The latest on social housing finance, including news, views and analysis on lending, bonds, institutional investment, grant rates, affordable rent, and regulation.

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'Affordable rent' in London hits £1,000 per month on new builds

26/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The average ‘affordable rent’ in London rose to more than £1,000 per month in 2014 for new build two-bedroom homes, exclusive analysis has shown.

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Sanctuary considers leaving SHPS

27/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest social landlord is considering pulling out of the sector’s £2.3bn pension scheme as the fund’s deficit continues to rise.

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Institutional investor enters PRS and plots £1bn investment

26/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

An institutional investor has entered the private rented sector (PRS) with a £25m scheme in east London, and set out an appetite to invest £1bn in the sector.

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NIHE call for extra borrowing powers throws doubt on transfers

26/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is calling for further borrowing powers in a move some experts see as a push back against discussions on breaking the organisation up.

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Downgraded landlords 'failed to include data'

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Several landlords penalised for failing to follow value for money rules failed to include key performance data in their self-assessments despite paying consultants to produce it.

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DWP has made 'little progress on universal credit'

25/02/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Little progress has been made on the roll-out of universal credit with just 0.3% of the eligible population receiving it by October last year, concludes a damning report out today.


Councils' Right to Buy figures errors revealed

25/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

Cornwall Council has started only 15 replacement homes using Right to Buy receipts, despite originally telling the government it had begun more than 1,000.

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HCA issues 'cash call' warning to landlords

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Homes and Communities Agency has issued a warning to landlords after a drop in interest rates led to increased calls from investors to put up cash or security as part of ‘swap’ deals.


Property giants report hikes in revenue

25/02/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Contracting giant Kier has reported an 11% rise in revenue in the six months to the end of last year from the year before, in its interim results released today.

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Managing director, Procurement for Housing

Better buying

20/02/2015 | By Steve Malone

Social housing procurement has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and is now unrecognisable from the simple, transactional activity it once was

Executive chair, Science Warehouse

Great value

20/02/2015 | By David Hames

Value for money needs to be achieved in a responsible manner

Editor, Inside Housing

Rights and wrongs


A government release this week claimed that 33,000 new home owners have been created through Right to Buy since 2012

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Broken promises


Lies, damned lies and Right to Buy figures

Chief executive, Housing Quality Network

After eight


What were the reasons for this year’s value for money downgrades?


Right to Buy: a clarification Video


Oops. The final Right to Buy stats before the election show that the reinvigorated policy is delivering less than half the new homes the government previously claimed: one for every 11 sold.

Editor, Inside Housing

The power to resolve


Last year, amid increasing pressure on landlords to demonstrate value for money, the HCA threw down the gauntlet


Cry freedom


What are the implications of the Dutch housing association debacle for the UK?


Own goals


Could housing hold the key to the Conservatives’ chances of winning the general election?

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A problem shared


Rewrite the shared ownership rulebook. That is the advice from Savills’ Mervyn Jones to combat the problem of unaffordability of the product in central London

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