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Inside Housing
28/02/2003

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  • ‘Sensible' PFI plans welcomed

    28/02/2003

    The Council of Mortgage Lenders has welcomed the government's proposal to allow local authorities to build new homes under housing revenue account private finance initiatives.Deputy director general Peter Williams said the proposal seemed sensible, bu

  • ALMO prospects undermined by speed

    28/02/2003

    The speed with which the first arm's-length management organisations have been set up may have hindered their ability to achieve full arm's-length status.The eight arm's-length companies to have been inspected so far showed the inspectors are looking

  • Birmingham to focus on decent homes

    28/02/2003

    Birmingham Council may concentrate on meeting the government's decent home standard even if it prevents the council from realising the wishes of tenants.A report to the city's cabinet by director of housing David Thompson recommends an investment stra

  • Capital homes targets ‘being exceeded'

    28/02/2003

    Housing targets set in the draft London plan are being exceeded, according to the capital's mayor Ken Livingstone. The number of homes completed, combined with the number of empty homes that are coming into use, is 25,400 a year, Mr Livingstone said.

  • Carer loses tenancy succession fight

    28/02/2003

    A carer has lost his fight to succeed to the tenancy of a tenant he was looking after.The Court of Appeal rejected an application by James Sleith for permission to challenge a High Court decision last October in which Mr Justice Roderick Evans refused

  • Councils secure Supporting People funding boost

    28/02/2003

    Councils have been awarded hundreds of millions of pounds more in Supporting People Grant than was originally expected – but have accused the government

  • Edinburgh to reward tenants

    28/02/2003

    Edinburgh Council is planning to become the first council in Scotland to launch a rewards scheme for its tenants similar to the gold service programme pioneered by Irwell Valley Housing Association.Tenants who pay their rent regularly and look after t

  • Federation calls for fresh approach

    28/02/2003

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has called for a new approach to housing supply as a central part of the mission to tackle poverty and disadvantage in Britain.In a new report, the JRF says there should be recognition of the importance of tackling the o

  • Gay couples' rent ruling to be challenged

    28/02/2003

    A landmark ruling which upheld the tenancy rights of same sex couples is to be challenged in the House of Lords.In a ruling described at the time as ‘a major blow in favour of gay rights', the Court of Appeal held that it would breach the human rights

  • Hull's housing chief faces no-confidence vote

    28/02/2003

    Struggling Hull Council faces a further setback in its battle to avoid government intervention after a motion of no confidence was tabled against its cabinet member for housing Chris Jarvis. The independent member is facing the no confidence vote at a

  • Landlords urged to adopt new arrears policy

    28/02/2003

    Social landlords have urged to sign up to a joint statement aimed at cutting the risk of homelessness faced by tenants in rent arrears. A study by Citizens Advice says the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Housing Corporation should draw up

  • Love to learn legislation's fate

    28/02/2003

    Andy Love MP will learn today whether his bill to update almost 70-year-old overcrowding legislation can proceed through the Commons.His Housing (Overcrowding) Bill would force councils to tackle overcrowding as part of their homelessness strategies.

  • Mainstream landlords ‘can't adapt'

    28/02/2003

    The chair of the Federation of Black Housing Organisations has spoken out against ethnic minority housing associations merging with mainstream registered social landlords.In a speech at a conference on mergers organised by the FBHO, Leslie Laniyan sai

  • Milton Keynes tenants vote for an ALMO

    28/02/2003

    Milton Keynes tenants have voted overwhelmingly in favour of an arm's-length company to take over management of their homes, despite market research indicating half as many supported the option.Of 4,663 tenants who voted, 3,732 voted in favour of arm'

  • No RSL inspection charges – yet

    28/02/2003

    Junior housing minister Tony McNulty has pledged to consult housing associations before introducing charges for their inspections once the Audit Commission takes over in April.Inside Housing revealed last week that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minis

  • Pathfinder cash on offer to residents

    28/02/2003

    Tenants of the housing associations involved in the government's housing market renewal pathfinder programme are eligible for a share of £2.7 million available from the Housing Corporation.The community training and enabling grants will be allocated o

  • Possessions test case lost

    28/02/2003

    Two couples have failed in a complex test case battle to decide when in the eyes of the law a possession order can actually be viewed as having been executed.The case raised the question of whether a possession order has been executed if a tenant move

  • Rooker's pledge on grant

    28/02/2003

    Local authorities are hopeful of concessions over the ending of social housing grant after an apologetic Lord Rooker said he did not want new develop

  • Scope for improvement at Yorkshire

    28/02/2003

    The Housing Corporation has warned Yorkshire Community Housing Association it must take action to improve its services. Corporation inspectors said the association was raising its standards but concluded that there was ‘scope for improvement'. The

  • Scots home warming plan gets boost

    28/02/2003

    The Scottish Executive has announced the 2003/04 allocation of funding to provide central heating in council homes.More than 3,000 homes in 12 local authorities will receive a share of more than £7.5 million. West Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, Du

  • Showcase at CIH conference

    28/02/2003

    Housing organisations are being offered the opportunity to showcase their latest projects, policies and research at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference in Harrogate from 17 to 20 June. The conference suite will provide a platform for up

  • Union ballots on strike in protest at restructuring

    28/02/2003

    Housing Corporation staff are being balloted on strike action in protest at the quango's plans for staff restructuring.Unison moved to ballot 400 trade union members on industrial action following concerns over the corporation's Achieving Excellence p

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