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Inside Housing
20/03/2009

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  • ‘Zero carbon unachievable due to cost’

    20/03/2009

    The House Builders’ Association has warned that the government’s ‘zero carbon’ green standards are unachievable due to the costs involved.

  • A good start

    20/03/2009

    Much has been achieved in the Homes and Communities Agency’s first 100 days, says Sir Bob Kerslake, but there’s much still to do

  • A new wizard at Merlin

    20/03/2009

    The board of Merlin Housing Society has appointed Carol Solan as a tenant representative.

  • Accounts ‘will need scrutiny’

    20/03/2009

    The misery of the current financial reporting season threatens to extend beyond the biggest developing landlords, experts have warned.

  • Affordable housing cash to fund empty homes work

    26/03/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency is planning to fund councils to take enforcement action to bring empty homes back into use.

  • Alan Walter took tenants' fight to highest level

    20/03/2009

    In the 1990s there was a common ‘put down’ to anyone fighting off the privatisation of their council housing: ‘You won’t win you know. There’s no point in winning on one estate, you need to win across the country and change government policy.’

  • And… action!

    20/03/2009

    With hundreds of backers, cross-party support and a major victory already in the bag, Inside Housing’s Empty Promise campaign has been a blockbusting success. Caroline Thorpe puts our three campaign demands in the spotlight to determine how the fight to fill the UK’s voids can have an even happier ending

  • Beckett likens HRA shake-up to poll tax

    20/03/2009

    The much-reviled system for financing council housing should not be scrapped simply because it is loathed by many, according to housing minister Margaret Beckett.

  • Boards must look at all the evidence

    20/03/2009

    You have drawn attention to the impact of impairment charges on income and expenditure accounts and loan covenants for developing housing associations (Inside Housing, 6 March).

  • Borrowers get tough as loan costs rise

    23/03/2009

    Banks seeking to re-price their social housing loan books have caused ‘deep unhappiness’ among housing associations, that are now looking to ‘play hardball’ with their lenders.

  • Building campaign moves to Wales

    25/03/2009

    A campaign calling for more government action to prevent 300,000 job losses in the construction sector has turned its attention to Wales.

  • Charities join forces on training scheme for the homeless

    26/03/2009

    Homelessness charities in London have launched a programme to help homeless people gain the skills they need to find work.

  • CLG blocks sale aspect of L&Q plan

    25/03/2009

    The government has blocked the introduction of parts of a scheme to shift affordable housing set up by the Homes and Communities Agency and London & Quadrant.

  • Communities advised on land ownership

    25/03/2009

    The Scottish Government has promised to issue guidance for community organisations becoming owners of land and buildings.

  • Councils call for empty homes tax cut

    24/03/2009

    The umbrella body for local authorities has called for tax cuts on work to bring empty homes back into use.

  • Court to rule on social landlord status

    19/03/2009

    London’s Court of Appeal has been asked to decide whether registered social landlords are ‘public bodies’, and susceptible to claims under the Human Rights Act.

  • Energy regulator criticised for price proposals

    25/03/2009

    Rules to tackle price differences between energy suppliers could result in higher bills for prepay customers, the National Housing Federation has warned.

  • Fed accuses TSA of interfering in housing association pay

    26/03/2009

    The National Housing Federation has accused the social housing regulator of ‘inappropriate interference’ after it called for housing associations to exercise pay restraint.

  • Filling the Watford gap

    20/03/2009

    Ruairi McCourt has joined Watford Community Housing Trust as director of housing and neighbourhood services.

  • Government backs rural homes review

    25/03/2009

    The government has published a raft of ‘subtle but important’ measures to get affordable homes off the ground in rural communities.

  • Government names homebuy agents

    24/03/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has announced the 15 housing associations who will act as agents for the government’s shared ownership scheme for the next two years.

  • Government unveils £70m migration fund

    20/03/2009

    The government has unveiled a £70 million fund to help local authorities tackle the effects of migration on services such as housing.

  • Haringey tenants demand rent freeze

    23/03/2009

    Council tenants in Haringey are demanding their rents are frozen this year.

  • Heed the warning signs

    20/03/2009

    Work in partnership and get creative as we enter challenging times

  • History lessons

    20/03/2009

    Housing associations are key to solving the empty homes crisis, but grants rules must change first

  • Homeless figures nosedive as repossessions soar

    20/03/2009

    The number of households accepted as homeless plummeted last year despite a surge in the number of homes being repossessed.

  • Housing association sector could go into the red

    26/03/2009

    The chief executive of the Tenant Services Authority has refused to rule out the possibility that the housing association sector could post a deficit this year.

  • Housing officers set upon by animals

    25/03/2009

    An average of one council housing worker a day is attacked somewhere in England and Wales.

  • Housing sector saviour

    20/03/2009

    This week we chart the first 100 days of the Homes and Communities Agency.

  • Lack of progress threatens 2011 goal

    24/03/2009

    Local authorities need to increase progress on setting up sites for Gypsies and Travellers if they are to improve provision by 2011.

  • Lambeth hands list of homes to squatters

    24/03/2009

    A council has been forced to hand over a list of empty property addresses to someone it ‘strongly suspects’ is part of a squatters’ group after a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Landlord bids to save Stranraer FC

    20/03/2009

    A Scottish housing association is in talks to buy into a professional football team that plays in the Scottish second division.

  • Law change could boost regeneration

    20/03/2009

    The government is examining whether it should change the law to allow councils to introduce an entirely new system to finance their regeneration plans.

  • Listen to private residents' wishes

    20/03/2009

    Supporters of tenants who lose their wardens are to be applauded, but there is another group of retired ‘tenants’ who are equally incensed by their landlords’ refusal to listen.

  • Marked out for success (1)

    20/03/2009

    Notting Hill Housing has appointed Mark Vaughan as director of homeownership.

  • Marked out for success (2)

    20/03/2009

    Mark Griffiths has joined South Northants Homes as major works manager.

  • Master of all he surveys

    20/03/2009

    Neil Brooks has joined Strettons Chartered Surveyors’ affordable housing team as partnerships manager.

  • Minister's rents U-turn is welcome

    20/03/2009

    Well done to housing minister, Margaret Beckett for listening to the concerns of Labour councillors and council tenants themselves and taking decisive action to revise the guideline rent increase for 2009/10 (Inside Housing, 13 March).

  • Mixed messages

    20/03/2009

    Since the body that spoke for black and minority ethnic landlords went quiet for the final time in November last year, a cacophony of voices have been striving to fill the void. Who will be heard above the din, asks Caroline Thorpe?

  • National park landowners suggest sites for homes

    26/03/2009

    More than 100 landowners in a national park have put forward sites for affordable housing following an appeal by the park authority.

  • No man’s land

    20/03/2009

    Without a secure tenancy, leases cannot be inherited, says Andrew Logan of Weightmans

  • Older people treated as second class citizens

    20/03/2009

    Help the Aged disagrees with Erosh that our recommendation on resident wardens is ‘unrealistic and unwise’ (Letters, Inside Housing, 6 March).

  • Pay close attention to the Lib Dems

    20/03/2009

    I fail to see how Vince Cable’s comments in Inside Housing that the collapse of private house building ‘has dragged social housing down with it… so in a sense social housing is reinforcing the cyclical element in the housing market’ (Interview, 6 March) can be equated with ‘development by housing associations is making the current downturn worse’ (Leader, 6 March). 

  • Private rental review calls for tax changes

    25/03/2009

    The Scottish Government wants Westminster to change tax laws to encourage institutional investment into the private rental sector.

  • Property sales crucial for 59 housing associations

    20/03/2009

    Fifty-nine housing associations were entirely dependent on selling homes to generate a surplus last year.

  • Purnell approves ‘discriminatory’ reforms

    20/03/2009

    The government is to push ahead with controversial housing benefit reforms, despite its advisors insisting they will discriminate against thousands of families and black and minority ethnic households.

  • Question time

    20/03/2009

    Being competent at interview is key if you want to secure that perfect job, says Matthew Lewis

  • Redrow founder back in charge of firm

    23/03/2009

    The founder of house builder Redrow has taken charge of the firm nine years after leaving the business.

  • Rents fall as struggling sellers flood market

    26/03/2009

    Desperate homeowners have flooded the rental market with new homes in the last three months, pushing down rents by more than 16 per cent, according to the latest figures.

  • RICS cuts jobs as market slumps

    24/03/2009

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has announced it will cut 18 jobs and freeze pay for all remaining staff.

  • Rising unemployment to drive repossessions

    20/03/2009

    The huge rise in unemployment in February could have a serious impact on homelessness and house repossessions, experts have warned.

  • Rok: cash stimulus ‘won’t last’

    20/03/2009

    Government efforts to stimulate social housing development by pumping in extra cash cannot last more than ‘a year or so’, the boss of construction firm Rok has warned.

  • Safe and sound

    20/03/2009

    Lincolnshire Housing Association’s anti-social behaviour unit has appointed Judith Clapham as senior ASB officer and Patrick Hodgson as community safety manager.

  • Sanctuary acclaims £200m bond issue

    20/03/2009

    Sanctuary Group has issued £200 million of bonds, securing the best price a housing association has paid on the capital markets since the recession began last autumn.

  • Social landlords 'not ready' for digital TV

    23/03/2009

    Eighty-six per cent of social landlords are unprepared for the switchover to digital television, according to a new survey.

  • Spread your wings

    20/03/2009

    Landlords must do more than manage homes. They have a responsibility to help tenants thrive

  • Struggling builders attempt to force refunds from councils

    20/03/2009

    House builders are attempting to claw back millions of pounds from planning agreements they have signed with councils.

  • Sue and Troy going places

    20/03/2009

    First Wessex Housing Group has appointed Sue Daniels (pictured) as group operations director and Troy Henshall as corporate services director.

  • Tenants take HRA protest to Downing Street

    30/03/2009

    Tenants from a south London borough have presented a petition to Downing Street protesting about negative housing subsidy which costs rent payers £10 million a year.

  • Tenants think rents should be set locally

    23/03/2009

    Nearly four in 10 social tenants want their rent to be set locally, according to a government survey.

  • TEST Tender advert links

    26/03/2009

  • Tethered to the mast

    20/03/2009

    It may seem like an attractive offer - but mobile phone masts can bring legal headaches. Kate Silverman, senior associate at Lewis Silkin, explains

  • The first 100 days of the HCA

    20/03/2009

    ‘Yes, they can,’ seems to be the overwhelming verdict on the agency’s first 100 days - not that it’s been a cakewalk exactly. Simon Brandon reports.

  • The single-minded conversation

    20/03/2009

    Caroline Thorpe finds housing minister Margaret Beckett preoccupied by supply

  • The siren call of middle England

    20/03/2009

    The discovery last October of a family receiving over £150,000 a year in housing benefit to rent a seven-bedroom house in Ealing, west London from a private landlord was clearly something that had to be addressed.

  • We love wardens

    20/03/2009

    Louis Loizou’s tenant action group has persuaded Brighton & Hove Council to retain onsite wardens - here’s how

  • Welsh right to buy ban left in limbo

    24/03/2009

    Plans to suspend the right to buy in Wales have run into further problems after a key House of Lords debate was shelved.

  • Westminster pledges to end overcrowding

    26/03/2009

    A London council with one of the highest rates of overcrowding in the capital has promised to rehouse all the households on its waiting list that live in cramped conditions.

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