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Alarm bells ring for City Hall as affordable housing deadline looms

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Boris Johnson under pressure as providers struggle to hit affordable housing targets

Aerial London

London Housing Strategy signed off by government

31/10/2014 12:07 pm

Boris Johnson’s flagship housing strategy to build 42,000-homes per year in London has been formally approved by government.

Elephant and castle

GLA announces major housing development in Elephant and Castle

31/10/2014 11:57 am

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has confirmed work is to begin to build 457 homes, including 278 for private rent, on land it owns in south London.

Man fitting solar panel on roof

£10m urban energy fund to launch imminently

31/10/2014 11:36 am

A £10m fund for urban community energy projects, which can be accessed by housing associations, is set to be launched within the coming weeks.

Sean BIrrane

Contractor appoints new chief executive

31/10/2014 11:29 am

A contractor has appointed a new chief executive as it continues to remodel its business into four key divisions.

Solar thermal tubes

Research reveals £81bn renewable energy projects planned

31/10/2014 11:26 am

More than £81bn of renewable energy projects are proposed over the next decade representing almost half of all infrastructure spending in the UK, new analysis has revealed.

Howard Sinclair chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway

St Mungo's Broadway won't 'turn back the clock' on salary changes

31/10/2014 11:11 am

Unite members at St Mungo’s Broadway ended their seven-day strike on Friday over changes to pay for new staff, following the merger.

greenbelt

Confront the need to build on well-connected greenbelt sites, says think tank

31/10/2014 9:46 am

Political parties should confront the need to build on well-connected greenbelt sites that are within 25 minutes of city train stations, a report by Centre for Cities has said.

Scottish housing regulator

Regulator urged to address 'secrecy' concerns

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Scotland’s social housing regulator is being urged to adopt a clearer intervention policy following allegations it has been holding secret and undocumented meetings with landlord board members.

Stock pic of wood chippings

Social landlords shun renewable heat scheme due to upfront costs

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Sector calls for more financial incentives and government tariff pledge

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Development

Fire alarm with GLA logo

Alarm bells ring for City Hall as affordable housing deadline looms

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Boris Johnson under pressure as providers struggle to hit affordable housing targets

Aerial London

London Housing Strategy signed off by government

31/10/2014 12:07 pm

Boris Johnson’s flagship housing strategy to build 42,000-homes per year in London has been formally approved by government.

Elephant and castle

GLA announces major housing development in Elephant and Castle

31/10/2014 11:57 am

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has confirmed work is to begin to build 457 homes, including 278 for private rent, on land it owns in south London.

greenbelt

Confront the need to build on well-connected greenbelt sites, says think tank

31/10/2014 9:46 am

Political parties should confront the need to build on well-connected greenbelt sites that are within 25 minutes of city train stations, a report by Centre for Cities has said.

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34,000 sales under Help to Buy

30/10/2014 12:37 pm

Nearly 34,000 homes have been bought under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme, figures published today reveal.

Building under construction

London council to build 99 new homes

30/10/2014 10:21 am

Ealing Council will be able to build 99 new homes after being granted permission to borrow £15.5m against its housing revenue account (HRA).

planning application, homes, Scotland

Experts warn of 'chronic' land shortage in Northern Ireland

30/10/2014 0:00 am

A ‘chronic’ land availability crisis is emerging in Northern Ireland, experts have warned.

building homes

Associations call on government to 'radically reform' Right to Buy

29/10/2014 9:08 am

Housing associations are unable to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy and have called on government to ‘radically reform’ the policy.

HCA regulator social housing

Two London associations receive regulatory upgrades

29/10/2014 9:00 am

Two London housing associations previously in breach of regulatory standards have now been found to comply with Homes and Communities Agency rules.

Transport in London

Infrastructure is key to boosting homes in London

28/10/2014 6:45 pm

Investment in infrastructure is essential for regeneration and boosting the number of homes built in London, according to a report by Savills.

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Repairs

Sean BIrrane

Contractor appoints new chief executive

31/10/2014 11:29 am

A contractor has appointed a new chief executive as it continues to remodel its business into four key divisions.

Stock pic of wood chippings

Social landlords shun renewable heat scheme due to upfront costs

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Sector calls for more financial incentives and government tariff pledge

Stock pic of meter

Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 10:05 am

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

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Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29/10/2014 10:48 am

Four in 10 social housing tenants have cited better repairs and maintenance as their top priority for improving quality of life.

Battersea power station

Contractor announced for second stage of Battersea redevelopment

28/10/2014 11:48 am

Skanska has won the contract for the second stage of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, which is estimated to be worth around £750 million.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 9:30 am

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

money pot

London borough secures £150m EIB funding in new deal

27/10/2014 5:13 pm

A new £1bn pot of lending for social housing, urban renewal and energy efficiency has been agreed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the London Green Fund (LGF).

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 10:00 am

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 8:56 am

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Solar thermal tubes

Call for action over low take up of government renewable heat scheme Video

24/10/2014 5:35 pm

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has called for government action to help increase the take-up of renewable heat technology as figures show social landlords continue to ignore the scheme.

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Tenancies

Man fitting solar panel on roof

£10m urban energy fund to launch imminently

31/10/2014 11:36 am

A £10m fund for urban community energy projects, which can be accessed by housing associations, is set to be launched within the coming weeks.

Stock pic of wood chippings

Social landlords shun renewable heat scheme due to upfront costs

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Sector calls for more financial incentives and government tariff pledge

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Debts spiral for welfare reform-affected tenants

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Families hit by the coalition government’s welfare reforms have seen their average debt increase by more than 70% in just over a year, a study has found.

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Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29/10/2014 10:48 am

Four in 10 social housing tenants have cited better repairs and maintenance as their top priority for improving quality of life.

Scottish parliament

Charity campaigns for reform of 'outdated' private rented sector

29/10/2014 9:18 am

A campaign to reform the ‘outdated’ private rented sector in Scotland has been launched by a homelessness charity.

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Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28/10/2014 10:37 am

A major credit agency has warned that a proposed benefits freeze could lead to ‘downward pressure’ on rents and make it ‘increasingly difficult’ for housing associations to manage arrears.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 9:30 am

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

Mike Biles

Housing ombudsman stands down after 13 years

28/10/2014 0:00 am

Mike Biles will retire as the housing ombudsman next Monday.

Refunds

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27/10/2014 2:28 pm

A Kent housing association has used its unique ‘unregistered’ status to secure 788 tenants bedroom tax refunds worth in total more than £500,000.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 10:00 am

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

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Eco

Man fitting solar panel on roof

£10m urban energy fund to launch imminently

31/10/2014 11:36 am

A £10m fund for urban community energy projects, which can be accessed by housing associations, is set to be launched within the coming weeks.

Solar thermal tubes

Research reveals £81bn renewable energy projects planned

31/10/2014 11:26 am

More than £81bn of renewable energy projects are proposed over the next decade representing almost half of all infrastructure spending in the UK, new analysis has revealed.

Stock pic of wood chippings

Social landlords shun renewable heat scheme due to upfront costs

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Sector calls for more financial incentives and government tariff pledge

Stock pic of meter

Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 10:05 am

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

Battersea power station

Contractor announced for second stage of Battersea redevelopment

28/10/2014 11:48 am

Skanska has won the contract for the second stage of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, which is estimated to be worth around £750 million.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 9:30 am

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

money pot

London borough secures £150m EIB funding in new deal

27/10/2014 5:13 pm

A new £1bn pot of lending for social housing, urban renewal and energy efficiency has been agreed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the London Green Fund (LGF).

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 10:00 am

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 8:56 am

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Meridian Water

First phase of London eco development approved

24/10/2014 5:50 pm

Enfield Council has approved the first phase of a development that will provide 2,000 affordable and social homes.

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Finance

Solar thermal tubes

Research reveals £81bn renewable energy projects planned

31/10/2014 11:26 am

More than £81bn of renewable energy projects are proposed over the next decade representing almost half of all infrastructure spending in the UK, new analysis has revealed.

Former head of St Mungo's Broadway

Outrage over St Mungo’s ‘golden handshake’

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Details of £157k payoff come to light as more than 500 staff strike over wages

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Debts spiral for welfare reform-affected tenants

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Families hit by the coalition government’s welfare reforms have seen their average debt increase by more than 70% in just over a year, a study has found.

Financial district

Bond smashes sector record for cheapest ever debt

30/10/2014 12:58 pm

A £198.5m bond has smashed the sector record for the cheapest ever debt.

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34,000 sales under Help to Buy

30/10/2014 12:37 pm

Nearly 34,000 homes have been bought under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme, figures published today reveal.

Money

'Opportunistic' lenders seek to push up spreads of bonds

30/10/2014 11:30 am

Opportunistic lenders have seized on recent turmoil in the pricing of government bonds to push up the cost of housing association debt.

Building under construction

London council to build 99 new homes

30/10/2014 10:21 am

Ealing Council will be able to build 99 new homes after being granted permission to borrow £15.5m against its housing revenue account (HRA).

Stock pic of meter

Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 10:05 am

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

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HCA to outsource viability assessment works

30/10/2014 0:00 am

The English social housing regulator is to outsource viability assessment work for up to 40 housing associations to consultants because of staff shortages.

CE, Home Group

Landlord misses out on multi-million pound probation contracts

29/10/2014 5:00 pm

A housing provider bidding to manage multi-million pound probation contracts has been overlooked by government

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Legal

Gavel

ALMO fraud inquiry dropped

29/10/2014 0:00 am

An inquiry into allegations of fraud at a London arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) has been dropped.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 9:30 am

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

Refunds

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27/10/2014 2:28 pm

A Kent housing association has used its unique ‘unregistered’ status to secure 788 tenants bedroom tax refunds worth in total more than £500,000.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 10:00 am

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 8:56 am

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Liberal Democrat MP, Brent Central

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24/10/2014 8:49 am

A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into a Liberal Democrat bill to outlaw ‘revenge’ evictions.

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’.

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Care

Howard Sinclair chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway

St Mungo's Broadway won't 'turn back the clock' on salary changes

31/10/2014 11:11 am

Unite members at St Mungo’s Broadway ended their seven-day strike on Friday over changes to pay for new staff, following the merger.

Former head of St Mungo's Broadway

Outrage over St Mungo’s ‘golden handshake’

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Details of £157k payoff come to light as more than 500 staff strike over wages

Stock ilo

Debts spiral for welfare reform-affected tenants

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Families hit by the coalition government’s welfare reforms have seen their average debt increase by more than 70% in just over a year, a study has found.

Strike by staff at St Mungo's Broadway

Homelessness charity staff vote for second round of strikes

30/10/2014 1:28 pm

Unite members in the midst of a pay dispute at homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway plan to strike for 10 days from Wednesday next week.

CE, Home Group

Landlord misses out on multi-million pound probation contracts

29/10/2014 5:00 pm

A housing provider bidding to manage multi-million pound probation contracts has been overlooked by government

Wheelchair illustration

New planning guidance for accessibility in London

28/10/2014 5:19 pm

New planning guidance for London has introduced new rules to ensure developments remain accessible.

Danny Alexander - Shelter lecture

Listen to Danny Alexander's ideas about solving the housing crisis

28/10/2014 12:26 pm

How to solve the housing crisis is one of the key challenges facing the party voted into power in 2015. Danny Alexander explored how he would tackle the issue in a lecture he gave for Shelter Scotland last week.

Stethoscope

Only 36% of councils refer to homelessness within health plans

28/10/2014 11:18 am

Urgent action is needed to tackle health problems among homeless people, a report by St Mungo’s Broadway warns. 

Charles Fraser

EXCLUSIVE: £160,000 payout for former homelessness charity chief

28/10/2014 10:03 am

The former chief executive of a strike-hit homelessness charity received a pay-out of nearly £160,000 when he stepped down this year, recent accounts reveal.

Man in hooded jacket

Study finds anti-social behaviour a symptom of homelessness

28/10/2014 9:12 am

Anti-social behaviour is often a consequence rather than the cause of homelessness, according to research by Northumbria University.

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Regulation

Howard Sinclair chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway

St Mungo's Broadway won't 'turn back the clock' on salary changes

31/10/2014 11:11 am

Unite members at St Mungo’s Broadway ended their seven-day strike on Friday over changes to pay for new staff, following the merger.

Scottish housing regulator

Regulator urged to address 'secrecy' concerns

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Scotland’s social housing regulator is being urged to adopt a clearer intervention policy following allegations it has been holding secret and undocumented meetings with landlord board members.

Former head of St Mungo's Broadway

Outrage over St Mungo’s ‘golden handshake’

31/10/2014 0:00 am

Details of £157k payoff come to light as more than 500 staff strike over wages

File tab marked Regulations

HCA to outsource viability assessment works

30/10/2014 0:00 am

The English social housing regulator is to outsource viability assessment work for up to 40 housing associations to consultants because of staff shortages.

HCA regulator social housing

Two London associations receive regulatory upgrades

29/10/2014 9:00 am

Two London housing associations previously in breach of regulatory standards have now been found to comply with Homes and Communities Agency rules.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 9:30 am

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

Mike Biles

Housing ombudsman stands down after 13 years

28/10/2014 0:00 am

Mike Biles will retire as the housing ombudsman next Monday.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 10:00 am

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 8:56 am

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Labour Party MP

Lyons' proposals will 'cost too much', experts warn

24/10/2014 0:00 am

A recommendation from a Labour-commissioned review that ‘affordable’ rents reflect local incomes will be too costly and difficult for councils to achieve, experts have warned.

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