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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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Full implementation dates for Housing Act policies revealed

12/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Regulations introducing Starter Homes are due to come into force in the summer, a timetable obtained by Inside Housing reveals.

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Funding programmes: an all you need to know guide

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes , Luke Barratt

With the details of four government funding programmes released last week in a flurry of New Year announcements, Inside Housing’s news team presents a guide to what’s on offer, who can bid and what people think of the schemes

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First wave of Starter Homes reignites distortion fears

06/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The first wave of Starter Homes will be sale-only products, reigniting fears over their distorting effect on local housing markets.

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Sanctuary secures largest initial grant allocation

05/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Sanctuary Housing Association took the largest allocation in the initial round of funding for the latest grant programme, while several private builders also received large sums.

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Shared ownership 'out of reach' for young London singles

04/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Most of London’s shared ownership schemes are unaffordable for young people wanting to live alone, according to research by a major consumer rights organisation.

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Government announces Starter Homes partnership areas

03/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government has announced 30 areas where construction of the first Starter Homes will begin this year.

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Barwell hails Chinese modular deal

19/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The historic deal between a Chinese state-owned firm and a housing association to create six housebuilding factories in the UK has been hailed by the housing minister.

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06/12/2016 | By Steve Douglas

The London funding programme is positive – now the White Paper needs to deliver for the rest of England, says Steve Douglas

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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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Autumn Statement: what we still don't know

02/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

After last week’s Autumn Statement, Pete Apps rounds up the unanswered questions.

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Scottish landlords 'lack capacity to meet target'

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Scotland’s social landlords doubt they have the capacity to deliver the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes over five years.

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Welsh Government boosts grant after supply pact with sector

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has boosted housing grant funding by £30m this year, as social landlords sign a historic ‘supply pact’ to deliver 20,000 homes by 2021.

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LSE: emergency housing package for young needed

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital, according to a report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Regions sound concern over London allocation

30/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Housing association chief executives outside London have voiced concern about the diversion of resources into the capital’s affordable homes programme in last week’s Autumn Statement.

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Pidgley: we'll adjust land bids to meet 35% threshold

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Nick Johnstone , Mark Smulian

The influential chair of one of London’s biggest house builders says he will “adjust land bids” where necessary to meet Sadiq Khan’s 35% affordable housing threshold.

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Associations poised for strategic partnerships with GLA

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Pete Apps , Mark Smulian

Housing associations in London are poised to enter “strategic partnerships” with City Hall, as Sadiq Khan’s overhaul of affordable housing funding was hailed as a “defining moment in housing history”.

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Affordable housebuilding recovers from slump

29/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Completions of affordable homes in the first half of this financial year recovered from a slump in 2015/16, but still lag well behind the peak of the year before.

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Khan raises grant rates to £60,000 to fund low-cost rent

29/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan will fund social rent level homes in London with fixed grant rates of £60,000 per unit, in a major shake-up of affordable housing funding.

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Associations have capacity to double new homes – Savills

28/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.

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NHF: associations deliver one-fifth more homes than government figures record

25/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations have delivered 20% more homes than official government statistics record, a National Housing Federation survey has revealed.

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Barwell: affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers, the housing minister has said.

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Association completions fall in latest figures

24/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

Housing association completions on new build properties are down by nearly a fifth in England, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Associations to scale up affordable rent after flexibility announcement

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will ramp up the delivery of sub-market rented housing following the government’s climb-down on grant funding restrictions.

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Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

24/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation.

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OBR: associations will reduce housebuilding by 13,000

23/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

Measures outlined in the Autumn Statement will lead to a reduction in overall housebuilding by housing associations of 13,000, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Government to invest £1.7bn in public sector land

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has today announced that it will spend £1.7bn on infrastructure on and around public land in England between now and 2021, in order to speed up housebuilding.

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Reaction: infrastructure is Autumn Statement's 'hidden gem' for housing

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The British Property Federation has highlighted increased spending on infrastructure as the “hidden gem” within today’s Autumn Statement, as the wider housing industry reacts to today’s announcement from chancellor Philip Hammond.

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Additional £1.4bn of affordable housing cash as restrictions lifted

23/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The £1.4bn of affordable homes cash is additional to the £4.7bn previously announced, with the restrictions limiting that funding to homeownership products lifted.

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Chancellor launches £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund

23/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

A new £2.3bn infrastructure fund to pave the way for up to 100,000 new homes to be built in areas of high demand has been launched.

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London gets £3.15bn Affordable Homes Programme

23/11/2016 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

The government has announced £3.15bn of its Affordable Homes Programme will be given to London to deliver 90,000 homes.

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White Paper 'expected by end of year'

22/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The hotly anticipated Housing White Paper is not expected to be published as part of tomorrow’s Autumn Statement announcement and will instead be published by the end of the year, according to government sources.

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HCA seeks bidders for £8bn development framework

21/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is looking for housing associations and builders to join a panel of developers to build up to £8bn-worth of homes in England.

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RICS: government should expand direct commissioning

18/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called on the government to use “direct commissioning and positive intervention” to increase the supply of affordable homes on brownfield sites.

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Affordable housing stock grows at lowest rate since 1992

17/11/2016 | By Chloe Stothart

England’s stock of affordable homes grew by its lowest level since 1992, new government figures show.

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Northern 'housing boards' should take control of investment

16/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Northern areas should establish ‘housing boards’ which take control of public funding for housing supply in their areas, a commission investigating the housing crisis in the North has said.

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HCA consults on grant clawback from private builders

14/11/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is consulting on a new legal framework to create a mechanism to claw back government grant from private house builders.

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NHF: buy as you go could help 1.4m people

08/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation believes 1.4 million people unable to access social housing or homeownership could benefit from its ‘buy as you go’ model, which is currently being considered by ministers.

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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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21/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Kevin Stewart faces the mammoth challenge of overseeing the building of 50,000 affordable homes in Scotland over five years. Sophie Barnes finds out his plans