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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

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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

15/03/2017

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

13/03/2017

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

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The quick fixes announced in the Budget are not enough

10/03/2017 | By Emma Maier

The short-term fix on social care should be followed with fundamental reform that acknowledges the role of housing, says Emma Maier

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We can’t give up the war on homelessness

09/03/2017 | By Tony Stacey

Cathy Come Home’s 50th anniversary may have passed, but the Homes for Cathy group will continue to fight growing homelessness, says Tony Stacey

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Housing leaders: fix for social care requires supported housing certainty

08/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

THE BUDGET: Housing experts have warned the government will not fix social care without giving long-term certainty over the future of supported housing funding.

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LGA: councils spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation because of a shortage of housing, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

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Vital Regeneration and Thames Reach agree merger

28/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London homelessness prevention charities Thames Reach and Vital Regeneration have agreed a merger set to take effect on 1 March.

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Oxford City Council plans to guarantee private tenants' rent

27/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Oxford City Council is planning to guarantee the rent of people at risk of becoming homeless, as it prepares for the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

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We need to better understand our customers

27/02/2017 | By Jane Ashcroft

Being able to measure and act on customer satisfaction scores is increasingly important given growing pressures on landlords, says Jane Ashcroft

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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

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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

20/02/2017

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

13/02/2017

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.

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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

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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.

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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

19/01/2017

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

13/01/2017

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