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Michael Farr

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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The downsizing dilemma Video

01/12/2016 | By Emily Twinch

Too few older people are downsizing, meaning families are missing out on homes with more bedrooms. Emily Twinch finds out if and how the housing sector can overcome the problem.


255,000 homeless in England, says Shelter

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Some 255,000 people are homeless in England, housing charity Shelter has found.

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The right kind of home Video

30/11/2016 | By Kate Youde

Patients leaving hospital with unresolved housing issues are costing the NHS hundreds of millions a year. Kate Youde meets one housing provider that is addressing the problem


Off the streets

25/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing First has all but eradicated rough sleeping in Finland. Nick Johnstone looks at how it is catching on in the UK

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Government commits extra £10m to rough sleeping fund

24/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

The government is to pump an extra £10m into the Rough Sleeping Fund over two years, doubling the money for “innovative approaches”.

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Simple gestures

24/11/2016 | By Michelle Meldrum

Let’s make a difference this Christmas and beyond and help those whose lives might not be full of festive cheer, urges Michelle Meldrum

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One in three councils took children into care due to homelessness

18/11/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

One in three councils took a child into care in 2014/15 where a central reason for the decision was the family’s homelessness, an Inside Housing investigation has revealed.


Volatile housing

18/11/2016 | By Jane Ashcroft

The government needs to think hard about how to protect less well-off older people, says Jane Ashcroft

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A modern day Cathy Video


In Cathy Come Home, a family’s homelessness leads to their children being taken into care. Half a century later in modern Britain, it is still happening. Martin Hilditch investigates


Giving back


Social value should be considered throughout the supply chain, says Joe Baxter at Akzonobel


Shocking viewing

11/11/2016 | By David Orr

A troubling television documentary shows the lack of good quality, well managed supported housing, says David Orr


Breaking point

08/11/2016 | By Ann Gibbons

Supported housing can alleviate the pressure on the NHS but it is becoming too risky to build, says Ann Gibbons


Fresh thinking

04/11/2016 | By Faye Greaves

Ministers need a national strategy to tackle the causes of homelessness, says Faye Greaves

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Troubled policy

01/11/2016 | By Geeta Nanda

Lessons can be learned from conflicting evaluations of the Troubled Families programme, says Geeta Nanda


Falling short

28/10/2016 | By Hilary

More than two-thirds of social housing tenants are living below acceptable living standards, says Hilary Burkitt

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No place to go Video

28/10/2016 | By Danielle Aumord

A reciprocal move arrangement between councils can offer women fleeing domestic violence a fresh start. So why is the scheme not working and what are the stark choices facing victims? Danielle Aumord investigates


Getting through the front door


Housing associations should prioritise adaptations rather than cut funding, says Paul Smith


Report finds housing race inequalities

21/10/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Stark racial disadvantages and discrimination still exist in housing despite a raft of reforms since the 1960s, a report sponsored by housing associations has said.

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Action stations

21/10/2016 | By Gavin Smart

Ministers should aim to build homes that everyone can afford to live in, says Gavin Smart