All the latest news from the housing sector

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Cautious welcome for government estates scheme

08/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Housing professionals have broadly welcomed a new government blueprint for overhauling run-down estates across England, coupled with a £32m funding boost.

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Fraudulent housing benefit payments hit £1bn

08/12/2016 | By Caroline Thorpe

Housing benefit overpayments due to fraud totalled £1bn last year, official statistics released today have revealed.

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Migrant focus for BME housing association

08/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

A black and minority ethnic housing association hopes to become the leading provider of services to new migrants in London as it focuses on non-housing services.

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L&G raises £170m for build-to-rent investment

08/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Legal & General has raised a further £170m from institutions for its build-to-rent fund, taking its total investment in this field to around £1bn.

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Essex housing association maintains rating, but outlook is negative

08/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Essex-based housing association Colne has retained its A+ credit rating from ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, but has had its long-term outlook downgraded to negative. 

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£32m boost for estate regeneration

08/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

The government is to inject an extra £32m into its flagship estate regeneration programme, ministers announced today.

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LHA cap: supported schemes remain on ice

08/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Supported housing providers are keeping development schemes on hold, despite a recent assurance from the government that current levels of funding will be maintained in the future.

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NHF opens internal consultation over restructure

08/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is considering a reduction in staffing numbers, as it seeks to squeeze costs ahead of a cut to its annual fees.

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Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

07/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Peabody and Family Mosaic’s merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units, the designate chief executive of the new organisation has said.

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London Assembly calls on Sadiq to act on homelessness

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The London Assembly has called on the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan to act against a “perfect storm” of homelessness.

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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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Large London associations announce latest mega-merger plans

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Peabody and Family Mosaic housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a giant 55,000-home landlord.

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Deregulation package to take effect in April

07/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The deregulation package aimed at removing housing associations from the national balance sheet will come into effect from April, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Digital bank enters shared ownership market

07/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

A UK-based digital-only bank has become the latest mortgage lender to enter the shared ownership market.

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L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes.

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L&Q and East Thames complete merger and £2.6bn refinancing

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q and East Thames have completed their mega-merger, alongside a £2.6bn refinancing deal with seven banks.

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Former Housing Corporation boss appointed association chair

06/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

The former chair of the Housing Corporation has been named chair of a new housing association, once its merger completes in the New Year.

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Moody's: negative outlook for associations in 2017

06/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

English housing associations’ creditworthiness will suffer next year as shrinking grants and rental income drive them into riskier ventures.

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Scottish Government proposes planning fees hike

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.

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Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act.

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Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing.

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Builders hit back at Javid landbank threat

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.

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Hill and Hyde launch £150m joint venture

05/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Hyde Housing Group and house builder Hill have launched their first joint venture, for 287 homes in Brent.

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£13bn housing investment included on infrastructure list

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Investment of almost £13bn in 18 housing projects and programmes has been listed in the government’s £500bn infrastructure pipeline.

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'New regulator is not a return to TSA,' say HCA leaders

05/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Senior leaders at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have hit back at criticisms over regular changes to the social housing regulator over the past decade.

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Council chief with housing background in line for Manchester top job

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A council chief executive with a background in housing has been put forward for the top job at Manchester City Council.

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NIFHA chief executive to leave

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The chief executive of Northern Ireland’s housing association representative body is set to leave to take over at the helm of a specialist older people’s landlord.

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Stonewater retains credit rating from Moody's

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Housing association Stonewater has retained its A1 rating from credit ratings agency Moody’s.

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Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

02/12/2016 | By Corin Williams

One of England’s largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure.

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Inside Housing journalist lands top prize

02/12/2016 | By Carl Brown

Inside Housing’s news editor won a top journalism award last night.

Brexit

Sector in 'robust' position to face post-Brexit economy

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing association sector is in a “robust” position to respond to economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote, according to the latest quarterly survey from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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FOI extension will lead to cost burden, Scottish landlords warn

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The Scottish Government’s U-turn on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs, the sector has warned.

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Lord Freud announces his retirement

01/12/2016

Lord David Freud, the minister for welfare reform who has overseen the introduction of Universal Credit, has announced he will retire from his ministerial position at the end of December.

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Scottish Government proposes FOI for social landlords

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.

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Scottish landlords 'lack capacity to meet target'

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Scotland’s social landlords doubt they have the capacity to deliver the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes over five years.

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Welsh regulator to introduce performance standards

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh regulator will introduce a series of governance and viability standards for the first time, as part of a package to take housing associations off the national balance sheet.

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Grainger profits leap 64%

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Growing demand in the private rented sector has driven a 64% leap in pre-tax profit for residential landlord Grainger.

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Scottish regulator ends intervention at housing association

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator has ended its intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association after nearly two years.

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Welsh Government boosts grant after supply pact with sector

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has boosted housing grant funding by £30m this year, as social landlords sign a historic ‘supply pact’ to deliver 20,000 homes by 2021.

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Government injects £45m into 2,000 private rental homes

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced a loan of £45m from its new Home Building Fund will go towards more than 2,000 private rental homes in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.

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LSE: emergency housing package for young needed

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital, according to a report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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255,000 homeless in England, says Shelter

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Some 255,000 people are homeless in England, housing charity Shelter has found.

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Clarion Group formed as mega-merger completes

30/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group have completed their long-awaited ‘mega-merger’, joining forces to become Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest housing association and one of its biggest house builders.

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Government proposes new social housing regulator

30/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government plans to create a new social housing regulator, separate from the Homes and Communities Agency.

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Build-to-rent experts welcome Khan planning guidance

30/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Private rented sector specialists have welcomed this week’s changes to London planning guidance, in which local authorities are advised to lock build-to-rent providers into covenants of at least 15 years – in return for an easing of affordable housing requirements.

North of England

Regions sound concern over London allocation

30/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Housing association chief executives outside London have voiced concern about the diversion of resources into the capital’s affordable homes programme in last week’s Autumn Statement.

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Pidgley: we'll adjust land bids to meet 35% threshold

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Nick Johnstone , Mark Smulian

The influential chair of one of London’s biggest house builders says he will “adjust land bids” where necessary to meet Sadiq Khan’s 35% affordable housing threshold.

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Midlands association downgraded over governance concerns

30/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Wrekin Housing Group (WHG) has been downgraded by the housing regulator due to weaknesses in risk management across its large group structure.

City Hall

Associations poised for strategic partnerships with GLA

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Pete Apps , Mark Smulian

Housing associations in London are poised to enter “strategic partnerships” with City Hall, as Sadiq Khan’s overhaul of affordable housing funding was hailed as a “defining moment in housing history”.

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Housing White Paper due in January

29/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s much-anticipated Housing White Paper will not be published until January, the communities secretary revealed yesterday.

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