The latest on social housing finance, including news, views and analysis on lending, bonds, institutional investment, grant rates, affordable rent, and regulation.
Scotland’s biggest social landlord has raised £300m on the bond market.
A housing association’s business specialising in home care has been sold to one of its directors.
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.
The share of turnover generated by purely commercial activity rose sharply last year among the sector’s biggest landlords, exclusive Inside Housing analysis reveals.
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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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.
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.
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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We need to be positive and ‘lead not plead’ to create prosperity in the north, says Jo Boaden
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.
An international view is needed to ensure a housing sector that works for everyone, argues Grainia Long
Fuel poverty should be much higher up on everyone’s agenda
The latest polling from Ipsos Mori shows that in the list of issues that concerns voters, housing has slipped four places to 11th.
The potential to reduce the burden of public subsidy exists in shared ownership, but, as yet, has not been realised, writes Mervyn Jones
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.