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Associations slash spend on major repairs as rent cut bites

20/01/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Housing associations in England slashed spend on major repairs work to their estates as the government enforced its policy of cutting social rents.

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Labour writes to UK Statistics Authority over million homes target

20/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Labour has written to the chair of the UK Statistics Authority seeking an adjudication over alleged “deliberate misuse of statistics” in the government’s million homes target.

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Council wins right to judicial review into government's Aylesbury decision

20/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council has won the right to launch a judicial review into the government’s decision to block the eviction of leaseholders from the Aylesbury Estate after appealing a previous rejection from the High Court.

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Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

20/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils could be required to work with households to prevent them becoming homeless beyond the 56-day time period set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill, under an amendment planned by the government.

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Cheyne Capital buys £51.8m Croydon portfolio

20/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund has purchased a 338-unit portfolio of residential properties in Croydon, thought to be worth £51.8m.

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HCA will consider scrapping VFM self-assessments

20/01/2017 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator will consider scrapping the requirement for landlords to produce value for money self-assessments if it feels it can instead rely on common “metrics” to measure efficiency.

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Glasgow approves 15,000-home plan

19/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Glasgow City Council has approved a plan to deliver 15,000 homes over the next five years.

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Charity to produce sector-wide data standards

19/01/2017

The Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) has launched an initiative aimed at improving housing providers’ use of data.

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NLA: rental demand in London 'has nosedived'

19/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Central London’s rental market is “beginning to show signs of topping out”, according to National Landlords Association figures released today.

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Tower Hamlets Homes named most LGBT-friendly housing organisation

19/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Tower Hamlets Homes has been named the top housing sector organisation by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, in its Top 100 Employers list.

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25,000 shared ownership homes under construction

19/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations have at least 25,000 shared ownership properties under construction, as the sector prepares for “an explosion” in delivery of the tenure, new figures show.

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Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published today.

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Government expects 30% fall in homelessness acceptances

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government expects the new duties in the Homelessness Reduction Bill to lead to a 30% decrease in homelessness acceptances by its third year, a document seen by Inside Housing has revealed.

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Genesis appoints former energy chief as new chair

18/01/2017 | By Carl Brown

Genesis Housing Association has appointed a former energy chief as its new chair.

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Tributes following death of homelessness activist

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Jimmy Carlson, an activist who was awarded an OBE for his services to combatting homelessness, has died aged 69.

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Value of UK housing stock increases by £1.86tn

18/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The total value of the UK’s housing stock has reached £6.8tn – a £1.86tn increase during the past five years – but this growth is expected to slow over the coming years.

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Live streaming of Cathy play tonight

18/01/2017 | By Carl Brown

An interactive live performance of a play inspired by Cathy Come Home will be streamed live tonight, with readers able to change the plot acted out on stage.

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'Sector scorecard' to provide review of efficiency

18/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A new ‘sector scorecard’ with 15 indicators of efficiency will be piloted this year as housing associations continue to develop a definitive measure of association efficiency.

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'250,000 social homes lost by 2020'

18/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Almost 250,000 social rented homes could be sold or converted to other tenures by 2020, a stark estimate from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revealed.

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Cautious welcome for £48m homelessness funding

17/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced £48m will be given to councils for the extra duties they will face from the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

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Farmer: construction shortages threaten housebuilding targets

17/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A shortage of construction workers, lack of training and outdated technology threaten the government’s housebuilding targets, the author of an independent review of the construction industry has warned.

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House prices rise 6.7%

17/01/2017 | By Carl Brown

House prices jumped 1.1% in November as the market recovered from post-Brexit referendum uncertainty, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

17/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year, the latest government statistics reveal.

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Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country.

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Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year.

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German bank to fund Manchester PRS scheme

16/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A German bank has agreed to provide an £85m loan to fund a large private rented sector development in Manchester.

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Wheatley to help veterans with bankers' fines

16/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The largest housing association in Scotland has received almost half a million pounds raised in fines from bankers to help house homeless veterans.

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Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago.

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Ombudsman relationship with regulator in spotlight after Circle issues

16/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Gavin Barwell has committed to reviewing the relationship between the housing regulator and the ombudsman, in the aftermath of a flurry of problems at a new build development.

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Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a “critically high” 86% over the past year, sparking “extreme concern” among councils.

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NI housing associations call for bedroom tax certainty

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have called on the government to honour its pledge to mitigate the effects of the bedroom tax, despite the political turmoil in the country.

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District councils 'to lose £75m' with New Homes Bonus reforms

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by district councils that believe they could lose £75m.

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Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular, it has announced today.

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Islington sets aside £40m for council housing

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Islington Council has published its 2017/18 budget, which includes £40m for the building of new council housing in the borough.

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Supported housing demand trumps LHA cap fears

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Providers will build supported housing despite the uncertainty surrounding the Local Housing Allowance cap because of overwhelming demand for the specialist accommodation.

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Starter Homes changes expected as White Paper draws closer

13/01/2017 | By News team

Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.  

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Full implementation dates for Housing Act policies revealed

12/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Regulations introducing Starter Homes are due to come into force in the summer, a timetable obtained by Inside Housing reveals.

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Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

12/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies.

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AHF secures £114.8m record low bond

12/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Two housing associations have secured a £114.8m bond at a record low rate under the government’s guaranteed finance scheme.

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£200m Nightingale Estate regeneration approved

12/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Plans for 400 new homes in Clapton, London, have been approved by councillors at Hackney Council.

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Leaked letter reveals Circle repairs overhaul could run until September

12/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Overhauling the long-standing repairs issues affecting former Circle Housing stock could take until September, a leaked letter has revealed.

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Wales gets £7.8m to prevent homelessness

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Welsh Government has announced £7.8m for its Homelessness Prevention Programme for 2017/18.

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Healey calls for answers over RTB financial risk

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

John Healey has called on the government to publish the measures it is taking to protect purchasers placing themselves in “significant financial risk” when buying through the extended Right to Buy.

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New construction minister announced

11/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has appointed a construction minister whose brief will include infrastructure issues.

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Fifty-eight per cent of councillors expect to build on green belt

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.

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Foxtons profits plummet by 46%

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

High-end estate agent Foxtons told investors today that its 2016 revenues are set to drop by 46%, while admitting that sales volumes would decline further in 2017.

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5.5% growth in 'public housing' development

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

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PfP to take over Derwent treasury

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Derwent Living will see its treasury affairs fully taken over by Places for People, after it joined the group following a regulatory downgrade for its finances.

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RTB pilots: one in four express interest but sales limited

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A quarter of eligible tenants expressed an interest in buying their homes under the Right to Buy extension pilot, but affordability acted as a major drag on actual sales.

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Association tenants exposed to 'significant financial risk' under RTB

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing association tenants are taking on huge financial risk to buy homes through the extended Right to Buy, with high street banks offering mortgages of more than five times their income.

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