From the frontline - Paul Martin


One of Bromford’s first neighbourhood coaches, Paul Martin, reveals his secret desire to be a kids’ TV presenter

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From the archive - week of 22 May


Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week five, 15 and 25 years ago

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The middle man: Tim Farron interview


As the Conservatives reach for the middle-ground, the Liberal Democrats are struggling to get heard. Sophie Barnes catches up with Tim Farron to ask whether housing can save them

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How data is transforming housing Video


Geographic information systems technology is developing at pace. Alex Turner finds out how the innovation can help the housing sector meet the challenges to come

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Election Insight: your complete guide to the 8 June poll


A continually updating timeline of our coverage of the general election campaign to date

For single use only on 19 May 2017

On the hunt Video


Geocaching is an adult treasure hunt for the tech age. Kate Youde finds out how one housing association is using it to help keep residents healthy and happy


From the frontline - Nikki Donnelly


Nikki Donnelly, resident liaison manager at Rydon, features this week.

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From the archive - week of 15 May


Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week 10, 20 and 30 years ago

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Lessons in gas safety Video


The English regulator has issued 14 regulatory notices for breaches of gas safety regulations in the past five years. Kate Youde looks at why some housing associations are still getting it wrong and what lessons can be learnt

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UK Housing Awards 2017 - the winners


The achievements of the UKHA winners and what the sector can learn from them

Fire at Shepherd's Court, London, 2016

A stark warning: the Shepherd's Bush tower block fire Video


Last year, a fire broke out in a Shepherd’s Bush tower block and spread quickly up the outside of the building. Pete Apps investigates what went wrong – and what other social landlords need to learn from the experience

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The Reel deal


Inside Housing revealed the winner of its Reel Homes film competition – designed to engage film-makers with homelessness – at a special screening event last week. Find out more below and watch all the footage entered

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From the frontline - Sheilagh Shaw


Gosport Borough Council’s older person support officer Sheilagh Shaw on the specific issues related to older people’s housing and the power of a sunny day

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From the archive - week of 8 May


Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week five, 15 and 25 years ago

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The path to homelessness prevention


The Homelessness Reduction Act is now on the statute books. Sophie Barnes takes a look at what this means for councils

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The St Ives second homes experiment: one year on Video


This time last year, the people of St Ives voted to limit the sale of new homes to outsiders. Gavriel Hollander travels to Cornwall to find out whether it will help local housing delivery

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Breaking the taboo: male victims of domestic violence

18/03/2015 | By Keith Cooper

Services for male victims of domestic abuse are thin on the ground, and council budget cuts are about to make the situation worse. Keith Cooper reports

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Doing the maths

06/02/2015 | By Keith Cooper

How much are housing professionals paid? Keith Cooper reports on a survey by Inside Housing and Hays which seeks to find out

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Empty feeling

04/02/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

The villages of Horden and Blackhall are near the beautiful Durham coastline, so why are some homes there so hard to let? Martin Hilditch finds out

Aerial view of London

Hundreds of households in temporary accommodation for more than a decade

16/01/2015 | By Lia Sanders

Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Home protection Video


Housing associations may be spending more on maintenance, but for what reasons? Martin Hilditch finds out

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Protecting the rent

28/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The Department for Work and Pensions has moved a long way to assuage landlords’ fears over universal credit, as Heather Spurr finds out

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EXCLUSIVE: Councils without local plans building faster Video

28/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Councils with no local plan in place are building homes at a faster rate than those with an adopted plan, Inside Housing research has found.

The front of Shearwater house, on the Harbour Reach estate in Poole

The enemy within

19/11/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

Inside Housing has spent the last six years investigating life-threatening dangers on a number of housing estates following the death of a young woman from carbon monoxide poisoning. Today, following the conclusion of the UK’s largest ever gas safety prosecution, Martin Hilditch tells the full story of one of the construction industry’s darkest hours.

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Figures of hate

14/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Daniel Douglas investigates a recent increase in racist incidents in Northern Ireland and how housing providers are dealing with it

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Are social landlords prepared for Ebola?

13/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Ebola has killed thousands of people and caused widespread panic. But are social landlords considering what they would do if the worst occurred, and a tenant or staff member got sick? Jess McCabe reports

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Landlords' bedroom tax prep

01/10/2014 | By Gene Robertson , Jess McCabe

The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit. Jess McCabe and Gene Robertson find out how they are coping.

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Picture this

26/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The big fish are nibbling at the little fish, general needs housing stock has reached 2 million homes for the first time and affordable rent is spreading faster than you can say ‘core purpose’. Inside Housing has picked snapshots from the Homes and Communities Agency’s 63-page statistical data return as of 31 March 2014 to compare with the previous year’s data. Daniel Douglas reports

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Gender gap widens as housing chiefs' pay soars Video

18/09/2014 | By Jess McCabe

With risk comes reward. The chief executives of Britain’s 100 biggest housing associations are diversifying into a range of commercial activities - and their pay packets reflect this. Jess McCabe reports

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Flight to buy: why councils are buying, rather than building

29/08/2014 | By Kate Youde

An Inside Housing investigation reveals how much councils intend to spend buying existing homes to reduce their waiting lists.

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Avoidance tactics


An Inside Housing survey last week revealed voids are dropping. Carl Brown investigates why

Lego men at board meeting

Board games for housing associations

22/08/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

An Inside Housing investigation reveals the high level of ‘churn’ on housing association boards. So why are they still made up of identikit members? Martin Hilditch reports


Voids fall despite welfare reform fears Video

15/08/2014 | By Gene Robertson , Carl Brown

Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes

Strike and protest by UNITE members working at One Housing. Camden, London. 26-7-13

Action stations

25/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Unions are stepping up action on behalf of their members who work in social housing. Heather Spurr gauges how it will affect landlords


Revealed: the extent of single homeless cuts

04/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts

Martin, Hampshire

The power of persuasion

27/06/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A project in south west England is attempting the near-impossible task of combating nimbyism to get affordable homes built. Nick Duxbury returns to his rural roots in Hampshire to investigate

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Welsh housing’s voice of reason Video

20/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wales has an ambitious housebuilding target of 20,000 homes by 2021. Nathaniel Barker meets Stuart Ropke, who has a central role to play in helping associations deliver


Planning for change Video

01/11/2016 | By Joe Dart

Trudi Elliott believes a new approach is needed to solve the housing crisis. Joe Dart met the Royal Town Planning Institute chief executive to find out more

Leader, Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Hammersmith spring

07/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

In May there was a revolution in west London when David Cameron’s favourite council was toppled from power. Peter Apps meets the new leader of Hammersmith and Fulham

Chief executive, Torus

The quiet revolution

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Helena Partnerships will soon join forces with neighbouring Golden Gates Housing Trust, to form a new group structure called Torus with the aim of building more homes and creating jobs. Rob Young, its chief executive elect, talks to Jess McCabe about why the deal makes sense

Managing director of housing management services, Mears

Making a house a home again

18/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

John Taylor, managing director of housing management services at Mears Group, talks to Nick Duxbury about how the contractor’s recent £40m purchase of lettings management business, Omega Group, will help councils house homeless families


Q&A: An investor talks

21/10/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Social landlords are trying to attract institutional investment to push into the private-rented sector. Andrew Appleyard, head of specialist real estate funds at Aviva Investors, talks to Jess McCabe about what investors want to see

Chief executive, St Mungo's Broadway

Howard's way

03/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Howard Sinclair has suffered a vote of no confidence by a trade union and now faces the prospect of industrial action. The chief executive of St Mungo’s Broadway, tells Heather Spurr about his plans for the recently merged homelessness charity.

Chief executive, Places For People

Does size matter?

26/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

David Cowans is one of the boldest, most commercially driven chief executives in the housing sector. But does he consider himself to be a part ‘the sector’ – and why is he buying leisure centres? Nick Duxbury finds out.

Innovation coach, Bromford

I wanna tech you up Video

24/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Bromford’s ‘innovation coach’ - and pioneer of maintenance drones and Twitter recruitment - takes Carl Brown on a tour of his ‘lab’

John Healey MP at Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico

If the hat fits: John Healey's housing mission

11/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Former Labour housing minister John Healey is on a mission to put housing at the top of the electoral agenda - and don his hard hat and reprise a cabinet housing role. Nick Duxbury meets him

Chair, BME National

Speaking up for black and ethnic communities

11/07/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

As Cym D’Souza takes the helm after a turbulent time for BME National, she tells Martin Hilditch how she plans to speak up for black and ethnic communities

Chair, Centre for Social Justice and Liberal Democrat council leader, Eastleigh

Meet housing’s alchemists

27/06/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Keith House and Natalie Elphicke have been tasked with finding out how councils can get more homes built with no extra borrowing. Here, Jess McCabe tries to find out if they have the golden touch

Centre for Social Justice

Tim Montgomerie: Family guy

20/06/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

Tim Montgomerie is one of the most influential Conservative thinkers in the UK, a close ally of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and a vocal proponent of marriage and family life. Martin Hilditch finds out why housing policy is increasingly exercising his mind

Tour of Poplar Harca, with Steve Stride, CEO of Poplar Harca. IH Journalist Nick Duxbury is also featured.

All in his Stride

20/06/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Incoming Chartered Institute of Housing president Steve Stride has uncompromising views and big ambitions for what social landlords can achieve. Nick Duxbury joins the Poplar Harca chief executive on a tour of the borough to hear his plans

Chair, Policy Exchange

The Fink tank

12/06/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Ahead of his appearance at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference, Conservative peer and Policy Exchange chair Danny Finkelstein tells Jess McCabe what he thinks about the welfare state

Stuart Macdonald, Martin Hilditch, Kate Murray and Bill Randall

Running commentary from Inside Housing's editors

04/04/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

They have more than 60 years’ experience in housing journalism between them - but what do they really think about the sector? Nick Duxbury gathered Inside Housing editors past and present to find out

CEO of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling

Rising to the challenge of Scotland's fight against floods

07/03/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Professor James Curran has studied the environment all his life. Now he’s in charge of Scotland’s fight against floods. He tells Jess McCabe how he’ll rise to the challenge

Tim Farron

The fight to build

06/03/2014 | By Pete Apps

With a general election looming in 2015, Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron, who’s drafting the party’s housing policy, reveals what the Lib Dem manifesto is likely to have in store for the sector. Pete Apps reports

Director, Green Alliance

Positive thinking


Matthew Spencer’s career as an environmental campaigner has taken him to Central America’s cloud forests and back. Now, as director of think tank Green Alliance, it’s his job to put pressure on Westminster to make sustainable decisions. He tells Jess McCabe why, despite a tough economic climate, he is optimistic


Action stations


In his first interview since becoming housing minister two weeks ago, Kris Hopkins tells Martin Hilditch how he’ll be a vocal advocate for England’s regions, why welfare reforms are right and how he’ll listen to social landlords’ concerns


The Cronx

The latest merged housing association reveals its merger name and Gavin Barwell gets his video camera out

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Brain food

11/11/2014 | By Dawn Foster

Has meditation got a place in social housing? Dawn Foster finds out

Dragon's Den

Dragons' Den for retrofit technology

04/09/2014 | By Simon Brandon

Copying the popular BBC format, Accord Group set up a Dragons’ Den of its own to find the best green technologies to test in a £3m retrofit project. Simon Brandon finds out why

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Job interviews in housing: outside the box

20/08/2014 | By Simon Brandon

Some social landlords believe a traditional interview is not the way to find the best candidate for the job. Simon Brandon reports on how Bromford Group is using role-playing games to get to know prospective employees

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Downsizing with the bedroom tax


The price for underoccupying a home is high for many vulnerable people. Jess McCabe visits Stoke-on-Trent to find out how landlords are attempting to help