Monday, 22 December 2014

Inside Housing
23/07/2010

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  • A clear alternative

    26/07/2010

    The government’s vision of a Big Society is an opportunity for the mutualisation of social housing.

  • Cuts would add half a million to waiting lists

    26/07/2010

    Cutting the house building budget by 40 per cent would add more than half a million people to housing waiting lists, the National Housing Federation has said.

  • Housing associations take up Triodos loans

    26/07/2010

    Ethical bank Triodos increased its lending to housing associations by 12.2 per cent in the first six months of 2010, it has reported.

  • ‘Big society’ cash scramble

    23/07/2010

    Housing associations could get a share of the nine figure sum the government is releasing for community projects through its Big Society Bank.

  • A simple trade-off to suit everybody

    23/07/2010

    While it is promising to see that the cuts to the Homes and Communities Agency are not as severe as first expected, (‘CLG cuts £220 million to fill funding “black hole”’, insidehousing.co.uk, 5 July), I feel that our expectations may have been somewhat managed, so that we now feel that a funding cut of £220 million is more agreeable.

  • ADVERT PROOFS 2010

    27/08/2010

  • Affordable homes pact

    23/07/2010

    Housing providers have pledged to find ways of improving the efficiency of affordable housing delivery in a pact drawn up by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Benefit cuts will cost families £600 a year

    26/07/2010

    Cuts to the local housing allowance will hit almost everyone claiming the benefit, with an average loss of £12 a week.

  • Benefit reforms 'will make 200,000 homeless'

    23/07/2010

    The coalition government’s controversial housing benefit reforms will push homelessness figures up to the worst level in three decades, the National Housing Federation predicts.

  • Birmingham hit by £30m cuts

    23/07/2010

    Birmingham Council has announced it will cut its housing budget by around £30 million over the next four years.

  • Boris strengthens bid for HCA powers

    29/07/2010

    London Councils, the mayor, and the London Assembly have sent a joint letter to the government requesting greater devolution of power.

  • Brent housing head joins benefit cut critics

    27/07/2010

    A director of housing at a London council has broken ranks to criticise planned changes to housing benefit.

  • Brighter by design

    27/07/2010

    Architect Renzo Piano is known for his controversial designs, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, but one of his latest projects is slightly more restrained.

  • CLG will ‘backdate’ cash incentives to build homes

    23/07/2010

    Councils who grant planning permission for new homes now are set to receive ‘backdated’ incentives from the government.

  • Coalition commits funding to decent homes programme

    23/07/2010

    The coalition government has continued the commitment to the housing refurbishment programme started by the Labour administration by agreeing funding deals for three landlords.

  • Contractor in 'urgent' need of cash

    27/07/2010

    A major housing maintenance contractor has said it urgently needs cash to pay its contractors and suppliers.

  • Council investigates former housing panel chair

    02/08/2010

    Bradford council is investigating the resignation of a housing panel chair after he was fined for letting out homes in a poor condition in Liverpool.

  • Cuts won’t benefit most vulnerable

    23/07/2010

    We at St Mungo’s were encouraged by the coalition’s promise that, in taking the tough action necessary to reduce the deficit, the ‘most vulnerable in society’ would be protected.

  • Efficiency key to 80% carbon reduction

    28/07/2010

    The coalition government has promised to improve the energy efficiency of homes as part of plans to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

  • Energy fund to support zero carbon homes

    27/07/2010

    Councils and developers will be given more flexibility on how to meet zero carbon standards, the housing minister announced today.

  • Government axes green homes advisor

    22/07/2010

    The Sustainable Development Commission announced today that the government would cut its funding from the next financial year.

  • Government offices for regions to be scrapped

    23/07/2010

    The nine regional government offices are to be abolished as part of plans to devolve power to local authorities.

  • Government trebles rough sleeper estimate

    26/07/2010

    Official estimates have suggested the number of people sleeping rough could be three times that recorded by councils.

  • Grey matter

    23/07/2010

    In the new ‘big society’ the key to providing housing for older people is to integrate and tailor services within the community, argues John Lines

  • Heseltine to lead £1bn growth fund

    27/07/2010

    Lord Heseltine will chair a panel responsible for approving bids to a £1 billion regeneration fund.

  • History of violence

    23/07/2010

    A Court of Appeal ruling means landlords can seek possession on grounds of domestic violence even after the victim has fled, says Ian Larkins

  • House building figures up forty per cent

    26/07/2010

    Registrations to build homes in the second quarter of the year were up 41 per cent on the same period of 2009.

  • Islington launches fraud inquiry into housing PFIs

    23/07/2010

    Islington Council’s anti-fraud team is reviewing its two housing private finance initiative schemes after leaseholders raised concern about the way they were charged for improvement works.

  • Lack of mobility costs £542m a year

    27/07/2010

    Social tenants’ inability to move home is costing the UK’s economy at least £542 million each year, according to a report from a think tank.

  • Land Registry records small house price rise

    28/07/2010

    House prices have returned to around the same level as during the summer of 2006, following the latest rise recorded by the Land Registry.

  • Landlords face new duty due to ASB showdown

    23/07/2010

    Landlords face becoming legally liable for failing to tackle anti-social behaviour on their land after a tenant won a landmark High Court case.

  • Lender reports fall in house prices

    29/07/2010

    House price inflation is easing with prices slipping 0.5 per cent in July, according to Nationwide.

  • LGA chair says councils can save £100bn

    28/07/2010

    The chair of the Local Government Association has said councils can deliver savings of £100 billion over five years.

  • Life on the open road

    23/07/2010

    New regulation gives housing association board members more freedom, says Emma Tarran, partner at Trowers & Hamlins

  • Money matters

    23/07/2010

    The submission to the comprehensive spending review from the leading bodies in the social housing sector marks the start of some tough negotiations.

  • Movers & shakers

    23/07/2010

    Anne Ward, chief executive of the Plus Dane Group, is to leave her current role after 43 years’ service to the sector. Ms Ward set up Dane Housing (Congleton) Ltd, the first housing transfer organisation in Cheshire, in March 1998.

  • MPs to scrutinise housing benefit changes

    28/07/2010

    An influential committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into changes to housing benefit.

  • Notting Hill redundancies spark anger

    23/07/2010

    Staff facing redundancy from Notting Hill have complained to the Tenant Services Authority about the way the housing association chose who would get the axe.

  • NW providers merge to create mega association

    28/07/2010

    Two north west housing groups are to amalgamate to form one of the largest associations in England, with nearly 40,000 homes across 27 local authority areas.

  • Olympic village looks to favour those in work

    23/07/2010

    Olympic developer Triathlon Homes is in talks to introduce a lettings plan that could select some tenants for the athletes’ village on the basis of whether they have a job.

  • One-star ratings for midlands councils

    29/07/2010

    Two housing services inspected by the Audit Commission have this week received ‘fair’ one-star ratings.

  • Passing on the key to success

    23/07/2010

    If the Tenant Services Authority is abolished we must ensure its successes are passed on

  • Pensioners plan naked protest

    23/07/2010

    Two pensioners plan to stage a naked protest after legal aid was refused for a group of sheltered housing residents to challenge the removal of live-in wardens.

  • Pitching in

    23/07/2010

    She was a Fleet Street editor - now she’s an organic farmer and Boris Johnson’s food guru. Here Rosie Boycott explains why she wants to get the capital’s residents growing their own and how social landlords can help

  • Place your Betts

    23/07/2010

    Labour MP Clive Betts narrowly won a cross-party vote to chair the Communities and Local Government department’s select committee, giving him power to scrutinise the government’s housing policies. In his first interview since taking the job, Lydia Stockdale finds out why MPs were willing to take a gamble on him - and why he’s supporting our housing benefit campaign.

  • Playing the end game

    23/07/2010

    In two years’ time London will host the greatest sporting event on earth. Nick Duxbury investigates whether the housing legacy the Olympic Games will leave behind is on track or yet to get out of the starting blocks

  • Reform plan sets CLG objectives

    28/07/2010

    The Communities and Local Government department has been charged with putting local authorities and communities in charge of economic growth and regeneration.

  • Rise in complaints shows people care

    23/07/2010

    There is one important point worth mentioning further to your report of the increasing number of complaints made to the housing ombudsman (Inside Housing, 16 July).

  • Shared-owner mortgage tries to boost sales

    23/07/2010

    Affinity Sutton and Santander have launched a 95 per cent loan-to-value shared-ownership mortgage.

  • Sir Bob's ideas can take us all forward

    23/07/2010

    In his latest column (Inside Housing, 9 July) Sir Bob Kerslake talks about what he saw at Harrogate this year, including a greater willingness to collaborate between house builders, housing associations and local authorities. I chaired a debate, just after the emergency Budget announcements, of the North West Housing Forum.

  • Steel answer to fire concerns

    23/07/2010

    I read with interest the story in the 25 June edition of Inside Housing about the Lakanal House fire in Camberwell.

  • Supply surge drives down house prices

    26/07/2010

    House prices fell for the first time in 15 months in July as supply increased, according to Hometrack.

  • Tenants cut loose

    23/07/2010

    Grants Shapps’ critics say his axing of the National Tenant Voice is unfair and misguided. Chloë Stothart reports.

  • Terms of reference published for TSA review

    27/07/2010

    Housing minster Grant Shapps has set out the terms of reference for the review of the ‘role and purpose’ of the Tenant Services Authority.

  • Think big

    23/07/2010

    We cannot keep building one-bedroom flats if we are to solve overcrowding

  • United in protest

    23/07/2010

    Forget the coalition government - get ready for the rainbow alliance.

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