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Labour leader

Labour announces New Homes Corporations to boost development

20/09/2014 1:55 pm

Ed Miliband has announced plans for new council-led corporations to boost housebuilding.

Edinburgh financial district

Long-term deals expected to be cheaper in Scotland following no vote

19/09/2014 2:02 pm

Scottish social landlords will find it cheaper and easier to access long term finance after the no vote ended lenders’ worries over uncertainty, experts have said.

Clive Betts

Labour committee chair calls for English devolution

19/09/2014 5:59 pm

The Labour chair of an influential committee of MPs has called for ministers to devolve financial powers in England.

board room

Welsh government proposes changes to board pay

19/09/2014 5:52 pm

The Welsh Government is proposing changes in governance which will remove a ban on Welsh landlords paying board members.

Croydon Council HQ

London council threatens landowners as it sets out 9,500-home ambition

19/09/2014 5:29 pm

A London borough has vowed to use compulsory purchase orders to force landowners to give up land in its drive to see 9,500 new homes built in the next five years.

Emma Reynolds MP

Differing opinions on land could stop 'cross-party consensus on tackling housing crisis'

19/09/2014 3:37 pm

Land has become a ‘speculative commodity’ rather than seen as something that homes can be built on, Emma Reynolds has said.

Man fitting solar panel on roof

Councillors to vote on £9.2m solar project

19/09/2014 1:17 pm

The cabinet for a West Yorkshire council will be asked to approve a £9.2m solar project next week.

rental agreement rent keys contract

Private rents reach all-time high

19/09/2014 10:03 am

The price of rents in the private rented sector has reached an all-time high of £761 a month, according to a major lettings firm.

fuel poverty

70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 9:02 am

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

UK flag

Scottish voters reject independence: Calls for clarity over 'extensive new powers' Video

19/09/2014 8:52 am

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, with 55% of opting to stay in the United Kingdom.

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Development

Labour leader

Labour announces New Homes Corporations to boost development

20/09/2014 1:55 pm

Ed Miliband has announced plans for new council-led corporations to boost housebuilding.

Croydon Council HQ

London council threatens landowners as it sets out 9,500-home ambition

19/09/2014 5:29 pm

A London borough has vowed to use compulsory purchase orders to force landowners to give up land in its drive to see 9,500 new homes built in the next five years.

Emma Reynolds MP

Differing opinions on land could stop 'cross-party consensus on tackling housing crisis'

19/09/2014 3:37 pm

Land has become a ‘speculative commodity’ rather than seen as something that homes can be built on, Emma Reynolds has said.

JAMES MURRAY

Central government urged to support councils to build new homes

19/09/2014 0:00 am

A report published today has called for central government to support councils to build new homes ‘with greater investment’.

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

18/09/2014 2:49 pm

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Spanners

United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

18/09/2014 2:05 pm

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

KIER

Contractor boosts turnover by £1bn following acquisition

18/09/2014 11:42 am

Kier Group has announced a £1bn increase in turnover following its acquisition of May Gurney, but has also seen a small fall in profits once exceptional items are removed.

Section of London map showing Islington

London council secures office-to-resi exemption for key areas

18/09/2014 11:34 am

A London borough has reached a deal to limit developers’ powers to convert offices to homes after months of legal wrangling.

State of the nation

London council’s battle for 11,000 homes

18/09/2014 11:28 am

Labour London council sets sights on 30-year plan to build on its land

Galliford Try site

Galliford Try reports 28% surge in pretax profits

18/09/2014 9:51 am

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 28% surge in pretax profits.

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Repairs

Man fitting solar panel on roof

Councillors to vote on £9.2m solar project

19/09/2014 1:17 pm

The cabinet for a West Yorkshire council will be asked to approve a £9.2m solar project next week.

fuel poverty

70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 9:02 am

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

Marmite jar with Heat Pumps label

Government renewable heat scheme fails to attract social landlords

18/09/2014 3:48 pm

Only 3% of renewable heat measures installed under a government scheme are in social homes, according to government figures released today.

Spanners

United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

18/09/2014 2:05 pm

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

KIER

Contractor boosts turnover by £1bn following acquisition

18/09/2014 11:42 am

Kier Group has announced a £1bn increase in turnover following its acquisition of May Gurney, but has also seen a small fall in profits once exceptional items are removed.

New Barracks

Salford tenants could vote on transfer

15/09/2014 4:51 pm

Council tenants in Salford will find out next week if they will be able to vote to transfer ownership of their homes to a co-operative to release £75m of investment.

Southwark Council owned block damaged by fire

Lakanal House to be brought back into use

15/09/2014 1:40 pm

Plans to refurbish the south London tower block where six tenants died in a devastating fire five years ago have been outlined.

Scotland will vote on their independence

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

15/09/2014 0:00 am

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

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Regulator continues to receive 'misdirected' tenant complaints

10/09/2014 9:30 am

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has pledged to promote its regulatory role more widely after dismissing 407 consumer complaints that were directed to it in 2013/4.

Keepmoat development

Former pizza chain firm buys Keepmoat

09/09/2014 4:43 pm

Contractor Keepmoat has announced it is be to taken over by the firm that formerly owned the Pizza Express chain.

MORE REPAIRS

Tenancies

fuel poverty

70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 9:02 am

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

To let signs

Social landlords lobby for radical rent model

19/09/2014

New ‘affordable working rent’ links payment level to household income

Court house

Prisoners 'need family home' to stop re-offending

18/09/2014 3:13 pm

Prisons need to recognise the importance of resettling prisoners back into suitable family homes to prevent them becoming homeless or reoffending, a government report has found.

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

18/09/2014 2:49 pm

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Sold sign

Parents spend retirement cash to buy children's homes, says Shelter

18/09/2014 9:12 am

Parents have been forced to spend cash saved for their old age to help their children on to the property ladder, new research shows.

WALES_FLAG

Wales housing bill becomes law

18/09/2014 8:13 am

The first significant piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers has now become law.

Poole 7

More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 2:42 pm

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Lesley Griffiths is the new cabinet minister in Wales responsible for housing

Minister commits to tackling anti-social behaviour

16/09/2014 4:31 pm

Welsh housing minister Lesley Griffiths today committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) and domestic violence with her first statement in her new role.

Stephen Teagle

London mayor selects builder for 1,100 homes

16/09/2014 1:08 pm

A joint venture company set up by a housing association and a house builder has been selected to build a 1,100-home scheme in east London.

Grainia Long - CIH

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 8:56 am

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

MORE TENANCIES

Eco

Man fitting solar panel on roof

Councillors to vote on £9.2m solar project

19/09/2014 1:17 pm

The cabinet for a West Yorkshire council will be asked to approve a £9.2m solar project next week.

fuel poverty

70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 9:02 am

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

Marmite jar with Heat Pumps label

Government renewable heat scheme fails to attract social landlords

18/09/2014 3:48 pm

Only 3% of renewable heat measures installed under a government scheme are in social homes, according to government figures released today.

Angela Carter Close

Green Deal report ‘must be heeded’

15/09/2014 9:56 am

A government report into the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme ‘must not fall on deaf ears’, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) warned this week.

Scotland will vote on their independence

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

15/09/2014 0:00 am

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

space standard

Government to introduce a minimum space standard for new homes

12/09/2014 5:54 pm

The government plans to introduce a cross tenure minimum space standard for new homes as part of a series of measures intended to save councils and house builders £114m a year.

community work

Social landlord launches £60m community investment project

12/09/2014 4:57 pm

City West Housing Trust has launched a £60m investment project to transform its communties in Salford.

Alan Whitehead

Bill to close energy efficiency loophole for HMOs in parliament

12/09/2014 1:23 pm

A trade body has thrown its support behind a private members bill that would require houses of multiple occupation to comply with upcoming minimum energy standards for the private rented sector.

Gas

Call for power to force entry for gas checks

12/09/2014

Home Group and the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) are launching a campaign calling for housing associations to be allowed to force entry to homes that are overdue for gas safety checks.

Paul King

'Visionary' trade body CEO to step down

11/09/2014 10:34 am

The chief executive for the UK Green Building Council, Paul King, has announced he will be stepping down.

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Finance

Labour leader

Labour announces New Homes Corporations to boost development

20/09/2014 1:55 pm

Ed Miliband has announced plans for new council-led corporations to boost housebuilding.

Edinburgh financial district

Long-term deals expected to be cheaper in Scotland following no vote

19/09/2014 2:02 pm

Scottish social landlords will find it cheaper and easier to access long term finance after the no vote ended lenders’ worries over uncertainty, experts have said.

Clive Betts

Labour committee chair calls for English devolution

19/09/2014 5:59 pm

The Labour chair of an influential committee of MPs has called for ministers to devolve financial powers in England.

rental agreement rent keys contract

Private rents reach all-time high

19/09/2014 10:03 am

The price of rents in the private rented sector has reached an all-time high of £761 a month, according to a major lettings firm.

To let signs

Social landlords lobby for radical rent model

19/09/2014

New ‘affordable working rent’ links payment level to household income

JAMES MURRAY

Central government urged to support councils to build new homes

19/09/2014 0:00 am

A report published today has called for central government to support councils to build new homes ‘with greater investment’.

KIER

Contractor boosts turnover by £1bn following acquisition

18/09/2014 11:42 am

Kier Group has announced a £1bn increase in turnover following its acquisition of May Gurney, but has also seen a small fall in profits once exceptional items are removed.

State of the nation

London council’s battle for 11,000 homes

18/09/2014 11:28 am

Labour London council sets sights on 30-year plan to build on its land

Galliford Try site

Galliford Try reports 28% surge in pretax profits

18/09/2014 9:51 am

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 28% surge in pretax profits.

Calculator

‘LOBO’ loans must be declared

18/09/2014 9:31 am

Scottish regulator asks housing associations to flag risky loans

MORE FINANCE

Legal

Croydon Council HQ

London council threatens landowners as it sets out 9,500-home ambition

19/09/2014 5:29 pm

A London borough has vowed to use compulsory purchase orders to force landowners to give up land in its drive to see 9,500 new homes built in the next five years.

Fire in Southwark council block, 2009

Fire safety leaseholder case offers legal remedy

19/09/2014

Landmark ruling could give landlords more rights to enforce fire safety rules

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

18/09/2014 2:49 pm

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

WALES_FLAG

Wales housing bill becomes law

18/09/2014 8:13 am

The first significant piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers has now become law.

Poole 7

More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 2:42 pm

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Grainia Long - CIH

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 8:56 am

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Housing associations are exploring the use of drones

Watchdog issues drone warning to housing associations

16/09/2014 8:44 am

A watchdog has warned social landlords to seek permission before using drones near homes or risk prosecution.

Scotland will vote on their independence

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

15/09/2014 0:00 am

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

Files

ICO warns social landlords over data protection

12/09/2014 0:00 am

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has told the social housing sector to ‘mend its ways’ before a new law on data protection comes into force later this year, or face prosecution.

Lesley Griffiths

Wales loses housing minister role from cabinet

11/09/2014 6:12 pm

In a cabinet reshuffle today, Lesley Griffiths took on responsibility for housing from Carl Sargeant, with a ministerial title of communities and tacking poverty.

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Care

Communities and tackling poverty minister, Welsh Government

Marginalisation fears as cabinet post scrapped

19/09/2014

Sector ‘concerned’ Welsh reshuffle downgrades importance of housing

Court house

Prisoners 'need family home' to stop re-offending

18/09/2014 3:13 pm

Prisons need to recognise the importance of resettling prisoners back into suitable family homes to prevent them becoming homeless or reoffending, a government report has found.

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

18/09/2014 2:49 pm

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Sold sign

Parents spend retirement cash to buy children's homes, says Shelter

18/09/2014 9:12 am

Parents have been forced to spend cash saved for their old age to help their children on to the property ladder, new research shows.

WALES_FLAG

Wales housing bill becomes law

18/09/2014 8:13 am

The first significant piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers has now become law.

Poole 7

More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 2:42 pm

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Gavel

Government to reconsider axeing local welfare funding

16/09/2014 6:30 pm

Ministers have agreed to reconsider scrapping a fund aimed at providing support for people in crisis, following the threat of a High Court challenge.

Lesley Griffiths is the new cabinet minister in Wales responsible for housing

Minister commits to tackling anti-social behaviour

16/09/2014 4:31 pm

Welsh housing minister Lesley Griffiths today committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) and domestic violence with her first statement in her new role.

Grainia Long - CIH

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 8:56 am

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Southwark Council owned block damaged by fire

Lakanal House to be brought back into use

15/09/2014 1:40 pm

Plans to refurbish the south London tower block where six tenants died in a devastating fire five years ago have been outlined.

MORE CARE

Regulation

Clive Betts

Labour committee chair calls for English devolution

19/09/2014 5:59 pm

The Labour chair of an influential committee of MPs has called for ministers to devolve financial powers in England.

board room

Welsh government proposes changes to board pay

19/09/2014 5:52 pm

The Welsh Government is proposing changes in governance which will remove a ban on Welsh landlords paying board members.

Emma Reynolds MP

Differing opinions on land could stop 'cross-party consensus on tackling housing crisis'

19/09/2014 3:37 pm

Land has become a ‘speculative commodity’ rather than seen as something that homes can be built on, Emma Reynolds has said.

UK flag

Scottish voters reject independence: Calls for clarity over 'extensive new powers' Video

19/09/2014 8:52 am

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, with 55% of opting to stay in the United Kingdom.

Communities and tackling poverty minister, Welsh Government

Marginalisation fears as cabinet post scrapped

19/09/2014

Sector ‘concerned’ Welsh reshuffle downgrades importance of housing

Spanners

United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

18/09/2014 2:05 pm

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

Empty wallet

EXCLUSIVE: Housing chief executives' pay rises above inflation

18/09/2014 7:30 am

Chief executives of the biggest housing associations in the UK received an inflation-busting 3.85% pay rise on average in the 2013-14 financial year, Inside Housing can reveal.

Poole 7

More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 2:42 pm

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

HCA regulator social housing

HCA: Loan covenant failures would breach regulatory standards

17/09/2014 1:16 pm

Housing associations which breach loan covenants as a result of accountancy changes could be hit with a severe downgrade by the regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has warned.

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Troubled landlord in merger talks

17/09/2014 8:28 am

A troubled housing association is in merger talks with another landlord.

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