Risk & Judgements
When Circle Housing entered into a £350m repairs contract in 2013, little did it know that within 18 months the deal would be cancelled amid blistering criticism of ‘chronic failure’ from the regulator. Pete Apps reports
Asra Housing Group has had its governance and viability rating downgraded by the housing regulator after it was exposed to covenant breaches.
‘Chronic failures’ resulting in ‘exceptionally poor provision of repairs’ has seen one of the UK’s largest social landlords ranked non-compliant by the sector watchdog.
Value for Money
Two London councils acted ‘shamefully’ in their attempts to avoid taking legal responsibility for a vulnerable homeless family, a High Court judge has found.
The Conservative Party’s suggestion that £4.5bn could be raised by selling high value council homes to part fund its planned extension of Right to Buy to housing associations is highly questionable, according to research by Savills.
Governments and councils need to work together to tackle the housing crisis - rather than conduct phoney bidding wars on phantom housing targets, says Paul Hackett
Health and Safety
Three housing associations that missed gas safety checks have been given regulatory downgrades but still comply with the Homes and Communities Agency’s governance standard.
The number of owner-occupiers has fallen while those renting privately continue to rise, according to the latest government analysis of the English housing market.
A Gloucestershire housing association has become the latest English landlord rapped by the regulator for failing to carry out annual gas safety checks.