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L&Q enters joint venture with Manchester landlord

09/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

L&Q will build 2,000 homes in the North West as part of a joint venture with a locally-based Manchester landlord.

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Council and association set up housing company

02/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Peterborough City Council and housing association Cross Keys Homes have agreed to set up a housing company to build homes in the city.

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Get ready for more rationalisation

21/07/2016

Stock transfers have slowed as mergers go through but are likely to pick up again soon, says Will Rutter and Stuart May

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Investors sought for 40,000 Armed Forces homes

20/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Senior figures linked to a Ministry of Defence department are seeking to encourage investors to buy around 40,000 Armed Forces homes from a private company.

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Armed forces left without heating and hot water, finds PAC

13/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Ministry of Defence and one of its contractors are “badly letting down” armed forces’ families by giving them “poor accommodation”, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has concluded.

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Midlands council could set up repairs company

12/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Stoke-on-Trent Council is considering setting up a company to deal with the repairs and maintenance of its council housing.

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North East associations set up cost-sharing vehicle

08/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Two housing associations in the North East have set up a cost-sharing company in a bid to drive down their spending.

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Council seeks solution to transfer barrier

06/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A London borough is striving to find a way to write off millions of pounds of historic housing debt, to allow its much-vaunted stock transfer to go ahead.

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Offsite construction factory opens at a prison

05/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Prisoners will be employed as construction workers in an off-site construction factory in Hindley Prison in Greater Manchester, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Willmott Dixon abandons support services sale

27/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Willmott Dixon has abandoned plans to sell off its support services division.

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Council sets up procurement process to attract small developers

27/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council plans to set up a procurement process to encourage small builders to develop sites of less than 15 homes in the area.

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G4S expects increased loss due to asylum demand

10/03/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Private security company G4S has revised its expected loss upwards on a government contract for asylum seeker housing due to increased demand.

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Everything is connected Video

04/03/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Two councils are setting aside political differences and joining up to build homes. Simon Brandon reports

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Wheatley Group and council to set up joint repairs venture

29/02/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The board of Scotland’s largest social landlord has rubber-stamped a recommendation to set up a joint venture with a subsidiary of Glasgow City Council to deliver repairs.

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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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A shared economy Video

18/02/2016 | By Alex Turner

With efficiency the top watchword for the housing sector, are associations making the most of their opportunities to share services and save money? Alex Turner reports

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L&Q buys PRS site for £66.8m

16/02/2016 | By Pete Apps

A residential property developer has sold a private rented development to housing association L&Q for £66.8m.

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Offsite payments increase 72%

09/02/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The value of payments made to councils by developers in lieu of onsite affordable housing has jumped 72% in a year, according to official figures.

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Pocket Living

US real estate giant strikes deal with Pocket

03/02/2016 | By Pete Apps

One of the largest real estate firms in the US has taken a 50% share in a London-based affordable homes company to help drive a massive expansion of its development.

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Council ends controversial agreement

01/02/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Winchester Council has voted to terminate a development agreement that was called in by the previous secretary of state and led to the resignation of the council leader last year.

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Scope for error

01/02/2016

New rules on immigration checks could lead to further discrimination and pressure on homelessness services, says John Perry

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Report urges LSVT board changes

25/01/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Stock transfer organisations that fail to adapt their board memberships in a changing operating environment will face governance problems, a report has warned.

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Joint Manchester company secures first contract

25/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Greater Manchester’s housing associations have won the right to deliver their first public services contract through a pioneering joint company.

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Global view of repairs: How does your spend compare to the rest? Video

21/01/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

How much are housing associations spending on repairs and maintenance? Compare your performance as Martin Hilditch surveys 100 of the largest landlords

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Landlords mull 'sister companies' to swerve policies

20/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are consulting lawyers about setting up ‘sister companies’ to free stock from the effect of government policies.

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L&Q signs up for 2,500-home project

15/01/2016 | By Carl Brown

L&Q will become a development partner for a £1bn, 2,500-home regeneration project which includes a film studio complex.

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From DLO to house builder Video

05/01/2016 | By Louise Hunt

A former in-house repairs team is transforming itself into a commercial house builder. Louise Hunt visits its first project to find out why

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Fully furnished Video

16/11/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

In Newcastle, a social landlord has turned a mattress business from a commercial flop to a success story. Martin Hilditch finds out more

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Association and developer strike PRS deal

11/11/2015 | By Pete Apps

A London-based housing association has announced a joint venture with a property developer to build private rented housing in the capital.

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Measure of success

31/07/2015 | By Helen Clifton

More landlords need to be measuring social value. Helen Clifton finds out how a handy toolkit can help with this

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Lenders cautious over proposed LSVT borrowing change

03/06/2015 | By Pete Apps

Lenders have reacted cautiously to a proposed increase in the borrowing power of stock transfer housing associations – a move which the National Housing Federation (NHF) said could deliver thousands of new homes.

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Landlords to take on contracting giants

24/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Social landlords have joined forces in a bid to compete with the biggest companies for major public contracts.

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In a day’s work

24/04/2015 | By Emma Maier

It is encouraging to see 10 landlords joining forces through a joint venture to enable them to bid directly for public contracts, including the Work Programme

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Landlords 'only able to replace one in five Right to Buy homes'

17/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are only able to replace one in every five homes sold under the preserved Right to Buy, according to an exclusive snap poll by Inside Housing.

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Landlords line up major swap of properties

15/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Two large London housing associations are lining up a major swap of around 2,500 homes, as one landlord seeks full control of a large estate in the capital.

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Procurement consortium launches materials supply initiative

03/04/2015 | By Corin Williams

A £250m deal to supply social landlords with building and maintenance materials for the next four years has been struck by Procurement for Housing (PfH).

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Durham negotiates April stock transfer date

27/03/2015 | By Corin Williams

The government has agreed to fund a stock transfer of 18,500 homes despite it missing a deadline to write off the properties’ historic debt.

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Stock transfer signed off a week before deadline

24/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

A deal to transfer 8,500 Salford council homes to a new housing association has been finally signed off with just a week to spare.

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The clock is ticking

13/03/2015 | By Theresa Mohammed

Social landlords should take note: a recent case could make it more difficult to dispute the cost of a construction contracts, says Theresa Mohammed

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Moody's: 'No distinction' between traditional and LSVT credit strength

10/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

Stock transfer housing associations are on an equal footing with traditional landlords in terms of credit strength, a major credit agency has said.

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NIHE call for extra borrowing powers throws doubt on transfers

26/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is calling for further borrowing powers in a move some experts see as a push back against discussions on breaking the organisation up.

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Better buying

20/02/2015 | By Steve Malone

Social housing procurement has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and is now unrecognisable from the simple, transactional activity it once was

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20/02/2015 | By Steve Coffey

Liverpool Mutual Homes’ Steve Coffey explains the process for successful procurement

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Levelling up procurement

20/02/2015

Four housing associations are channelling their energy and resources into ensuring slick and reliable services for tenants

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Great value

20/02/2015 | By David Hames

Value for money needs to be achieved in a responsible manner

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Science lesson

20/02/2015

How can e-procurement help streamline operations and improve performance? Our two case studies reveal all

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The 10 most important changes to procurement rules

18/02/2015 | By Andrew Millross

The UK is poised to implement new rules on tendering. Andrew Millross from Anthony Collins sifts out the 10 most important changes

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Is procurement worth it?

18/02/2015 | By Keith Cooper

The European Union’s procurement regime has elicted mostly grumbles from social landlords since the sector came under its aegis in 2004. But what are the true costs and benefits? Keith Cooper reports

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Contract

Anchor signs £150m repairs contract

04/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing and care provider has signed a £150m repairs and maintenance contract with property services company Ian Williams.

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Saving the section 106 deal

28/01/2015 | By Samantha Orluta

By talking to housing associations early on, and adopting standard language, developers can prevent housing associations walking away from section 106 deals at the last minute

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London council to wind up ALMO

28/01/2015 | By Emily Twinch

A London council has decided to wind up its arm’s-length management organisation after tenants voted in favour of the proposal.

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Why L&Q decided to set up its own maintenance service

14/01/2015 | By Tim Mulvenna

L&Q has decided to set up its own repairs and maintenance service to keep its homes in good repair. But why, and how is the roll-out progressing? Tim Mulvenna, group director for customer service and direct maintenance at L&Q, explains

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Hammersmith spring

07/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

In May there was a revolution in west London when David Cameron’s favourite council was toppled from power. Peter Apps meets the new leader of Hammersmith and Fulham

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Spectrum enters £400m joint venture to build 1,600 homes

07/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has entered a joint venture with a house builder to build a 1,600-home scheme worth a £400m over 20 years.

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Money

JLL acquires property consultancy

06/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

JLL has acquired the property consultancy arm of a rival business and poached the head valuer from another as it increases its share of the market.

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New Era estate bought by affordable homes provider

19/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

A Hackney housing estate, which made headlines earlier this year when Russell Brand protested against its new owners’ planned rent hikes, is being bought by affordable homes provider, Dolphin Living.

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Manager announced for £3.5bn private rented sector guarantees fund

11/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government has announced a manager for its long awaited £3.5bn guarantees fund for new private rented sector (PRS) homes.

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Council announces £60m energy efficiency partnership

04/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Hull City Council has announced a partnership with Willmott Dixon Energy Services to carry out energy efficiency improvements on 3,000 homes.

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The quiet revolution

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Helena Partnerships will soon join forces with neighbouring Golden Gates Housing Trust, to form a new group structure called Torus with the aim of building more homes and creating jobs. Rob Young, its chief executive elect, talks to Jess McCabe about why the deal makes sense

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Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

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