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LHA cap is just part of a much bigger issue

24/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The capping of housing benefit in line with Local Housing Allowance is just one part of a much wider issue, says Jules Birch


Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association’s emergency call line.

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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The potential impact of LHA cap on sheltered housing is devastating


The government’s proposals for supported housing funding risk breaking part of the market that is currently working, warns Howard Nankivell of Anchor

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Report calls for Welsh pensioner homes budget

17/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wales needs a special budget to encourage building homes for older people to help cope with the country’s ageing population, a report claims.

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CIH: delay supported housing changes for older people

14/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Older people should be excluded from the government’s supported housing funding changes “until at least 2022”, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

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Homelessness funding vacuum


Despite offering support to the Homelessness Reduction Bill in the Lords, Labour does not share the optimistic view that committed funding will be sufficient, says Andy Slaughter

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LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service, providers warn

13/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks “breaking” sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned.


White Paper should have focused on people at all stages of life

10/02/2017 | By David Cowans

OPINION: While there is a noticeable shift in improving standards in the private rental market, housing options for people at all stages of their life should have been a focus of the Housing White Paper, says David Cowans

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Scottish Government to reduce time children spend in temporary housing

09/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Children and pregnant women will spend no longer than one week in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation, the Scottish Government has pledged.

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The benefit cap tightrope

03/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

In the opening investigation in our new series, IH Spotlight, Sophie Barnes unveils the first exclusive analysis of the lower benefit cap


Placeshapers calls for national supported housing fund

02/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Placeshapers has rejected the government’s proposed Local Housing Allowance top-up fund in favour of a national supported housing allowance.

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MPs launch inquiry into housing for older people

02/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into housing for older people.

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Glasgow calls for rent rises as it cuts sheltered housing budget by third

31/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

Glasgow City Council has asked the city’s associations to implement rent rises to help cover the cost of a forthcoming £1m cut to sheltered housing services.

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Landlord-led domestic abuse initiative gets £30,000 of government funding

31/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse in the social housing sector has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the government.


Supported housing: the new North-South divide

31/01/2017 | By Carol Matthews

Basing a benefit cap on private rented sector rents does not reflect supported housing costs and will create a huge regional disparity, warns Carol Matthews

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Ministers' view: we will protect supported housing


The proposed new model for supported housing protects funding and puts councils at the heart of commissioning, argue government ministers Caroline Nokes and Marcus Jones

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New supply not enough to solve housing crisis

19/01/2017 | By Matthew Gardiner

Housing needs to be joined to the health and social care system to solve the housing crisis, says Matthew Gardiner

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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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Let us build more supported housing


Isos Housing has found a way to continue building supported housing but could do more if it had certainty over funding, says its executive director Michael Farr

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Time is running out to make LHA cap views known

13/01/2017 | By Emma Maier

The supported housing bidding figures look encouraging but now is the time for the sector to make its views on the LHA cap known, says Emma Maier

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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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Supported housing plan will not work

11/01/2017 | By Dame Clare Tickell

Using market rents to cap housing benefit without adjusting for consequences does not make sense economically, argues Dame Clare Tickell


Scottish Government announces £1.65m funding for housing support

09/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has announced the recipients of £1.65m of funding for homeless services and housing providers working with vulnerable people.

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Councils: national funding needed for older people in sheltered housing

04/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local government leaders have called for a two-pronged approach to the funding of sheltered housing.

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Supported housing funding opportunity

04/01/2017 | By Paul Smith

The government’s supported housing proposals provide an opportunity for the housing sector to become an integral part of health and care provision, argues Paul Smith

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'10 things about 2016': part two

29/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch concludes his two-part review of what the year meant for housing

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'10 things about 2016': part one

23/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces

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County council plans 600 extra care homes

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A county council is pushing ahead with plans to deliver 600 extra care homes as the pressures on adult social care eat into its budget.


Successful bidders for learning disability housing fund announced

20/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

Councils from Cornwall to Tyneside have won a share of a £25m pot to help people with learning disabilities live independently.

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Inside Housing's most read news stories of 2016


2016 was another busy year of housing news. Assistant editor Carl Brown counts down Inside Housing’s most read news stories of the year in reverse order.


MPs launch inquiry into supported housing funding

15/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

MPs have launched a joint inquiry into the government’s proposal to radically overhaul the funding of supported housing.

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Pictures of the year 2016


Our art editor Sonny Dhamu picks his favourite Inside Housing pictures from 2016


Not the answer

13/12/2016 | By Jane Ashcroft

The government’s proposed supported housing funding plan will introduce complexity, bureaucracy and a postcode lottery, warns Jane Ashcroft


Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed, the minister responsible for homelessness has revealed.

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Review of the year 2016

Review of the year 2016 Video


In our last issue of 2016, Inside Housing looks back at the year’s social housing headlines


Coping with the cap

08/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in


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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Two-way street

07/12/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The minister announces more investment in social housing – social, not affordable – and signs a pact with housing associations and local authorities.

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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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