Latest Reader Comments

  • Social landlords issue 10,000 fewer claims for possession

    26/03/2017 1:44 pm

    There is evidence that homelessness is increasing by people who have never had the opportunity to be housed, hostels closing and housing stock not growing fast enough for need. There will be a greater chance of this increasing further by introduction of universal credit and HB capping

  • Homelessness bill passes final stage as temporary accommodation use soars

    25/03/2017 10:06 am

    How can the Bill be described as part of a solution- it will not provide a single new affordable rented home - the official number of homeless households is going to increase massively as all approaches will be counted as homeless cases. It is impossible to prevent homelessness when the PRS is not an option and LHA rates frozen for 3 more years. Although this worked in Wales there are still affordable PORS properties. Housing Associations are not building affordable rented homes and when they are they are looking at affordability checks and even rents above LHA levels - 80% of market rents is leaving LHA rates behind. The really disappointing issue is that as a sector we have not got this message through to Politicians and normally the Lords do some due diligence on such Bills but not this time it seems. I also struggle to see this as a success as the affordable housing market is beyond broken.

  • Shared ownership company buys housing association

    24/03/2017 5:18 pm

    Hopefully they will be able to 'get on with it' as too many RP's still not got their act together on shared ownership.

  • Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

    24/03/2017 3:52 pm

    Yet another deceitful scam, dressed up as something it is not, to prevent the building of social rent housing. Viability assessments need to be fully transparent and available to affected resident communities as well as Councils. Not something to be rushed through I would suggest.... This calculation goes to the heart of how much social rent housing is to be provided in a scheme so it is worth negotiating over. It says everything that this developer friendly proposal comes at the Cannes MIPIM property conference.

  • Nearly two-thirds of councils struggling to find tenancies for homeless people

    24/03/2017 1:59 pm

    I was going to add my normal comment to this as some of us have been predicting this for some years. But the above commentator has said it all. In short welfare cuts higher rents and I would add a move away from social values by some HAs has created this crisis. As I have continued to say, who will provide a home for poor people in future? Maybe one day our housing leaders will lead a compaign to change this. And yes that will mean challenging this Government. HAs claim that building anything in a time of shortage will help. It won't help these people who need low rent homes now.

  • Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands, report claims

    24/03/2017 9:30 am

    In a 58 page report, the VRtB is only mentioned in two paragraphs. The main thrust of the report is how the WMCA can help meet the housing challenges in the West Midlands by adopting a 'whole stock' approach that values investment in existing, as well as new housing, and how housing investment of all kinds can underpin, and indeed accelerate, economic prosperity and civic renewal.

  • The end of Right to Buy in Wales

    22/03/2017 5:05 pm

    Isn't is great we are celebrating the end of a disastrous housing policy 37 years after its introduction. Shame on all political parties for allowing this to happen.

  • Government delay in reviewing fire safety regulations 'putting tower blocks at risk'

    22/03/2017 1:05 pm

    Is it not the case that Building Regulations changes are not applied retrospectively? If so, any changes will have no impact on existing blocks unless major works are undertaken. More scrutiny during construction of new blocks to ensure compliance with the existing regulations would seem a quicker way to improve fire safety in new build.

  • A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

    21/03/2017 4:29 pm

    Surely the evidence is so clear,( and so often highlighted ), that we should accept that the government really just doesn't give a damn.