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Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments.

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From the frontline - Tom O'Neil


St Mungo’s complex needs worker Tom O’Neil on supporting people with substance misuse issues and how he has made being a former boxer relevant to his current role


Treat others as you would want to be treated

25/04/2017 | By John Craggs

It’s important to have clear lines of communication with staff when undertaking any business restructuring, says John Craggs of Gentoo Group


We need investment to support northern regeneration


Tracy Harrison explains why the Northern Housing Consortium is calling on election candidates to back measures that support regeneration

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NHC calls for 'northern regeneration' in election manifestos

25/04/2017 | By Carl Brown

The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) is urging general election candidates to support the regeneration of areas of market weakness.

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Live blog - 25 April

25/04/2017 | By IH reporters


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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.


Political parties clash over ending rough sleeping

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour and Conservative ministers clashed over ending rough sleeping in parliament today as the election campaigns swung into action.


Newly merged association plans 1,200 homes per year


A 30,000-home housing association has formed in the South East with plans to build 1,200 homes per year.

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Hertfordshire housing association secures £65m Lloyds lending

24/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A South East social housing provider has secured a £65m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to help deliver plans to build 800 new houses.


Social sector evictions on the increase in Scotland, Shelter reveals

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

There has been a 24% increase in evictions from social housing in Scotland over the past two years, a new report by Shelter Scotland has revealed.

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Khan to invest in community built housing 'hub'

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to spend £250,000 setting up an advice hub for community groups looking to build homes in the capital themselves.

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Our new homelessness service explained


Thirteen Group is aiming to help prevent homelessness on behalf of five councils across the North East. The group’s director Chris Smith explains more


Government needs to look more closely at affordability

24/04/2017 | By Campbell Robb

The Housing White Paper’s affordable private rent model is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done for those on low incomes, says Campbell Robb of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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From the archive - week of 24 April


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

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Welsh Government plans to put forward reclassification proposals next month

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will put forward proposals to reverse the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) reclassification of housing associations in Wales after local elections on 4 May.

Live blog - 24 April

24/04/2017 | By IH reporters



Regulator and ombudsman pledge closer joint working

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The housing regulator and ombudsman have published a ‘memorandum of understanding’ setting out their plans to share information and co-operate.


Newly merged association retains credit rating

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating.

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Almost 9,000 affordable starts through GLA programmes in 2016/17

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Just under 9,000 affordable homes were started under Greater London Authority programmes in the first year of Sadiq Khan’s tenure as mayor.


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21/04/2017 | By Closed Circuit

A candid pitch from a planning consultancy and Karbon responds to the ridikule

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Javid rejects proposals to build on green belt

21/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.

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CIH secretary and housing academic dies aged 62

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Chartered Institute of Housing’s South East secretary and a respected housing academic has died aged 62.

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Scottish Leaders’ List entry deadline extended


The deadline for entries for Inside Housing’s inaugural Scottish Leaders’ List has been extended.


The LHA cap raises problems for general needs housing too

21/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch looks at the impact of the Local Housing Allowance cap on the poorest families in Wales

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Stock rationalisation: scatter or gather?

21/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Luke Barratt

With stock rationalisation deals expected to soar, Nick Johnstone and Luke Barratt cast an eye over the lay of the sector’s Monopoly board

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Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The UK’s largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive.

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Council pilots modular technology to adapt vulnerable tenants' homes

21/04/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

A Scottish council is working on a pilot project to build modular extensions to the homes of older or disabled people to help them remain in their properties.

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LHA cap: a sinking feeling Video


The LHA cap is set to leave Welsh landlords and tenants in a sticky situation. Jules Birch investigates what is likely to happen as a result

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Welsh associations warn hundreds will be unable to pay rent under LHA cap

21/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Pete Apps

Welsh social landlords in low-rent areas have revealed capping benefits at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will leave hundreds of their tenants unable to pay their rent.


What will the election mean for housing?

21/04/2017 | By Tony Stacey

Tony Stacey of South Yorkshire Housing Association considers what impact the snap election could have on the housing sector

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Election means government housing policy is ripe for review

21/04/2017 | By Emma Maier

The election is a chance for the Conservatives to quietly drop some commitments, says Emma Maier

Live blog - 21 April

21/04/2017 | By IH reporters


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Inside Housing Digital Edition - 21 April 2017


Clarion to sell 10,000 homes, how the LHA cap is set to have an impact on Welsh landlords and their tenants and meet Stuart Ropke, the man tasked with speaking for housing associations in Wales.

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Troubled Scottish association seeks larger partner

20/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A troubled Scottish housing association has put out a tender looking for a larger housing association to partner with.

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Year-on-year mortgage lending drops in March

20/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Council of Mortgage Lenders said today that gross mortgage lending had reached £21.4bn in March – 19% lower than the £26.3bn lent in March last year.

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Hundreds evacuated after blaze at tower block


A flat fire in an iconic west London council tower block saw 200 tenants evacuated from their homes last night.


Government discusses housing association new build issues with ombudsman

20/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government and the Housing Ombudsman are taking a closer look at alleged poor-quality new build housing built by housing associations, the housing minister has said.

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Welsh housing’s voice of reason Video

20/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wales has an ambitious housebuilding target of 20,000 homes by 2021. Nathaniel Barker meets Stuart Ropke, who has a central role to play in helping associations deliver

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New housebuilding idea falls short

20/04/2017 | By Philip Barnes

A new development model proposed by Shelter does not take into account legal, practical and planning difficulties, says Philip Barnes of house builder Barratt Developments

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West of England mayoral election: Liberal Democrat pledges to establish housing association

20/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West of England mayor has pledged to set up a new state-owned housing association if elected.

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Whoever wins in June, politicians will have to trust housing associations

20/04/2017 | By David Montague

In the midst of Brexit negotiations the next government will have to rely on housing associations to deliver desperately needed affordable homes, says David Montague

Live blog - 20 April

20/04/2017 | By IH reporters



Devolution deals 'short change cities on housing', claims report

20/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The new metro mayors are being “short changed” on housing, according to a report by left-leaning thinktank the Smith Institute.

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One in five suffer mental illness due to housing problems

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Nearly seven in 10 people to experience housing worries in the past five years feel it has impacted on their mental health, a study has found.

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Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

19/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Half of voters think the government’s benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed.

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Election ‘will delay Local Plans’

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The snap general election called by the prime minister yesterday will delay Local Plans and planning decisions, a planning expert has warned.

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Countryside selected for 1,200-home joint venture with council

19/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Countryside has been selected by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to deliver 1,200 homes in Maidenhead town centre.

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Voters favour Labour housing policy despite Tory poll dominance

19/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Voters marginally favour Labour in terms of housing policy, despite the party trailing the Conservatives by 21 percentage points in the overall poll.

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Homelessness must be an election issue

19/04/2017 | By Matt Downie

The next government could turn the tide on rising homelessness and end rough sleeping, says Matt Downie


Bromford hikes building target by 57% to more than 5,000

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Midlands housing association Bromford has hiked its housebuilding plans by 57% after revising its business strategy.

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Places for People named on shortlist for county council development plans

19/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Places for People has been shortlisted alongside four private companies for a groundbreaking £1bn residential development partnership with two county councils.

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Live blog - 19 April

19/04/2017 | By Ih Reporters


Associations should do more to demonstrate transparency

19/04/2017 | By Amanda Davies

With perceptions of housing associations still not quite matching the reality, there’s a need for landlords to embrace openness, says Amanda Davies

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From the frontline - Raffaella Lenza


Hyde Housing’s employment advisor Raffaella Lenza on how to get tenants into work and her secret passion for piano


Snap election unlikely to halt bond deals, experts say

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The snap general election on 8 June is unlikely to have the same chilling impact on the housing association bond market as the 2015 poll, finance experts have said.

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Social housing REIT makes £11.5m purchase

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of social housing stock for a total consideration of £11.5m, yielding 6.3%.


Winning the election may prove easier than fixing housing

18/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

OPINION: Theresa May could win in June but she will still face a deepening housing crisis, says Jules Birch

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NHF: housing crisis should be a 'top priority' in election

18/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called for the housing crisis to be a “top priority” in the forthcoming general election.

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ELECTION 2017: what are the housing battlegrounds likely to be?


Theresa May has surprised everyone by calling a general election – so where are the differences in housing policies between the parties likely to lie?