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Ashby: 'Housing associations should adopt merger code'

22/05/2015 0:00 am | By Pete Apps

Housing associations should adopt a city-style merger code for takeovers in an increasingly tough operating environment.

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Fewer than 1 in 5 social tenants voted Tory

22/05/2015 4:59 pm | By Carl Brown

Fewer than one in five social housing tenants voted Conservative in the election, a polling company has estimated.

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Pickles to get knighthood as Cameron praises housing policies

22/05/2015 1:05 pm | By Carl Brown

Eric Pickles is set to receive a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.

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Government to fast-track landlord migrant checks

21/05/2015 5:10 pm | By Heather Spurr

The government is accelerating plans to force landlords to check their tenants are in the UK legally, David Cameron has announced.

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One in six private rented homes 'unsafe'

21/05/2015 4:35 pm | By Heather Spurr

Nearly one in six privately rented homes in England is physically unsafe, a report published today has said.

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Ashby clarifies definition of 'entirely acceptable' V2 rating

21/05/2015 12:40 pm | By Pete Apps

The English social housing regulator has clarified its definition of financial viability standards and confirmed it is ‘entirely acceptable’ for associations to drop down to the second notch.

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Government claims housebuilding 'surge'

21/05/2015 12:24 pm | By Carl Brown

The number of homes started and completed in 2014/15 has increased year-on-year, according to official figures published today.

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Boris admits 'legitimate concerns' over Right to Buy extension

21/05/2015 11:39 am | By Heather Spurr

Boris Johnson has admitted there are ‘legitimate concerns’ about the government’s plans to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations.

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Government appoints new homelessness minister

21/05/2015 10:43 am | By Heather Spurr

The government has appointed Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones to head up the homelessness brief at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

North of England

Landlords form 'Northern 18' lobbying group

21/05/2015 0:00 am | By Pete Apps

The largest social landlords in the north have come together to form a ‘Northern 18’ lobbying group to provide a joint voice representing housing associations in the region.

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Government claims housebuilding 'surge'

21/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

The number of homes started and completed in 2014/15 has increased year-on-year, according to official figures published today.

Boris Johnson

Boris admits 'legitimate concerns' over Right to Buy extension

21/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Boris Johnson has admitted there are ‘legitimate concerns’ about the government’s plans to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations.

The Lyons review

Landlords to launch 'Lyons-style review for the north'

21/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Social landlords are set to commission a ‘Lyons Review for the north’ to seek solutions to the region’s ‘unique’ housing crisis.

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Labour appoints new shadow housing minister

20/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods is the new Labour shadow housing minister, the party has confirmed.

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Equity investor launches £900m social housing fund

19/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A new equity funder set to pour £900m of global finance into social housing in the UK has completed its first deal – providing £8.5m of funding to build 80 new council homes.

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London mayor hopeful pledges agency to directly build homes

19/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A former minister running to become Labour candidate for London mayor has pledged to establish a new agency that will directly build new homes in the capital.

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Bovis reports rise in sales

15/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Bovis Homes has reported an 8% increase in sales.

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Construction output falls

15/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Construction output decreased slightly year-on-year, Office for National Statistics figures published today show.

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L&Q to launch PRS subsidiary

15/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

London social landlord L&Q will transfer £250m of private rented stock (PRS) to a new company, as it launches its 50,000-home push.

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London council secures £80m EIB deal

14/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

An £80m deal has been struck between a London council and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help fund major projects, including housing developments.

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Welsh government protects home improvement cash

19/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh government has announced it will maintain its annual £108m pot of cash to improve social housing in Wales.

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Affinity Sutton takes repairs service in-house

18/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

One of London’s largest social landlords has officially taken its repairs and maintenance in-house.

Mitie reports operating profit drop

Contractor announces 27.8% drop in property management profit

18/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Contractor Mitie has reported a 27.8% drop in operating profit on its property management activity, following ‘pricing pressures’ in its social housing business.

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Housing association fined over gas safety

05/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

A London housing association has been fined £2,500 for carrying out unsafe gas work.

Gavel

Disgraced mayor appeared to 'skew' housing budgets

23/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

The disgraced former mayor of a deprived east London borough appeared to ‘skew’ housing budgets towards areas where his support was strongest, a damning judgement said today.

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Fire safety inspectors shift focus towards care homes

23/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Fire safety inspectors in London are proportionately focusing more resources on investigating care homes as the safety of tower blocks improves, Inside Housing has found.

Spanners

Wates eyes long-term contract with Circle

21/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Wates Living Space hopes to take up a major repairs contract with Circle on a permanent basis after being formally appointed as an emergency contractor.

Gas

Tenant group u-turns over gas access campaign

21/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

A tenants’ group has dropped its opposition to a campaign for greater gas access powers for housing associations.

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Plans for new ombudsman criticised by sector

20/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Plans to merge the functions of the Housing Ombudsman Service with those of other bodies to create a new ‘Public Service Ombudsman’ have been criticised by social housing sector figures.

Plumbing

Social landlord to provide tenants with glue for self-repairs

13/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

A Midlands-based housing association is considering allowing its tenants to fix leaks and other minor repairs themselves using mouldable glue.

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Tenancies

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One in six private rented homes 'unsafe'

21/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly one in six privately rented homes in England is physically unsafe, a report published today has said.

Domestic violence

A week to go: housing professionals abuse and assaults survey Video

21/05/2015

Housing professionals have less than a week to respond to Inside Housing’s anonymous survey on abuse and assaults.

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Private renters in severe arrears rises 4%

20/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Private renters in severe arrears are facing a ‘desperate situation’ as the number of those owing more than two months of rent has gone up 4% on a year ago.

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Death on Hyde estate sparks HCA intervention

20/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The death of a woman hit by a truck has prompted the English social housing regulator to investigate whether other tenants are at risk of harm on an estate owned by a large housing association.

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Rent fears as UK enters deflation

20/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Landlords are fearing a rent squeeze after the United Kingdom this week entered negative consumer price inflation for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Benefit cut could hit 11,400 tenants

15/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Around 11,400 social housing tenants are likely to be hit by the government’s planned removal of housing benefit for young jobseekers.

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New Era campaigner to stand for London Mayor

14/05/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

A housing campaigner who led the Russell Brand-backed protest against rent hikes at the New Era Estate in east London is to stand for London Mayor.

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Lack of homes causes price rise, says RICS

14/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

House prices rose in all parts of the United Kingdom in April due to lack of demand caused by shortages in housing supply, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Manchester social landlords to issue ASB orders

07/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing association staff across Greater Manchester will take on the power to hand out new legal orders aimed at quelling anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Regeneration in Gateshead, Newcastle

Sector pledges £30bn investment if government backs PRS

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The next government could unlock £30bn of investment in housing if it promotes the professional private rented sector (PRS), a coalition of social landlords, investors and industry bodies have said.

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Eco

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Energy watchdog sanctions new pre-payment tariff

07/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Ofgem has given an energy supplier permission to offer a special pre-payment tariff to social housing tenants.

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Housing association strikes deal for 2,000 solar panels

07/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has signed off plans to install 2,000 free solar panels on homes in Suffolk.

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Council seeks partners for £300m Passivhaus drive

28/04/2015 | By Nick Duxbury , Pete Apps

A local authority is seeking partners for a £300m framework to build hundreds of super-energy efficient homes.

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Edinburgh Council plans boiler prescription scheme

28/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Edinburgh Council is planning to ‘prescribe’ new heating systems for homes, to improve residents’ health and reduce emergency NHS admissions.

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Solar energy firm to install panels on more than 100k homes

27/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

A solar energy firm is closing in on deals with at least five social landlords to install panels on 100,000 social homes, raising the financing from the capital markets.

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£224m fuel poverty scheme for Scotland

23/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish government is set to launch a £224m national scheme aimed at making properties easier and cheaper to heat for fuel-poor households.

New sustiainbility code

Star system to replace Code for Sustainable Homes

04/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

A star system for rating the sustainability of new homes, which will look at the impact on occupiers’ health and well-being, will be launched today.

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Statistics watchdog to examine DCLG data proposal

27/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) is probing the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) controversial plan to publish key housing data less regularly.

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DCLG considers publishing data less frequently to save cash

21/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering publishing a key set of housing data every two years instead of annually in a bid to save cash.

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Pickles 'breached Gypsy and Traveller human rights'

21/01/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Eric Pickles broke equality laws by calling in planning decisions regarding Gypsy and Traveller sites that fall within the green belt, the High court has ruled.

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Finance

merger - big fish swallows little fish

Ashby: 'Housing associations should adopt merger code'

22/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations should adopt a city-style merger code for takeovers in an increasingly tough operating environment.

Secretary of state for communities and local government

Pickles to get knighthood as Cameron praises housing policies

22/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Eric Pickles is set to receive a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.

HCA regulator social housing

Ashby clarifies definition of 'entirely acceptable' V2 rating

21/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The English social housing regulator has clarified its definition of financial viability standards and confirmed it is ‘entirely acceptable’ for associations to drop down to the second notch.

Boris Johnson

Boris admits 'legitimate concerns' over Right to Buy extension

21/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Boris Johnson has admitted there are ‘legitimate concerns’ about the government’s plans to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations.

Sanctuary Group secures European Investment Bank funding

Derwent Living secures shared ownership equity deal

20/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

An East Midlands-based landlord has completed an £8.9m deal on a portfolio of shared ownership homes, with cash from a council pension fund.

inflation

Rent fears as UK enters deflation

20/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Landlords are fearing a rent squeeze after the United Kingdom this week entered negative consumer price inflation for the first time in more than 50 years.

Financial district

Fitch issues warning over market sale exposure

19/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A credit rating agency has warned housing associations could face downgrades.

housing deal investment

Equity investor launches £900m social housing fund

19/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A new equity funder set to pour £900m of global finance into social housing in the UK has completed its first deal – providing £8.5m of funding to build 80 new council homes.

Mitie reports operating profit drop

Contractor announces 27.8% drop in property management profit

18/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Contractor Mitie has reported a 27.8% drop in operating profit on its property management activity, following ‘pricing pressures’ in its social housing business.

Budget cuts

'Cuts will make it harder for social landlords to provide support'

18/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Further welfare cuts will make it harder for social landlords and local authorities to help people into work.

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Supreme Court rules on intentional homelessness

20/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Councils will have to consider extra factors before deciding that someone is ‘intentionally homeless’, following a Supreme Court decision today.

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Councils to launch High Court challenge against Boris planning decision

20/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Two London councils are seeking to take Boris Johnson to court over claims he ‘unlawfully’ reduced the amount of affordable housing in a controversial development.

George Osborne

Government housing benefit fraud fund 'oversubscribed'

18/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A new government fund aimed at reducing fraud and error in the benefit system was nearly three times oversubscribed by councils, new figures have revealed.

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Cities can pitch for power over housing

14/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to devolve powers including over housing to English cities so long as they elect their own mayor.

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Council investigates whistleblower's claims about ALMO

14/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Hackney Council is investigating allegations of wrongdoing by a ‘small number’ of employees at its arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO).

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Supreme Court ruling to widen homelessness help

14/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Councils will have to widen their criteria for deciding who gets housed as a result of a landmark Supreme Court decision this morning.

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DCLG bars release of Right to Buy analysis

14/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Civil servants have blocked the release of a secret document detailing the economic consequences of extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants.

Brandon Lewis, new planning and housing minister

Lewis and Hopkins retain seats as Tories near victory

08/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing minister Brandon Lewis comfortably regained his seat in parliament, as the Conservatives closed in on an outright victory in the general election.

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The cost of information

07/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The main political parties seem to be in favour of extending Freedom of Information laws to cover housing associations, but what impact would this have? Pete Apps finds out.

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Manchester social landlords to issue ASB orders

07/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing association staff across Greater Manchester will take on the power to hand out new legal orders aimed at quelling anti-social behaviour (ASB).

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Care

Domestic violence

A week to go: housing professionals abuse and assaults survey Video

21/05/2015

Housing professionals have less than a week to respond to Inside Housing’s anonymous survey on abuse and assaults.

Labour conference

Labour appoints new shadow housing minister

20/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods is the new Labour shadow housing minister, the party has confirmed.

Overdue document

Private renters in severe arrears rises 4%

20/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Private renters in severe arrears are facing a ‘desperate situation’ as the number of those owing more than two months of rent has gone up 4% on a year ago.

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Temporary accommodation fears after homelessness ruling

18/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Pressure on temporary accomodation is likely to surge following a landmark Supreme Court ruling widening help for vulnerable homeless people.

job centre

Benefit cut could hit 11,400 tenants

15/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Around 11,400 social housing tenants are likely to be hit by the government’s planned removal of housing benefit for young jobseekers.

George Osborne

Cities can pitch for power over housing

14/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to devolve powers including over housing to English cities so long as they elect their own mayor.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court ruling to widen homelessness help

14/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Councils will have to widen their criteria for deciding who gets housed as a result of a landmark Supreme Court decision this morning.

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Rough sleeping increase in London

13/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Rough sleeping in London has surged 15% in a year, according to figures published yesterday.

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Councils spend £18m on 'sweeteners' for private landlords

12/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

London boroughs have spent nearly £18m on ‘sweeteners’ to private landlords to persuade them to rent to homeless families, research has shown.

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Council pact tackles spiralling cost of housing homeless

07/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A landmark agreement by London councils to cap the price they pay for temporary homelessness accommodation is saving local authorities up to £1,800 per household a year.

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Regulation

merger - big fish swallows little fish

Ashby: 'Housing associations should adopt merger code'

22/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations should adopt a city-style merger code for takeovers in an increasingly tough operating environment.

HCA regulator social housing

Ashby clarifies definition of 'entirely acceptable' V2 rating

21/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The English social housing regulator has clarified its definition of financial viability standards and confirmed it is ‘entirely acceptable’ for associations to drop down to the second notch.

North of England

Landlords form 'Northern 18' lobbying group

21/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The largest social landlords in the north have come together to form a ‘Northern 18’ lobbying group to provide a joint voice representing housing associations in the region.

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Death on Hyde estate sparks HCA intervention

20/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The death of a woman hit by a truck has prompted the English social housing regulator to investigate whether other tenants are at risk of harm on an estate owned by a large housing association.

George Osborne

Government housing benefit fraud fund 'oversubscribed'

18/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A new government fund aimed at reducing fraud and error in the benefit system was nearly three times oversubscribed by councils, new figures have revealed.

job centre

Benefit cut could hit 11,400 tenants

15/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Around 11,400 social housing tenants are likely to be hit by the government’s planned removal of housing benefit for young jobseekers.

George Osborne

Cities can pitch for power over housing

14/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to devolve powers including over housing to English cities so long as they elect their own mayor.

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Council investigates whistleblower's claims about ALMO

14/05/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Hackney Council is investigating allegations of wrongdoing by a ‘small number’ of employees at its arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO).

city hall

New Era campaigner to stand for London Mayor

14/05/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

A housing campaigner who led the Russell Brand-backed protest against rent hikes at the New Era Estate in east London is to stand for London Mayor.

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Bailes to leave HCA

13/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

The director in charge of regulation at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is leaving the organisation to head up a housing association.

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Scottish parliament

What's on this week: 20 - 25 April

20/04/2015 | By News team

The last election manifestos and private housing rent statistics are due out this week

Houses of Parliament

What's on this week: 13 - 17 April

13/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Election manifestos and the CIH South West conference are coming up this week

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Poll

How useful will a Lyons-style review for the north be?