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Large London associations announce latest mega-merger plans

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Peabody and Family Mosaic housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a giant 55,000-home landlord.

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L&Q and East Thames complete merger and £2.6bn refinancing

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q and East Thames have completed their mega-merger, alongside a £2.6bn refinancing deal with seven banks.

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Housing Quiz 2016

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Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

07/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Peabody and Family Mosaic’s merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units, the designate chief executive of the new organisation has said.

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Two-way street

07/12/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The minister announces more investment in social housing – social, not affordable – and signs a pact with housing associations and local authorities.

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London Assembly calls on Sadiq to act on homelessness

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The London Assembly has called on the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan to act against a “perfect storm” of homelessness.

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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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L&G raises £170m for build to rent investment

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Legal and General has raised a further £170m from institutions for its build-to-rent fund, taking its total investment in this field to around £1bn.

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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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'Javid is wrong, we do not landbank'

07/12/2016 | By Stewart Baseley

We are willing to demonstrate to Sajid Javid that we do not landbank, says Stewart Baseley.

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Deregulation package to take effect in April

07/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The deregulation package aimed at removing housing associations from the national balance sheet will come into effect from April, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Digital bank enters shared ownership market

07/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

A UK-based digital-only bank has become the latest mortgage lender to enter the shared ownership market.

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Live blog - 7 December

07/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes.

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The mindset after the mega-merger

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

As the long-awaited merger of L&Q and East Thames completes, Nick Johnstone sits down with the leaders of the newly expanded association to talk about the future

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Former Housing Corporation boss appointed association chair

06/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

The former chair of the Housing Corporation has been named chair of a new housing association, once its merger completes in the New Year.

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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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Capital idea

06/12/2016 | By Steve Douglas

The London funding programme is positive – now the White Paper needs to deliver for the rest of England, says Steve Douglas

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Moody's: negative outlook for associations in 2017

06/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

English housing associations’ creditworthiness will suffer next year as shrinking grants and rental income drive them into riskier ventures.

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Scottish Government proposes planning fees hike

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.

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Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act.

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Live blog - 6 December

06/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing.

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Builders hit back at Javid landbank threat

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.

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Hill and Hyde launch £150m joint venture

05/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Hyde Housing Group and house builder Hill have launched their first joint venture, for 287 homes in Brent.

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£13bn housing investment included on infrastructure list

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Investment of almost £13bn in 18 housing projects and programmes has been listed in the government’s £500bn infrastructure pipeline.

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Don't forget meaning of social

05/12/2016 | By Nicola McCrudden

The Northern Ireland Executive should not lose sight of the meaning of ‘social’, says Nicola McCrudden

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Changing times

05/12/2016 | By Nick Atkin

Unpredictable times provide the opportunity for different thinking in 2017, says Nick Atkin

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'New regulator is not a return to TSA,' say HCA leaders

05/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Senior leaders at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have hit back at criticisms over regular changes to the social housing regulator over the past decade.

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Live blog - 5 December

05/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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Council chief with housing background in line for Manchester top job

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A council chief executive with a background in housing has been put forward for the top job at Manchester City Council.

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Leadership problem

02/12/2016 | By Alison Inman , Boris Worrall

There are simple things we can do to help grow people into the chief executives of tomorrow, argue Boris Worrall and Alison Inman

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NIFHA chief executive to leave

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The chief executive of Northern Ireland’s housing association representative body is set to leave to take over at the helm of a specialist older people’s landlord.

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Stonewater retains credit rating from Moody's

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Housing association Stonewater has retained its A1 rating from credit ratings agency Moody’s.

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Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

02/12/2016 | By Corin Williams

One of England’s largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure.

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Live blog - 2 December

02/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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Inside Housing journalist lands top prize

02/12/2016 | By Carl Brown

Inside Housing’s news editor won a top journalism award last night.

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Sector in 'robust' position to face post-Brexit economy

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing association sector is in a “robust” position to respond to economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote, according to the latest quarterly survey from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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FOI extension will lead to cost burden, Scottish landlords warn

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The Scottish Government’s U-turn on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs, the sector has warned.

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The least bad option

02/12/2016 | By Matthew Bailes

IH50: Paying fees might be better than risking the sector’s ‘no default’ record, argues Matthew Bailes

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Planning for change

02/12/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

There has been cause for celebration for the sector in recent weeks, but there are still unanswered questions, says Martin Hilditch

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Inside Housing Digital Edition - 2 December 2016

02/12/2016

Mayor embarks on major shake-up of capital’s housing policy as he launches first Affordable Homes Programme, how one landlord is rehousing people who are stuck in hospital and making moving to a smaller home an attractive proposal for older people.

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Autumn Statement: what we still don't know

02/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

After last week’s Autumn Statement, Pete Apps rounds up the unanswered questions.

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From the frontline - Michele Parry

02/12/2016

Michele Parry, business improvement officer at Halton Housing Trust, tells Inside Housing about why digital connectivity is so important and how she’d like to beat the commuter traffic

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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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Scottish Government proposes FOI for social landlords

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.

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Scottish landlords 'lack capacity to meet target'

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Scotland’s social landlords doubt they have the capacity to deliver the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes over five years.

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Welsh regulator to introduce performance standards

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh regulator will introduce a series of governance and viability standards for the first time, as part of a package to take housing associations off the national balance sheet.

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Grainger profits leap 64%

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Growing demand in the private rented sector has driven a 64% leap in pre-tax profit for residential landlord Grainger.

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Concentration needed

01/12/2016 | By Cym D'Souza

The black and minority ethnic housing sector needs to develop a strong framework for collective working, argues Cym D’Souza

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Live blog - 1 December

01/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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Smarter working

01/12/2016

What social landlords need to consider when consolidating their assets

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Scottish regulator ends intervention at housing association

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator has ended its intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association after nearly two years.

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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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Welsh Government boosts grant after supply pact with sector

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has boosted housing grant funding by £30m this year, as social landlords sign a historic ‘supply pact’ to deliver 20,000 homes by 2021.

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Government injects £45m into 2,000 private rental homes

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced a loan of £45m from its new Home Building Fund will go towards more than 2,000 private rental homes in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.

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LSE: emergency housing package for young needed

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital, according to a report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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255,000 homeless in England, says Shelter

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Some 255,000 people are homeless in England, housing charity Shelter has found.

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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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