Sunday, 20 April 2014

Inside Housing
28/05/2010

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  • Affordable housing figures up 19 per cent

    28/05/2010

    The number of affordable homes completed in Scotland rose 19 per cent between 2008/09 and 2009/10.

  • Aldwyck and Broadland housing associations could face financial trouble

    02/06/2010

    Two housing associations have slipped from meeting the Tenant Services Authority’s finance performance standards to being ‘vulnerable to deterioration’.

  • All’s fair under EU law

    28/05/2010

    Make sure you don’t fall foul of EU laws in offering tenders for public works, says Philip Heath

  • Barred from being a mum

    28/05/2010

    Rules preventing mothers leaving prison from living with their children are causing them to reoffend. Nick Duxbury discovers the housing programme which breaks the cycle and is poised to go nationwide

  • Bath-based housing association rapped over knuckles

    01/06/2010

    A Bath-based housing association has come under fire from inspectors for its record on re-letting empty homes and gas servicing.

  • Build your legal muscle

    28/05/2010

    There’s a lot of choice when it comes to in-house legal training for housing staff. Anita Pati asks workers in a range of roles for their top picks of the courses on offer

  • Catching the fraudsters

    28/05/2010

    All manner of scams are being worked by tenants keen to procure, hand on or profit from a tenancy. But there are ways for landlords to catch them - especially if they are prepared to turn detective. Katie Puckett reports

  • CIH announces major governance overhaul

    28/05/2010

    The Chartered Institute of Housing is to split the role of its president in a shake-up of the way the organisation is run.

  • Councils must protect young runaways, says charity

    02/06/2010

    A children’s charity is calling on the government to review youth services to prevent young people turning to gangs.

  • Court rejects data block

    28/05/2010

    Housing organisations in Scotland could be given data on sex offenders living in their areas, unless the country’s information watchdog can convince law lords that the information should not be released.

  • Cut price advice

    28/05/2010

    Inside Housing’s exclusive legal fees survey reveals social landlords now have the upper hand when it comes to procuring legal services. Nick Duxbury finds out why - and examines whether the trend is set to continue

  • Developers hit out at planned localism bill

    28/05/2010

    Plans to do away with a regional planning system could put homes and infrastructure under threat, planning groups and developers have said.

  • Don’t get court out

    28/05/2010

    It is now more important than ever for social landlords to prepare properly for possession claims. Dean Underwood gives a step-by-step guide to the procedure

  • Driving a hard bargain

    28/05/2010

    Ask a lawyer whether they are being paid less now for doing the same job they did two years ago and you will probably be met with an icy silence.

  • Executive told to become an umbrella body

    28/05/2010

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive should split its landlord and funding functions, a commission into the future of the sector has recommended.

  • Fears of second house price dip in Europe

    01/06/2010

    House prices in Europe could dip for a second time later this year or early next, warns a finance investment research company.

  • Fife to get 135 affordable homes

    02/06/2010

    An area in east Scotland is to get 135 homes this year despite a £10 million drop in grant funding from last year.

  • Four CLG staff on £150,000 a year list

    01/06/2010

    Four civil servants in the department for Communities and Local Government have appeared on a Government list of mandarins earning more than £150,000.

  • General election slowed housing market

    01/06/2010

    Uncertainty caused by the general election caused a slowdown in the housing market in May, according to the latest figures.

  • Government guns for CEOs' pay

    02/06/2010

    The Government has launched a broadside on highly paid housing association chief executives.

  • Government stalls recruitment of Audit Commission head

    02/06/2010

    The Government has thrown into disarray the appointment of the new head of the Audit Commission over a £240,000 pay packet.

  • Government to commit to 2016 green target

    01/06/2010

    The coalition government will commit to targets to make all new homes zero carbon from 2016, the housing minister has announced.

  • Group structure formed for older people in Wales

    03/06/2010

    The umbrella body for housing associations in Wales is to join forces with the national body for helping older people live independently in their homes.

  • HCA cuts threaten 7,000 homes

    28/05/2010

    More than 7,000 new homes are under threat as a result of a £610 million package of funding cuts and spending freezes.

  • Healey demands apology over black hole claims

    28/05/2010

    John Healey has demanded a public apology after the new government claimed to have found a financial ‘black hole’ in Labour’s social housing plans.

  • Healey lists key tests for new government

    28/05/2010

    Former housing minister John Healey has outlined the key points he feels the new government must address.

  • Impairment charges down from last year

    03/06/2010

    More than 60 housing associations expect to make impairment charges of over £113m in their 2010 accounts, a new report from the regulator has said.

  • It’s little things that count

    28/05/2010

    The quest to create great places to live and work must remain central to what we do, no matter what the future holds, says Sir Bob Kerslake

  • Legal

    28/05/2010

    Our first ever legal supplement, including an exclusive survey looking at how much social landlords are paying their lawyers.

  • London councils to get HCA funding

    01/06/2010

    London councils would be given a share of the Homes and Communities Agency’s budget in plans being drawn up by Boris Johnson and the Government.

  • Make a wish

    28/05/2010

    Housing can and should lead the way when it comes to setting the agenda for government

  • Party fever

    28/05/2010

    It was a day of celebration as the nation’s housing staff gathered at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel earlier this month for the annual Housing Heroes awards. Inside Housing’s snapper was on-hand to capture events as they unfolded.

  • Put it in the diary

    28/05/2010

    The Labour government passed a record 4,300 laws between 1997 and their defeat in this month’s general election. And there are a few more in the pipeline, still to be passed. Here is the key legislation to look out for alongside some important cases that could have serious legal implications for housing in the UK

  • Radian plans retrofit cash fund

    28/05/2010

    A fund aimed at encouraging banks to invest the millions of pounds needed to retrofit the UK’s social housing stock could be piloted in the south east.

  • RIP to HIPs

    28/05/2010

    It took communities secretary Eric Pickles and housing minister Grant Shapps less than a week in post to abolish home information packs. The move drew rapturous applause but will their next acts in office be so popular? Martin Hilditch reports on the dawn of a new era for housing.

  • Shopping around for legal advice

    28/05/2010

    Social landlords face a huge amount of choice when procuring legal services. Ben Cook explores the options

  • Social housing registrations up by 2,000

    28/05/2010

    More than 2,000 extra social homes were registered between February and April than in the same period last year, according to the latest National House Building Council statistics.

  • Stand firm

    28/05/2010

    Landlords must make sure their policies on medical assessment are robust enough to withstand unforeseen changes, says Polly Glynn

  • Stark warning from charity chief exec

    28/05/2010

    The number of eastern Europeans sleeping rough could outnumber other rough sleepers in three years, the head of a homelessness charity has said.

  • Stigma attached to social housing, says survey

    03/06/2010

    The vast majority of the public think there is more stigma attached to social housing than to private rental, according to a new survey. 

  • Sustainable Social Housing - Best Practice

    28/05/2010

  • TCPA appoints first female head

    02/06/2010

    The Town and Country Planning Association has appointed its first female chief executive.

  • The benefits of working together

    28/05/2010

    As the managing director of Ocean Edge Resource Management - a small social housing recruitment consultancy - I can testify to the real benefits of matching private sector skills and housing associations to tackle worklessness, and the advantages for both parties (‘Share and Share Alike’, Inside Housing 7 May).

  • The big freeze

    28/05/2010

    Figures from the National House Building Council this week show that housing starts across the UK in the first three months of this year are almost double those for the same period in 2009.

  • The view across the fence

    28/05/2010

    Employment tribunals are on the rise. Here two specialist lawyers in the field explain the process for both the employer and the employee

  • Time to be creative

    28/05/2010

    The pressure’s on to make sure those most in need do not get short changed by public spending cuts

  • TSA sheds £2.7m to avoid quango axe

    28/05/2010

    The Tenant Services Authority is slashing a further 10 per cent from its budget in an attempt to persuade the new government to keep it.

  • We just want to establish all roles

    28/05/2010

    It’s good that Inside Housing is reporting news from Northern Ireland (Fears over delegation, Inside Housing, 7 May).