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Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up.

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The rise of the medium-merger

23/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

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

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Mergers can help increase capacity and improve services


As Isos Housing Group prepares for its ‘medium-merger’, chief executive Paul Fiddaman explains why such deals have a role to play.

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London home mover activity drops to 25-year low

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The number of home buyers in London fell to a four-year low in 2016, with home mover activity dropping to its lowest level in 25 years.

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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


L&Q picked as Brent Cross South partner

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q has been selected by Argent Related and Barnet Council to deliver 132 homes at the 6,700-home Brent Cross South scheme in north west London.


Housebuilding falls in 2016

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Completions of new build homes fell by 1% in 2016, according to the government’s official measure of new build activity.


Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

An influential committee of MPs was told the government should intervene directly in housing to fix the “failure” of the land and house building market.

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Breaking the cycle Video

24/02/2017 | By Steve Sampson

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


MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

22/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate later today.

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Birmingham changes expected to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy.

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Areas with rising waiting lists see falls in social housing

24/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Councils with the fastest rising housing waiting lists are areas which saw above average decreases in the amount of social housing coming available, exclusive Inside Housing analysis shows.

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London housing associations strike new maintenance deals

24/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London housing associations Southern Housing Group and The Guinness Partnership have appointed Wates Living Space to repairs contracts worth a total of £13m.

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Councils phase out freephone repairs numbers

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

English councils are phasing out freephone repairs numbers as they seek to trim costs out of pressurised Housing Revenue Accounts.

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Scottish regulator intervenes after association breaches loan covenant

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator will continue its intervention at a Glasgow-based housing association after it breached a loan covenant last year.


Deleted emails trigger housing association downgrade

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The regulator has downgraded a 2,120-home specialist housing association after a large batch of emails was deleted under a previous management team.

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Ombudsman to take over as chief executive of association

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The housing ombudsman has announced she is leaving the role to take over at the helm of a small, specialist housing association in London.


Why we should not think about housing as one product

22/02/2017 | By David Orr

We must strive to think more about the wider role that social housing plays in improving people’s lives, says David Orr


Rising Stars 2017 entry deadline extended


The deadline to enter Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition has been extended.

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Customer first should trump digital first

17/02/2017 | By Chan Kataria

The move to digital shouldn’t be at the expense of tenants’ best interests, says Chan Kataria

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Tower Hamlets Homes named most LGBT-friendly housing organisation

19/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Tower Hamlets Homes has been named the top housing sector organisation by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, in its Top 100 Employers list.

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My day as an innovation pioneer

12/01/2017 | By Donna Baddeley

Donna Baddeley describes her experience of Housemark’s Evolve pitch day


'10 things about 2016': part two

29/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch concludes his two-part review of what the year meant for housing

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