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Lender: shared ownership must change to expand

31/05/2016 7:30 am | By Pete Apps

A major lender has warned the government that it needs to address issues with the legal structure of shared ownership before it can become a more mainstream housing product.

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Enfield scheme 'to deliver 10,000 homes'

31/05/2016 10:16 am | By Sophie Barnes

Enfield Council has announced that up to 10,000 new homes will be built as part of a £3.5bn Housing Zone development.

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Planners dispute need for new legislation

31/05/2016 7:30 am | By Sophie Barnes

Planning experts have questioned the need for the government to limit pre-commencement planning conditions through its proposed new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill.

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ONS’ grant correspondence revealed

27/05/2016 3:58 pm | By Carl Brown

The Treasury asked the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for information about its review of how to classify social housing grant, Inside Housing can reveal.

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DCLG allocates £1.5bn of New Homes Bonus cash

27/05/2016 3:49 pm | By Carl Brown

The government has announced New Homes Bonus grant allocations worth a total of £1.5bn for 2016/17.

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DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

27/05/2016 11:21 am | By Sophie Barnes

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut.

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MPs launch inquiry into Local Plans

27/05/2016 10:22 am | By Sophie Barnes

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the process councils follow to form Local Plans.

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Sanctuary to bring all development in-house

27/05/2016 7:30 am | By Pete Apps

Sanctuary Group aims to become the first social landlord to build all of its new homes through an in-house contractor.

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Completions drop 3%

26/05/2016 4:06 pm | By Sophie Barnes

The number of homes built in the first three months of this year decreased by 3% compared to the same period last year.

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Over 50s dominate Right to Buy pilots

26/05/2016 2:41 pm | By Pete Apps

The average age of tenants buying their homes through the Right to Buy pilots is more than 50, housing associations have revealed.

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First-time buyers, mortgage, homeowner, property ladder

Lender: shared ownership must change to expand

31/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A major lender has warned the government that it needs to address issues with the legal structure of shared ownership before it can become a more mainstream housing product.

Meridian Water

Enfield scheme 'to deliver 10,000 homes'

31/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Enfield Council has announced that up to 10,000 new homes will be built as part of a £3.5bn Housing Zone development.

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Planners dispute need for new legislation

31/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Planning experts have questioned the need for the government to limit pre-commencement planning conditions through its proposed new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill.

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DCLG allocates £1.5bn of New Homes Bonus cash

27/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has announced New Homes Bonus grant allocations worth a total of £1.5bn for 2016/17.

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Sanctuary to bring all development in-house

27/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sanctuary Group aims to become the first social landlord to build all of its new homes through an in-house contractor.

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Completions drop 3%

26/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of homes built in the first three months of this year decreased by 3% compared to the same period last year.

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Councils' warning over Vacant Building Credit

26/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

London councils have warned the reinstatement of the controversial Vacant Building Credit will reduce the number of affordable homes they are able to build.

Sanctuary Group secures European Investment Bank funding

Government to combine building funds

25/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

The government is preparing to launch a £3bn loan fund for housebuilding which will roll up existing schemes into a single pot.

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Association to demolish new blocks due to defects

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

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

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MPs to call for New Homes Ombudsman

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

MPs will call for the establishment of a New Homes Ombudsman with the power to order house builders to pay compensation to dissatisfied buyers.

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Association to demolish new blocks due to defects

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

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

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Mitie grows profit in 'year of two halves'

23/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

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

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Morgan Sindall lands £300m contract

29/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Basildon Council has awarded Morgan Sindall a £300m contract to maintain and repair its housing stock and corporate buildings.

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HCA issues two governance downgrades

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The English social housing regulator has today downgraded the governance ratings of two housing associations.

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Social housing contractor CEO resigns

22/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of a major social housing contractor has resigned following a boardroom tussle.

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GCH moves repairs in-house

19/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A 5,200-home housing association is taking its repairs service in-house in a move which it estimates will save £300,000 a year.

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Council scraps ALMO to save £500k

18/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands council is set to take the management of its housing stock in-house to save at least £500,000 a year.

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CIH calls for NI public land release

15/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The next Northern Ireland government should introduce targets for releasing public sector land, a housing body has said ahead of elections next month.

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Peers reject 'homes fit for habitation' change

12/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The House of Lords has rejected an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which would have placed a new duty on landlords to ensure homes are fit for human habitation.

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Wates reports increased profits

06/04/2016 | By Alex Berry

A construction firm has reported a 26% increase in its pre-tax profits in its year end accounts.

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CIH: Low LHA rates lock out claimants

13/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

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

Elderly Accommodation Council to get £1.5 million

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

05/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

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

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Housing officer jailed over homelessness fraud

04/05/2016 | By Pete Apps , Agencies

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

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Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay ‘high-income’ thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years.

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Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock.

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Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will allow social landlords to offer new tenancies of up to 10 years – rather than five – in a partial climbdown in the Housing and Planning Bill.

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Consultancy acquires Canaccord Genuity team

27/04/2016

A social housing debt advisory team has been acquired by a global consultancy to create “one of the largest firms of independent financial advisors to the social housing sector in Europe”.

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ALMOs call for exemption from deregulatory plan

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) are calling on the government to exclude them from proposals to limit the influence of councils over registered providers.

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Scottish parties promise action on empty homes

25/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Political parties are pledging measures to tackle empty properties north of the border in the run-up to the Scottish parliamentary elections.

High Court

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

22/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A council’s policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court.

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Zero Carbon Hub to close

30/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

The body set up to implement the now abandoned Zero Carbon Homes target will cease operations tomorrow.

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Research finds 'shocking' crash in energy measures

21/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Treasury has been criticised for failing on energy efficiency, after new research revealed a “truly shocking” crash in the number of home energy efficiency installations.

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Labour will not back bid to block solar cuts

02/02/2016

Labour peers will not support a Liberal Democrat push to block devastating cuts to solar subsidies in the House of Lords.

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Solar installations paused after 5,000th home

20/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Sunderland-based housing association will “pause” its solar panel installations, after a race against time to get as many fitted before government cuts kick in.

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Associations race to install solar panels

12/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations are working to install solar panels before the government cuts subsidies next month.

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Sustainability - 2015 highlights

05/01/2016 | By IH reporters

Over the 12 days of Christmas, we have been reflecting on the best of our news, analysis and opinions coverage on the website since 1 January 2015. Each day we have picked a different topic. Today, for the last in the series, we focus on sustainability

DECC is seeking to change RHI application process

Councils to pioneer solar batteries

22/12/2015 | By Pete Apps

Four London councils are piloting the use of solar-charged batteries on their social housing, as government cuts to subsidies leave traditional rooftop panel installations “unviable”.

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Boris presses ahead with zero carbon standard

23/11/2015 | By Carl Brown

Boris Johnson has announced he will push ahead with the implementation of the zero carbon homes standard in London despite the government axing planning regulations to promote it.

Gas

Energy company strikes deal with housing association

11/11/2015 | By Pete Apps

An energy company has struck an exclusive deal to supply a Merseyside housing association as it targets a major expansion into social housing.

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Places for People unveils energy company

26/10/2015 | By Carl Brown

Places for People has announced it has set up an energy company.

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Finance

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Enfield scheme 'to deliver 10,000 homes'

31/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Enfield Council has announced that up to 10,000 new homes will be built as part of a £3.5bn Housing Zone development.

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ONS’ grant correspondence revealed

27/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

The Treasury asked the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for information about its review of how to classify social housing grant, Inside Housing can reveal.

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DCLG allocates £1.5bn of New Homes Bonus cash

27/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

The government has announced New Homes Bonus grant allocations worth a total of £1.5bn for 2016/17.

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Over 50s dominate Right to Buy pilots

26/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

The average age of tenants buying their homes through the Right to Buy pilots is more than 50, housing associations have revealed.

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Latest AHF bond raises £161m

26/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A bond aggregator has raised £161m of development finance at record low rates, despite a slowdown in trading ahead of the EU referendum.

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HCA downgrades two landlords

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

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

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MPs to call for New Homes Ombudsman

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

MPs will call for the establishment of a New Homes Ombudsman with the power to order house builders to pay compensation to dissatisfied buyers.

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Welsh associations record joint £76m surplus

24/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

The largest housing associations in Wales recorded a joint surplus of £76m and built 89% of the country’s affordable housing in 2014/15.

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Association reports 28% surplus boost to markets

24/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has reported a 28% increase in surplus, after issuing preliminary results to the stock markets for the first time.

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Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

24/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year, according to a survey.

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Finance director, Glasgow Housing Association

Ex-finance director faces voyeurism charges

26/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

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

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Court backs government planning policy

12/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

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

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'Blacklisting' case settled out of court

09/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

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

Elderly Accommodation Council to get £1.5 million

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

05/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

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

Trudy Ali Balogun

Housing officer jailed over homelessness fraud

04/05/2016 | By Pete Apps , Agencies

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

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Peers push back on Housing and Planning Bill

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Peers are pushing back on the government’s rejection of their amendments in the Housing and Planning Bill.

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Government rejects Lords amendments

29/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected a number of the House of Lords’ amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, but has introduced some concessions to reflect concerns raised by peers.

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Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay ‘high-income’ thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years.

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Inspector's decision flags planning system concerns

28/04/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

A planning inspector’s decision to sign off a development plan despite a 38,000-home shortfall has raised concerns about localised planning and could pave the way for more green belt development.

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Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock.

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

26/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

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

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'Homes for Cathy' group launches

20/05/2016

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

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DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

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

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Lewis and Freud confirmed for Housing 2016

10/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

Two key government ministers have been confirmed as speakers at Housing 2016, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) conference and exhibition.

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Associations to demonstrate outside Stormont

09/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations are set to demonstrate outside Stormont in favour of a 10% increase in Supporting People funding, as political parties thrash out a programme for government.

Elderly Accommodation Council to get £1.5 million

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

05/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

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

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Housing officer jailed over homelessness fraud

04/05/2016 | By Pete Apps , Agencies

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

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Cap 'threatens health and care integration'

04/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing bodies in Scotland have warned the ‘Local Housing Allowance cap’ could derail the country’s health and social care integration agenda.

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Consultancy acquires Canaccord Genuity team

27/04/2016

A social housing debt advisory team has been acquired by a global consultancy to create “one of the largest firms of independent financial advisors to the social housing sector in Europe”.

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Manchester seeks greater homelessness powers

26/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority will seek greater freedoms over homelessness funding and allocations as part of the region’s next devolution agreement.

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HCA downgrades two landlords

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

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

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Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

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

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Association investigated over fire safety

23/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association has been put on the social housing regulator’s ‘watchlist’ following concerns over fire safety.

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Ashby flags 'unexplained' cost differences

12/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Homes and Communities Agency research has shown large, unexplained variations in operating costs between different English housing associations, Julian Ashby has revealed.

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HCA to relax registration rules

09/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The English social housing regulator is set to relax its registration rules for newly merged housing associations as part of the government’s deregulation drive.

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Associations to develop 'alternative' merger code

03/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

A group of nine housing associations will work to develop an alternative to the National Housing Federation merger code.

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Government rejects Lords amendments

29/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected a number of the House of Lords’ amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, but has introduced some concessions to reflect concerns raised by peers.

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Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

28/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay ‘high-income’ thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years.

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Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will allow social landlords to offer new tenancies of up to 10 years – rather than five – in a partial climbdown in the Housing and Planning Bill.

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HCA issues two governance downgrades

27/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The English social housing regulator has today downgraded the governance ratings of two housing associations.

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