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Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 8:00 am | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 4:30 pm | By Carl Brown

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Financial district

Notting Hill awarded high AA rating by Standard and Poors

21/10/2014 3:49 pm | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has been awarded an AA credit rating, putting it among the best rated landlords in the country.

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 12:25 pm | By Pete Apps

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 9:57 am | By Daniel Douglas

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

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Financial turmoil leads to cheap housing association debt

21/10/2014 8:54 am | By Pete Apps

Turmoil in the global financial markets allowed a housing association to secure the cheapest debt the sector has seen in decades.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

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

21/10/2014 8:36 am | By Heather Spurr

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

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report

20/10/2014 4:44 pm | By Daniel Douglas

Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

Welsh housing

Welsh Government releases hate crime guidance for landlords

20/10/2014 3:16 pm | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government has issued guidance on dealing with hate crime for social landlords with Tai Pawb, an equality focussed Welsh landlord.

homeless child

High housing costs 'dragging children into poverty'

20/10/2014 2:39 pm | By Emily Twinch

High housing costs are ‘dragging more children into poverty’ and ‘damaging living standards’ of young people, according to a report out today.

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Development

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Financial district

Notting Hill awarded high AA rating by Standard and Poors

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has been awarded an AA credit rating, putting it among the best rated landlords in the country.

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

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Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Plymouth

South west landlord in landmark cheap funding deal

17/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has secured £30m in one of the cheapest ever fixed long term deals in the social housing sector

Leeds

Contractor appointed for Yorkshire brownfield site

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A contractor has been appointed to begin work on a brownfield site in Leeds where more than 1,000 new homes will be delivered.

Construction works

Fewer than 1 in 5 councils have adopted local plans

17/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Fewer than one in five English councils have adopted a local plan that fully complies with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Regulator unveils new 'forensic' approach

17/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator will subject associations to less frequent but more ‘forensic’ investigations under a radical overhaul of its operations from 1 April.

Former BBC trust chair

Round-up of Inside Housing's Lyons review coverage Video

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of our coverage of the Lyons Housing Review, which was launched on today by Ed Miliband.

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Repairs

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

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Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Contractor buys Omega Group for £40m

16/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

One of the sector’s largest contractors has bought a social housing lettings and management services provider in a deal worth up to £40m.

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Services company signs housing contracts worth £6.5m

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Travis Perkins Group Managed Services has signed two separate deals with south east social landlords worth a total of £6.5m.

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Rent increase blow to landlords

16/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates.

Money

Council additional borrowing scheme terms 'too onerous'

15/10/2014 | By Pete Apps , Daniel Douglas

A government plan to allow councils to borrow £300m above their housing revenue account debt limits is unattractive due to the rigid conditions attached, councils have warned.

Solar panels

Association signs £18m solar deal

14/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

New Charter Housing Trust has signed what is believed to be the first solar panel licensing deal in a bid to save tenants up to £40m in electricity bills.

SHA_2012_10

What's on in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 Oct

13/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 October.

Building under construction

Construction output down excluding public housing Video

10/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

There has been a 3.9% fall in overall construction output from July to August this year, construction statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Tenancies

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

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

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

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

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

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

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

Welsh housing

Welsh Government releases hate crime guidance for landlords

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government has issued guidance on dealing with hate crime for social landlords with Tai Pawb, an equality focussed Welsh landlord.

homeless child

High housing costs 'dragging children into poverty'

20/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

High housing costs are ‘dragging more children into poverty’ and ‘damaging living standards’ of young people, according to a report out today.

David Cameron from Flickr

Cameron to set out welfare cap plans

20/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

David Cameron is today expected to set out the details of his plans to further cut the welfare cap from £26,000 to £23,000.

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

Wheatley Group

Scotland's largest association set for merger after vote

17/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Scotland’s biggest social landlord is set to go ahead with its largest merger to date, after members at an Edinburgh housing association voted in favour last week.

Iain Duncan Smith

DWP: '14,000 universal credit claims in September' Video

16/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 14,000 people were claiming universal credit in September, government figures have shown.

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Eco

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

SHA_2012_10

Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Former BBC trust chair

Round-up of Inside Housing's Lyons review coverage Video

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of our coverage of the Lyons Housing Review, which was launched on today by Ed Miliband.

Former BBC trust chair

Lyons review: Labour announces policy to reach 200,000 homes a year

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Ed Miliband will today unveil reforms set out in the Lyons Housing Review and will highlight three key policies to ‘unlock the supply of new homes’.

Solar panels

Association signs £18m solar deal

14/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

New Charter Housing Trust has signed what is believed to be the first solar panel licensing deal in a bid to save tenants up to £40m in electricity bills.

scottish parliament

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to help people reduce their winter fuel bills and called for bids for a fuel poverty contract worth £224m.

SHA_2012_10

What's on in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 Oct

13/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 October.

Liz Peace, chief executive of BPF

British Property Federation appoints new chief executive

10/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The British Property Federation has appointed Melanie Leech to replace Liz Peace as its new chief executive.

Edward Davey

Extra £100m Green Deal funding announced

08/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government has announced a further £100m for green deal improvements after the scheme closed suddenly in July.

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Finance

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Financial district

Notting Hill awarded high AA rating by Standard and Poors

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has been awarded an AA credit rating, putting it among the best rated landlords in the country.

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

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

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

Financial turmoil leads to cheap housing association debt

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Turmoil in the global financial markets allowed a housing association to secure the cheapest debt the sector has seen in decades.

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

Houses made from £10 notes

Guinness issues £250m bond

17/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Nationwide social landlord Guinness Partnership has raised £250m on the bond market.

Plymouth

South west landlord in landmark cheap funding deal

17/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has secured £30m in one of the cheapest ever fixed long term deals in the social housing sector

Leeds

Contractor appointed for Yorkshire brownfield site

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A contractor has been appointed to begin work on a brownfield site in Leeds where more than 1,000 new homes will be delivered.

MORE NEWS

Legal

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

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

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

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

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

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

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

homeless London

Single homeless people blocked from housing help

16/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly six in 10 single homeless people approaching council housing services are turned away after receiving limited or no help, a report has shown.

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Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

MPs have voted to exempt social tenants with a carer from the bedroom tax in a bill’s first reading.

London

High Court hands out damning judgement to 'negligent' council

15/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The High Court ruled housing officers at Southwark council acted with ‘civil conspiracy’ if not ‘criminal conspiracy’ when they abused their positions and unlawfully evicted a tenant and covered up their actions.

Johnie Johnson

Tribunal rejects unfair dismissal claim

15/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A chronic asthmatic who alleged discrimination against her housing association employer has lost her claim for unfair dismissal.

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Poor private rented homes causing ill health

15/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Hundreds of families living in the private rented sector have suffered health problems in the last year because landlords failed to improve the state of their accommodation, figures released today show.

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Campaign against illegal evictions to launch in Scotland 

13/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A campaign targeting landlords’ illegal eviction of tenants is launching in Scotland today. 

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Care

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

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

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

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

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

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

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

Welsh housing

Welsh Government releases hate crime guidance for landlords

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government has issued guidance on dealing with hate crime for social landlords with Tai Pawb, an equality focussed Welsh landlord.

homeless child

High housing costs 'dragging children into poverty'

20/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

High housing costs are ‘dragging more children into poverty’ and ‘damaging living standards’ of young people, according to a report out today.

rough sleeping in London is down

Charity report busts winter night shelter myth

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

More than half of guests in winter night shelters last year were street homeless, research has found.

David Cameron from Flickr

Cameron to set out welfare cap plans

20/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

David Cameron is today expected to set out the details of his plans to further cut the welfare cap from £26,000 to £23,000.

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

Stock pic

Nearly 400,000 poor pensioners missing out on housing benefit

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Up to 390,000 older people in poverty could have claimed housing benefit last year but didn’t, a report by Age UK published today has found.

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Regulation

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

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

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

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

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

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

unison

Landlord to derecognise union amid accusations of bullying

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Unison has called on a housing association board to reverse a decision to derecognise the union, saying it has been trying to meet with the landlord to discuss complaints of bullying.

David Cameron from Flickr

Cameron to set out welfare cap plans

20/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

David Cameron is today expected to set out the details of his plans to further cut the welfare cap from £26,000 to £23,000.

Northern Ireland Assembly

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

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

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

Scottish housing regulator

Two housing associations moved to 'low engagement'

17/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Two Scottish housing associations are now receiving lower engagement with the social housing regulator, according to an official statement.

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Regulator unveils new 'forensic' approach

17/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator will subject associations to less frequent but more ‘forensic’ investigations under a radical overhaul of its operations from 1 April.

Annie Mauger

CIH appoints executive director to join in February

16/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has a new director for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

homeless London

Single homeless people blocked from housing help

16/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly six in 10 single homeless people approaching council housing services are turned away after receiving limited or no help, a report has shown.

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