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Capital idea

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).

North of England

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.

North of England

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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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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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

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Autumn test

21/10/2016 | By Julia Unwin

The government must use the Autumn Statement to ensure new homes can be rented by those on low incomes, says Julia Unwin

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I’m back!

21/10/2016 | By John Healey

Housing is the Conservatives’ biggest domestic policy failure and I’m determined to hold them to account, says John Healey

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Government review warns of 'inexorable decline' in construction

17/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

The British construction industry faces “inexorable decline” unless radical action is taken to modernise it, a government review has found.

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From rent to buy

14/10/2016 | By John Perry

Building social rents could actually help the government boost homeownership, says John Perry

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Market guidance

14/10/2016 | By Alexandra Jezeph

The government recognises that the housing market alone cannot provide the range of housing we need to meet rising demand, says Alexandra Jezeph

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The 100 club

14/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

Gavin Barwell’s drive to increase supply in 100 areas where population growth is significantly outstripping housing supply is attractively straightforward - but is it bad news for areas that desperately need regeneration? Pete Apps investigates

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Supply spotlight on London and South East

14/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

The government’s focus on 100 areas of ‘supply deficit’ could lead to housing issues in vast swathes of England outside the south east being ignored, providers have warned.

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L&Q cuts shared ownership rents by £1,000 on £1m homes

13/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

L&Q reduced the rent on six £1m shared ownership homes by more than £1,000 a month to ensure buyers with qualifying incomes could purchase them.

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