Investigations

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

For use in Inside Housing, 14 October 2016

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

For use in Inside Housing, 8 July 2016

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

For use in Inside Housing, 17 June 2016

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house? Video

16/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

The ‘Local Housing Allowance cap’ is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules. Jess McCabe reports

For use in Inside Housing, 10 June 2016

How to stop women leaving prison for the streets Video

07/06/2016 | By Danielle Aumord

On release from prison, women face an uphill struggle to find housing. Danielle Aumord spends the day at one project which aims to help

For use in Inside Housing, 20 May 2016

Using headroom to the max? Video

20/05/2016 | By Keith Cooper

Councils were left with £2.9bn of borrowing headroom to build new homes, following a deal with the government in 2012. Keith Cooper investigates why dreams of a large-scale return to direct development have not come to pass.

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The full story of the Marine Tower fire Video

23/03/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Five years ago, two women died after a fire spread from another flat in the tower block they were in. In January, a social landlord was fined for failing to carry out a regular risk assessment in the building before the blaze. Now, Sophie Barnes tells the full story for the first time and reveals the key learning for other landlords…

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Video

11/03/2016 | By Nick Duxbury

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the market… Nick Duxbury investigates the hidden risks of building more homes for sale

For use in Inside Housing, 4 March 2016

The ghost houses of Sheerness Video

01/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

A new development of 35 homes, meant for affordable housing, stands abandoned in a Kent town. Pete Apps investigates why, despite the housing crisis, councillors want them torn down.

For use in Inside Housing, 19 February 2016

The story of the Camberwell Submarine Video

19/02/2016 | By Keith Cooper

A private finance initiative deal in south London was meant to retrofit an ageing communal heating system and save tenents money. Keith Cooper investigates what happened next

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The need for speed

15/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Is the government going to succeed in its bid to speed up housebuilding? Pete Apps analyses its latest attempt.

For use in Inside Housing, 11 December 2015

Splash down Video

11/12/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Behind the scenes, lenders and builders are concerned that David Cameron’s 200,000 ‘Starter Homes’ will distort the housing market. Nick Duxbury reports

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Return to Bournville

20/11/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Soaring housing costs in London are starting to damage the city’s economy. Nick Duxbury reveals how the growing affordability crisis is forcing a host of the capital’s largest employers to help house their staff.

For use in Inside Housing, 23 October 2015

Casting a shadow Video

21/10/2015 | By Simon Brandon

As Universal Credit continues to be rolled out, Simon Brandon finds out how members of our welfare reform focus group are dealing with the changes

For use in Inside Housing, 2 October 2015

Understanding the refugee housing crisis Video

02/10/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

The UK government has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Nick Duxbury investigates the challenge faced in housing the victims of war

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Falling over the threshold Video

20/08/2015 | By Alex Turner

Inside Housing reveals for the first time how many council homes are at risk of a sell-off under the extension of the Right to Buy to housing associations. Alex Turner reports

For use in Inside Housing, 31 July 2015

Football's coming home Video

30/07/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

Manchester City’s owners are planning to build 6,000 homes in partnership with Manchester Council. Martin Hilditch investigates how a wave of stadium developments have paved the way for new housing

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Strength in numbers

22/06/2015 | By Kate Youde

Is the regeneration of some London estates leading to a decline in the number of social rent homes? Kate Youdeinvestigates

For use in Inside Housing, 19 June 2015

Hidden risks Video

19/06/2015 | By Jess McCabe

Inside Housing lifts the lid on the physical and verbal abuse experienced by housing professionals every day. Jess McCabe reports, with additional research by Gene Robertson

For use in Inside Housing, 19 June 2015

Inside Tottenham Hale's housing and race controversy

17/06/2015 | By Reni Eddo-Lodge

Plans to redevelop Tottenham Hale using Housing Zone funding have divided local opinion over accusations the homes will be out of reach of existing black residents. Reni Eddo-Lodgereports

For use in Inside Housing, 19 June 2015

Creating a lifeline Video

17/06/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

The new Care Act has beefed up the focus on protecting vulnerable people. Martin Hilditch investigates landlords’ performance and examines the likely impact

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Rise of the housing activist

01/05/2015 | By Nick Duxbury , Jess McCabe

A new generation of housing protesters are taking to the streets of London. Nick Duxbury and Jess McCabe investigate their aims and impact

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London burning Video

23/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Daniel Douglas investigates how much progress social landlords in London have made on improving fire safety, six years on from the Lakanal House tragedy that claimed six lives.

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New players

20/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

Merchant bank Salamanca Group is set to launch a new company to attract funders into affordable housing. Pete Apps looks at what the bank is offering and whether it is likely to be a genuine new source of funding for the sector.

For use in Inside Housing, 20 March 2015

Breaking the taboo: male victims of domestic violence

18/03/2015 | By Keith Cooper

Services for male victims of domestic abuse are thin on the ground, and council budget cuts are about to make the situation worse. Keith Cooper reports

For use in Inside Housing, 13 March 2015

Sailing into retirement

13/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

The biggest pension fund in the sector is about to announce its deficit has grown even bigger. Peter Apps reports on the consequences for housing associations and staff

For use in Inside Housing, 6 March 2015

Scorched earth

04/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Thirty years after the horrific murder of six people in a house fire, a small east Glasgow housing association is finally helping to regenerate the estate that became synonymous with the tragedy. Heather Spurr visits a community haunted by the past but planning for the future

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The story of the house built in a day

19/02/2015 | By Jess McCabe

Meet the landlord building houses in its own factory. Jess McCabe finds out that homes can be built in a day

For use in Inside Housing, 6 February 2015

Doing the maths

06/02/2015 | By Keith Cooper

How much are housing professionals paid? Keith Cooper reports on a survey by Inside Housing and Hays which seeks to find out

For use in Inside Housing, 6 February 2015

Empty feeling

04/02/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

The villages of Horden and Blackhall are near the beautiful Durham coastline, so why are some homes there so hard to let? Martin Hilditch finds out

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Hundreds of households in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

16/01/2015 | By Lia Sanders

Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade, Inside Housing can reveal.

For use in Repairs and Maintenance supplement, Jan 2015

Home protection Video

14/01/2015

Housing associations may be spending more on maintenance, but for what reasons? Martin Hilditch finds out

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Protecting the rent

28/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The Department for Work and Pensions has moved a long way to assuage landlords’ fears over universal credit, as Heather Spurr finds out

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EXCLUSIVE: Councils without local plans building faster Video

28/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Councils with no local plan in place are building homes at a faster rate than those with an adopted plan, Inside Housing research has found.

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The enemy within

19/11/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

Inside Housing has spent the last six years investigating life-threatening dangers on a number of housing estates following the death of a young woman from carbon monoxide poisoning. Today, following the conclusion of the UK’s largest ever gas safety prosecution, Martin Hilditch tells the full story of one of the construction industry’s darkest hours.

For use in Inside Housing, 21 November 2014

Figures of hate

14/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Daniel Douglas investigates a recent increase in racist incidents in Northern Ireland and how housing providers are dealing with it

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Are social landlords prepared for Ebola?

13/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Ebola has killed thousands of people and caused widespread panic. But are social landlords considering what they would do if the worst occurred, and a tenant or staff member got sick? Jess McCabe reports

For use in Inside Housing, 3 October 2014

Landlords' bedroom tax prep

01/10/2014 | By Gene Robertson , Jess McCabe

The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit. Jess McCabe and Gene Robertson find out how they are coping.

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Picture this

26/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The big fish are nibbling at the little fish, general needs housing stock has reached 2 million homes for the first time and affordable rent is spreading faster than you can say ‘core purpose’. Inside Housing has picked snapshots from the Homes and Communities Agency’s 63-page statistical data return as of 31 March 2014 to compare with the previous year’s data. Daniel Douglas reports

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EXCLUSIVE: Housing chief executives' pay rises above inflation

18/09/2014 | By Jess McCabe

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.

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Gender gap widens as housing chiefs' pay soars Video

18/09/2014 | By Jess McCabe

With risk comes reward. The chief executives of Britain’s 100 biggest housing associations are diversifying into a range of commercial activities - and their pay packets reflect this. Jess McCabe reports

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Flight to buy: why councils are buying, rather than building

29/08/2014 | By Kate Youde

An Inside Housing investigation reveals how much councils intend to spend buying existing homes to reduce their waiting lists.

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Board games for housing associations

22/08/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

An Inside Housing investigation reveals the high level of ‘churn’ on housing association boards. So why are they still made up of identikit members? Martin Hilditch reports

For use in 22 Aug 2014

Avoidance tactics

22/08/2014

An Inside Housing survey last week revealed voids are dropping. Carl Brown investigates why

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Voids fall despite welfare reform fears Video

15/08/2014 | By Gene Robertson , Carl Brown

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

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25/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Unions are stepping up action on behalf of their members who work in social housing. Heather Spurr gauges how it will affect landlords

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Revealed: the extent of single homeless cuts

04/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

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The power of persuasion

27/06/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A project in south west England is attempting the near-impossible task of combating nimbyism to get affordable homes built. Nick Duxbury returns to his rural roots in Hampshire to investigate

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Feast or famine

27/06/2014 | By Keith Cooper

Local authorities are campaigning for more freedom to borrow and build. But Keith Cooper discovers that some councils still haven’t touched their £2.9 billion first course

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Ready for take-off Video

27/06/2014 | By Dawn Foster

The last year in housing association construction may seem a bit plodding, with just a small increase in completions, but there are healthy signs that the sector is preparing for take-off. Dawn Foster and Gene Robertson unveil the top 50 developing associations

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Tenants at risk over Care Act

26/06/2014 | By Heather Spurr

New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people

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Rise in tenancy terminations Video

20/06/2014

As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line

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Raining abuse for housing staff

20/06/2014

Research by Inside Housing has revealed that the number of assaults against front line housing staff has risen for the third year in a row. Jess McCabe investigates why

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Systematic raiding of housing revenue accounts

20/06/2014

Exclusive research by Inside Housing reveals councils across England have discovered ways to systematically raid ring-fenced housing revenue accounts to prop up other services. Keith Cooper investigates

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Housing satisfaction scores

20/06/2014 | By Kate Youde

Just how effective are social landlords at meeting their tenants’ expectations and what do residents make of their services? Kate Youde examines the findings of a housing census by Inside Housing and law firm Croftons

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Ethnicity and new social housing lets

20/06/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Over the last 18 months the proportion of new social lets to white people has risen while the proportion rented to black and ethnic minority families has dropped noticeably. Daniel Douglas investigates why

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How to spot domestic extremists

19/06/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A number of housing professionals have been receiving training in how to detect extremists. Nick Duxbury investigates the implications

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Pushing pay-to-stay

13/06/2014 | By Kate Youde

The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap. Kate Youde investigates if this is workable