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Inside Housing
19/08/2011

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  • Charity concerned by smart meter plans

    19/08/2011

    Citizens Advice has warned proposals for the roll out of smart meters could leave consumers vulnerable to exploitation by energy companies.

  • £5bn work programme 'in jeopardy'

    22/08/2011

    Providers under a government scheme to get people back into work are likely to miss performance targets, potentially jeopardising the £5 billion scheme, according to a think-tank.

  • ALMO faces sex and race claims

    19/08/2011

    An arm’s-length management organisation is facing sexual and racial discrimination claims from a male employee who was overlooked for a management role.

  • Amnesty backs calls to halt traveller evictions

    25/08/2011

    Amnesty International has called on Basildon Council to stop the eviction of more than 300 travellers.

  • Another piece of junk?

    19/08/2011

    Tenant satisfaction surveys are no longer compulsory. So were they a waste of paper or a vital way to measure landlords’ performance, asks Emily Rogers

  • Benefit reform is ‘anti-family’

    19/08/2011

    Government proposals for housing benefit reform would break the prime minister’s pledge that all national policies should be ‘family-friendly’, leading housing organisations have warned.

  • Benefits cap will hurt larger families, report says

    22/08/2011

    Larger families will face financial shortfalls under government plans to cap benefits, according to research.

  • Care giant pays £24,500 over bungled home closure

    19/08/2011

    One of England’s largest providers of care and support for older people has been found guilty of maladministration and paid out £24,500 because it failed to consult elderly residents about its plans to close a retirement home.

  • Charities miss out on £5bn work scheme

    19/08/2011

    Homelessness charities have received far fewer referrals than expected under a £5 billion government scheme to get people back into work.

  • Chief executive announces retirement

    23/08/2011

    A housing association chief executive has announced his retirement after 40 years in the sector.

  • CIH chief executive to stand down

    24/08/2011

    The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Sarah Webb, is to stand down following a period of ill health.

  • City West: ‘We’ll find a way to build’

    19/08/2011

    ‘The number of properties we had to convert [to affordable rent] per new home meant we fell down on value for money,’ says a disappointed Paul Whitehead, finance director at City West Housing Trust in Salford.

  • Companies chosen for £3bn framework

    22/08/2011

    Willmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall, Mansell and Thomas Vale have all been appointed to a regional framework worth up to £3 billion.

  • Construction SMEs suffer sales drop

    24/08/2011

    Over a quarter of SMEs in the construction sector have suffered a downturn in sales of at least 20 per cent, according to research from Baker Tilly and Company Watch.

  • Contractors win £800m framework

    24/08/2011

    Social housing procurement consortium Cyntra has awarded an £800 million framework deal to six contractors.

  • Corruption alleged at housing association

    23/08/2011

    A housing association is at the centre of a police investigation into alleged public corruption.

  • Council homes to safeguard jobs

    25/08/2011

    A scheme of 800 new council homes in West Lothian will safeguard dozens of local jobs, the Scottish Housing minister has said.

  • Council support for homeless families on the rise

    23/08/2011

    Local authority homelessness prevention cases increased by 16 per cent this year, according to government statistics.

  • Council warns riot charge households

    24/08/2011

    A council has written to tenants charged with criminal offences during the recent riots warning that they may face eviction if convicted.

  • Dare to care

    23/08/2011

    The news that residents of a threatened retirement home successfully fought their case against Anchor Trust is a small victory for people who felt they had been unfairly treated.

  • Empty homes a 'disgraceful waste'

    23/08/2011

    Councils should do more to battle the ‘disgraceful waste’ of empty homes as thousands of households are stuck on waiting lists, it has been argued.

  • Freedom at last

    19/08/2011

    Scrapping the housing revenue account will cut through red tape and help councils serve their tenants in the best possible way, says Grant Shapps

  • Friendly reminder

    19/08/2011

    The housing sector is notably absent from the list of gay-friendly employers

  • Good form

    19/08/2011

    Form filling is boring. It takes up time and money that could be spent more productively. Three cheers, then, for the new ‘light touch’ regulatory regime which strips the amount of paperwork forced upon landlords? Not quite.

  • Green belt development row grows

    23/08/2011

    The planning minister has waded into a row between campaign groups and housebuilders over proposed planning reform.

  • Home owning out of reach

    20/08/2011

    More than half of would-be buyers in the UK do not think they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home, research has revealed.

  • House builder reports surge in profits

    23/08/2011

    Persimmon has reported a surge in pretax profit due to better margins on newly opened sites and control of development costs.

  • House building falls for housing associations

    18/08/2011

    Housing association starts have dropped by a third year-on-year, government figures published today show.

  • Housebuilder goes into administration

    18/08/2011

    A Scottish housebuilder has gone into administration, citing sustained cash-flow problems caused by the downturn in the housing market as the reason for its demise.

  • Housing associations join to support riot-hit city

    22/08/2011

    Housing providers from across Liverpool have come together to help the city in the wake of the riots earlier this month.

  • Housing body appoints new chair

    26/08/2011

    The National Federation of ALMOs has appointed a new chair.

  • Housing sector launches inquiry into English riots

    19/08/2011

    Social landlords and their communities are being asked to devise solutions that will help prevent a repeat of last week’s riots in England, as part of a major new study.

  • Housing survey reveals support for communities

    22/08/2011

    More than 93 per cent of people in Scotland rate their communities as nice places to live, according to the annual Scottish Household Survey.

  • Institute seeks members for governing board

    24/08/2011

    The Chartered Institute of Housing is recruiting members for a new governing board that will set the strategic direction for the body.

  • Intervention surge predicted

    19/08/2011

    Social landlords could be pressed to make greater use of family intervention projects as the government seeks to address social problems behind last week’s riots in England.

  • Investment in advisory services saves money, says report

    25/08/2011

    Investment in programmes to support residents in their handling of household finances could save landlords money.

  • Key workers prioritised in London 'pod' development

    22/08/2011

    Specialist west London housing association Ducane has prioritised key workers in a new development that will see 44 new units build on top of existing stock.

  • Landlords not showing leadership, claims report

    23/08/2011

    Housing providers are not showing enough leadership in tackling fears of migration and are failing to embrace their roles as social landlords, a new report says.

  • Landlords: ‘We will kick convicted rioters out ’

    19/08/2011

    Most social landlords in areas affected by last week’s riots will consider evicting tenants convicted of offences relating to the disorder.

  • Migration of truth?

    23/08/2011

    MigrationWatch is at it again, with a claim that meeting the social housing needs of new immigrants will cost the taxpayer £1 billion a year for the next 25 years.

  • Mortgage lending on the slide

    18/08/2011

    Mortgage lending has fallen 6 per cent year-on-year, according to data published today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

  • On the front line

    19/08/2011

    When riots ripped through England last week, most people watched the unfolding horror on their television screens. But for many housing professionals the sight of burning buildings, looted shops and mobs running amok was a shocking reality. Here, Alex Wellman relays their stories

  • Outlook gloomy for housing provision

    19/08/2011

    Only 110,000 new homes will be built each year, according to new research by economics consultancy Cebr.

  • Petition demands council disbands ALMO

    23/08/2011

    More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition calling on a council to disband its arm’s length management organisation.

  • Power to the people

    19/08/2011

    David Cameron this week pledged to lead a ‘social fightback’ against the rioters and looters that brought chaos to many parts of England.

  • Private landlords optimistic about future

    26/08/2011

    Landlords are more optimistic about the future of their lettings businesses than at any time since the beginning of the financial crisis four years ago.

  • Private landlords plan to snub tenants on benefits

    22/08/2011

    One in four private landlords are looking to reduce the number of tenants claiming local housing allowance in their portfolios, following welfare reforms.

  • Residents asked for views on allocations

    24/08/2011

    Edinburgh Council is asking residents for their views on how social housing should be allocated in the Scottish capital.

  • Rough sleepers attacked by mobs

    19/08/2011

    Rough sleepers were targeted and attacked by rioters as violent disorder swept across England last week.

  • Scottish public want affordable homes

    23/08/2011

    New social housing is the Scottish public’s priority for construction, according to a poll.

  • Shapps pays tribute to CIH chief executive

    25/08/2011

    The housing minister has paid tribute to the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing who is standing down from her role due to ill health.

  • South west associations plan home swap

    24/08/2011

    Two housing providers in south west England are planning to swap a total of 1,360 homes to make their services more efficient.

  • The sky’s the limit

    19/08/2011

    There’s no such thing as overly ambitious plans when it comes to helping vulnerable people

  • The youth perspective

    23/08/2011

    Research group Ipsos Mori interviewed two young people it had worked with previously to get their take on the riots

  • Time to focus

    19/08/2011

    Associations should prepare for freedom of information requests and greater transparency

  • Tory calls for development on green belt

    18/08/2011

    A Conservative peer has tabled an amendment to the Localism Bill suggesting that the green belt should be used for development.

  • Tory peer brands abolition of RDAs a 'mistake'

    25/08/2011

    A Conservative peer has criticised the government’s decision to abolish regional bodies, calling it a ‘mistake’.

  • UKHA profile - Kier

    18/08/2011

  • United House wins second City redevelopment project

    22/08/2011

    United House has won a £2.8 million contract from City of London Corporation for the second phase of a refurbishment project in the Middlesex Street Estate.

  • Voters to desert Lib Dems over housing benefit

    22/08/2011

    A fifth of Liberal Democrat voters are set to desert the party over the coalition government’s welfare reforms, a new poll claims.

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