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Inside Housing
25/09/2009

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  • A place in the sun

    25/09/2009

    Bumper bonuses and pay packets pushing £400,000 suggest that when it comes to their wage slips, many housing association chief executives are oblivious to recession’s chill. Philippa Ward reveals the results of Inside Housing’s exclusive chief executive salary survey.

  • Abandoned homes get £90m makeover

    29/09/2009

    Hundreds of properties which have stood abandoned since the 1970s will get a multi-million pound refurbishment.

  • Are they worth it?

    25/09/2009

    With the honeyed tones of Beyoncé, Eva and friends constantly chirruping that we’re ‘worth it’, it’s easy to take their catchphrase as read. But when it comes to the six-figure pay packets of housing association chiefs, we thought it would be ‘worth’ putting the question again - to their tenants. Here’s what they had to say

  • Auditors find ALMO 'open to fraud'

    28/09/2009

    An arm’s-length management organisation has come under fire after accountants found a number of weaknesses left it open to fraud.

  • Brown targets anti-social behaviour as election looms

    30/09/2009

    Gordon Brown has pledged put the UK’s 50,000 ‘most chaotic families’ into family intervention projects as part of a new anti-social behaviour crackdown.

  • Brown would plough £62m into family intervention projects

    29/09/2009

    The prime minister is set to announce extra funding to extend family intervention projects across the UK.

  • Cash-strapped ALMO sacks finance chief over £630,000 deficit

    25/09/2009

    An arm’s-length management organisation reeling from government funding cuts has sacked its finance manager after uncovering a massive overspend.

  • Celebrations on ice

    25/09/2009

    Employers could benefit from a rise in the minimum age their staff can take their pension

  • Changing legal aid for the better

    25/09/2009

    Phil Jew paints a misleading picture of legal aid (Inside Housing, 28 August, 15).

  • Chief executive pay rockets 32 per cent since 2005

    25/09/2009

    Housing association chief executives’ pay has soared by 32 per cent over the last five years, while remuneration for frontline staff has increased just 11 per cent.

  • Could be worse?

    25/09/2009

    Reasons to be cheerful: part one. It’s AGM season for housing associations; finance directors have finished mopping their fevered brows and board members are heaving collective sighs of relief. ‘Thank goodness,’ they exclaim, ‘we made it through 2008/09.’ Truly it was an annus horribilis, but with just a few million pounds written off here and there to impairment, it could have been a lot worse.

  • Council considers eviction for family in suicide case

    01/10/2009

    Police and a local authority are considering calls to evict a family whose son was accused of helping to drive a mother to suicide.

  • Councils set to sue bid-riggers

    25/09/2009

    Social housing providers are considering legal action against construction firms guilty of colluding over building contracts.

  • Empty homes cost Scottish councils £17m

    01/10/2009

    Councils in Scotland expect to lose around £17 million this year because of empty homes.

  • Especially for you

    25/09/2009

    With cuts in government grant all but inevitable, housing associations need to overhaul their marketing strategies to increase shared ownership sales. Creating the right package for your target market is key, says David Taylor

  • Experts cautious despite price rise

    28/09/2009

    Housing information agency Hometrack has reported a 0.2 per cent price rise for September, but questioned the strength of the market.

  • Fed warns allocations system has stopped working

    28/09/2009

    The housing allocations system is not working and should be reformed, the National Housing Federation has said.

  • Fire brigade defends actions against Southwark

    01/10/2009

    The London Fire Brigade has launched a robust defence of its actions after Southwark Council criticised the way it issued fire enforcement notices on three tower blocks.

  • Fire safety notices served on ALMO

    25/09/2009

    Southwark Council was not the only landlord served with fire safety enforcement notices in the month following the fatal Lakanal House tower block fire, Inside Housing has learned.

  • Free care for older people

    29/09/2009

    Gordon Brown has promised that pensioners with severe conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia would be given free personal care in their homes.

  • From Bollywood to Brum

    25/09/2009

    Social landlords have been stretching the boundaries of their remit for years, but when Mumbai-based filmmaker Avantika Hari contacted Birmingham landlord Ashram Housing Association in 2007 about collaborating on a movie, the sector went a step further and dipped its toe into Bollywood.

  • Further £180 million for councils to build

    29/09/2009

    The housing minister has launched the second round of the government’s council housing building programme.

  • Give us your support

    25/09/2009

    Safe as houses is an idiom with which we are all familiar - and for most social housing professionals and their residents it rings true.

  • Golden goodbyes for departing English Partnerships bosses

    25/09/2009

    Bosses that presided over the nose-diving finances of cash-strapped quango English Partnerships walked away with hefty redundancy payments when the agency closed its doors.

  • HCA to fund half of new homes

    25/09/2009

    The government’s regeneration agency expects to part-fund more than half of all the homes to be built in England this year, its first-ever corporate plan reveals.

  • Healey slams Tory councils

    29/09/2009

    Housing minister John Healey has accused the Conservatives of harbouring secret plans to triple social rents and scrap security of tenure.

  • Healey: housing must fight for investment

    28/09/2009

    Housing minister John Healey this morning rejected claims that public spending would plummet after 2011, but warned that social housing would have to argue harder for its share.

  • Hillingdon plans to absorb ALMO

    28/09/2009

    Cabinet members of Hillingdon council agreed to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation last week.

  • Homeless centre feeding unemployed

    25/09/2009

    A homeless shelter has been forced to give out food parcels to people made unemployed by the recession, because their benefits are taking so long to arrive.

  • Housing 21 close to completing takeover

    29/09/2009

    A housing association has cleared the final hurdle in its bid to take over a care company.

  • Housing benefit plans to emerge before election

    01/10/2009

    The government has pledged to reveal its long-delayed plans on the reform of the housing benefit system before the general election.

  • How do you negotiate the emotional and legal minefield of redundancies?

    25/09/2009

    Have a clear project plan and timetable. Plan your communication strategy meticulously: who should be told and when; what should they be told; where and how should the messages be conveyed? Explain repeatedly the reasons for change and what will be better as a result.

  • How low can you go?

    25/09/2009

    The delivery of sustainable homes is a key priority for the UK and last week, Gentoo launched its latest research entitled Codeword.

  • 'I thought it was a real barnstormer'

    30/09/2009

    Conference goers give their views on how housing fared in Gordon Brown’s speech to Labour

  • IH Mini Profile - SHA Breyer

    24/09/2009

  • Kept in the dark

    25/09/2009

    The past month has seen house builders continuing to air their recession woes in public: a £140 million loss for Redrow; a whopping £682 million six-month loss for Taylor Wimpey; and this week a £680 million annual loss for Barratt.

  • Laird granted leave to appeal court costs

    28/09/2009

    A former Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive who won a case brought by former employer Cheltenham Council has been granted leave to appeal against her legal costs.

  • Landlords and TSA face off over rules overhaul

    25/09/2009

    Tenant Services Authority chief executive Peter Marsh is heading for a showdown with landlords over fears that the new regulator will not have a ‘light touch.’

  • Leeds landlords face fines for inaction

    01/10/2009

    Private landlords in an area of Leeds will have to take action against anti-social tenants or face fines of up to £5,000 from tomorrow.

  • Million home backlog expected by 2010

    29/09/2009

    Housing production has hit an 80 year low and could take seven years to recover.

  • Movers and Shakers

    25/09/2009

    Accent Foundation, part of the Accent Group, has appointed Claire Stone as managing director.

  • MPs unaware of new build eco-targets

    25/09/2009

    Most MPs do not know that all new homes are supposed to be zero carbon by 2016, new research has found.

  • National care service to aid rough sleepers

    30/09/2009

    Rough sleepers and the homeless will benefit from a new national care service outlined by the prime minister yesterday.

  • No ‘own goal’ for Audit Commission

    25/09/2009

    In his intriguing but misdirected editorial column Double whammy (Inside Housing, 11 September), Stuart Macdonald wrongly accuses the Audit Commission of scoring an ‘own goal’ by publishing its report on the strategic housing role of local authorities Building better lives on the same day that the government announced the council house building programme.

  • Planning panel dismisses eco-town plans

    30/09/2009

    The proposed location of an eco-town near Stratford upon Avon would make it unsustainable, according to planning inspectors.

  • Public sector house building down 13 per cent

    23/10/2009

    Applications to build homes from public sector bodies have fallen 13 per cent in the last year.

  • Radio pirate banned from London roof tops

    30/09/2009

    A pirate radio operator who installed illegal equipment on a Camden council tower block has been banned from every roof top in London.

  • Raising the bar

    25/09/2009

    Earlier this month the second phase of our National Conversation came to an end.

  • Recruitment agencies fined for price fixing in construction

    01/10/2009

    The Office of Fair Trading has fined six recruitment agencies a total of £39.27 million for boycotting another company supplying candidates for the construction industry.

  • Renewal quango records £492m loss

    25/09/2009

    The financial crisis wreaked havoc on the government’s regeneration quango, forcing it to write down an astonishing £320 million loss of value on its land holdings, Inside Housing can reveal.

  • Rooftop chair defends chief executive's pay

    01/10/2009

    The outgoing chair of Rooftop Housing Association has mounted a passionate defence of the 7.7 per cent salary increase awarded to its chief executive in 2008/09.

  • Rural housing champion dies

    30/09/2009

    The chief executive of the Rural Housing Trust who campaigned tirelessly for the housing needs of people in villages has died aged 65.

  • Sales pitch

    25/09/2009

    Landlords will be able to dispose of land without always seeking the consent of the TSA, says Ben Halsey

  • Scots introduce rent deposit scheme

    30/09/2009

    Scotland is to introduce a rent deposit scheme to ensure the amount handed back to tenants is fair.

  • Scottish regulator outlines achievements

    01/10/2009

    The Scottish Housing Regulator conducted 163 regulatory assessments and published 20 reports in its first year.

  • Shapps 'troubled' by TSA

    25/09/2009

    The Conservative shadow housing minister has said he is ‘troubled’ by the housing sector’s regulator.

  • Social housing starts fall as private rises

    25/09/2009

    Housing associations and councils applied to start building 8,883 new homes in the three months to September, down 16 per cent on the same period in 2008.

  • Teather: use empty estates for temporary housing

    25/09/2009

    The Liberal Democrat shadow housing minister this week used a much-anticipated speech to condemn the ‘criminal waste’ of empty council housing.

  • They thought they were safe

    25/09/2009

    These people died in the place they should have been most secure - their own homes. In a bid to stop similar preventable deaths from gas or fire, Inside Housing this week launches its Safe as Houses campaign - and we need your support. Martin Hilditch and Emily Twinch report

  • Time to rethink repairs services

    25/09/2009

    Some years ago I wrote an article, ‘Rethinking your repairs service’, on the virtues of implementing partnering within repairs and maintenance services.

  • TSA considers publishing landlords' financial performance

    28/09/2009

    Housing’s watchdog could publish more financial information about landlords, a senior official has said.

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