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Chair, CLG

Housing ombudsman candidate backed by CLG committee

18/12/2014 2:30 pm | By Laurna Robertson

The communities and local government (CLG) committee has endorsed the appointment of Denise Fowler as the new housing ombudsman.

Terrie Alafat

EXCLUSIVE: Chartered Institute of Housing announces new CEO

18/12/2014 12:05 pm | By Carl Brown

Terrie Alafat has been appointed the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 9:21 am | By Daniel Douglas

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

court door

Tenant given suspended sentence for sub-letting social home

18/12/2014 1:00 pm | By Henry Bird

A social housing tenant has been convicted of running a benefits scam by sub-letting his home.

Southwark new council homes delivery

Council releases map of 1,500 planned homes

18/12/2014 12:34 pm | By Laurna Robertson

Southwark Council has released a map of where it plans to build or convert 1,500 new homes over the next four years.

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ECO funds 97% of government-backed energy efficiency measures

18/12/2014 12:14 pm | By Pete Apps

One million energy efficiency measures have been installed under government schemes, with 97% of these funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Stormont

PWC: Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18/12/2014 10:09 am | By Daniel Douglas

The draft budget for Northern Ireland ‘does not really balance’ and fails to account for welfare reform penalties, according to a report by accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper.

Paul Dimoldenberg

London borough accused of 'exporting' its housing crisis Video

18/12/2014 9:48 am | By Daniel Douglas

Westminster council has been accused by its Labour councillors of ‘exporting the housing crisis to other boroughs’ through moving nearly half of its homeless families out of area.

Old Oak

Development corporation to help build 24,000 homes in London

18/12/2014 9:11 am | By Pete Apps

The Greater London Authority is planning to set up a development corporation to build up to 24,000 homes in west London.

House of Commons

Minister claims waiting list reductions 'show bedroom tax is working'

17/12/2014 5:51 pm | By Pete Apps

A government minister has claimed reduced social housing waiting lists provide evidence that the bedroom tax is working.

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Development

Southwark new council homes delivery

Council releases map of 1,500 planned homes

18/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Southwark Council has released a map of where it plans to build or convert 1,500 new homes over the next four years.

Old Oak

Development corporation to help build 24,000 homes in London

18/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Greater London Authority is planning to set up a development corporation to build up to 24,000 homes in west London.

Building under construction

EXCLUSIVE: Landlords step up for build to rent cash

17/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations are set to build hundreds of private rented homes under a flagship government funding programme after profit-making firms withdrew bids.

planning application, homes, Scotland

MPs: Planning system 'leading to unsuitable development'

16/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The current planning system is leading to unsustainable and unsuitable developments in some areas, a parliamentary report has found.

Linden Homes Welcomes Prime Minister To Boxgrove Gardens, Guildford to announce housing strategy

Cameron pledges 100k discounted homes for under 40s

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Prime minister David Cameron will launch today a scheme to offer 100,000 first-time buyers under the age of 40 new homes with a 20% discount.

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

Labour Party MP

Labour would scrap New Homes Bonus if elected

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Ed Milliband would scrap the New Homes Bonus if Labour gain power in next year’s election.

KEYS

Shared ownership needs to rebrand to attract investors

12/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Shared ownership needs to be rebranded and simplified if institutional investors are to be tempted in. This is the finding of an interim report published on Monday by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Orbit Group.

Brandon Lewis MP

Manager announced for £3.5bn private rented sector guarantees fund

11/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government has announced a manager for its long awaited £3.5bn guarantees fund for new private rented sector (PRS) homes.

Amusement arcade machine with DWP logo

Landlord secures record 30-year loan deal

11/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

A Welsh social landlord has secured a £12.5m loan in what is understood to be the sector’s cheapest ever long term finance.

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Repairs

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

Stock pic of meter

ECO funds 97% of government-backed energy efficiency measures

18/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

One million energy efficiency measures have been installed under government schemes, with 97% of these funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Emma Reynolds CIH conference

Labour backing for gas access law change

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

Emma Reynolds is backing a change to the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes for gas safety checks.

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

Loft insultation

Millions to make homes warmer allocated to councils

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Government has allocated a large chunk of its £60m home energy efficiency fund.

Asthma

Research finds link between energy efficient homes and asthma

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research by the University of Exeter Medical School

fuel poverty

Government urged to increase fuel poverty fund as millions go without heating

11/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

Millions of people will be forced to switch off their heating this winter due to spiralling energy costs, a social landlord has warned, and the government has been urged to increase the Warm Homes Discount.

Safe and Decent Homes

Call for three-pronged approach to provide 'stable' private rented sector

10/12/2014

More than 60% of private rented sector tenants have experienced a significant problem with their property in the past 12 months, including damp, mould or animal infestations.

Pic of water boiler

'Prescribe a boiler' scheme extended across north east

10/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

A ground breaking scheme where a housing association installs boilers prescribed by GPs will be extended across the north east after a successful pilot.

Insulation contractor cutting insulation to install in the wall

Association stumps up millions of its own cash in retrofit drive

09/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

A social landlord will plunge more than £15m of its own resources into an ambitious energy efficiency programme to make up a shortfall in green subsidy funding.

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Tenancies

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

court door

Tenant given suspended sentence for sub-letting social home

18/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

A social housing tenant has been convicted of running a benefits scam by sub-letting his home.

Paul Dimoldenberg

London borough accused of 'exporting' its housing crisis Video

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Westminster council has been accused by its Labour councillors of ‘exporting the housing crisis to other boroughs’ through moving nearly half of its homeless families out of area.

Tai Calon homes

Social housing repossessions up 12% in Wales

17/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

There has been a 12% rise in social housing repossessions in Wales this year, according to a leading homelessness charity.

Building under construction

EXCLUSIVE: Landlords step up for build to rent cash

17/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations are set to build hundreds of private rented homes under a flagship government funding programme after profit-making firms withdrew bids.

Calendar with circled date

Percentage of affordable rents goes up

16/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rent tenancies account for more than a fifth of general needs lettings by housing associations, the latest government data has revealed.

Ilo

Only 'small number' of benefit capped tenants have moved house

16/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Only a ‘small number’ of tenants hit by the benefit cap have responded by moving house, a think tank report has said.

Emma Reynolds CIH conference

Labour backing for gas access law change

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

Emma Reynolds is backing a change to the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes for gas safety checks.

Aerial London

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

15/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London.

Packing cases

More research needed on 'revenge evictions', says group of MPs

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping ‘revenge evictions’ and more research should be done on the scale of the problem, according to a group of MPs.

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Eco

Stock pic of meter

ECO funds 97% of government-backed energy efficiency measures

18/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

One million energy efficiency measures have been installed under government schemes, with 97% of these funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

Loft insultation

Millions to make homes warmer allocated to councils

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Government has allocated a large chunk of its £60m home energy efficiency fund.

Ilo

Green Deal fund fully allocated a day after launch

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has run out of cash just a day after it opened in what has been described as ‘the latest gold rush’.

Asthma

Research finds link between energy efficient homes and asthma

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research by the University of Exeter Medical School

fuel poverty

Government urged to increase fuel poverty fund as millions go without heating

11/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

Millions of people will be forced to switch off their heating this winter due to spiralling energy costs, a social landlord has warned, and the government has been urged to increase the Warm Homes Discount.

Safe and Decent Homes

Call for three-pronged approach to provide 'stable' private rented sector

10/12/2014

More than 60% of private rented sector tenants have experienced a significant problem with their property in the past 12 months, including damp, mould or animal infestations.

Pic of water boiler

'Prescribe a boiler' scheme extended across north east

10/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

A ground breaking scheme where a housing association installs boilers prescribed by GPs will be extended across the north east after a successful pilot.

fuel poverty

Households in fuel poverty require 'additional policies'

10/12/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Families living in poverty will need additional help to pay their fuel bills, an influential committee said today.

DECC is seeking to change RHI application process

DECC seeks change to renewable heat scheme application process

10/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is seeking to change the ‘onerous’ way in which social landlords make applications for the renewable heat incentive (RHI).

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Finance

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

Stormont

PWC: Budget has a 'serious omission' on welfare reform penalties

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The draft budget for Northern Ireland ‘does not really balance’ and fails to account for welfare reform penalties, according to a report by accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper.

Chair, HCA regulation comittee

Ashby: Sector must show value for money

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

The chair of the English social housing regulator says the social housing sector still lacks an ‘understanding’ of the need to demonstrate value for money to a sceptical public.

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Landlord receives downgrade over value for money failure

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has had its governance rating downgraded for failing to follow value for money rules.

Building under construction

EXCLUSIVE: Landlords step up for build to rent cash

17/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations are set to build hundreds of private rented homes under a flagship government funding programme after profit-making firms withdrew bids.

Money

Local government bond aggregator could be used for housing

16/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

A new bond aggregating service for local councils could provide cheap loans to small housing associations, with one £60m deal already in the pipeline.

HCA regulator social housing

Hostel provider 'breached regulatory standards'

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A small hostel operator has breached regulatory standards and is being helped by a larger landlord after finding it had ‘unanticipated’ liabilities.

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

Pic of arm holding a bag of money

Moody's: Housing association turnover to hit £8.1bn by 2016

12/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

The total turnover of housing associations in England will grow by 10% to hit £8.1bn by 2016, a credit agency has predicted.

Ilo

Green Deal fund fully allocated a day after launch

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has run out of cash just a day after it opened in what has been described as ‘the latest gold rush’.

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Legal

fraud

Council publishes damning report into ALMO fraud allegations

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Weaknesses leading to alleged fraud and corruption at a social landlord were allowed to ‘fester’ due to ‘ineffective leadership’, according to a damning report published by Hounslow Council.

court door

Tenant given suspended sentence for sub-letting social home

18/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

A social housing tenant has been convicted of running a benefits scam by sub-letting his home.

Supreme Court

'Homelessness vulnerability test creating "north-south" divide'

17/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A commonly-used test to assess the vulnerability of homeless people is ‘absurdly harsh’ and is creating a ‘north-south’ divide in terms of housing decisions, charities argued this week in the Supreme Court.

Rachel Reeves

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today.

Canongate empty flats 07

Scottish associations reject FOI call

17/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

The body representing Scottish housing associations has warned that subjecting its members to freedom of information laws would have a detrimental effect on other areas of their work.

Packing cases

More research needed on 'revenge evictions', says group of MPs

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping ‘revenge evictions’ and more research should be done on the scale of the problem, according to a group of MPs.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court case into homeless 'vulnerability test' begins

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Supreme Court case into how councils assess the vulnerability of homeless people – which could be the most major homelessness case in years - will start today.

Linden Homes Welcomes Prime Minister To Boxgrove Gardens, Guildford to announce housing strategy

Cameron pledges 100k discounted homes for under 40s

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Prime minister David Cameron will launch today a scheme to offer 100,000 first-time buyers under the age of 40 new homes with a 20% discount.

CE, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

SFHA part of Smith Commission stakeholder group

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has been invited to be a part of the stakeholder group to support the draft legislation of further devolution for Scotland.

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

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Care

Paul Dimoldenberg

London borough accused of 'exporting' its housing crisis Video

18/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Westminster council has been accused by its Labour councillors of ‘exporting the housing crisis to other boroughs’ through moving nearly half of its homeless families out of area.

Supreme Court

'Homelessness vulnerability test creating "north-south" divide'

17/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A commonly-used test to assess the vulnerability of homeless people is ‘absurdly harsh’ and is creating a ‘north-south’ divide in terms of housing decisions, charities argued this week in the Supreme Court.

Tai Calon homes

Social housing repossessions up 12% in Wales

17/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

There has been a 12% rise in social housing repossessions in Wales this year, according to a leading homelessness charity.

Shelter strike

Shelter staff strike suspended

16/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

A strike at homelessness charity Shelter has been suspended following last-ditch negotiations.

Ilo

Only 'small number' of benefit capped tenants have moved house

16/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Only a ‘small number’ of tenants hit by the benefit cap have responded by moving house, a think tank report has said.

HCA regulator social housing

Hostel provider 'breached regulatory standards'

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A small hostel operator has breached regulatory standards and is being helped by a larger landlord after finding it had ‘unanticipated’ liabilities.

Aerial London

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

15/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London.

Packing cases

More research needed on 'revenge evictions', says group of MPs

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Legislation might not be the best way of stopping ‘revenge evictions’ and more research should be done on the scale of the problem, according to a group of MPs.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court case into homeless 'vulnerability test' begins

15/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Supreme Court case into how councils assess the vulnerability of homeless people – which could be the most major homelessness case in years - will start today.

christmas party

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 Dec

15/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 December 2014.

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Regulation

Chair, CLG

Housing ombudsman candidate backed by CLG committee

18/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The communities and local government (CLG) committee has endorsed the appointment of Denise Fowler as the new housing ombudsman.

Rachel Reeves

Labour to push for vote to repeal bedroom tax

17/12/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Labour is hoping to push through a vote on repealing the bedroom tax in an opposition day debate today.

Chair, HCA regulation comittee

Ashby: Sector must show value for money

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

The chair of the English social housing regulator says the social housing sector still lacks an ‘understanding’ of the need to demonstrate value for money to a sceptical public.

File tab marked Regulations

Landlord receives downgrade over value for money failure

17/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has had its governance rating downgraded for failing to follow value for money rules.

Canongate empty flats 07

Scottish associations reject FOI call

17/12/2014 | By Henry Bird

The body representing Scottish housing associations has warned that subjecting its members to freedom of information laws would have a detrimental effect on other areas of their work.

Calendar with circled date

Percentage of affordable rents goes up

16/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rent tenancies account for more than a fifth of general needs lettings by housing associations, the latest government data has revealed.

planning application, homes, Scotland

MPs: Planning system 'leading to unsuitable development'

16/12/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The current planning system is leading to unsustainable and unsuitable developments in some areas, a parliamentary report has found.

Ilo

Only 'small number' of benefit capped tenants have moved house

16/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Only a ‘small number’ of tenants hit by the benefit cap have responded by moving house, a think tank report has said.

HCA regulator social housing

Hostel provider 'breached regulatory standards'

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A small hostel operator has breached regulatory standards and is being helped by a larger landlord after finding it had ‘unanticipated’ liabilities.

Aerial London

Benefit claimants 'forced out of central London'

15/12/2014 | By Pete Apps

Low income families are being forced out of the capital, Labour has said, after revealing a 27% drop in housing benefit claimants in central London.

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Poll

Will David Cameron's new scheme for 100,000 homes for first time buyers under 40 help with the housing crisis?