Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Inside Housing

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  • Advisory committee warned against payment plan


    The government's decision to end direct payment of housing benefit among councils spearheading a major shake-up of the system was against the recommendations of its own advisory committee.Work and Pensions secretary Andrew Smith last week laid regulat

  • ALMOs outperforming councils


    The first generation of arm's-length management organisations has delivered clear improvements to local housing services, according to the first in-depth study.Evidence gathered by benchmarking organisation HouseMark shows that the 21 ALMOs in the fir

  • Building on faith


    In the first of a new series looking at the rich mix of organisations which make up the housing sector, Mario Ambrosi visits a housing association with a fascinating history

  • Curtain call


    Regrets, she's had a few. But Brenda Dean says she's thoroughly enjoyed her six years as Housing Corporation chairman. Before stepping down from the post, she spoke frankly to Daniel Martin

  • Governance hit by ‘too cosy' boards


    Effective housing association governance is often let down at board level by members being too close to each other, a leading consultant has said.As the Places for People boardroom row threatened to overshadow the National Housing Federation's annual

  • Hill to counter planning departments' ‘negativity'


    Housing minister Keith Hill is to meet council planning representitives to tackle what he believes is a negative attitude towards development.Speaking at a Social Market Foundation sponsored fringe event at the Labour conference in Bournemouth, Mr Hil

  • In the fold


    Getting new recruits into housing is only the start. Then you've got to persuade them to stay. Peter Jeffery and Lisa Burns unveil the first findings of a major new study on staff retention in the housing sector – and reveal what makes people leave

  • Money matters


    Salary rises for housing association chief executives continue to outstrip inflation. Daniel Martin and David Singleton find out who's earning what – and how they can justify their pay packets

  • Open doors


    The housing sector is stepping up efforts to sell itself as a career. So what do those looking for a new job think? Siân Gibson asked a few of those at the annual forum3 jobs and volunteering fair

  • Ready to roll


    iN business is the big idea designed to transform the way housing associations are perceived. Gemma Charles talks to two of the instigators – and canvasses an outside expert's opinion

  • Shield of protection


    Thousands of staff in the housing sector are the victims of harrassment at work, according to a new study. Doug Forbes suggests that tackling the issue could play a vital role in addressing housing's recruitment problems

  • Stark message from the Treasury over efficiency


    Housing associations will have to continue to prove their financial and business efficiency if they hope to satisfy the Treasury.Outgoing Treasury director of public services Lucy De Groot painted a stark picture for delegates at last week's National

  • Two associations selected for new homes on publicly-owned land


    The Housing Partnership has selected two housing associations to develop more than 1,600 homes as part of a long-awaited initiative to increase the supply of affordable homes on publicly-owned land.Genesis Housing Group and Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housi

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