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Strike by staff at St Mungo's Broadway

Homelessness charity staff vote for second round of strikes

30/10/2014 1:28 pm | By Heather Spurr

Unite members in the midst of a pay dispute at homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway plan to strike for 10 days from Wednesday next week.

Financial district

Bond smashes sector record for cheapest ever debt

30/10/2014 12:58 pm | By Pete Apps

A £198.5m bond has smashed the sector record for the cheapest ever debt.

Money

'Opportunistic' lenders seek to push up spreads of bonds

30/10/2014 11:30 am | By Pete Apps

Opportunistic lenders have seized on recent turmoil in the pricing of government bonds to push up the cost of housing association debt.

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Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 10:05 am | By Laurna Robertson

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

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HCA to outsource viability assessment works

30/10/2014 0:00 am | By Nick Duxbury

The English social housing regulator is to outsource viability assessment work for up to 40 housing associations to consultants because of staff shortages.

planning application, homes, Scotland

Experts warn of 'chronic' land shortage in Northern Ireland

30/10/2014 0:00 am | By Daniel Douglas

A ‘chronic’ land availability crisis is emerging in Northern Ireland, experts have warned.

Howard Sinclair chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway

St Mungo's Broadway won't 'turn back the clock' on salary changes Video

29/10/2014 5:33 pm | By Heather Spurr

Britain’s largest homelessness charity has refused to turn ‘back the clock’ on changes to pay following a motion in parliament signed by MPs.

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34,000 sales under Help to Buy

30/10/2014 12:37 pm | By Heather Spurr

Nearly 34,000 homes have been bought under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme, figures published today reveal.

Building under construction

London council to build 99 new homes

30/10/2014 10:21 am | By Laurna Robertson

Ealing Council will be able to build 99 new homes after being granted permission to borrow £15.5m against its housing revenue account (HRA).

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Court rules against town hall on council tax scheme

29/10/2014 6:10 pm | By Heather Spurr

Councils across England may have to overhaul their procedures on reducing council tax support after a court ruled a London borough’s consultation was unlawful.

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Development

planning application, homes, Scotland

Experts warn of 'chronic' land shortage in Northern Ireland

30/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A ‘chronic’ land availability crisis is emerging in Northern Ireland, experts have warned.

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34,000 sales under Help to Buy

30/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly 34,000 homes have been bought under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme, figures published today reveal.

Building under construction

London council to build 99 new homes

30/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Ealing Council will be able to build 99 new homes after being granted permission to borrow £15.5m against its housing revenue account (HRA).

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Associations call on government to 'radically reform' Right to Buy

29/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are unable to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy and have called on government to ‘radically reform’ the policy.

HCA regulator social housing

Two London associations receive regulatory upgrades

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Two London housing associations previously in breach of regulatory standards have now been found to comply with Homes and Communities Agency rules.

Transport in London

Infrastructure is key to boosting homes in London

28/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Investment in infrastructure is essential for regeneration and boosting the number of homes built in London, according to a report by Savills.

Wheelchair illustration

New planning guidance for accessibility in London

28/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

New planning guidance for London has introduced new rules to ensure developments remain accessible.

Danny Alexander - Shelter lecture

Listen to Danny Alexander's ideas about solving the housing crisis

28/10/2014

How to solve the housing crisis is one of the key challenges facing the party voted into power in 2015. Danny Alexander explored how he would tackle the issue in a lecture he gave for Shelter Scotland last week.

Battersea power station

Contractor announced for second stage of Battersea redevelopment

28/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Skanska has won the contract for the second stage of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, which is estimated to be worth around £750 million.

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Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A major credit agency has warned that a proposed benefits freeze could lead to ‘downward pressure’ on rents and make it ‘increasingly difficult’ for housing associations to manage arrears.

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Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

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Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Four in 10 social housing tenants have cited better repairs and maintenance as their top priority for improving quality of life.

Battersea power station

Contractor announced for second stage of Battersea redevelopment

28/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Skanska has won the contract for the second stage of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, which is estimated to be worth around £750 million.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

money pot

London borough secures £150m EIB funding in new deal

27/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A new £1bn pot of lending for social housing, urban renewal and energy efficiency has been agreed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the London Green Fund (LGF).

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

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Call for action over low take up of government renewable heat scheme Video

24/10/2014

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has called for government action to help increase the take-up of renewable heat technology as figures show social landlords continue to ignore the scheme.

Liberal Democrat MP, Brent Central

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into a Liberal Democrat bill to outlaw ‘revenge’ evictions.

OLD PEOPLE

95% of England's housing stock not accessible for older people

24/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Just 5% of England’s housing stock is fully accessible to older people and a quarter of homes have no accessibility features at all, a think tank has warned.

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Tenancies

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Better repairs 'top priority' for social tenants

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Four in 10 social housing tenants have cited better repairs and maintenance as their top priority for improving quality of life.

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Charity campaigns for reform of 'outdated' private rented sector

29/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A campaign to reform the ‘outdated’ private rented sector in Scotland has been launched by a homelessness charity.

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Credit agency issues warning over two year benefit freeze

28/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A major credit agency has warned that a proposed benefits freeze could lead to ‘downward pressure’ on rents and make it ‘increasingly difficult’ for housing associations to manage arrears.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

Mike Biles

Housing ombudsman stands down after 13 years

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Mike Biles will retire as the housing ombudsman next Monday.

Refunds

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27/10/2014 | By Martin Hilditch , Carl Brown

A Kent housing association has used its unique ‘unregistered’ status to secure 788 tenants bedroom tax refunds worth in total more than £500,000.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

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Number of low paid workers reaches 5 million

27/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The number of British workers in low-paid jobs has reached a record 5 million, a think tank has found.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Rowley Road estate

Tribute paid for 'indefatigable advocate' of social tenants

27/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A tribute has been paid for Charlie Hedges, who served as a councillor for Kilburn for 16 years and was the chair of the Camden housing committee, who passed away last week.

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Eco

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Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

Battersea power station

Contractor announced for second stage of Battersea redevelopment

28/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Skanska has won the contract for the second stage of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, which is estimated to be worth around £750 million.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

money pot

London borough secures £150m EIB funding in new deal

27/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A new £1bn pot of lending for social housing, urban renewal and energy efficiency has been agreed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the London Green Fund (LGF).

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Meridian Water

First phase of London eco development approved

24/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Enfield Council has approved the first phase of a development that will provide 2,000 affordable and social homes.

Solar thermal tubes

Call for action over low take up of government renewable heat scheme Video

24/10/2014

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has called for government action to help increase the take-up of renewable heat technology as figures show social landlords continue to ignore the scheme.

energy bills

Energy bills are Britain's 'top financial concern'

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A survey by a partnership of leading businesses and charities has found that energy bills are the top financial concern for people in Britain, a report published today has revealed.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

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Finance

Financial district

Bond smashes sector record for cheapest ever debt

30/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A £198.5m bond has smashed the sector record for the cheapest ever debt.

Money

'Opportunistic' lenders seek to push up spreads of bonds

30/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Opportunistic lenders have seized on recent turmoil in the pricing of government bonds to push up the cost of housing association debt.

Stock pic of meter

Case for government investment to reduce fuel poverty is 'strong'

30/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The business case for government investment in a major home energy efficiency infrastructure programme is ‘strong’ and could result in £4.95bn financial savings for UK households by 2030, according to a report released today.

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HCA to outsource viability assessment works

30/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

The English social housing regulator is to outsource viability assessment work for up to 40 housing associations to consultants because of staff shortages.

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34,000 sales under Help to Buy

30/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly 34,000 homes have been bought under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme, figures published today reveal.

Building under construction

London council to build 99 new homes

30/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Ealing Council will be able to build 99 new homes after being granted permission to borrow £15.5m against its housing revenue account (HRA).

CE, Home Group

Landlords miss out on multi-million pound probation contracts

29/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two housing providers bidding to manage multi-million pound probation contracts have been overlooked by government

building homes

Associations call on government to 'radically reform' Right to Buy

29/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are unable to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy and have called on government to ‘radically reform’ the policy.

HCA regulator social housing

Two London associations receive regulatory upgrades

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Two London housing associations previously in breach of regulatory standards have now been found to comply with Homes and Communities Agency rules.

Executive board member, Harvest Housing Group

Housing association axes deputy CEO post in restructure

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Your Housing Group’s deputy chief executive will be made redundant at the end of the year as part of a restructure.

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Legal

Gavel

ALMO fraud inquiry dropped

29/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

An inquiry into allegations of fraud at a London arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) has been dropped.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

Refunds

Housing association secures refunds for 788 bedroom tax tenants

27/10/2014 | By Martin Hilditch , Carl Brown

A Kent housing association has used its unique ‘unregistered’ status to secure 788 tenants bedroom tax refunds worth in total more than £500,000.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Liberal Democrat MP, Brent Central

MPs launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill

24/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into a Liberal Democrat bill to outlaw ‘revenge’ evictions.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

High court

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps , Daniel Douglas

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

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Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

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Care

Strike by staff at St Mungo's Broadway

Homelessness charity staff vote for second round of strikes

30/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Unite members in the midst of a pay dispute at homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway plan to strike for 10 days from Wednesday next week.

Howard Sinclair chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway

St Mungo's Broadway won't 'turn back the clock' on salary changes Video

29/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Britain’s largest homelessness charity has refused to turn ‘back the clock’ on changes to pay following a motion in parliament signed by MPs.

CE, Home Group

Landlords miss out on multi-million pound probation contracts

29/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two housing providers bidding to manage multi-million pound probation contracts have been overlooked by government

Wheelchair illustration

New planning guidance for accessibility in London

28/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

New planning guidance for London has introduced new rules to ensure developments remain accessible.

Danny Alexander - Shelter lecture

Listen to Danny Alexander's ideas about solving the housing crisis

28/10/2014

How to solve the housing crisis is one of the key challenges facing the party voted into power in 2015. Danny Alexander explored how he would tackle the issue in a lecture he gave for Shelter Scotland last week.

Stethoscope

Only 36% of councils refer to homelessness within health plans

28/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Urgent action is needed to tackle health problems among homeless people, a report by St Mungo’s Broadway warns. 

Charles Fraser

EXCLUSIVE: £160,000 payout for former homelessness charity chief

28/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The former chief executive of a strike-hit homelessness charity received a pay-out of nearly £160,000 when he stepped down this year, recent accounts reveal.

Man in hooded jacket

Study finds anti-social behaviour a symptom of homelessness

28/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Anti-social behaviour is often a consequence rather than the cause of homelessness, according to research by Northumbria University.

St Mungo's strike

Round-up of our St Mungo's Broadway and Unite dispute coverage

27/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A round-up of Inside Housing’s coverage of the vote of no confidence in St Mungo’s Broadway by a trade union over pay, subsequent strikes and the potential fall outs following the disagreement.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

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Regulation

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HCA to outsource viability assessment works

30/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

The English social housing regulator is to outsource viability assessment work for up to 40 housing associations to consultants because of staff shortages.

HCA regulator social housing

Two London associations receive regulatory upgrades

29/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Two London housing associations previously in breach of regulatory standards have now been found to comply with Homes and Communities Agency rules.

Michael Gelling

Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

Mike Biles

Housing ombudsman stands down after 13 years

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Mike Biles will retire as the housing ombudsman next Monday.

NIFHA

Video round-up from the NIFHA conference Video

27/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There were a flurry of announcements at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference last week, but Inside Housing spoke to seven of the attendees to see what the hot topics were for them.

House of Commons

What's on in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 Oct

27/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week – 27 - 31 October

Labour Party MP

Lyons' proposals will 'cost too much', experts warn

24/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A recommendation from a Labour-commissioned review that ‘affordable’ rents reflect local incomes will be too costly and difficult for councils to achieve, experts have warned.

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Regulation of Northern Ireland's social landlords to become less 'intrusive'

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A loosening of the regulatory burden for housing associations in Northern Ireland may be in place by next year with an independent regulator a possibility for the longer term, the social development minister announced today.

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EXCLUSIVE: Two G15 landlords enter merger talks

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two G15 landlords are in merger talks over a deal which would create a new 40,000-home landlord in London.

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Troubled landlord set for imminent merger

23/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

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