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Supported housing demand trumps fears, we guide you through the government’s recent wave of funding programmes and Six housing HR experts talk challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.
Sale-only plan prompts warnings, the government’s announcement of the first wave of Starter Homes reignites distortion fears, we take a look at what will dominate the housing headlines this year and have films about homelessness made a difference to people working in housing?
Third of councils set up housing companies, L&Q’s plans for the future after its mega-merger with East Thames completes and we pick out the highlights after another game-changing 12 months.
Mayor embarks on major shake-up of capital’s housing policy as he launches first Affordable Homes Programme, how one landlord is rehousing people who are stuck in hospital and making moving to a smaller home an attractive proposal for older people.
Autumn statement 2016. Chancellor Philip Hammond sets a new policy direction for housing plus the North special.
Cathy at 50: Five decades on from Ken Loach’s hard-hitting film Cathy come home, which raised public awareness of homelessness, Inside Housing has launched a Cathy at 50 campaign to carry on the fight in the 21st century.
Major Housing Act policies face delays, is sustainable housing still a priority for social landlords after policy shifts and how associations are trying to counter the challenges of the lower benefit cap.
Groundbreaking £250m REIT to launch, how house builders think the West Midlands can solve its planning issues and a failing reciprocal move scheme leaves victims of violence with a stark choice.
Inside Housing’s analysis of the largest 75 English associations reveals that sales income smashes the £2bn barrier for the first time, is Birmingham setting a precedent with its use of compulsory puchase orders and we name the very best housing developments in the UK in our Top 60 Awards 2016.
Councils set to back new homelessness bill, arrests made in bribery probe and local authorities risk failing to integrate health and care services by excluding the social housing sector from their health and well-being boards.
Supply spotlight on London and South East, York council plans to drop choice-based lettings system and how councils are competing against each other to house people on waiting lists after Redbridge leases an army barracks in Canterbury
A new dawn, Theresa May signals shift in emphasis from homeownership to boosting overall supply.
Supported housing duty considered, how tenants with mental health issues are being housed as budgets are squeezed and talking points from the National Housing Federation’s annual bash.
Meet the most innovative employers. Inside Housing’s Innovation Index 2016 highlights the 45 most innovation-friendly organisations, as the sector outperforms the UK norm again.
Judgement day for supported housing, how the UK is preparing for the reclassification of housing associations and why a scheme to help disabled people on low incomes with housing has had little take-up.
Inside Housing unveils the results of its annual chief executive salary survey. It finds average CEO salary up by 4%, average bonus up 10.7% and the average turnover up 12.5%.
HAs tread carefully over grant bidding, politicians call for inquiry into Welsh merger and the country’s first directly elected black mayor, Marvin Rees, explains how his experiences growing up on a local Bristol estate have shaped his housing vision for the area
RTB extension starts to take shape, In an age of transformation do tenants still have a voice? Also, Network Homes’ Chief executive’s ambitious plans for the future.
RTB pledge faces 14,000-homes deficit, what the abolition of the Right to Buy in Scotland means for housing and how an association is providing care leavers with secure housing.
Six in 10 councils lack Local Plan, how will Brexit impact the plans of housing associations in Ireland and why the gas supply to a new development had to be cut off.
Sector offers homes in flexibility deal, how top finance directos are coping with post-Brexit risks and we discover the links between a landlord, the NHS and shuttlecocks.
Landlords call on May for grant flexibility, large landlord rated ‘non-compliant’ and what has happened to create the brothels and ‘trap houses’ now booming on south London estates?
Supported housing exemption extended, agency ‘monitoring’ London sales exposure and Inside Housing chats with Manchester Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein
Cloud hanging over development plans. Brexit special - Developments in doubt while landlords digest the impact of vote to leave the EU.
Shared ownership: First nationwide data on the staircasing product reveals key trends, councils warn over Pay to Stay timetable and the politician with the biggest portfolio in Scotland, Angela Constance, sets out her vision
Housing Chief Executives say remain as the European Investment Bank, rating agencies and house builders warn of potential Brexit impact on sector.
What’s the future for housing? We read the tea leaves of a sector in upheval.
Regulator gets tough on value for money, mega-merger to create 120,000-home landlord and how a former inmate has set up a foundation to help women find suitable, long-term housing following their release from jail
HAs plan to place staff in hospitals, councils consider bidding for rent cut exemption and as ‘psychoactive substances’ become outlawed, a programme has been educating tenants about the ‘legal highs’
Sanctuary to bring all development in-house, Khan in discussions over Starter Homes deal and does merging really lead to efficiency savings?
Starter Homes eat up affordable supply, DWP to change Universal Credit rules and despite being given £2.9bn of borrowing headroom by government in 2012, Inside Housing investigates why councils have not been using this opportunity to build many more homes.
Health officials vet cost of poor housing, we investigate an allocations fraud and look at how smaller landlord are coping in the world of the mega-merger.
Councils in talks over build freedoms, the role of crowdfunding in housing’s future and how start-ups could challenge and transform social landlords.
Infrastructure body to examine housing, UK Housing Awards winners announced and how would Brexit impact housing professionals? Inside Housing examines the figures with its guide to the EU referendum
Shared ownership fears in north, defence of Pay to Stay after defeats and Wales is heading for the ballot box on 5 May. What is the housing sector hoping for?
1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy, political battle looms over NIHE’s future and several large associations are looking at mega-mergers. Inside Housing weighs up the benefits and risks.
L&Q, Hyde Group and East Thames announce plan to form 135,000-home landlord, DCLG justifies under-23 rule for Starter Homes and as housing associations face the impact of the four-year annual 1% rent cut, will customer services suffer in the wake of cuts?
Peers step up Housing Bill pressure, landlord plans offsite factory and the annual survey of salaries and benefits in the sector sheds light on how housing professionals are weathering the storm.
Government plotting action on HA delivery, council company ‘could protect stock from RTB’ and after two women died following a fire at a tower block in Lewisham, what can landlords learn?
Landlords plan 7,000 additional homes, how councils are continuing to restrict access to their housing waiting lists and extensive Budget coverage.
Applicants barred by local connection rules, Southwark overcharged tenants for water bills and selling Starter Homes at a 20% discount is just part of the government’s recipe to tackle the lack of affordable housing
Schemes remain frozen despite LHA cap delay, HCA to consult on fees after Housing Bill and why a housing association has been told to knock down newly-built homes by a local council.
Council homes axed as rent cut looms. Local authorities scale back investments in homes and repairs due to 1% annual rent cut. Also in this issue - How Scottish councils are contributing to affordable housing delivery and Edinburgh Council’s chief executive plans to double its 10-year housebuilding target.
Full extent of sector’s delivery revealed, Northern Ireland Housing Executive freeze confirmed and our procurement special kicks off with the story of a retrofitted heating system that was supposed to save money in Myatts Field.
Revealed: scale of merger code concern. Many associations say they’re unlikely to adopt the National Housing Federation’s document. Also in this issue - Senior figures attend the Chartered Institute of Housing’s 100th birthday dinner - Inside Housing reveals just how diverse the housing sector is at the top.
Councils hand back £46m RTB cash. Government rules make it difficult to spend receipts before three-year deadline. Also in this issue - The rise of temporary homes to deal with rising rents and high demand - Thames Valley chair David Clayton-Smith talks about its planned mega-merger
Supported housing: future hangs on review. Uncertainly still remains over the ‘Local Authority Allowance cap’. Also in this issue - What will a 40-day head start in bidding for public land mean for associations? - Sinèad Butters sets out her stall as new chair of lobbying group Placeshapers.
Associations’ head start on land bids. Housing associations will have first refusal on thousands of acres of land. Also in this issue - Supported housing providers face up to a storm of approaching cuts - Why child abuse is both a housing and homelessness issue for the sector.
GLOBAL VIEWS - Find out how much landlords are spending on repairs and why
Supported housing reaches the brink. Specialist schemes could be killed off by Local Housing Allowance cuts. Also in this issue - Government wants to increase the pace of housebuilding, but will it succeed? - In tough times, it could be the end for anti-social behaviour superheroes.
Drive to speed up building. Government announces range of measures to quicken housing development. Also in this issue - How the Housing & Finance Institute is helping councils’ supply chain health - An in-house repairs team is transforming into a commercial house builder.
Lords battle looms over Starter Homes. Divisive flagship homeownership policy set to be challenged in House of Lords. Also in this issue - Test your knowledge of 2015’s housing news with our quiz of the year and Inside Housing’s review of the highs and lows of the last 12 months.
Lenders issue Starter Homes warning. Market could be “distorted” by scheme. Also in this issue - The key points in the Housing and Planning Bill working its way through parliament - Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan on driving housing to the heart of the election.
Thousands of homes face RTB exemption. New pilot programme gives first insight into government’s plans for policy. Also in this issue - Association discovers one in six older residents can’t afford to pay bills and eat - The council scheme helping homeless families and older people at same time.
Osborne announces housing funding boost - Surprise investment welcomed, but concerns over affordability persist.
Businesses to help staff access housing. As the affordability crisis takes hold, corporate giants help workers find accommodation. Also in this issue - How Circle has taken measures to improve since its downgrading over repairs - After two recent blazes, are concerns over timber frame buildings justified?
Boris: Starter Homes could damage plans. Mayor’s shared ownership targets under threat from Starter Homes requirements. Also in this issue - How government will work with associations to trim regulation - Why a social landlord in Newcastle has moved into the bedding business.
Topics include: - Proactive asset management - Transformational procurement - Successful solid wall insulation - Planned maintenance
The £60 billion problem - What next for housing associations after the ONS reclassification.
Lifetime tenancies set to be scrapped. Government plans to make social landlords issue fixed-term leets to new tenants. Also in this issue - What next for councils and housing associations after the Right to Buy deal? - Are apprenticeships in the sector successful and leading to full-time employment?
Landlords in RTB deal withdrawal threat - Housing Bill does not contain the reassurance many associations were hoping for. Also in this issue - Why wealthy individuals are investing in social housing again - Our welfare reform group discuss how the Universal Credit roll-out is affecting them.
A third plan no new sub-market rent deals - Housing association chief executive change plans as a result of the social rent cut. Also in this issue - How associations are changing their approach to counter the social rent cut - What has ECO delivered and what does the future hold for sustainability?
Cameron casts cheap rent into wilderness. Low-cost rented accommodation set to decline as government focuses on ownership. Also in this issue: We go behind the scenes as a board votes on the Right to Buy deal - With investors asking for higher bond prices in a new deal, what next for associations?
Judgement Day - The day housing associations decide the future of the sector - Friday 2 October 2015 - 17:00
INNOVATION SPECIAL - Inside Housing Innovation Index. Meet the 61 most innovation-friendly landlords, the UK Housing sector outperforms the UK norm and more than 3,000 responses demonstrates enthusiasm for change. Also in this issue - Jeremy Corbyn’s housing policies put under the microscope and why bigger is not always better when considering the future of housing associations.
Borris offers 15,00 homes in RTB deal. GLA bids to secure ringfence for forced sale of council homes in London. Also in this issue - The ‘BIM’ technology being used by a social landlord in Nottingham and we reflect on the park which tests technology and construction, a decade after it opened.
Chief executive salary survey - Biggest ever! Salaries for 180 chief executives revealed in most comprehensive survey ever. 5.5% pay rise for top 100 chief executives, as average pay reaches £182,780. Pay gap widens as male CEO’s pay grows 14% faster than female CEOs’.
Pay to Stay will make homes ‘unaffordable’. Better-off social tenants still struggle to meet market rent or use Right to Buy, says study. Also in this issue - How are councils coping with the syrge in TB? Find out in our health special - What evidence will convice NHS commissioners of the value of housing?
Out-of-London placements surge. East London moves fuel increase in temporary accommodation placements outside city. Also in this issue - Can landlords continue to bring down void times with more cuts on the way? The Dutch bring down retrofitting costs with their ‘Energiesprong’ approach.
Re-let times fall in face of bedroom tax. Social landlords have put new processes in place to re-let homes more quickly. Also in this issue - Which areas are most under threat from the Right to Buy sell-off of high-value homes? - Pat Ritchie, chief executive of Newcastle Council, shares her vision for the future.
Right to Buy to Let: scale of re-lets revealed. Exclusive research by Inside Housing reveals full extent of re-let problem. Also in this issue - We uncover the secret and mysterious world of estate management boards - Birmingham’s tussle with neighbouring boroughs over the location of new homes.
HCA seeks big players to rescue strugglers - Discussions follow worries some landlords may be in trouble after Budget changes. Also in this issue - Frank Field, the new chair of the work and pensions committee, speaks out - River Clyde Homes tenants in Scotland form ‘senate’ to monitor landlord.
Genesis stops building cheap rented homes. Buget pushes landlord to axe affordable and social rent from development. Also in this issue - How football clubs are helping deliver a new generation of housing - Why track legend Kriss Akabusi is now working with a housing association.
Landlords in talks to form giant association. Circle Housing and Affinity Sutton consider creating largest housing association in Europe. Also in this issue - Why has a recently built development been condemned in Scotland? - How the support of a ‘home skills coach’ can help tenants who hoard.
Rent changes burn £42bn hole in plans. Exclusive modelling shows council 30-year business plan will be undeliverable. Also in this issue - David Orr on his 10th anniversary at the helm of the National Housing Federation - We find out if councils are installing sprinklers as part of our fire special.
Budget special: Osborne’s new vision for social housing. Social housing just for those on lower incomes, rents reduced annually for four years and benefit cap slashed.
L&Q latest to move repairs in-house. 71,000-home landlord follows Affinity Sutton and Southern’s direct maintenance moves. Also in this issue - How the rise of holiday websites like Airbnb is affecting social landlords - A project between one landlord and the DWP is finding unemployed residents jobs.
Development surge despite low grant. Reliance on government grant declines as associations increasingly fund their own developments.
Devolution figure calls for inquiry. Mike Emmerich contests ‘volume’ house builders at annual conference.
Trust me to speak for sector, says CIH chief. New chief executive Terrie Alafat assures sector its voice will be heard.
Betts pushes to lead inquiry into surpluses. Communities and Local Government chair Clive Betts wants landlords to explain how they use their surpluses. Also in this issue - The facts and figures of physical and verbal abuse suffered by housing professionals - We step inside and meet the residents of an iconic east London tower block.
Landlords reveal cap threat to larger homes. Modelling shows reduction will make many larger homes unviable to build or let. Also in this issue - How will areas with no council stock fund the new, extended Right to Buy? - The three Rising Stars finalist work together to sell a career in housing.
Landlords and mayor in Right to Buy talks. Social landlords and GLA discuss common approach to Right to Buy. Also in this issue - Our Rising Stars finalists are tested on their ethics by a panel of judges - How new ASB tools are being used by social landlords.
Rearguard actions as Right to Buy advances. Landlords prepare next steps as controversial policy moves closer. Also in this issue - The challenge of registering assets and liabilities for housing associations - The campaign to help homeless women gain easier access to sanitary products.
Northern landlords to power housing case. Inside Housing reveals plans by social landlords to combine their voices and find solutions to the housing crisis in the north of England. Also in this issue - Supreme Court ruling makes it easier for homeless people to get help from councils - What are the legal implications of the Conservatives’ Right to Buy policy?
DCLG blocks release of Right to Buy costing. FOIA request on impact of Right to Buy declined by DCLG civil servants. Also in this issue - How activists are seeking to shape the national housing debate - The new chief executive of Plus Dane sets out her plans to improve the landlord.
Increase in viability downgrades to V2. Homes and Communities Agency awarding more V2 ratings in ‘riskier’ environment. Also in this issue - Our 2014 Rising Stars winner James Caspell guest edits this edition of the magazine - Is the sector doing enough to deliver on equality and diversity for its staff?
Housing grabs the election limelight…but will it make any difference to the supply crisis?
Landlords to take on contracting giants. Ten Greater Manchester landlords plan initial bid for employment contract. Also in this issue - Social landlords are offering employment opportunities to tenants - How much progress have London landlords made in assuring fire safety in homes?
As the Conservatives confirm plans to expand the Right to Buy to an extra 1.3 million housing association tenants, the sector brand the policy… #wrongtobuy. Also in this issue - Welsh special: HRA deal explored.
Circle rules out single contractor deals in London. Affinity Sutton go in-house and others express concerns as HCA downgrades Circle. Also in this issue - Could a video game persuade tenants to be more energy efficient? - Isabel Hardman on getting landlords’ voices heard in Westminster.
Town Hall Rent Rebellion. One third of councils plan to increase rents by more than new government formula recommends. Also in this issue - Our Housing Benefits campaign offers a prescription for the NHS - How housing advice can help ex-prisoners integrate back into the community.
Campaign to make case for housing. A housing association sets out plans to build 50,000 new homes worth 12bn. In Manchester, 27 landlords enter talks to become major players in the NHS. We launch our campaign to ensure government gets the message: Housing Benefits the UK.
Sector dismay after Budget ignores supply. Also in this issue - Merchant bank Salamanca’s plan to attract funders into affordable housing - Services for male victims of domestic violence are sparse. We investigate why.
This week’s edition comes with the CIH Conference Preview 2015. Debate the new reality at the UK’s biggest housing event. All the information you need to plan your time at Manchester. Covering every day, and every conference session, the planner helps provide an overview of the event.
Global investors lined up for housing fund - Salmanca Group gathers pool of investors to pump millions into UK housing. Also in this issue - The impact of a growing pensions deficit on social landlords - How well are housing associations placed to deal with potential credit swap risk?
Landlord in talks as grant deadline looms - Eleventh-hour negotiations for housing associations struggling to complete homes. Also in this issue - The housing professionals revealing the impact of welfare reform - The regeneration of a Glasgow community decades after a notorious crime.
Concern over welfare payment slowdown. Delays in processing mean landlords wait longer to deal with arrears. Also in this issue - Introducing Inside Housing’s new digital look, including 50 expert columninsts - Why Red Kite Community Housing’s staff chose their job titles and descriptions.
One year ago, 160 English landlords were told to up their game in assessing value for money. After months of intense scrutiny this week they proved the sector is delivering. Also in this issue - We meeet the social landlord building a home a day in its house factory - Procurement special: What are the costs and benefits of the EU procurement regime?
Circle downgrade threat over repairs - Incomplete essential repairs exposed tenants to risk of harm. Also in this issue - Inside Housing proudly supports the Homes for Britain campaign - What lessons can the UK learn from the recent shocks in Dutch social housing?
The unaffordable city - As thousands march for affordable homes, we reveal new details about the capital’s housing crisis.