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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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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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Shared ownership company buys housing association

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.

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Moody's: sales exposure to rise in future years

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Debt, capital expenditure and exposure to the sales market will all rise as housing associations step up their development in the coming years, Moody’s has said.

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Association debt to exceed £80bn by 2019

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.

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Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a “strong contender” for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison.

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Government shifts funding focus to greatest homelessness demand areas

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.

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HCA agrees loans for 10,250 homes

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed two loans with developers totalling £98.8m to kick-start projects which will provide 10,250 new homes.

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Right to Buy sales pass 50,000 since discounts raised

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils sold more than 3,000 homes through the Right to Buy in the final quarter of 2016, taking the total sold under large discounts to over 50,000.

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S&P: deregulation 'will not damage credit ratings'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Impending deregulation will not damage credit ratings for English housing associations, a major ratings agency has confirmed.

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Council company targets institutional cash

15/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick is expected to launch a bid for institutional investment over the next six months – to finance its ambitious development plans.

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Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis, with landlords scaling up delivery plans despite the looming threat of Brexit.

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Scottish Government announces £590m affordable housing funding

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will make £590m available this year to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.

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PfP launches fund management arm with £150m acquisition

10/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has launched a new fund management business with an acquisition of 1,379 units valued at £150m.  

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.

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Government moves grant funding forward a year to improve borrowing outlook

08/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

THE BUDGET: The government has moved £200m in housing association grants forward a year, which has helped lower its borrowing outlook from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.

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SFHA warns Scottish DHP budget will be 'overwhelmed'

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has increased Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding to almost £58m to mitigate the impact of welfare cuts in the first year it has control over DHPs.

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Under-21 housing benefit cut 'could place 9,000 at risk of homelessness'

06/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Removing housing benefit from young people could see 9,000 left unable to access accommodation and placed at risk of homelessness, a charity has estimated.

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Barwell under pressure over £800m Right to Buy receipts kept by Treasury

02/03/2017 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

Gavin Barwell is facing pressure to allow councils to retain the full receipt from Right to Buy sales, as it emerged £800m has been siphoned off by the Treasury.

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Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

02/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom, a National Housing Federation survey has found.

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Hammersmith stock transfer plan scrapped

01/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Plans to transfer 17,000 homes in Hammersmith and Fulham into a new community-led housing association have been abandoned.

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Co-op Bank demands repayment of association loan due to technical breach

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A Scottish housing association’s bank demanded early repayment of a loan after regulatory intervention triggered a technical breach of its covenants.

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Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up.

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Barratt boosts profits despite dip in homes built

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest house builder has announced boosted profits in the six months to the end of December, despite a dip in the number of homes it built.

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New Era: one year on Video

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A year ago, the new landlord of a Hackney estate ripped up the rental rulebook. Sophie Barnes returns to Hoxton to find out how the personalised rents model has bedded in

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Aberdeen association secures £12.5m loan

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

An Aberdeen housing association has secured a £12.5m loan to build 147 homes in the city and the surrounding area.

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Galliford Try reports 23% profit boost

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.

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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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NHF calls for rent freedom in Budget

17/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is calling for rent freedom and for housing to play a part in the government’s industrial strategy, ahead of next month’s Budget.

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Global Accounts: associations' sales activity soars 39%

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Just 10 housing associations were responsible for three-quarters of the sale activity carried out by UK landlords in 2015/16, while the total proceeds from such sales grew by 39%.

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Cala on course for record profits

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The house builder part-owned by giant institutional investor Legal and General (L&G) is set to deliver record profits and new homes, a trading update said.

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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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£30.5m loans for Bron Afon to build 450 homes

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Welsh association Bron Afon Community Housing has pledged to build 450 homes after securing £30.5m in loan deals.

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Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

08/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

WHITE PAPER: The government has no plans to force or encourage buy-to-let landlords to increase the length of their tenancies, the housing minister has confirmed.

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Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Tim Clark

The government will balance the “fiscal consequences” of higher rents against housing associations’ calls for full flexibility, the housing minister has said.

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Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

WHITE PAPER: The government will set out a new rent standard for social landlords for the period after 2020 “in due course” to help housing associations build.

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AHF makes £25m loan to south Wales association

06/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

South Wales housing association United Welsh has secured a £25m loan from Affordable Housing Finance (AHF).

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Housing association strikes £85m deal with investment manager

06/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

One Housing has borrowed £85m to build 1,450 homes in a long-term deal with investment manager M&G Investments.