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Troubled landlord to fold imminently

23/10/2014 9:21 am

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 0:00 am

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued ten reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people being ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

High court

Landmark appeal against out of London placements refused

22/10/2014 4:32 pm

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

Wheatley Group

Wheatley Group posts seven-fold reduction in deficit

23/10/2014 9:04 am

Scotland’s largest housing association has posted a seven-fold reduction in its deficit to £3m.

St Mungo's protest

Staff at homelessness charity to picket HQ tomorrow

22/10/2014 5:10 pm

Union members at one of Britain’s largest homelessness charities will picket St Mungo’s Broadway’s headquarters on Thursday in a dispute over changes to pay.

Works & pensions secretary

Universal credit in place by 2018, says Iain Duncan Smith

22/10/2014 5:04 pm

The last welfare benefit claimants will be moved onto universal credit by 2018, Iain Duncan Smith has forecast.

Frozen tap

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

22/10/2014 2:57 pm

An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the ‘maximum amount’ under the landlord’s policy for ‘unreasonable delay’ in completing an emergency repair.

North of England

Northern tenants hit hardest by welfare reform

22/10/2014 9:44 am

Residents of the North of England are being hit hardest by a growing north/south divide in welfare reform, according to a new joint research project by three national council housing organisations.

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Development

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Cameron Watt

Northern Ireland housing associations 'outperforming rest of the UK' Video

22/10/2014 9:24 am

The Northern Ireland housing association sector is growing at more than double the rate of its counterparts in the rest of the UK, according to analysis that will be launched tomorrow.

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 4:30 pm

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Financial district

Notting Hill awarded high AA rating by Standard and Poors

21/10/2014 3:49 pm

Notting Hill Housing Trust has been awarded an AA credit rating, putting it among the best rated landlords in the country.

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 12:25 pm

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 0:00 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

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Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 3:52 pm

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Plymouth

South west landlord in landmark cheap funding deal

17/10/2014 3:15 pm

Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has secured £30m in one of the cheapest ever fixed long term deals in the social housing sector

Leeds

Contractor appointed for Yorkshire brownfield site

17/10/2014 9:17 am

A contractor has been appointed to begin work on a brownfield site in Leeds where more than 1,000 new homes will be delivered.

Construction works

Fewer than 1 in 5 councils have adopted local plans

17/10/2014 0:00 am

Fewer than one in five English councils have adopted a local plan that fully complies with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Repairs

Frozen tap

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

22/10/2014 2:57 pm

An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the ‘maximum amount’ under the landlord’s policy for ‘unreasonable delay’ in completing an emergency repair.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 0:00 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 4:01 pm

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

SHA_2012_10

Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 3:52 pm

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Contractor buys Omega Group for £40m

16/10/2014 3:16 pm

One of the sector’s largest contractors has bought a social housing lettings and management services provider in a deal worth up to £40m.

Stock pic

Services company signs housing contracts worth £6.5m

16/10/2014 2:55 pm

Travis Perkins Group Managed Services has signed two separate deals with south east social landlords worth a total of £6.5m.

rent increase

Rent increase blow to landlords

16/10/2014 8:28 am

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates.

Money

Council additional borrowing scheme terms 'too onerous'

15/10/2014 8:50 am

A government plan to allow councils to borrow £300m above their housing revenue account debt limits is unattractive due to the rigid conditions attached, councils have warned.

Solar panels

Association signs £18m solar deal

14/10/2014 1:16 pm

New Charter Housing Trust has signed what is believed to be the first solar panel licensing deal in a bid to save tenants up to £40m in electricity bills.

SHA_2012_10

What's on in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 Oct

13/10/2014 0:01 am

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 October.

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Tenancies

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 0:00 am

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued ten reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people being ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

High court

Landmark appeal against out of London placements refused

22/10/2014 4:32 pm

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

Frozen tap

Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

22/10/2014 2:57 pm

An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the ‘maximum amount’ under the landlord’s policy for ‘unreasonable delay’ in completing an emergency repair.

North of England

Northern tenants hit hardest by welfare reform

22/10/2014 9:44 am

Residents of the North of England are being hit hardest by a growing north/south divide in welfare reform, according to a new joint research project by three national council housing organisations.

merger

HCA gives green light to merger

22/10/2014 9:16 am

A merger between two English housing associations has been given the green light by the Homes and Communities Agency and could take effect from January. 

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 12:25 pm

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 9:57 am

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 8:36 am

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report

20/10/2014 4:44 pm

Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

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Eco

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 0:00 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 4:01 pm

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

SHA_2012_10

Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 3:52 pm

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Former BBC trust chair

Round-up of Inside Housing's Lyons review coverage Video

16/10/2014 6:36 pm

A round-up of our coverage of the Lyons Housing Review, which was launched on today by Ed Miliband.

Former BBC trust chair

Lyons review: Labour announces policy to reach 200,000 homes a year

16/10/2014 9:26 am

Ed Miliband will today unveil reforms set out in the Lyons Housing Review and will highlight three key policies to ‘unlock the supply of new homes’.

Solar panels

Association signs £18m solar deal

14/10/2014 1:16 pm

New Charter Housing Trust has signed what is believed to be the first solar panel licensing deal in a bid to save tenants up to £40m in electricity bills.

scottish parliament

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13/10/2014 12:27 pm

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to help people reduce their winter fuel bills and called for bids for a fuel poverty contract worth £224m.

SHA_2012_10

What's on in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 Oct

13/10/2014 0:01 am

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 October.

Liz Peace, chief executive of BPF

British Property Federation appoints new chief executive

10/10/2014 9:40 am

The British Property Federation has appointed Melanie Leech to replace Liz Peace as its new chief executive.

Edward Davey

Extra £100m Green Deal funding announced

08/10/2014 2:03 pm

The government has announced a further £100m for green deal improvements after the scheme closed suddenly in July.

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Finance

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Troubled landlord to fold imminently

23/10/2014 9:21 am

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Wheatley Group

Wheatley Group posts seven-fold reduction in deficit

23/10/2014 9:04 am

Scotland’s largest housing association has posted a seven-fold reduction in its deficit to £3m.

Payslip

Housing association U-turn on controversial board pay policy

22/10/2014 9:29 am

A housing association criticised for excessive board remuneration has slashed the salary of its chair by nearly half.

Cameron Watt

Northern Ireland housing associations 'outperforming rest of the UK' Video

22/10/2014 9:24 am

The Northern Ireland housing association sector is growing at more than double the rate of its counterparts in the rest of the UK, according to analysis that will be launched tomorrow.

merger

HCA gives green light to merger

22/10/2014 9:16 am

A merger between two English housing associations has been given the green light by the Homes and Communities Agency and could take effect from January. 

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 4:30 pm

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Financial district

Notting Hill awarded high AA rating by Standard and Poors

21/10/2014 3:49 pm

Notting Hill Housing Trust has been awarded an AA credit rating, putting it among the best rated landlords in the country.

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 12:25 pm

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 9:57 am

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

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Legal

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

High court

Landmark appeal against out of London placements refused

22/10/2014 4:32 pm

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 9:57 am

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 8:36 am

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 8:00 am

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 0:00 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

homeless London

Single homeless people blocked from housing help

16/10/2014 0:10 am

Nearly six in 10 single homeless people approaching council housing services are turned away after receiving limited or no help, a report has shown.

BEDROOM_TAX_5

Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15/10/2014 3:09 pm

MPs have voted to exempt social tenants with a carer from the bedroom tax in a bill’s first reading.

London

High Court hands out damning judgement to 'negligent' council

15/10/2014 9:50 am

The High Court ruled housing officers at Southwark council acted with ‘civil conspiracy’ if not ‘criminal conspiracy’ when they abused their positions and unlawfully evicted a tenant and covered up their actions.

Johnie Johnson

Tribunal rejects unfair dismissal claim

15/10/2014 8:32 am

A chronic asthmatic who alleged discrimination against her housing association employer has lost her claim for unfair dismissal.

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Care

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 0:00 am

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued ten reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people being ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23/10/2014 0:00 am

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

St Mungo's protest

Staff at homelessness charity to picket HQ tomorrow

22/10/2014 5:10 pm

Union members at one of Britain’s largest homelessness charities will picket St Mungo’s Broadway’s headquarters on Thursday in a dispute over changes to pay.

North of England

Northern tenants hit hardest by welfare reform

22/10/2014 9:44 am

Residents of the North of England are being hit hardest by a growing north/south divide in welfare reform, according to a new joint research project by three national council housing organisations.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 9:57 am

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 8:36 am

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 8:00 am

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report

20/10/2014 4:44 pm

Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

Welsh housing

Welsh Government releases hate crime guidance for landlords

20/10/2014 3:16 pm

The Welsh Government has issued guidance on dealing with hate crime for social landlords with Tai Pawb, an equality focussed Welsh landlord.

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Regulation

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Troubled landlord to fold imminently

23/10/2014 9:21 am

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 0:00 am

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued ten reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people being ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Works & pensions secretary

Universal credit in place by 2018, says Iain Duncan Smith

22/10/2014 5:04 pm

The last welfare benefit claimants will be moved onto universal credit by 2018, Iain Duncan Smith has forecast.

Payslip

Housing association U-turn on controversial board pay policy

22/10/2014 9:29 am

A housing association criticised for excessive board remuneration has slashed the salary of its chair by nearly half.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 9:57 am

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 8:36 am

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 8:00 am

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

unison

Landlord to derecognise union amid accusations of bullying

20/10/2014 11:45 am

Unison has called on a housing association board to reverse a decision to derecognise the union, saying it has been trying to meet with the landlord to discuss complaints of bullying.

David Cameron from Flickr

Cameron to set out welfare cap plans

20/10/2014 9:46 am

David Cameron is today expected to set out the details of his plans to further cut the welfare cap from £26,000 to £23,000.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 0:00 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

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