Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Inside Housing
26/11/2010

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  • Budget cuts hit cold weather shelters

    02/12/2010

    Councils are being urged to open cold weather shelters for rough sleepers, as reports suggested some may be holding back due to financial concerns.

  • Data firm predicts 2011 house price fall

    29/11/2010

    House prices will fall 2 per cent by the end of next year as demand slumps, according data company Hometrack.

  • Government set to delay benefit cuts

    29/11/2010

    The government is expected to make a vital concession in its cuts to housing benefit this week by delaying the cuts for existing private sector claimants.

  • Tenant evicted for blocking gas work

    29/11/2010

    A tenant who refused to let a landlord in to carry out gas servicing has been evicted from his Liverpool home.

  • Welsh claim success on house building

    29/11/2010

    Wales has already reached its target of delivering 6,500 new affordable homes by March 2011, according to Welsh Assembly Government figures.

  • ... or find ways to stop it happening

    26/11/2010

    At a time of high demand for rental housing and scarcity of supply, it is not surprising that some tenants will exploit the gap between social housing and private sector rents by unlawful sub-letting.

  • £26m cut threatens new home building in Wales

    26/11/2010

    The Welsh social housing sector is trying to find ways to boost supply after it emerged social housing grant is the biggest loser in the the country’s budget.

  • £4.5bn regeneration scheme gets go ahead

    01/12/2010

    A £4.5 billion regeneration scheme expected to create around 13,000 homes has been given the green light by the government.

  • A new lease of life

    26/11/2010

    A London housing association is buying private properties and revamping them to help tackle the capital’s housing shortage. Lydia Stockdale finds out more

  • A time for giving

    26/11/2010

    Inside Housing’s Christmas appeal is raising money for the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. This week Caroline Thorpe takes a closer look at the charities we are supporting in Scotland and Northern Ireland

  • ALMO becomes housing association

    30/11/2010

    Warrington Council this week become the first local authority to convert its arm’s-length management organisation into a housing association.

  • ALMO funding may be slashed

    26/11/2010

    Arm’s-length management organisations could bear a significant burden of their parent councils’ cuts, a report has warned.

  • Broken promises

    26/11/2010

    The news that the Tenant Services Authority has reneged on its pledge to compile and police a database of tower blocks to minimise the risk of fire is depressing.

  • Carbon goals require 'quantum change'

    01/12/2010

    The construction industry needs to undergo the biggest change since the Victorian era to meet carbon cutting targets, the government’s chief construction adviser said this week.

  • Charity welcomes super strength tax rise

    01/12/2010

    Homelessness charity Thames Reach has welcomed government moves to increase the price of super-strength beers.

  • Council sells homes to fund building

    02/12/2010

    Islington Council is to pilot a shared ownership scheme designed to raise income to fund new social housing.

  • Councils to shed 140,000 jobs

    26/11/2010

    Around 140,000 local authority jobs are expected to be lost in the next year as a result of spending cuts, council leaders have warned.

  • Coventry creates £1.9bn retrofit trust

    26/11/2010

    Coventry Council has agreed an innovative deal that will see £1.9 billion invested in retrofit in a bid to become the greenest city in the UK.

  • Developers handed eco-waiver

    26/11/2010

    A third of new housing schemes funded by the government were granted waivers from national sustainability standards.

  • Don’t humiliate the unemployed

    26/11/2010

    The government initiative to tackle the long-term unemployed is based on sending them to work for an allowance to help them regain their dignity and aspiration.

  • Face time

    26/11/2010

    There is no subsitute for getting to know your contractors if you want to receive a high quality service in the long term

  • Features writer wins new journalist award

    30/11/2010

    Inside Housing deputy features editor Nick Duxbury has been recognised at the New Journalist of the Year Awards.

  • Get tenants on board

    26/11/2010

    There’s no one better to drive up social housing standards

  • Golden ideas

    26/11/2010

    Housing charity Hact celebrated turning 50 this year by launching its Golden Projects competition to encourage bridge building between housing providers and communities. Anita Pati reveals the lucky winners of the cash prizes

  • Government advisors condemn benefit cuts

    01/12/2010

    The body that advises the government on social security issues has issued a damning verdict on the planned cuts to housing benefit.

  • Government bins building standards

    25/11/2010

    The government is scrapping a new set of house building standards that would have applied to homes built with government funding or on public land.

  • HCA move ‘will improve planning’

    29/11/2010

    Plans to transfer power from the Homes and Communities Agency to Boris Johnson will allow houses to be planned more effectively, one of the mayor’s deputies has said.

  • Home swap database to be shelved

    26/11/2010

    The government has quietly shelved plans for a single national database of social tenants looking to move home.

  • House building move angers architects

    26/11/2010

    Plans to scrap new space standards for public housing have been criticised by one of the sector’s leading bodies.

  • Housing benefit cuts 'will save 160,000 jobs'

    30/11/2010

    Cuts in housing benefit have saved 160,000 public sector jobs, the chancellor claimed yesterday.

  • Housing services to tackle health problems

    01/12/2010

    A plan to involve housing services in tackling the causes of premature death and illness and reduce health inequalities was unveiled yesterday by health secretary Andrew Lansley.

  • IH reporter honoured at journalism awards

    26/11/2010

    Inside Housing senior reporter Isabel Hardman has picked up two prizes at the annual International Building Press National Journalism Awards.

  • It was bad news for SP funding too

    26/11/2010

    Your spending review coverage gave an excellent summary of the implications for housing.

  • L&Q unveils plans for former dog track

    01/12/2010

    London and Quadrant has unveiled plans to build 300 homes on the site of an iconic former dog track in east London.

  • London mayor to gain HCA powers

    02/12/2010

    Eric Pickles has confirmed plans to devolve housing investment powers from the London Homes and Communities Agency to City Hall will be included in the coming Localism Bill.

  • Lord Best: ‘councils to lead planning overhaul

    26/11/2010

    Councils should take the lead in reforming the planning system to tackle the shortage of new homes, according to a flagship report by the National Commission on Council House Building.

  • Lovell wins £30m Southampton deal

    02/12/2010

    Lovell has won a £30 million contract to regenerate three council estates in Southampton.

  • Minister promises to protect existing tenants

    29/11/2010

    Decentralisation minister Greg Clark has denied the government has plans to allow social landlords to change the rights of existing tenants.

  • Minister urged to address housing need

    02/12/2010

    Two housing bodies have written to Grant Shapps demanding that housing need is adequately addressed in the forthcoming Localism Bill.

  • Movers & shakers

    26/11/2010

    Rebekka Clarke has joined Broxtowe Council as lettings manager. She worked previously as senior housing options officer at Charnwood Borough Council.

  • Net yourself some savings

    26/11/2010

    Social landlords are turning to the internet to drive down the multi-billion pound cost of maintaining their homes. Michael Willoughby finds out why providers should log on.

  • Nimby views harden despite housing need

    01/12/2010

    People recognise the need for new properties but few want them built near their own homes, a survey has found.

  • November house prices fall 0.3 per cent

    02/12/2010

    House prices fell 0.3 per cent in November, taking them back to within half a per cent of prices a year ago, according to Nationwide.

  • On the mend

    26/11/2010

    The collapse of social housing contractors Connaught and Rok has left many landlords’ maintenance contracts in disarray. Here Lydia Stockdale speaks to three housing associations to find out how they are coping and what lessons they have learned.

  • Out with the old

    26/11/2010

    The Scottish Housing Bill marks the dawn of a new era for social landlords north of the border, says Jackie McGuire

  • Peer claimed £40k despite abuse claims

    26/11/2010

    A Labour peer who was exposed for falsely claiming expenses for a housing association property in London has continued to receive allowances.

  • Pickles dismisses Traveller site goal

    30/11/2010

    The communities secretary has said the Labour government’s goal of addressing the lack of sites for Gypsies and Travellers was ‘unrealistic’.

  • Probe exposes rifts over RSS court case

    26/11/2010

    Civil servants and ministerial special advisers clashed over the handling of the scrapping of regional housing targets, a review ordered by ministers has revealed.

  • Problem callers

    26/11/2010

    When Housing Solutions Group discovered that just 2.5 per cent of tenants accounted for 11 per cent of its repairs expenditure, the 4,200-home landlord decided to call time on the serial offenders. Here John Barnes explains how the group changed tenants’ behaviour and saved £87,000 in the process

  • Public sector homes rise by 12 per cent

    26/11/2010

    Registrations for new public sector homes in August to October were up 12 per cent on the figure for the same period last year, according to the National House Building Council.

  • Quarter of Kickstart schemes rated ‘poor’

    30/11/2010

    More than a quarter of schemes funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s latest Kickstart scheme have been rated ‘poor’.

  • Reform casts a long shadow

    26/11/2010

    ‘I know this is not going to be easy,’ says housing minister Grant Shapps in the foreword to the consultation document published this week, which effectively sweeps away decades of social housing policy in England. He is not wrong.

  • Residents flee blaze at Southwark high rise

    30/11/2010

    Sixty people were evacuated after a fire started at a tower block near the south London high rise where six people died in a blaze last year.

  • Revised benefit plans issued to Parliament

    30/11/2010

    Private sector landlords will be able to receive housing benefit payments directly in return for reducing their rent under regulations announced today.

  • Scottish bill is great news for homeless

    26/11/2010

    The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Bill on 3 November was a fantastic result for homeless people and those facing homelessness across Scotland.

  • Sunny side up

    26/11/2010

    A landlord is using an indoor roof to show contractors how to fit energy-saving technology. Martin Hilditch donned his size 12 work boots and clambered aboard.

  • Tenants approve 1,184 home transfer

    30/11/2010

    A total of 1,184 homes have transferred from a local authority to Riverside Group.

  • The 10 per centers

    26/11/2010

    Cuts to the decent homes programme mean dozens of arm’s-length management organisations must fund the remaining 10 per cent of their refurbishment work themselves. Martin Hilditch asks where the money will come from and if the writing is on the wall for ALMOs.

  • The great divide

    26/11/2010

    The government’s housing policy will lead to a bigger wedge being driven between rich and poor, says Jon Cruddas

  • The green dream

    01/12/2010

    The government has heralded its Green Deal for home energy efficiency in a manner that stops just short of a 21-gun salute and a parade of acrobats.

  • The Pinnock ripple effect

    26/11/2010

    Why the Pinnock case could undermine the use of starter tenancies. Jane Plant, associate solicitor, and Helen Tucker, partner, at Anthony Collins explain

  • The way I see it

    26/11/2010

    Landlords must increase energy efficiency now, before their tenants are left counting the costs, says Nick Sutton, a project manager at Trent & Dove Housing

  • Third of associations to freeze wages

    02/12/2010

    More than a third of housing associations are planning to freeze staff pay next year, according to a survey by consultancy EMA.

  • Time to tighten the belt

    26/11/2010

    VAT is set to rise to 20 per cent on 1 January, adding more than £100 million to housing associations’ maintenance bills overnight. Neil Merrick investigates how landlords can reduce the impact

  • Troubled ALMO appoints new chair

    26/11/2010

    An arm’s-length management organisation whose entire board was sacked over a governance row has appointed a new chair.

  • UKBA under pressure to reinstate Glasgow contract

    26/11/2010

    Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has told the home secretary to reopen negotiations with Glasgow Council over an £11 million contract to house asylum seekers.

  • Waiting lists confirm need for reform

    01/12/2010

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has highlighted social housing waiting list figures as evidence the sector is in need of reform.

  • Watchdog to examine Connaught audit

    30/11/2010

    A watchdog has launched an investigation into Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s auditing of Connaught’s accounts before its demise.

  • We must recover unlawful sub-lets...

    26/11/2010

    Research undertaken by Cambridge University and the National Housing Federation strongly suggests that the caps to housing benefit announced in the June Budget will mean up to 200,000 families will be forced to move from their current tenancies in London to lower rent areas. This would be an evacuation to rival that seen in 1940.