Blogs and opinion

Featuring regular blogs from housing sector experts and the Inside Housing team, plus contributions from individuals working in all aspects of social housing.


Down the rabbit hole


The regulator’s approach to the length of housing association board tenure belongs to a fantasy world, argues Ann O’Byrne


Taken off the housing list

25/04/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

As our exclusive research reveals this week, a total of 113,049 people have been removed from waiting lists by 77 councils since June 2012

  • Safe as houses


    The health and safety of tenants is the most basic and important responsibility of any landlord, social or otherwise.

  • Pushing up prices


    A measured approach to economic recovery and a balanced housing supply is essential

  • Clearing confusion


    Fire safety procedures for those living in purpose-built blocks still need reinforcing

  • Asbestos awareness


    Those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses deserve more support

  • Swap shop


    As Guardian Care Homes and Barclays Bank settle their dispute, those in finance are left seeking clarification, says Natalie Singh

  • New model for eco homes


    The first 100 per cent affordable Passivhaus scheme for the UK shows prefab doesn’t mean poor quality, writes Daniel Douglas after a site vist

  • Full value


    With 13 months left until the general election, how can housing demonstrate its economic, social and political value?

  • The snoozing wage


    Find out which landlord HQ has a cake addiction, losing out living wage for snoozing and a blaze of innuendos on Twitter.

  • Living wage moral conundrum Video


    This week we reveal the results of a survey asking whether social landlords pay the living wage.

  • Asking the right questions


    Questioning employers about discrimination has become easier, says Sarah Lamont

  • The will to work


    Motivating staff is becoming increasingly tricky as pay falls in real terms and workloads increase, argues Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist

  • Time to pay a fair wage


    Social landlords are acutely aware that wages are not increasing in line with the cost of living.

  • Building bonanza


    Before the reforms to housing revenue accounts, there was speculation about the extent councils would use their powers to build.

  • Impact of council mergers on associations


    Plans to merge councils across Wales could also have a huge impact on housing associations

  • Worry over eco cuts


    A review of the energy company obligation could mean a step back for efforts to insulate hard-to-treat homes

  • Keeping things green


    New guidelines for environmental offences may mean hefty fines

  • The mansion tax mistake


    Reform of council tax would be a better alternative to the mansion tax, writes Colin Wiles

  • Dear Eric Pickles


    A Tory council has written to Eric Pickles, condemning a cut that will mean families are ‘forced towards loan sharks’, writes Heather Spurr.

  • Housing review offers complete picture


    As ever the new UK Housing Review offers a mix of authoritative statistics and some fascinating new insights on housing across all tenures.

  • Only Two Emma Reynolds


    The shadow housing minister met her (name) match and Closed Circuit gets traumatised by De’Ath