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.

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The snoozing wage

17/04/2014 | By Closed Circuit

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

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Living wage moral conundrum Video

17/04/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

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

  • Debt: the new safety net? Video


    The ‘dark underside’ of debt was examined yesterday in a report, suggesting that more and more people are ‘using credit unsustainably as a personal safety net.’

  • Help or hindrance?


    A year in to Help to Buy, who has it helped and what has the impact been so far?

  • ECO: Up the ambition


    The government should take a lesson from its 1666 predecessor about being ambitious, says Matthew O’Connell

  • The way forward


    It’s been a tough first two years of regulation for the Homes and Communities Agency, but they have prepared us for the challenges ahead

  • Think of the children


    Ask parents to raise their chief concerns about their children’s future and the affordability of housing will quickly raise its head.

  • Good job with Homes Work


    Inside Housing’s Homes Work campaign passed a milestone this week as social landlords pledged to provide 1,000 apprenticeship places in 2014/15.

  • Unlock hidden value


    A long-term look at assets can be much more productive than a short-term view

  • The missing link


    The new Investment Property Databank is a waypost for social landlords

  • Pinning down payments


    Landlords need to take threats of contractor insolvency seriously