Thursday, 24 April 2014

Inside Housing
09/03/2012

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  • Newbuy scheme launched to back 95% mortgages

    12/03/2012

    A mortgage indemnity scheme to help people buy new homes will be launched today.

  • Newbuy scheme launched to back 95% mortgages

    12/03/2012

    A mortgage indemnity scheme to help people buy new homes will be launched today.

  • ‘My son’s death haunts me every day’

    09/03/2012

    The brutal murder of eight-year-old Mark Cummings prompted a group of social landlords to question Scotland’s policy on housing sex offenders. Here, Martin Hilditch reports on their long battle for information and the consequences of their campaign

  • 35 social housing providers yet to sign contracts

    09/03/2012

    Nearly a year after the introduction of the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable homes programme, a number of social housing providers are still to sign contracts.

  • 35 social housing providers yet to sign contracts

    09/03/2012

    Nearly a year after the introduction of the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable homes programme, a number of social housing providers are still to sign contracts.

  • A heavy price to pay

    09/03/2012

    Social landlords must adapt to benefit reforms if they are to continue to deliver effective services

  • A high price to pay

    09/03/2012

    The government is legally obliged to do all it can to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. But there are growing fears that its plan to meet this target could actually make the problem worse in the short term. Nick Duxbury investigates

  • A poor excuse

    09/03/2012

    The Department for Work and Pensions must rethink its policy on rehousing sex offenders

  • A problem shared

    09/03/2012

    Sharing views on retrofit with a group of landlords across Europe has been invaluable, says Richard Baines

  • A shift in perception

    09/03/2012

    The Shift index measures landlords’ sustainability. Jess McCabe finds out how they score

  • Abigail Davies

    14/03/2012

    Abigail Davies, assistant director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, has joined the group board of management of Trident Social Investment Group which provides housing to 6,000 people across the midlands.

  • Aster applies to deregister

    09/03/2012

    Aster plans to deregister its parent company and its care and support arm to reduce regulation.

  • Bid to build UK’s largest Passivhaus scheme

    09/03/2012

    Norwich-based housing association Broadland plans to build the UK’s largest ultra-energy efficient Passivhaus scheme to tackle fuel poverty.

  • Bid to build UK’s largest Passivhaus scheme

    09/03/2012

    Norwich-based housing association Broadland plans to build the UK’s largest ultra-energy efficient Passivhaus scheme to tackle fuel poverty.

  • Bungalow explodes after copper pipe theft

    13/03/2012

    A housing association bungalow has exploded after copper thieves stole piping used for the property’s gas supply.

  • Care leavers could get priority access to housing

    12/03/2012

    Young people in the care of Brighton and Hove Council could be given top priority for council housing in future.

  • Cheaper by the Durkan

    09/03/2012

    The contractor charged with giving an east London estate a facelift also threw in comprehensive energy retrofitting - at no extra cost. Jess McCabe finds out more

  • CIH publishes guide to tackling tenancy fraud

    15/03/2012

    The Chartered Institute of Housing has published a best practice guide on tackling tenancy fraud.

  • Circle to slash repairs cost

    09/03/2012

    Circle is finalising a trimmed down roster of repairs and maintenance contractors that will produce £120 million of savings as part of a business transformation programme.

  • Contractor and landlord agree to cancel repair deal

    14/03/2012

    A contract between a repairs firm and housing provider has been cancelled following reported complaints from residents.

  • Contractor awarded £11m of work

    15/03/2012

    A housing contractor has managed to secure a series of new deals worth more than £11 million since the beginning of the year.

  • Contractor wins £10 million deal

    13/03/2012

    A leading repairs and maintenance provider has won a five-year council contract worth £10 million.

  • Council gives green light to 700 new homes

    12/03/2012

    A council has granted planning permission for more than 700 new homes.

  • Council gives green light to 700 new homes

    12/03/2012

    A council has granted planning permission for more than 700 new homes.

  • Council in £2.5 million housing pledge

    14/03/2012

    A council is pledging to build at least 210 new homes after agreeing to invest £2.5 million into a development programme.

  • Council in £2.5 million housing pledge

    14/03/2012

    A council is pledging to build at least 210 new homes after agreeing to invest £2.5 million into a development programme.

  • Councils seek funding freedoms to build homes

    12/03/2012

    Council leaders are calling on the chancellor to ease restrictions on local authority borrowing to enable them to build more homes.

  • Counting the cost

    09/03/2012

    The Welfare Reform Act may cut the housing benefit bill, but at what cost, asks Lord Best

  • Court rejects legal challenge to starter tenancies

    15/03/2012

    The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case that threatened to make housing association starter tenancies redundant.

  • Dave Henry

    14/03/2012

    Your Homes Newcastle has appointed Dave Henry as environmental sustainability coordinator.

  • Deal breaker

    09/03/2012

    The government must make major changes to the green deal if it is to help people out of fuel poverty, cut emissions or boost the economy

  • Doing it themselves

    09/03/2012

    Help is at hand for low-income tenants keen to follow the Highland tradition of self-building. Clare Harris reports

  • East midlands landlords join forces in £40m plan

    09/03/2012

    Councils and housing associations in the east midlands are banding together to carry out at least £40 million in energy efficiency work under the green deal.

  • Empty homes cash to help the homeless

    09/03/2012

    Homelessness organisation St Mungo’s has been awarded £240,000 to bring empty homes back into use, and will employ homeless people to do the work.

  • Fear of repossession hitting families

    16/03/2012

    A homelessness charity has revealed that the fear of repossession is gripping households as more than one family a day has been coming to it asking for help.

  • Fears over potential asylum housing providers

    09/03/2012

    A security firm which has been chosen as a preferred bidder for a government contract to house asylum seekers has pledged to use experienced housing providers.

  • First lenders and house builders sign up to Newbuy

    12/03/2012

    The government has named the first house builders and lenders that will offer products under its new build mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme.

  • First lenders and house builders sign up to Newbuy

    12/03/2012

    The government has named the first house builders and lenders that will offer products under its new build mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme.

  • Foreign intervention

    09/03/2012

    The threat of climate change may not be a big enough priority in most countries, but going green can help to tackle other, more pressing, socio-economic problems, as demonstrated by a retrofit project in South Africa, says Jane Henley

  • Gloucester ALMO to form first COCO

    09/03/2012

    An arm’s-length management organisation is set to become the first to put its tenants in control under a new management model that has won the backing of the housing minister.

  • Government raises right to buy discounts

    12/03/2012

    The government will offer increased discounts of up to £75,000 to council tenants who want to purchase their homes when it launches its reinvigorated right to buy scheme today.

  • Government's welfare reforms become law

    08/03/2012

    Fundamental changes to the housing benefit system have become law after the Welfare Reform Bill received royal assent.

  • Green Deal Finance Company loan imminent

    09/03/2012

    The Green Deal Finance Company expects the government’s £3 billion Green Investment Bank to approve a loan within the next two months.

  • He who Adairs, wins

    09/03/2012

    Lord Adair Turner caused a ruckus by criticising the government’s green deal. Here the Climate Change Committee chair tells Jess McCabe why he spoke out and what his legacy will be

  • Homelessness figures rise by 14 per cent

    08/03/2012

    The number of people accepted as homeless in England has soared by 14 per cent in the last year, government figures today reveal.

  • House builders call for VAT cut

    13/03/2012

    House builders have urged chancellor George Osborne to slash VAT ahead of next week’s Budget in order to feed consumer confidence.

  • Housing benefit recipients near 5 million

    14/03/2012

    The number of housing benefit claimants has risen to almost 5 million, according to the latest figures.

  • Housing developer sees drop in social housing sales

    14/03/2012

    A housing developer saw its social housing completions fall by nearly half while overall turnover was also down 11 per cent.

  • Housing developer sees drop in social housing sales

    14/03/2012

    A housing developer saw its social housing completions fall by nearly half while overall turnover was also down 11 per cent.

  • Housing sector dominates Sunday Times list

    12/03/2012

    Almost half of the organisations in a top 100 best companies to work list in are from the housing sector.

  • HRA reform prompts wave of stock transfers

    09/03/2012

    Housing revenue account reform is prompting councils to sell off homes in a new wave of stock transfers.

  • Ikea property arm planning 1,200 homes

    15/03/2012

    The development arm of the retail giant Ikea has submitted plans for 1,200 homes on a multi-acre site close to the Olympic Park.

  • Ikea property arm planning 1,200 homes

    15/03/2012

    The development arm of the retail giant Ikea has submitted plans for 1,200 homes on a multi-acre site close to the Olympic Park.

  • Investigation into sheltered housing blaze

    09/03/2012

    An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire at a social landlord-run sheltered accommodation block.

  • It pays to recycle

    09/03/2012

    A London council is rewarding tenants for recycling. Poppy McPherson finds out whether the celebrity-backed scheme is persuading people to be greener

  • Krysia Szpytma

    14/03/2012

    Guinness South has appointed Krysia Szpytma as head of operations for neighbourhood services. 

  • Landlord boost for NHS mental health services

    09/03/2012

    The NHS Confederation’s mental health network has recruited its first social housing provider as part of plans to improve mental health services.

  • Landlord seeks contractors for £300m framework

    13/03/2012

    A landlord is on the lookout for contractors to take part in a £300 million framework to build up to 3,200 new homes.

  • Landlord seeks contractors for £300m framework

    13/03/2012

    A landlord is on the lookout for contractors to take part in a £300 million framework to build up to 3,200 new homes.

  • Landlords braced for impact of benefit reform

    09/03/2012

    Social landlords are preparing to commit significant amounts of extra cash and resources to ready themselves for the impact of the Welfare Reform Bill, which was expected to receive royal assent yesterday.

  • Landlords get work boost from £1bn youth scheme

    14/03/2012

    Housing associations wanting to get involved in the government’s welfare to work initiatives are to be given an ‘extra boost’ through a £1 billion scheme for young people.

  • Lessons learned

    09/03/2012

    The end of the housing market renewal programme offers guidance for the future

  • Licence to regulate

    09/03/2012

    She aspired to be James Bond but there’s nothing top secret about the way Kay Blair plans to regulate social landlords in Scotland. Martin Hilditch kicks off our special issue by arranging a rendez-vous with the chair of the new housing watchdog

  • Martin Stacey

    14/03/2012

    Property lawyer Martin Stacey has been appointed by Newcastle-based law firm Dickinson Dees as a partner in its property practice.

  • Mayoral candidate outlines housing plans

    08/03/2012

    Liverpool needs to use its land to build more homes and improve the energy efficiency of existing properties, according to Richard Kemp, who will stand for mayor of the city.

  • Mayoral candidate outlines housing plans

    08/03/2012

    Liverpool needs to use its land to build more homes and improve the energy efficiency of existing properties, according to Richard Kemp, who will stand for mayor of the city.

  • Minister calls for innovation to fund new homes

    13/03/2012

    The Scottish housing minister has pledged to work with local authorities and housing associations to access pension funds and institutional investment to fund house building.

  • Minister calls for innovation to fund new homes

    13/03/2012

    The Scottish housing minister has pledged to work with local authorities and housing associations to access pension funds and institutional investment to fund house building.

  • MP calls for compulsory solar panels on new homes

    14/03/2012

    The Conservative MP for Carlisle has called for the fitting of solar panels to be compulsory on all new build homes.

  • MPs and peers to examine private rented sector

    14/03/2012

    A Parliamentary group is to examine the impact welfare reforms will have on young people in the private rented sector.

  • New council leader makes housing promise

    09/03/2012

    The new leader of Westminster Council has pledged to renew the borough’s housing estates and tackle gang culture.

  • New criteria

    09/03/2012

    A Court of Appeal ruling has defined what constitutes sheltered accommodation, says Robert Wassall

  • New homes least energy efficient since 2008

    09/03/2012

    New homes are becoming less energy efficient, according to statistics from the Communities and Local Government department.

  • NPPF unlikely to see significant change

    08/03/2012

    The final version of the controversial national planning policy framework is unlikely to see significant change, senior sector figures have said.

  • NPPF unlikely to see significant change

    08/03/2012

    The final version of the controversial national planning policy framework is unlikely to see significant change, senior sector figures have said.

  • Pathfinder court battle looks likely

    09/03/2012

    A group campaigning to prevent the demolition of thousands of homes looks set to take its battle to the High Court after it applied for a judge to grant a judicial review.

  • Pause for thought

    09/03/2012

    Consider the drawbacks before becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, warns Anne Swarbrick, head of charities at Anderson Strathern Solicitors

  • Pickles warns of non-English speaking ghettos

    09/03/2012

    Immigrants who are unable to speak English could become ‘virtually unemployable’ and risk being ‘stuck in a ghetto’, the communities secretary has said.

  • Pickles: councils lack will to tackle ‘beds in sheds'

    15/03/2012

    The communities secretary has accused councils of lacking the ‘willpower’ to tackle rogue private landlords who set up temporary dwellings in back gardens.

  • Poverty benefit warning for 250,000 children

    13/03/2012

    The introduction of universal credit could push 250,000 children into further poverty, a charity has warned.

  • Pressure group to protest outside Shapps' office

    14/03/2012

    A housing pressure group is to protest outside the office of Grant Shapps over plans to introduce the new right to buy.

  • Private firms bid to be social landlords

    09/03/2012

    The Tenant Services Authority has seen a rash of applications from private sector companies looking to register with the regulator.

  • Rich pickings

    09/03/2012

    Social landlords should seek support from a new breed of wealthy philanthropists

  • Richard Akers

    16/03/2012

    Barratt Developments has announced that Richard Akers will join the board as a non-executive director on 2 April.

  • Right to buy to cover 30% of new home costs

    12/03/2012

    The government has set out details of how it intends to ensure a new affordable home is built for every one sold through the revitalised right to buy.

  • Right to buy to cover 30% of new home costs

    12/03/2012

    The government has set out details of how it intends to ensure a new affordable home is built for every one sold through the revitalised right to buy.

  • Risk warning issued over universal credit

    09/03/2012

    The government is taking unnecessary risks through its plans to move to a centralised system for administering benefits, a welfare expert has warned.

  • Scotland special

    09/03/2012

    Kay Blair on Scotland’s new regulatory regime, Scotland’s progress towards ending homelessness by the end of 2012, and how the death of a young boy prompted landlords to question policies on housing sex offenders

  • Scotland the brave

    09/03/2012

    Nine years ago Scotland made a bold commitment to end homelessness by 2012. As its deadline approaches, Emily Rogers reports on the progress so far

  • Seven steps to the green deal

    09/03/2012

    As the launch of the UK’s national retrofit programme edges closer, social landlords should be ticking things off their green deal to-do list. Jess McCabe reports

  • Sex offenders forced into shared houses

    09/03/2012

    Paedophiles and rapists who used to receive payments enabling them to live on their own could be moved into shared homes with women and children, due to housing benefit reforms.

  • Shapps defends claim that private rents are falling

    14/03/2012

    The housing minister has insisted his claim that rents in the private rented sector are falling is correct after the issue was again raised in parliament.

  • Sheila Johnston

    16/03/2012

    Gateshead Council has appointed Sheila Johnston as its new assistant chief executive.

  • Sign up for our webinar on tackling tenancy fraud

    12/03/2012

    Inside Housing is running a free webinar on identifying and tackling tenancy fraud with data services company Experian next week.

  • Social landlords to help young people find work

    12/03/2012

    A group of social landlords is launching a scheme today to help young people get jobs.

  • Struggling to get work

    09/03/2012

    Nearly 60 per cent of social housing tenants are unemployed, so why are housing providers finding it hard to win contracts under the government programme designed to tackle worklessness? Nick Duxbury investigates

  • Stuck in the starting gate?

    12/03/2012

    It’s the only game in town, but will it be a success? MP Alan Whitehead assesses the green deal’s chances.

  • Surveyors more confident on house prices

    13/03/2012

    Increased interest from first-time buyers could see an end to falling house prices, according to chartered surveyors.

  • Surveyors more confident on house prices

    13/03/2012

    Increased interest from first-time buyers could see an end to falling house prices, according to chartered surveyors.

  • Sustainable Housing, Spring 2012

    09/03/2012

    Our quarterly focus on sustainability takes an in depth look at the green deal and ways to cut fuel poverty

  • Think tank: landlords can help economy with loans

    14/03/2012

    The director of an influential think tank has called on housing associations to offer loans to their tenants in order to stimulate the economy.

  • Two thirds of councils miss all tenancy fraud cases

    14/03/2012

    Seventy one per cent of councils in Britain did not detect a single instance of tenancy fraud last year despite an estimated 28,000 cases in local authority stock.

  • Two year sentence for false passport fraudster

    13/03/2012

    A benefit fraudster has been sentenced to two years in jail after using a fake French passport to claim £100,000 in payments.

  • Ujima profit plan attacked as 'nonsense' in court

    14/03/2012

    An agreement to remove profit from a maintenance company after just six months was branded ‘nonsense’ by a witness in a court trial.

  • UKHA profile - Mitie

    08/03/2012

  • We’re doing it our way

    09/03/2012

    Despite government cutbacks, Liverpool is using its own version of localism to regenerate the city, says Ann O’Byrne

  • Welsh Government in Supporting People pledge

    08/03/2012

    The Welsh Government will continue to support some of the country’s most vulnerable people in their homes despite cuts from central government, the housing minister promised today.

  • What does the green deal mean for social housing?

    13/03/2012

    Sustainable Housing and Willmott Dixon are offering the chance to win £500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers in return for filling in our green deal survey.

  • Willie Docherty

    16/03/2012

    Morrison has appointed Willie Docherty as the new managing director for Morrison Scotland LLP, a partnership between Morrison and North Lanarkshire Council.