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LHA cap is just part of a much bigger issue

24/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The capping of housing benefit in line with Local Housing Allowance is just one part of a much wider issue, says Jules Birch

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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

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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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Government reviewing associations' powers to evict problem tenants

23/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The government has revealed it is undertaking a review of associations’ powers to evict anti-social tenants, as MPs heard calls for greater powers to protect neighbours yesterday.

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Time running out to win £500 vouchers in our lettings survey

23/02/2017

Inside Housing readers who complete a survey about their organisation’s approach to letting properties have the chance to win £500 in Marks & Spencer vouchers.

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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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New Era: one year on Video

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A year ago, the new landlord of a Hackney estate ripped up the rental rulebook. Sophie Barnes returns to Hoxton to find out how the personalised rents model has bedded in

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The potential impact of LHA cap on sheltered housing is devastating

20/02/2017

The government’s proposals for supported housing funding risk breaking part of the market that is currently working, warns Howard Nankivell of Anchor

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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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Our commercialism enables us to expand social purpose

17/02/2017

As the HCA reveals a surge in commercial activity, Susan Hickey explains why Peabody is building more homes for market sale

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Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post-2020 rent settlement.

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Government needs to convince sector new rent settlement will last

17/02/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

After the shock of the 2015 rent cut, ministers need to be convincing on the new settlement if associations are going to deliver, says Martin Hilditch

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Rent increases in return for delivery would be just the start

17/02/2017

The rent-setting negotiation with government is an opportunity for the sector to get around the table, says Placeshapers’ Sinéad Butters

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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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Wisdom of crowds Video

16/02/2017 | By Kate Youde

Crowdfunding has allowed millions of people to raise money for causes they care about, including homelessness. But what role is left for charities and social landlords in the age of direct action? Kate Youde finds out

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Wigan Council set to scrap ALMO

15/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wigan Council is expected to take back control of housing stock from its arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO), after a report concluded the move would save £5.5m.

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Creating employment opportunities for tenants

15/02/2017 | By Martin Armstrong

Apprenticeships and skills training can provide a vital leg-up for those most in need, says Martin Armstrong

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Is Universal Credit really helping people to help themselves?

15/02/2017

Vivian Davies of Family Mosaic questions whether Universal Credit in its current form is fulfilling its true goal

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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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White Paper should have focused on people at all stages of life

10/02/2017 | By David Cowans

OPINION: While there is a noticeable shift in improving standards in the private rental market, housing options for people at all stages of their life should have been a focus of the Housing White Paper, says David Cowans

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Forty years of co-operation Video

08/02/2017 | By Michael Lloyd

Lister Housing Co-operative in Edinburgh was founded by activists 40 years ago. Michael Lloyd finds out what happens when direct action hits middle age

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Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

08/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

WHITE PAPER: The government has no plans to force or encourage buy-to-let landlords to increase the length of their tenancies, the housing minister has confirmed.

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Barwell: longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

06/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow’s Housing White Paper.

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Helping tenants hit by the cap

26/01/2017

As the lowered benefit cap completes its roll-out this week, Riverside’s Stephen Chapman explains what his association is doing to help tenants cope

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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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'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

23/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home, according to new analysis by the Labour Party.

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Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year.

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Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular, it has announced today.

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Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

12/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies.

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Leaked letter reveals Circle repairs overhaul could run until September

12/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Overhauling the long-standing repairs issues affecting former Circle Housing stock could take until September, a leaked letter has revealed.

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RTB pilots: one in four express interest but sales limited

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A quarter of eligible tenants expressed an interest in buying their homes under the Right to Buy extension pilot, but affordability acted as a major drag on actual sales.

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Association tenants exposed to 'significant financial risk' under RTB

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing association tenants are taking on huge financial risk to buy homes through the extended Right to Buy, with high street banks offering mortgages of more than five times their income.

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Council prosecuted by fire service over Lakanal House blaze

04/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council is facing prosecution for breaching fire safety regulations following the deaths of six people in the Lakanal House fire.

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'10 things about 2016': part one

23/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces

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Sheltered accommodation provider warned over quality concerns

22/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A sheltered accommodation provider has been issued a regulatory notice for failing to meet the Decent Homes Standard and “significant” repairs and maintenance issues.

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LGA: social housing drop prevents young buying

22/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

A huge drop in social housing building means homeownership rates among 25-year-olds are less than half what they were 20 years ago, council leaders warned today.

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‘No evidence’ government programme helped troubled families

20/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

Government claims that it has “turned around” 120,000 troubled families were “misleading”, and there is no evidence the programme created for this purpose has had any significant impact, MPs have said.

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Universal Credit arrears soar in Scottish council

19/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

The introduction of Universal Credit has caused a dramatic rise in rent arrears in eastern Scotland, according to a local council report.

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Rent rethink

16/12/2016 | By Mike Owen

We need to stop thinking of rent as a financial vehicle to extract value and instead look at how lower rent levels create a springboard out of poverty, argues Mike Owen

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Pictures of the year 2016

15/12/2016

Our art editor Sonny Dhamu picks his favourite Inside Housing pictures from 2016

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LGA seeks legal advice for councils caught in water bill scandal

15/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multimillion pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water.

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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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Not the answer

13/12/2016 | By Jane Ashcroft

The government’s proposed supported housing funding plan will introduce complexity, bureaucracy and a postcode lottery, warns Jane Ashcroft

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Migrant focus for BME housing association

08/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

A black and minority ethnic housing association hopes to become the leading provider of services to new migrants in London as it focuses on non-housing services.

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Challenging the system

07/12/2016

Paternalistic and disempowering services are not the way to achieve lasting social change, argues Paul Taylor

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Right to fail?

06/12/2016 | By Colin Wiles

There remains a huge number of questions about how the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme will work, says Colin Wiles

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Decent lessons

06/12/2016 | By Nick Sterling

Extra funding is great, but the housing sector needs to avoid repeating mistakes made in the Decent Homes programme, argues Nick Sterling

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Lord Freud announces his retirement

01/12/2016

Lord David Freud, the minister for welfare reform who has overseen the introduction of Universal Credit, has announced he will retire from his ministerial position at the end of December.

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The downsizing dilemma Video

01/12/2016 | By Emily Twinch

Too few older people are downsizing, meaning families are missing out on homes with more bedrooms. Emily Twinch finds out if and how the housing sector can overcome the problem.

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Stories matter

30/11/2016 | By Steve Hayes

It’s more important than ever that housing providers work with residents to tell their stories, says Steve Hayes

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Barwell: affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers, the housing minister has said.

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Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest, with the sell-off of high-value council homes also delayed.

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Councils reject voluntary Pay to Stay

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Conservative councils are among several which will not introduce the controversial Pay to Stay policy for their

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Government to ban letting agents' fees

23/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced a ban on letting agents charging fees in the private rented sector during tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.

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Government scraps compulsory Pay to Stay

21/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates.

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Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

17/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter.

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'Community-controlled associations outperform larger counterparts'

16/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Landlord services provided by community-controlled housing associations outperform those of other social landlords in Scotland, a report has suggested.

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Scottish regulator issues rent consultation warning

10/11/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

Not enough Scottish social landlords are consulting their tenants about rent rises, the sector’s regulator has said.

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'Intimidation points' under review in Northern Ireland

07/11/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

The system for rehousing victims of intimidation in Northern Ireland is being reviewed as part of an overhaul of the housing allocations system after allegations that it is unfair.

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MP raises concerns over 'mega-merger'

03/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A London MP has criticised the planned merger between Circle and Affinity Sutton because of concerns over repairs and a lack of accountability to tenants.

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