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Homelessness bill passes final stage as temporary accommodation use soars

23/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Lords as the latest government figures reveal the number of households in temporary accommodation has soared by 10% since last year.

Planning approvals for residential schemes up by 6%

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.

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Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands, report claims

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region, a new report warns.


'There is more that unites us than divides us' – Barwell

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has urged Londoners not to give in “to fear or hate” after a terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday.

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Kier forms joint venture with 11,000-home housing association

23/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Kier has announced a joint venture with an 11,000-home housing association as it reports a growth in profits in its half year results.

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New NIFHA boss calls for Stormont deal as second election looms

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The new chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) has said there is an urgent need for the country to form a government to give certainty over bedroom tax payments and the reclassfication of housing associations.

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Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government plans to use Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are “already there” a senior civil servant has admitted. 


New apprenticeship standards represent signficant change

23/03/2017 | By Vanessa Howell

Policies such as T-levels and new apprenticeship standards are a great opportunity for the sector, says Vanessa Howell of the Chartered Institute of Housing

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We need better safety nets for vulnerable tenants

23/03/2017 | By Matthew Gardiner

Social landlords can do more to address the crisis in social care, but only so much can be achieved without support from government, says Matthew Gardiner

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The age of the apprentice Video


Housing associations and other house builders will soon start paying a new national apprenticeship levy. Tim Clark finds out whether they’re ready for the change

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23/03/2017 | By Ih Reporters

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Shared ownership company buys housing association

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.

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Scottish ministers call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has called for an immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit because it is concerned the new system is pushing more people into debt.

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Charities criticise 'woefully insufficient' government fund to address LHA rate freeze

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze, after it confirmed just £13.3m will be available next year.


Kingston seeks partner for 2,000-home scheme as outer London booms

22/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Kingston Council is looking for a partner to develop up to 2,000 homes at a town centre estate, in the latest scheme marking a shift in the market towards outer London boroughs.

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Get apprenticeships right and the rewards are incredible

22/03/2017 | By Chris Irons

Hyde Group’s Chris Irons explains why he is looking to recruit apprentices to his team

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Laying the foundations Video


A difficult recruitment landscape has resulted in associations developing bigger and better apprenticeship schemes. Joe Dart talks to the organisations leading the charge


Understanding each other is the key to good governance

22/03/2017 | By Helen White

Boards that work effectively with their executive team and the regulator are the ones that will succeed, says Helen White

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22/03/2017 | By Ih Reporters

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Nearly two-thirds of councils struggling to find tenancies for homeless people

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Nearly two-thirds of councils across England are struggling to find tenancies for homeless people, a report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed.

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Priced out

21/03/2017 | By David Pipe

Channel 4’s flagship documentary this week showed the real impact on the government’s benefit cap, even if the case studies could have been better, says David Pipe


House prices drop in Aberdeen amid national rise

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Average house prices in Aberdeen dropped by 10.2% in the year to January 2017, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.


Moody's: sales exposure to rise in future years

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Debt, capital expenditure and exposure to the sales market will all rise as housing associations step up their development in the coming years, Moody’s has said.

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Newham launches affordable housing company

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

An east London borough has launched an affordable housing company with the acquisition of 211 planned units at the former West Ham football stadium.

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L&G announces Bath build-to-rent scheme

21/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Legal & General is set to deliver a new 171-unit build-to-rent scheme in Bath.

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Association debt to exceed £80bn by 2019

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.

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21/03/2017 | By Ih Reporters


Welsh Government to release Tai Cantref report to committee

21/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will release its secret report on mismanagement at a 1,400-home housing association to its Public Accounts Committee later this year, a politician has revealed.


From the frontline - Ciaran McLaughlin


Housing officer at Helm Housing Association – and the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland’s Young Professional of the Year – on attracting young talent into the sector and why Nando’s is the key to a happy life


The value of peer reviews

21/03/2017 | By Gary Josey

Housing organisations should embrace peer assessments as they can provide important new perspectives, says Gary Josey

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Three associations receive £100,000 grant for mental health project

20/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three London housing associations have received a £100,000 grant to expand a project to help older residents with mental health needs.


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20/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Britain has fallen further than any other European country in a new league table for homelessness and housing, says Jules Birch


Cumbrian associations in breakaway merger talks

20/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Cumbria-based housing associations are in merger talks after one was given the green light to break away from its parent organisation.

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Wates announces 17.1% rise in profits

20/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing contractor has announced a 17.1% rise in profits to £35.5m in 2016.

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From the archive - week of 20 March


Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week 10, 20 and 30 years ago


Mindful development is needed to address housing shortages

20/03/2017 | By Clare Norton

Small landlords are capable of developing new homes without jeopardising their core strengths, says Clare Norton


Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a “strong contender” for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison.

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Waiting for Godot

17/03/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Brexit’s buy-to-let boost, TripAdvisor for tenants leaves Closed Circuit hanging and housing refugees


Ex-finance director pleads guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault


The ex-finance director of the largest housing association in Scotland has pleaded guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault.


Berkeley blames affordable housing requirements for starts drop

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Berkeley Group has blamed increased obligations on affordable housing as one of the reasons behind its London starts plummeting 30%.

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Derbyshire County Council sets up development company

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Derbyshire County Council has set up a new development company, it announced yesterday.


Welsh Housing Partnership secures £93m

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Housing Partnership has received £93m in secure debt funding from specialist insurer the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).


Inside Housing journalist highly commended

17/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Inside Housing’s deputy news editor has been highly commended at an awards ceremony celebrating new journalism talent.


Getting the allocations right


What choices are landlords making when they allocate housing - and how well are they working out? Inside Housing and Housing Partners surveyed industry professionals for answers

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Could Home Group's Step Down initiative make a real difference?

17/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A small set of flats on a quiet residential road in Blackpool holds a message for the health and housing sectors. Pete Apps investigates

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Javid backs Housing First feasibility study


Sajid Javid has committed to ending rough sleeping and revealed the government is backing a major new feasibility study into using Housing First, in a win for Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign.


Time for us all to be bold to tackle the housing crisis

17/03/2017 | By Bjorn Howard

There has never been a better time for the sector to demonstrate the crucial role it can play in remedying Britain’s chronic housing issues, says Bjorn Howard

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Javid comments are an important step - but there is a long way to go

17/03/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Javid comments on Housing First marked a crucial moment in Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign’s progress, says Martin Hilditch

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Javid backs Housing First feasibility study, how a housing solution is easing the pressure on the health service in Blackpool and are social impact investors and housing associations the perfect match or better apart?


Government shifts funding focus to greatest homelessness demand areas

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.

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Plan unveiled for 20,000 new homes in Leeds

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Leeds City Council has unveiled plans to build nearly 20,000 new homes on brownfield sites by 2028.

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Dispatches from MIPIM - day 3


Nick Johnstone reports from day three of the giant property event MIPIM in Cannes, in which social landlords are increasingly taking an interest

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We've changed to ensure smaller contractors can bid for schemes

16/03/2017 | By Nigel Wilson

A housing association consortium has changed its new framework after struggling to receive tenders for smaller schemes. Nigel Wilson of JV North explains more

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Association selects 16 contractors for £90m repairs framework

16/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has selected 16 contractors to deliver a £90m repairs framework in London.


HCA agrees loans for 10,250 homes

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed two loans with developers totalling £98.8m to kick-start projects which will provide 10,250 new homes.

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Keepmoat credit rating under review after repairs business sale

16/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A house builder’s credit rating has been placed under review by a credit agency after it sold its regeneration business earlier this month.

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Right to Buy sales pass 50,000 since discounts raised

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils sold more than 3,000 homes through the Right to Buy in the final quarter of 2016, taking the total sold under large discounts to over 50,000.