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Landlord issues record-breaking own name bond

29/01/2015 5:29 pm

The long term cost of housing association debt has continued to plummet, as another association secured a record-breaking own name bond.

FOR SALE

Landlord to sell homes 'left empty by the bedroom tax'

29/01/2015 1:10 pm

Accent Group plans to sell 160 homes near Durham on the open market after attempts to offload them for £1 so they could stay in the social sector were unsuccessful.

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Councils face losing powers for not using brownfield sites

29/01/2015 1:43 pm

The government plans to take away councils’ planning powers if they fail to use enough local development orders to boost the building of homes on brownfield land.

Chief executive, Guinness

Well-known CEO announces retirement

29/01/2015 10:06 am

A key leader in the social housing sector will retire later this year.

fraud

Government to double fines for non-prosecuted fraud cases

29/01/2015 9:44 am

Plans to more than double the maximum fine for benefit fraud that can be offered instead of prosecution will be debated in Parliament today.

Money jar

Landlords face 'tough negotiations' as SHPS consultation closes

29/01/2015 7:00 am

Housing associations are facing ‘tough negotiations’ over the future of the sector’s £2.3bn pension scheme, as a consultation on its future closes this week.

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

House-Elphicke review 'hamstrung by terms of reference'

29/01/2015 7:00 am

A review of councils’ role in house building was ‘hamstrung’ by limitations on its scope and ignored the ‘elephant in the room’ of borrowing restrictions, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Gavel

Housing officer faces trial over fraud

28/01/2015 1:40 pm

A former housing officer charged with fraudulently taking more than £3,000 from tenants over a three year period is due to stand trial in September.

Hackney Town Hall

London council to wind up ALMO

28/01/2015 10:41 am

A London council has decided to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation after tenants voted in favour of the proposal.

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

Councils 'should take primary responsibility for housing'

28/01/2015 10:20 am

Councils should take on primary responsibility for housing delivery in their local area, moving away from their current role as ‘sausage machines’ for approving planning decisions.

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Development

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Councils face losing powers for not using brownfield sites

29/01/2015 1:43 pm

The government plans to take away councils’ planning powers if they fail to use enough local development orders to boost the building of homes on brownfield land.

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

House-Elphicke review 'hamstrung by terms of reference'

29/01/2015 7:00 am

A review of councils’ role in house building was ‘hamstrung’ by limitations on its scope and ignored the ‘elephant in the room’ of borrowing restrictions, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

Councils 'should take primary responsibility for housing'

28/01/2015 10:20 am

Councils should take on primary responsibility for housing delivery in their local area, moving away from their current role as ‘sausage machines’ for approving planning decisions.

Financial district

Institutional investor commits £1.5bn to regen schemes

27/01/2015 4:02 pm

A major institutional investor has announced plans to invest £1.5bn in regeneration projects across the UK, including for rented housing.

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'Coalition fails to achieve housing goals'

27/01/2015 3:44 pm

The coalition government has not achieved significant success against its housing goals and is building fewer homes than the previous Labour government.

Westminster

What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan

26/01/2015 10:37 am

A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

Wandsworth - Putney Bridge to Parsons Green

Council plans entry to PRS in housing strategy

26/01/2015 9:48 am

A London borough plans to enter the private rented sector (PRS), using a portion of its £800m pension fund to develop and manage homes for market rent.

ballot box

One million 'waiting for social housing in marginal constituencies'

24/01/2015 0:01 am

More than one million people on council house waiting lists live in the top 100 marginal constituencies that will decide the general election, research by a housing association has found.

A2 Dominion issues £150m retail bond

Landlord secures £20m at 2.2%

23/01/2015 5:33 pm

A Midlands landlord has become the latest to cash in on historic low borrowing rates and smash the sector’s plummeting record for long-term debt.

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'Devolve housing benefit to boost affordable housing'

23/01/2015 10:33 am

A left-leaning think tank has called for housing benefit policy to be devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Repairs

FOR SALE

Landlord to sell homes 'left empty by the bedroom tax'

29/01/2015 1:10 pm

Accent Group plans to sell 160 homes near Durham on the open market after attempts to offload them for £1 so they could stay in the social sector were unsuccessful.

Hackney Town Hall

London council to wind up ALMO

28/01/2015 10:41 am

A London council has decided to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation after tenants voted in favour of the proposal.

Financial district

Institutional investor commits £1.5bn to regen schemes

27/01/2015 4:02 pm

A major institutional investor has announced plans to invest £1.5bn in regeneration projects across the UK, including for rented housing.

Westminster

What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan

26/01/2015 10:37 am

A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

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Scottish government urged to investigate contract failure

23/01/2015 12:59 pm

The Scottish Government has been urged to investigate a £38m contract award to a firm which later went bust.

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GLA announces councils to benefit from £145m repairs fund

20/01/2015 1:21 pm

Nine London boroughs will carry out repairs to thousands of council homes in the capital using a £145m pot of additional decent homes funding.

Gas safety

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20/01/2015 9:02 am

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks.

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Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

15/01/2015 10:02 am

The amount of rent English councils lost due to empty homes rose for the second consecutive year in 2013/14, government figures have shown.

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Welfare reform forces up repairs costs

15/01/2015 7:00 am

Housing associations in parts of England have been forced to increase spending on repairs and maintenance to entice new tenants into larger homes due to the government’s welfare reforms.

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Gateshead Council to retain ALMO

14/01/2015 2:59 pm

Gateshead Council has decided to extend its contract with an arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) by five years.

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Tenancies

FOR SALE

Landlord to sell homes 'left empty by the bedroom tax'

29/01/2015 1:10 pm

Accent Group plans to sell 160 homes near Durham on the open market after attempts to offload them for £1 so they could stay in the social sector were unsuccessful.

fraud

Government to double fines for non-prosecuted fraud cases

29/01/2015 9:44 am

Plans to more than double the maximum fine for benefit fraud that can be offered instead of prosecution will be debated in Parliament today.

Gavel

Housing officer faces trial over fraud

28/01/2015 1:40 pm

A former housing officer charged with fraudulently taking more than £3,000 from tenants over a three year period is due to stand trial in September.

Hackney Town Hall

London council to wind up ALMO

28/01/2015 10:41 am

A London council has decided to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation after tenants voted in favour of the proposal.

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Government commits £250,000 to boost tenant engagement

28/01/2015 7:00 am

The government has announced £250,000 to help get social housing tenants involved in the management of their homes.

Money

Figures show 33% rise in welfare assistance applications

27/01/2015 2:48 pm

The number of people applying for welfare assistance in Scotland shot up 33% in a year, according to official figures released today.

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Statistics watchdog to examine DCLG data proposal

27/01/2015 10:14 am

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) is probing the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) controversial plan to publish key housing data less regularly.

Aerial view of London

London 'to lose thousands of homes through right to buy'

27/01/2015 10:00 am

London councils face a ‘devastating scale of reduction in council housing stock’ with the right to buy likely to cause a 6,000-home deficit over the next 10 years, Labour has claimed.

Westminster

What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan

26/01/2015 10:37 am

A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

MAYOR OF LONDON

'Help social tenants get online' Boris tells internet providers

26/01/2015 10:13 am

Boris Johnson has called on internet service providers to do more to help social housing tenants receive affordable web access.

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Eco

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Statistics watchdog to examine DCLG data proposal

27/01/2015 10:14 am

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) is probing the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) controversial plan to publish key housing data less regularly.

For use in 26 September 2014

DCLG considers publishing data less frequently to save cash

21/01/2015 4:21 pm

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering publishing a key set of housing data every two years instead of annually in a bid to save cash.

Secretary of state for communities and local government

Pickles 'breached Gypsy and Traveller human rights'

21/01/2015 4:12 pm

Eric Pickles broke equality laws by calling in planning decisions regarding Gypsy and Traveller sites that fall within the green belt, the High court has ruled.

SOLAR PANELS

Taiwanese energy giant plots £65m investment in solar PV

20/01/2015 7:00 am

A Taiwanese solar energy giant is planning to invest £65m in installing free energy-generating panels on the roofs of UK housing association homes this year.

westminster autumn

What's on this week 19 - 23 Jan

19/01/2015 10:32 am

Emma Reynolds attends a London First event, draft renewable heat incentive regs will be discussed in the House of Commons and Inside Housing hosts a communications webinar

fuel poverty

Children's health 'being harmed by fuel poverty'

14/01/2015 10:48 am

Children’s health in the private rented sector (PRS) is being harmed with low income families struggling to pay their energy bills, according to a study released today.

south_of_maidstone

Government 'does not care about housing in rural areas'

13/01/2015 10:05 am

The vast majority of people living in rural England do not believe the government cares about providing affordable housing in their communities, a new poll has revealed.

Stethoscope

Groundbreaking landlord scheme saves thousands for NHS

12/01/2015 8:19 am

The first NHS-backed three-way joint investment agreement with a group of social landlords to tackle fuel poverty has saved the health service tens of thousands of pounds, initial analysis suggests.

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What's on in the housing sector this week - 12 - 16 Jan

12/01/2015 0:01 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 12 - 16 January

fuel poverty

'Switch energy efficient subsidies to help fuel poor', think tank argues

09/01/2015 9:48 am

Subsidies for energy efficiency should be redirected to the poorest to plug a £700m annual funding gap, a think tank has argued today.

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Finance

Financial district

Landlord issues record-breaking own name bond

29/01/2015 5:29 pm

The long term cost of housing association debt has continued to plummet, as another association secured a record-breaking own name bond.

FOR SALE

Landlord to sell homes 'left empty by the bedroom tax'

29/01/2015 1:10 pm

Accent Group plans to sell 160 homes near Durham on the open market after attempts to offload them for £1 so they could stay in the social sector were unsuccessful.

fraud

Government to double fines for non-prosecuted fraud cases

29/01/2015 9:44 am

Plans to more than double the maximum fine for benefit fraud that can be offered instead of prosecution will be debated in Parliament today.

Money jar

Landlords face 'tough negotiations' as SHPS consultation closes

29/01/2015 7:00 am

Housing associations are facing ‘tough negotiations’ over the future of the sector’s £2.3bn pension scheme, as a consultation on its future closes this week.

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

House-Elphicke review 'hamstrung by terms of reference'

29/01/2015 7:00 am

A review of councils’ role in house building was ‘hamstrung’ by limitations on its scope and ignored the ‘elephant in the room’ of borrowing restrictions, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Gavel

Housing officer faces trial over fraud

28/01/2015 1:40 pm

A former housing officer charged with fraudulently taking more than £3,000 from tenants over a three year period is due to stand trial in September.

Hackney Town Hall

London council to wind up ALMO

28/01/2015 10:41 am

A London council has decided to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation after tenants voted in favour of the proposal.

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

Councils 'should take primary responsibility for housing'

28/01/2015 10:20 am

Councils should take on primary responsibility for housing delivery in their local area, moving away from their current role as ‘sausage machines’ for approving planning decisions.

Clipboard

HCA concerned about association's ability to protect social assets

28/01/2015 9:37 am

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has warned that it lacks assurance that a Sunderland-based housing association can fully protect its social housing assets in the face of commercial risk.

For use in 26 September 2014

Landlords to face higher costs for eviction claims

28/01/2015 7:00 am

Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals that will cost the private and social housing sector an extra £15m a year.

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Legal

planner plan housebuilding

Councils face losing powers for not using brownfield sites

29/01/2015 1:43 pm

The government plans to take away councils’ planning powers if they fail to use enough local development orders to boost the building of homes on brownfield land.

fraud

Government to double fines for non-prosecuted fraud cases

29/01/2015 9:44 am

Plans to more than double the maximum fine for benefit fraud that can be offered instead of prosecution will be debated in Parliament today.

Gavel

Housing officer faces trial over fraud

28/01/2015 1:40 pm

A former housing officer charged with fraudulently taking more than £3,000 from tenants over a three year period is due to stand trial in September.

For use in 26 September 2014

Landlords to face higher costs for eviction claims

28/01/2015 7:00 am

Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals that will cost the private and social housing sector an extra £15m a year.

Scottish parliament

'No veto on Scottish welfare decisions' says UK minister

27/01/2015 1:19 pm

A UK minister has denied claims by the Scottish First Minister that Westminster would affectively be able to veto the Scottish Government’s changes to housing benefit under draft devolution plans.

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Benefit claimants' personal data to be shared from February

27/01/2015 7:00 am

The government has changed the law to allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to share universal credit claimants’ personal data with social landlords, councils and charities.

Westminster

What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan

26/01/2015 10:37 am

A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

Scottish parliament

Westminster will be able to veto Scottish benefit changes

22/01/2015 12:29 pm

UK ministers would be able to veto the Scottish government’s changes to housing benefit under new devolution plans published today.

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Right to buy could be scrapped in Wales

22/01/2015 10:49 am

The right to buy policy could be scrapped in Wales under new government proposals.

Files

Landlords should be subject to FOIA, says commissioner

22/01/2015 7:00 am

The official responsible for ensuring organisations comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in Scotland has said all social landlords should be subject to the legislation.

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Care

Chief executive, Guinness

Well-known CEO announces retirement

29/01/2015 10:06 am

A key leader in the social housing sector will retire later this year.

Stock pic of cranes

'Coalition fails to achieve housing goals'

27/01/2015 3:44 pm

The coalition government has not achieved significant success against its housing goals and is building fewer homes than the previous Labour government.

Money

Figures show 33% rise in welfare assistance applications

27/01/2015 2:48 pm

The number of people applying for welfare assistance in Scotland shot up 33% in a year, according to official figures released today.

Empty land

Stop focusing on quick, one-off land sales, NHS told

26/01/2015 3:22 pm

NHS bodies should stop looking for the quick sale of hospital land and be more ‘creative’ to raise extra cash, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said.

Learning disability charity registers as social landlord

23/01/2015 3:33 pm

Mencap, which provides community housing for people with learning difficulties, has registered its housing arm as a housing association.

child poverty

Coalition policies 'cut the incomes of the poor hardest'

23/01/2015 10:06 am

Tax and benefit changes introduced by the coalition government have reduced average household incomes by £1,127 – with poorer households worse hit in percentage terms.

Scottish parliament

Westminster will be able to veto Scottish benefit changes

22/01/2015 12:29 pm

UK ministers would be able to veto the Scottish government’s changes to housing benefit under new devolution plans published today.

Handing out soup

GLA drive to stop rough sleepers flocking to central London

22/01/2015 7:00 am

City Hall is set to launch a drive with councils, police and the Home Office to stop rough sleepers travelling to central London.

Jobcentre

At least 100 mental health benefit claimants sanctioned a day

21/01/2015 10:20 am

People with mental health problems are having their benefits sanctioned at a rate of at least 100 a day – more than claimants with any other conditions, according to research.

Gavel

Council faces High Court challenge over homelessness policy

21/01/2015 7:00 am

A council’s policy to bar homeless people from bidding for social homes for 12 months is set to be challenged in the High Court.

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Regulation

planner plan housebuilding

Councils face losing powers for not using brownfield sites

29/01/2015 1:43 pm

The government plans to take away councils’ planning powers if they fail to use enough local development orders to boost the building of homes on brownfield land.

Hackney Town Hall

London council to wind up ALMO

28/01/2015 10:41 am

A London council has decided to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation after tenants voted in favour of the proposal.

Clipboard

HCA concerned about association's ability to protect social assets

28/01/2015 9:37 am

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has warned that it lacks assurance that a Sunderland-based housing association can fully protect its social housing assets in the face of commercial risk.

Stock pic of cranes

'Coalition fails to achieve housing goals'

27/01/2015 3:44 pm

The coalition government has not achieved significant success against its housing goals and is building fewer homes than the previous Labour government.

Money

Figures show 33% rise in welfare assistance applications

27/01/2015 2:48 pm

The number of people applying for welfare assistance in Scotland shot up 33% in a year, according to official figures released today.

Scottish parliament

'No veto on Scottish welfare decisions' says UK minister

27/01/2015 1:19 pm

A UK minister has denied claims by the Scottish First Minister that Westminster would affectively be able to veto the Scottish Government’s changes to housing benefit under draft devolution plans.

File tab marked Regulations

Statistics watchdog to examine DCLG data proposal

27/01/2015 10:14 am

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) is probing the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) controversial plan to publish key housing data less regularly.

Aerial view of London

London 'to lose thousands of homes through right to buy'

27/01/2015 10:00 am

London councils face a ‘devastating scale of reduction in council housing stock’ with the right to buy likely to cause a 6,000-home deficit over the next 10 years, Labour has claimed.

Westminster

What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan

26/01/2015 10:37 am

A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

MAYOR OF LONDON

'Help social tenants get online' Boris tells internet providers

26/01/2015 10:13 am

Boris Johnson has called on internet service providers to do more to help social housing tenants receive affordable web access.

MORE REGULATION

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