Friday, 24 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • Acquisitions to swell L&Q's size


    London & Quadrant Housing Trust is embarking on a £60 million site acquisition programme that it claims will make it the south-east's biggest volume house builder.The trust has set aside £60 million to buy sites across London and the south-east during

  • Asylum appeals to be hastened


    The Home Office has agreed to speed up asylum appeals in a move which could reduce the number of asylum seekers forced onto the streets.Following guidance issued by the head of the Administrative Court, Mr Justice Kay, the department conceded it shared

  • Centrepoint's new image


    Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox was on time to launch a new corporate identity for Centrepoint this week. The charity, which offers housing and support for young people at risk, unveiled the strapline ‘8:59 Centrepoint: What's next for young people'. A spokespers

  • Corporation approves layouts to streamline ‘off-site' developments


    The Housing Corporation has approved 23 house layouts from off-site manufacturers in a move aimed at making development quicker and cheaper.Internal layouts from specialists Space4, Yorkon and Advance Housing have been selected. The layouts have already

  • Councils reach B&B target five months early


    A total of 15 councils have contacted the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to say they have already met its target to end councils' use of bed and breakfast accommodation.Councils have until March 2004 to end the use of B&B for families except in eme

  • Debt collectors hired to recoup rent arrears


    Nottingham Council has employed private debt collectors to chase up £16 million in outstanding rent arrears.The council has submitted a bid for an arm's-length management organisation and is keen to ensure that its high arrears do not jeopardise its cha

  • Diverse sector: Heaven and hell


    Sometimes it's paradise and sometimes it's like bashing your head against a brick wall. Daniel Martin finds out what it's like to work for the Scilly Isles' one-and-a-half-person housing department

  • Dobson slams Camden ALMO ‘blackmail'


    Former health secretary Frank Dobson has become the highest profile critic of moves to set up arm's-length management organisations.In a newspaper interview this week, Mr Dobson criticised the London borough of Camden's bid to hand over its housing stoc

  • Egan warned not to ‘dumb down' the profession


    Housing and planning professionals have warned Sir John Egan not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater' in his review of the skills required to deliver sustainable communities.The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister-commissioned review, led by Sir

  • Governance probe after Places row


    A major inquiry into the governance of not-for-profit organisations in the wake of the Places for People row has been announced.The Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to produce a new code of governance for such bodies – including housing associations – to

  • Growth area diary: Main line to the gateway


    Road, rail and bus links are essential to the government's plans for the Thames Gateway. In the second of our diary series on the Springhead Quarter housing development, Siân Gibson looks at how the new inhabitants will get around

  • In the balance


    The Liberal Democrats are on a high. After winning the Brent East by-election and reshuffling his front-bench team, leader Charles Kennedy appears increasingly confident of winning at least a share of power. Gemma Charles asked him what a Kennedy governm

  • Isles exempt from options appraisal


    The Community Housing Task Force has told the Council of the Isles of Scilly it does not need to complete a full options appraisal.In what is believed to be the only dispensation of its kind, Scilly's housing officer has been told the authority is too s

  • Lords throw out single mothers' challenge


    The Law Lords have rejected a test case challenge by three single mothers to council policies preventing parents from using their children as ‘stepping stones' to housing.They backed the policy of Barnet and Lambeth councils to offer accommodation to ho

  • New suppliers for Amphion Consortium


    A consortium of housing associations pioneering modern methods of construction has appointed three new suppliers after the loss of a key partner.The Amphion Consortium was set up to promote the modern methods espoused by Sir John Egan in his Rethinking

  • Perry to step down from corporation


    Housing Corporation chief executive Norman Perry is to step down at the end of March.The corporation announced today that he was leaving after three and a half years at the helm. He joined the corporation from Solihull Council where he had been chief

  • Policy plays into builders' hands, says fed


    Housing associations have warned that the government's proposed changes to planning policy guidance for housing could undermine efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing.Responding to the consultation on an updated PPG3, the National Housing

  • Problems at Places may affect Islington transfer


    Islington Council's plans to transfer an estate to Places for People could be hit by the boardroom row at the group.Independent tenant advisers have leafleted residents of north London's Tollington estate to inform them that the group has gone into supe

  • Scots' delayed inspections regime gets underway with first rating


    Communities Scotland has published its first inspection report under the single regulatory framework – two years after the executive agency was established.Atrium Homes, which was set up in 1998 and manages around 850 homes in and around Kilmarnock, h

  • Sink or swim for offshore insurance


    Seven housing associations have indicated that they are willing to fund a new drive to set up an offshore insurance company – enabling them to benefit from significant tax breaks.More than 20 associations are interested in setting up the captive insur

  • The broader picture: What works?


    Job creation in areas of stubbornly high unemployment remains a top priority for the government. Mario Ambrosi speaks to junior housing minister Yvette Cooper about the links with the housing agenda and looks at the contribution being made by social landl

  • Top housing rating for Manchester


    Manchester has become the first council in the north of England to get a top rating for its housing management service.The department was judged excellent by the Audit Commission and has ‘promising prospects for improvement'. So far only Herefordshire

  • Tyneside tenant group resigns en masse


    All 12 members of North Tyneside's independent tenant adviser steering group have resigned, claiming residents were not being consulted properly.North Tyneside Council is consulting with tenants over its housing stock options. But steering group chair T

  • Will Howard put housing back on the Tory agenda?


    Michael Howard's likely coronation as Conservative leader has prompted hopes that the party will take more of an interest in housing policy in the run-up to the election.Mr Howard was housing minister in 1989 and later environment secretary and many i

  • Witnesses to win fast track protection


    A national scheme to help social landlords provide protection and support to witnesses has been launched by the Home Office and the Housing Corporation.The witness mobility scheme will give participating housing associations and council landlords access

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