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Housing association development on the rise

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New homes being delivered by housing associations grew in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the previous two quarters, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).

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NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.

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The Housing White Paper: piecing together the puzzle

17/02/2017 | By News team

The White Paper called on the sector to link up to tackle the housing crisis. But what do the participants make of it? Inside Housing’s news team joins up the pieces

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Sovereign secures £150m European investment

13/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sovereign, the UK’s sixth-largest housing association, has signed a £150m funding deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its plans to build 4,500 new homes over the next three years.

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Jeremy Corbyn's housing association problem

10/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s difficulty with the phrase “housing association” semantics or politics? asks Pete Apps

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Welsh Government unveils £20m innovative homes fund

09/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will invest £20m in innovative new homebuilding over the next two years, it announced today.

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Ministers abandon Starter Homes target and 20% threshold

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

WHITE PAPER: The government has abandoned its manifesto pledge to build 200,000 Starter Homes this parliament, and require 20% of the homes on all new developments.

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Government drops Starter Homes 'focus' as White Paper details revealed

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will “change focus” from Starter Homes to a wider range of affordable housing in its much-anticipated Housing White Paper, due to be released later today.

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London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

London housing associations set the pace for development in the sector in 2015/16, according to regional reports from the National Housing Federation (NHF).

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Housing associations 'built half of all London homes in 2016'

03/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing associations built almost half of the new homes completed in London last year, according to a report from the National Housing Federation (NHF) published yesterday.

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CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

01/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has called for the government to build homes for social rent, slamming its limited focus on homeownership.

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Kier set for 2,200 completions

27/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder and contractor Kier Group is on track for more than 2,200 completions this year, a positive trading update revealed.

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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.