Thursday, 24 April 2014

Inside Housing
22/10/2010

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  • Land Registry puts price fall at 0.2%

    28/10/2010

    House prices decreased slightly in September, according to the Land Registry price index.

  • Miliband urges Lib Dems to block benefit plans

    28/10/2010

    Ed Miliband has urged Liberal Democrat MPs to side with Labour in opposing housing benefit cuts due to be debated today.

  • Rent rises to be lower than expected

    26/10/2010

    New intermediate rents will be set at 80 per cent of local housing allowance levels not of open market rent, Inside Housing understands.

  • £100m to bring empty homes back into use

    25/10/2010

    The Government has announced a £100 million fund to bring empty homes back into use as part of the comprehensive spending review.

  • £7bn ‘green deal’ role for landlords

    22/10/2010

    The coalition government is looking to allow social landlords to tap into the £7 billion a year private sector retrofit market to emerge from its ‘green deal’ scheme.

  • Benefit concessions just ‘speculation’

    27/10/2010

    The prime minister has dismissed suggestions the government is considering watering down its plans to reform housing benefit.

  • Boris to set up housing taskforce

    22/10/2010

    Boris Johnson is to set up a housing investment task force to try and attract private financing to the sector.

  • Cash back

    22/10/2010

    If a lender repossesses a home bought under right to buy, they must pay back the discount, says Michelle Knight

  • Clegg rejects social cleansing claims

    27/10/2010

    The deputy prime minister has branded the language used by opponents of the government’s housing benefit reforms as ‘deeply offensive’.

  • Council merger could save £100m

    25/10/2010

    The housing departments of three London councils could merge as part of a plan to save up to £100 million.

  • Councils recover 1,600 sublet homes

    27/10/2010

    Councils in England recovered 1,600 social homes that had been unlawfully sublet last year.

  • Councils to move LHA claimants out of London

    22/10/2010

    Councils in London are arranging to move local housing allowance claimants into accommodation as far away as Hastings, following cuts to housing benefit confirmed in the comprehensive spending review.

  • Cuts will have 'devastating impact' on Northern Ireland

    25/10/2010

    Politicians and social landlords in Northern Ireland have warned that the comprehensive spending review will have a ‘devastating impact’ on housing in the province.

  • Finance officer stole to fund cocaine habit

    28/10/2010

    A man has been jailed for a year for helping himself to £57,742 from the till of a café at a housing association.

  • Fire risks found in most tower blocks

    26/10/2010

    The majority of Birmingham’s 224 tower blocks are in need of work to improve their fire safety, an investigation has discovered.

  • Fund to help benefit cut victims

    26/10/2010

    The government is giving £10 million to councils in London to help households affected by housing benefit reforms.

  • Genesis finance director quits

    22/10/2010

    The director of finance of Genesis Housing Group is to leave his post without a job to go to.

  • Giant of social housing sector dies

    27/10/2010

    Colleagues and friends are mourning the passing of Mike Langstaff, one of the housing sector’s ‘giants’ of recent times.

  • Homelessness is no postcode lottery

    22/10/2010

    Your so-called investigation into the interpretation of the homelessness guidance read like another council-bashing article from Inside Housing (1 October).

  • How low can they go?

    22/10/2010

    The £224 million budget for accommodating asylum seekers is set to be cut following this week’s spending review. Emily Twinch and Martin Hilditch find out how the fall will affect housing providers and those awaiting their fate in their homes.

  • Keep up the good work

    22/10/2010

    It is perhaps appropriate that this week we feature the work of London’s homelessness professionals in this year’s Andy Ludlow Awards.

  • Kerslake warns of new era for sector

    28/10/2010

    The housing sector is entering a ‘new reality’ where only the most innovative will succeed, the departing chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency has warned.

  • Kosovo claim raises stakes in benefit war

    28/10/2010

    London mayor Boris Johnson has waded into the row over housing benefit cuts, pledging to block ‘Kosovo-style social cleansing’.

  • Landlord axes 100 jobs as cuts bite

    26/10/2010

    A housing association is cutting 100 jobs as part of restructuring prompted by last week’s comprehensive spending review.

  • Landlords call on EU to open up its £200bn fund

    22/10/2010

    Landlords across Europe are calling for the EU Commission to release billions of pounds of extra funds for housing in member states.

  • Landlords split over power to set higher rents

    22/10/2010

    Landlords are divided over plans to allow rents of up to 80 per cent market value for new social housing tenants.

  • Liverpool and EDF in largest ever CESP deal

    22/10/2010

    Liverpool Mutual Homes and EDF energy have agreed the largest deal to date under the Community Energy Savings Programme.

  • Livingstone wrong on rent control

    22/10/2010

    Ken Livingstone has suggested that rent control is the solution to controlling the housing benefit bill (Inside Housing, 1 October). He needs to review the history of rent control and its devastating impact on the private rented sector.

  • Movers & shakers

    22/10/2010

    Freebridge Community Housing has elected Ray Johnson as chair, and Paul Leader as vice-chair. Mr Johnson is currently an independent property management consultant and Mr Leader has worked as a community police officer.

  • Must do better

    22/10/2010

    We need to come up with some stronger ideas if we are going to tackle the government’s housing benefit reform plans, says Tim Leunig

  • Nationwide records further house price fall

    28/10/2010

    House prices fell 0.7 per cent in October according to Nationwide, strengthening the recent downward trend.

  • New regulator will push landlords to build

    22/10/2010

    The Homes and Communities Agency will be charged with pushing landlords to stretch their assets to compensate for the absence of grant, when it takes responsibility for regulation.

  • New shared equity products welcome

    22/10/2010

    I generally agree with the sentiments expressed in Neil Toner’s review of the intermediate ownership market and the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ members being asked to back a variety of products (Inside Housing, 1 October).

  • New strategy imminent

    22/10/2010

    The Northern Irish social development minister will launch a new housing strategy for the province within weeks.

  • No new solution

    22/10/2010

    Why the government’s new homes bonus will hinder regeneration

  • Pathfinder schemes face funding shortfall

    28/10/2010

    Housing market renewal pathfinders have warned they may not have enough money to complete projects before the scheme ends.

  • Public sector homes registrations up 6%

    22/10/2010

    Registrations for new public sector homes have increased by 6 per cent in a year, while private sector registrations are up 27 per cent.

  • Spending review is 'assault' on tenants

    27/10/2010

    Campaigners have accused the government of launching an assault on tenants’ rights in its comprehensive spending review.

  • Stick to the slow lane

    22/10/2010

    Social housing providers should be wary of acting too hastily if they agree to set up a car club, says Roger Yates, partner at Carter Lemon Camerons

  • Street smarts

    22/10/2010

    Now in their 12th year, the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards continue to celebrate the many innovative projects that provide vital help to London’s homeless population. Anita Pati profiles this year’s winner and runners-up

  • Sustainable Housing Award winners unveiled

    22/10/2010

    The winners of the 2010 Sustainable Housing Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London this afternoon.

  • Swept aside

    22/10/2010

    How housing’s spending review pain began in negotiations to form the coalition government

  • The bonfire of the quangos

    22/10/2010

    The government is scrapping hundreds of quasi-public bodies, some of which are important to housing. But which ones will actually be missed and by whom? Chloë Stothart finds out.

  • The first cut is the deepest

    22/10/2010

    Social housing ‘is currently failing to address the needs of the country’ and must be reformed.

  • The green fingers of Greenwich

    22/10/2010

    A reclaimed patch of common land on an estate in south east London is now an award-winning vegetable garden. Anita Pati finds out how it was transformed

  • Think tank slates tenure reform plans

    26/10/2010

    Restricting security of tenure for new social housing tenants would increase deprivation, and the government should instead look at introducing flexible rents.

  • Timber frame case to increase insurance

    26/10/2010

    A legal case is threatening to drive up insurance premiums for the owners of completed timber-framed buildings.

  • Tough times ahead

    28/10/2010

    On the eve of his departure from the HCA, Sir Bob Kerslake looks at what the agency has achieved and how the sector can adapt to the ‘fundamental’ changes in the spending review

  • TSA chair: new watchdog ‘a good thing’

    22/10/2010

    The chair of the Tenant Services Authority has said government plans for a new watchdog represent ‘a good day for regulation’.

  • TSA chief stands down as regulator is axed

    21/10/2010

    The chief executive of the Tenant Services Authority has announced he is stepping down.

  • Use satisfaction surveys with care

    22/10/2010

    Earlier this year Inside Housing featured some very important research by housing professor Hal Pawson on the methodology of STATUS tenant satisfaction surveys and the inferences to be drawn from them (Inside Housing, 5 February).

  • Who is that macked man?

    22/10/2010

    It strikes me that across the land senior managers are surreptitiously scanning the backs of subordinates’ heads or examining hat stands for the mack in the picture of your anonymous columnist (Inside Housing, 8 October) in order to identify and punish this miscreant.