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Tony Stacey

'Don't assume Labour supports social rent' warns Stacey

21/11/2014 1:50 pm | By Pete Apps

The housing sector should not assume that Labour supports a return to social rent, the chair of an umbrella-group of housing associations has warned. 

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals

21/11/2014 1:38 pm | By Pete Apps

Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 

elderly care home

Association sells home care company to director

21/11/2014 9:40 am | By Heather Spurr

A housing association’s business specialising in home care has been sold to one of its directors.

Wheatley Group

Scottish giant raises £300m on the bond market

21/11/2014 9:19 am

Scotland’s biggest social landlord has raised £300m on the bond market.

Newly built homes

EXCLUSIVE: Tenant satisfaction dips at UK's largest associations

21/11/2014 9:08 am | By Pete Apps

Research reveals 40% of the 50 biggest associations show fall

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Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21/11/2014 9:03 am | By Heather Spurr

Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned.

Right to buy sales

23,000 homes sold under revived right to buy

20/11/2014 3:08 pm | By Carl Brown

Nearly 23,000 social homes have been sold for a total of £1.5bn under the right to buy since the coalition government increased the discounts in 2012.

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London borough's tenants opt for council management of homes

20/11/2014 10:25 am | By Carl Brown

Council tenants in Hackney have voted for the management of their homes to return to the local authority.

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Stereotypes about social tenants 'simply wrong', report claims

19/11/2014 4:09 pm | By Pete Apps

The majority of social tenants able to work are in employment, while lone parents and migrants experience no advantage in securing a social home.

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Jump in homes for market rent or sale funded through HCA Video

20/11/2014 1:50 pm | By Daniel Douglas

There has been a 40.6% rise in the number of homes completed for market rent or sale through Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) programmes, statistics released today show.

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Development

Tony Stacey

'Don't assume Labour supports social rent' warns Stacey

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The housing sector should not assume that Labour supports a return to social rent, the chair of an umbrella-group of housing associations has warned. 

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 

Wheatley Group

Scottish giant raises £300m on the bond market

21/11/2014

Scotland’s biggest social landlord has raised £300m on the bond market.

Stock pic of cranes

Jump in homes for market rent or sale funded through HCA Video

20/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There has been a 40.6% rise in the number of homes completed for market rent or sale through Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) programmes, statistics released today show.

London housing strategy

London could become 'preserve of the super-rich'

19/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

London could become the ‘preserve of the super-rich’ unless more homes are built in the capital, warns an umbrella-group for housing associations.

planner plan housebuilding

Planning and housing hardest hit by council cuts, says NAO

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Councils’ planning and housing services will be the hardest hit in five years of successive cuts to local authority budgets by 2015, an official report has revealed.

UK construction

Spare public land 'could support 2m new homes'

18/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Two million new homes could be built on surplus or underused public land, a consultancy has estimated.

Cranes

'Dispose of land for housing' minister tells health bosses

18/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A health minister has written to all NHS trusts to encourage them to look at making surplus land available for development of housing.

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18/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

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Travellers face inequality

Gypsy and Traveller group 'doesn't need to meet' argues minister

17/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A junior minister said a ministerial working group has ‘not needed to meet’ in order to implement policies to help Gypsies and Travellers.

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Repairs

Gas safety

Fresh hope for Gas Access campaign as Lewis agrees to talks

20/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Brandon Lewis has agreed to meet campaigners calling for gas access law changes for housing associations.

Gas hob

Home destroyed in gas explosion

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A four-year-old girl and her father were pulled alive from the rubble after a family home was destroyed in a gas explosion in Southampton yesterday.

planner plan housebuilding

Planning and housing hardest hit by council cuts, says NAO

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Councils’ planning and housing services will be the hardest hit in five years of successive cuts to local authority budgets by 2015, an official report has revealed.

Wates roof build

Wates buys £30m-turnover maintenance business

17/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Wates Group has bought a £30m-turnover maintenance business for an undisclosed fee in a bid to boost its affordable housing maintenance arm.

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What's on in housing sector this week 17 - 21 Nov

17/11/2014 | By Kate Youde

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 17 - 21 November

Welsh housing

99% rise in Welsh empty homes brough back into use

12/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Wales has dramatically increased the number of empty homes brought back into use in the past year, according to research released today.

Man in wheelchair

Thousands of wheelchair users waiting for social housing

11/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Almost 24,000 wheelchair users in the UK are waiting for social housing because of a ‘massive shortfall’ in accessible homes, a national charity has warned. 

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Labour: landlords should take over ECO funding

11/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A Labour government would empower social landlords to take over responsibility for spending hundreds of millions of pounds of energy efficiency cash from energy companies.

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A housing charity is leading a consortium of social landlords to make the sector’s first foray into using ‘big data’ from half a million homes to predict properties at risk of rent arrears.

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Social landlords plan groundbreaking energy company

07/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Scottish social landlords on brink of founding energy company for tenants

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Tenancies

Tony Stacey

'Don't assume Labour supports social rent' warns Stacey

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The housing sector should not assume that Labour supports a return to social rent, the chair of an umbrella-group of housing associations has warned. 

Amusement arcade machine with DWP logo

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned.

generic pic of flats

Stereotypes about social tenants 'simply wrong', report claims

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The majority of social tenants able to work are in employment, while lone parents and migrants experience no advantage in securing a social home.

Southwark Council is reviewing its evictions

Judgement prompts council to review evictions

20/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Southwark Council has slammed a court judgement which found its staff conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant- but is nevertheless reviewing all evictions since April 2013.

Gas hob

Home destroyed in gas explosion

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A four-year-old girl and her father were pulled alive from the rubble after a family home was destroyed in a gas explosion in Southampton yesterday.

London housing strategy

London could become 'preserve of the super-rich'

19/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

London could become the ‘preserve of the super-rich’ unless more homes are built in the capital, warns an umbrella-group for housing associations.

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Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Scotland needs a more ‘coherent approach’ to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, an influential group of housing associations has said.

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18/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

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Housing association plans sale of 1,200 homes

18/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest housing associations will sell 1,200 of its homes as it exits more than a quarter of the council areas it operates in.

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Church leaders: Bedroom tax has 'cultural disregard' for poor

18/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Church leaders are set to launch an assault on the bedroom tax saying it has shown an ‘almost a cultural disregard for the lives of the poor’.

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Eco

Newly built homes

EXCLUSIVE: Tenant satisfaction dips at UK's largest associations

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Research reveals 40% of the 50 biggest associations show fall

ballot box

London borough's tenants opt for council management of homes

20/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Council tenants in Hackney have voted for the management of their homes to return to the local authority.

westminster autumn

What's on in housing sector this week 17 - 21 Nov

17/11/2014 | By Kate Youde

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 17 - 21 November

energy bills

Landlords owning 1m homes could join energy company

14/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Landlords owning a million homes are considering joining a nationwide energy company to sell low cost power to tenants.

technology

Council homes involved in 'world-first' energy pilot

14/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

More than 300 Wigan Borough Council homes are involved in the pilot of a smart energy system, which has never been used elsewhere in the world.

Charles and Brandon

Prince of Wales: communities must be involved in regeneration

12/11/2014 | By Dawn Foster

The Prince of Wales warned today that developers must include communities in development plans, in research launched to coincide with #HousingDay.

Solar thermal tubes

Renewable heating scheme reformed for social landlords

11/11/2014 | By Cherelle Augustus

Changes to rules around a green heating incentive scheme will make it easier for social landlords to make money from generating renewable heat, the government has claimed. 

House from the grass with solar panels on the roof, isolated on white.

Labour: landlords should take over ECO funding

11/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A Labour government would empower social landlords to take over responsibility for spending hundreds of millions of pounds of energy efficiency cash from energy companies.

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A housing charity is leading a consortium of social landlords to make the sector’s first foray into using ‘big data’ from half a million homes to predict properties at risk of rent arrears.

Countryside

Government is 'friend to the builders and ruined the countryside'

10/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The coalition government has been accused of ruining the countryside and being the ‘friend’ of builders and developers by the former head of the conservation charity the National Trust. 

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Finance

Tony Stacey

'Don't assume Labour supports social rent' warns Stacey

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The housing sector should not assume that Labour supports a return to social rent, the chair of an umbrella-group of housing associations has warned. 

elderly care home

Association sells home care company to director

21/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association’s business specialising in home care has been sold to one of its directors.

Wheatley Group

Scottish giant raises £300m on the bond market

21/11/2014

Scotland’s biggest social landlord has raised £300m on the bond market.

Money

EXCLUSIVE: Sharp rise in turnover from commercial activity

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

The share of turnover generated by purely commercial activity rose sharply last year among the sector’s biggest landlords, exclusive Inside Housing analysis reveals.

planner plan housebuilding

Planning and housing hardest hit by council cuts, says NAO

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Councils’ planning and housing services will be the hardest hit in five years of successive cuts to local authority budgets by 2015, an official report has revealed.

Chancellor of the exchequer

Government failed to reduce housing benefit bill  Video

18/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has not achieved its aim of cutting housing benefit by £2bn by 2015 and instead has seen spending rise by nearly £1bn over the last four years, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows. 

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18/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

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Neil Hadden chief executive of Genesis

Housing association plans sale of 1,200 homes

18/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest housing associations will sell 1,200 of its homes as it exits more than a quarter of the council areas it operates in.

Old woman at window

Social landlord quits Supporting People market

17/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Amicus Horizon has become the latest non-specialist social landlord to pull out of providing supported housing services due to council budget cuts.

Wates roof build

Wates buys £30m-turnover maintenance business

17/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Wates Group has bought a £30m-turnover maintenance business for an undisclosed fee in a bid to boost its affordable housing maintenance arm.

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Legal

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 

Southwark Council is reviewing its evictions

Judgement prompts council to review evictions

20/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Southwark Council has slammed a court judgement which found its staff conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant- but is nevertheless reviewing all evictions since April 2013.

London

Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear

19/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

rough sleeping in London is down

Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

Canongate empty flats 01

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Scotland needs a more ‘coherent approach’ to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, an influential group of housing associations has said.

Cranes

'Dispose of land for housing' minister tells health bosses

18/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A health minister has written to all NHS trusts to encourage them to look at making surplus land available for development of housing.

Travellers face inequality

Gypsy and Traveller group 'doesn't need to meet' argues minister

17/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A junior minister said a ministerial working group has ‘not needed to meet’ in order to implement policies to help Gypsies and Travellers.

westminster autumn

What's on in housing sector this week 17 - 21 Nov

17/11/2014 | By Kate Youde

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 17 - 21 November

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Tenant evictions reach an all-time high

14/11/2014 | By Kate Youde

The number of tenants being evicted from their homes is at a record high, according to the latest government figures.

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Council allocation policies challenged by court ruling Video

14/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Court of Appeal ruling could have implications for English councils

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Care

elderly care home

Association sells home care company to director

21/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association’s business specialising in home care has been sold to one of its directors.

Amusement arcade machine with DWP logo

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned.

London

Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear

19/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

London housing strategy

London could become 'preserve of the super-rich'

19/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

London could become the ‘preserve of the super-rich’ unless more homes are built in the capital, warns an umbrella-group for housing associations.

rough sleeping in London is down

Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

planner plan housebuilding

Planning and housing hardest hit by council cuts, says NAO

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Councils’ planning and housing services will be the hardest hit in five years of successive cuts to local authority budgets by 2015, an official report has revealed.

Chancellor of the exchequer

Government failed to reduce housing benefit bill  Video

18/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has not achieved its aim of cutting housing benefit by £2bn by 2015 and instead has seen spending rise by nearly £1bn over the last four years, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows. 

Cranes

'Dispose of land for housing' minister tells health bosses

18/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A health minister has written to all NHS trusts to encourage them to look at making surplus land available for development of housing.

Voting box

You vote: we investigate Video

18/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Is there a burning issue that Inside Housing should be covering? Vote for Inside Housing’s next infographic

church cross

Church leaders: Bedroom tax has 'cultural disregard' for poor

18/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Church leaders are set to launch an assault on the bedroom tax saying it has shown an ‘almost a cultural disregard for the lives of the poor’.

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Regulation

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Housing association receives second downgrade in three months

20/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has received a second regulatory downgrade in the space of three months following board disputes and incorrectly authorised cheque payments.

London

Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear

19/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

rough sleeping in London is down

Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

Canongate empty flats 01

Scotland needs a more 'coherent approach' to welfare reform

18/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Scotland needs a more ‘coherent approach’ to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, an influential group of housing associations has said.

Chancellor of the exchequer

Government failed to reduce housing benefit bill  Video

18/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has not achieved its aim of cutting housing benefit by £2bn by 2015 and instead has seen spending rise by nearly £1bn over the last four years, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows. 

Voting box

You vote: we investigate Video

18/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Is there a burning issue that Inside Housing should be covering? Vote for Inside Housing’s next infographic

church cross

Church leaders: Bedroom tax has 'cultural disregard' for poor

18/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Church leaders are set to launch an assault on the bedroom tax saying it has shown an ‘almost a cultural disregard for the lives of the poor’.

rent increase

Landlords face losing millions after giving up on waivers

17/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Several social landlords are taking financial hits running into millions of pounds after abandoning hope of securing exemptions from the housing regulator to forthcoming rent changes.

westminster autumn

What's on in housing sector this week 17 - 21 Nov

17/11/2014 | By Kate Youde

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 17 - 21 November

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DWP to deduct up to 20% from tenants' benefits if they fall into arrears

14/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Landlords will be able to recover up to 20% of universal credit payments from tenants who fail to pay their rent, the government has announced.

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