Thursday, 25 May 2017

Inside Housing

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  • Anger as government delays ALMO freedoms


    Arm's-length management organisations have expressed their frustration after it emerged that any new freedoms and flexibilities would be delayed by almost a year.ALMOs were promised that detailed proposals would be published in July this year. Now the

  • Assettrust 'ups the stakes' on social housing


    Private investor Assettrust Housing is in the process of bidding for ownership of around 300 homes to be managed by housing associations.Assettrust Housing chief executive Giles Mackay said the company was in the process of bidding on seven sites wher

  • Council set for High Court battle over repairs bill


    A series of test cases brought by Haringey Council against leaseholders who are refusing to pay for major repairs will be heard in the High Court.The legal battle centres on an apparent conflict between policy promoted by the Office of the Deputy Prim

  • Forward thinkers


    Stoke-on-Trent's market renewal pathfinder has a staff of just six but a wealth of skills and experience at its disposal. David Blackman meets the team in charge in the second of our diary series

  • Good practice network


    A good practice network has been launched in Sheffield to help housing associations make a success of market renewal pathfinders in the north of England.The network was set up by Housing Federation North and will be jointly funded by the Housing Corpo

  • Governance scandal hits tenants' group


    Payments to a tenant management organisation have been frozen in the third major scandal to hit the TMO sector in a month.Birmingham Council's assistant director for housing services Celia Huxtable has demanded a meeting with the management of Druids

  • Hill faces tough questions


    Housing minister Keith Hill used a lively meeting with London tenants to reaffirm the government's commitment to tenant participation and defend plans to reform management and maintenance allowances.

  • Howlett to succeed McCarthy at Peabody


    Amicus Group chief executive Steve Howlett is to take over as chief executive of the Peabody Trust following Richard McCarthy's departure.Mr Howlett is to replace interim chief executive Caroline Pickering in March next year. Announcing the appoin

  • In a big country


    Everything about the Highlands is on a massive scale except for the size of its housing schemes. Rebecca Evans visits a council where members live cheek-by-jowl with their constituents but have to drive for hours to visit their colleagues

  • Lenders' warning over VAT shelter


    Lenders have joined housing associations in calling on the Treasury to overturn the Inland Revenue's ruling on VAT shelter arrangements.

  • No hope of cash for no-star council


    Salford Council has abandoned attempts to win arm's-length management cash after admitting it will not gain the required two stars from the Audit Commission.New Prospect Housing Limited, the city's ALMO, was set up last year and originally applied for £

  • Red light for top developers


    The Housing Corporation has ruled out any bid by the country's largest housing association group for cash under its pilot partnering scheme.At a meeting this week Places for People executives were informed that, while approved development programme bi

  • Split as board attempts suspension


    A blistering row has erupted at a tenant management organisation after an attempt by board members to suspend the director.Senior board members at Tabard Gardens Tenant Management Co-operative agreed they wanted to suspend director John Everett, citin

  • Victorian value


    A new analysis of maintenance costs could prove a weapon in the hands of campaigners opposing large-scale clearances. Mario Ambrosi reports

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