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Inside Housing
19/11/2010

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  • Duncan Smith corrects benefit claim

    25/11/2010

    Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has issued a written statement to parliament today admitting he misquoted figures used in a debate on housing benefit.

  • Holt stands down as Mears chief executive

    25/11/2010

    The chief executive of social housing repairs and maintenance contractor Mears, Bob Holt, is stepping down from the role.

  • Public asked to identify empty homes

    22/11/2010

    The number of empty homes has reached 726,000 in England, new research shows.

  • 80 per cent rents to fund 7,800 new homes

    18/11/2010

    Housing associations charging affordable rents on a third of their re-lets would generate up to £793 million of extra borrowing capacity a year, according to research by Hometrack.

  • A fair trade?

    19/11/2010

    The irony of the announcement last Thursday by housing minister Grant Shapps that all councils would be able to bid for £1.6 billion of decent homes funding over the next four years has not been lost on arm’s-length management organisations.

  • Action urged on pensioner poverty

    23/11/2010

    The government has been urged to tackle ‘shocking’ levels of poverty among the elderly.

  • Advice agency sees surge in housing queries

    23/11/2010

    General housing enquiries to the Citizens Advice Bureau are up 14 per cent on last year, fuelled by an increase in homelessness worries.

  • ALMOs could stop decent homes work

    19/11/2010

    Angry arm’s-length management organisations could be forced to stop decent homes work almost immediately, following a hard line government funding settlement.

  • Asylum seekers will be supported

    19/11/2010

    I write in response to the letter ‘Asylum decision won’t save a penny’ from Dave Stamp (Inside Housing, 29 October 2010).

  • Backyard politics

    19/11/2010

    In the first installment of an occasional series on the human impact of the spending review Nick Duxbury visits Tatton to see how George Osborne’s cuts are playing in the chancellor’s constituency.

  • Borrowers secure £600 debts against homes

    24/11/2010

    The Office of Fair Trading has criticised lenders for making borrowers secure debts of less than £600 against their property.

  • Care home in Christmas pay row

    23/11/2010

    A care home operator has come under fire for refusing to pay its staff extra for working on Christmas Day.

  • Charities back tougher mortgage regulation

    24/11/2010

    Housing charities have written to the government urging it to back tighter regulation of the mortgage market.

  • CLG reveals stripped back structure

    19/11/2010

    The Communities and Local Government department has unveiled its new top-level structure, which will see the number of director general posts halved.

  • Cold weather triggers heating payments

    25/11/2010

    The first cold weather payments of the winter have been made to vulnerable households in Scotland and Wales.

  • Construction firm to buy parts of Rok

    18/11/2010

    Mansell Construction Services is to buy parts of the construction and house building division of stricken contractor Rok for £7 million.

  • Contractor fined after decent homes workers exposed to asbestos

    19/11/2010

    A decent homes contractor has been fined £360 after workers were exposed to asbestos during improvement works for North Tyneside Homes.

  • Contractor seeks social housing work

    24/11/2010

    Mitie has reported an increase in pre-tax profit and has said it intends to win more social housing contracts.

  • Council tenants face 6.8% rent hike

    19/11/2010

    Council rents are set to rise by 6.8 per cent from April, prompting fears that tenants face a bleak new year.

  • Councils must wait for debt settlement

    22/11/2010

    Local authorities will learn how much debt they must take on to gain full control of their housing revenues early next year.

  • Councils to get more cash from development

    18/11/2010

    New reforms will give more of the benefits of development to communities while providing more certainty for industry, decentralisation minister Greg Clark said today.

  • Covering letters

    19/11/2010

    Landlords are under pressure to help workless residents, but many feel ill-equipped to deal with them. The second in a series of articles giving advice on how to help tenants into employment focuses on covering letters. Matt Lewis reports

  • Disappointment at Scottish and Welsh budget cuts

    18/11/2010

    Charities and sector bodies have called the housing budget cuts in Wales and Scotland ‘disappointing’ and ‘a bitter blow’.

  • Efficiency scheme could miss social housing

    22/11/2010

    Social housing tenants could be left in fuel poverty unless the government’s Green Deal is expanded, a report has suggested.

  • Eyes on the price

    19/11/2010

    It is welcome news that the government intends to ensure the housing benefit proportion of the new universal credit will be paid direct to social landlords.

  • Fire checks harmed by lack of assessors

    25/11/2010

    Landlords are struggling to find competent assessors to carry out fire risk assessments, a conference heard this week.

  • Foul play

    19/11/2010

    Cala Homes chalked up a High Court victory against Eric Pickles last week, but the communities secretary is set to brush aside the challenge and abolish regional house targets anyway. Rhiannon Bury investigates where next for planning reform.

  • Give us our fair share

    19/11/2010

    Shared ownership can help the housing crisis but the FSA’s review is not helping

  • Government withdraws £1.98 billion PFI funding

    22/11/2010

    Councils face a battle to fund major regeneration projects after the government announced it is to withdraw almost £2 billion of housing private finance initiative credits.

  • Half of HCA director posts to be axed

    23/11/2010

    Half of the director posts at the Homes and Communities Agency are to be cut, and its administrative budget halved.

  • History repeats itself

    19/11/2010

    Pricing the poor out of inner city areas is nothing new. It reflects an historic Tory prejudice against social housing, says Bill Randall

  • Homeless man saves woman from drowning

    24/11/2010

    A homeless man risked his life by leaping into the River Thames to save a young woman from drowning.

  • Homeless to be placed in private sector

    22/11/2010

    Councils will be able to insist priority need homeless people accept private sector housing under government proposals.

  • Housing association records day on Twitter

    19/11/2010

    A housing association is posting an overview of every contact it has with tenants today on social media website Twitter.

  • Human rights laws threaten tenancy reform

    24/11/2010

    Landlords have warned human rights laws could undermine government plans to introduce fixed-term social tenancies.

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    18/11/2010

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  • Investor to buy housing associations' shared owner units

    19/11/2010

    A property investment company is in discussions with 30 housing associations about buying 10,000 of their shared home ownership properties, in a move which could provide landlords with a new source of finance.

  • Johnson: benefit cuts will hit construction

    25/11/2010

    Boris Johnson has called for housing benefit plans to be modified for London so affordable homes can be built.

  • Landlords seek clarity on direct payments

    19/11/2010

    Social landlords are seeking clarity on whether benefit reforms will see them issued with payments directly.

  • LGA chief agrees to £200k pay cut

    24/11/2010

    The chief executive of the Local Government Association has taken a pay cut of £200,000 following pressure from ministers and council chiefs.

  • Lifetime tenancies to be axed

    22/11/2010

    Social landlords will be able to choose whether to scrap tenancy for life in their areas, under radical reforms to social housing announced today.

  • Ministers seek right to buy powers

    25/11/2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government has introduced legislation to allow the suspension of the right to buy, and give it greater power over housing associations.

  • Movers & shakers

    19/11/2010

    Richard Jackson has joined facilities management company Ian Williams as general manager. He was previously an account manager at Osborne.

  • New tenants will keep right to buy

    22/11/2010

    The government will extend the right to buy to tenants offered new fixed-term tenancies, it confirmed this morning.

  • PM admits rent rise will hit benefit bill

    19/11/2010

    The prime minister has admitted raising social rents to 80 per cent of market level could drive up the housing benefit bill.

  • Priced out of the market

    19/11/2010

    The universal credit will simplify things but could spell trouble for landlords in expensive areas, says Jo Till, solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins

  • Public protect

    19/11/2010

    The message of joining forces to fight fraud must not be lost with the Audit Commission, says Andrew Gillett

  • Regulator raps Greenwich Council

    19/11/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has upbraided Greenwich Council for the way it has sought to repossess homes on an estate the London borough wants to knock down.

  • Round Tables Event POPUP - Mitie

    19/11/2010

  • Scotland must mind regulations

    19/11/2010

    The legal article on 24 September highlighted that public/private partnerships can constitute public works and, as such, must adhere to European procurement rules.

  • Scots launch initiative to combat empty homes

    25/11/2010

    An initiative to bring the 50,000 empty private sector homes in Scotland back into use officially launched this week.

  • Sector angry at FSA mortgage proposal

    19/11/2010

    Proposed changes to mortgage market rules would make it impossible for lenders to make loans to millions of would-be first-time and shared ownership buyers, say leading figures in the social housing sector.

  • Setback for bank launch

    19/11/2010

    Plans to launch a £175 million shared ownership bank have suffered an early setback after an initial meeting was called off due to lack of interest.

  • SFHA attacks ‘flawed’ study

    19/11/2010

    A report suggesting housing associations could build homes using less public money and that local authorities could raise rents is ‘flawed’, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has said.

  • Shapps ends strategic housing inspections

    24/11/2010

    The government is scrapping strategic housing inspections, the housing minister announced this morning.

  • Steer clear of social housing, if you can

    19/11/2010

    There will be some big changes in social housing in the next few years.

  • Stop at the red light

    19/11/2010

    A project in Leeds is helping to house the city’s sex workers and turn their lives around. Helen Clifton reports

  • Street life

    19/11/2010

    From the row over sponsored sleep-outs to the question of giving to beggars, anonymous blogger ‘Aibaihe’s’ incisive online commentary has brought the recent spate of homelessness controversies to life. Here she describes 24 hours in her life on London’s streets

  • Survey assesses governance standards

    19/11/2010

    A survey scrutinising governance standards in the housing sector has now gone live.

  • Team building exercise

    19/11/2010

    The government is not being ambitious enough in its bid to build more affordable homes

  • Tenure reforms are 'attack' on vulnerable

    23/11/2010

    Housing organisations have attacked the government’s plans to scrap lifetime tenancies as ‘naïve’ and a ‘deliberate attack’ on vulnerable people.

  • The empty homes challenge

    22/11/2010

    Five years ago the government launched a competition to see who could build affordable homes for £60,000 each. In leaner times the challenge now may be to do it for £30,000.

  • Time to celebrate

    19/11/2010

    Revealing the victors of the 2010 UK Housing Awards

  • TSA breaks tower block fire safety pledge

    23/11/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has reneged on a pledge to increase tower block safety by maintaining a register of landlords that have carried out fire risk assessments.

  • TSA confirms 5.1 per cent rent increase

    24/11/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has confirmed next year’s guideline limit for housing association rents will be increased by 5.1 per cent.

  • TSA to cut a third of support staff

    25/11/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority is planning to make a third of its support staff redundant, its interim chief executive has revealed.

  • Westminster urged to fight rent rise

    24/11/2010

    Westminster councillors have called on council leaders to campaign against proposed rent increases.

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