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Scottish regulator intervenes after association breaches loan covenant

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator will continue its intervention at a Glasgow-based housing association after it breached a loan covenant last year.

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Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council expressed its “sincere regret” today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people.

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London housing associations strike new maintenance deals

24/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London housing associations Southern Housing Group and The Guinness Partnership have appointed Wates Living Space to repairs contracts worth a total of £13m.


Of course, I know that's nonsense

24/02/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Fears for a chief executive’s mental well-being, a unicorn outfit and a half-marathon challenge


LHA cap is just part of a much bigger issue

24/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The capping of housing benefit in line with Local Housing Allowance is just one part of a much wider issue, says Jules Birch

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Ombudsman to take over as chief executive of association

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The housing ombudsman has announced she is leaving the role to take over at the helm of a small, specialist housing association in London.


Deleted emails trigger housing association downgrade

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The regulator has downgraded a 2,120-home specialist housing association after a large batch of emails was deleted under a previous management team.

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Northern Ireland associations upping development amid uncertainty

24/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Issuing the Housing White Paper earlier this month, the government sent out a clear message: to help fight off the housing crisis, it wants to push associations in England to build, build, build.

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Councils phase out freephone repairs numbers

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

English councils are phasing out freephone repairs numbers as they seek to trim costs out of pressurised Housing Revenue Accounts.

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Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up.

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Breaking the cycle Video

24/02/2017 | By Steve Sampson

Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils’ youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void? Steve Sampson finds out

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Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24/02/2017 | By Emma Maier

Councils are resorting to increasing charges, rents and cutting costs to cope with the rent cut – impacting on real lives, says Emma Maier


Robust finance is crucial to developing new homes

24/02/2017 | By Julian Ashby

The continued good financial health of the sector is essential as associations look to build a more diverse supply of homes, says Julian Ashby

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Homelessness bill is ground-breaking, but risks being undermined by cuts

24/02/2017 | By Lord Best

The Homelessness Reduction Bill comes before the House of Lords today. Lord Richard Best says this presents an opportunity to air some wider concerns.

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24/02/2017 | By IH reporters


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Special report: How are town halls coping? An in-depth look at budget plans for 2017/18 as rent cuts bite.


Funding could be cut if government not formed after NI election

23/02/2017 | By Paddy Gray

Professor Paddy Gray describes the state of play in Northern Ireland ahead of next Thursday’s Stormont election


L&Q picked as Brent Cross South partner

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q has been selected by Argent Related and Barnet Council to deliver 132 homes at the 6,700-home Brent Cross South scheme in north west London.


MPs launch inquiry into benefit cap

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

MPs have launched an inquiry into the benefit cap and have re-opened an inquiry into Universal Credit amid growing concern over delays.

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Government reviewing associations' powers to evict problem tenants

23/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The government has revealed it is undertaking a review of associations’ powers to evict anti-social tenants, as MPs heard calls for greater powers to protect neighbours yesterday.

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Housebuilding falls in 2016

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Completions of new build homes fell by 1% in 2016, according to the government’s official measure of new build activity.

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Time running out to win £500 vouchers in our lettings survey


Inside Housing readers who complete a survey about their organisation’s approach to letting properties have the chance to win £500 in Marks & Spencer vouchers.


Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

An influential committee of MPs was told the government should intervene directly in housing to fix the “failure” of the land and house building market.

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Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account.


Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

23/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes.

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The rise of the medium-merger

23/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

While mega-mergers have stumbled, there is growing consolidation among medium-sized associations. Pete Apps investigates

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Mergers can help increase capacity and improve services


As Isos Housing Group prepares for its ‘medium-merger’, chief executive Paul Fiddaman explains why such deals have a role to play.

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UK government refuses Scottish Government's social security proposals

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish and UK governments are in a dispute over abolishing the bedroom tax and removing housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.


London home mover activity drops to 25-year low

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The number of home buyers in London fell to a four-year low in 2016, with home mover activity dropping to its lowest level in 25 years.

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22/02/2017 | By Heather Spurr


Housing association development on the rise

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New homes being delivered by housing associations grew in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the previous two quarters, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).


MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

22/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate later today.

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Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association’s emergency call line.

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Barratt boosts profits despite dip in homes built

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest house builder has announced boosted profits in the six months to the end of December, despite a dip in the number of homes it built.


Regulator criticises associations for failing to submit financial accounts

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The regulator has criticised two housing associations for failing to submit financial statements despite repeated reminders.

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New Era: one year on Video

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A year ago, the new landlord of a Hackney estate ripped up the rental rulebook. Sophie Barnes returns to Hoxton to find out how the personalised rents model has bedded in


Why we should not think about housing as one product

22/02/2017 | By David Orr

We must strive to think more about the wider role that social housing plays in improving people’s lives, says David Orr

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Parties repeat building pledges as Assembly election looms

21/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Northern Ireland’s political parties have repeated their 2016 promises on social and affordable housebuilding ahead of next week’s Assembly election.

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Aberdeen association secures £12.5m loan

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

An Aberdeen housing association has secured a £12.5m loan to build 147 homes in the city and the surrounding area.


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The Community Housing Group and its Tenant Scrutiny Committee are celebrating success in meeting the requirements of the Quality Assured Scrutiny standard and have been awarded the accreditation.


Will the White Paper consensus hold in the face of nimbyism?

21/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs about a big test for Gavin Barwell and the White Paper


Blakeway among new HCA board members

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Four new members have been appointed to the board of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), including Boris Johnson’s former housing tsar.

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Galliford Try reports 23% profit boost

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.


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Aspire Housing’s housing support and well-being advisor tells Inside Housing about the ups and downs of the job


Octopus joint venture disbanded with no homes built

21/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A joint venture once billed as “potentially transformative” for the housing sector has been disbanded without a single home being built.

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ALMOs can play a role as associations develop Sector Scorecard

21/02/2017 | By Eamon McGoldrick

Eamon McGoldrick reflects on what the Sector Scorecard pilot could mean for the housing sector


Still no attempt to address housing poverty


The government is taking tentative steps to address supply, but it is still not doing enough to prevent the poorest from losing out, says Peter Walters of First Wessex

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Shelter appoints new chief executive

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Shelter has appointed Polly Neate, the current chief executive of domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, as its new chief executive.


Public land sales lag well below target

20/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has sold enough land for less than 14,000 homes, leaving it well off the pace required to meet its target to dispose of land for 160,000 homes in this parliament.


Scottish ministers warn against bedroom tax 'clawback'

20/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have urged the UK government not to cap claimants’ benefits when the Scottish Government abolishes the bedroom tax.

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From the archive - week of 20 February


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

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The potential impact of LHA cap on sheltered housing is devastating


The government’s proposals for supported housing funding risk breaking part of the market that is currently working, warns Howard Nankivell of Anchor

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Wakefield’s legacy shows councils can kick-start building

20/02/2017 | By Joanne Roney

Ahead of her move to head up Manchester Council, Joanne Roney explains how Wakefield Council has unlocked development capacity in recent years

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Rent increases in return for supply risks creating a two-tier system

20/02/2017 | By James Prestwich

True rent freedom – as opposed to a rent increase deal – would boost supply and potentially deliver greater fairness for tenants, says James Prestwich of the National Housing Federation

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NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.

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