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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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PAUL TAYLOR SEPT 2015

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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NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap, the National Housing Federation has said.

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Councils to set higher rents on new homes

27/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Two Labour-run councils are set to charge higher rents on their new general needs properties, partly because of budgetary pressures caused by the 1% rent cut.

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Mental strain

26/10/2016 | By Dave Power

Housing associations must find a way to help tenants struggling under the mental strain of debt, says Dave Power

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CML: 46% of social tenants prefer to stay in sector

20/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

A greater proportion of sector tenants would rather still be in social housing in 10 years time than move into owner-occupation, a report has found.

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Our journey

19/10/2016 | By Cym D'Souza

BME housing organisations are needed because there is still housing disadvantage and discrimination, says Cym D’Souza

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Minimum bedroom size planned for shared PRS homes

18/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

The government is planning to introduce new rules enforcing a minimum bedroom size in shared private rented sector homes.

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MATTHEW BAILES SEPT 2015

Slices of cake

13/10/2016 | By Matthew Bailes

Housing associations must divide their diminishing resources in different ways to ensure that people with particular needs are housed, says Matthew Bailes

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Win-win

11/10/2016 | By Poppy Potter

Retrofitting social homes keeps tenants warm but also cuts fuel bills and carbon emissions, says Poppy Potter

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Rural dreams

03/10/2016 | By Matthew O'Connell

Landowners can unlock the affordable housing shortage in rural communities, says Matthew O’Connell

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Green and pleasant land

03/10/2016

The housing sector needs to ensure children and young people from lower-income families have access to local parks or green spaces, says Graham Duxbury

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Brighton Council pauses waiting list rule changes

27/09/2016 | By Carl Brown

Brighton & Hove City Council has put plans to tighten its social housing allocations criteria on hold following concerns from opposition councillors.

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MARK HENDERSON SEPT 2015

Means-tested homes

27/09/2016 | By Mark Henderson

Means testing in housing could free up affordable homes for those who really need them, says Mark Henderson

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From the frontline: Leanne Stephney

27/09/2016

Leanne Stephney, employment team manager, Viridian Housing

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We need to talk about affordable housing

16/09/2016 | By Roberta Blackman-Woods

It’s time to have a discussion about what is affordable housing because Starter Homes are beyond many first-time buyers, says Roberta Blackman-Woods

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G15 calls for benefit system overhaul

14/09/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

London’s largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that “work pays”.

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Keep the faith

13/09/2016 | By Trevor Morow

Housing associations can maintain the trust of tenants during upheavals providing they keep them informed, says Trevor Morrow

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Struggling to survive

09/09/2016 | By David Montague

Our research shows welfare reforms are forcing social tenants to go without food and sell their valuables, says David Montague

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Council urges ministers to use HMRC for Pay to Stay

01/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A London council has urged the government to use its own tax office to introduce Pay to Stay, amid fears the policy will impose an extra layer of bureaucracy on councils.

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Anger management

01/09/2016 | By Mr Anonymous

Housing organisations need to go beyond worthy HR policies if they are going to rid the sector of bullying, says Mr Anonymous

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Under the radar

30/08/2016 | By Alan Ward

Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward

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Merger fever: the tenants' view Video

30/08/2016 | By Carl Brown

Tenants are helping to devise an alternative merger code. Carl Brown finds out why

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SUSAN EMMETT SEPT 2015

Undersupply

25/08/2016 | By Susan Emmett

The market is cautious but we still require 300,000 new homes a year, says Susan Emmett

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Social housing rap Video

23/08/2016 | By Tom Wall

A group of young Londoners have produced a music video about the threatened demolition of a Brixton housing estate. Tom Wall spoke to community activist Potent Whisper and one of the rappers, Paradox, about the video and the campaign to save Cressingham Gardens

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IT analyst guilty of £430,000 housing association fraud

19/08/2016 | By Carl Brown

A former IT analyst has today been convicted of fraud after attempting to con Genesis Housing Association out of £430,000.

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NHF crowdfunds Pay to Stay data tool

19/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants’ incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay.

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Graduated ownership

18/08/2016

Home Group has come up with a new package of support to help people buy their social home, and it is already generating interest in the sector, as Pete Apps finds out

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Creating chances

18/08/2016 | By Paul Tennant

Small steps can have a big impact on the lives of the poor, says Paul Tennant