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  • Breaking the cycle

    ANALYSIS: Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils’ youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void? Steve Sampson finds out

  • The rise of the medium-merger

    ANALYSIS: While mega-mergers have stumbled, there is growing consolidation among medium-sized associations. Pete Apps investigates

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Breaking the cycle

ANALYSIS: Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils’ youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void? Steve Sampson finds out

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For single use only on 3 February 2017

The benefit cap tightrope

03/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

In the opening investigation in our new series, IH Spotlight, Sophie Barnes unveils the first exclusive analysis of the lower benefit cap

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A 21st century Canterbury Tale Video

12/10/2016

Redbridge Council has leased 147 homes in an old army barracks in Canterbury – more than 60 miles away – to help rehouse people on its waiting list. But neither council is overjoyed about the situation. Gavriel Hollander investigates the strains pitching local authorities into competition with each other to house their homeless residents

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The gas fright homes Video

28/07/2016 | By Simon Brandon

In April, Conars Court received a full set of gas safety certificates. Almost immediately, the gas supply had to be cut off. Simon Brandon investigates

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Raiders of the HRA Video

07/07/2016 | By Keith Cooper

Councils are increasingly using their Housing Revenue Accounts to fill gaps in their back-office budgets. While this has helped cope with wider budget cuts, Keith Cooper investigates the impact on housing resources

For use in Inside Housing, 24 June 2016

How safe are you at work? Video

24/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Reported assaults on housing workers are falling, but do the figures disguise under-reporting? Heather Spurr reveals the results of Inside Housing’s research

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For single use only on 17 February 2017

The Housing White Paper: piecing together the puzzle

17/02/2017 | By News team

The White Paper called on the sector to link up to tackle the housing crisis. But what do the participants make of it? Inside Housing’s news team joins up the pieces

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From the archive - week of 13 February

13/02/2017

In a new series of nostalgia pieces, Gavriel Hollander takes a look at what was happening in the sector five, 15 and 25 years ago this week

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The land grabbers

09/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q’s acquisition of Gallagher Estates is a milestone in the housing association sector’s march into the land market. Nick Johnstone looks at the risk and reward

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Right to Buy: dreams and nightmares

20/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

An analysis of the Right to Buy extension pilot contains stark warnings about affordability and communication around exemptions. Pete Apps sifts through the detail

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Changing how we think about repairs

18/01/2017

Some housing associations are challenging received thinking about the way the sector approaches repairs and maintenance. Gavriel Hollander finds out why they think the sector could save itself a packet

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MPs launch inquiry into benefit cap

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

MPs have launched an inquiry into the benefit cap and have re-opened an inquiry into Universal Credit amid growing concern over delays.

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Housing associations 'built half of all London homes in 2016'

03/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing associations built almost half of the new homes completed in London last year, according to a report from the National Housing Federation (NHF) published yesterday.

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Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published today.

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IFS: rising house prices create 'lucky half'

05/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Rising house prices and the generational gap in homeownership mean a “lucky half” of young people will get the vast majority of inherited wealth, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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More sites needed to help Traveller community, says report

14/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

More sites must be made available to Gypsy and Travellers communities to help alleviate the “poor health, anxiety and disconnect” they suffer as a result of a lack of suitable accommodation.

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Is pay for housing professionals weathering the storm? See how your salary compares.

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From the housing crisis to BAFTA success Video

25/01/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Daisy-May Hudson’s film about her family’s homelessness has won praise from BAFTA. She talks to Martin Hilditch about it, and about what she is looking for from entrants to Inside Housing’s Reel Homes film competition, which she is judging

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From the Frontline - Cara Headon

17/11/2016

Radian’s customer service advisor Cara Headon tells Inside Housing about a day on the coalface of resident support

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The change agent Video

02/11/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

After becoming Accent’s chief executive, Gordon Perry was faced with pulling the housing association out of a crisis. Martin Hilditch finds out how he transformed it

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Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24/02/2017 | By Emma Maier

Councils are resorting to increasing charges, rents and cutting costs to cope with the rent cut – impacting on real lives, says Emma Maier

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Homelessness bill is ground-breaking, but risks being undermined by cuts

24/02/2017 | By Lord Best

The Homelessness Reduction Bill comes before the House of Lords today. Lord Richard Best says this presents an opportunity to air some wider concerns.

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Funding could be cut if government not formed after NI election

23/02/2017 | By Paddy Gray

Professor Paddy Gray describes the state of play in Northern Ireland ahead of next Thursday’s Stormont election

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  • Government reviewing associations' powers to evict problem tenants

    24/02/2017 6:44 pm

    Private, association or local authority tenant - it's totally irrelevant when talking about ASB! We are all entitled to enjoy our homes, unfortunately the people that should be enforcing tenancies, regardless of what type, are failing to do so, private property owners creating ASB to social tenants can also be dealt with.

  • Deleted emails trigger housing association downgrade

    24/02/2017 5:15 pm

    Why downgrade at this point in time. The actions of the Board appear to show a strong approach to Governance. Downgrading is just a penalty.

  • MPs launch inquiry into benefit cap

    24/02/2017 4:56 pm

    I find it frustrating that the discussions of the "cap" don't focus on the children of workless parents who will be plunged into destitution if they don't get work - for whatever reason. Its not their children's fault - yet they are the ones whose health is likely to suffer most, whose education will be more difficult , and whose lives are likely to be shorter as a result of this policy. Who is it designed to punish?

  • Homelessness bill is ground-breaking, but risks being undermined by cuts

    24/02/2017 4:01 pm

    We saw the introduction of the £23k/£20k benefit cap in the autumn which is realized through the withdrawal of housing benefit. Anyone with 3 children will find any housing unsustainable - outside London anyone with 2. Thus we have arrived at a policy position where entitlement to housing benefit has been restricted but under the (Homelessness legislation) entitlement to housing (albeit temporary) remains unrestricted. No landlord private or social can be expected to let to a household with entitlement to 50p housing benefit, and they aren't and won't. Guess who is going to have the fund all that temporary accommodation, on an open ended basis in the knowledge that the families ain't going anywhere. It's a cynical cost shunt to the LA's and a totally unworkable and stupid policy. Wonder what Lord Best thinks of it.

  • MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

    24/02/2017 2:57 pm

    The overarching point in this article, and the one previously referenced, is being missed. Antisocial behaviour, regardless of who is doing it, causes anxiety and pain for communities who suffer it. The law needs to reflect these circumstances and remove the unnecessary barriers and costs that will allow our sector to deal more effectively and efficiently with the very small minority of people in our society who have a significant impact on the lives of the majority. Issues around whether a person is a homeowner or not, compensation and the tenure status of the perpetrator are complete red herrings in this debate. As part of our purpose to realise the potential in our communities and the people who live within them, we need to create empowered neighbourhoods where tenants set the standards and decide when these have been breached, and then facilitate the necessary action against those who negatively impact the areas around them. We believe that this approach would see estates remaining as places where communities thrive and people want to live, regardless of their tenure type. (posted from Red Kite Community Housing)

  • Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

    24/02/2017 9:30 am

    Of course the market won't sort out the housing crisis, even with HA s building homes for sale- they are after making a profit the same as plc developers. neither has an interest in lower house prices. If government want stability of house prices they will need to buy land - or use their own and sell at a price which effectively puts a cap on the market. But they must not oversupply the market and make prices collapse as that would endanger the UK banking system which has the bulk of its assets in residential mortgages. Nobody else will do this as nobody else has an interest in stable house prices (other than people who want to buy a home and can't afford one) only direct provision can cure the crisis. As the former editor of the old "HA Weekly" magazine, Meg Hillier should know that, but then no MP asks a question they don't already know the answer to.