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Senior reporter, Inside Housing

Heather Spurr

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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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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.

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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.


Northern housing associations launch £180m procurement framework

03/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A social housing consortium has launched a £180m contractors’ and consultants’ framework with a group of companies to build 2,000 homes between now and 2021.


Wigan Council set to scrap ALMO

15/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wigan Council is expected to take back control of housing stock from its arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO), after a report concluded the move would save £5.5m.

Mega-merger cancelled

Cobalt chair: local investment priorities led to Symphony de-merger

10/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

A housing association ‘de-merged’ from one of the north’s largest housing groups over concerns its large surplus would not be invested in the local community.


New Charter and Adactus in talks over 33,000-home merger

24/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New Charter Group has entered talks with Adactus Housing Group which would lead to the creation of a 33,000-home landlord.

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Manchester sets out its own affordable housing definition

10/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Manchester City Council has set out its own definition of affordable housing which is based on an average household’s income.


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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Leeds 'requires major housing boost' to avoid shortfall

22/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Leeds City Region needs a major boost in its housing supply if it is to continue its economic growth, with a 30,000 home shortfall anticipated by 2021.

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Burnham concerned over Greater Manchester green belt plans

31/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Greater Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has hit out at the region’s plan to build on green belt land.

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Burnham: give Manchester its own welfare budget

27/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Andy Burnham has called on the government to devolve welfare spending to Greater Manchester.

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Sir Howard Bernstein to retire next year

15/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Sir Howard Bernstein, the chief executive of Manchester City Council, has announced he will retire in spring next year.


Merseyside associations collaborated on grant bids

14/09/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

Housing associations in Merseyside worked jointly on bids of up to £65m for the latest grant programme and remain hopeful of receiving cash for non-ownership products.

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Kier launches joint venture model

01/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

A major developer has launched a joint venture model in a bid to form partnerships with Northern housing associations and build 1,000 homes in three years.


Sheffield City Region submits bid for own grant programme

01/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has submitted a bid for grant under a £4.7bn government scheme as part of a pitch to run its own housing programme.

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Pioneering landlord company lands £9m employment contract

25/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

An enterprising combined company set up by Greater Manchester’s housing associations has been awarded a £9.7m contract to help people back into employment.

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Burnham pledges to use £300m pot for sub-market rent

16/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

Andy Burnham has pledged to renegotiate the terms of Greater Manchester’s devolved £300m housing pot to invest cash in building affordable homes for rent.

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Falling homeownership 'wake-up call'

04/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

Figures showing plummeting homeownership rates outside London should be a “wake-up call” for the government to devolve more housing powers to the regions.


HAs plan to place staff in hospitals

03/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Social landlords want housing workers to be placed in every hospital in Greater Manchester under an expansion of a ground-breaking cross-sector initiative.

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'Lyons review for the north' publishes interim report

16/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

Too many areas of northern England are “no longer desirable places to live or work in”, according to a report by a commission looking into housing in the north.

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Former police chief to chair housing association

16/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association has appointed Greater Manchester’s former police chief constable as chair of its board.


Manchester seeks greater homelessness powers

26/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority will seek greater freedoms over homelessness funding and allocations as part of the region’s next devolution agreement.


Northern landlords concerned over £4.1bn shared ownership fund

22/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations in the north of England have warned that their bids for funding under the government’s flagship affordable housing programme will be constrained by limited demand for shared ownership.