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Large London associations announce latest mega-merger plans

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Peabody and Family Mosaic housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a giant 55,000-home landlord.

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L&Q and East Thames complete merger and £2.6bn refinancing

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q and East Thames have completed their mega-merger, alongside a £2.6bn refinancing deal with seven banks.

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Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

07/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Peabody and Family Mosaic’s merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units, the designate chief executive of the new organisation has said.

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Two-way street

07/12/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The minister announces more investment in social housing – social, not affordable – and signs a pact with housing associations and local authorities.

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London Assembly calls on Sadiq to act on homelessness

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The London Assembly has called on the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan to act against a “perfect storm” of homelessness.

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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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L&G raises £170m for build to rent investment

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Legal and General has raised a further £170m from institutions for its build-to-rent fund, taking its total investment in this field to around £1bn.

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Challenging the system

07/12/2016

Paternalistic and disempowering services are not the way to achieve lasting social change, argues Paul Taylor

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'Javid is wrong, we do not landbank'

07/12/2016 | By Stewart Baseley

We are willing to demonstrate to Sajid Javid that we do not landbank, says Stewart Baseley.

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Deregulation package to take effect in April

07/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The deregulation package aimed at removing housing associations from the national balance sheet will come into effect from April, Inside Housing can reveal.

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Digital bank enters shared ownership market

07/12/2016 | By Simon Brandon

A UK-based digital-only bank has become the latest mortgage lender to enter the shared ownership market.

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Live blog - 7 December

07/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes.

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The mindset after the mega-merger

06/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

As the long-awaited merger of L&Q and East Thames completes, Nick Johnstone sits down with the leaders of the newly expanded association to talk about the future

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Former Housing Corporation boss appointed association chair

06/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

The former chair of the Housing Corporation has been named chair of a new housing association, once its merger completes in the New Year.

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Right to fail?

06/12/2016 | By Colin Wiles

There remains a huge number of questions about how the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme will work, says Colin Wiles

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Decent lessons

06/12/2016 | By Nick Sterling

Extra funding is great, but the housing sector needs to avoid repeating mistakes made in the Decent Homes programme, argues Nick Sterling

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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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Moody's: negative outlook for associations in 2017

06/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

English housing associations’ creditworthiness will suffer next year as shrinking grants and rental income drive them into riskier ventures.

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Scottish Government proposes planning fees hike

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.

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Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act.

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Live blog - 6 December

06/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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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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Builders hit back at Javid landbank threat

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.

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Hill and Hyde launch £150m joint venture

05/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Hyde Housing Group and house builder Hill have launched their first joint venture, for 287 homes in Brent.

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£13bn housing investment included on infrastructure list

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Investment of almost £13bn in 18 housing projects and programmes has been listed in the government’s £500bn infrastructure pipeline.

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Don't forget meaning of social

05/12/2016 | By Nicola McCrudden

The Northern Ireland Executive should not lose sight of the meaning of ‘social’, says Nicola McCrudden

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Changing times

05/12/2016 | By Nick Atkin

Unpredictable times provide the opportunity for different thinking in 2017, says Nick Atkin

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'New regulator is not a return to TSA,' say HCA leaders

05/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Senior leaders at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have hit back at criticisms over regular changes to the social housing regulator over the past decade.

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Live blog - 5 December

05/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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Council chief with housing background in line for Manchester top job

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A council chief executive with a background in housing has been put forward for the top job at Manchester City Council.

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Leadership problem

02/12/2016 | By Alison Inman , Boris Worrall

There are simple things we can do to help grow people into the chief executives of tomorrow, argue Boris Worrall and Alison Inman

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NIFHA chief executive to leave

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The chief executive of Northern Ireland’s housing association representative body is set to leave to take over at the helm of a specialist older people’s landlord.

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Stonewater retains credit rating from Moody's

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Housing association Stonewater has retained its A1 rating from credit ratings agency Moody’s.

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Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

02/12/2016 | By Corin Williams

One of England’s largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure.

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Live blog - 2 December

02/12/2016 | By IH reporters

 

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Inside Housing journalist lands top prize

02/12/2016 | By Carl Brown

Inside Housing’s news editor won a top journalism award last night.

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Sector in 'robust' position to face post-Brexit economy

02/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing association sector is in a “robust” position to respond to economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote, according to the latest quarterly survey from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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FOI extension will lead to cost burden, Scottish landlords warn

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The Scottish Government’s U-turn on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs, the sector has warned.