Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Inside Housing
26/03/2010

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  • Appeal court considers if foster children can succeed to tenancies

    26/03/2010

    Foster children could win the right to take over their foster parents’ tenancies, if a case in the Court of Appeal is successful.

  • Associations’ debt capacity drops £900m

    26/03/2010

    Housing associations have enough spare cash to borrow up to £2.7 billion, according to a new study by the Tenant Services Authority.

  • Balcony collapses at Southampton block

    30/03/2010

    One hundred people had to be evacuated from council-owned flats in Southampton on Sunday after a balcony collapsed.

  • Be careful what you say - and where

    26/03/2010

    The article on Facebook and recruitment practice, OMG! Riga was just sooo much fun!, (Inside Housing, 12 March) was interesting. But these scenarios are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Board members chosen for NTV

    31/03/2010

    The 15-member board of the National Tenant Voice has been chosen and met for the first time this week.

  • Brown issues community pledge

    30/03/2010

    The prime minister has promised to strengthen fairness in communities and help first-time buyers in a series of election pledges.

  • Care service to give free home support

    30/03/2010

    Long-term social care will be free for all those who need it, the government has announced.

  • CLG defends staff turnover rate

    31/03/2010

    The Communities and Local Government department has defended that rate at which it moves on staff, in response to criticism from MPs.

  • Climate change fears must inform planning

    29/03/2010

    The government must make adaptation to climate change central to the planning system to ensure new homes can cope with increased risk of flooding, an influential group of MPs has said.

  • Co-housing may bring HAPPI-ness

    26/03/2010

    Glyn Thomas’s letter draws attention to the helpful contribution of the HAPPI report not only to the design of housing for older people but, perhaps more importantly, the potential for self-management and mutual support (Inside Housing, 19 February).

  • College matters

    26/03/2010

    The decision by the Learning and Skills Council to withdraw funding for housing courses that currently run in more than 30 further education colleges across England is deeply worrying.

  • Commission to study council building

    29/03/2010

    The government has set up an eleven-member commission of affordable housing experts to find ways to build more council housing.

  • Councils to be forced to answer petitions

    30/03/2010

    Councils will be forced to respond to petitions from residents under legal steps taken today.

  • Councils voice fears over HRA debt plans

    26/03/2010

    Councils have welcomed plans to dismantle the housing revenue account subsidy system but voiced concerns over the levels of debt they will be hit with.

  • Durham pilot to lead cost-cutting drive

    30/03/2010

    Housing provision in Durham is facing ‘rationalisation’ following a review that will inform government efforts to save £11 billion.

  • Election panel: Budget falls short

    31/03/2010

    There was not enough support for affordable housing in the Budget, according to our panel of readers.

  • Eyes to the right

    26/03/2010

    Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has strong views on housing and he doesn’t care who they upset, as Caroline Thorpe finds out.

  • Hackney plan agreement

    26/03/2010

    A £1 billion regeneration scheme in Hackney has taken a step forward after the council signed a principal development agreement with PCHA and Berkeley Homes.

  • HCA design rules will cost £10k per home

    31/03/2010

    Minimum design standards laid down by the Homes and Communities Agency could cost developers nearly £10,000 per new house.

  • House price growth returns in March

    30/03/2010

    House price growth returned in March following the dip in February, according to Nationwide’s house price index.

  • House Proud is just the beginning

    26/03/2010

    I am encouraged by the growing number of examples of good sustainable practice over recent years. Some organisations have been doing their bit to improve the energy efficiency of their stock and become more sustainable for a number of years. They are, though, a quiet few. What is disappointing is that we still have so far to go.

  • Housing courses face the axe

    26/03/2010

    The Chartered Institute of Housing is rewriting its key housing qualifications in a bid to avert a funding crisis that could see potential housing professionals turn away from a career in the sector.

  • Housing receives £2bn Budget blow

    26/03/2010

    Housing emerged as the biggest loser in chancellor Alistair Darling’s Budget on Wednesday.

  • Income from shared ownership sales to plummet

    26/03/2010

    Housing associations’ income from first tranche shared ownership sales is forecast to plunge by almost half compared with last year’s estimate, a report from the sector’s regulator reveals.

  • Inner strength

    26/03/2010

    Resident-led regulation could improve social housing but tenants need the right support

  • Into the unknown

    26/03/2010

    Whatever the next six months bring, housing must rise to the challenge if it is to contribute to survive the cuts on the horizon, says Sir Bob Kerslake

  • Lancashire councils secure £84m

    29/03/2010

    Councils in Pennine Lancashire have agreed an £84 million investment package to improve housing and boost the area’s economy.

  • Land Registry confirms house price drop

    26/03/2010

    The Land Registry has reported house prices fell in February, following five consecutive monthly increases.

  • Learning at arm’s-length

    26/03/2010

    Can the remit of ALMOs be extended to projects such as building schools? Paul Butterworth, head of social housing at TLT, explains.

  • LHA reform aims to reduce benefit bill

    26/03/2010

    The government has said it will slash the housing benefit bill by £250 million a year by changing the way local housing allowance is calculated.

  • Life in limbo

    26/03/2010

    Their lives are fraught with anxiety and their destiny is in someone else’s hands. Emily Twinch finds out what life is like for asylum seekers living in Glasgow’s notorious Red Road flats.

  • Longlife could be cut short

    26/03/2010

    A housing co-operative could be forced to close after years of in-fighting on its management committee.

  • Metropolitan targets £70m deal

    26/03/2010

    Metropolitan Home Ownership is in talks with private equity firms prepared to invest a total of around £70 million in shared equity and shared ownership schemes.

  • More than lip service

    26/03/2010

    From 1 April landlords must put their words into action and place tenants at the heart of the Tenant Services Authority’s new self-regulatory regime. Here Abigail Davies, advises how to get it right

  • MPs back direct benefit payments

    30/03/2010

    Paying the local housing allowance direct to tenants should remain the default option, an influential committee of MPs has said.

  • Northern Irish trio in £72m club bond

    26/03/2010

    A group of three housing associations have become the first social landlords in Northern Ireland to access funding from the bond market in a £72 million deal.

  • Planned private sector homes up 114%

    26/03/2010

    Housing associations and councils applied to start building 7,563 new homes in the three months to January, up 9 per cent on the same period in 2009.

  • Planners: don’t withold grants

    26/03/2010

    Planners have hit out at government proposals to withhold grants from councils that do not have a satisfactory five-year land supply document.

  • Regulator increases tenant participation

    29/03/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority has said its new tenant-centred regime is encouraging landlords to set up better dialogues with tenants.

  • Sacked housing boss ‘not a Nazi’

    29/03/2010

    Gareth Mead, the council housing boss sacked after revelations about his private life, is neither a racist nor a Nazi, a close friend has claimed.

  • Speaking out

    30/03/2010

    Tenants of midlands-based Accord Housing Association explain what they would like from the next government.

  • Subletting to become a criminal offence

    29/03/2010

    Unlawfully subletting a council home will become a criminal offence under government plans.

  • Tenant protection bill clears Lords

    31/03/2010

    Legislation that would give tenants of private landlords greater protection if their home is repossessed has successfully passed through the House of Lords.

  • The art of radical thinking

    26/03/2010

    There is still hope in these dark times — we just need to redraw the boundaries

  • The interview lottery

    29/03/2010

    Blair McPherson examines how job interviews can be improved, and offers the chance to win copies of his new book.

  • Think twice

    26/03/2010

    Landlords should beware of seeking possession against tenants with disabilities, says Sian Evans

  • Welsh council scraps development plan

    06/04/2010

    Cardiff council has scrapped its framework for development after the Welsh Assembly Government raised concerns about its reliance on brownfield land. 

  • Welsh plan new approach to regulation

    31/03/2010

    The Welsh Assembly Government has started the second phase of consultation on changing the regulatory framework for housing in the country.

  • What a legacy, Darling

    26/03/2010

    The biggest cheer of Budget day may have been for Belize and a jibe about Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, but the housing sector is more concerned about measures the Chancellor announced a bit closer to home.

  • You can’t compare apples with pears

    26/03/2010

    Neil McCall makes some valid points about measuring tenant satisfaction (Inside Housing, 5 March).

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