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MPs: scrap Housing Revenue Account cap where housing unaffordable

29/04/2017 | By Kate Youde

Borrowing caps on councils’ Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) should be raised – and, in some cases, scrapped – to help boost housebuilding, MPs have recommended.

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London council investigates mistaken call for temporary accommodation payment

28/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge.

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PAC reports slams government over 'fundamentally flawed' housing market

28/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government’s million homes target “does not even come close” to meeting the demand for housing in Britain with the “fundamental flaws” in the market set to continue for decades.

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Sargeant admits 'burst' of activity needed to hit build target

28/04/2017

The minister with responsibility for housing in Wales has said the sector needs “a real big burst” of building activity to meet its target of 20,000 affordable homes by 2021. 

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Risk planning 'unacceptably weak' in some areas, warns regulator

28/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The regulator has warned of “unacceptably weak” risk planning as it signals a tougher approach to compliance going forward.

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Vivid seeks US investors following merger completion

28/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A new 30,000-home social landlord is in talks with foreign investors about loans of up to £200m as it scales up its development ambitions.

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Homelessness Reduction Bill passes into law

27/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has now become law, placing a new duty on councils to intervene at an earlier stage to prevent homelessness.

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Hyde issues £400m bond at 3% interest rate

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association has issued a £400m bond at an interest rate of 3%, putting it among the cheapest individual deals secured in the sector.

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Government defeated in bedroom tax case

27/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A couple who had their housing benefit reduced because they were unable to share a bedroom due to a severe disability have defeated the government in court for the second time.

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NHBC registrations hit 10-year peak

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

More homes were registered with the National House Building Council (NHBC) in the first three months of 2017 than any quarter since 2007.

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Corbyn adds housing associations to 500,000 homes pledge

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Jeremy Corbyn has added housing association homes to his pledge to deliver 500,000 affordable rented properties in the life of a parliament.

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Persimmon boosts forward sales revenue

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

One of the UK’s largest house builders has boosted its sales turnover by 11% this year, as sales increase and house prices rise.

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Bristol launches £57m grant package for local associations

27/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Bristol City Council will launch a £57m package of grant funding for local social landlords today as it seeks to boost affordable housing in the city.

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Three-quarters of social landlords implementing major change

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three-quarters of social landlords will be implementing a “major change programme” such as a merger, restructure or overhaul of IT systems over the next year, an exclusive Inside Housing survey shows.

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Parties back Inside Housing campaign to end rough sleeping by 2022

27/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Major political parties have backed Inside Housing’s election campaign call to commit to eradicating rough sleeping by the end of the next parliament.

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UK Housing Awards winners announced

26/04/2017

Social landlords celebrated their achievements on Wednesday night at the annual UK Housing Awards, organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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Labour: more homes built in our council areas than Tories

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

Labour has released new research showing an average of nearly 1,000 more homes have been built in councils under its control since 2010, as it seeks to make housing a battleground of its election campaign.

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Welsh Government provides £150,000 for co-operative housing

26/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government has allocated nearly £150,000 of funding for co-operative housing.

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Welsh Government official calls for more transparency from associations

26/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government’s leading official on housing associations has called for greater transparency within the sector following the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) inquiry into regulation.

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Sector leaders call for next government to scrap high-value asset levy

26/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing leaders have called on the next government to scrap the high-value asset levy for councils ahead of the publication of political manifestos.

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Reel Homes film competition winner to be announced at screening

26/04/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

The winner of Inside Housing’s competition to produce a short film about homelessness or the housing crisis will be announced next week at a screening of shortlisted entries.

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Clarion submits plans for 2,800-home Merton estates redevelopment

26/04/2017

Clarion has submitted outline plans to develop 2,800 new homes on the Eastfields Estate in Mitcham, the Ravensbury Estate in Morden and the High Path Estate in South Wimbledon.

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Javid reverses decision on Aylesbury CPO

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sajid Javid has lifted his block of a planned compulsory purchase order (CPO) which was delaying a major south London estate regeneration scheme.

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Clarion reports reduced surplus to investors

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest social landlord is expecting a reduced annual surplus this financial year due to a planned smaller sales programme.

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Association downgraded over 'reduced capacity' in leadership team

26/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Shoreline Housing Partnership has been downgraded because its focus on a potential merger has led to “reduced capacity” in its leadership team, the regulator has warned.

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Lenders need 'assurance' over modular homes, CML says

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Banks need “assurance” over the longevity and viability of modular homes as the government seeks to increase offsite housebuilding, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said.

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Kerslake: government should rethink welfare changes

26/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support.

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Academics to seek homelessness best practice in new study

25/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A new research project backed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) will assess how councils and housing associations can work together to tackle homelessness.

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Scottish Government planning fee hike proposal opposed by majority

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A slim majority of respondents to the Scottish Government’s planning consultation have opposed a dramatic hike in planning fees.

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NHC calls for 'Northern regeneration' in election manifestos

25/04/2017 | By Carl Brown

The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) is urging general election candidates to support the regeneration of areas of market weakness.

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Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments.

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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.

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Political parties clash over ending rough sleeping

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Labour and Conservative ministers clashed over ending rough sleeping in parliament today as the election campaigns swung into action.

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Newly merged association plans 1,200 homes per year

24/04/2017

A 30,000-home housing association has formed in the South East with plans to build 1,200 homes per year.

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Hertfordshire housing association secures £65m Lloyds lending

24/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A South East social housing provider has secured a £65m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Bank to help deliver plans to build 800 new houses.

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Social sector evictions on the increase in Scotland, Shelter reveals

24/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

There has been a 24% increase in evictions from social housing in Scotland over the past two years, a new report by Shelter Scotland has revealed.

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Khan to invest in community-built housing 'hub'

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to spend £250,000 setting up an advice hub for community groups looking to build homes in the capital themselves.

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Welsh Government plans to put forward reclassification proposals next month

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will put forward proposals to reverse the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) reclassification of housing associations in Wales after local elections on 4 May.

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Regulator and ombudsman pledge closer joint working

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The housing regulator and ombudsman have published a ‘memorandum of understanding’ setting out their plans to share information and co-operate.

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Newly merged association retains credit rating

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating.

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Almost 9,000 affordable starts through GLA programmes in 2016/17

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Just under 9,000 affordable homes were started under Greater London Authority programmes in the first year of Sadiq Khan’s tenure as mayor.

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Javid rejects proposals to build on green belt

21/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.

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CIH secretary and housing academic dies aged 62

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Chartered Institute of Housing’s South East secretary and a respected housing academic has died aged 62.

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Scottish Leaders’ List entry deadline extended

21/04/2017

The deadline for entries for Inside Housing’s inaugural Scottish Leaders’ List has been extended.

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Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The UK’s largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive.

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Council pilots modular technology to adapt vulnerable tenants' homes

21/04/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

A Scottish council is working on a pilot project to build modular extensions to the homes of older or disabled people to help them remain in their properties.

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Welsh associations warn hundreds will be unable to pay rent under LHA cap

21/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Pete Apps

Welsh social landlords in low-rent areas have revealed capping benefits at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will leave hundreds of their tenants unable to pay their rent.

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Troubled Scottish association seeks larger partner

20/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A troubled Scottish housing association has put out a tender looking for a larger housing association to partner with.

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Year-on-year mortgage lending drops in March

20/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Council of Mortgage Lenders said today that gross mortgage lending had reached £21.4bn in March – 19% lower than the £26.3bn lent in March last year.

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Hundreds evacuated after blaze at tower block

20/04/2017

A flat fire in an iconic west London council tower block saw 200 tenants evacuated from their homes last night.

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