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Slices of bread with living wage stats

Two in three associations pay living wage

17/04/2014

The majority of landlords are helping to keep employees above the breadline, survey reveals

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'Generation rent': 1 in 5 have no desire to own home

18/04/2014 0:01 am

One in five of those classed as ‘generation rent’ have no desire to own a home, a report released today has revealed.

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Social landlords welcome residency test for allocations.

17/04/2014 3:50 pm

Requiring 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.

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Benefits Street makers asked to leave homelessness day centre

17/04/2014 1:52 pm

The makers of controversial documentary Benefits Street have been asked to leave a homelessness day centre for trying to research a new programme looking at immigrants.

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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 in building 3,500 new homes, retrofit 3,000 and bringing 650 properties back into use.

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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.

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. 

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

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Development

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 in building 3,500 new homes, retrofit 3,000 and bringing 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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House prices continue to soar, latest figures show

15/04/2014 12:22 pm

House prices have continued to soar across the UK, the latest official figures show.

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Construction in Wales outstripping the rest of the UK Video

15/04/2014 12:19 pm

Figures released today show a 6.9 per cent rise in construction in Wales year-on-year.

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£30m from pension fund to be invested in housing

15/04/2014 8:36 am

A council’s pension fund has signed over £30 million to an investment firm to fund social and affordable housing in Scotland.

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Repairs

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 in building 3,500 new homes, retrofit 3,000 and bringing 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.

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.

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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.

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Stock transfer closer as minister agrees £50m debt write-off

08/04/2014 1:01 pm

The housing minister has given the green light to a council’s stock transfer programme by agreeing to write off £50 million of historic housing debt.

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Willmott Dixon secures £91m repairs contracts

07/04/2014 8:36 am

Willmott Dixon has secured two repairs and maintenance contracts worth £91 million with two midlands housing associations.

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Tenancies

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Social landlords welcome residency test for allocations.

17/04/2014 3:50 pm

Requiring 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

More empty homes than people on housing waiting list

14/04/2014 3:10 pm

There are more empty homes in Oxfordshire than people on Oxford’s waiting list for housing, according to research published today.

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.

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Eco

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 in building 3,500 new homes, retrofit 3,000 and bringing 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.

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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.

Spanners

Landlord apologises over maintenance performance

03/04/2014 0:01 am

Senior Labour MP intervenes to demand an improvement

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Finance

Slices of bread with living wage stats

Two in three associations pay living wage

17/04/2014

The majority of landlords are helping to keep employees above the breadline, survey reveals

rental agreement rent keys contract

'Generation rent': 1 in 5 have no desire to own home

18/04/2014 0:01 am

One in five of those classed as ‘generation rent’ have no desire to own a home, a report released today has revealed.

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 in building 3,500 new homes, retrofit 3,000 and bringing 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

Chief executive, CIH

CIH to cut jobs to boost services and save £600k

17/04/2014

16 roles could be axed as CIH restructures to ‘reposition’ itself

Empty wallet

Finances worsening for social tenants on low incomes

17/04/2014

Two in three low-income households living in social housing feel their finances have worsened in the last year, according to a survey.

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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.

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.

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Legal

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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.

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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.

Occupy CLG

Housing activists protest inside CLG lobby

11/04/2014 8:48 am

Housing activists from campaign group London Renters visited the Communities and Local Government department on Thursday in protest over evictions and issues around insecurity of tenure.

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Association faces industrial action over £1.4m efficiency plan

11/04/2014

A Welsh housing association faces strike action over its plans to save £1.4 million.

Labour MP

Planning inquiry criticised for being out of date

10/04/2014 8:48 am

Planning Officers Society says working solutions are already in place

afghanistan resettlement

600 Afghan nationals now eligible for UK housing

08/04/2014 12:34 pm

Around 600 Afghan nationals are to be resettled in the UK after a tweak to housing and homelessness legislation.

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Care

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Social landlords welcome residency test for allocations.

17/04/2014 3:50 pm

Requiring 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.

strike action

Social landlord's staff vote in favour of strike action

17/04/2014

Staff at a housing association are threatening to take industrial action over the suspension of a worker who led a series of strikes last summer.

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.

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.

Empty wallet

Finances worsening for social tenants on low incomes

17/04/2014

Two in three low-income households living in social housing feel their finances have worsened in the last year, according to a survey.

food bank food poverty David Cameron

Around 1m food parcels handed out last year

16/04/2014 8:58 am

Nearly 1 million emergency food parcels were handed out last year, in a 163 per cent rise in the use of food banks. 

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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.

Man's hands gripping handles of crutches

Report calls for redesign of disability payments

15/04/2014 9:10 am

The next government should redesign the personal independence payment to reflect the costs disabled people encounter related to their disability, a report has said today.

elderly care home

Council announces contractor for £84m care project

15/04/2014 8:19 am

Hull Council has announced preferred contractors for its £84 million project to design, build and run three extra-care developments.

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Regulation

Slices of bread with living wage stats

Two in three associations pay living wage

17/04/2014

The majority of landlords are helping to keep employees above the breadline, survey reveals

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. 

Chief executive, Grainger

Grainger to expand PRS drive to regions

17/04/2014

Private landlord claims more opportunities are now available in north

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.

Chief executive, CIH

CIH to cut jobs to boost services and save £600k

17/04/2014

16 roles could be axed as CIH restructures to ‘reposition’ itself

Joe Willis Salix Homes

Housing chief executive announces retirement

16/04/2014 1:05 pm

A chief executive who is responsible for managing 8,500 council homes in England has announced his retirement.

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.

food bank food poverty David Cameron

Around 1m food parcels handed out last year

16/04/2014 8:58 am

Nearly 1 million emergency food parcels were handed out last year, in a 163 per cent rise in the use of food banks. 

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.

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