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Inside Housing
28/03/2003

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  • ALMO applicants face pressure point

    28/03/2003

    Indications are growing that the next two bidding rounds for arm's-length management organisations will be heavily oversubscribed as the appeal of st

  • BFI report slams processing failures

    28/03/2003

    Delays and weaknesses in Coventry Council's housing benefit administration have been identified in a hard-hitting Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report.The BFI inspectors highlight weak verification of benefit claims and inadequate management checks and s

  • Caution urged on credit ratings

    30/03/2003

    Credit ratings for social housing could result in a ‘two-tier system' of housing finance, a leading lender has warned.Clive Barnett, head

  • Code close for private social landlords

    28/03/2003

    Supervisory boards including representatives of the government, councils and the Housing Corporation could regulate new private social landlords.

  • Commission seals new Welsh role

    28/03/2003

    Best value inspections of Welsh housing associations could start again this autumn after the National Assembly invited the Audit Commission in Wales to take up the role.The commission declared its interest in extending the range of its inspectorate's

  • Court backs refusal over interim home

    28/03/2003

    A council does not have to continue to provide accommodation for an applicant appealing against its earlier refusal, the Appeal Court has ruled.The court found that Kensington and Chelsea Council was entitled to refuse to continue to provide interim a

  • Enron disaster will not hit sector

    28/03/2003

    Strong governance arrangements are likely to protect the housing association sector from an Enron-style disaster, according to a leading auditor.Simon Braid, head of social housing at KPMG, told delegates at the National Housing Federation's housing f

  • Huge changes ahead in homelessness fight

    28/03/2003

    Efforts to tackle homelessness face massive changes as funding responsibilities shift towards local authorities, an independent think-tank has claimed.Two-thirds of London local authorities think their homelessness strategy is likely to lead to signif

  • Hull throws out demolition plans

    28/03/2003

    The government has held back from direct intervention in the running of Hull Council despite last week's decision by the authority to throw out controversial plans to demolish more than 2,500 council homes.In a meeting of the full council, opposition

  • Ministers ‘determined' to end B&B use

    28/03/2003

    There is still a ‘hell of a long way to go' to meet the target of ending the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for families by 2004, the government has admitted.But ministers were ‘determined' the target would be met, bed and breakfast unit head

  • MPs call for tenancy deposit scheme

    28/03/2003

    Almost 100 MPs have signed an early day motion calling for a mandatory tenancy deposit scheme in the private sector.Des Turner MP's motion points out that around 20 per cent of private rented households say part or all of their deposit was unreasonabl

  • Peer pushes for Aylesbury funds

    28/03/2003

    Lord Adebowale will continue to press the government for an additional £15 million for the Aylesbury New Deal for Communities scheme in south London after standing down as chair.Resident board member Tony Stanuel-Taitte took up the post after Lord Ade

  • Privileges for seekers are ‘the great myth'

    28/03/2003

    A High Court judge has spoken out against ‘the great myth' of asylum seekers moving into communities in large numbers and being given privileged treatment.Mr Justice Moses was hearing a claim by Turkish-Kurd asylum seeker Mehmet Gezer that he and his

  • Public must be convinced by high density

    28/03/2003

    The public needs to be actively convinced that higher housing densities are a good thing, delegates to the Chartered Institute of Housing's south-east of England conference were told on Wednesday.South East England Regional Assembly planning and trans

  • Regeneration to start on Boot

    28/03/2003

    Work on regenerating the Boot Estate in Liverpool must start by the end of the year, the council's executive member for housing has insisted.The £170 million scheme has been dogged by delays and the resignation of the council's housing chief Richard K

  • Rescue proposal for troubled project

    28/03/2003

    The government is proposing to hand a community-led regeneration project's assets to an independent trust in a bid to get the troubled scheme back on track.Government Office for the East Midlands Leicestershire director Roger Poole was due to present

  • Reversal of fortune will inspire poor performers

    30/03/2003

    Struggling councils have been urged to take inspiration from the turnaround achieved by the first housing authority in Britain to be given the worst

  • Scots owners set to be forced to pay for repairs

    28/03/2003

    Home-owners in Scottish tenements will be forced to contribute to communal repairs if the majority of their neighbours think it is necessary, under p

  • Servite develops PFI resource centres

    28/03/2003

    A consortium led by Servite Houses has been chosen to develop three resource centres for older people under the private finance initiative.The London borough of Ealing chose Servite's consortium, which also includes developer Galliford Try and financi

  • Sheffield wants private decent homes

    28/03/2003

    Sheffield Council has declared itself the first local authority in England to extend the government's decent homes standard to private sector housing.The council's commitment to ensure that all owner occupiers and private tenants are living in a safe

  • Staff association organiser suspended

    28/03/2003

    Anchor Trust's staff association has suspended its organiser Paul Francis.The association, the trade union for the trust's employees, is negotiating the redundancies of 450 staff.Association chair Barbara Wilson declined to discuss Mr Francis' sus

  • Streamlined methods to help troubled benefit offices

    28/03/2003

    Struggling housing benefit departments were given ‘significant' help this week with the announcement of new streamlined administration methods.From 1 April a new joint form is being introduced to Jobcentre Plus offices to allow income support and pens

  • Supervised association seeks partner

    28/03/2003

    A Hampshire stock transfer association placed under Housing Corporation supervision last year has decided to seek a partner to set up a group structure.Twynham Housing Association, which was established in 1989 following the transfer of 1,600 homes fr

  • Talks avert Corporation strike action

    28/03/2003

    Eleventh-hour talks have averted a strike at the Housing Corporation, it was revealed today.Officials from Unison and Amicus have suspended i

  • TPAS seeks help from Lord Rooker over sacking

    28/03/2003

    The Tenant Participation Advisory Service is calling on housing minister Lord Rooker to intervene in a dispute over its sacking as independent tenants' adviser to a New Deal for Communities partnership. TPAS has questioned the validity of a petition w

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