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Earls Court developer 'ignored house price rises'

30/09/2014 10:15 am | By Pete Apps

The developer of an £8bn regeneration scheme in west London ‘ignored’ future house prices rises as it sought to persuade a council to minimise the level of affordable housing, an independent report said.

Stethoscope

CQC mulls regulation of GPs' homelessness provision

30/09/2014 0:00 am | By Heather Spurr

A health watchdog is considering changing its regulation methods in a bid to improve homeless people’s access to GP practices.

A rundown estate in Bradford

New anti-social behaviour laws delayed

30/09/2014 1:32 pm | By Daniel Douglas

The government has delayed the introduction of new anti-social behaviour injunctions in order to ensure minors have access to legal aid to challenge them.

Ilo

Landlords sign £500,000 deal to help explain patients' concerns

30/09/2014 1:19 pm | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations have signed a £500,000 deal with the Department of Health to pilot a scheme which aims to help health providers understand patients’ concerns.

Chance to win £500 Marks & Spencer vouchers

30/09/2014 9:23 am

Landlords now have a chance to give their views on the future of delivering repairs and maintenance services – and win £500 Marks & Spencer vouchers.

Angela Carter Close, Brixton

Landlords receive £4.5m energy efficiency boost

30/09/2014 8:59 am | By Emily Twinch

The Scottish government has today announced which organisations will receive £4.5m for more than 1,600 homes to be made more energy efficient.

A2 Dominion issues £150m retail bond

WHG raises £250m on bond market

30/09/2014 8:32 am | By Carl Brown

A Midlands housing association has raised £250m on the bond market.

Iain Duncan Smith

Government considering pre-paid cards for benefits

29/09/2014 6:49 pm

The government is considering introducing pre-paid cards for benefit payments, Iain Duncan Smith revealed today.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Sovereign housing association records £31m surplus

29/09/2014 2:35 pm | By Pete Apps

A housing association based in the south of England has recorded a £31m surplus – a marginal decrease on the previous year.

Conservative Party Annual Conference, Birmingham

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

29/09/2014 1:57 pm | By Heather Spurr

Welfare benefits would be frozen for two years under a Conservative government, George Osborne announced today.

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Development

Aerial view

Earls Court developer 'ignored house price rises'

30/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The developer of an £8bn regeneration scheme in west London ‘ignored’ future house prices rises as it sought to persuade a council to minimise the level of affordable housing, an independent report said.

A2 Dominion issues £150m retail bond

WHG raises £250m on bond market

30/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands housing association has raised £250m on the bond market.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Sovereign housing association records £31m surplus

29/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A housing association based in the south of England has recorded a £31m surplus – a marginal decrease on the previous year.

ANDY_HOBART

Wates: Tory first-time buyer pledge could be challenging

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

One of Britain’s biggest construction firms has warned it could be ‘challenging’ to build on sites earmarked by Conservatives for the development of 100,000 discounted homes.

Grainia Long - CIH

CIH raises concern over Tory first-time buyer pledge

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Grainia Long has expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the Conservative Party’s pledge to first-time buyers over the weekend.

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

Cameron unveils 20% discounts for young first-time buyers

27/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

David Cameron has unveiled plans for 100,000 new homes for young first-time buyers available at a 20% discount.

Housing spokesperson, UKIP

UKIP targets empty homes and brownfield sites

26/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The UK Independence Party is expected to announce proposals to bring 700,000 empty properties back into use as affordable housing and to incentivise building on brownfield sites through ‘brownfield bonds’. 

Gloucester City Homes

Gloucester tenants vote for stock transfer

26/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Council tenants have voted for 4,800 homes to be transferred to a housing association.

Front cover of Trowers & Hamlins report

New joint venture model could deliver more homes

26/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A leading law firm has called on landlords to collaborate using a new joint venture model to develop more affordable housing.

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Landlord set to launch £750m northern PRS drive

26/09/2014 | By Carl Brown , Pete Apps

A housing association is launching a £750m drive into the private rented sector (PRS) to capitalise on the ‘pent up demand’ for rented housing in the north of England.

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Repairs

Chance to win £500 Marks & Spencer vouchers

30/09/2014

Landlords now have a chance to give their views on the future of delivering repairs and maintenance services – and win £500 Marks & Spencer vouchers.

Ex-Newham Council tenant

Florrie’s law to leave £14m funding hole

26/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Cap on leaseholder repair bills could lead to increased rents and council tax

Spanners

Keepmoat records most successful quarter in Scotland

25/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A contractor has announced its most successful quarter in the five years it has been trading in Scotland.

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Quarter of tenants feel ill informed about landlord performance

24/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

More than a quarter of Scottish tenant organisations do not feel well informed about how their landlords are performing, an official report has found.

Shadow secretary for energy and climate

Flint: Private rented homes should reach decent standard by 2027

23/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Labour government would require all private rented homes to meet a decency standard by 2027, Caroline Flint has announced.

Gavel

Anchor pays out £170,000 after care home fire death

23/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

England’s largest social landlord for older people has been ordered to pay more than £170,000 for breaching fire safety laws after a woman died in a care home fire.

Holcroft House

Firefighters rescue 18 following blaze in council flats

22/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Eighteen people have been rescued from a blaze in a south London block of council flats.

Salford council

Salford tenants to vote on transfer

22/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Council tenants in Salford will be able to vote on whether their homes are transferred to a co-operative, releasing £75m of investment.

Man fitting solar panel on roof

Councillors to vote on £9.2m solar project

19/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The cabinet for a West Yorkshire council will be asked to approve a £9.2m solar project next week.

fuel poverty

70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

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Tenancies

Aerial view

Earls Court developer 'ignored house price rises'

30/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The developer of an £8bn regeneration scheme in west London ‘ignored’ future house prices rises as it sought to persuade a council to minimise the level of affordable housing, an independent report said.

A rundown estate in Bradford

New anti-social behaviour laws delayed

30/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has delayed the introduction of new anti-social behaviour injunctions in order to ensure minors have access to legal aid to challenge them.

Angela Carter Close, Brixton

Landlords receive £4.5m energy efficiency boost

30/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Scottish government has today announced which organisations will receive £4.5m for more than 1,600 homes to be made more energy efficient.

Iain Duncan Smith

Government considering pre-paid cards for benefits

29/09/2014

The government is considering introducing pre-paid cards for benefit payments, Iain Duncan Smith revealed today.

Conservative Party Annual Conference, Birmingham

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Welfare benefits would be frozen for two years under a Conservative government, George Osborne announced today.

ANDY_HOBART

Wates: Tory first-time buyer pledge could be challenging

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

One of Britain’s biggest construction firms has warned it could be ‘challenging’ to build on sites earmarked by Conservatives for the development of 100,000 discounted homes.

Rubbish

Britons think social tenancy a 'lifestyle choice'

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Nearly half of the British public believe social housing tenants choose to claim benefits as a lifestyle choice, a survey by ComRes on behalf of housing association Circle Housing has shown.

Grainia Long - CIH

CIH raises concern over Tory first-time buyer pledge

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Grainia Long has expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the Conservative Party’s pledge to first-time buyers over the weekend.

Ilo

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26/09/2014 | By Kate Youde

The study by the not-for-profit consultancy Sustainable Homes for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has found associations managing property are in the best position to offer help, ahead of energy charities and family and friends.

Housing spokesperson, UKIP

UKIP targets empty homes and brownfield sites

26/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The UK Independence Party is expected to announce proposals to bring 700,000 empty properties back into use as affordable housing and to incentivise building on brownfield sites through ‘brownfield bonds’. 

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Eco

Angela Carter Close, Brixton

Landlords receive £4.5m energy efficiency boost

30/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Scottish government has today announced which organisations will receive £4.5m for more than 1,600 homes to be made more energy efficient.

Ilo

Tenants trust social landlords for advice on energy savings

26/09/2014 | By Kate Youde

The study by the not-for-profit consultancy Sustainable Homes for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has found associations managing property are in the best position to offer help, ahead of energy charities and family and friends.

Emma Reynolds MP

Labour considers allowing councils to share borrowing capacity

25/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Labour’s review of the housing sector is likely to recommend a sharing of council borrowing ‘headroom’ but not the removal of controversial debt caps.

Social development minister, Northern Ireland

Nelson McCausland loses post in reshuffle

24/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Nelson McCausland has lost his post as Northern Ireland’s social development minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

Shadow secretary for energy and climate

Flint: Private rented homes should reach decent standard by 2027

23/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Labour government would require all private rented homes to meet a decency standard by 2027, Caroline Flint has announced.

Shadow secretary for energy and climate

In the news: Labour plans to insulate 5 million homes

22/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Labour would insulate at least 5 million draughty homes to help families save cash on their energy bills, the Guardian has reported this morning.

CE, Town & Country Planning Association

Planners hit back at minister's 'urban sprawl' garden city jibe

22/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A planning charity and house builder have hit back at the planning minister’s rejection of an award-winning garden cities proposal as ‘urban sprawl’.

Man fitting solar panel on roof

Councillors to vote on £9.2m solar project

19/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The cabinet for a West Yorkshire council will be asked to approve a £9.2m solar project next week.

fuel poverty

70% of households would ban landlords from renting inefficient homes

19/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A total of seven in ten UK households say landlords should be barred from renting out homes unless they improve their energy efficiency levels, according to research.

Marmite jar with Heat Pumps label

Government renewable heat scheme fails to attract social landlords

18/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Only 3% of renewable heat measures installed under a government scheme are in social homes, government figures released today show.

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Finance

Ilo

Landlords sign £500,000 deal to help explain patients' concerns

30/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations have signed a £500,000 deal with the Department of Health to pilot a scheme which aims to help health providers understand patients’ concerns.

A2 Dominion issues £150m retail bond

WHG raises £250m on bond market

30/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands housing association has raised £250m on the bond market.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Sovereign housing association records £31m surplus

29/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A housing association based in the south of England has recorded a £31m surplus – a marginal decrease on the previous year.

Conservative Party Annual Conference, Birmingham

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Welfare benefits would be frozen for two years under a Conservative government, George Osborne announced today.

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Anchor's surplus down to £12.1m

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The surplus of England’s largest housing association for older people has nearly halved over the past year to £12.1m.

Conservative logo

Tories pledge to scrap housing benefit for 18-to-21-year-olds

28/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

People aged between 18 and 21 would be barred from claiming housing benefit under a future Conservative government, David Cameron has pledged.

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

Cameron unveils 20% discounts for young first-time buyers

27/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

David Cameron has unveiled plans for 100,000 new homes for young first-time buyers available at a 20% discount.

Gloucester City Homes

Gloucester tenants vote for stock transfer

26/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Council tenants have voted for 4,800 homes to be transferred to a housing association.

Front cover of Trowers & Hamlins report

New joint venture model could deliver more homes

26/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A leading law firm has called on landlords to collaborate using a new joint venture model to develop more affordable housing.

Brandon Lewis MP

Wiltshire is equity loan hotspot as Help to Buy sales near 53,000

25/09/2014 | By Kate Youde

Almost 53,000 households have used Help to Buy to purchase a home in England, the housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced.

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Legal

Aerial view

Earls Court developer 'ignored house price rises'

30/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The developer of an £8bn regeneration scheme in west London ‘ignored’ future house prices rises as it sought to persuade a council to minimise the level of affordable housing, an independent report said.

A rundown estate in Bradford

New anti-social behaviour laws delayed

30/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has delayed the introduction of new anti-social behaviour injunctions in order to ensure minors have access to legal aid to challenge them.

Iain Duncan Smith

Government considering pre-paid cards for benefits

29/09/2014

The government is considering introducing pre-paid cards for benefit payments, Iain Duncan Smith revealed today.

Pic of judge's gavel behind a plastic house

Social worker struck off for conflict of interest

26/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A social worker was struck off on Wednesday for failing to declare an interest in a homelessness accommodation service providing services to Manchester City Council.

Gloucester City Homes

Gloucester tenants vote for stock transfer

26/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Council tenants have voted for 4,800 homes to be transferred to a housing association.

Front cover of Trowers & Hamlins report

New joint venture model could deliver more homes

26/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A leading law firm has called on landlords to collaborate using a new joint venture model to develop more affordable housing.

Ex-Newham Council tenant

Florrie’s law to leave £14m funding hole

26/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Cap on leaseholder repair bills could lead to increased rents and council tax

Clipboard

Quarter of tenants feel ill informed about landlord performance

24/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

More than a quarter of Scottish tenant organisations do not feel well informed about how their landlords are performing, an official report has found.

Gavel

Council to find £1.6m savings after losing High Court council tax battle

24/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Sandwell Council is set to launch a consultation this week on how to deliver £1.6m in savings after a High Court judge ruled its council tax reduction scheme unlawful.

Social development minister, Northern Ireland

Nelson McCausland loses post in reshuffle

24/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Nelson McCausland has lost his post as Northern Ireland’s social development minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

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Care

A rundown estate in Bradford

New anti-social behaviour laws delayed

30/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The government has delayed the introduction of new anti-social behaviour injunctions in order to ensure minors have access to legal aid to challenge them.

Ilo

Landlords sign £500,000 deal to help explain patients' concerns

30/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations have signed a £500,000 deal with the Department of Health to pilot a scheme which aims to help health providers understand patients’ concerns.

Iain Duncan Smith

Government considering pre-paid cards for benefits

29/09/2014

The government is considering introducing pre-paid cards for benefit payments, Iain Duncan Smith revealed today.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Sovereign housing association records £31m surplus

29/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A housing association based in the south of England has recorded a £31m surplus – a marginal decrease on the previous year.

Conservative Party Annual Conference, Birmingham

Tories would freeze benefits for two years

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Welfare benefits would be frozen for two years under a Conservative government, George Osborne announced today.

Jane_Ashcroft_photo__2_

Anchor's surplus down to £12.1m

29/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The surplus of England’s largest housing association for older people has nearly halved over the past year to £12.1m.

Rubbish

Britons think social tenancy a 'lifestyle choice'

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Nearly half of the British public believe social housing tenants choose to claim benefits as a lifestyle choice, a survey by ComRes on behalf of housing association Circle Housing has shown.

Grainia Long - CIH

CIH raises concern over Tory first-time buyer pledge

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Grainia Long has expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the Conservative Party’s pledge to first-time buyers over the weekend.

Jon Sparkes

Homelessness charity's new boss starts

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The homelessness charity Crisis has announced that Jon Sparkes has taken up his new post as chief executive. 

Pic of judge's gavel behind a plastic house

Social worker struck off for conflict of interest

26/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A social worker was struck off on Wednesday for failing to declare an interest in a homelessness accommodation service providing services to Manchester City Council.

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Regulation

Stethoscope

CQC mulls regulation of GPs' homelessness provision

30/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A health watchdog is considering changing its regulation methods in a bid to improve homeless people’s access to GP practices.

Iain Duncan Smith

Government considering pre-paid cards for benefits

29/09/2014

The government is considering introducing pre-paid cards for benefit payments, Iain Duncan Smith revealed today.

Jon Sparkes

Homelessness charity's new boss starts

29/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The homelessness charity Crisis has announced that Jon Sparkes has taken up his new post as chief executive. 

Conservative logo

Tories pledge to scrap housing benefit for 18-to-21-year-olds

28/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

People aged between 18 and 21 would be barred from claiming housing benefit under a future Conservative government, David Cameron has pledged.

Ex-chair, First Choice Homes Oldham

First ALMO tenant chair dies

25/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Harry Burns, chair of 12,000-home First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) since 2004, has died, the organisation announced. 

Emma Reynolds MP

Labour considers allowing councils to share borrowing capacity

25/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Labour’s review of the housing sector is likely to recommend a sharing of council borrowing ‘headroom’ but not the removal of controversial debt caps.

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Quarter of tenants feel ill informed about landlord performance

24/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

More than a quarter of Scottish tenant organisations do not feel well informed about how their landlords are performing, an official report has found.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Welfare reform motion in Belfast fails

24/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A Sinn Féin motion to oppose implementing welfare reform in Northern Ireland was defeated yesterday in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Landlord downgraded over 'conflict of interest' payments

24/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A Bedfordshire-based landlord has been downgraded by the social housing regulator for making payments to a company for which one of its board members is the chief executive.

David Cowans of Places for people at the New Economic Landscape’ session at the CIH conference

Places for People reports £28.2m 'profit'

24/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Places for People has reported a pretax ‘profit’ of £28.2m for 2013/14, representing less than 6% of its £485m turnover.

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Should housing associations expand into the private-rented sector?