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Peabody Estate in Thamesmead

Delivery to quadruple after housing zone status award

03/03/2015 9:50 am | By Pete Apps

A housing association will build 2,300 more homes in a regeneration programme over the next decade than previously planned due to the scheme receiving housing zone status.

David Cameron from Flickr

Tories confirm starter homes can replace affordable housing

03/03/2015 2:29 pm | By Daniel Douglas

The ‘starter homes’ planned by the Conservatives could replace affordable housing in planning agreements, the party has confirmed.

House building in Scotland

Taylor Wimpey reports surge in profit

03/03/2015 10:13 am | By Carl Brown

Taylor Wimpey has reported a 68% jump in pre-tax profits, citing high customer confidence and an ‘affordable mortgage environment’.

fraud

Regulator warns social landlords about fraud

03/03/2015 7:00 am | By Heather Spurr

The regulator for social housing in Scotland has intervened to warn landlords of fraud activity, following a number of incidents involving housing associations.

Welsh Assembly

Sector disappointment over board pay decision

03/03/2015 7:00 am | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government’s scrapping of proposals to allow housing association board pay has met with disappointment from the sector.

Financial district

Sector faces greater financial risk

02/03/2015 4:49 pm | By Carl Brown

The social housing sector is facing pressure from welfare reform and more exposure to risk, a credit rating agency has warned.

Welsh Assembly

What's on this week: 2 - 6 March

02/03/2015 11:15 am | By Carl Brown

A round-up of key events happening this week in housing

Olympic village site

PfP and Balfour Beatty sign Olympic legacy deal

02/03/2015 11:03 am | By Heather Spurr

One of Britain’s largest housing associations and a giant infrastructure company have signed a deal to build 1,500 homes at the Olympic Park.

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

Tories pledge 200k starter homes by 'cutting planning red tape'

02/03/2015 10:49 am | By Daniel Douglas

The Conservatives would provide 40,000 discounted homes per year for first-time buyers - double the number previously announced by the coalition government.

Aerial view of London

Councils mull pan-London agreement on viability studies

02/03/2015 7:00 am | By Daniel Douglas

London Councils is considering establishing a cross-borough agreement to tackle ‘viability studies’ being used by developers to reduce affordable housing contributions.

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Peabody Estate in Thamesmead

Delivery to quadruple after housing zone status award

03/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing association will build 2,300 more homes in a regeneration programme over the next decade than previously planned due to the scheme receiving housing zone status.

David Cameron from Flickr

Tories confirm starter homes can replace affordable housing

03/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The ‘starter homes’ planned by the Conservatives could replace affordable housing in planning agreements, the party has confirmed.

Olympic village site

PfP and Balfour Beatty sign Olympic legacy deal

02/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

One of Britain’s largest housing associations and a giant infrastructure company have signed a deal to build 1,500 homes at the Olympic Park.

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

Tories pledge 200k starter homes by 'cutting planning red tape'

02/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Conservatives would provide 40,000 discounted homes per year for first-time buyers - double the number previously announced by the coalition government.

Aerial view of London

Councils mull pan-London agreement on viability studies

02/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

London Councils is considering establishing a cross-borough agreement to tackle ‘viability studies’ being used by developers to reduce affordable housing contributions.

Cranes

210,000 new households predicted a year

27/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

The number of households in England is predicted to grow by 210,000 a year between 2012 and 2037.

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Affordable house building falls 14%

27/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The number of affordable and social homes registered in the last three months fell 14% in the United Kingdom compared to the same period a year ago.

Old person's hand being held

NHF: Build 100,000 homes for older people

27/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The equivalent of nearly eight million older homeowners anticipate having to move or adapt their property if they develop care needs, a survey has found.

Financial district

Institutional investor enters PRS and plots £1bn investment

26/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

An institutional investor has entered the private rented sector (PRS) with a £25m scheme in east London, and set out an appetite to invest £1bn in the sector.

Cranes

Property giants report hikes in revenue

25/02/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Contracting giant Kier has reported an 11% rise in revenue in the six months to the end of last year from the year before, in its interim results released today.

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Sold sign

Number of owner-occupiers falls while private renter stats rise

25/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The number of owner-occupiers has fallen while those renting privately continue to rise, according to the latest government analysis of the English housing market.

Cranes

Property giants report hikes in revenue

25/02/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Contracting giant Kier has reported an 11% rise in revenue in the six months to the end of last year from the year before, in its interim results released today.

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Repairs contractor announces drop in profit

19/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Morgan Sindall’s affordable housing division has reported a 30% drop in operating profit, hit by an expected operating loss on responsive maintenance activities of £3.5m.

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Court rules in favour of leaseholders over repair costs

18/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Landlords must consider the financial impact on leaseholders when seeking to charge for non-vital improvement works to their homes, an upper tribunal has ruled.

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Regulator slams landlord for its London repairs service

11/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

The social housing regulator has slammed one of England’s largest landlords for failing to carry out urgent and emergency repairs on time.

Glasgow rooftops

Scottish ministers fund purchase of run-down housing

09/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Scottish ministers and Glasgow City Council are channelling more than £9m to buy up flats in a plan to tackle poor quality housing conditions.

Contract

Anchor signs £150m repairs contract

04/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing and care provider has signed a £150m repairs and maintenance contract with property services company Ian Williams.

London Stock Exchange

Contractor to float on stock exchange

04/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

A social housing contractor has announced plans to float on the London stock exchange.

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Councillors call for legal action against Circle

03/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Councillors have called on the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to explore taking legal action against Circle Housing Group over its repairs performance.

FOR SALE

Landlord to sell homes 'left empty by the bedroom tax'

29/01/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

Accent Group plans to sell 160 homes near Durham on the open market after attempts to offload them for £1 so they could stay in the social sector were unsuccessful.

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Tenancies

David Cameron from Flickr

Tories confirm starter homes can replace affordable housing

03/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The ‘starter homes’ planned by the Conservatives could replace affordable housing in planning agreements, the party has confirmed.

fraud

Regulator warns social landlords about fraud

03/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The regulator for social housing in Scotland has intervened to warn landlords of fraud activity, following a number of incidents involving housing associations.

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

Tories pledge 200k starter homes by 'cutting planning red tape'

02/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Conservatives would provide 40,000 discounted homes per year for first-time buyers - double the number previously announced by the coalition government.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive building on Adelaide Street in Belfast

NIHE call for extra borrowing powers throws doubt on transfers

26/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is calling for further borrowing powers in a move some experts see as a push back against discussions on breaking the organisation up.

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'Affordable rent' in London hits £1,000 per month on new builds

26/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The average ‘affordable rent’ in London rose to more than £1,000 per month in 2014 for new build two-bedroom homes, exclusive analysis has shown.

Sold sign

Number of owner-occupiers falls while private renter stats rise

25/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The number of owner-occupiers has fallen while those renting privately continue to rise, according to the latest government analysis of the English housing market.

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Housing staff worried about losing tenant data

24/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Nearly a quarter of social housing staff are worried about taking mobile devices out of the office for fear of losing tenants’ data, a survey has found.

Deputy chief executive, CIH

CIH calls to end Right to Buy in the countryside

24/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Ministers were today urged to exempt rural areas from the Right to Buy policy ahead of George Osborne’s budget statement next month.

Chancellor of the exchequer

Osborne offers tenants cash as right to buy alternative

20/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

George Osborne has announced an £84m pot to offer social tenants up to £30,000 to buy a new home on the open market.

Edinburgh financial district

Tenants vote in favour of Wheatley Group merger

20/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Scotland’s biggest social landlord is a step further to merging with an Edinburgh housing association after tenants voted for the proposal.

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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.

Secretary of state for communities and local government

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.

SOLAR PANELS

Taiwanese energy giant plots £65m investment in solar PV

20/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

A Taiwanese solar energy giant is planning to invest £65m in installing free energy-generating panels on the roofs of UK housing association homes this year.

westminster autumn

What's on this week 19 - 23 Jan

19/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

Emma Reynolds attends a London First event, draft renewable heat incentive regs will be discussed in the House of Commons and Inside Housing hosts a communications webinar

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Children's health 'being harmed by fuel poverty'

14/01/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Children’s health in the private rented sector (PRS) is being harmed with low income families struggling to pay their energy bills, according to a study released today.

south_of_maidstone

Government 'does not care about housing in rural areas'

13/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

The vast majority of people living in rural England do not believe the government cares about providing affordable housing in their communities, a new poll has revealed.

Stethoscope

Groundbreaking landlord scheme saves thousands for NHS

12/01/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The first NHS-backed three-way joint investment agreement with a group of social landlords to tackle fuel poverty has saved the health service tens of thousands of pounds, initial analysis suggests.

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What's on in the housing sector this week - 12 - 16 Jan

12/01/2015 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 12 - 16 January

fuel poverty

'Switch energy efficient subsidies to help fuel poor', think tank argues

09/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

Subsidies for energy efficiency should be redirected to the poorest to plug a £700m annual funding gap, a think tank has argued today.

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Finance

House building in Scotland

Taylor Wimpey reports surge in profit

03/03/2015 | By Carl Brown

Taylor Wimpey has reported a 68% jump in pre-tax profits, citing high customer confidence and an ‘affordable mortgage environment’.

fraud

Regulator warns social landlords about fraud

03/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The regulator for social housing in Scotland has intervened to warn landlords of fraud activity, following a number of incidents involving housing associations.

Welsh Assembly

Sector disappointment over board pay decision

03/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government’s scrapping of proposals to allow housing association board pay has met with disappointment from the sector.

Financial district

Sector faces greater financial risk

02/03/2015 | By Carl Brown

The social housing sector is facing pressure from welfare reform and more exposure to risk, a credit rating agency has warned.

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

Tories pledge 200k starter homes by 'cutting planning red tape'

02/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Conservatives would provide 40,000 discounted homes per year for first-time buyers - double the number previously announced by the coalition government.

Finance director, Orbit Group

Swedish bank signs £40m deal with Orbit

27/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has secured a £40m loan from a major Swedish bank, marking one of its first major forays into the sector.

Paragon issues £250m bond

Swan secures £250m bond

27/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

An Essex-based housing association has secured a £250m bond at an interest rate of 3.625%.

Money jar

Sanctuary considers leaving SHPS

27/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest social landlord is considering pulling out of the sector’s £2.3bn pension scheme as the fund’s deficit continues to rise.

Financial district

Institutional investor enters PRS and plots £1bn investment

26/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

An institutional investor has entered the private rented sector (PRS) with a £25m scheme in east London, and set out an appetite to invest £1bn in the sector.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive building on Adelaide Street in Belfast

NIHE call for extra borrowing powers throws doubt on transfers

26/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is calling for further borrowing powers in a move some experts see as a push back against discussions on breaking the organisation up.

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Legal

fraud

Regulator warns social landlords about fraud

03/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The regulator for social housing in Scotland has intervened to warn landlords of fraud activity, following a number of incidents involving housing associations.

Aerial view of London

Councils mull pan-London agreement on viability studies

02/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

London Councils is considering establishing a cross-borough agreement to tackle ‘viability studies’ being used by developers to reduce affordable housing contributions.

File tab marked Regulations

Downgraded landlords 'failed to include data'

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Several landlords penalised for failing to follow value for money rules failed to include key performance data in their self-assessments despite paying consultants to produce it.

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Attempted murder at landlord's care scheme 'a freak event'

24/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association worker’s attempt to murder members of staff by poisoning drinks has been described as a ‘freak event’ by the organisation’s chief executive.

HCA regulator social housing

Liverpool introduces city-wide PRS licensing scheme

23/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Liverpool City Council has introduced a licensing scheme for private landlords.

revealed the extent of single homeless

'Gatekeeping' case could cause homelessness services overhaul

23/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Local authorities will have to review their homelessness services after a London council admitted to ‘poor practices’ in order to avoid a landmark High Court battle, lawyers have warned.

A rundown estate in Bradford

Delayed ASB injunctions to come into force

18/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

New laws on anti-social behaviour, originally expected to come into force in October last year, will now be introduced on March 23, the Home Office has confirmed.

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Court rules in favour of leaseholders over repair costs

18/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Landlords must consider the financial impact on leaseholders when seeking to charge for non-vital improvement works to their homes, an upper tribunal has ruled.

Winchester protest

Pickles halts Winchester development

16/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

A controversial development in Winchester where a commitment to provide 40% affordable housing on-site was unlawfully dropped has been put on hold by Eric Pickles.

Winchester protest

Council affordable housing reduction “unlawful”

12/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

A council that allowed a developer to completely remove affordable housing from a development acted unlawfully in not carrying out a procurement exercise, a High Court judge has ruled.  

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Care

elderly care home

NHS chief panned for 'neglecting housing role in health'

02/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A former health minister has slated the chief executive of NHS England for neglecting to consider the role of housing in keeping people out of hospital.

Old person's hand being held

NHF: Build 100,000 homes for older people

27/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The equivalent of nearly eight million older homeowners anticipate having to move or adapt their property if they develop care needs, a survey has found.

poison_bottle

Attempted murder at landlord's care scheme 'a freak event'

24/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association worker’s attempt to murder members of staff by poisoning drinks has been described as a ‘freak event’ by the organisation’s chief executive.

Deputy chief executive, CIH

CIH calls to end Right to Buy in the countryside

24/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Ministers were today urged to exempt rural areas from the Right to Buy policy ahead of George Osborne’s budget statement next month.

revealed the extent of single homeless

'Gatekeeping' case could cause homelessness services overhaul

23/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Local authorities will have to review their homelessness services after a London council admitted to ‘poor practices’ in order to avoid a landmark High Court battle, lawyers have warned.

Welsh housing

Councils face tough deadline for homelessness rules

19/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Welsh councils will struggle to train staff to implement new homelessness policies before an April deadline, social housing experts have warned.

HCA

HCA invites bids for £120m care specialist housing fund

17/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Homes and Communities Agency has opened bidding for a £120m housing fund for older people and those with disabilities or mental health problems.

Iain Duncan Smith

Universal credit claimants 'more likely to be in work'

16/02/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Universal credit claimants are more likely to be in work than those on Jobseeker’s Allowance, according to two government reports published over the weekend.

revealed the extent of single homeless

Town halls struggle with 'bureaucratic' homelessness scheme

12/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Fewer than 2% of councils have completed a ‘bureaucratic’ £2.3m flagship programme aimed at improving homelessness services, nearly two years after it was launched.

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Trial to sanction working benefit claimants introduced

11/02/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Ministers have launched a pilot scheme that will see housing benefit sanctioned for low-paid welfare claimants if they fail to increase their hours or increase their salaries.

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Regulation

Welsh Assembly

Sector disappointment over board pay decision

03/03/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government’s scrapping of proposals to allow housing association board pay has met with disappointment from the sector.

Gas safety

Landlords downgraded over gas safety

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Three housing associations that missed gas safety checks have been given regulatory downgrades but still comply with the Homes and Communities Agency’s governance standard.

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HCA issues 'cash call' warning to landlords

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Homes and Communities Agency has issued a warning to landlords after a drop in interest rates led to increased calls from investors to put up cash or security as part of ‘swap’ deals.

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Downgraded landlords 'failed to include data'

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Several landlords penalised for failing to follow value for money rules failed to include key performance data in their self-assessments despite paying consultants to produce it.

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Liverpool introduces city-wide PRS licensing scheme

23/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Liverpool City Council has introduced a licensing scheme for private landlords.

Gas safety

HCA raps another landlord over gas safety

19/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

A Gloucestershire housing association has become the latest English landlord rapped by the regulator for failing to carry out annual gas safety checks.

Moody's warns credit rating

Rating agency welcomes regulatory framework as 'credit positive'

19/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

Moody’s has welcomed the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) proposed new regulatory framework, describing it as ‘credit positive’.

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Eight landlords breach value for money rules

18/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Eight housing associations have failed to meet the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) value for money standard.

Matt Cooney

Landlord struggled to meet multi-million pound cash call

18/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

A housing association struggled to meet a multi-million pound call for cash or security from investors, prompting regulatory intervention.

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North-west landlords in merger discussions

17/02/2015

A Salford landlord is in formal discussions about merging with a smaller housing association based in Merseyside.

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Welsh Assembly

What's on this week: 2 - 6 March

02/03/2015 | By Carl Brown

A round-up of key events happening this week in housing

Welsh Assembly

What's on this week: 23 - 27 February

23/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Welsh Assembly public accounts committee discusses welfare reform, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) releases Right to Buy, English Housing Survey and rough sleeping stats and the department’s ministers will be grilled by DCLG select committee over performance