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Peers push back on Housing and Planning Bill

04/05/2016 11:17 am | By Sophie Barnes

Peers are pushing back on the government’s rejection of their amendments in the Housing and Planning Bill.

Care worker

Cap 'threatens health and care integration'

04/05/2016 7:30 am | By Sophie Barnes

Housing bodies in Scotland have warned the “Local Housing Allowance cap” could derail the country’s health and social care integration agenda.

Jon Gooding and Mark Kent from Dolphin Living

Dolphin Living strikes £53.5m deal with investor

04/05/2016 7:30 am | By Heather Spurr

A housing charity has agreed a £53.5m loan with a major institutional investor to help build 1,000 low-cost rent homes.

Hands in front of face

Council probes domestic violence decision

04/05/2016 7:30 am | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council has ordered an “urgent investigation” of its own decision to refuse accommodation to a woman who reportedly suffered domestic abuse.

Council offices

Three London boroughs sell 171 council homes

03/05/2016 12:31 pm | By Pete Apps

Three London boroughs have sold 171 vacant council homes since 2012/13, raising £94.7m.

Shared ownership keys house buy

'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £5bn

03/05/2016 11:14 am | By Pete Apps

The “bank of mum and dad” will lend over £5bn to help purchase 300,000 properties this year – making it the equivalent of a top 10 mortgage lender.

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Associations to develop 'alternative' merger code

03/05/2016 7:30 am | By Carl Brown

A group of nine housing associations will work to develop an alternative to the National Housing Federation merger code.

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HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03/05/2016 7:00 am | By Pete Apps

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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Network collapses group structure

03/05/2016 0:01 am | By Carl Brown

Network Housing Group has completed the collapse of its group structure to form a single housing association.

Spanners

Morgan Sindall lands £300m contract

29/04/2016 5:38 pm | By Carl Brown

Basildon Council has awarded Morgan Sindall a £300m contract to maintain and repair its housing stock and corporate buildings.

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Development

Westminster Parliament government

Peers push back on Housing and Planning Bill

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Peers are pushing back on the government’s rejection of their amendments in the Housing and Planning Bill.

Care worker

Cap 'threatens health and care integration'

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing bodies in Scotland have warned the “Local Housing Allowance cap” could derail the country’s health and social care integration agenda.

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HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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Infrastructure body to examine housing

29/04/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Housing is set to form a central part of assessments produced by a new body created to advise the government about where to direct major infrastructure spend.

Buildings to be demolished to make way for the HS2 link

Network Rail company to sell land for new homes

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Network Rail has established a property company to release surplus land for new homes in an attempt to raise £1.8bn for rail improvements.

East midlands councils finalise devo offer

ALMO to set up market rent arm

28/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

An arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) will become the first to set up a commercial subsidiary to build homes for market rent.

Birmingham

Inspector's decision flags planning system concerns

28/04/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

A planning inspector’s decision to sign off a development plan despite a 38,000-home shortfall has raised concerns about localised planning and could pave the way for more green belt development.

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Government to review space standard

26/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has announced a review of how councils are using a new national space standard for housing.

Newham Council leader and mayor

Newham Council buys former Focus E15 hostel

25/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

An east London council has bought the former ‘Focus E15’ hostel from a housing association to prevent it being purchased by a private developer.

Derelict terrace house in Salford, UK, boarded up and awaiting demolition.

Scottish parties promise action on empty homes

25/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Political parties are pledging measures to tackle empty properties north of the border in the run-up to the Scottish parliamentary elections.

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Repairs

Spanners

Morgan Sindall lands £300m contract

29/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Basildon Council has awarded Morgan Sindall a £300m contract to maintain and repair its housing stock and corporate buildings.

HCA regulator social housing

HCA issues two governance downgrades

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The English social housing regulator has today downgraded the governance ratings of two housing associations.

Lakehouse

Social housing contractor CEO resigns

22/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of a major social housing contractor has resigned following a boardroom tussle.

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GCH moves repairs in-house

19/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A 5,200-home housing association is taking its repairs service in-house in a move which it estimates will save £300,000 a year.

Spanners

Council scraps ALMO to save £500k

18/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands council is set to take the management of its housing stock in-house to save at least £500,000 a year.

Belfast homes for sale, Northern Ireland house prices

CIH calls for NI public land release

15/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The next Northern Ireland government should introduce targets for releasing public sector land, a housing body has said ahead of elections next month.

Poor housing

Peers reject 'homes fit for habitation' change

12/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The House of Lords has rejected an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which would have placed a new duty on landlords to ensure homes are fit for human habitation.

money

Wates reports increased profits

06/04/2016 | By Alex Berry

A construction firm has reported a 26% increase in its pre-tax profits in its year end accounts.

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Merger CEO vows to tackle 'dependency culture'

06/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

The chief executive of Hyde has warned housing associations have been “partly responsible” for creating a “dependency culture”, as she set out a vision for a new giant organisation.

Spanners

Battle for control of Lakehouse intensifies

04/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

A social housing repairs contractor has again urged shareholders to reject board changes proposed by the company’s founder, in a public battle for control of the company.

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Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay ‘high-income’ thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years.

Westminster Parliament government

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock.

council house

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will allow social landlords to offer new tenancies of up to 10 years – rather than five – in a partial climbdown in the Housing and Planning Bill.

Deal

Consultancy acquires Canaccord Genuity team

27/04/2016

A social housing debt advisory team has been acquired by a global consultancy to create “one of the largest firms of independent financial advisors to the social housing sector in Europe”.

board room

ALMOs call for exemption from deregulatory plan

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) are calling on the government to exclude them from proposals to limit the influence of councils over registered providers.

Derelict terrace house in Salford, UK, boarded up and awaiting demolition.

Scottish parties promise action on empty homes

25/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Political parties are pledging measures to tackle empty properties north of the border in the run-up to the Scottish parliamentary elections.

High Court

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

22/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A council’s policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court.

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Northern landlords concerned over £4.1bn shared ownership fund

22/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations in the north of England have warned that their bids for funding under the government’s flagship affordable housing programme will be constrained by limited demand for shared ownership.

Financial district

Mortgage lending jumped 59% in March

21/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Gross mortgage lending in March increased by 59% year-on-year due to buyers seeking to beat the deadline for a stamp duty rise on second homes and Buy to Let properties.

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Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

20/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those ‘who genuinely need it’, in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay.

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Eco

Northampton

Zero Carbon Hub to close

30/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

The body set up to implement the now abandoned Zero Carbon Homes target will cease operations tomorrow.

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Research finds 'shocking' crash in energy measures

21/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Treasury has been criticised for failing on energy efficiency, after new research revealed a “truly shocking” crash in the number of home energy efficiency installations.

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Labour will not back bid to block solar cuts

02/02/2016

Labour peers will not support a Liberal Democrat push to block devastating cuts to solar subsidies in the House of Lords.

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Solar installations paused after 5,000th home

20/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Sunderland-based housing association will “pause” its solar panel installations, after a race against time to get as many fitted before government cuts kick in.

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Associations race to install solar panels

12/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are working to install solar panels before the government cuts subsidies next month.

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Sustainability - 2015 highlights

05/01/2016 | By IH reporters

Over the 12 days of Christmas, we have been reflecting on the best of our news, analysis and opinions coverage on the website since 1 January 2015. Each day we have picked a different topic. Today, for the last in the series, we focus on sustainability

DECC is seeking to change RHI application process

Councils to pioneer solar batteries

22/12/2015 | By Pete Apps

Four London councils are piloting the use of solar-charged batteries on their social housing, as government cuts to subsidies leave traditional rooftop panel installations “unviable”.

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Boris presses ahead with zero carbon standard

23/11/2015 | By Carl Brown

Boris Johnson has announced he will push ahead with the implementation of the zero carbon homes standard in London despite the government axing planning regulations to promote it.

Gas

Energy company strikes deal with housing association

11/11/2015 | By Pete Apps

An energy company has struck an exclusive deal to supply a Merseyside housing association as it targets a major expansion into social housing.

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Places for People unveils energy company

26/10/2015 | By Carl Brown

Places for People has announced it has set up an energy company.

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Finance

Westminster Parliament government

Peers push back on Housing and Planning Bill

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Peers are pushing back on the government’s rejection of their amendments in the Housing and Planning Bill.

Jon Gooding and Mark Kent from Dolphin Living

Dolphin Living strikes £53.5m deal with investor

04/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing charity has agreed a £53.5m loan with a major institutional investor to help build 1,000 low-cost rent homes.

Shared ownership keys house buy

'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £5bn

03/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

The “bank of mum and dad” will lend over £5bn to help purchase 300,000 properties this year – making it the equivalent of a top 10 mortgage lender.

potential merger

Associations to develop 'alternative' merger code

03/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

A group of nine housing associations will work to develop an alternative to the National Housing Federation merger code.

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HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

restructure

Network collapses group structure

03/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

Network Housing Group has completed the collapse of its group structure to form a single housing association.

L&Q raises £300m

L&Q raises £300m in 10-year bond

29/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

A large London landlord has raised £300m in a 10-year bond at a rate of just 1.07% more than equivalent government borrowing.

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CIH posts £820k annual loss

29/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Chartered Institute of Housing has posted an £820,000 loss in its accounts for the last calendar year.

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Infrastructure body to examine housing

29/04/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

Housing is set to form a central part of assessments produced by a new body created to advise the government about where to direct major infrastructure spend.

merger

Council 'disappointed' by merger plan

28/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Welsh council has expressed its disappointment after its proposal to ‘protect’ a troubled social landlord was snubbed in favour of a merger with a larger housing association.

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Westminster Parliament government

Peers push back on Housing and Planning Bill

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Peers are pushing back on the government’s rejection of their amendments in the Housing and Planning Bill.

Westminster Parliament government

Government rejects Lords amendments

29/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected a number of the House of Lords’ amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, but has introduced some concessions to reflect concerns raised by peers.

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Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay ‘high-income’ thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years.

Birmingham

Inspector's decision flags planning system concerns

28/04/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

A planning inspector’s decision to sign off a development plan despite a 38,000-home shortfall has raised concerns about localised planning and could pave the way for more green belt development.

Westminster Parliament government

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock.

council house

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will allow social landlords to offer new tenancies of up to 10 years – rather than five – in a partial climbdown in the Housing and Planning Bill.

board room

ALMOs call for exemption from deregulatory plan

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) are calling on the government to exclude them from proposals to limit the influence of councils over registered providers.

measuring space standard

Government to review space standard

26/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has announced a review of how councils are using a new national space standard for housing.

homeless

Expert panel calls for homelessness duty

25/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A panel of experts has officially published its recommendations calling for the government to introduce new duties on councils to prevent homelessness.

Blocks of flats in a circle

Minister rejects calls for out-of-borough placement powers

21/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A minister has rejected London councils’ calls for greater freedom to house homeless people in cheaper areas.

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Care

Care worker

Cap 'threatens health and care integration'

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing bodies in Scotland have warned the “Local Housing Allowance cap” could derail the country’s health and social care integration agenda.

Deal

Consultancy acquires Canaccord Genuity team

27/04/2016

A social housing debt advisory team has been acquired by a global consultancy to create “one of the largest firms of independent financial advisors to the social housing sector in Europe”.

homeless

Manchester seeks greater homelessness powers

26/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority will seek greater freedoms over homelessness funding and allocations as part of the region’s next devolution agreement.

homeless

Expert panel calls for homelessness duty

25/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A panel of experts has officially published its recommendations calling for the government to introduce new duties on councils to prevent homelessness.

High Court

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

22/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A council’s policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court.

Universal credit

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

22/04/2016 | By News team

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government’s Universal Credit benefit, official statistics show.

Blocks of flats in a circle

Minister rejects calls for out-of-borough placement powers

21/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A minister has rejected London councils’ calls for greater freedom to house homeless people in cheaper areas.

house of lords

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

20/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those ‘who genuinely need it’, in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay.

wheelchair

Government extends fixed-term tenancies for disabled

19/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Councils will be able to grant longer tenancies of up to 10 years to people with disabilities, a peer speaking on behalf of the government has announced.

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Foxtons manager warns against letting to HB claimants

18/04/2016 | By Alex Berry

An estate agent tried to persuade a private landlord to cancel an agreement with an arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) to house people off its waiting list.

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Regulation

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Associations to develop 'alternative' merger code

03/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

A group of nine housing associations will work to develop an alternative to the National Housing Federation merger code.

Westminster Parliament government

Government rejects Lords amendments

29/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected a number of the House of Lords’ amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, but has introduced some concessions to reflect concerns raised by peers.

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Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay ‘high-income’ thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years.

council house

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will allow social landlords to offer new tenancies of up to 10 years – rather than five – in a partial climbdown in the Housing and Planning Bill.

HCA regulator social housing

HCA issues two governance downgrades

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The English social housing regulator has today downgraded the governance ratings of two housing associations.

board room

ALMOs call for exemption from deregulatory plan

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) are calling on the government to exclude them from proposals to limit the influence of councils over registered providers.

measuring space standard

Government to review space standard

26/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has announced a review of how councils are using a new national space standard for housing.

homeless

Manchester seeks greater homelessness powers

26/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority will seek greater freedoms over homelessness funding and allocations as part of the region’s next devolution agreement.

Derelict terrace house in Salford, UK, boarded up and awaiting demolition.

Scottish parties promise action on empty homes

25/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Political parties are pledging measures to tackle empty properties north of the border in the run-up to the Scottish parliamentary elections.

Universal credit

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

22/04/2016 | By News team

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government’s Universal Credit benefit, official statistics show.

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