From the frontline - Lynsey Tomlins


Aspire Housing’s housing support and well-being advisor tells Inside Housing about the ups and downs of the job

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From the archive - week of 20 February


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

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The Housing White Paper: piecing together the puzzle


The White Paper called on the sector to link up to tackle the housing crisis. But what do the participants make of it? Inside Housing’s news team joins up the pieces

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Wisdom of crowds Video


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

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Do frameworks work? Video


Procurement frameworks are meant to be a hassle-free way for social housing providers to club together and make savings. But are they the shortcut to efficiency they’re touted as? Jess McCabe investigates

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From the frontline - Fern Smith


Alliance Homes’ support caseworker, Fern Smith, explains why Hollywood’s loss is housing’s gain


Homelessness funding vacuum


Despite offering support to the Homelessness Reduction Bill in the Lords, Labour does not share the optimistic view that committed funding will be sufficient, says Andy Slaughter

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From the archive - week of 13 February


In a new series of nostalgia pieces, Gavriel Hollander takes a look at what was happening in the sector five, 15 and 25 years ago this week

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Circle of despair Video


The inside story of Circle’s recent repairs troubles holds a cautionary tale for the sector. Pete Apps reports

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The land grabbers


L&Q’s acquisition of Gallagher Estates is a milestone in the housing association sector’s march into the land market. Nick Johnstone looks at the risk and reward


Forty years of co-operation Video


Lister Housing Co-operative in Edinburgh was founded by activists 40 years ago. Michael Lloyd finds out what happens when direct action hits middle age


Full speech: Sajid Javid introduces the Housing White Paper


WHITE PAPER: Read communities secretary Sajid Javid’s full speech to parliament introducing the Housing White Paper.


From the frontline - Jim Playle


BPHA’s community development officer tells Inside Housing how he channels the A-Team at work, but would quit in a heartbeat if one particular Hollywood star came calling

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From the archive - week of 6 February


In a new series of nostalgia pieces, Gavriel Hollander takes a look at what was happening in the sector 10, 20 and 30 years ago this week

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Rising Stars 2017


This year’s search to find the brightest emerging talent in the housing sector is now under way. Here’s your guide to the competition and how to enter

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The benefit cap tightrope


In the opening investigation in our new series, IH Spotlight, Sophie Barnes unveils the first exclusive analysis of the lower benefit cap


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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

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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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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

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Avoidance tactics


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


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


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

HCA employee

The fight for justice


In 2007 Suzanne Muna was wrongly accused of producing a racist leaflet that was distributed at Unison’s annual conference. Here, the Homes and Communities Agency employee reveals the toll her six-year battle for justice has taken on her life. Martin Hilditch reports


Of course, I know that's nonsense

Fears for a chief executive’s mental well-being, a unicorn outfit and a half-marathon challenge

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Brain food

11/11/2014 | By Dawn Foster

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

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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