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Inside Housing
27/03/2009

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  • ‘We were young and radical’

    27/03/2009

    Two decades ago, 67 staff sharing two computers embarked on the first ever stock transfer from Chiltern Council to a newly formed housing association. Today a handful of the original team still work for the same landlord. Emily Twinch meets some of them to reminisce.

  • £22 million fund set to tackle voids in London

    27/03/2009

    The government is set to approve £22 million worth of funding to tackle empty homes in London.

  • 1,000 clients join fight for wardens

    27/03/2009

    The solicitor poised to take social landlords to court over their decision to remove resident wardens from sheltered housing has gathered more than 1,000 clients across the country.

  • A chance to detox

    27/03/2009

    The downturn means the building industry can make a fresh start

  • A persistent problem

    27/03/2009

    Delving into Inside Housing’s archives, Simon Brandon discovers that with 700,000 voids in England in 1984, the problem of empty homes is nothing new

  • Abuse stats are shameful

    27/03/2009

    Social landlords should be ashamed of the publication of figures this week which show that almost 1,200 of their staff were assaulted in the last three years.

  • Accept the limits of Supporting People

    27/03/2009

    Hurrah for Imogen Parry (Inside Housing, 13 March).

  • Attacks on housing workers go unreported

    27/03/2009

    The number of attacks on housing workers is likely to be greater than the one a day that is recorded.

  • Bellway reports £48.6m loss as land values plummet

    31/03/2009

    House builder Bellway made a pre-tax loss of £48.6 million in the six months up to the end of January.

  • Builders lobby to cut out the middle man

    27/03/2009

    Scottish house builders are lobbying to get their hands on housing association grant for the first time.

  • Builders turn to public sector as private work vanishes

    01/04/2009

    House builders are increasingly relying on the public sector for work as private development stagnates.

  • Cash flow solution

    27/03/2009

    A new bill aims to simplify payments and improve access to adjudication

  • Cause to celebrate

    27/03/2009

    Inside Housing’s founding editor, Bill Randall, reflects on the magazine’s early scoops and campaigns

  • Cautious welcome for mortgage approval jump

    31/03/2009

    Lenders have responded cautiously to Bank of England figures showing a rise in mortgage approvals.

  • Changes for the better at Island

    27/03/2009

    Following the creation of One Housing Group, Island Homes was found to be comprehensively mismanaged.

  • Council criticised in homelessness case

    01/04/2009

    A council has been criticised by the local government ombudsman for mishandling the housing claim of a woman who had fled domestic violence.

  • Councils left with rents U-turn tab

    27/03/2009

    Councils will have to pick up the full cost of implementing a last minute change of policy from the government over the size of their rent increases.

  • Cumberland heads care and support

    27/03/2009

    First Wessex Housing Group has appointed Louise Cumberland as head of care and support.

  • Deprived Manchester communities singled out for help

    30/03/2009

    Local authorities in Manchester should target policies to help deprived communities where poorer people are trapped, a study has found.

  • Empty homes are an opportunity

    27/03/2009

    Inside Housing’s Empty Promise campaign highlights an important issue for all concerned with social housing.

  • Equity stake model delayed

    27/03/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has held back from taking an equity stake in a flagship housing scheme, saying there is ‘work to do’ before it can move away from grant-based funding.

  • Fed calls for £3bn efficiency scheme

    31/03/2009

    The chief executive of the National Housing Federation has written to the chancellor calling for £3 billion to improve the energy efficiency of social housing.

  • Financial move

    27/03/2009

    Kent Taylor has joined LHA-ASRA as group finance director.

  • From Hyde to Central

    27/03/2009

    Adrian Handley has joined Central Borders Housing Group as sales and marketing officer.

  • Funeral service for Betty Stevenson

    02/04/2009

    The funeral of a long-standing housing association chair, Betty Stevenson MBE, will be held today.

  • G20 protesters to fight for housing

    31/03/2009

    Housing issues will be at the heart of one of the anti-capitalist protests converging on the City of London tomorrow ahead of the G20 summit.

  • Gallery: side by side

    31/03/2009

    Mark Cowper’s photographs of flats in the Ethelburga Tower, Battersea, show the different lives lived by residents

  • GHA transfers first homes to local groups

    31/03/2009

    Legal agreements were signed on Monday for the transfer of Glasgow Housing Association homes to the first four community organisations.

  • Green alliance calls for retrofit scheme

    01/04/2009

    Housing and energy efficiency bodies have called on the government to instigate a ‘green retrofit’ programme for existing homes in the UK.

  • Guide outlines economic vision for eco-towns

    30/03/2009

    The Town and Country Planning Association has set out its vision of how businesses should operate in eco-towns.

  • Hall of fame

    27/03/2009

    To celebrate Inside Housing’s silver jubilee, we asked a panel of experts to put the 25 people who have influenced the sector most over the last quarter of a century in the frame

  • Happy birthday to us

    27/03/2009

    ‘This is the first edition of a new weekly publication for the men and women who work in housing - we hope you like it.’

  • HCA shifts staff to frontline roles

    02/04/2009

    The Homes and Communities Agency has revealed plans to move 100 staff out of corporate roles and into frontline posts on its regional delivery teams.

  • Health checks

    27/03/2009

    Employees on long-term sick leave are entitled to holiday pay, explains Stuart Jones of Weightmans

  • House building leaders call for industry overhaul

    01/04/2009

    Representatives of the house building industry have called for a radical overhaul of the way developments are planned and funded.

  • House price decline slows as buyer interest picks up

    30/03/2009

    The rate at which house prices are falling has reached its lowest level for 10 months, according to market intelligence company Hometrack.

  • House prices up 0.9 per cent in March

    02/04/2009

    House prices took a surprise move upwards in March, according to the Nationwide’s house price index.

  • Housing à la mode

    27/03/2009

    Black Country Housing Group has appointed Robert Adnitt as business enterprise manager.

  • Housing strategy opens door to private investment

    02/04/2009

    Housing leaders in the north west have unveiled a strategy for taking forward the sector in the current economic climate.

  • Housing-linked infrastructure gets £170m boost

    27/03/2009

    The government is putting £170 million into 29 transport projects to help get 40,000 new homes off the ground over the next 10 years.

  • 'It's easy to forget what we have accomplished'

    27/03/2009

    According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new report, The impacts of housing stock transfer in urban Britain, urban stock transfers have been a success (Inside Housing, 6 March).

  • Judges unveil Housing Heroes shortlist

    27/03/2009

    The judges of awards set up to recognise the unsung achievements of housing professionals have shortlisted more than 80 organisations and individuals.

  • Land Registry records 2 per cent house price fall

    27/03/2009

    House prices across England and Wales fell for the 18th month in a row during February according to government figures.

  • Landlords hitch a lift

    27/03/2009

    Tenants have had their ride in the TSA’s national conversation camper van. Now it’s the turn of landlords to get on board. Beena Nadeem finds out what they’ve got to say.

  • London council fined for failing deaf man

    31/03/2009

    A London council has been fined for repeatedly failing a profoundly deaf man who was making a homeless application.

  • Loving the City life

    27/03/2009

    Eddie Stevens, housing and technical services director at the City of London Corporation, describes his day

  • Mass HRA reform under question

    27/03/2009

    Recession makes it ‘unlikely’ the government will allow for all councils to leave subsidy system

  • McNeil joins South Northants

    27/03/2009

    Gary McNeil has joined South Northants Homes as responsive repairs manager.

  • Mental health problems threaten rough sleeping goal

    02/04/2009

    The government will fail to meet its target to eradicate rough sleeping by 2012 if it does not address mental health issues, charities have warned.

  • Minister doubts GHA expansion

    27/03/2009

    The Scottish Government has called into question the ability of Glasgow Housing Association to expand its business outside the city.

  • Minister prioritises building in face of £200m shortfall

    30/03/2009

    Northern Ireland’s social development minister has pledged to concentrate on house building in the face of a £200 million housing budget shortfall over the next two years.

  • MPs to investigate Supporting People

    01/04/2009

    A cross-party group of MPs has launched an inquiry into the government’s £1.66 billion annual Supporting People programme because of major concerns that services for vulnerable people face closure.

  • New care boss at Central & Cecil

    27/03/2009

    Central & Cecil has appointed Sharon Hardy as director of care.

  • New chair and chief executive for Shelter

    27/03/2009

    Housing charity Shelter has appointed an interim chief executive and chair, following the announcement of the departure of Adam Sampson.

  • Olympic boroughs slam transport cut

    02/04/2009

    London’s Thames Gateway boroughs have slammed mayor Boris Johnson for scrapping a key Olympic transport scheme, saying he will undermine their plans for new housing.

  • Providers go it alone in drive for more elderly support

    31/03/2009

    Two of the biggest providers of housing to older people are to leave the National Housing Federation to lobby the government directly.

  • Rate of construction decline slows

    02/04/2009

    The construction sector continues to be battered by the recession although the rate of decline is slowing, according to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

  • Regulator to study breakdown of GHA repairs deal

    02/04/2009

    The Scottish Housing Regulator is to examine the way Glasgow Housing Association handled repairs arrangements for the south of the city, after contractor Connaught pulled out.

  • Rental market 'may be at bottom of cycle'

    31/03/2009

    The UK’s private rental market could be reaching the end of its period of decline after a study showed rents are falling at a much slower rate.

  • Report urges builders to go green

    31/03/2009

    House builders can have a positive environmental impact and ‘create habitats in which wild species thrive’, according to a new report.

  • Repossession help urged for private tenants

    27/03/2009

    Housing groups have launched a campaign calling for more protection for tenants if their landlord is repossessed.

  • Residents lose battle against demolition

    01/04/2009

    Residents fighting a compulsory purchase of their area as part of a major regeneration project in Liverpool have lost a last-ditch High Court challenge to save their homes from demolition.

  • Sir Bob takes to the skies in HCA-copter

    01/04/2009

    Senior staff at the Homes and Communities Agency are to travel the country via a fully-branded helicopter, after being bowled over by the impact of the housing regulator’s pink camper van.

  • Squatters told: use FOI rules to reveal empties

    27/03/2009

    Squatters are being advised to use freedom of information requests to obtain lists of empty property addresses from councils.

  • Tenants accept rent rises for home improvements

    01/04/2009

    Tenants could be open to paying extra rent to fund energy efficiency improvements to their homes, junior housing minister Iain Wright has said.

  • Tenants fear 'stigma' of involvement

    31/03/2009

    Many tenants are worried they will be labelled ‘busybodies’ if they get involved in housing management, a Tenant Services Authority report has found.

  • Those were the days

    27/03/2009

    From the Thatcher years to John Prescott’s communities plan, ALMOs to ASBOs, and homes for votes to decent homes. Since it was first published in 1984, Inside Housing has covered all the issues that have gripped the housing world, taking in five redesigns and seven editors along the way. Katie Puckett charts an incredible 25 years.

  • Three enter Thames Gateway

    27/03/2009

    The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation has appointed three new board members; Sylvie Pierce, who is chief executive of Building Better Health, Sheila Drew-Smith, previously chair of Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust and Mick McCarthy of Barking & Dagenham Council.

  • Treasury takes charge of Dunfermline's social housing arm

    30/03/2009

    The Treasury is in talks with the Scottish Government about the future of Dunfermline’s social housing business, following the collapse of Scotland’s largest building society.

  • Two heads better than one

    27/03/2009

    The collapse of shared ownership schemes means it is in social and private landlords’ interests to collaborate

  • Two Rivers scores a hat-trick

    27/03/2009

    Two Rivers Housing has appointed three new members to its board of management.

  • View from the top

    02/04/2009

    In Inside Housing magazine this week we look at how Birmingham has transformed its housing service. Here a tenant gives her view of the council’s leadership course

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