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Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

TOP STORY: The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post-2020 rent settlement.

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NHF calls for rent freedom in Budget

17/02/2017 5:01 pm

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is calling for rent freedom and for housing to play a part in the government’s industrial strategy, ahead of next month’s Budget.

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Report calls for Welsh pensioner homes budget

17/02/2017 4:19 pm

Wales needs a special budget to encourage building homes for older people to help cope with the country’s ageing population, a report claims.

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L&Q market sale and rent activity ramps up

17/02/2017 4:19 pm

L&Q ramped up its delivery of market sale and rent units during the nine months to 31 December 2016, as its social housing activity dropped.

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Global Accounts: short-term debt due doubles in year

17/02/2017 9:40 am

Housing associations had more than £1.9bn of short-term debt coming up for renewal in the 12 months to April 2016 – double the amount experienced in the previous year.

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Global Accounts: associations' sales activity soars 39%

17/02/2017 9:37 am

Just 10 housing associations were responsible for three-quarters of the sale activity carried out by UK landlords in 2015/16, while the total proceeds from such sales grew by 39%.

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Rising Stars 2017 entry deadline extended

17/02/2017 7:30 am

The deadline to enter Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition has been extended.

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Tower Hamlets mayor accuses housing association of 'betrayal'

16/02/2017 3:40 pm

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has accused an east London housing association of a “betrayal” after it sold homes at auction instead of doing a deal with the council.

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North East associations plan three-way merger

16/02/2017 1:02 pm

Three North East housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a 23,500-home association.

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    Rent increases in return for delivery would be just the start

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      Wisdom of crowds

      ANALYSIS: Crowdfunding has allowed millions of people to raise money for causes they care about. But what role is left for charities and social landlords in the age of direct action? Kate Youde finds out

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