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Scottish regulator intervenes after association breaches loan covenant

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator will continue its intervention at a Glasgow-based housing association after it breached a loan covenant last year.

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Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council expressed its “sincere regret” today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people.

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London housing associations strike new maintenance deals

24/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London housing associations Southern Housing Group and The Guinness Partnership have appointed Wates Living Space to repairs contracts worth a total of £13m.

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Ombudsman to take over as chief executive of association

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The housing ombudsman has announced she is leaving the role to take over at the helm of a small, specialist housing association in London.

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Deleted emails trigger housing association downgrade

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The regulator has downgraded a 2,120-home specialist housing association after a large batch of emails was deleted under a previous management team.

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Northern Ireland associations upping development amid uncertainty

24/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Issuing the Housing White Paper earlier this month, the government sent out a clear message: to help fight off the housing crisis, it wants to push associations in England to build, build, build.

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Councils phase out freephone repairs numbers

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

English councils are phasing out freephone repairs numbers as they seek to trim costs out of pressurised Housing Revenue Accounts.

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Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up.

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L&Q picked as Brent Cross South partner

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q has been selected by Argent Related and Barnet Council to deliver 132 homes at the 6,700-home Brent Cross South scheme in north west London.

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MPs launch inquiry into benefit cap

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

MPs have launched an inquiry into the benefit cap and have re-opened an inquiry into Universal Credit amid growing concern over delays.

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Government reviewing associations' powers to evict problem tenants

23/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The government has revealed it is undertaking a review of associations’ powers to evict anti-social tenants, as MPs heard calls for greater powers to protect neighbours yesterday.

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Housebuilding falls in 2016

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Completions of new build homes fell by 1% in 2016, according to the government’s official measure of new build activity.

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Time running out to win £500 vouchers in our lettings survey

23/02/2017

Inside Housing readers who complete a survey about their organisation’s approach to letting properties have the chance to win £500 in Marks & Spencer vouchers.

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Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

An influential committee of MPs was told the government should intervene directly in housing to fix the “failure” of the land and house building market.

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Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account.

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Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

23/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes.

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UK government refuses Scottish Government's social security proposals

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish and UK governments are in a dispute over abolishing the bedroom tax and removing housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

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London home mover activity drops to 25-year low

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The number of home buyers in London fell to a four-year low in 2016, with home mover activity dropping to its lowest level in 25 years.

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Housing association development on the rise

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New homes being delivered by housing associations grew in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the previous two quarters, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).

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MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

22/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate later today.

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Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association’s emergency call line.

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Barratt boosts profits despite dip in homes built

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest house builder has announced boosted profits in the six months to the end of December, despite a dip in the number of homes it built.

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Regulator criticises associations for failing to submit financial accounts

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The regulator has criticised two housing associations for failing to submit financial statements despite repeated reminders.

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Parties repeat building pledges as Assembly election looms

21/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Northern Ireland’s political parties have repeated their 2016 promises on social and affordable housebuilding ahead of next week’s Assembly election.

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Aberdeen association secures £12.5m loan

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

An Aberdeen housing association has secured a £12.5m loan to build 147 homes in the city and the surrounding area.

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Blakeway among new HCA board members

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Four new members have been appointed to the board of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), including Boris Johnson’s former housing tsar.

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Galliford Try reports 23% profit boost

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.

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Octopus joint venture disbanded with no homes built

21/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A joint venture once billed as “potentially transformative” for the housing sector has been disbanded without a single home being built.

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Shelter appoints new chief executive

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Shelter has appointed Polly Neate, the current chief executive of domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, as its new chief executive.

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Public land sales lag well below target

20/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has sold enough land for less than 14,000 homes, leaving it well off the pace required to meet its target to dispose of land for 160,000 homes in this parliament.

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Scottish ministers warn against bedroom tax 'clawback'

20/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have urged the UK government not to cap claimants’ benefits when the Scottish Government abolishes the bedroom tax.

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NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.

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Statistics watchdog to speak to DCLG over million homes target

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s statistics watchdog will open talks with government officials to improve the clarity of numbers used to track its much-vaunted ‘million homes’ target.

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NHF calls for rent freedom in Budget

17/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is calling for rent freedom and for housing to play a part in the government’s industrial strategy, ahead of next month’s Budget.

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Report calls for Welsh pensioner homes budget

17/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wales needs a special budget to encourage building homes for older people to help cope with the country’s ageing population, a report claims.

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L&Q market sale and rent activity ramps up

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q ramped up its delivery of market sale and rent units during the nine months to 31 December 2016, as its social housing activity dropped.

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Global Accounts: short-term debt due doubles in year

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing associations had more than £1.9bn of short-term debt coming up for renewal in the 12 months to April 2016 – double the amount experienced in the previous year.

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Global Accounts: associations' sales activity soars 39%

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Just 10 housing associations were responsible for three-quarters of the sale activity carried out by UK landlords in 2015/16, while the total proceeds from such sales grew by 39%.

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Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post-2020 rent settlement.

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Rising Stars 2017 entry deadline extended

17/02/2017

The deadline to enter Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition has been extended.

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Tower Hamlets mayor accuses housing association of 'betrayal'

16/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has accused an east London housing association of a “betrayal” after it sold homes at auction instead of doing a deal with the council.

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North East associations plan three-way merger

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three North East housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a 23,500-home association.

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Cala on course for record profits

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The house builder part-owned by giant institutional investor Legal and General (L&G) is set to deliver record profits and new homes, a trading update said.

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Manchester to increase PFI rents as rent cut bites

16/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Manchester City Council will hike rents on properties built under private finance initiatives (PFIs) this year, as it warns rent cuts will make its business “unviable” in the long term.

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More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations covering more than half of all housing association stock have signed up to a pilot of pioneering efficiency metrics being developed by the sector.

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Clarion to deny full sick pay for first three days of illness

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Staff at Clarion Housing Group will be denied full sick pay for the first three days of any illness under new contracts at the giant housing group.

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Swan Housing outlook negative as rating upheld

15/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today affirmed its credit rating for an Essex housing association, with a negative outlook due to its exposure to market sale development.

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Haringey cabinet confirms Lendlease for £2bn regeneration

15/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes

Haringey councillors last night voted in favour of the selection of Lendlease as the preferred bidder for the local authority’s £2bn development vehicle.

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Lincolnshire associations agree merger

15/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Lincolnshire housing associations have agreed merger plans to form a new 12,700-home landlord in principle.

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