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NHF calls for regulated body in supported housing review

29/06/2016 7:30 am | By Heather Spurr

Supported housing providers should register with an independent regulator to continue to access extra housing benefit, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said.

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Landlords warn against post Brexit welfare cuts

29/06/2016 11:53 am | By Heather Spurr

Low-income tenants will struggle to cope if the government implements a further round of benefit cuts following the Brexit vote, housing associations have warned.

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Tory MP to propose homelessness law

29/06/2016 9:58 am | By Heather Spurr

A Conservative MP is set to propose a new law placing stronger duties on councils to stop people becoming homeless.

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Regulator upgrades Circle's governance rating

29/06/2016 9:57 am | By Heather Spurr

The social housing regulator has upgraded the governance rating of a housing association, following its downgrade last year over its poor repairs service.

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Genesis rating slashed ahead of merger

29/06/2016 9:54 am | By Pete Apps

A housing association has had its credit rating slashed ahead of a major merger, due to a ‘substantial’ increase in development ambition and reliance on income from sales.

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Housing associations' outlooks 'negative' post vote

29/06/2016 9:07 am | By Pete Apps

A credit agency has changed the outlook for all the housing associations it rates to negative following the vote to leave the EU last week.

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Associations renegotiate following LOBO settlement

29/06/2016 7:30 am | By Gavriel Hollander

Two associations are in talks to renegotiate settlements after Barclay’s announced last week that it would redraw controversial ‘LOBO’ loans.

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Construction costs could rise up 12% following vote

28/06/2016 6:38 pm | By Tom Wall

Construction materials are likely to have increased by between 6% and 12% in the five days since Britain voted to leave the EU, putting building firms under pressure, a major contractor has warned.

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HCA confident of targets despite Brexit vote

28/06/2016 6:28 pm | By Martin Hilditch

The Homes and Communities Agency is confident that it will meet its housebuilding targets this year despite last week’s Brexit vote, according to its executive director in the North West.

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Direct commissioning pilots to create model for councils

28/06/2016 4:30 pm | By Sophie Barnes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) hopes to use its direct commissioning pilots to set up a housebuilding model that can be replicated by local authorities and other public sector organisations.

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Construction costs could rise up 12% following vote

28/06/2016 | By Tom Wall

Construction materials are likely to have increased by between 6% and 12% in the five days since Britain voted to leave the EU, putting building firms under pressure, a major contractor has warned.

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HCA confident of targets despite Brexit vote

28/06/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

The Homes and Communities Agency is confident that it will meet its housebuilding targets this year despite last week’s Brexit vote, according to its executive director in the North West.

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Direct commissioning pilots to create model for councils

28/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) hopes to use its direct commissioning pilots to set up a housebuilding model that can be replicated by local authorities and other public sector organisations.

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East faces 84,000-homes gap which Brexit could worsen

28/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

The East of England will have a shortfall of 84,000 homes in the next 10 years, Savills has said – a gap that the consultancy warned will grow if house builders respond to Brexit by slowing down construction.

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Affordable homes started in HCA schemes drop 19%

28/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

Just over 33,000 homes were started under government programmes outside of London in England during the last financial year – a drop of 19%.

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Orr: Government must be flexible following Leave vote

27/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has called for government flexibility over tenure, in the aftermath of last week’s referendum.

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Council sets up procurement process to attract small developers

27/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council plans to set up a procurement process to encourage small builders to develop sites of less than 15 homes in the area.

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Healey calls for government action to protect housing sector

24/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour has called on George Osborne to take “immediate steps” to shore up housebuilding following today’s Leave vote.

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Housing associations criticise council's reduced homes target

24/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations in York have criticised the local council for slashing the target number of homes and land for development in its Local Plan.

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EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

24/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union.

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Contracts may need to be altered post Brexit

28/06/2016 | By Corin Williams

Housing associations have been told they may need to increasingly alter their asset management services contracts in the wake of political and financial instability caused by the UK’s forthcoming exit from the EU.

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Materials supply framework launched

17/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

A buying club has launched its latest procurement framework – a list of materials suppliers for public sector organisations to access.

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Association to demolish new blocks due to defects

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

A housing association is to demolish 48 homes just six years after they were built after uncovering a wide range of defects in the development.

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Mitie grows profit in 'year of two halves'

23/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A major contractor has grown its operating profit from property management to £15.8m, despite a “year of two halves” in its social housing business.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'Variations' in association safety

17/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

The approach to fire and carbon monoxide safety “varies considerably” among housing associations, with better regulations needed.

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Non-profit company rescues troubled loan scheme

16/06/2016 | By Carl Brown

A social enterprise will step in to rescue a troubled loan scheme set up by housing associations.

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Giesen named Tpas chair

16/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

John Giesen has been named chair of Tpas

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'LHA cap': landlords toughen criteria for under 35s

16/06/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Jess McCabe

Nearly three in four housing associations to respond to an Inside Housing survey plan to change their allocations criteria for under-35s in response to the “Local Housing Allowance cap”.

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MPs: ministers must focus more on older people's housing

08/06/2016 | By Carl Brown

Ministers must stop focusing “exclusively” on young first-time buyers and increase the supply of older people’s housing to free up family homes, a report has said.

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Sleeping rough a 'lifestyle choice', council report says

07/06/2016 | By Carl Brown

Sleeping rough is now a lifestyle choice for some, according to a Northampton Borough Council report.

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CIH: Low LHA rates lock out claimants

13/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing benefit rates paid to claimants renting privately have fallen well below actual market rents - leaving claimants with no access to housing.

Elderly Accommodation Council to get £1.5 million

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

05/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall, the government has said.

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Housing officer jailed over homelessness fraud

04/05/2016 | By Pete Apps , Agencies

A council housing officer was jailed for five years today after a “sophisticated” fraud which saw her process 23 bogus homelessness applications.  

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

Moody's warns credit rating

Genesis rating slashed ahead of merger

29/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has had its credit rating slashed ahead of a major merger, due to a ‘substantial’ increase in development ambition and reliance on income from sales.

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Housing associations' outlooks 'negative' post vote

29/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

A credit agency has changed the outlook for all the housing associations it rates to negative following the vote to leave the EU last week.

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Associations renegotiate following LOBO settlement

29/06/2016 | By Gavriel Hollander

Two associations are in talks to renegotiate settlements after Barclay’s announced last week that it would redraw controversial ‘LOBO’ loans.

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East faces 84,000-homes gap which Brexit could worsen

28/06/2016 | By Jess McCabe

The East of England will have a shortfall of 84,000 homes in the next 10 years, Savills has said – a gap that the consultancy warned will grow if house builders respond to Brexit by slowing down construction.

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Social housing pension fears follow Leave vote

28/06/2016 | By Gavriel Hollander

Volatility in the stock exchange as a result of last week’s Brexit vote has raised fears that the deficit on the already underfunded Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) could leap yet again.

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Brexit vote prompts cash call warning

27/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The social housing regulator has warned that housing associations with complex financial instruments are likely to face cash calls at the end of the month, following the Brexit vote.

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EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

24/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union.

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Millions wiped off house builder shares after Leave vote

24/06/2016 | By Gavriel Hollander

Millions of pounds have been wiped off the value of house builders as shares plummeted in the wake of the Leave vote in the EU referendum.

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Credit ratings under threat following Brexit vote

24/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations’ credit ratings are under threat, as agencies warn of the negative consequences of the vote to leave the European Union (EU).

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Housing bodies warn of uncertainty following Leave vote

24/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing bodies have warned of the “uncertainty” which will impact the housing sector as a result of the vote to leave the European Union (EU).

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Healey: associations must find their voice again

10/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey has warned housing associations need to “find their voice again” after a failure to lobby effectively against the Housing and Planning Bill.

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Council to pay £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

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Ex-finance director faces voyeurism charges

26/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The ex-finance director of the largest housing association in Scotland has been charged with offences related to voyeurism.

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Court backs government planning policy

12/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Court of Appeal has backed a government decision to waive affordable housing requirements for small developments.

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'Blacklisting' case settled out of court

09/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Construction firms will pay £10m to workers who claimed they were blacklisted for union activities, concluding a long-running legal battle.

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DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

05/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall, the government has said.

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Housing officer jailed over homelessness fraud

04/05/2016 | By Pete Apps , Agencies

A council housing officer was jailed for five years today after a “sophisticated” fraud which saw her process 23 bogus homelessness applications.  

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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.

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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.

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NHF calls for regulated body in supported housing review

29/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Supported housing providers should register with an independent regulator to continue to access extra housing benefit, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said.

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London landlord launches major retirement drive

21/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association plans to quadruple its output of retirement housing, with a £150m drive into multi-tenure housing for older people.    

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Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

21/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit, a group of 100 housing associations has recommended.

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'LHA cap': landlords toughen criteria for under 35s

16/06/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Jess McCabe

Nearly three in four housing associations to respond to an Inside Housing survey plan to change their allocations criteria for under-35s in response to the “Local Housing Allowance cap”.

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Housing association CEO awarded MBE

13/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of Shepherds Bush Housing Group has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

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MPs: ministers must focus more on older people's housing

08/06/2016 | By Carl Brown

Ministers must stop focusing “exclusively” on young first-time buyers and increase the supply of older people’s housing to free up family homes, a report has said.

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MPs launch social care inquiry

07/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

MPs have launched an inquiry to scrutinise the financial stability and quality of adult social care.

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NAO: ‘Too many in hospital rather than at home’

26/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

A public spending watchdog has warned there are too many older people in hospital who do not need to be there, amid calls for a greater role for housing associations in tackling the problem.

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'Homes for Cathy' group launches

20/05/2016

A group of housing associations is planning a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the first showing of Cathy Come Home.

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DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit.

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Regulator upgrades Circle's governance rating

29/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The social housing regulator has upgraded the governance rating of a housing association, following its downgrade last year over its poor repairs service.

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CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

28/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has announced a drive to fix the “tension” between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy.

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SHR warns deregulation could hit lender confidence

20/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has warned the government that cutting back its powers to avoid reclassification of associations as public bodies could affect lender confidence.

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Charity Commission insists rules 'not onerous'

14/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The charity regulator has urged housing associations to think twice before they deregister with the body, saying its regulations are “not onerous”.

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Ashby to chair regulatory committee until 2018

13/06/2016 | By Carl Brown

Julian Ashby’s tenure as chair of the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA’s) Regulation Committee has been extended for a further 18 months.

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Scottish regulator ends association intervention

10/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A Scottish housing association is now free of regulatory intervention after making improvements to its governance and finances.

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'No link between large landlords and efficiency'

09/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

There is no clear link between the size of housing associations and lower running costs, a major report by the English social housing regulator has said.

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HCA announces tougher new approach to VFM

08/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The English social housing regulator has announced a tougher new approach to value for money, as research shows “concerning” unexplained cost variations in the sector.

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HCA downgrades two landlords

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades.

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Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government’s deregulation drive.

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