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Tories vow to eliminate rough sleeping and pilot Housing First


The Conservatives have pledged to pilot Housing First and eliminate rough sleeping by 2027, in a major win for Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign.

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Civitas strikes £6.1m supported living deal

16/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

Investor Civitas Social Housing has bought five supported living properties in the North East for £6.1m, in its latest deal since launching last November.

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Keeping older couples together

16/05/2017 | By Charlotte Cook

Following comments from a senior judge, Charlotte Cook questions to what extent the responsibility of keeping older couples together will lie with social housing providers


The government needs to act on affordability

10/05/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

A looming affordability crisis means the new government needs to do more to support those in dire need of housing, says the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Terrie Alafat

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Sector bosses warn against social housing smoking ban

09/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing association bosses have warned against a leading public health figure’s call to impose non-smoking conditions on social housing tenants.

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Government needs to learn lessons from MPs' report

08/05/2017 | By Jane Ashcroft

The select committees’ report on the LHA cap should make the government rethink its position on sheltered housing funding, says Jane Ashcroft of Anchor

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Let’s make a new contract with the country over social care

08/05/2017 | By Chris Hampson

We must have a discussion about how to fund social care at a national level, says Chris Hampson of Look Ahead

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Sector tells government it is time to listen on LHA cap

05/05/2017 | By News team

The government has been urged to listen to the recommendation of two cross-party committees and ditch controversial plans to cap benefit for supported housing tenants at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates.


Support needed for life-saving housing

05/05/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Ministers must consider alternative ways of funding supported housing, argues Martin Hilditch


Welsh Government considering LHA top-up alternatives

04/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government is looking for alternatives to the top-up system proposed by central government to help offset the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap’s impact on supported housing.

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MPs urge government to drop LHA cap plan for supported housing

01/05/2017 | By Kate Youde

MPs are calling on the government to abandon plans to base supported housing funding on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates.

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Academics to seek homelessness best practice in new study

25/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A new research project backed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) will assess how councils and housing associations can work together to tackle homelessness.

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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.

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Our new homelessness service explained


Thirteen Group is aiming to help prevent homelessness on behalf of five councils across the North East. The group’s director Chris Smith explains more


Council pilots modular technology to adapt vulnerable tenants' homes

21/04/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

A Scottish council is working on a pilot project to build modular extensions to the homes of older or disabled people to help them remain in their properties.


What will the election mean for housing?

21/04/2017 | By Tony Stacey

Tony Stacey of South Yorkshire Housing Association considers what impact the snap election could have on the housing sector

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One in five suffer mental illness due to housing problems

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Nearly seven in 10 people to experience housing worries in the past five years feel it has impacted on their mental health, a study has found.


The supported housing funding merry-go-round

18/04/2017 | By Philippa Jones

A glance at history shows the extent to which supported housing has been particularly vulnerable to political vagaries, says Philippa Jones

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NHF expects supported housing Green Paper in 'late spring'

13/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) expects a key government Green Paper setting out future plans for supported housing by “late spring”.

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Young people benefit cut to hit hardest in North

13/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

The cut to housing benefit for young people will have its largest impact in deprived areas of the North of England, Inside Housing research shows.

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Where the axe will fall Video

13/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

Pete Apps and Sophie Barnes assess the potential impact of the forthcoming cut to housing benefit for young people

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Homelessness prevention programme launched in North East

12/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The North East’s largest housing association has launched a homelessness prevention service for five councils in the Tees Valley, backed by £710,000 of government funding.

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Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial ‘Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap’ in supported housing.

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EHRC makes final call for evidence in disabled housing inquiry

11/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has made a final call for evidence for its inquiry into housing for disabled people.

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Welsh Government considers Housing First scheme to tackle homelessness

10/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government is considering moving towards a Housing First homelessness policy, the minister with responsibility for housing has announced.


Northern Ireland Supporting People budget cut amid Stormont crisis

06/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Northern Ireland’s Supporting People budget has been cut as the region continues to operate without an agreed government.

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'We need more housing for exploited women' Video

06/04/2017 | By Danielle Aumord

Specialist housing for prostituted women is in high demand, but it is under threat from funding cuts. Danielle Aumord finds out whether these crucial services can be kept afloat

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Octopus returns to housing with retirement scheme

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The private investor that recently disbanded its affordable housing venture has launched a new £200m business to provide homes for retirees.

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L&Q launches supported housing subsidiary despite uncertainty

03/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

L&Q has launched a £47m supported housing subsidiary in spite of its concerns over the government’s new funding model.

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Under-21 benefit cut to come into force tomorrow

31/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Guidance for the under-21 benefit cut has been published, with the policy set to come into effect from tomorrow.


Dementia code for housing launched by charity

27/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A major dementia charity is calling for social landlords to sign up to a dementia charter to make housing friendly to sufferers of the condition.

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Taking a risk on extra care

27/03/2017 | By Colette McKune

Many extra care schemes are on hold, but with sensible capital spending it is still possible to get schemes off the ground, says Colette McKune


The future is private

23/03/2017 | By Richard Jennings

Once Scotland’s generous grant funding has run out, housing associations will have to turn to private investment, says Richard Jennings

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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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We need better safety nets for vulnerable tenants

23/03/2017 | By Matthew Gardiner

Social landlords can do more to address the crisis in social care, but only so much can be achieved without support from government, says Matthew Gardiner

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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.

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Could Home Group's Step Down initiative make a real difference?

17/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A small set of flats on a quiet residential road in Blackpool holds a message for the health and housing sectors. Pete Apps investigates

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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.

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Stepping in to provide help for migrants and refugees


A hardening of public attitudes towards migrants and refugees has prompted Arhag Housing Association to widen its range of services. Chief executive Cedric Boston explains more

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We are ready to talk with government about social care strategy


Housing is at the core of the solution on social care, says Kevin Beirne of One Housing

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