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Holding the government to account

28/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch takes a look at the latest report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) scrutinising the government on housebuilding

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Dealing with unreasonable tenants

28/04/2017 | By Kirsty Varley

It is important to take the correct approach with unreasonable tenants, says Kirsty Varley, of law firm Croftons

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We see the price of everything and the value of nothing

27/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch warns against short-term thinking leading to huge costs to the taxpayer and tenants further down the line

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Have the Conservatives really built twice as much council housing as Labour?

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

ANALYSIS: The Conservatives oft-repeated claim to best Labour on council house building actually understates their dominance, but only tells a small part of the story, finds Pete Apps.

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Learning from Welsh associations

26/04/2017 | By Sarah Harris

As Welsh housing figures attend Tai 2017, Sarah Harris of Community Housing Cymru highlights a number of innovations from its members which could inspire associations in other parts of the UK  

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Housing providers can embrace 'health creation'

26/04/2017 | By Merron Simpson

As the NHS puts more of a focus on health creation, housing providers are well-placed to contribute, says Merron Simpson, chief executive of the New NHS Alliance

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How well do associations and councils work together on homelessness?

25/04/2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing is launching a new research project looking at the relationship between councils and associations. Faye Greaves explains more

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We need investment to support Northern regeneration

25/04/2017

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

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Our new homelessness service explained

24/04/2017

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

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Wheelbarrows of cash

21/04/2017 | By Closed Circuit

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

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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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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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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

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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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The supported housing funding merry-go-round

18/04/2017 | By Philippa Jones

A glance at history shows the extent to which supported housing has been particularly vulnerable to political vagaries, says Philippa Jones

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Karbon dating

13/04/2017 | By Closed Circuit

A special online-only edition of Closed Circuit looks at the internet’s reaction to a housing association’s rebrand

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The trouble with leasehold

13/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch looks at the problems encountered by leaseholders and suggests an alternative system.

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Time to make housing a career of choice

12/04/2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing has set up an advisory group of young professionals in a bid to make the sector a more attractive place to work. Steve Hayes explains more

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Why I’ve accepted a role as honorary vice-president of Shelter Scotland

12/04/2017 | By Robert Black

Former auditor general Robert Black is the new honorary vice-president of Shelter Scotland following his work on a commission for the charity. He writes about what’s needed to tackle the housing crisis

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Increase in compensation claims for disrepair

11/04/2017

The claims management industry is increasingly encouraging tenants to seek compensation from social landlords, warns Sian Evans of law firm Weightmans

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Our City Hall partnership is a turning point

10/04/2017

Jerome Geoghegan explains why he thinks L&Q’s new deal with Sadiq Khan is a milestone in attempts to tackle the capital’s housing crisis

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The relationship between associations and the state will change

07/04/2017 | By John Bryant

Deregulation will change the way associations operate, but there is no suggestion they will move away from social purpose, says John Bryant of the National Housing Federation

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Investigative journalism

07/04/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Gavin Barwell tweets an important update and an investigation into a housing association turns up nothing of any interest

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It is more important than ever that boards are skilled

07/04/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Deregulation brings opportunities for landlords but there are also risks, says Martin Hilditch

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Deregulation: the regulator's tips for boards

07/04/2017 | By Fiona MacGregor

The Homes and Communities Agency’s Fiona MacGregor outlines what she thinks boards need to be thinking about in a deregulated environment

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The politics of the benefit cap

06/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The perversity of the lowered benefit cap is that it trumps all other judgements about what is fair in the benefits system, observes Jules Birch

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More freedom but more accountability

06/04/2017 | By Nick Atkin

With reduced regulation and a listening housing minister, now is the time for associations to deliver, says Nick Atkin

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Deregulation: big bang or damp squib?

06/04/2017 | By James Tickell

Today the deregulation package for English housing associations comes into effect. Consultant James Tickell questions whether on its own it really is a massive change

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Inheritance tax change will have huge impact on the market

05/04/2017 | By Roger Jarman

Changes to inheritance tax this month will reinforce inequality and do nothing to encourage better use of stock, warns consultant Roger Jarman

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Time to link palliative care and homelessness services

04/04/2017 | By Dr Briony Hudson

Hostels need extra support to provide end of life care for homeless people with advanced ill health, says Dr Briony Hudson

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LHA: a reverse supermarket sweep

03/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The Local Housing Allowance was originally intended to help tenants ‘shop around’, but that has now all changed due to cuts, says Jules Birch

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Regulator and ombudsman talks are better late than never

03/04/2017

As the HCA and Housing Ombudsman open talks about joint working, Leslie Channon of Tpas outlines the challenges they need to resolve

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Cable car

31/03/2017 | By Closed Circuit

We check our emails for the first time in a year, Waqar Ahmed cracks a joke and Bath is still waiting for its cable car

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Ministers need to urgently rethink LHA

31/03/2017

Welfare policy for private tenants no longer fulfils its basic aim, says Sam Lister of the Chartered Institute of Housing

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New T-levels offer opportunities for housing associations

31/03/2017 | By Karyn Kay

Don’t underestimate the opportunities T-levels can offer for forward-looking housing providers, says New Charter Group’s Karyn Kay

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Extra freedom, but a fresh burden too

30/03/2017 | By Steve Douglas

From next Thursday associations will face less regulation. But as consultant Steve Douglas explains, they will also take on the added burden of protecting the sector’s reputation

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Why A2 Dominion is using 16 repairs contractors

29/03/2017 | By Gary Bellenger

A2 Dominion is splitting its repairs programme between 16 contractors. Director Gary Bellenger explains the benefits

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Why we are considering building a cable car system

28/03/2017 | By Victor da Cunha

Housing association Curo will this week launch a consultation on the principle of building a cable car system for tenants. Victor Da Cunha explains more

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A new era of for-profit housing providers

28/03/2017 | By Mervyn Jones

Private companies are interested in becoming housing associations to access affordable housing funding, says Savills’ Mervyn Jones

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The rise of the 'bank of mum and dad'

27/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The increase in parental help for first-time buyers is symptomatic of a much bigger problem, says Jules Birch