The capping of housing benefit in line with Local Housing Allowance is just one part of a much wider issue, says Jules Birch
Breaking the cycle Video
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
The Homelessness Reduction Bill comes before the House of Lords today. Lord Richard Best says this presents an opportunity to air some wider concerns.
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.
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.
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.
New Era: one year on Video
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
The government’s proposals for supported housing funding risk breaking part of the market that is currently working, warns Howard Nankivell of Anchor
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.
As the HCA reveals a surge in commercial activity, Susan Hickey explains why Peabody is building more homes for market sale
The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post-2020 rent settlement.
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
The rent-setting negotiation with government is an opportunity for the sector to get around the table, says Placeshapers’ Sinéad Butters
The move to digital shouldn’t be at the expense of tenants’ best interests, says Chan Kataria
Wisdom of crowds Video
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
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.
Apprenticeships and skills training can provide a vital leg-up for those most in need, says Martin Armstrong
Vivian Davies of Family Mosaic questions whether Universal Credit in its current form is fulfilling its true goal
Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year.
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.
The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies.
Overhauling the long-standing repairs issues affecting former Circle Housing stock could take until September, a leaked letter has revealed.
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.
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.
Southwark Council is facing prosecution for breaching fire safety regulations following the deaths of six people in the Lakanal House fire.
NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces
A sheltered accommodation provider has been issued a regulatory notice for failing to meet the Decent Homes Standard and “significant” repairs and maintenance issues.
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.
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.
The introduction of Universal Credit has caused a dramatic rise in rent arrears in eastern Scotland, according to a local council report.
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
Our art editor Sonny Dhamu picks his favourite Inside Housing pictures from 2016
The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multimillion pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water.
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.
The government’s proposed supported housing funding plan will introduce complexity, bureaucracy and a postcode lottery, warns Jane Ashcroft
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.
Paternalistic and disempowering services are not the way to achieve lasting social change, argues Paul Taylor
There remains a huge number of questions about how the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme will work, says Colin Wiles
Extra funding is great, but the housing sector needs to avoid repeating mistakes made in the Decent Homes programme, argues Nick Sterling
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.
The downsizing dilemma Video
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.
It’s more important than ever that housing providers work with residents to tell their stories, says Steve Hayes
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.
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.
Conservative councils are among several which will not introduce the controversial Pay to Stay policy for their
The government has announced a ban on letting agents charging fees in the private rented sector during tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.
The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates.
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.
Landlord services provided by community-controlled housing associations outperform those of other social landlords in Scotland, a report has suggested.
Not enough Scottish social landlords are consulting their tenants about rent rises, the sector’s regulator has said.
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.
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.