Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Inside Housing
23/04/2010

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  • Association issues challenge to dragon

    28/04/2010

    A housing association has invited one of the stars of TV show Dragons’ Den to meet ex-offenders after he said he would invest with anyone ‘as long as they don’t have a criminal record’.

  • Cambridge scheme gets go ahead

    27/04/2010

    The first of a series of developments planned for south Cambridge is set to receive planning permission despite a row over affordable homes.

  • Cancer sufferer says she was sacked for health reasons

    29/04/2010

    A council housing director who was sacked while receiving cancer treatment claims she was sent a letter saying her contract was being terminated because of health reasons.

  • Cancer sufferer to appeal after sacking

    27/04/2010

    A council housing director who was sacked while receiving cancer treatment has announced she is appealing against the decision.

  • CIH members call for more homes

    27/04/2010

    The next government should make sustained investment in new affordable housing a key priority, housing professionals have said.

  • Clegg: ‘Let elderly vote on wardens’

    23/04/2010

    Housing providers should hand residents of sheltered housing schemes a vote before introducing plans to remove resident wardens, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has claimed.

  • Colleges need to share funding

    23/04/2010

    I read the article Home schooled (Inside Housing, 9 April) about lack of funding for housing training courses with interest.

  • Connaught to ditch £65m of work

    28/04/2010

    Connaught is to pull out of social housing work worth £65 million over the next two years.

  • Cost of living

    27/04/2010

    A recent case demonstrates the consequences local authorities can face if they fall foul of contracts with their tenants.

  • Dave and Goliath

    23/04/2010

    Blur drummer and Labour candidate Dave Rowntree picked a formidable political battle when he chose to stand for the Conservative safe seat of Cities of London and Westminster. Nick Duxbury joins him for a day on the campaign trail to find out if it’s a fight he can win. Photography by Tim Foster

  • Democratic behaviour

    23/04/2010

    Nick Clegg may be riding high in the televised party leaders’ debates, but in the second of Inside Housing’s leader series, we ask: can the Liberal Democrats win housing’s vote?

  • Do as I say, not as I do

    23/04/2010

    The tables have been turned and for once it is the officials at housing inspection body the Audit Commission who have some difficult questions to answer.

  • Election panel: readers back Clegg’s warden plans

    29/04/2010

    Inside Housing readers have backed Liberal Democrat proposals to force sheltered housing providers to ballot residents if they want to remove wardens.

  • Election raises many questions

    23/04/2010

    The announcement of the forthcoming general election has raised very important questions for council tenants around the country.

  • Election rules silence NTV

    23/04/2010

    Four national tenants’ organisations are planning to create an independent committee that will be more outspoken than the National Tenant Voice.

  • Fear and loathing

    23/04/2010

    Anti-social behaviour can blight people’s lives and destroy neighbourhoods. Caroline Thorpe speaks to victims and housing professionals to discover how social landlords are contributing to the national fight against troublemakers to improve community life

  • Finance specialist to chair Countryside

    23/04/2010

    House builder Countryside Properties has appointed a new executive chairman following the death of its founder Alan Cherry earlier this year.

  • Good cop bad cop?

    23/04/2010

    Policing anti-social behaviour needs to be reviewed and it’s time social landlords had a say

  • Homeless Poles prefer to stay in the UK, MEP claims

    23/04/2010

    A member of the European Parliament has alleged that homeless Polish people are staying in England rather than returning home because homelessness services are more user-friendly in the United Kingdom.

  • Housing staff write BNP plan

    23/04/2010

    The British National Party has claimed that housing insiders drew up its plans for the sector outlined in its manifesto.

  • Inviting caution

    23/04/2010

    Councils across England have welcomed the government’s proposed housing revenue account reforms but, says Robin Tebbutt, there are still several sticking points for them to consider before they sign up

  • Labour publishes housing manifesto

    26/04/2010

    The Labour Party has set out its promises on housing in a mini-manifesto on the subject.

  • Leeds under fire over procurement

    23/04/2010

    Leeds Council has been told it should tighten up its procurement procedures following concerns about a temporary accommodation contract.

  • Lib Dems defend new build VAT plan

    23/04/2010

    The Liberal Democrats have denied claims that tax reforms that would add a minimum of 5 per cent VAT to the cost of new housing would push up house prices.

  • Lib Dems to double home refurbishments

    27/04/2010

    The Liberal Democrats have promised to double the number of family homes for the armed forces that are refurbished each year.

  • Localism should not mean cost cutting

    28/04/2010

    Moves to shift power to local communities should not be used as an excuse to cut costs, a conference has heard.

  • Mansell wins £65m Wornington green contract

    26/04/2010

    Building firm Mansell has won a £65 million design and build contact for the regeneration of the Wornington Green Estate in west London.

  • Market slows ahead of election

    26/04/2010

    The number of homes on the market continues to outstrip the number sold as buyers hold off purchasing until after the election.

  • Mears set for £170m Lambeth deal 

    23/04/2010

    Repairs and maintenance company Mears is set to win a £170 million contract from the London borough of Lambeth.

  • Midlands association 'letting tenants down'

    29/04/2010

    The country’s largest housing association is ‘letting its midlands tenants down’, according to inspectors.

  • Moving the goalposts

    23/04/2010

    Landlords should take note of changes brought by the new Equality Bill, says Chris Syder

  • New masterplan for Chelsea Barracks revealed

    22/04/2010

    A new masterplan for the Chelsea Barracks site in London has been unveiled.

  • NHF paper defends shared ownership

    26/04/2010

    A group of large housing associations have published a paper defending shared home ownership in the face of competition from shared equity schemes.

  • Nine to five nirvana

    23/04/2010

    Housing organisations have blitzed the polls as the country’s top employers, Anita Pati finds out what they are doing right

  • No more promises

    23/04/2010

    A planning obligation no longer guarantees planning permission, says David Brock

  • Northern Irish housing body under threat

    28/04/2010

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive could be broken up under plans announced by the Democratic Unionist Party.

  • On the campaign trail with Dave Rowntree

    28/04/2010

    Following the progress of Blur drummer and Labour candidate Dave Rowntree as he attempts to win over voters in the safe Conservative area of Cities of London and Westminster.

  • Overcrowding to hit three million by 2013

    28/04/2010

    The National Housing Federation has warned three million people will be living in overcrowded homes within three years.

  • Parties promise green retrofit schemes

    27/04/2010

    The Liberal Democrats and Labour have launched mini ‘green manifestos’ which commit both parties to national programmes of energy efficient retrofits.

  • Placeshapers’ chair vows to battle cuts

    23/04/2010

    The new chair of the national group that champions community-based housing associations has vowed to battle against cuts that damage services to tenants.

  • Play your cards right

    23/04/2010

    In times of financial hardship, landlords need to get their priorities straight

  • Plumber charged over carbon monoxide death

    29/04/2010

    A plumber has been charged with the manslaughter of a young dance teacher who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a shared-ownership flat.

  • Poll jumping politics

    23/04/2010

    Nick Clegg has spent the past week dodging bouquets following his winning performance in the UK’s first televised leadership debate.

  • Red Road flats to be demolished

    29/04/2010

    Two blocks on the estate in Glasgow, where three Russians died after throwing themselves from a balcony, are to be demolished simultaneously.

  • Redrow anticipates return to profit

    26/04/2010

    House builder Redrow has said it expects to return to profitability in the second half of the year but that conditions will remain ‘challenging’.

  • Repairs firm lands £300m contract

    26/04/2010

    Maintenance and repairs company Mears is to land its biggest ever contract with a £300 million housing association deal.

  • Respect demands council building boost

    28/04/2010

    George Galloway’s Respect party is demanding a ‘massive council housing building programme’.

  • Scottish Tories will fight right to buy ban

    28/04/2010

    Conservatives in Scotland have pledged to fight Scottish Government moves to restrict the right to buy.

  • Social homes win space race

    23/04/2010

    Affordable housing at the Olympic Village will be more spacious than the homes for private sale on the site, developers have revealed.

  • Spoof posters stress need for homes

    26/04/2010

    Northern housing associations are doctoring party election posters to raise awareness of the shortage of affordable housing.

  • The future’s bright

    23/04/2010

    Local authorities should grab the chance to break free from the housing revenue account with both hands, says Jon Cruddas

  • Tory housing plan is ill-conceived

    23/04/2010

    Bob Neill’s article Let’s ditch the red tape (Inside Housing, 1 April) reveals just how out of touch he and today’s Conservative party are from the realities of housing development.

  • TSA must stop the mega-builders

    23/04/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority arrangements which allow unregistered organisations to own regulated housing providers perhaps provides an opportunity for new entrants to the social housing ‘market’ with the usual assumed benefits of choice and competition.

  • UK Housing Awards - IH Mini Profile - EMA

    28/04/2010

  • UK Housing Awards - IH Mini Profile - PH Jones

    29/04/2010

  • UK Housing Awards - IH Mini Profile - United House

    29/04/2010

  • Watchdog created pay gap ‘on purpose’

    23/04/2010

    The Audit Commission deliberately created a £10,000 pay gap between male and female employees in its housing inspections department, according to a tribunal.

  • Welsh parties seek legal powers

    27/04/2010

    The two leading parties in Wales want to see legislative powers over housing devolved to the country.

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