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Jeff James, CIH

CIH launches comprehensive review after income falls

24/04/2014 0:01 am

The Chartered Institute of Housing will ‘comprehensively review’ areas of the organisation making less money following a 2 per cent drop in income in 2013.

Houses made from £10 notes

Regulator refuses request to use homes as pensions security

24/04/2014 0:01 am

Two Scottish housing associations have been blocked from using homes as security against their pension deficits.

Unite union

Protest at landlord's HQ over suspended staff member

23/04/2014 9:41 am

A protest will take place today in London outside a housing association’s headquarters in support of a suspended staff member.

child poverty

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

22/04/2014 8:36 am

The bedroom tax and other welfare cuts have caused 1.75 million of Britain’s lowest income families to become poorer, according to a report.

elderly care home

Care provider signs ninth deal with developer

23/04/2014 3:30 pm

A care provider has signed its ninth deal, for a 35-year lease agreement, with Castleoak.

Computers

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23/04/2014 2:44 pm

Local authorities took longer than three weeks to process housing benefit claims on average, a week longer than their target time.

Ilo

£50m announced for infrastructure to unlock housing developments

23/04/2014 2:08 pm

The Communities and Local Government department has announced today a new £50 million investment fund to help large-scale housing developments to get off the ground.

food bank food poverty David Cameron

Bishop delivering food poverty letter to Cameron's office met by police

23/04/2014 10:26 am

David Cameron’s constituency office called the police as the Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Hebden tried to present an open letter on food poverty.

Cranes

Changes to CIL will not deliver homes, say developers

23/04/2014 9:59 am

Government changes to the community infrastructure levy and section 106 regime will not deliver more homes, 75 per cent of developers polled at a recent seminar said.

Stock pic

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23/04/2014 0:01 am

If you work in housing, and you have been subject to verbal, physical or sexual assault in the last 12 months, we want to know.

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Development

elderly care home

Care provider signs ninth deal with developer

23/04/2014 3:30 pm

A care provider has signed its ninth deal, for a 35-year lease agreement, with Castleoak.

Cranes

Changes to CIL will not deliver homes, say developers

23/04/2014 9:59 am

Government changes to the community infrastructure levy and section 106 regime will not deliver more homes, 75 per cent of developers polled at a recent seminar said.

Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent

Government 'storing up problems' with viability tests, says Tory council

22/04/2014 1:13 pm

The leader of a Conservative council attacked the government for ‘storing up problems for the future’ by allowing developers to scrap affordable homes to protect profits.

house building new homes

Council invests £75m from HRA into housing projects

17/04/2014 1:21 pm

Hull Council has decided to invest £75 million from its housing revenue account to build 3,500 homes, retrofit 3,000 and bring 650 properties back into use.

Cranes

Councils to build 15,000 homes

17/04/2014

Local authorities using self-financing freedoms to fund development

Chief executive, Grainger

Grainger to expand PRS drive to regions

17/04/2014

Private landlord claims more opportunities are now available in north

Sold sign

House builder sells 5,000 homes under help to buy

16/04/2014 11:46 am

Persimmon has sold 5,000 new homes under the help to buy scheme to date, with 38 per cent more sales completed than this time last year.

HSBC

HSBC enters social housing sector with £75m loan

16/04/2014 11:09 am

A housing association has confirmed it has secured a £75 million debt facility from HSBC, marking the bank’s first major direct lending to the sector.

Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent

Objections will pose block to delivering new garden cities

16/04/2014 8:53 am

The government will struggle to build any garden cities because there is no means of overruling local opposition to the developments, a planning charity has warned.

house building new homes

Charity warns planning change threatens affordable homes

16/04/2014 0:01 am

A change to Scottish planning regulations threatens to reduce the number of affordable homes built, a charity has warned.

MORE DEVELOPMENT

Repairs

Blackpool coastal housing

ALMO chief executive retirement and court case ‘unrelated’

22/04/2014 1:33 pm

The retirement announcement of an arm’s-length management organisation chief in the same week as the ALMO was in court for putting residents at risk is ‘bad timing’, according to a council spokesperson.

house building new homes

Council invests £75m from HRA into housing projects

17/04/2014 1:21 pm

Hull Council has decided to invest £75 million from its housing revenue account to build 3,500 homes, retrofit 3,000 and bring 650 properties back into use.

Gas hob

ECO changes could have 'serious implications' on fuel poverty

17/04/2014 11:12 am

The government’s changes to the energy company obligation could have ‘serious implications for funding schemes that tackle fuel poverty’, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. 

Man in wheelchair in his kitchen

Associations told to foot half of adaptations bill

17/04/2014

Islington Council says it can no longer cover 100% of disabled facilities grants

Hospital

Decent homes programme saved £392m

17/04/2014

The decent homes programme saved the NHS £392 million by reducing the number of accidents and illnesses between 2001 and 2010, according to modelling by researchers at consultancy BRE.

NEWCASTLE COUNCIL

Council seeks legal advice on HMO licences

14/04/2014 11:43 am

Newcastle Council may have incorrectly issued licences for houses in multiple occupation and is consulting its legal team over whether recent judgements will mean landlords are entitled to refunds.

red road demolition

Commonwealth Games live tower block demolitions scrapped

14/04/2014 8:45 am

Plans to demolish five Glasgow tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games have been scrapped.

Derelict terrace house in Salford, UK, boarded up and awaiting demolition.

Council invests £6m to transform empty homes

11/04/2014 11:24 am

A local authority is investing £6 million to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use.

Flooding

Report: Homes of 140,000 Londoners at 'high risk' of flooding

10/04/2014 4:27 pm

Properties housing 140,000 people in London are at high risk of surface flooding and 24,000 properties are at significant risk of river flooding, according to a London Assembly report.

Carl Sargarent on tour to monitor social landlord's building progress

Welsh minister announces further regeneration funds

10/04/2014 11:51 am

The Welsh housing minister has announced an additional £2 million to fund the regeneration of deprived areas.

MORE REPAIRS

Tenancies

Houses made from £10 notes

Regulator refuses request to use homes as pensions security

24/04/2014 0:01 am

Two Scottish housing associations have been blocked from using homes as security against their pension deficits.

Blackpool coastal housing

ALMO chief executive retirement and court case ‘unrelated’

22/04/2014 1:33 pm

The retirement announcement of an arm’s-length management organisation chief in the same week as the ALMO was in court for putting residents at risk is ‘bad timing’, according to a council spokesperson.

Clipboard

Social landlords welcome residency test for allocations.

17/04/2014 3:50 pm

A requirement for prospective tenants to pass a ‘residency test’ before being allocated a social home has been largely welcomed by housing associations and councils, the government has said.

potential merger

Landlords enter merger talks

17/04/2014 12:52 pm

Two Staffordshire landlords have begun talks on a merger to create a new 12,000-home association.

Overcrowding

Overcrowding four times more likely in social homes Video

17/04/2014 12:49 pm

Proportionally there were almost four times more overcrowded social homes than overcrowded owner-occupied homes in England and Wales, based on information released by the Office for National Statistics today.

fire

No accidental fire deaths in GHA homes

17/04/2014

One of Britain’s largest housing associations claims a two-year long safety drive has eradicated fire deaths in its homes.

Kris Hopkins housing minister

Letting agents to be forced to join approved complaints service

15/04/2014 6:12 pm

Letting agents will be forced to sign up to one of three government-approved complaint services as part of a package of measures to provide better protection to tenants.

Stock pic

Fees for eviction proceedings to rise by 150%

15/04/2014 5:13 pm

Fees for issuing eviction proceeding notices to social tenants are due to surge by 150 per cent to £250.

DHP cover graphic

More than £25m DHP awarded in Scotland

15/04/2014 1:00 pm

Scottish local authorities have approved more than £25 million in discretionary housing payment awards, figures released today reveal.

Campbell Robb

Nearly 4m families 'one pay cheque away from losing home'

14/04/2014 4:41 pm

Nearly 4 million families in the UK are one pay cheque away from becoming unable to afford their rent or mortgage, research suggests.

MORE TENANCIES

Eco

Alex Salmond

Home energy efficiency scheme given £4m boost

22/04/2014 5:56 pm

A further £4 million has been added to extend a Scottish home renewables scheme, Alex Salmond has announced.

house building new homes

Council invests £75m from HRA into housing projects

17/04/2014 1:21 pm

Hull Council has decided to invest £75 million from its housing revenue account to build 3,500 homes, retrofit 3,000 and bring 650 properties back into use.

Gas hob

ECO changes could have 'serious implications' on fuel poverty

17/04/2014 11:12 am

The government’s changes to the energy company obligation could have ‘serious implications for funding schemes that tackle fuel poverty’, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. 

Hospital

Decent homes programme saved £392m

17/04/2014

The decent homes programme saved the NHS £392 million by reducing the number of accidents and illnesses between 2001 and 2010, according to modelling by researchers at consultancy BRE.

Derelict terrace house in Salford, UK, boarded up and awaiting demolition.

Council invests £6m to transform empty homes

11/04/2014 11:24 am

A local authority is investing £6 million to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use.

Flooding

Report: Homes of 140,000 Londoners at 'high risk' of flooding

10/04/2014 4:27 pm

Properties housing 140,000 people in London are at high risk of surface flooding and 24,000 properties are at significant risk of river flooding, according to a London Assembly report.

Penwith HA ground source heat pump

Green heat cashback scheme for landlords launches

09/04/2014 6:07 pm

A government-backed scheme that will pay social and private landlords, as well as homeowners and self-builders, for the green heat generated from their homes has launched today.

child poverty

JRF: Impact of welfare reform on tenants and landlords revealed

09/04/2014 8:12 am

Around half of the 498,000 people paying the bedroom tax across the UK are in arrears, a report published today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said.

Insulation contractor cutting insulation to install in the wall

Council launches energy efficiency pilot

04/04/2014 12:33 pm

A local authority has launched a scheme to cut household energy bills by providing loans for home improvement works.

Stock pic of meter

More than 30 organisations call for PRS energy efficiency standard

03/04/2014 8:58 am

A joint statement has been released by more 30 organisations calling on the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for homes in the private rented sector.

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Finance

Jeff James, CIH

CIH launches comprehensive review after income falls

24/04/2014 0:01 am

The Chartered Institute of Housing will ‘comprehensively review’ areas of the organisation making less money following a 2 per cent drop in income in 2013.

Houses made from £10 notes

Regulator refuses request to use homes as pensions security

24/04/2014 0:01 am

Two Scottish housing associations have been blocked from using homes as security against their pension deficits.

child poverty

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

22/04/2014 8:36 am

The bedroom tax and other welfare cuts have caused 1.75 million of Britain’s lowest income families to become poorer, according to a report.

elderly care home

Care provider signs ninth deal with developer

23/04/2014 3:30 pm

A care provider has signed its ninth deal, for a 35-year lease agreement, with Castleoak.

Computers

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23/04/2014 2:44 pm

Local authorities took longer than three weeks to process housing benefit claims on average, a week longer than their target time.

Ilo

£50m announced for infrastructure to unlock housing developments

23/04/2014 2:08 pm

The Communities and Local Government department has announced today a new £50 million investment fund to help large-scale housing developments to get off the ground.

foodbank food bank donation food poverty

Donations for food bank charity jump after investigation

22/04/2014 12:35 pm

Donations to the largest food bank provider in Britain have soared to more than £57,000 after a national newspaper ran an investigation on the charity.

House keys

First-time buyers in London need £70,000 cash pot

22/04/2014 8:41 am

London’s first-time buyers need a £70,000 sum to purchase a home in the capital, a new report suggests.

Ilo

Councils fail to spend almost half of crisis funds

22/04/2014 8:32 am

Councils are failing to spend a fund for families and individuals in crisis, with £67 million left unused at the beginning of this year, figures have shown.

money

Think tank proposes levy on payday industry to fund credit unions

21/04/2014 0:01 am

A one-off £450 million levy on the payday loan industry would be enough to create a sector of not-for-profit lenders to rival ‘firms like Wonga, Quick Quid and Payday Express’, a report said today.

MORE FINANCE

Legal

food bank food poverty David Cameron

Bishop delivering food poverty letter to Cameron's office met by police

23/04/2014 10:26 am

David Cameron’s constituency office called the police as the Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Hebden tried to present an open letter on food poverty.

Cranes

Changes to CIL will not deliver homes, say developers

23/04/2014 9:59 am

Government changes to the community infrastructure levy and section 106 regime will not deliver more homes, 75 per cent of developers polled at a recent seminar said.

Stock pic

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23/04/2014 0:01 am

If you work in housing, and you have been subject to verbal, physical or sexual assault in the last 12 months, we want to know.

Blackpool coastal housing

ALMO chief executive retirement and court case ‘unrelated’

22/04/2014 1:33 pm

The retirement announcement of an arm’s-length management organisation chief in the same week as the ALMO was in court for putting residents at risk is ‘bad timing’, according to a council spokesperson.

Stock pic

Landlords brace for rise in court possession fees

17/04/2014

Sector faces annual £265,000 hit due to 150 per cent increase in costs.

White goods

Trio of ALMO employees guilty of theft

16/04/2014 8:50 am

Three Your Homes Newcastle employees stole £19,000 of furniture

Kris Hopkins housing minister

Letting agents to be forced to join approved complaints service

15/04/2014 6:12 pm

Letting agents will be forced to sign up to one of three government-approved complaint services as part of a package of measures to provide better protection to tenants.

Stock pic

Fees for eviction proceedings to rise by 150%

15/04/2014 5:13 pm

Fees for issuing eviction proceeding notices to social tenants are due to surge by 150 per cent to £250.

Barbara Driver

Councillor who compared affordable housing to rape will stand down

14/04/2014 2:08 pm

A councillor and former mayor will step down after facing pressure over comments she made comparing affordable homes deliverability to rape.

NEWCASTLE COUNCIL

Council seeks legal advice on HMO licences

14/04/2014 11:43 am

Newcastle Council may have incorrectly issued licences for houses in multiple occupation and is consulting its legal team over whether recent judgements will mean landlords are entitled to refunds.

MORE LEGAL

Care

Unite union

Protest at landlord's HQ over suspended staff member

23/04/2014 9:41 am

A protest will take place today in London outside a housing association’s headquarters in support of a suspended staff member.

child poverty

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

22/04/2014 8:36 am

The bedroom tax and other welfare cuts have caused 1.75 million of Britain’s lowest income families to become poorer, according to a report.

elderly care home

Care provider signs ninth deal with developer

23/04/2014 3:30 pm

A care provider has signed its ninth deal, for a 35-year lease agreement, with Castleoak.

Computers

Average housing benefit claim processed a week late

23/04/2014 2:44 pm

Local authorities took longer than three weeks to process housing benefit claims on average, a week longer than their target time.

food bank food poverty David Cameron

Bishop delivering food poverty letter to Cameron's office met by police

23/04/2014 10:26 am

David Cameron’s constituency office called the police as the Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Hebden tried to present an open letter on food poverty.

Stock pic

Anonymous housing assault survey launches

23/04/2014 0:01 am

If you work in housing, and you have been subject to verbal, physical or sexual assault in the last 12 months, we want to know.

foodbank food bank donation food poverty

Donations for food bank charity jump after investigation

22/04/2014 12:35 pm

Donations to the largest food bank provider in Britain have soared to more than £57,000 after a national newspaper ran an investigation on the charity.

Ilo

Councils fail to spend almost half of crisis funds

22/04/2014 8:32 am

Councils are failing to spend a fund for families and individuals in crisis, with £67 million left unused at the beginning of this year, figures have shown.

Clipboard

Social landlords welcome residency test for allocations.

17/04/2014 3:50 pm

A requirement for prospective tenants to pass a ‘residency test’ before being allocated a social home has been largely welcomed by housing associations and councils, the government has said.

Overcrowding

Overcrowding four times more likely in social homes Video

17/04/2014 12:49 pm

Proportionally there were almost four times more overcrowded social homes than overcrowded owner-occupied homes in England and Wales, based on information released by the Office for National Statistics today.

MORE CARE

Regulation

Jeff James, CIH

CIH launches comprehensive review after income falls

24/04/2014 0:01 am

The Chartered Institute of Housing will ‘comprehensively review’ areas of the organisation making less money following a 2 per cent drop in income in 2013.

Houses made from £10 notes

Regulator refuses request to use homes as pensions security

24/04/2014 0:01 am

Two Scottish housing associations have been blocked from using homes as security against their pension deficits.

child poverty

1.75m British families poorer due to welfare cuts

22/04/2014 8:36 am

The bedroom tax and other welfare cuts have caused 1.75 million of Britain’s lowest income families to become poorer, according to a report.

Cranes

Changes to CIL will not deliver homes, say developers

23/04/2014 9:59 am

Government changes to the community infrastructure levy and section 106 regime will not deliver more homes, 75 per cent of developers polled at a recent seminar said.

Alex Salmond

Home energy efficiency scheme given £4m boost

22/04/2014 5:56 pm

A further £4 million has been added to extend a Scottish home renewables scheme, Alex Salmond has announced.

Blackpool coastal housing

ALMO chief executive retirement and court case ‘unrelated’

22/04/2014 1:33 pm

The retirement announcement of an arm’s-length management organisation chief in the same week as the ALMO was in court for putting residents at risk is ‘bad timing’, according to a council spokesperson.

Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent

Government 'storing up problems' with viability tests, says Tory council

22/04/2014 1:13 pm

The leader of a Conservative council attacked the government for ‘storing up problems for the future’ by allowing developers to scrap affordable homes to protect profits.

foodbank food bank donation food poverty

Donations for food bank charity jump after investigation

22/04/2014 12:35 pm

Donations to the largest food bank provider in Britain have soared to more than £57,000 after a national newspaper ran an investigation on the charity.

House keys

First-time buyers in London need £70,000 cash pot

22/04/2014 8:41 am

London’s first-time buyers need a £70,000 sum to purchase a home in the capital, a new report suggests.

money

Think tank proposes levy on payday industry to fund credit unions

21/04/2014 0:01 am

A one-off £450 million levy on the payday loan industry would be enough to create a sector of not-for-profit lenders to rival ‘firms like Wonga, Quick Quid and Payday Express’, a report said today.

MORE REGULATION

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