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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Scottish giant raises £300m on the bond market


Scotland’s biggest social landlord has raised £300m on the bond market.

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Association sells home care company to director

21/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association’s business specialising in home care has been sold to one of its directors.

Tony Stacey

'Don't assume Labour supports social rent' warns Stacey

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The housing sector should not assume that Labour supports a return to social rent, the chair of an umbrella-group of housing associations has warned. 


EXCLUSIVE: Sharp rise in turnover from commercial activity

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The share of turnover generated by purely commercial activity rose sharply last year among the sector’s biggest landlords, exclusive Inside Housing analysis reveals.

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Planning and housing hardest hit by council cuts, says NAO

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Councils’ planning and housing services will be the hardest hit in five years of successive cuts to local authority budgets by 2015, an official report has revealed.

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You vote: we investigate Video

18/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Is there a burning issue that Inside Housing should be covering? Vote for Inside Housing’s next infographic

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Housing association plans sale of 1,200 homes

18/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest housing associations will sell 1,200 of its homes as it exits more than a quarter of the council areas it operates in.

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Government failed to reduce housing benefit bill  Video

18/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has not achieved its aim of cutting housing benefit by £2bn by 2015 and instead has seen spending rise by nearly £1bn over the last four years, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows. 

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Landlords face losing millions after giving up on waivers

17/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Several social landlords are taking financial hits running into millions of pounds after abandoning hope of securing exemptions from the housing regulator to forthcoming rent changes.

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Map reading


How should housing associations respond to the tantalising prospect of freedom? In uncharted territory you need something to guide you.

Chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium

Northern soul


We need to be positive and ‘lead not plead’ to create prosperity in the north, says Jo Boaden

Editor, Inside Housing

The status quo will not help housing


Policy Exchange got blood pressure rising this week by suggesting that landlords should be able to buy their way out of historic grant and become ‘free housing associations’, unrestricted by regulation.

Chief executive, CIH

Think globally


An international view is needed to ensure a housing sector that works for everyone, argues Grainia Long

Partner, Global Action Plan

Fuel poverty: A national scandal


Fuel poverty should be much higher up on everyone’s agenda

Editor, Inside Housing

We all have a part to play


The latest polling from Ipsos Mori shows that in the list of issues that concerns voters, housing has slipped four places to 11th. 

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The future is shared


The potential to reduce the burden of public subsidy exists in shared ownership, but, as yet, has not been realised, writes Mervyn Jones

Reporter, Inside Housing

Tricky times


According to research out this week by Jones Lang LeSalle (JLL), 89% of landlords are seeking new private finance to support their development work up until 2018.

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