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More than 130 councils on course to run out of DHP

19/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Emergency funds to support those worst affected by welfare reform are on course to run out before the end of the financial year in 132 local authorities, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Social landlords 'could be breaking criminal law' over consumer regulation

19/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.

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Residential landlord signs £20m loan with Venn

19/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

A residential landlord has agreed a £20m debt facility with a lender that hopes to become a major player in long-term housing finance.


Government confirms £172m welfare assistance funding cut

19/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

Kris Hopkins has confirmed the government intends to cut £172m of grant funding for local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16.


Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.


PWC: Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The draft budget for Northern Ireland ‘does not really balance’ and fails to account for welfare reform penalties, according to a report by accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper.

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Ashby: Sector must show value for money

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

The chair of the English social housing regulator says the social housing sector still lacks an ‘understanding’ of the need to demonstrate value for money to a sceptical public.

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EXCLUSIVE: Landlords step up for build to rent cash

17/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations are set to build hundreds of private rented homes under a flagship government funding programme after profit-making firms withdrew bids.

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Landlord receives downgrade over value for money failure

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has had its governance rating downgraded for failing to follow value for money rules.

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Live blog: 17th Dec


Inside Housing’s daily live blog giving updates and views on the day’s essential housing news - and a bit more besides

Heather Spurr

Stats blog: The data behind fears for homeless this winter Video


Inside Housing today broke the story about council staff’s fears for homeless people this winter due to budget cuts. Here is the data behind the story.

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A problem shared


Tom Copley, housing spokesperson for London Labour, discusses the soaring cost of shared ownership in the capital.

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Live blog - 18th Dec Video


Inside Housing’s daily live blog giving updates and views on the day’s essential housing news - and a bit more besides

Jules Birch

Bonus verdict


The New Homes Bonus, the government’s flagship policy on housing supply, is listing badly. Does it deserve to stay afloat?

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The value of money


Payoffs and value for money (VfM) are two areas where associations get a poor press and ‘enjoy’ a poor reputation with government, says Julian Ashby

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Today's live blog


Including secret investigations on suicides linked to benefit changes and tenant Labour chief in housing row for owning a £1m house

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Housing Live: Ready for take off Video


Today is the launch of Inside Housing’s live news blog and, typically, it seems to be a relatively quiet one for housing news. Oh wait, that’s just the IH newsroom following last night’s Christmas party.

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