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Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.

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Homelessness bill passes final stage as temporary accommodation use soars

23/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Lords as the latest government figures reveal the number of households in temporary accommodation has soared by 10% since last year.

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Government to allow more office-to-resi waivers if councils deliver on housing

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.

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Bond aggregator completes first deal since 2015

24/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A bond aggregator has completed its first deal for more than a year, with a £40.2m bond for four housing associations.

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Councils urged to 'get on' with Local Plans after High Court quashes interim guidance

24/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.

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Clarion and Genesis named in £32m regeneration allocation

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has named the local authorities and housing associations that will take a share of its £32m estates regeneration grant fund.

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Barwell: 5% of Starter Homes Land Fund invested

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.

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Planning approvals for residential schemes up by 6%

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.

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Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands, report claims

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region, a new report warns.


'There is more that unites us than divides us' – Barwell

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has urged Londoners not to give in “to fear or hate” after a terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday.

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Kier forms joint venture with 11,000-home housing association

23/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Kier has announced a joint venture with an 11,000-home housing association as it reports a growth in profits in its half year results.

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New NIFHA boss calls for Stormont deal as second election looms

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The new chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) has said there is an urgent need for the country to form a government to give certainty over bedroom tax payments and the reclassfication of housing associations.

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Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government plans to use Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are “already there” a senior civil servant has admitted. 

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Shared ownership company buys housing association

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.

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Scottish ministers call for halt to Universal Credit roll-out

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has called for an immediate halt to the roll-out of Universal Credit because it is concerned the new system is pushing more people into debt.

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Charities criticise 'woefully insufficient' government fund to address LHA rate freeze

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze, after it confirmed just £13.3m will be available next year.


Kingston seeks partner for 2,000-home scheme as outer London booms

22/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Kingston Council is looking for a partner to develop up to 2,000 homes at a town centre estate, in the latest scheme marking a shift in the market towards outer London boroughs.

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Nearly two-thirds of councils struggling to find tenancies for homeless people

22/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Nearly two-thirds of councils across England are struggling to find tenancies for homeless people, a report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed.


House prices drop in Aberdeen amid national rise

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Average house prices in Aberdeen dropped by 10.2% in the year to January 2017, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.


Moody's: sales exposure to rise in future years

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Debt, capital expenditure and exposure to the sales market will all rise as housing associations step up their development in the coming years, Moody’s has said.

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Newham launches affordable housing company

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

An east London borough has launched an affordable housing company with the acquisition of 211 planned units at the former West Ham football stadium.

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L&G announces Bath build-to-rent scheme

21/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Legal & General is set to deliver a new 171-unit build-to-rent scheme in Bath.

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Association debt to exceed £80bn by 2019

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.


Welsh Government to release Tai Cantref report to committee

21/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will release its secret report on mismanagement at a 1,400-home housing association to its Public Accounts Committee later this year, a politician has revealed.

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Three associations receive £100,000 grant for mental health project

20/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three London housing associations have received a £100,000 grant to expand a project to help older residents with mental health needs.


Cumbrian associations in breakaway merger talks

20/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Cumbria-based housing associations are in merger talks after one was given the green light to break away from its parent organisation.

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Wates announces 17.1% rise in profits

20/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing contractor has announced a 17.1% rise in profits to £35.5m in 2016.


Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a “strong contender” for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison.


Ex-finance director pleads guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault


The ex-finance director of the largest housing association in Scotland has pleaded guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault.


Berkeley blames affordable housing requirements for starts drop

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Berkeley Group has blamed increased obligations on affordable housing as one of the reasons behind its London starts plummeting 30%.

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Derbyshire County Council sets up development company

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Derbyshire County Council has set up a new development company, it announced yesterday.


Welsh Housing Partnership secures £93m

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Housing Partnership has received £93m in secure debt funding from specialist insurer the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).


Inside Housing journalist highly commended

17/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Inside Housing’s deputy news editor has been highly commended at an awards ceremony celebrating new journalism talent.

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Javid backs Housing First feasibility study


Sajid Javid has committed to ending rough sleeping and revealed the government is backing a major new feasibility study into using Housing First, in a win for Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign.


Government shifts funding focus to greatest homelessness demand areas

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.

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Plan unveiled for 20,000 new homes in Leeds

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Leeds City Council has unveiled plans to build nearly 20,000 new homes on brownfield sites by 2028.

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Association selects 16 contractors for £90m repairs framework

16/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has selected 16 contractors to deliver a £90m repairs framework in London.


HCA agrees loans for 10,250 homes

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed two loans with developers totalling £98.8m to kick-start projects which will provide 10,250 new homes.

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Keepmoat credit rating under review after repairs business sale

16/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A house builder’s credit rating has been placed under review by a credit agency after it sold its regeneration business earlier this month.

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Right to Buy sales pass 50,000 since discounts raised

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils sold more than 3,000 homes through the Right to Buy in the final quarter of 2016, taking the total sold under large discounts to over 50,000.

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Eight associations referred to regulator more than once by official bodies

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Eight housing associations have been reported to the regulator by official bodies more than once over the past five years because of repairs and maintenance concerns.


S&P: deregulation 'will not damage credit ratings'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Impending deregulation will not damage credit ratings for English housing associations, a major ratings agency has confirmed.


HCA publishes guidance on deregulated system

15/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The Homes and Communities Agency has published guidance on a package of deregulatory changes for social landlords due to come into force in April.

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Alafat: welfare reforms risk undermining housing aims

15/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s welfare reforms risk undermining its aim to make housing more accessible, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.


Council company targets institutional cash

15/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick is expected to launch a bid for institutional investment over the next six months – to finance its ambitious development plans.


A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

15/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

A dozen housing associations have almost 2,000 partially developed supported housing units on hold due to uncertainty over funding, MPs heard yesterday.


Cantref takeover handled appropriately, says top Welsh Government official

15/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The controversial takeover of a struggling housing association in Wales was appropriately handled by the Welsh Government, a top official maintained yesterday.

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Scotland sees drop in affordable housing completions

15/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Affordable housing completions in Scotland have dropped by 6% in a year, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics.


Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis, with landlords scaling up delivery plans despite the looming threat of Brexit.


Scottish Government launches scrutiny guide for tenants

14/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services.

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