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More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19/12/2014 1:03 pm

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities, Inside Housing can reveal.

Ilo

Fall in social housing lets to black and minority ethnic households

19/12/2014 0:00 am

DCLG figures show dip in BME allocations, but drop is less than anticipated

Right to buy sales

New Era estate bought by affordable homes provider

19/12/2014 4:55 pm

A Hackney housing estate, which made headlines earlier this year when Russell Brand protested against its new owners’ planned rent hikes, is being bought by affordable homes provider, Dolphin Living.

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Government confirms £172m welfare assistance funding cut

19/12/2014 4:04 pm

Kris Hopkins has confirmed the government intends to cut £172m of grant funding for local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16.

Labour London Assembly Member

London Labour questions government grant for shared ownership

19/12/2014 4:02 pm

The London Labour party has questioned the sense of using government cash to build homes for shared ownership, as the deposits required to access the product soar.

Homeless person begging on snowy street

Homelessness charities hit back over mayor hopeful's comments

19/12/2014 3:34 pm

Homelessness charities have hit back at claims from a London mayoral hopeful that they are ‘keeping people stuck in a continuous cycle of addiction’.

Universal credit

'Monitor rent accounts closely to prevent arrears' DWP warns landlords

19/12/2014 12:41 pm

Close monitoring of rent accounts by social landlords is needed to prevent an initial spike in arrears when tenants move on to universal credit, a report commissioned by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has warned.

Helen Northmore

Chartered Institute of Housing appoints new director for Wales

19/12/2014 12:00 pm

Helen Northmore has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) as the new director for Wales.

Ilo of handshake

Residential landlord signs £20m loan with Venn

19/12/2014 11:28 am

A residential landlord has agreed a £20m debt facility with a lender that hopes to become a major player in long-term housing finance.

Gallowgate tower blocks GHA

Iconic Scottish tower blocks to be demolished

19/12/2014 9:58 am

The iconic Whitevale and Bluevale high-rise flats in the Gallowgate, owned by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), are to be demolished next year.

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Development

Gallowgate tower blocks GHA

Iconic Scottish tower blocks to be demolished

19/12/2014 9:58 am

The iconic Whitevale and Bluevale high-rise flats in the Gallowgate, owned by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), are to be demolished next year.

Southwark new council homes delivery

Council releases map of 1,500 planned homes

18/12/2014 12:34 pm

Southwark Council has released a map of where it plans to build or convert 1,500 new homes over the next four years.

Old Oak

Development corporation to help build 24,000 homes in London

18/12/2014 9:11 am

The Greater London Authority is planning to set up a development corporation to build up to 24,000 homes in west London.

Building under construction

EXCLUSIVE: Landlords step up for build to rent cash

17/12/2014 9:28 am

Three housing associations are set to build hundreds of private rented homes under a flagship government funding programme after profit-making firms withdrew bids.

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MPs: Planning system 'leading to unsuitable development'

16/12/2014 10:24 am

The current planning system is leading to unsustainable and unsuitable developments in some areas, a parliamentary report has found.

Linden Homes Welcomes Prime Minister To Boxgrove Gardens, Guildford to announce housing strategy

Cameron pledges 100k discounted homes for under 40s

15/12/2014 9:04 am

Prime minister David Cameron will launch today a scheme to offer 100,000 first-time buyers under the age of 40 new homes with a 20% discount.

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What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 0:01 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

Labour Party MP

Labour would scrap New Homes Bonus if elected

12/12/2014 8:03 pm

Ed Milliband would scrap the New Homes Bonus if Labour gain power in next year’s election.

KEYS

Shared ownership needs to rebrand to attract investors

12/12/2014

Shared ownership needs to be rebranded and simplified if institutional investors are to be tempted in. This is the finding of an interim report published on Monday by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Orbit Group.

Brandon Lewis MP

Manager announced for £3.5bn private rented sector guarantees fund

11/12/2014 12:11 pm

The government has announced a manager for its long awaited £3.5bn guarantees fund for new private rented sector (PRS) homes.

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Repairs

Gallowgate tower blocks GHA

Iconic Scottish tower blocks to be demolished

19/12/2014 9:58 am

The iconic Whitevale and Bluevale high-rise flats in the Gallowgate, owned by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), are to be demolished next year.

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ECO funds 97% of government-backed energy efficiency measures

18/12/2014 12:14 pm

One million energy efficiency measures have been installed under government schemes, with 97% of these funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

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Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 9:21 am

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

Emma Reynolds CIH conference

Labour backing for gas access law change

16/12/2014 8:59 am

Emma Reynolds is backing a change to the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes for gas safety checks.

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What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 0:01 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

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Millions to make homes warmer allocated to councils

12/12/2014 5:09 pm

The Scottish Government has allocated a large chunk of its £60m home energy efficiency fund.

Asthma

Research finds link between energy efficient homes and asthma

12/12/2014 0:00 am

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research by the University of Exeter Medical School

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Government urged to increase fuel poverty fund as millions go without heating

11/12/2014 10:30 am

Millions of people will be forced to switch off their heating this winter due to spiralling energy costs, a social landlord has warned, and the government has been urged to increase the Warm Homes Discount.

Safe and Decent Homes

Call for three-pronged approach to provide 'stable' private rented sector

10/12/2014 3:00 pm

More than 60% of private rented sector tenants have experienced a significant problem with their property in the past 12 months, including damp, mould or animal infestations.

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'Prescribe a boiler' scheme extended across north east

10/12/2014 11:48 am

A ground breaking scheme where a housing association installs boilers prescribed by GPs will be extended across the north east after a successful pilot.

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Tenancies

DHP cover graphic

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19/12/2014 1:03 pm

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities, Inside Housing can reveal.

Ilo

Fall in social housing lets to black and minority ethnic households

19/12/2014 0:00 am

DCLG figures show dip in BME allocations, but drop is less than anticipated

Right to buy sales

New Era estate bought by affordable homes provider

19/12/2014 4:55 pm

A Hackney housing estate, which made headlines earlier this year when Russell Brand protested against its new owners’ planned rent hikes, is being bought by affordable homes provider, Dolphin Living.

Labour London Assembly Member

London Labour questions government grant for shared ownership

19/12/2014 4:02 pm

The London Labour party has questioned the sense of using government cash to build homes for shared ownership, as the deposits required to access the product soar.

Universal credit

'Monitor rent accounts closely to prevent arrears' DWP warns landlords

19/12/2014 12:41 pm

Close monitoring of rent accounts by social landlords is needed to prevent an initial spike in arrears when tenants move on to universal credit, a report commissioned by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has warned.

Gallowgate tower blocks GHA

Iconic Scottish tower blocks to be demolished

19/12/2014 9:58 am

The iconic Whitevale and Bluevale high-rise flats in the Gallowgate, owned by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), are to be demolished next year.

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Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19/12/2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.

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Tenant given suspended sentence for sub-letting social home

18/12/2014 1:00 pm

A social housing tenant has been convicted of running a benefits scam by sub-letting his home.

Paul Dimoldenberg

London borough accused of 'exporting' its housing crisis Video

18/12/2014 9:48 am

Westminster council has been accused by its Labour councillors of ‘exporting the housing crisis to other boroughs’ through moving nearly half of its homeless families out of area.

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 9:21 am

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

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Eco

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ECO funds 97% of government-backed energy efficiency measures

18/12/2014 12:14 pm

One million energy efficiency measures have been installed under government schemes, with 97% of these funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 0:01 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

Loft insultation

Millions to make homes warmer allocated to councils

12/12/2014 5:09 pm

The Scottish Government has allocated a large chunk of its £60m home energy efficiency fund.

Ilo

Green Deal fund fully allocated a day after launch

12/12/2014 12:49 pm

The second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has run out of cash just a day after it opened in what has been described as ‘the latest gold rush’.

Asthma

Research finds link between energy efficient homes and asthma

12/12/2014 0:00 am

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research by the University of Exeter Medical School

fuel poverty

Government urged to increase fuel poverty fund as millions go without heating

11/12/2014 10:30 am

Millions of people will be forced to switch off their heating this winter due to spiralling energy costs, a social landlord has warned, and the government has been urged to increase the Warm Homes Discount.

Safe and Decent Homes

Call for three-pronged approach to provide 'stable' private rented sector

10/12/2014 3:00 pm

More than 60% of private rented sector tenants have experienced a significant problem with their property in the past 12 months, including damp, mould or animal infestations.

Pic of water boiler

'Prescribe a boiler' scheme extended across north east

10/12/2014 11:48 am

A ground breaking scheme where a housing association installs boilers prescribed by GPs will be extended across the north east after a successful pilot.

fuel poverty

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10/12/2014 10:29 am

Families living in poverty will need additional help to pay their fuel bills, an influential committee said today.

DECC is seeking to change RHI application process

DECC seeks change to renewable heat scheme application process

10/12/2014 9:26 am

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is seeking to change the ‘onerous’ way in which social landlords make applications for the renewable heat incentive (RHI).

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Finance

DHP cover graphic

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19/12/2014 1:03 pm

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities, Inside Housing can reveal.

KRIS_HOPKINS_311px

Government confirms £172m welfare assistance funding cut

19/12/2014 4:04 pm

Kris Hopkins has confirmed the government intends to cut £172m of grant funding for local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16.

Ilo of handshake

Residential landlord signs £20m loan with Venn

19/12/2014 11:28 am

A residential landlord has agreed a £20m debt facility with a lender that hopes to become a major player in long-term housing finance.

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Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19/12/2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.

Stormont

PWC: Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18/12/2014 10:09 am

The draft budget for Northern Ireland ‘does not really balance’ and fails to account for welfare reform penalties, according to a report by accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper.

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 9:21 am

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

Chair, HCA regulation comittee

Ashby: Sector must show value for money

17/12/2014 10:21 am

The chair of the English social housing regulator says the social housing sector still lacks an ‘understanding’ of the need to demonstrate value for money to a sceptical public.

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Landlord receives downgrade over value for money failure

17/12/2014 9:37 am

A housing association has had its governance rating downgraded for failing to follow value for money rules.

Building under construction

EXCLUSIVE: Landlords step up for build to rent cash

17/12/2014 9:28 am

Three housing associations are set to build hundreds of private rented homes under a flagship government funding programme after profit-making firms withdrew bids.

Money

Local government bond aggregator could be used for housing

16/12/2014 10:49 am

A new bond aggregating service for local councils could provide cheap loans to small housing associations, with one £60m deal already in the pipeline.

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Legal

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Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19/12/2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.

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Tenant given suspended sentence for sub-letting social home

18/12/2014 1:00 pm

A social housing tenant has been convicted of running a benefits scam by sub-letting his home.

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 9:21 am

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

Supreme Court

'Homelessness vulnerability test creating "north-south" divide'

17/12/2014 5:13 pm

A commonly-used test to assess the vulnerability of homeless people is ‘absurdly harsh’ and is creating a ‘north-south’ divide in terms of housing decisions, charities argued this week in the Supreme Court.

Rachel Reeves

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17/12/2014 11:04 am

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today.

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Scottish associations reject FOI call

17/12/2014 9:06 am

The body representing Scottish housing associations has warned that subjecting its members to freedom of information laws would have a detrimental effect on other areas of their work.

Packing cases

More research needed on 'revenge evictions', says group of MPs

15/12/2014 10:42 am

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping ‘revenge evictions’ and more research should be done on the scale of the problem, according to a group of MPs.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court case into homeless 'vulnerability test' begins

15/12/2014 9:50 am

The Supreme Court case into how councils assess the vulnerability of homeless people – which could be the most major homelessness case in years - will start today.

Linden Homes Welcomes Prime Minister To Boxgrove Gardens, Guildford to announce housing strategy

Cameron pledges 100k discounted homes for under 40s

15/12/2014 9:04 am

Prime minister David Cameron will launch today a scheme to offer 100,000 first-time buyers under the age of 40 new homes with a 20% discount.

CE, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

SFHA part of Smith Commission stakeholder group

15/12/2014 0:01 am

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has been invited to be a part of the stakeholder group to support the draft legislation of further devolution for Scotland.

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Care

Homeless person begging on snowy street

Homelessness charities hit back over mayor hopeful's comments

19/12/2014 3:34 pm

Homelessness charities have hit back at claims from a London mayoral hopeful that they are ‘keeping people stuck in a continuous cycle of addiction’.

Paul Dimoldenberg

London borough accused of 'exporting' its housing crisis Video

18/12/2014 9:48 am

Westminster council has been accused by its Labour councillors of ‘exporting the housing crisis to other boroughs’ through moving nearly half of its homeless families out of area.

Supreme Court

'Homelessness vulnerability test creating "north-south" divide'

17/12/2014 5:13 pm

A commonly-used test to assess the vulnerability of homeless people is ‘absurdly harsh’ and is creating a ‘north-south’ divide in terms of housing decisions, charities argued this week in the Supreme Court.

Tai Calon homes

Social housing repossessions up 12% in Wales

17/12/2014 2:40 pm

There has been a 12% rise in social housing repossessions in Wales this year, according to a leading homelessness charity.

Shelter strike

Shelter staff strike suspended

16/12/2014 11:12 am

A strike at homelessness charity Shelter has been suspended following last-ditch negotiations.

Ilo

Only 'small number' of benefit capped tenants have moved house

16/12/2014 9:29 am

Only a ‘small number’ of tenants hit by the benefit cap have responded by moving house, a think tank report has said.

HCA regulator social housing

Hostel provider 'breached regulatory standards'

16/12/2014 9:12 am

A small hostel operator has breached regulatory standards and is being helped by a larger landlord after finding it had ‘unanticipated’ liabilities.

Aerial London

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

15/12/2014 3:38 pm

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London.

Packing cases

More research needed on 'revenge evictions', says group of MPs

15/12/2014 10:42 am

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping ‘revenge evictions’ and more research should be done on the scale of the problem, according to a group of MPs.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court case into homeless 'vulnerability test' begins

15/12/2014 9:50 am

The Supreme Court case into how councils assess the vulnerability of homeless people – which could be the most major homelessness case in years - will start today.

MORE CARE

Regulation

DHP cover graphic

More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19/12/2014 1:03 pm

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities, Inside Housing can reveal.

Universal credit

'Monitor rent accounts closely to prevent arrears' DWP warns landlords

19/12/2014 12:41 pm

Close monitoring of rent accounts by social landlords is needed to prevent an initial spike in arrears when tenants move on to universal credit, a report commissioned by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has warned.

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Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19/12/2014

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.

Chair, CLG

Housing ombudsman candidate backed by CLG committee

18/12/2014 2:30 pm

The communities and local government (CLG) committee has endorsed the appointment of Denise Fowler as the new housing ombudsman.

Rachel Reeves

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17/12/2014 11:04 am

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today.

Chair, HCA regulation comittee

Ashby: Sector must show value for money

17/12/2014 10:21 am

The chair of the English social housing regulator says the social housing sector still lacks an ‘understanding’ of the need to demonstrate value for money to a sceptical public.

File tab marked Regulations

Landlord receives downgrade over value for money failure

17/12/2014 9:37 am

A housing association has had its governance rating downgraded for failing to follow value for money rules.

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Scottish associations reject FOI call

17/12/2014 9:06 am

The body representing Scottish housing associations has warned that subjecting its members to freedom of information laws would have a detrimental effect on other areas of their work.

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Percentage of affordable rents goes up

16/12/2014 11:50 am

Affordable rent tenancies account for more than a fifth of general needs lettings by housing associations, the latest government data has revealed.

planning application, homes, Scotland

MPs: Planning system 'leading to unsuitable development'

16/12/2014 10:24 am

The current planning system is leading to unsustainable and unsuitable developments in some areas, a parliamentary report has found.

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