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Migrant support pledge for housing associations launched

25/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing associations are being urged to sign up to a three-point pledge to provide support for migrants.

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Welsh housing minister pledges to tackle rough sleeping

24/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government minister with responsibility for housing has said ending rough sleeping is a priority for him.

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Inside Housing writer named property columnist of the year

24/05/2017 | By Pete Apps

Inside Housing writer Jules Birch was named the best property columnist in the UK at an awards ceremony last night.


L&Q restructuring construction arm

24/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London housing association L&Q is rebranding its Quadrant Construction subsidiary as part of a development team restructure.


Thames Valley CEO to take over at G15 association

24/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Geeta Nanda has been appointed as the new chief executive of large London housing association Metropolitan.

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Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the “worst offenders” in “failing to build sustainable and integrated communities”.

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Sasha Deepwell is one of the sector’s newest chief executives. Martin Hilditch finds out how she plans to lead Irwell Valley through Manchester’s housing challenges

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We will no longer put up with a housing market that doesn't work

24/05/2017 | By David Orr

Housing associations can help deliver the affordable homes voters are demanding, says David Orr

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Designing schemes to help older couples stay together


After a judge criticised the “inhumanity” of separating older couples, Rob Martin explains how Anchor is working to combat the problem

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24/05/2017 | By IH reporters



Welsh housing association plans £250m bond

23/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Wales’ third-largest housing association is to issue a £250m bond to refinance its current loan portfolio and pump more money into development.


Wandle bags £70m debt from RBS and Lloyds

23/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Wandle has secured £70m of loan finance from Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to help fund its plans to build 1,000 homes by 2021.

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Community housing groups call for clarity over Right to Buy

23/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Community housing groups have launched a campaign to gain assurance from politicians that community-led schemes will not be subject to the Right to Buy for housing associations.

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Rents fall in areas of oversupply in prime central London

23/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Rents have begun falling in specific parts of central London’s prime market, as oversupply dents rental growth in areas.

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£4.5m investment fund for homelessness sector set to launch

23/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A charity is set to launch a £4.5m Social Investment Fund for organisations working to reduce homelessness.

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TCPA: majority of councils believe affordable housing need is severe

23/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The majority of councils have said there is a “severe” need for affordable housing in their area, a survey by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has revealed.


Meeting ambitions for development

23/05/2017 | By Michael McDonnell

Housing associations’ vision for development must be met with meaningful action by the incoming government, says Michael McDonnell of Choice Housing


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One of Bromford’s first neighbourhood coaches, Paul Martin, reveals his secret desire to be a kids’ TV presenter


Rents are best left to politicians

23/05/2017 | By David Bogle

Housing associations would struggle to calculate and justify their rents if the government gives them more rent freedom, says David Bogle

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23/05/2017 | By IH reporters


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Housing association development starts rise 13%

23/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The number of new homes started by housing associations rose 13% to almost 48,000 in the last financial year, comprehensive figures on the sector’s output reveal.

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14,000 young Scots face rent shortfalls under benefit capping plan

22/05/2017 | By Pete Apps

At least 14,000 young Scottish people in social housing face rent gaps from 2019 when a new benefit cap comes into force, research has claimed.


Amicus Horizon and Viridian merge to form Optivo

22/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Amicus Horizon and Viridian have today launched their merged 44,000-home housing association and named it Optivo.

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From the archive - week of 22 May


Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week five, 15 and 25 years ago


A Welsh perspective on the general election

22/05/2017 | By Stuart Ropke

Homes for Wales will be working to influence non-devolved issues affecting housing ahead of the election, says Stuart Ropke

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Helping PRS tenants Rent with Confidence

22/05/2017 | By Christopher Hale

Wolverhampton City Council has launched a star rating system for private landlords in a bid to push up standards. Head of housing Christopher Hale explains more

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Association secures debt package from pension fund and Japanese bank

22/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Greg Pitcher

Network Homes has secured a £50m loan facility from a Japanese bank working with a UK pension fund.

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22/05/2017 | By IH reporters


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Northern Ireland associations warn on build target due to government impasse

19/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The target to build 2,000 social homes in Northern Ireland this year is in jeopardy due to the region’s ongoing political stalemate, sector leaders have warned.



19/05/2017 | By Closed Circuit

A horny-handed son of the Chambers of Commerce, an MP comes out as a cable can’t, and John Healey searches for razzmatazz

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G15 and City Hall reveal affordable homes boost

19/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London’s largest housing associations have unveiled plans to accelerate their building by 50% to 60,000 new homes over the next four years, with 42,000 of them affordable.

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Sturgeon: Housing First is a government priority

19/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scotland’s first minister has committed to prioritising Housing First in a debate at Holyrood.

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Impressions from Manchester

19/05/2017 | By Joanne Roney

Joanne Roney, the new chief executive of Manchester City Council, explores the housing opportunities and challenges in her new patch


Associations call for rent freedom after Tories pledge 'flexibility'

19/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

Housing association bosses have urged the next government to let them set their own rents, after the Conservative manifesto pledged more flexibility for the sector.

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The middle man: Tim Farron interview

19/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

As the Conservatives reach for the middle-ground, the Liberal Democrats are struggling to get heard. Sophie Barnes catches up with Tim Farron to ask whether housing can save them

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19/05/2017 | By IH reporters


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Inside Housing Digital Edition - 19 May 2017


Parties reveal housing pledges, could geographic information systems help the sector take on future challenges and we find out how geocaching is having a positive effect on tenants’ well-being

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Two years on: which government promises have stood the test of time?

18/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Conservatives have set out their housing election pledges today, making it a good time to look back at the progress made on the last set of election pledges in 2015.


A huge contrast with Tory manifestos of the past

18/05/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch scrutinises the Conservative manifesto

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18/05/2017 | By mhs homes Group

Nearly half of all of the affordable homes built in Medway last year were provided by us.


Conservative manifesto: sector bodies react

18/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing bodies and organisations have broadly welcomed the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges on housebuilding and reducing homelessness, but called for more details on key policies.

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Countryside grows revenue and profit

18/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

Countryside Properties ramped up its affordable housing completion rate last winter, and grew both revenue and profit.


Housing breaks through in the 'Brexit election'

18/05/2017 | By Emma Maier

Emma Maier questions whether the housing pledges in the manifestos represent a rebirth of state support for social housing


Manifesto measures can unleash council borrowing capacity

18/05/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

We can only solve the housing crisis with councils playing a major part, says Terrie Alafat


One Housing Group details 'groundbreaking' shared ownership deal

18/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

A housing association says it would “quite possibly” seek more finance from its shared ownership stock after signing a deal with an institutional investor earlier this year.


Conservatives pledge 500,000 homes by 2022 on top of one million homes target

18/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Conservatives have promised to deliver 500,000 homes by 2022, on top of a renewed commitment to the one million homes target, in its election manifesto.

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Tories vow to eliminate rough sleeping and pilot Housing First


The Conservatives have pledged to pilot Housing First and eliminate rough sleeping by 2027, in a major win for Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign.

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Survey reveals rising public concern over lack of housing

18/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

An increasing number of British people see housing as a problem, with a rising number of non-homeowners giving up on ever buying a home, new research has revealed.

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How data is transforming housing Video

18/05/2017 | By Alex Turner

Geographic information systems technology is developing at pace. Alex Turner finds out how the innovation can help the housing sector meet the challenges to come

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What stops tenants working?

18/05/2017 | By Geeta Nanda

Thames Valley staff have been speaking to tenants about barriers to work. Chief executive Geeta Nanda explains more

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Tory social housing 'deals' plan builds on existing work with three councils

18/05/2017 | By News team

Ongoing behind-the-scenes work with three councils will form the basis of flagship Conservative plans for ‘bespoke deals’ to build social rented housing, it is understood.

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18/05/2017 | By IH reporters


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March sees most mortgages to first-time buyers for 10 years

17/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

First-time buyers received the most mortgages in March this year than any period for 10 years, sector data has revealed.

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Council officer pleads guilty to social housing fraud

17/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

A former council housing officer has pleaded guilty to lying on his application for a social house.

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Election Insight: your complete guide to the 8 June poll

17/05/2017 | By Carl Brown

A continually updating timeline of our coverage of the general election campaign to date

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Liberal Democrats back Housing First as manifesto is launched

17/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Liberal Democrats have backed Inside Housing’s campaign to set up Housing First programmes across the country.

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Crest Nicholson reveals 12% price rise

17/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

House builder Crest Nicholson has revealed that the selling price of its homes has risen by more than a 10th.

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Trellick Tower in line for £7.2m restoration programme

17/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

The iconic brutalist tower block Trellick Tower is to undergo a £7.2m restoration programme.


Barwell: Conservatives to invite council bids for extra borrowing headroom

17/05/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Conservatives will invite councils to bid for additional borrowing headroom to build new social rented homes, the housing minister has revealed.

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