 Olympic Games will be affordable housing.

  • Healey: freedoms for councils within a month

    19/06/2009

    New housing minister tells CIH conference that one of his first acts will be to hand local authorities greater financial leeway

  • Hit for six

    19/06/2009

    These are the UK’s first homes to be built to level 6 of the code for sustainable homes. Philippa Ward takes an exclusive look round and finds out how Metropolitan Housing Partnership did it.

  • House purchase mortgages reach £4bn

    23/06/2009

    Mortgage lending for house buying has risen from £3.6 billion in April to £4 billion in May, according to British Banking Association figures.

  • Housing professionals feature in honours list

    22/06/2009

    Housing professionals were among the people named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last week.

  • How much does it cost to build a social home?

    19/06/2009

    Landlords are scoring cheap building deals now, but will the true cost of developing in tough times come back to haunt them? Kenneth Wood and Scott Ripley investigate

  • In at the deep end

    19/06/2009

    Welcome to the deep end, Mr Healey. What will your priority be?

  • International delegates give views on recession

    19/06/2009

    International visitors to Harrogate this week explained how their governments have been channelling money into housing in response to the economic downturn.

  • 'Keep your hands off council housing'

    19/06/2009

    Here we go again - another attack on our security of tenure. Is it from yet another politician or greedy developer lining up behind the right-wing lobby to kick us out of our homes? No, this time it’s the Tenant Services Authority.

  • Lack of affordable housing threatens rural life

    22/06/2009

    The lack of affordable housing in the country is leading to the demise of pubs and village shops, according to a National Housing Federation report.

  • Local authority chiefs appointed to lead CLG directorates

    23/06/2009

    Two local authority executives from South Tyneside and London have been appointed to lead directorates in the Communities and Local Government department.

  • Lords criticise residential REIT 'failure'

    25/06/2009

    Peers have said the government must do much more to help the creation of residential real estate investment trusts.

  • Merton tenants vote to join Circle Anglia

    23/06/2009

    Merton Council tenants have narrowly voted in favour of the transfer of their homes to a housing association.

  • Minister promises to address climate change danger

    23/06/2009

    Housing minister John Healey has promised to ensure tackling climate change is a core part of his work, as scientists issued a stark warning on the increased risk of water shortages, heat stress, and flooding.

  • Movers & shakers

    19/06/2009

    Raven Housing Trust has promoted water conservation officer Alister Peters to energy officer.

  • Moving on up? I don’t think so

    19/06/2009

    Ending security of tenure would be a big mistake, reckons Bill Randall

  • Mutual benefits

    19/06/2009

    Amid economic gloom, the mutual housing model could shine

  • New CIH president seeks public confidence

    22/06/2009

    The new president of the Chartered Institute of Housing used his closing speech in Harrogate last week to call for action to restore public confidence in the housing sector.

  • Northern Ireland on track to hit decent homes goal

    24/06/2009

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive will be able finish all decent homes work by 2010 because its social housing is the best quality in the UK, a new report claims.

  • Notting Hill takes over Presentation

    19/06/2009

    Notting Hill Housing Association has consolidated a major move into black and minority ethnic housing by completing its takeover of troubled housing association Presentation.

  • Olympics accountant to join HCA

    19/06/2009

    An executive who took responsibility for the Olympic Village at developer Lend Lease has been appointed head of private finance at the Homes and Communities Agency.

  • Open to all

    19/06/2009

    Being pro-tenant doesn’t make the TSA anti-landlord

  • Pathfinders prepare bids

    19/06/2009

    Ten organisations set up to tackle low housing demand in the midlands and north of England will submit bids to gain £35 million of funding within the next fortnight.

  • Plans for 8,000 homes help L&Q knock Affinity off top spot

    19/06/2009

    L&Q Group has pushed Affinity Sutton from the top spot of Inside Housing’s annual list of the 50 biggest developing housing associations.

  • Poverty gap widens for children in social housing

    19/06/2009

    The gap between children growing up in social housing and those in other tenures is now wider than ever, according to new research.

  • Private sector must speak as one

    19/06/2009

    With the political tornado of recent weeks, it is heartening to see the Homes and Communities Agency has received 64 expressions of interest in its private rented sector initiative (Inside Housing, 12 June).

  • Programe Links for CIH videos page

    23/06/2009

  • Proposals to end excess housing allowance payments

    25/06/2009

    A consultation document containing proposals that would end the payment of excess local housing allowance to tenants has been published by the government.

  • Public confidence is challenge for Denham

    23/06/2009

    The Communities and Local Government department faces a big challenge to increase people’s confidence in councils, the new communities secretary has said.

  • Repossession forecast cut by lenders

    22/06/2009

    The umbrella body for mortgage lenders has cuts its forecast for the number of repossessions it expects to see this year.

  • Rough sleeping on the rise in London

    19/06/2009

    The number of homeless people in England has dropped dramatically according to official figures, despite claims by a leading charity that rough sleeping in London is on the rise.

  • Sellers drop prices to match demand

    22/06/2009

    Asking prices dropped during June, for the first time this year, according to property agency Rightmove’s monthly index.

  • Sheffield hits out at rent confusion

    25/06/2009

    Sheffield Council has accused the government of causing confusion among tenants because of the way it has handled rent policy this year.

  • Stuck in the mud

    19/06/2009

    Despite what you might think, the recession isn’t always to blame for stalled regeneration schemes. Neil Merrick asks what lessons we can learn from the projects struggling before the downturn - starting with a notorious example.

  • Tempers flair over ‘Death Towers’ investigation

    19/06/2009

    Angry residents of the Bedfont Lakes estate were given assurances at a heated meeting on Monday evening that extensive investigations were being carried out into the carbon monoxide leak that poisoned two of its residents, leaving one dead and the other in a coma.

  • Tenant groups take Lambeth to court over budgets

    19/06/2009

    Two tenant management organisations are taking Lambeth Council to court in an attempt to stop the authority cutting millions of pounds from their budgets.

  • The coach approach

    19/06/2009

    Coaching and managing - there’s a difference, you know

  • The show must go on

    19/06/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has made much of its role targeting funds and advice at struggling developments, such as Sheffield’s Park Hill estate. Has it made a difference? Simon Brandon examines three projects to find out

  • The talking’s over, now time for action

    19/06/2009

    Although this was the week of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference, the three-letter acronym on everyone’s lips wasn’t ‘CIH’.

  • There is no policy conspiracy here

    19/06/2009

    I would like to clarify for readers some issues raised by your article, ‘The Holyrood files’ (Inside Housing, 12 June).

  • Third of prime borrowers face negative equity

    24/06/2009

    More than a third of prime mortgages are likely to go into negative equity before a sustained rise in house prices begins, ratings agency Fitch has warned.

  • Three ways to be proactive about land

    19/06/2009

    With crashing markets and stalled development, land supply management may not seem like a top priority. In fact, says the CIH’s Abigail Davies, it’s now more important than ever, to prepare for the recovery

  • Time will tell

    19/06/2009

    Children growing up in social housing today face greater disadvantage in adulthood than previous generations, argues Dr Ruth Lupton

  • Too good to be true?

    19/06/2009

    It’s the perfect solution to the housing shortage - institutional investors plough money into the private rental sector, kick-starting building, generating demand and giving tenants more choice. But there are some obstacles in the way, writes Philippa Ward

  • Top 50 developers 2009

    19/06/2009

    Inside Housing’s exclusive annual survey of the top 50 developing housing associations shows supply pipelines are holding up - but for how much longer? Chris Bazlinton reports

  • Triathlon secures £95m EU loan for Olympic Village

    24/06/2009

    The joint venture company that is buying homes from the 2012 Olympic Village to use as affordable housing has secured a £95.2 million European loan.

  • TSA committed to protecting tenure

    19/06/2009

    Let me be absolutely clear that the Tenant Services Authority is committed to the protection of tenants in line with our statutory objectives.

  • Victims of racist attacks to fly home

    23/06/2009

    More than 100 Romanians who were given temporary accommodation in Northern Ireland after a spate of racist attacks have now chosen to fly back to Romania.

  • Welsh draw up repossession action plan

    24/06/2009

    The Welsh Assembly Government has produced an action plan to support struggling homeowners in the country.

  • Welsh renew bid to end right to buy

    22/06/2009

    The Welsh Assembly Government has renewed its bid to gain more powers on housing after an initial attempt failed because of confusion over plans to alter the right to buy.

  • When will green be viable?

    19/06/2009

    It is cause for celebration that a social landlord has built the first commercially built houses to hit level 6 of the code for sustainable homes.

  • Where to begin?

    19/06/2009

    Payment terms can be a headache for developers, says Rory Fordyce

  • Whitehall restrains HCA

    19/06/2009

    Government reluctance is preventing the Homes and Communities Agency from taking equity stakes in affordable housing developments, a senior director at the quango has claimed.

  • X & Y v Hounslow Council (Court of Appeal)

    19/06/2009

    Bob Hetherington looks at how far a council’s duty of care extends towards tenants at risk of violence

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