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Bond aggregator completes first deal since 2015

24/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A bond aggregator has completed its first deal for more than a year, with a £40.2m bond for four housing associations.

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Barwell: 5% of Starter Homes Land Fund invested

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.

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Shared ownership company buys housing association

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.

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Moody's: sales exposure to rise in future years

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Debt, capital expenditure and exposure to the sales market will all rise as housing associations step up their development in the coming years, Moody’s has said.

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Association debt to exceed £80bn by 2019

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.

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Cumbrian associations in breakaway merger talks

20/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Cumbria-based housing associations are in merger talks after one was given the green light to break away from its parent organisation.

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Government shifts funding focus to greatest homelessness demand areas

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.

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HCA agrees loans for 10,250 homes

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed two loans with developers totalling £98.8m to kick-start projects which will provide 10,250 new homes.

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S&P: deregulation 'will not damage credit ratings'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Impending deregulation will not damage credit ratings for English housing associations, a major ratings agency has confirmed.

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Council company targets institutional cash

15/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick is expected to launch a bid for institutional investment over the next six months – to finance its ambitious development plans.

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Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis, with landlords scaling up delivery plans despite the looming threat of Brexit.

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Scottish Government announces £590m affordable housing funding

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will make £590m available this year to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.

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Bovis rejects two merger bids, but remains in talks with Galliford Try

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bovis Homes has rejected two merger bids from major house builders Redrow and Galliford Try, but will continue talks with Galliford Try.

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PfP launches fund management arm with £150m acquisition

10/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has launched a new fund management business with an acquisition of 1,379 units valued at £150m.  

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.

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Government moves grant funding forward a year to improve borrowing outlook

08/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

THE BUDGET: The government has moved £200m in housing association grants forward a year, which has helped lower its borrowing outlook from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Paragon credit rating upheld ahead of merger

07/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A South East housing association has had its credit rating upheld ahead of a planned merger, which is due to complete next month.

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SFHA warns Scottish DHP budget will be 'overwhelmed'

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has increased Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding to almost £58m to mitigate the impact of welfare cuts in the first year it has control over DHPs.

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Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

02/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom, a National Housing Federation survey has found.

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Co-op Bank demands repayment of association loan due to technical breach

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A Scottish housing association’s bank demanded early repayment of a loan after regulatory intervention triggered a technical breach of its covenants.

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The benefits and risks of 'medium-merging'

28/02/2017

As a flurry of mid-sized associations embark on mergers, Lee Clarke of Capsticks looks at the pros and cons

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Two homelessness charities to merge

27/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Two London-based homelessness charities, Evolve Housing and Support and Grenfell Housing and Training, have agreed to merge.

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Why medium-mergers in the sector are motoring

27/02/2017

Greg Campbell and David Williams of Campbell Tickell explain more about the trend towards ‘medium-mergers’

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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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Barratt boosts profits despite dip in homes built

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest house builder has announced boosted profits in the six months to the end of December, despite a dip in the number of homes it built.

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Aberdeen association secures £12.5m loan

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

An Aberdeen housing association has secured a £12.5m loan to build 147 homes in the city and the surrounding area.

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Galliford Try reports 23% profit boost

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.

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NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.

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NHF calls for rent freedom in Budget

17/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is calling for rent freedom and for housing to play a part in the government’s industrial strategy, ahead of next month’s Budget.

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Global Accounts: associations' sales activity soars 39%

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Just 10 housing associations were responsible for three-quarters of the sale activity carried out by UK landlords in 2015/16, while the total proceeds from such sales grew by 39%.

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North East associations plan three-way merger

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three North East housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a 23,500-home association.

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Cala on course for record profits

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The house builder part-owned by giant institutional investor Legal and General (L&G) is set to deliver record profits and new homes, a trading update said.

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Lincolnshire associations agree merger

15/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Lincolnshire housing associations have agreed merger plans to form a new 12,700-home landlord in principle.

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Housing association merger supported by HCA

13/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Two Hampshire-based housing associations have had their merger backed by the housing regulator.

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Sovereign secures £150m European investment

13/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sovereign, the UK’s sixth-largest housing association, has signed a £150m funding deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its plans to build 4,500 new homes over the next three years.

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£30.5m loans for Bron Afon to build 450 homes

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Welsh association Bron Afon Community Housing has pledged to build 450 homes after securing £30.5m in loan deals.

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Bracknell Forest Homes in talks over Housing Solutions merger

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Berkshire housing associations have announced plans to join forces to form a 14,600-home landlord in the county.

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Cobalt chair: local investment priorities led to Symphony de-merger

10/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

A housing association ‘de-merged’ from one of the north’s largest housing groups over concerns its large surplus would not be invested in the local community.

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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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Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Tim Clark

The government will balance the “fiscal consequences” of higher rents against housing associations’ calls for full flexibility, the housing minister has said.

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Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

WHITE PAPER: The government will set out a new rent standard for social landlords for the period after 2020 “in due course” to help housing associations build.

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AHF makes £25m loan to south Wales association

06/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

South Wales housing association United Welsh has secured a £25m loan from Affordable Housing Finance (AHF).

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Housing association strikes £85m deal with investment manager

06/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

One Housing has borrowed £85m to build 1,450 homes in a long-term deal with investment manager M&G Investments.

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Guinness and Wulvern merger completes

01/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The merger between The Guinness Partnership and Wulvern Housing has completed.

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Why we embarked on a £275m refinancing deal

01/02/2017 | By Helen Rourke

Trafford Housing Trust’s director of finance, Helen Rourke, explains the thinking behind the major deal announced last week

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Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of Discretionary Housing Payments to cover tenants’ rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap.

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CML backs HCA's independent regulator plans

30/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said it supports plans to establish an independent regulator for the sector.

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Moody's corrects ratings for £105m bond after accidental downgrade

30/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

Financial ratings agency Moody’s has upgraded a £105m secured bond issued by Places for People after admitting to a rare admin error last June.

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Giant higher education pension fund invests in supported housing

30/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A construction company has launched a joint venture with one of the UK’s largest pension funds to build a £200m portfolio of supported housing.

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Clanmil and Hearth complete merger

24/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

A Northern Irish housing association has completed its merger with a small association specialising in conservation.

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New Charter and Adactus in talks over 33,000-home merger

24/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New Charter Group has entered talks with Adactus Housing Group which would lead to the creation of a 33,000-home landlord.

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Trafford strikes £275m funding deal

24/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A Manchester-based housing association has struck a new £275m funding deal with two banks and two institutional investors, replacing a previous £145m facility.

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Symphony and Cobalt agree to de-merger

23/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

Two housing associations in the North West have agreed to a ‘de-merger’ as one of the small members of a group leaves.

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Cheyne Capital buys £51.8m Croydon portfolio

20/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund has purchased a 338-unit portfolio of residential properties in Croydon, thought to be worth £51.8m.

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German bank to fund Manchester PRS scheme

16/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A German bank has agreed to provide an £85m loan to fund a large private rented sector development in Manchester.

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AHF secures £114.8m record low bond

12/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Two housing associations have secured a £114.8m bond at a record low rate under the government’s guaranteed finance scheme.

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PfP to take over Derwent treasury

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Derwent Living will see its treasury affairs fully taken over by Places for People, after it joined the group following a regulatory downgrade for its finances.

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Scottish Government announces £1.65m funding for housing support

09/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has announced the recipients of £1.65m of funding for homeless services and housing providers working with vulnerable people.

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Derwent Living merger with PfP completed

06/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Places for People Group has completed its merger of Derwent Housing Association, making Derwent a subsidiary of the larger housing association.