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Gas

Hundreds of social tenants left without gas following burst main

22/08/2014 8:53 am

More than 750 homes in south Wales have been left without gas following a burst water main, which led to water leaking into gas pipes.

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Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22/08/2014 0:01 am

60% of current board members weren’t in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Jane Ashcroft

Anchor to slash jobs and review services

22/08/2014 0:01 am

England’s largest social landlord for older people is preparing to slash jobs and review services under a programme cut costs by £12m in just one year.

Unite headquarters

Union instigates legal action on overnight payments

22/08/2014 0:01 am

Legal action could lead to landlords paying out more for overnight stays

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 4:36 pm

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

Magnifying glass

Regulator and auditor investigate social landlord's development contract

21/08/2014 4:24 pm

A contract between a developer and Scotland’s second-largest housing association is being investigated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Audit Scotland.

building homes

Housing association starts and completions up 10%

21/08/2014 3:18 pm

The number of annual starts and completions for housing associations in England have increased by 10% year-on-year, government figures have revealed today.

house building new homes

Scottish council house building at 25-year high

21/08/2014 1:36 pm

The number of new council homes built last year, 1,140, was the highest for 25 years, Scottish government statistics revealed today.

Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

21/08/2014 11:52 am

Landlord’s ‘Digital Deal’ scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

Domestic violence

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy Video

21/08/2014 10:52 am

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister. 

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Development

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 4:36 pm

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

Magnifying glass

Regulator and auditor investigate social landlord's development contract

21/08/2014 4:24 pm

A contract between a developer and Scotland’s second-largest housing association is being investigated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Audit Scotland.

building homes

Housing association starts and completions up 10%

21/08/2014 3:18 pm

The number of annual starts and completions for housing associations in England have increased by 10% year-on-year, government figures have revealed today.

house building new homes

Scottish council house building at 25-year high

21/08/2014 1:36 pm

The number of new council homes built last year, 1,140, was the highest for 25 years, Scottish government statistics revealed today.

Money

Drop in associations with sufficient funding to cover next 18 months

21/08/2014 9:00 am

Fewer English housing associations are reporting having enough finance in place to cover the next 18 months than previously.

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

Chief executive, Million Homes

Soaring profits mean 18,500 social homes sacrificed

19/08/2014 6:46 pm

Housing associations have failed to build 18,500 homes since 2009 as a result of investing £2.4bn in commercial activities, a thinktank has claimed.

Keepmoat development

Former Pizza Express owner close to Keepmoat buyout

19/08/2014 6:25 pm

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to be taken over by a pair of private equity investors.

Pentwyn, Cardiff

House builder's sales to housing associations up by 10%

19/08/2014 9:00 am

Persimmon has today announced total revenue up 33% in the first six months of 2014 and sales to housing association partners up by 10% on the same period last year.

WM Housing Group

Housing association launches app to promote its work

19/08/2014 8:30 am

A Coventry-based housing association has launched a smartphone and tablet app to raise awareness of its work.

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Repairs

Gas

Hundreds of social tenants left without gas following burst main

22/08/2014 8:53 am

More than 750 homes in south Wales have been left without gas following a burst water main, which led to water leaking into gas pipes.

Magnifying glass

Regulator and auditor investigate social landlord's development contract

21/08/2014 4:24 pm

A contract between a developer and Scotland’s second-largest housing association is being investigated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Audit Scotland.

Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

21/08/2014 11:52 am

Landlord’s ‘Digital Deal’ scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

Blackpool Coastal Housing block where a balcony collapsed

Exclusive: Balcony collapse prompts calls for regulatory body

20/08/2014 11:32 am

A sector body is planning to call for more active consumer regulation of arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) services following the sentencing of an ALMO over a balcony collapse.

Keepmoat development

Former Pizza Express owner close to Keepmoat buyout

19/08/2014 6:25 pm

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to be taken over by a pair of private equity investors.

Archway Tower block

Green light for London office-to-resi recladding

15/08/2014 4:58 pm

A planning inspectorate has given a developer the green light to reclad a tower block where offices are being turned into homes.

roof repairs

Council appoints contractor for improvement works on 270 homes

15/08/2014 2:36 pm

Sandwell Council has appointed Keepmoat as part of a two-year improvement framework to carry out works on homes in three high rise blocks.

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Repair bill cap threat to London councils’ housing revenue accounts

15/08/2014 0:01 am

Repair bill cap will force social landlords to fund work themselves

roof repairs

Cap on leaseholder repair works comes into force

12/08/2014 2:41 pm

A new cap of £10,000 on the bills councils and housing associations can charge leaseholders for repair works is coming into force today, Eric Pickles has said.

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Tenancies

Gas

Hundreds of social tenants left without gas following burst main

22/08/2014 8:53 am

More than 750 homes in south Wales have been left without gas following a burst water main, which led to water leaking into gas pipes.

Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

21/08/2014 11:52 am

Landlord’s ‘Digital Deal’ scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

Troubled families

Government's troubled families programme to be expanded

21/08/2014 8:58 am

The government’s troubled families programme is set to be expanded to focus on 500,000 households.

Empty wallet

CIH warns landlords about 'unfairly pressurising' tenants to pay extra rent

20/08/2014 3:56 pm

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has warned social landlords against putting ‘unfair pressure’ on tenants to pay extra rent under the rollout of universal credit.

Blackpool Coastal Housing block where a balcony collapsed

Exclusive: Balcony collapse prompts calls for regulatory body

20/08/2014 11:32 am

A sector body is planning to call for more active consumer regulation of arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) services following the sentencing of an ALMO over a balcony collapse.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Irish ministers urged to spend a week living on benefits

20/08/2014 9:21 am

Ministers who backed the coalition’s welfare reforms have been urged by Sinn Fein to try spending a week living on benefits.

job education training

Bradford group to axe training and employment service

19/08/2014 9:35 am

Accent Group has today announced it will axe its training and employment service in Bradford, as the ‘payment by results’ funding structure makes it unviable.

Glass piggy bank

Just 5% tenants would go to their association for financial support

19/08/2014 9:18 am

Residents do not see their housing association as a primary source of support, with only 5% saying they would go to their landlord for help, according to campaign group Money Saving Movement.

radioactive gas

Council to test more than 1,000 homes for high levels of radioactive gas

18/08/2014 8:47 am

More than 1,000 council homes will be tested for high levels of radioactive gas, a Scottish council has announced.

money

Working families carrying weight of housing costs, report says

15/08/2014 2:41 pm

Nearly 1m working households are spending more than half of their disposable income on housing costs, a study has shown.

MORE TENANCIES

Eco

Gas

Hundreds of social tenants left without gas following burst main

22/08/2014 8:53 am

More than 750 homes in south Wales have been left without gas following a burst water main, which led to water leaking into gas pipes.

Keepmoat development

Former Pizza Express owner close to Keepmoat buyout

19/08/2014 6:25 pm

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to be taken over by a pair of private equity investors.

roof repairs

Council appoints contractor for improvement works on 270 homes

15/08/2014 2:36 pm

Sandwell Council has appointed Keepmoat as part of a two-year improvement framework to carry out works on homes in three high rise blocks.

A_BITTER_DISPUTE_1

Repair bill cap threat to London councils’ housing revenue accounts

15/08/2014 0:01 am

Repair bill cap will force social landlords to fund work themselves

Finance secretary

Scottish Government granting emergency funds to help with flooding costs

12/08/2014 8:34 am

The Scottish Government will consider granting emergency funds to councils to help deal with the costs of the flooding over the last couple of days.

Boris Johnson

Extra decent homes cash and energy saving fund for London announced

11/08/2014 12:58 pm

A total of £195m has been announced to help improve run-down homes and support energy-saving works in London.

Energy meter

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08/08/2014

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

Man fitting solar panel on roof

Landlords plan to fill green deal void

08/08/2014

Gentoo and Affinity Sutton pilot retrofit-funding mechanism to fill gap left by green deal

Solar panels

£18m solar deal to benefit up to 4,500 Manchester homes

05/08/2014 9:04 am

Up to 4,500 social homes in Manchester will be fitted with solar panels after a housing association agreed an £18m deal. 

Nick Clegg

Clegg: home owners near garden cities 'could be compensated'

04/08/2014 9:37 am

Home owners could receive compensation if the value of their property reduces because of its proximity to a new garden city, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said.

MORE SUSTAINABILITY

Finance

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 4:36 pm

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

Magnifying glass

Regulator and auditor investigate social landlord's development contract

21/08/2014 4:24 pm

A contract between a developer and Scotland’s second-largest housing association is being investigated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Audit Scotland.

Money

Drop in associations with sufficient funding to cover next 18 months

21/08/2014 9:00 am

Fewer English housing associations are reporting having enough finance in place to cover the next 18 months than previously.

Calculator

Exclusive: Accountancy rule could wipe up to £500m from landlords' balance sheets

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Accountancy changes could impact landlords’ lending covenants

HCA regulator social housing

Call to stop mergers driven by association chiefs' 'self-interest'

21/08/2014 0:01 am

The English social housing regulator should amend its proposed code of practice to prevent landlord mergers from being driven by ‘chief executive self-interest’, a landlords’ group has said.

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

Empty wallet

CIH warns landlords about 'unfairly pressurising' tenants to pay extra rent

20/08/2014 3:56 pm

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has warned social landlords against putting ‘unfair pressure’ on tenants to pay extra rent under the rollout of universal credit.

Police

Four arrested in connection with ALMO fraud inquiry

20/08/2014 1:41 pm

Four people have been arrested in connection with an alleged fraud at a west London arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO).

Movers and shakers

Home Group surplus dips in the face of 'unprecedented change'

20/08/2014 11:23 am

Home Group One of the UK’s largest housing associations has posted a dip in its 2013/14 surplus, going against the trend of big landlords reporting record increases in surpluses.

MOat

Social landlord announces record £23.8m surplus

19/08/2014 6:52 pm

Moat Housing Association increased its surplus by more than 20% over the past year, according to its financial statement.

MORE FINANCE

Legal

Unite headquarters

Union instigates legal action on overnight payments

22/08/2014 0:01 am

Legal action could lead to landlords paying out more for overnight stays

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 4:36 pm

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

Magnifying glass

Regulator and auditor investigate social landlord's development contract

21/08/2014 4:24 pm

A contract between a developer and Scotland’s second-largest housing association is being investigated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Audit Scotland.

Domestic violence

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy Video

21/08/2014 10:52 am

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister. 

Police line do not cross

Two men arrested over Kent homeless stabbing

21/08/2014 9:06 am

Two men have been arrested following the stabbing of a homeless man in Gillingham.

asylum

Call for asylum housing review in Scotland after 'shocking' conditions revealed

21/08/2014 8:45 am

A charity has called for a ‘multi-agency’ review of asylum seeker housing in Scotland, in a report published this week.

Calculator

Exclusive: Accountancy rule could wipe up to £500m from landlords' balance sheets

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Accountancy changes could impact landlords’ lending covenants

HCA regulator social housing

Call to stop mergers driven by association chiefs' 'self-interest'

21/08/2014 0:01 am

The English social housing regulator should amend its proposed code of practice to prevent landlord mergers from being driven by ‘chief executive self-interest’, a landlords’ group has said.

Police

Four arrested in connection with ALMO fraud inquiry

20/08/2014 1:41 pm

Four people have been arrested in connection with an alleged fraud at a west London arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO).

Nurse checking an elderly woman's blood pressure in assisted living home

Care legislation could 'exclude' vulnerable people, landlord warns

19/08/2014 11:20 am

Sick and vulnerable people could no longer receive the care they need if new government legislation is not changed, one of Britain’s largest housing associations has warned.

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Care

Unite headquarters

Union instigates legal action on overnight payments

22/08/2014 0:01 am

Legal action could lead to landlords paying out more for overnight stays

Domestic violence

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy Video

21/08/2014 10:52 am

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister. 

Troubled families

Government's troubled families programme to be expanded

21/08/2014 8:58 am

The government’s troubled families programme is set to be expanded to focus on 500,000 households.

asylum

Call for asylum housing review in Scotland after 'shocking' conditions revealed

21/08/2014 8:45 am

A charity has called for a ‘multi-agency’ review of asylum seeker housing in Scotland, in a report published this week.

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Irish ministers urged to spend a week living on benefits

20/08/2014 9:21 am

Ministers who backed the coalition’s welfare reforms have been urged by Sinn Fein to try spending a week living on benefits.

Nurse checking an elderly woman's blood pressure in assisted living home

Care legislation could 'exclude' vulnerable people, landlord warns

19/08/2014 11:20 am

Sick and vulnerable people could no longer receive the care they need if new government legislation is not changed, one of Britain’s largest housing associations has warned.

job education training

Bradford group to axe training and employment service

19/08/2014 9:35 am

Accent Group has today announced it will axe its training and employment service in Bradford, as the ‘payment by results’ funding structure makes it unviable.

Glass piggy bank

Just 5% tenants would go to their association for financial support

19/08/2014 9:18 am

Residents do not see their housing association as a primary source of support, with only 5% saying they would go to their landlord for help, according to campaign group Money Saving Movement.

money

Working families carrying weight of housing costs, report says

15/08/2014 2:41 pm

Nearly 1m working households are spending more than half of their disposable income on housing costs, a study has shown.

MORE CARE

Regulation

LEGO_PEOPLE_394px

Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22/08/2014 0:01 am

60% of current board members weren’t in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Calculator

Exclusive: Accountancy rule could wipe up to £500m from landlords' balance sheets

21/08/2014 0:01 am

Accountancy changes could impact landlords’ lending covenants

HCA regulator social housing

Call to stop mergers driven by association chiefs' 'self-interest'

21/08/2014 0:01 am

The English social housing regulator should amend its proposed code of practice to prevent landlord mergers from being driven by ‘chief executive self-interest’, a landlords’ group has said.

Blackpool Coastal Housing block where a balcony collapsed

Exclusive: Balcony collapse prompts calls for regulatory body

20/08/2014 11:32 am

A sector body is planning to call for more active consumer regulation of arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) services following the sentencing of an ALMO over a balcony collapse.

New board members for LYHA

New-look board for Yorkshire housing association

14/08/2014 6:19 pm

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) has announced a new chair and has strengthened its board with three new additional members.

Sheila Doran

North west housing association merger announced

14/08/2014 6:02 pm

Two Manchester-based housing associations have announced plans to merge.

Protest 3

Social landlord overturns workers' tribunal victory

13/08/2014 11:55 am

A tribunal judge has overturned a ruling which would have left Liverpool Mutual Homes exposed to claims worth hundreds of thousands of pounds for unfair dismissal and deduction of wages.

elderly care home

Care home regulation review begins in Northern Ireland

13/08/2014 8:58 am

A review has been launched into the regulation of care homes in Northern Ireland by the Commissioner for People.

warning regulator told off rapped

Exclusive: Association rapped by regulator over sheltered housing overhaul

12/08/2014 11:32 am

A housing association broke statutory rules when it decided to stop providing warden services across its sheltered housing schemes, according to a regulatory ruling.

Two business partners shaking hands

Social landlord considers second merger this year

11/08/2014 9:10 am

A Dundee-based housing association is considering a second merger with a troubled landlord in less than a year

MORE REGULATION

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