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Scottish association launches wind farm

29/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A Scottish housing association has become the UK’s first to develop a wind farm in order to fund the build of homes for social rent.

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HCA hires Barratt director to head up Accelerated Construction

29/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed Barratt Partnerships’ Stephen Kinsella as its new director of Accelerated Construction.

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Notting Hill buys £54m build-to-rent investment

29/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Notting Hill Housing Group has bought a 112-unit slice of a build-to-rent scheme in east London.

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Housing associations downgraded by regulator

29/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Two housing associations have been downgraded by the regulator over governance and viability concerns.

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Live blog - 29 March

29/03/2017 | By IH reporters

 

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Rebuilding Soapsud Island Video

29/03/2017

The South Acton Estate is getting a makeover. After years of decline, Gavriel Hollander finds how it will look in the future and what it will mean for residents

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Why A2 Dominion is using 16 repairs contractors

29/03/2017 | By Gary Bellenger

A2 Dominion is splitting its repairs programme between 16 contractors. Director Gary Bellenger explains the benefits

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Investors: associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors.

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The White Paper is a step in the right direction

29/03/2017 | By Pat Ritchie

While not perfect, the Housing White Paper will help places meet local ambition and need, says Pat Ritchie

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Scottish housing associations use majority of loan facilities

28/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish housing associations drew down 86% of the loan facilities available to them in 2015/16, according to the Scottish Housing Regulator.

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Javid: government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

28/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will only support builders which adopt “acceptable terms” to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme.

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28/03/2017

Full text of communities secretary Sajid Javid’s speech to the Home Builders Federation today

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AHF bond breaks £1bn issuance barrier

28/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) has priced an £88m tap of its second long-term bond under its government-backed finance scheme today, bringing the total bond to more than £1bn invested for the first time.

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Why we are considering building a cable car system

28/03/2017 | By Victor da Cunha

Housing association Curo will this week launch a consultation on the principle of building a cable car system for tenants. Victor Da Cunha explains more

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DCLG announces £16.5m capacity fund allocations

28/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A new £16.5m round of funding for councils to support housebuilding has been announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

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NI sector set to start new financial year with no budget made

28/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Northern Ireland’s housing sector was hit by further uncertainty yesterday as the region’s political parties missed the deadline to form a government.

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Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

28/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils have welcomed the government’s move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up.

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Council seeks partner for 1,200-home regeneration

28/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is seeking a developer for a 1,200-home regeneration scheme.

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From the frontline - Kieran Dean

28/03/2017

Irwell Valley’s administration assistant Kieran Dean on the challenges of being a visually impaired employee and his knack for cooking the perfect chicken tikka masala

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Relationship building is essential for the sector to thrive

28/03/2017 | By Liz Cook

Housing organisations need to change and make new alliances to survive the upheavals hitting the sector, says Liz Cook

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A new era of for-profit housing providers

28/03/2017 | By Mervyn Jones

Private companies are interested in becoming housing associations to access affordable housing funding, says Savills’ Mervyn Jones

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DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed.

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Live blog - 28 March

28/03/2017 | By IH reporters

 

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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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Mitie secures five-year repairs deal

27/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A contractor has secured a £21m contract to provide repairs services to a housing association for five years.

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The rise of the 'bank of mum and dad'

27/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The increase in parental help for first-time buyers is symptomatic of a much bigger problem, says Jules Birch

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Scottish Government to cover the loss of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

27/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will extend its welfare fund to include all 18 to 21-year-olds hit by the removal of housing benefit, set to be introduced from April.

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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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Housing associations need better branding

27/03/2017 | By Mark Sebba

Associations need to think about their brand, says Mark Sebba, chair of Hyde Group and former chief executive of fashion brand Net-a-Porter

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From the archive - week of 27 March

27/03/2017

Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week five, 15 and 25 years ago

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3,000-home association under regulatory review

27/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The social housing regulator is reviewing the governance grading of Impact Housing Association because of concerns over its financial reporting and engagement.

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Lambeth approves 1,300-home estate redevelopment

27/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Lambeth Borough Council has approved the redevelopment of a council estate which could pave the way for up to 1,300 homes.

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Live blog - 27 March

27/03/2017 | By Ih Reporters

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Government to allow more office-to-resi waivers if councils deliver on housing

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.

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Bond aggregator completes first deal since 2015

24/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A bond aggregator has completed its first deal for more than a year, with a £40.2m bond for four housing associations.

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Councils urged to 'get on' with Local Plans after High Court quashes interim guidance

24/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.

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24/03/2017

As part of her prize for winning the Rising Stars competition in 2016, Alice Smith got to sit in the editor’s hot seat for this week’s issue of the magazine. Here she is making her mark

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Clarion and Genesis named in £32m regeneration allocation

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has named the local authorities and housing associations that will take a share of its £32m estates regeneration grant fund.

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Barwell: 5% of Starter Homes Land Fund invested

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.

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Meet the unicorn factory

24/03/2017 | By Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit is never sure about the wisdom of parodies of the famous “choose life” speech from Trainspotting.