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Meet the unicorn factory

24/03/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit is never sure about the wisdom of parodies of the famous “choose life” speech from Trainspotting.   

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Time for new talent

24/03/2017 | By Alice Smith, guest editor

Apprenticeships can help housing organisations meet the crucial challenge of bringing new talent into the sector, argues Alice Smith

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Housing before treatment

22/03/2017 | By Matt Downie

Housing homeless people before they receive treatment could end rough sleeping, but the policy must not disrupt existing allocations, says Matt Downie

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New apprenticeship standards represent signficant change

22/03/2017 | 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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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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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

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Relegation zone

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

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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

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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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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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Confidence in the sector is the highest it's been for years

15/03/2017

Despite a number of challenges, housing associations are more positive about the future than they have been for several years, says auditor Gary Moreton

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Stepping in to provide help for migrants and refugees

15/03/2017

A hardening of public attitudes towards migrants and refugees has prompted Arhag Housing Association to widen its range of services. Chief executive Cedric Boston explains more

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New ASB guidance - but will there be new eviction powers?

14/03/2017

As the government prepares to review anti-social behaviour (ASB) guidance for social landlords, Jason Hobday of Trowers & Hamlins wonders what precisely ministers are planning

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We are ready to talk with government about social care strategy

13/03/2017

Housing is at the core of the solution on social care, says Kevin Beirne of One Housing

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The end of Right to Buy in Wales

13/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past, says Jules Birch

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Hot air

10/03/2017 | By Peter Apps

A balloon stunt goes wrong and a cheesy speaker at a leader’s conference

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The lack of housing measures in the Budget is good news

09/03/2017

Abigail Davies argues the lack of new housing initiatives in the Budget is preferable to social landlords having to adapt existing plans

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Hammond is hoping nobody notices benefits freeze

08/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

THE BUDGET: The significance of the Budget was the decision not to ease the effects of the government’s benefits freeze, says Jules Birch

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We need more women to lead the way

08/03/2017

International Women’s Day is a timely reminder of why the housing sector needs more women at the top, says Joanna Vaughan of Family Mosaic

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Blakeway: why I am working for Policy Exchange

07/03/2017

Former City Hall deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakeway writes exclusively about the work he plans to do for thinktank Policy Exchange

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Recovering overpayments may be trickier following court case

06/03/2017

A recent court case means social housing providers need to be more careful about how they go about recovering overpayments, says Theresa Mohammed of Trowers & Hamlins

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The country works a lot better for some

06/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Several new government policies will combine to make it easier for richer people to buy homes they would have been able to afford anyway, says Jules Birch

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It's a nice day #day

03/03/2017 | By Closed Circuit

A new social media strategy, a rock star peer and an office dog

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More needs to be done to attract women to the construction industry

03/03/2017 | By Dave Sheridan

Dated perceptions of construction need to be changed to enable more women to work in the industry, says Dave Sheridan of Keepmoat

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The government has some thinking to do when it comes to council housing

03/03/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Gavin Barwell’s comments on Right to Buy are to be welcome, but the government should do more to ensure councils are doing as much as they can to provide housing, says Martin Hilditch

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What the English Housing Survey report shows

02/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch scrutinises the figures in the English Housing Survey, which was published this morning.

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Valuers and lenders have not yet been heard in rent settlement debate

01/03/2017 | By Abigail Davies

As the sector prepares to debate rent-setting post-2020, Abigail Davies of Savills warns that a less consistent system could affect confidence in the sector

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The benefits and risks of 'medium-merging'

28/02/2017

As a flurry of mid-sized associations embark on mergers, Lee Clarke of Capsticks looks at the pros and cons

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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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LHA cap is just part of a much bigger issue

24/02/2017

The decision to restrict housing benefit to LHA rates is just a part of a wider issue of how we house our ageing population, 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.