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Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a “critically high” 86% over the past year, sparking “extreme concern” among councils.

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Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

16/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago.


Ombudsman relationship with regulator in spotlight after Circle issues

16/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Gavin Barwell has committed to reviewing the relationship between the housing regulator and the ombudsman, in the aftermath of a flurry of problems at a new build development.


We must view housing as infrastructure

16/01/2017 | By David Cowans

Treating housing as national infrastructure is essential to solving the housing crisis, says David Cowans

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NI housing associations call for bedroom tax certainty

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have called on the government to honour its pledge to mitigate the effects of the bedroom tax, despite the political turmoil in the country.

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Housing White Paper: what should it include?


Yorkshire Building Society’s chief economist Andrew McPhillips gives his view on what the White Paper should include


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13/01/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Sanctuary tells residents if they can’t play sensibly, they can’t play at all, and Gavin Barwell opens a street sign

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Let us build more supported housing


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


District councils 'to lose £75m' with New Homes Bonus reforms

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by councils that believe they could lose £75m.

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Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular, it has announced today.

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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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Islington sets aside £40m for council housing

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Islington Council has published its 2017/18 budget, which includes £40m for the building of new council housing in the borough.

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The HeaRt of the matter Video

13/01/2017 | By Joe Dart

Talent retention, cost cutting, flexible working, Brexit? Joe Dart hears from six housing association HR experts about what challenges they’re tackling in 2017

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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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Starter Homes changes expected as White Paper draws closer

13/01/2017 | By News team

Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.  


White Paper opportunity

13/01/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

The Housing White Paper will reveal how committed the government really is to solving the housing crisis, says Terrie Alafat

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Supported housing demand trumps fears, we guide you through the government’s recent wave of funding programmes and Six housing HR experts talk challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.

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Live blog - 13 January

12/01/2017 | By IH reporters


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The importance of section 106 monitoring

12/01/2017 | By Rob Murfin

A better understanding of planning obligation data could help councils persuade communities to accept new housing, says Rob Murfin

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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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Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

12/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies.

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AHF secures £114.8m record low bond

12/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Two housing associations have secured a £114.8m bond at a record low rate under the government’s guaranteed finance scheme.

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£200m Nightingale Estate regeneration approved

12/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Plans for 400 new homes in Clapton, London, have been approved by councillors at Hackney Council.


10 tests for the Housing White Paper

12/01/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

With the long wait for publication of the Housing White Paper almost over, Jules Birch sets out 10 questions that need answers

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Meeting the innovators Video

12/01/2017 | By Mark Smulian

Digital innovation is set to change the way the sector operates, as seen at Housemark’s Evolve pitch day. Mark Smulian finds out what the future holds

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My day as an innovation pioneer

12/01/2017 | By Donna Baddeley

Donna Baddeley describes her experience of Housemark’s Evolve pitch day


Leaked letter reveals Circle repairs overhaul could run until September

12/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Overhauling the long-standing repairs issues affecting former Circle Housing stock could take until September, a leaked letter has revealed.

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Housing officers or social workers?

12/01/2017 | By Mr Anonymous

Training to spot signs of radicalisation is just the latest way in which housing officers’ role has expanded, says Mr Anonymous

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Live blog - 12 January

12/01/2017 | By IH reporters


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Wales gets £7.8m to prevent homelessness

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Welsh Government has announced £7.8m for its Homelessness Prevention Programme for 2017/18.


Healey calls for answers over RTB financial risk

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

John Healey has called on the government to publish the measures it is taking to protect purchasers placing themselves in “significant financial risk” when buying through the extended Right to Buy.

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New construction minister announced

11/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has appointed a construction minister whose brief will include infrastructure issues.

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Fifty-eight per cent of councillors expect to build on green belt

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.

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Foxtons profits plummet by 46%

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

High-end estate agent Foxtons told investors today that its 2016 revenues are set to drop by 46%, while admitting that sales volumes would decline further in 2017.

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5.5% growth in 'public housing' development

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

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PfP to take over Derwent treasury

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Derwent Living will see its treasury affairs fully taken over by Places for People, after it joined the group following a regulatory downgrade for its finances.


RTB pilots: one in four express interest but sales limited

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

A quarter of eligible tenants expressed an interest in buying their homes under the Right to Buy extension pilot, but affordability acted as a major drag on actual sales.

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Association tenants exposed to 'significant financial risk' under RTB

11/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing association tenants are taking on huge financial risk to buy homes through the extended Right to Buy, with high street banks offering mortgages of more than five times their income.

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Scottish Government calls for simplified planning system

11/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government wants to simplify the planning system to encourage greater input from citizens.