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Inside Housing
21/03/2003

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  • ‘Soup runs are unnecessary' claim divides homelessness groups

    21/03/2003

    Homelessness groups were divided this week after the head of one of the largest charities of its kind said soup runs were ‘not a service required in the 21st century'.Thames Reach Bondway chief executive Jeremy Swain said such runs were ‘bringing vuln

  • A roll of the dice

    25/03/2003

    Homeless people often feel as if their experience of the system is a lottery, says Aoife McNamara

  • ALMOs reach out to environment

    25/03/2003

    Future arm's-length rounds will not have their spending per dwelling capped at an arbitrary figure.But round three and four ALMOs will no lon

  • Birmingham moves ahead with the community model

    21/03/2003

    Birmingham Council has selected two areas in the city to become the first pathfinders for the development of community-based housing organisations.Northfield and Hodge Hill constituencies will provide a ‘learning model' for other parts of the city. Te

  • Brassed off with the past

    25/03/2003

    South Yorkshire is struggling to cast off its image of disused mines, brass bands and male strippers. With its market renewal pathfinder benefiting from a slice of the new £500 million pot, it might just succeed, as Michael Cooke reports

  • Brown chairs anti-gun crime trust

    21/03/2003

    The chief executive of the BME Tenants and Residents' Advisory Network is to chair a new trust that has been set up to tackle the problem of gun crime. Announcing the launch of the Dissarm Trust, Bill Brown said he wanted a dialogue with as many ‘

  • Call for change to let HAs target starter tenancies

    21/03/2003

    Housing associations should be allowed to target starter tenancies to cut the number of failed local authority nominations, according to new research.The first national review of association allocations policy and practice in 10 years has recommended

  • Community creation

    25/03/2003

    As the government launches its plan for the future of social housing, Daniel Martin looks at how successful its last proposals have been

  • Corporation staff set to walk out

    21/03/2003

    Housing Corporation staff are poised to walk out in the coming weeks after trade union members voted in favour of industrial action.Union officials from Amicus and Unison were due to meet today after a substantial majority of employees voted in fa

  • Councils given £400m to boost neighbourhood regeneration

    21/03/2003

    Eighty-eight local authority areas in England this week received a total of £400 million as the latest tranche of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund money was allocated.Birmingham once again received the largest share of the funding, with £22 million awarded

  • Court rejects asylum challenge

    21/03/2003

    The Appeal Court has dismissed Home Secretary David Blunkett's challenge to a ruling that found new asylum legislation in breach of human rights. Lord Phillips backed last month's High Court ruling that section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and A

  • Drum to save £1m by amalgamating

    21/03/2003

    Drum Housing Association has bucked the trend for creating group structures by disbanding its own group.The association says the move, which sees East Hampshire and Hangras housing associations and the parent Drum Housing Group subsumed into one a

  • DWP rebates handover is hit by glitch

    21/03/2003

    The handover of rent rebates from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to the Department for Work and Pensions has been hit by a computer glitch.The department's IT team realised only last month that the size of the funds it would be in charge of r

  • Gold Service needs culture change

    21/03/2003

    A Gold Service scheme which rewards good behaviour by tenants is unlikely to have more than a marginal effect unless there are also changes in the culture and service of the landlord.That is a key finding in Chartered Institute of Housing-led research

  • Golden age

    25/03/2003

    Meeting the needs of older people has been central to the regeneration of an estate where more than half of residents are older than 80. Simon Graham explains

  • Guidance to focus on housing elderly

    21/03/2003

    The Department of Health is set to underline the importance of housing in the assessment of older people's needs, a civil servant has revealed. Raymond Warburton, policy lead on the single assessment process at the Department of Health, told a con

  • Home Office U-turn on drug rules

    21/03/2003

    Homelessness organisations were celebrating this week after a Home Office U-turn on drug regulations.Draft guidance on section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act said occupiers and managers who suspect drug use on their premises could face prosecution if th

  • housing association homes total falls

    21/03/2003

    The number of housing association homes built between November and January 2002/03 was down 2 per cent on the previous year.After allowing for seasonal variations, a total of 5,200 homes were completed in Great Britain compared with 5,300 in the s

  • Ken backs threshold reform

    21/03/2003

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has called for an end to the blanket exemption of small development sites from the requirement to build affordable housing. His comments were made after research released last week found that an extra 2,900 affordable

  • L&Q tops development programme table

    21/03/2003

    London and Quadrant Housing Trust is the biggest winner in the approved development programme, with an allocation of £19 million more than last year.

  • On message

    25/03/2003

    The Communities Plan heralds a transformation of London as fundamental as its post-war reconstruction, says Ken Livingstone. Siân Gibson spoke to the confident – if fatigued – mayor

  • Performance declines despite arrears success

    26/03/2003

    Housing association performance on rent collection has declined despite a reduction in arrears due to council delays in paying housing benefit.

  • Performance drop in housing sector

    21/03/2003

    Housing inspectors say councils' performances appear to be deteriorating – even though local authorities were supposed to have their worst services i

  • Pioneering PFI set for summer start

    26/03/2003

    The signing of the first contract for an HRA private finance initiative scheme took place yesterday after months of delays.The Manchester pat

  • Postcards from the edge

    25/03/2003

    The Communities Plan is built around six key themes. Here Inside Housing takes a tour through the English regions to find out how local authorities and housing associations have been coping with those six challenges

  • Practical approach

    25/03/2003

    It's all very well talking about sustainable communities, but how do you actually measure them? Judith Wayne and Nick Cummins report on a new set of practical tools

  • Prescott's priorities

    25/03/2003

    Using the resources earmarked for housing and regeneration wisely is all a question of priorities, says John Prescott. Rebecca Evans listened to what he had to say on his new Communities Plan

  • Quality of life

    25/03/2003

    Every regeneration project should have sustainability at its heart. Jane Gosnell and Jon Broome explain

  • Quarter of new homes could be constructed off site

    21/03/2003

    Next year's development programme could see a doubling in the number of homes built using modern construction techniques.The Housing Corporation is in talks with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to set a target for the number of homes using off

  • Royal treatment

    25/03/2003

    Siân Gibson visits an estate which is throwing off its notoriety to embrace a better future

  • Shelter gets branding help

    21/03/2003

    Branding agency Hooper Galton has been taken on by Shelter to overhaul the way the homelessness charity is perceived by the public.The charity fears that public perceptions of homelessness and Shelter are ‘out of step with reality'. The firm, which ha

  • Stepping up

    21/03/2003

    Social exclusion minister Barbara Roche visited a family in temporary accommodation in Newham, London as the latest homelessness statistic

  • Supporting People reviews could be early

    21/03/2003

    Supporting People providers in England are likely to be subject to earlier service reviews than anticipated, housing experts have warned. Councils have criticised the government for expecting authorities to deliver savings in the first year of the pro

  • The £1.3bn transfer bill

    21/03/2003

    Hitting the government's stock transfer target over the next five years will cost the taxpayer in excess of £1 billion more than funding local authoritie

  • The big issues

    25/03/2003

    The Communities Plan represents a challenge and an unparalleled opportunity for everyone working in housing and regeneration. Inside Housing brought together a panel of experts to debate the wide-ranging issues raised by John Prescott's grand design

  • The renewal balancing act

    25/03/2003

    Barbara Roche has a lot on her plate. But with money from the Communities Plan to spend, she's got big ambitions for the future of neighbourhoods, as Mario Ambrosi discovers

  • Traveller with caravan can not be called ‘homeless'

    21/03/2003

    A traveller has failed in a bid to force a local authority to consider her as homeless after it ordered her to move her caravan on.Anne O'Donoghue made a homelessness application to Brighton and Hove Council after being told she had to find a new loca

  • Ujima chief executive quits after only months in the post

    21/03/2003

    Ujima Housing Group's chief executive Hassett Auguste has resigned only months into the job.Deputy chief executive Ponniah Rasanesan will head the organisation until a replacement is named.Mr Auguste was appointed in the autumn to take over from l

  • Welsh hire PR firm to boost image

    21/03/2003

    The Welsh Federation of Housing Associations has engaged a public relations firm to develop a marketing strategy for its members and the organisation.A team from Golley Slater will create a ‘PR package' highlighting examples of good practice to help e

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