Friday, 31 October 2014

Inside Housing
29/10/2010

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  • ALMO sheds managers to cut costs

    01/11/2010

    An arm’s-length management organisation has cut its senior management team to save £400,000.

  • Catalyst to merge with subsidiaries

    03/11/2010

    Catalyst Housing Group is to collapse its structure, merging three housing associations into the parent company to save money.

  • Economic woes threaten regeneration gains

    03/11/2010

    The flagship Welsh regeneration programme Communities First needs stronger links with other initiatives to combat tough economic times, a report has found.

  • Government blamed for housing job cuts

    03/11/2010

    A local authority has said government cuts are forcing it to axe around 700 jobs, harming its work with vulnerable people.

  • £946m fund to drive house building

    01/11/2010

    The government is putting £946 million into a scheme to incentivise house building over four years.

  • A silver lining

    29/10/2010

    As David Ireland of charity Empty Homes said last week, the news of £100 million to be allocated in the spending review to bring 3,000 empty homes back into use was ‘great news on an otherwise bleak day’.

  • Affordable housing reaches 14-year high

    29/10/2010

    Last year saw the highest number of new affordable homes in England for 14 years, according to statistics released by the Communities and Local Government department.

  • Aldwyck takes over Connaught venture

    03/11/2010

    Housing group Aldwyck will become the sole owner of a maintenance firm it set up with collapsed contractor Connaught.

  • And the winner is...

    29/10/2010

    The green and the good flocked to London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel last week to celebrate the third annual Sustainable Housing Awards. Here’s the highlights.

  • Asylum decision won't save a penny

    29/10/2010

    I write in response to the story, ‘Authorities ditch asylum contracts’ (www.insidehousing.co.uk, 14 October).

  • Call to stop ‘vexatious’ green claims

    29/10/2010

    The government should make it more difficult for campaigners to delay housing developments by submitting village green applications, a housing association chief executive has said.

  • Consent granted for £4.5bn Brent scheme

    29/10/2010

    Planning consent has been granted for a £4.5 billion scheme in London which will deliver 7,500 homes.

  • Council plans to axe warden service

    02/11/2010

    Almost 4,000 vulnerable people in Doncaster could lose warden services under cost-saving changes being considered by the council.

  • Council to issue photo ID to tenants

    10/11/2010

    A council is planning to issue all its tenants with photo ID as part of a crackdown on tenancy fraud.

  • Don't hold back

    29/10/2010

    With a few adjustments, shared ownership schemes for people with disabilities can work well. Nicki Winstanley and Camilla Thornberry, lawyers at Trowers & Hamlins, explain how

  • DWP crackdown to recover £1.1 billion

    29/10/2010

    Homelessness departments face picking up the cost of a new drive by the Department for Work and Pensions to reduce fraud and error.

  • Explosion forces residents from homes

    03/11/2010

    Residents of around 200 properties in Salford were unable to return home last night following an explosion yesterday morning.

  • Families to be hit by tough rent rise

    29/10/2010

    The average working family of three in high-income areas would pay £140 pounds more per week for an affordable rent than they would for a social rented home.

  • Fifteen injured in Salford explosion

    02/11/2010

    Fifteen people have been injured after an explosion at a housing association property in Salford.

  • Fixed term tenancies could last two years

    04/11/2010

    New tenants could be offered fixed term tenancies lasting as little as two years, it has emerged.

  • Gas blast residents to return home

    04/11/2010

    Residents of the area hit by a suspected gas explosion on Tuesday began to return home this morning.

  • Genesis appoints new chair

    04/11/2010

    Genesis has appointed a non-executive chair with experience of the commercial and charity sectors.

  • Goodbye to the golden nest-egg?

    29/10/2010

    Is it time to put your dreams of golf, gardening and cruises on ice? As the overhaul of public sector pensions gets underway, Lydia Stockdale explains how it could affect your retirement

  • Government approves local partnership bids

    28/10/2010

    Proposals for twenty-four local enterprise partnerships were approved by government today in a move that will see local businesses and councils work together to drive growth.

  • Government shifts responsibility for ASB

    02/11/2010

    Communities and local agencies should take the lead in tackling anti-social behaviour, the minister responsible for crime prevention has said.

  • Grant freeze marks death of social housing

    29/10/2010

    The government has no intention of providing new direct grant for social housing in the next five years, heralding its slow death as a form of tenure.

  • Hit where it hurts

    29/10/2010

    The coalition insists everyone will suffer from cuts made in the comprehensive spending review - but some will feel more pain than others, argues Chris Blackhurst

  • Housing benefit plans stir rebellion among Lib Dem backbenchers

    29/10/2010

    The coalition government is facing the prospect of Liberal Democrat MPs voting against controversial housing benefit cuts unless it waters them down.

  • 'I want to talk about shoes and handbags...'

    29/10/2010

    There are stirrings of a revival in the black and minority ethnic housing movement. As black history month draws to a close, Lara Oyedele, effervescent chair of fledgling umbrella body BME National, talks in-depth for the first time about moving on from a troubled past. Caroline Thorpe met her.

  • Investors must learn

    29/10/2010

    As cutbacks force more families into private rentals the market must adapt

  • It’s time to get even

    29/10/2010

    The Equality Act 2010 took effect this month but how will it affect social landlords? Sian Jones, partner at Morgan Cole, gives her view

  • Landlords forced to insulate homes

    02/11/2010

    Private landlords will be required by law to make energy efficiency improvements at their tenants’ request.

  • Landlords take axe to hundreds of jobs

    29/10/2010

    Social landlords and the Communities and Local Government department have laid out plans for sweeping redundancies following the comprehensive spending review.

  • Landlords told to aid ‘ebay entrepreneurs’

    01/11/2010

    The housing minister has told social landlords they should make it clear to tenants they are able to run businesses from home.

  • London seeks half of new homes cash

    04/11/2010

    Boris Johnson is asking for half of the money available for building new affordable housing over the next four years to be spent in London.

  • Mears positive after spending review

    03/11/2010

    Mears has reported a strong performance since the summer with an order book worth £2.6 billion.

  • Meet housing’s life coaches

    29/10/2010

    A social landlord’s role goes beyond just providing a home. Lydia Stockdale talks to three people whose help and advice is changing tenants’ lives

  • Minister apologises for deceit claim

    02/11/2010

    Junior housing minister Andrew Stunell has been forced to apologise to the House of Commons for unparliamentary language during a debate with MPs.

  • Minister attacks benefit cut critics

    03/11/2010

    The government has denied that homelessness will rise as a result of cuts to housing benefit.

  • New TSA boss starts efficiency drive

    29/10/2010

    The new interim head of the Tenant Services Authority has said regulation faces an ‘exciting time’, as she pitched to land the role on a full-time basis.

  • Open minded

    29/10/2010

    Quality open space designed as an integral part of a housing development often wins awards for developers at the planning stage. But what happens next?

  • Partnering leaves clients vulnerable

    29/10/2010

    I appear to have touched a raw nerve with David Mosey of Trowers & Hamlins.

  • Pay day mayday

    29/10/2010

    Inside Housing’s exclusive salary survey reveals that housing employees are getting a rough ride as the economic storm continues to rage. Caroline Thorpe reports on an unsettling climate of pay freezes, reduced benefits and job insecurity

  • Pensioner’s body lay undiscovered in sheltered flat for days

    29/10/2010

    The body of an Eastbourne pensioner in a sheltered housing scheme was only discovered after maggots from his home crawled into a neighbour’s flat.

  • People

    29/10/2010

    Details of our exclusive annual salary survey, and a look at how to progress your career in difficult economic times

  • Planning target row in High Court

    29/10/2010

    Edinburgh developer Cala Homes has appeared in the High Court to challenge Eric Pickles’ decision to scrap regional spatial strategies.

  • Price fall nears 1 per cent a month

    01/11/2010

    House prices continued to fall in October as the number of homes for sale outstripped the number of potential buyers, according to the latest market survey.

  • Raise your game

    29/10/2010

    The recession may be putting obstacles in your way but it needn’t be the death of your career. Simon Brandon shows you how to make it to the next level

  • Read all about it

    29/10/2010

    Think the only way to communicate with tenants is online? Think again, says Kirsten Foster. Good old-fashioned print is still the best way for some social landlords to get their message across

  • Refugee families forced to live apart

    29/10/2010

    Asylum seekers are being forced to choose between living with their families and receiving support, a new report has warned.

  • Rent rise threatens housing benefit reforms

    29/10/2010

    Ministers have been warned plans to increase rents for affordable housing will drive up housing benefit costs and discourage tenants from seeking work.

  • Renters cannot absorb housing benefit cut

    01/11/2010

    Two thirds of people renting social housing would face difficulties if their income fell through cuts to housing benefit, a survey has found.

  • Repairs & maintenance

    29/10/2010

    Deal with financial spanners in the works, and nail outdoor maintenance and reap the rewards

  • Scottish Government scraps right to buy

    04/11/2010

    The right to buy will be abolished for new council and housing association tenants in Scotland.

  • Scottish ministers urged to resist cuts

    02/11/2010

    Senior figures in the housing world in Scotland have written to first minister Alex Salmond urging him not to drop funding for housing.

  • Settling for less than best

    29/10/2010

    British employment law is crippling employers while rewarding underperformers, it’s time for reform, says Helen Giles

  • Shine out of the darkness

    29/10/2010

    Social landlords now know the extent of the comprehensive spending review and, as expected, it brought bad news for housing providers.

  • Small providers fear regulatory changes

    03/11/2010

    Smaller housing associations are concerned new powers for the Scottish Housing Regulator could see them forced into mergers.

  • Stormy weather

    29/10/2010

    Last week’s comprehensive spending review hit social housing hard. Martin Hilditch assesses the damage

  • Subsidy withdrawal heavily criticised

    29/10/2010

    The coalition government’s decision to bring the curtain down on social housing has shocked senior figures across the sector and beyond.

  • Supermarket takes on homeless workers

    02/11/2010

    Supermarket giant Morrisons is to give 1,000 homeless and vulnerable people jobs in its new stores over the next three years.

  • Sustainable Housing Awards 2010 - Video Highlights

    02/11/2010

    Video:SHA Video Highlights

  • The bigger picture

    29/10/2010

    Reduced investment in social housing is a heavy blow, but building new homes is only part of the solution to the sector’s problems

  • The end as we know it

    29/10/2010

    This is a bleak week for social housing. It is a bleak week for all of those who joined the sector to make a difference. Above all, it is a bleak week for tens of thousands of England’s poorest who the coalition government has effectively abandoned.

  • The show must go on

    29/10/2010

    The recession has set the stage for a gloomy future, tempting your star performers to leave in search of more rewarding roles. But, as Anita Pati discovers, some clever stage management can help social landlords keep a captive audience

  • Time for a team talk

    29/10/2010

    Our leadership survey unmasks housing’s bosses as superheroes. Now they must make a superhuman effort to prepare employees for the tough economic times ahead. Lydia Stockdale examines whether they have what it takes

  • Time to retire?

    29/10/2010

    Clarification of changes to the Local Goverrnment Penion Scheme are eagerly awaited, says Patricia Critchley

  • UK Housing Awards - IH Mini Profile - HAYS

    27/10/2010

  • Value for money from decent homes

    29/10/2010

    In the article on decent homes achievement ‘100,000 council homes will still be non-decent in 2015’ (Inside Housing, 3 September), it was interesting to note that eight out of the 10 authorities listed with the worst decent homes record were arm’s-length management organisations.

  • Work carried out at Salford blast home

    02/11/2010

    Major works were underway at a housing association property at the centre of an explosion that injured 15 people this morning.

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