Expert Opinion

Greg Campbell

Why medium-mergers in the sector are motoring

27/02/2017

Greg Campbell and David Williams of Campbell Tickell explain more about the trend towards ‘medium-mergers’

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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

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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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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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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

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Mergers can help increase capacity and improve services

23/02/2017

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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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

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Still no attempt to address housing poverty

21/02/2017

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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The potential impact of LHA cap on sheltered housing is devastating

20/02/2017

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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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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BBC Three's housing crisis

17/02/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Here is what happened, but didn’t actually happen, in the BBC Three offices last week.

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Our commercialism enables us to expand social purpose

17/02/2017

As the HCA reveals a surge in commercial activity, Susan Hickey explains why Peabody is building more homes for market sale

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Government needs to convince sector new rent settlement will last

17/02/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

After the shock of the 2015 rent cut, ministers need to be convincing on the new settlement if associations are going to deliver, says Martin Hilditch

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Rent increases in return for delivery would be just the start

17/02/2017

The rent-setting negotiation with government is an opportunity for the sector to get around the table, says Placeshapers’ Sinéad Butters

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Criticism of White Paper misses the point

16/02/2017 | By Steve Douglas

The sector should acknowledge the difference in tone in the White Paper compared with that of the previous government, says Steve Douglas

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Optimism about the White Paper following Local Plan pause

14/02/2017

Central Bedfordshire Council was criticised for pausing its Local Plan to wait for the White Paper – its director of regeneration and business Jason Longhurst suggests the wait was worthwhile

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'A decent document': a former civil servant's view of the White Paper

10/02/2017 | By Matthew Bailes

Paradigm chief and former Department for Communities and Local Government civil servant Matthew Bailes gives his view on the White Paper

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Jeremy Corbyn's housing association problem

10/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s difficulty with the phrase “housing association” semantics or politics? asks Pete Apps

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Ian Corleone

10/02/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Gavin Barwell batters buy-to-letters, Sajid Javid catches a train, and Rooftop makes housing offers you can’t refuse

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Marking the White Paper out of 10

10/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

OPINION: Jules Birch awards the White Paper scores out of 10 based on tests he set in advance

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Brownfield land can be part of the solution in the countryside

09/02/2017 | By Boris Worrall

The White Paper ducked the issue of the green belt, but measures to boost brownfield land development can help tackle rural housing need, says Boris Worrall

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Will councils rise to the White Paper challenge?

09/02/2017 | By Susan Emmett

The White Paper places an onus on councils to ensure more homes are delivered, but are they really up to the challenge? asks Susan Emmett

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Disposing of tenanted stock is not straightforward, despite rule change

09/02/2017

As the regulator warns some landlords are not properly consulting on disposals, Samantha Hall of Trowers & Hamlins reminds providers that selling tenanted stock is complex

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There was a lot for rural areas to like in the White Paper

08/02/2017

WHITE PAPER: The White Paper should be welcomed by rural housing providers but there is scope for the government to go further, says Sue Chalkley

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Has the White Paper fixed it?

07/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

WHITE PAPER: Where does the climbdown on Starter Homes leave affordable housing? Jules Birch shares his initial impressions of the White Paper.

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The White Paper provides a challenge to everyone to get their houses in order

07/02/2017 | By Neil Hadden

WHITE PAPER: The Housing White Paper will not fix the housing market overnight, but does provide a blueprint for change, says Genesis’ Neil Hadden

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Why we recruited from out of the sector

07/02/2017 | By Bronwen Rapley

Symphony has recruited directors with experience of working for private firms, including G4S and Capita. Chief executive Bronwen Rapley explains why.

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Chris Buckle, savills, development, house building

Associations have arrived as big players, but more land needs releasing

03/02/2017

Associations are dramatically stepping up their land-buying activities, but more needs to be done by planners to release sites for development, says Savills’ Chris Buckle

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Warm and slightly chloriney water

03/02/2017 | By Closed Circuit

The age of Gavin Barwell, warm water and knitted cacti feature this week

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L&Q deal marks a crucial moment in time for the sector

03/02/2017

L&Q’s £505m deal to buy Gallagher Estates marks the point at which associations have the means to join the large house builders, says Emma Maier.

Jerome Geoghegan, L&Q, development, social housing

£505m deal will help us become a significant builder

02/02/2017

Jerome Geoghegan of L&Q explains more about the association’s landmark deal to purchase Gallagher Estates

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Troubleshooters should show no fear

01/02/2017 | By James Tickell

The key to troubleshooting at a failing housing association is to act decisively and show no fear, says James Tickell

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Why we embarked on a £275m refinancing deal

01/02/2017 | By Helen Rourke

Trafford Housing Trust’s director of finance, Helen Rourke, explains the thinking behind the major deal announced last week

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The lowered benefit cap should be scrapped

01/02/2017

The Chartered Insitute of Housing has used its budget submission to call for the lowering of the benefit cap to be reversed. Policy and practice officer David Pipe explains why

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Four ways ministers could boost shared ownership further

30/01/2017

The government should use the Housing White Paper to outline concrete proposals to encourage shared ownership, says Amy Nettleton

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Celebration and realism as homelessness bill nears final stages

30/01/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on the prospects for the Homelessness Reduction Bill as MPs give it a third reading

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Jack Egg

27/01/2017 | By Closed Circuit

John Healey loses his organs and housing association staff get knitted cacti for their desks

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As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

27/01/2017 | By Andrew Carlin

As social landlords cut back on maintenance, it is important to ensure they have contingencies in place in case contractors go bust, say Andrew Carlin and Andrew Millross

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Helping tenants hit by the cap

26/01/2017

As the lowered benefit cap completes its roll-out this week, Riverside’s Stephen Chapman explains what his association is doing to help tenants cope

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Filming homelessness

25/01/2017 | By Michael Chandler

Thinking of entering our Reel Homes competition? Film director Michael Chandler provides tips on how to capture experience of homelessness on screen