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Inside Housing
24/07/2009

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  • A blow to well-being

    24/07/2009

    A recent procurement decision has shaken councils - and could affect social landlords as well, says Celia Cullen

  • A sense of deja vu

    24/07/2009

    Only six months ago, the fallout from the financial crisis was considered so severe that many believed it would end reckless borrowing and an unhealthy infatuation with rising property prices.

  • A tough sell

    24/07/2009

    The Council of Mortgage Lenders has produced a briefing to persuade councils not to use section 106 Town & Country Planning Act agreements to keep affordable housing as such permanently.

  • ARHAG chief's theft trial delayed over health concerns

    28/07/2009

    The theft trial of former ARHAG housing association chief executive Ronnie Moodley has been delayed again due to him being ‘unfit’ for trial.

  • ASB statistics can be made consistent

    24/07/2009

    In your ‘Ask the experts’ section (Inside Housing, 10 July), your anti-social behaviour expert, Angus Macdonald, suggests that the performance measure the questioner was collecting (the number of live ASB cases per 1,000 properties) would be unlikely to be collected by other landlords to the same criteria.

  • Aviva to launch private rented sector fund

    28/07/2009

    A consortium seeking to raise up to £1 billion to invest in private rented housing is in discussions with a number of potential housing association partners.

  • Building costs fall as demand slows

    28/07/2009

    Falling demand for construction work continued to drive down tender prices in the first quarter of 2009, new Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors data shows.

  • Call for back-up

    24/07/2009

    As the new home secretary, Alan Johnson needs to be congratulated for nailing his colours to the mast on the need for concerted action on anti-social behaviour.

  • Construction trade deserves a minister

    24/07/2009

    The recent publication of One death is too many, a report into the underlying causes of fatal construction accidents by the secretary of state for work and pensions, produced welcome recommendations.

  • Councils told to improve family support work

    29/07/2009

    Ministers have written to every local authority in England asking them to step up work to support families who risk being evicted for anti-social behaviour.

  • Derwent nets £40m RBS loan

    24/07/2009

    Housing association Derwent Living has secured an additional £40 million loan facility from the Royal Bank of Scotland to fund the development of around 750 affordable homes.

  • Fed secures funding to create 1,600 housing jobs

    30/07/2009

    The National Housing Federation has won £15 million worth of funding to help it create thousands of jobs in unemployment hotspots across the country.

  • Fire death tower block had been identified as a risk

    24/07/2009

    The design of a Southwark tower block where there was a fatal fire earlier this month was identified as being a risk nearly ten years ago.

  • Fire doors are all important

    24/07/2009

    The terrible tragedy of the fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell has once again highlighted the importance of fire doors and their role in containing the spread of fire and allowing people to escape.

  • Fury at PM’s raid on decent homes cash

    24/07/2009

    Councils have lashed out after the government withdrew funding to make their tenants’ homes decent in order to finance Gordon Brown’s £1.5 billion new homes pledge.

  • GHA transfers 322 homes to local associations

    29/07/2009

    Scottish mega-landlord Glasgow Housing Association has transferred another 322 homes to local community-based housing organisations.

  • Government issues stock transfer guide

    29/07/2009

    The government has published a rulebook to help councils comply with stock transfer laws.

  • Grants to improve planning in Wales

    30/07/2009

    The Welsh government assembly has given information on how it will use £250,000 to improve planning services.

  • Green light for four eco-towns a ‘victory for common sense’

    24/07/2009

    The Local Government Association has backed the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to just four environmentally friendly eco-towns.

  • Gypsy sites in planning gain

    24/07/2009

    A greater proportion of applications for Gypsy and Traveller sites receive planning permission than those for other types of housing developments.

  • Healey shortlists 270 schemes for £925m investment

    27/07/2009

    The government has shortlisted 270 projects across England which have applied for £925 million from its kickstart fund.

  • Healey to launch subletting crackdown

    29/07/2009

    The government is to scrutinise housing benefit records and set up fraud squads as part of an autumn crackdown on unlawful subletting.

  • Heating scheme failing the most vulnerable

    24/07/2009

    A committee of MPs has attacked the government’s Warm Front scheme for failing to help the poorest and most vulnerable residents cope with their heating bills.

  • Home sacks three after ‘vile’ emails discovered

    24/07/2009

    Home Group has sacked three members of its staff after allegations that ‘vile’ pornographic images were sent on its email system.

  • Housing chief suspended

    24/07/2009

    North Lincolnshire Homes has suspended its chief executive after a formal complaint from an employee.

  • Housing groups issue empty homes guidance

    29/07/2009

    The Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales and Shelter Cymru are to publish guidance on reducing the problem of empty properties.

  • Housing needs of HIV sufferers are being missed

    28/07/2009

    Housing organisations are missing the true health needs of HIV sufferers because they use outdated measures of the virus to assess housing need.

  • I.O.U. £18 billion

    24/07/2009

    Few will be sorry to see council housing finance overhauled under new government plans. But there’s the small matter of reallocating £18 billion of debt along the way. David Hall looks at how redistribution might work

  • IH Mini PRofile - UKHA - NHBC

    08/09/2009

  • L&Q must now give up this lost cause

    24/07/2009

    I wholeheartedly agree with the well-argued letter about L&Q (Inside Housing, 10 July).

  • Lack of homes creates north south divide

    27/07/2009

    A lack of homes for sale in southern England is boosting prices but creating a north-south divide as values continue to fall elsewhere, the latest figures from Hometrack show.

  • Land Registry records first price rise for a year

    28/07/2009

    The Land Registry’s house price index moved up in June for the first time since January 2008.

  • Landlords can dodge rent cuts if financial viability is at stake

    24/07/2009

    Housing associations will be able to avoid 2 per cent rent cuts expected next year, but only if the income loss would threaten their viability.

  • Landlords prepare for swine flu emergency

    24/07/2009

    Housing associations have drawn up emergency plans to cope with losing up to 30 per cent of their staff as a result of swine flu.

  • Language barriers ‘cause overcharging’

    24/07/2009

    Black and minority ethnic tenants are being overcharged for services by social landlords because of ‘language barriers’, a new report warns.

  • London body warns cuts will hit 80,000 homes

    27/07/2009

    The umbrella body for councils in London is requesting an urgent meeting with the housing minister to voice its concerns about cuts to the decent homes budget.

  • London homes get lion’s share of efficiency fund

    28/07/2009

    The bulk of an £84 million fund to improve the energy efficiency of social housing will be spent on homes in London.

  • Migrant privileges a cause of division

    24/07/2009

    John Pankhurst hit the nail on the head regarding misleading data on migrant privileges (Inside Housing, 17 July). Let’s get the correct data on migrant/immigrant housing.

  • Ministers warned building goals will not meet demand

    30/07/2009

    England will need even more new homes than previously thought to prevent another affordability crisis, the government’s housing advisors have warned.

  • Minority report

    24/07/2009

    Misunderstood, overcharged and receiving a second-class service. A report based on the Tenant Services Authority’s conversations with 150 black and minority ethnic tenants confirms what many suspected: BME residents do not always enjoy the same level of service from their landlord as other tenants do.

  • Mixed fortunes

    24/07/2009

    Depending on who you are, it has been a week of the good, the bad and the ugly. There’s been something for everyone to get excited - or exercised - about in the barrage of housing announcements rolling out of Whitehall.

  • Mother sues landlord over son's railing injury

    29/07/2009

    The mother of a six-year-old boy who impaled his face on spiked railings near his home is suing her housing association.

  • MPs frustrated by regional plan delays

    29/07/2009

    The government has defended delays to the south west regional spatial strategy caused by a court ruling on the east of England plan.

  • Nationwide records further house price rise

    30/07/2009

    House prices have risen for the third month in a row, according to new figures released by Nationwide.

  • Needs must

    24/07/2009

    Lara Oyedele, chair of new black and minority ethnic umbrella body BME National, wants to campaign on a number of issues.

  • New starts fall 13%

    24/07/2009

    Housing associations applied to build 7,492 homes in England between April and June, down 13 per cent on the same period last year.

  • Northern Ireland tenants forced out by 'racists'

    24/07/2009

    A family has been forced to leave their social home in east Belfast after apparently suffering racial abuse.

  • One million children in overcrowded homes

    29/07/2009

    Charity Shelter is calling for action to tackle overcrowding as figures show more than 1 million children are living in cramped conditions.

  • Ready for your close-up

    24/07/2009

    Focus on these four areas and short notice inspections will be a breeze, says Andrew Greenhill

  • Regional plan addresses Gypsy and Traveller site shortage

    27/07/2009

    Gypsies and Travellers will be provided with an 80 per cent increase in pitches in the north west under a draft review of the region’s policy.

  • Regulator to consult on governance and viability

    27/07/2009

    The Tenant Services Authority has launched two discussion papers on options for regulating governance and viability.

  • Rethinking Salford

    28/07/2009

    These images show how an ambitious scheme to ‘put the heart back’ into Salford could look if plans submitted to the city council this week are approved.

  • SHA test popup window for sponsors

    23/07/2009

  • Shake-up touches all bases

    24/07/2009

    The housing world tallied its wins and losses this week after the government unveiled plans that will affect almost every major programme.

  • State of the market

    29/07/2009

    Dark clouds or green shoots? Justin Sumner, director of new homes at property consultants GL Hearn, gives an update on the housing market.

  • Wales asks Europe for £75m homes loan

    24/07/2009

    Community Housing Cymru will ask the European Parliament for financial help to make sure housing associations can help the Welsh government reach its goal of building 6,500 affordable homes by 2011.

  • Welsh tenants back stock transfer

    27/07/2009

    Tenants in Blaenau Gwent have voted in favour of transferring their homes to housing group Tai Calon.

  • Where did it all go wrong for Novas?

    24/07/2009

    Last week the Tenant Services Authority ended its statutory inquiry into Novas Scarman Group. Clara Story looks back at the ‘collective failure’ that left the group in a deep financial hole

  • Work in progress

    24/07/2009

    Local housing companies were on the scene long before the current vogue for local authority-led building. As developers prepare to break ground on the first scheme, Simon Brandon assesses whether LHCs are shaping the mould for the next generation of council house builders.

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