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Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27/08/2014 11:34 am | By Carl Brown

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an ‘affordable homes’ private members bill to be debated in parliament next week.

TAI_CALON

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

27/08/2014 3:39 pm | By Daniel Douglas

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected.

Welsh Assembly

Welsh housing bill to receive Royal Assent

27/08/2014 1:36 pm | By Daniel Douglas

The first major piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers is expected to receive Royal Assent in three weeks.

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Downgraded landlord has rating re-instated

27/08/2014 9:02 am | By Carl Brown

A housing association penalised for not publishing a value for money statement on time has had its maximum governance rating re-instated.

Northstowe busway

Homes for new town a step closer

27/08/2014 8:51 am | By Emily Twinch

Plans for 3,500 homes in Cambridgeshire for the largest planned town since Milton Keynes have been submitted.

Domestic violence

Domestic abuse housing initiative launches

27/08/2014 8:45 am | By Daniel Douglas

The first major landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse among social housing tenants will launch next week.

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Scottish fees ban causes rents hike, agent claims

27/08/2014 8:24 am | By Emily Twinch

A ban on tenant fees has caused a spike in rents in Scotland, lettings agent Your Move has claimed.

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West Country landlord posts £14.5m surplus

26/08/2014 3:57 pm | By Pete Apps

A West Country landlord has secured a £14.5m surplus, driven largely by property sales.

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Four councils spend 100% of their DHP funds

26/08/2014 2:26 pm | By Heather Spurr

Four Scottish councils have already spent or committed their share of the country’s emergency housing payments for this financial year, official statistics have revealed.

Scotland will vote on their independence

Scottish independence would mean 'big changes for social landlords'

26/08/2014 10:27 am | By Daniel Douglas

Rod Hunter predicts impact of independence vote on Scottish housing

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Development

Northstowe busway

Homes for new town a step closer

27/08/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Plans for 3,500 homes in Cambridgeshire for the largest planned town since Milton Keynes have been submitted.

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

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Housing association starts and completions up 10%

21/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The number of annual starts and completions for housing associations in England have increased by 10% year on year, government figures have revealed.

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Scottish council house building at 25-year high

21/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The number of new council homes built last year, 1,140, was the highest for 25 years, Scottish government statistics revealed today.

Money

Drop in associations with sufficient funding to cover next 18 months

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

Fewer English housing associations are reporting having enough finance in place to cover the next 18 months than previously.

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

Chief executive, Million Homes

Soaring profits mean 18,500 social homes sacrificed

19/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Housing associations have failed to build 18,500 homes since 2009 as a result of investing £2.4bn in commercial activities, a thinktank has claimed.

Keepmoat development

Former Pizza Express owner close to Keepmoat buyout

19/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to be taken over by a pair of private equity investors.

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Regulator and auditor investigate social landlord's development contract

19/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A contract between a developer and Scotland’s second-largest housing association is being investigated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Audit Scotland.

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House builder's sales to housing associations up by 10%

19/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Persimmon has today announced total revenue up 33% in the first six months of 2014 and sales to housing association partners up by 10% on the same period last year.

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Social tenants left without gas reconnected

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected.

The homes were at risk of carbon monoxide

Midlothian homes in carbon dioxide risk

26/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Residents will be given first refusal on new homes

fuel poverty

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Future governments will be required to tackle England’s least energy-efficient properties to fight fuel poverty, the government has announced today.

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Decline of green deal and ECO take-up like 'Groundhog Day'

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The number of households taking advantage of the green deal and the energy company obligation (ECO) in June was the lowest in over a year, government figures have revealed.

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

Up to 4,500 homes to benefit from solar deal

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

New Charter Homes has signed an £18m deal to fit up to 4,500 homes with solar panels in Greater Manchester.

Gas

Hundreds of social tenants left without gas following burst main

22/08/2014 | Updated: 22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

More than 750 homes in south Wales have been left without gas following a burst water main, which led to water leaking into gas pipes.

Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing

Tablet-equipped tenants to be denied phone access to landlord

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

Landlord’s ‘Digital Deal’ scheme will deny tenants phone access for queries

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

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Exclusive: Balcony collapse prompts calls for regulatory body

20/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A sector body is planning to call for more active consumer regulation of arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) services following the sentencing of an ALMO over a balcony collapse.

Keepmoat development

Former Pizza Express owner close to Keepmoat buyout

19/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to be taken over by a pair of private equity investors.

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Tenancies

Bedroom tax mps

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an ‘affordable homes’ private members bill to be debated in parliament next week.

TAI_CALON

Social tenants left without gas reconnected

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

More than 210 of 250 social homes in Wales left without fuel after water entered gas supply pipes have now been reconnected.

Welsh Assembly

Welsh housing bill to receive Royal Assent

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The first major piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers is expected to receive Royal Assent in three weeks.

Northstowe busway

Homes for new town a step closer

27/08/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Plans for 3,500 homes in Cambridgeshire for the largest planned town since Milton Keynes have been submitted.

Domestic violence

Domestic abuse housing initiative launches

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The first major landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse among social housing tenants will launch next week.

The homes were at risk of carbon monoxide

Midlothian homes in carbon dioxide risk

26/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Residents will be given first refusal on new homes

A rundown estate in Bradford

'National embarrassment' estates need 10-year plan

26/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The government needs to commit to a 10-year programme to clear up the worst estates in Britain, a report has argued.

Gavel

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

22/08/2014 | By Dawn Foster

A north London landlord has been prosecuted for renting out a room that could only be entered on all fours as it was deemed to be a fire risk.

fuel poverty

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Future governments will be required to tackle England’s least energy-efficient properties to fight fuel poverty, the government has announced today.

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

Up to 4,500 homes to benefit from solar deal

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

New Charter Homes has signed an £18m deal to fit up to 4,500 homes with solar panels in Greater Manchester.

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Eco

fuel poverty

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Future governments will be required to tackle England’s least energy-efficient properties to fight fuel poverty, the government has announced today.

Loft insultation

Decline of green deal and ECO take-up like 'Groundhog Day'

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The number of households taking advantage of the green deal and the energy company obligation (ECO) in June was the lowest in over a year, government figures have revealed.

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

Up to 4,500 homes to benefit from solar deal

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

New Charter Homes has signed an £18m deal to fit up to 4,500 homes with solar panels in Greater Manchester.

Gas

Hundreds of social tenants left without gas following burst main

22/08/2014 | Updated: 22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

More than 750 homes in south Wales have been left without gas following a burst water main, which led to water leaking into gas pipes.

Keepmoat development

Former Pizza Express owner close to Keepmoat buyout

19/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to be taken over by a pair of private equity investors.

roof repairs

Council appoints contractor for improvement works on 270 homes

15/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Sandwell Council has appointed Keepmoat as part of a two-year improvement framework to carry out works on homes in three high rise blocks.

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Repair bill cap threat to London councils’ housing revenue accounts

15/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Repair bill cap will force social landlords to fund work themselves

Finance secretary

Scottish Government granting emergency funds to help with flooding costs

12/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

The Scottish Government will consider granting emergency funds to councils to help deal with the costs of the flooding over the last couple of days.

Boris Johnson

Extra decent homes cash and energy saving fund for London announced

11/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

A total of £195m has been announced to help improve run-down homes and support energy-saving works in London.

Energy meter

Landlord alliance to sell energy to tenants

08/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

Landlords with 357,000 homes to form company to sell energy at cost price

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Finance

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Downgraded landlord has rating re-instated

27/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association penalised for not publishing a value for money statement on time has had its maximum governance rating re-instated.

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

West Country landlord posts £14.5m surplus

26/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

A West Country landlord has secured a £14.5m surplus, driven largely by property sales.

The London council of Newham was the hardest hit, where £1,002 was lost per household.

Britain's hardest-cutting councils revealed

26/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The poorest parts of England have endured spending cuts 16 times greater than the country’s wealthiest areas since the last election, Labour Party analysis has shows.

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

Up to 4,500 homes to benefit from solar deal

22/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

New Charter Homes has signed an £18m deal to fit up to 4,500 homes with solar panels in Greater Manchester.

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

Money

Drop in associations with sufficient funding to cover next 18 months

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

Fewer English housing associations are reporting having enough finance in place to cover the next 18 months than previously.

Calculator

Exclusive: Accountancy rule could wipe up to £500m from landlords' balance sheets

21/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

Accountancy changes could impact landlords’ lending covenants

HCA regulator social housing

Call to stop mergers driven by association chiefs' 'self-interest'

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator should amend its proposed code of practice to prevent landlord mergers from being driven by ‘chief executive self-interest’, a landlords’ group has said.

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

Empty wallet

CIH warns landlords about 'unfairly pressurising' tenants to pay extra rent

20/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has warned social landlords against putting ‘unfair pressure’ on tenants to pay extra rent under the rollout of universal credit.

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Legal

Bedroom tax mps

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an ‘affordable homes’ private members bill to be debated in parliament next week.

Welsh Assembly

Welsh housing bill to receive Royal Assent

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The first major piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers is expected to receive Royal Assent in three weeks.

Gavel

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

22/08/2014 | By Dawn Foster

A north London landlord has been prosecuted for renting out a room that could only be entered on all fours as it was deemed to be a fire risk.

Unite headquarters

Union instigates legal action on overnight payments

22/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Legal action could lead to landlords paying out more for overnight stays

Right to buy sales

More than 20,000 homes sold under revised Right to Buy

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 20,000 social homes have been sold off under the government’s reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme since 2012, but only 3,634 replacement homes have been started.

Domestic violence

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy Video

21/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister. 

Police line do not cross

Two men arrested over Kent homeless stabbing

21/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Two men have been arrested following the stabbing of a homeless man in Gillingham.

asylum

Call for asylum housing review in Scotland after 'shocking' conditions revealed

21/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A charity has called for a ‘multi-agency’ review of asylum seeker housing in Scotland, in a report published this week.

Calculator

Exclusive: Accountancy rule could wipe up to £500m from landlords' balance sheets

21/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

Accountancy changes could impact landlords’ lending covenants

HCA regulator social housing

Call to stop mergers driven by association chiefs' 'self-interest'

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator should amend its proposed code of practice to prevent landlord mergers from being driven by ‘chief executive self-interest’, a landlords’ group has said.

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Care

Bedroom tax mps

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an ‘affordable homes’ private members bill to be debated in parliament next week.

Welsh Assembly

Welsh housing bill to receive Royal Assent

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The first major piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers is expected to receive Royal Assent in three weeks.

Domestic violence

Domestic abuse housing initiative launches

27/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The first major landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse among social housing tenants will launch next week.

A rundown estate in Bradford

'National embarrassment' estates need 10-year plan

26/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The government needs to commit to a 10-year programme to clear up the worst estates in Britain, a report has argued.

The London council of Newham was the hardest hit, where £1,002 was lost per household.

Britain's hardest-cutting councils revealed

26/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The poorest parts of England have endured spending cuts 16 times greater than the country’s wealthiest areas since the last election, Labour Party analysis has shows.

Unite headquarters

Union instigates legal action on overnight payments

22/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Legal action could lead to landlords paying out more for overnight stays

Domestic violence

All Welsh social landlords now have domestic violence policy Video

21/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Every social landlord in Wales now has a domestic abuse policy for both tenants and staff following an intervention by the Welsh housing minister. 

Troubled families

Government's troubled families programme to be expanded

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

The government’s troubled families programme is set to be expanded to focus on 500,000 households.

asylum

Call for asylum housing review in Scotland after 'shocking' conditions revealed

21/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A charity has called for a ‘multi-agency’ review of asylum seeker housing in Scotland, in a report published this week.

Housing minister

Sheltered housing and hotels to be converted for homeless youths

21/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Exclusive: Department of Health to fund £41.5m homelessness scheme

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Regulation

Bedroom tax mps

Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax

27/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an ‘affordable homes’ private members bill to be debated in parliament next week.

Clipboard

Downgraded landlord has rating re-instated

27/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association penalised for not publishing a value for money statement on time has had its maximum governance rating re-instated.

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

West Country landlord posts £14.5m surplus

26/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

A West Country landlord has secured a £14.5m surplus, driven largely by property sales.

Highlands

Interim chief announced for housing association

26/08/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

West of Scotland Housing Association reveals new appointment

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Boards shrink for housing associations but diversity is static

22/08/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

60% of current board members weren’t in place in 2010/11 - but demographics barely shift

Money

Drop in associations with sufficient funding to cover next 18 months

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

Fewer English housing associations are reporting having enough finance in place to cover the next 18 months than previously.

asylum

Call for asylum housing review in Scotland after 'shocking' conditions revealed

21/08/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A charity has called for a ‘multi-agency’ review of asylum seeker housing in Scotland, in a report published this week.

Calculator

Exclusive: Accountancy rule could wipe up to £500m from landlords' balance sheets

21/08/2014 | By Pete Apps

Accountancy changes could impact landlords’ lending covenants

HCA regulator social housing

Call to stop mergers driven by association chiefs' 'self-interest'

21/08/2014 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator should amend its proposed code of practice to prevent landlord mergers from being driven by ‘chief executive self-interest’, a landlords’ group has said.

Homes Work campaign Inside Housing

New housing apprenticeship standard launched

21/08/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The National Housing Federation has published an apprenticeship standard for young people who wish to start a career in housing.

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L&G development in Southwark

L&Q posts record-breaking surplus Video

11/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

London landlord generates huge surplus on back of booming market

Ilo of money bag being handed over

Give councils time and they’ll use headroom, says DCLG official Video

08/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Councils will start making use of the borrowing headroom available to them once they have had time to ‘gear up’ and build new homes, a senior civil servant has said.

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