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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    Live blog - 29th Jan

    Key storiesHousing associations face tough negotiations over the future of the Social Housing Pension Scheme, as a consultation into the future of the scheme closesThe

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    Live blog - 28th Jan

    Key storiesCouncils should take primary responsibility for housing, says the hotly anticipated Treasury report on council house building revealed last nightThe Homes and Communities Agency has raised concerns about the ...

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    Live blog - 27th Jan

    Key storiesThe Department for Work and Pensions has changed rules so benefit claimants’ data can be shared between government and other agencies with the stated of aim of preventing tenants falling into arrears.

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    Live blog - 26th Jan

    Key storiesMore than one million people are on council house waiting lists in the top 100 marginal constituencies that will decide the general election, according to Home Group researchWandsworth Council reveals

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    Live blog - 23rd Jan

    Key storiesHousing associations are facing a battle against the clock to complete thousands of homes before the affordable homes programme ‘drop dead date’More than half of English housing associations are still

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    Live blog - 22nd Jan

    Key storiesReports say the Conservatives want to extend the Right to Buy to housing association properties in England, while Labour plan to scrap it in WalesThe GLA is trying to curb the flood of rough sleepers to central ...

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    Live blog - 21st Jan

    Key storiesWestminster Council is facing a High Court challenge over its homelessness allocations policyA landlord opted for a bond

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    Live blog - 20th Jan

    Westminster Council to be taken to the High Court over its homelessness allocations policy

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  • Bid for freedom


    Council should be freed up to build more themselves as well as enabling others, says Gavin Smart

  • Blaming the victim

    28/01/2015 | By Jon Neale

    Older generations have all the power in the housing market - and that’s part of the problem

  • Saving the section 106 deal

    28/01/2015 | By Samantha Orluta

    By talking to housing associations early on, and adopting standard language, developers can prevent housing associations walking away from section 106 deals at the last minute

  • Star in the shadows

    27/01/2015 | By Peter Bond

    It was a while coming - but our Rising Stars winner of 2013 finally got his chance to shadow the housing minister. Here he recounts his day.

  • Wrong to Buy

    27/01/2015 | By Colin Wiles

    The Right to Buy elevates ideology above the public good, writes Colin Wiles

  • Poor health

    26/01/2015 | By Closed Circuit

    A ‘legendary’ housing band announces split, advice to help workers not live too long and just who is this Kris Hopkinson?

  • Social inclusion

    23/01/2015 | By Tracey Johnson

    Landlords must not abandon traditional approaches in the rush to use social media

  • Body of evidence

    23/01/2015 | By Martin Hilditch, deputy editor

    Almost one year ago, the English social housing regulator wrote to 160 landlords warning them to improve the way they assessed value for money.

  • Testing drones

    22/01/2015 | By Paul Taylor

    Drones can save disruption to tenants, time and money says Paul Taylor, reporting on his testing of the technology

  • Beware unlawful donations

    21/01/2015 | By James Went

    Social landlords should review donations from their subsidiaries, says James Went

  • A light in dark places

    21/01/2015 | By Charlotte Coleman

    The general election is likely to postpone right to light reform

  • Easy money

    21/01/2015 | By Mr Anonymous

    Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist on the attitudes of the new wave of private landlords