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Inside Housing
10/02/2012

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  • Balfour Beatty reveals £41m construction loss in UK

    14/08/2013

    Balfour Beatty’s British regional construction unit made an operational loss of £41 million pounds in the first half of 2013, after £59 million profit a year earlier.

  • Council leader frustrated by design bodies

    15/02/2012

    The leader of a council has hit out at ‘arrogant’ design bodies which he believes are hindering a £5.5 billion regeneration scheme.

  • £20m fund to support struggling homeowners

    10/02/2012

    Struggling homeowners at risk of losing their home are to get support from a £20 million government safety net.

  • £300m investment pledged to council housing

    14/02/2012

    A council has given the go-ahead for a three-year housing investment programme worth £297 million.

  • £40m committed to Welsh housing and regen

    09/02/2012

    The Welsh Government has renewed its commitment to funding capital projects in Wales by allocating more than £40 million to housing and regeneration.

  • £45m regeneration scheme revealed

    16/02/2012

    A £45 million regeneration scheme which boasts plans for 201 new homes is to be put forward for council approval.

  • A joint venture

    10/02/2012

    Recognition of the importance of housing is welcome, but can it be translated into action, asks Stuart Macdonald

  • À la John Lewis

    10/02/2012

    Housing associations can learn from the retailer’s ability to communicate effectively

  • Adam Shufflebotham

    10/02/2012

    Weaver Vale Housing Trust has appointed Adam Shufflebotham to its income team to work with customers who require support to claim the correct benefits.

  • Appointments at Lovell

    20/02/2012

    Lovell has appointed Tony Rogers as south east regional manager for its planned and responsive maintenance business, and Gareth Allcock as south east operations manager for its maintenance business.

  • Back from the brink

    10/02/2012

    As we publish our report six months on from the summer’s riots, Lydia Stockdale discovers how one midlands landlord is working with local community groups to use the disturbances as a catalyst to do something

  • Benefit cap to force families from temporary homes

    10/02/2012

    A London borough has found hundreds of families in temporary accommodation in its area could be made homeless by the government’s welfare reforms.

  • Boost for vulnerable people as council reduces cuts

    13/02/2012

    Birmingham Council has decided to reduce its cut to spending on vulnerable people by £1.9 million after a resident consultation.

  • Bright ideas

    10/02/2012

    The Riot Report is just the beginning for work to highlight the positive role played by social landlords.

  • Burying the hatchet

    10/02/2012

    ‘We didn’t have a positive relationship at all - and this year has completely changed that,’ says David Cressey, head of housing at Scottish Borders Council.

  • Call for help

    10/02/2012

    We cannot allow the cuts to leave domestic violence victims with nowhere to turn, says Bill Randall

  • Call made for Lords to fight squatting ban

    13/02/2012

    A homelessness charity is urging the House of Lords to not criminalise squatting ahead of its reading on proposed changes to legislation this week.

  • CLG admits LHA rates claim error

    10/02/2012

    The Communities and Local Government department has admitted incorrectly stating local housing allowance rates will continue to rise from April.

  • Council announces rise in rent and housing budget

    14/02/2012

    Portsmouth Council will put up its rents by less than half the government’s recommended increase - but will raise some service charges instead.

  • Council awards £60 million repairs contract

    14/02/2012

    A contractor has been awarded a £60 million deal to provide repairs to thousands of homes.

  • Council backs stalled housing with cash

    13/02/2012

    A council is pumping £770,000 into a series of stalled developments which can now deliver more than 200 new homes and 380 jobs.

  • Council housing staff forced to job swap

    10/02/2012

    Housing staff at Birmingham Council could find themselves turning librarian or receptionist for the day as the council looks to save money on personnel costs.

  • Disabled man 'failed' by council over housing claim

    09/02/2012

    An investigation into the poor housing provided for a disabled man in Wales has found ‘systemic failures’ by the council.

  • False details to result in housing application ban

    16/02/2012

    Housing applicants who supply false information could be banned from applying for homes for a year, under proposals being considered by one council.

  • Fresh plan to overturn new welfare amendments

    15/02/2012

    The government will seek to overturn the latest amendment to the welfare reform bill agreed by the House of Lords.

  • Government urged to rethink bedroom tax

    16/02/2012

    The Chartered Institute of Housing has urged the government to make concessions to its plans for a ‘bedroom tax’ after the latest Welfare Reform Bill defeat.

  • HCA allocates £5m in latest affordable rent deals

    15/02/2012

    Affordable rent contracts worth more than £5 million have been signed by three organisations to build 249 new homes.

  • HCA to re-tender 23,000-home framework

    10/02/2012

    The Homes and Communities Agency is planning to re-tender a framework which procured 23,000 homes in the last two years.

  • Help to buy reservations reach 10,000

    14/08/2013

    The number of reservations for government-backed equity scheme help to buy reached 10,000 yesterday in the four months since its launch in April.

  • Homelessness charity in call for action on alcohol

    15/02/2012

    A homelessness charity is calling on the government to take on super strength beers and ciders as the Prime Minister made a pledge to tackle binge drinking.

  • Homelessness falling in Scotland

    14/02/2012

    The number of people being made homeless in Scotland has fallen 20 per cent, according to government statistics.

  • House building chief to stand down

    15/02/2012

    The chief executive of the National House Building Council is to step down at the end of February.

  • House sales rise thanks to first time buyers

    14/02/2012

    First time buyers hoping to beat the holiday on paying stamp duty have helped push house sales up in January, latest figures show.

  • Housing association closes due to lack of help

    14/02/2012

    A housing association is to hand over control of homes to another landlord and close after 40 years service because of a lack of volunteers.

  • Housing association joins forces with landlord

    10/02/2012

    A housing association has agreed to become a subsidiary of one of the UK’s largest landlords.

  • Housing bodies critical of TSA's new framework

    10/02/2012

    New value for money rules are too prescriptive and could lead to social landlords struggling to meet them, housing bodies have warned.

  • Housing boss in court on drug charge

    13/02/2012

    A director of a housing organisation is to stand trial accused of conspiring to supply class A drugs.

  • Join our forum on building strong communities

    14/02/2012

    Neighbourhoods will go under the microscope this week as the housing sector looks at ways of building stronger communities.

  • Landlord planning to be first green deal provider

    10/02/2012

    A small south west housing association is looking to become one of the first landlords to set up as a provider under the £14 billion green deal plan.

  • Landlords urged to pay £2m to fund new forum

    10/02/2012

    Tenants are set to push councils and housing associations to pay them up to £2 million to enable them to have a stronger voice on the national stage.

  • Latest stage of £250m regeneration agreed

    13/02/2012

    The latest phase of a £250 million regeneration scheme which will provide 206 new homes has been given the go-ahead.

  • Legal warning to landlord over care at home

    08/02/2012

    One of the country’s largest care and support landlords has been told it must make urgent improvements to standards of care at one of its homes or face legal action.

  • Lords hand government new 'bedroom tax' defeat

    14/02/2012

    The government has suffered a fresh defeat over its plans for a ‘bedroom tax’ for underoccupying social housing tenants.

  • Lords in new bid to change 'bedroom tax'

    14/02/2012

    Peers will today try again to water down controversial plans for a ‘bedroom tax’ on underoccupying social housing tenants.

  • Making their comeback

    10/02/2012

    After being dealt a major blow when the National Tenant Voice was shut down, tenants are now preparing to make more noise than ever before. Martin Hilditch finds out why this is a new dawn for them.

  • New data shows private rents on the increase

    17/02/2012

    Private rents increased by 4.3 per cent in January year-on-year, according to data published today.

  • No magic solution

    10/02/2012

    Proposals to make it easier to evict anti-social tenants are unlikely to work, says Angela Jack, barrister at Five Paper

  • Not a sticking plaster

    12/02/2012

    Efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour can seem like fire fighting. It’s expensive to take a more comprehensive and long-term approach by working with a single family to get to the root of their problems. But, as Tony Powell, executive director of neighbourhoods at New Charter Housing Trust, explains, the effect can be transformative.

  • Number of private renters closing in on social total

    09/02/2012

    The number of people renting homes in the private market could soon overtake those in the social market as figures show the gap is closing.

  • Out of the cold

    10/02/2012

    Nobody should be forced to sleep on the streets and a new initiative in Merseyside aims to stop this happening

  • Peer seeking to change ban on squatting

    15/02/2012

    A Liberal Democrat peer is seeking to amend a controversial bill which aims to outlaw squatting by making it not apply to buildings which have lain empty for more than six months.

  • Pickles decides not to fight planning claim

    13/02/2012

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles will not fight the claim that he acted unlawfully when turning down planning permission for 2,000 new homes.

  • Poll backs one spare room limit for tenants

    10/02/2012

    More than two thirds of Inside Housing readers think social tenants on housing benefit should be allowed to have one spare room.

  • Regeneration of Olympics handed to new body

    09/02/2012

    Boris Johnson has announced the creation of a mayoral development corporation that will be responsible for the regeneration legacy of the 2012 Olympics in London.

  • Regulations hamper construction carbon targets

    13/02/2012

    The building industry’s prospects on delivering carbon reduction targets and remaining competitive are hampered by a lack of clarity in regulations, according to a new report.

  • Report says crime can be 'designed out' of housing

    09/02/2012

    New research claims that the design of new homes and estates could help cut crime levels.

  • Rough sleeping figures rocket across England

    10/02/2012

    Significant numbers of councils saw their rough sleeping figures rise by more than 100 per cent last year.

  • Scottish housing gets £87m boost

    08/02/2012

    The Scottish Government has pledged to provide an extra £87 million for housing over the next four years.

  • Scottish landlords fear loss of independence

    10/02/2012

    Social landlords north of the border fear their independence might be compromised if plans from the Scottish Housing Regulator go ahead.

  • Shapps renews call for landlords' transparency

    14/02/2012

    Grant Shapps has repeated his call for housing associations to become more transparent.

  • Social housing could be saved from extra FIT cut

    09/02/2012

    The government is consulting on plans to protect social housing solar photovoltaic panel schemes from an especially heavy cut to solar subsidies as part of an overhaul of the feed-in tariff system.

  • Southampton Council to break rent guidelines

    10/02/2012

    A local authority hopes to take advantage of more relaxed finance regulations to break government guidelines for rent rises.

  • Spurs given green light to drop affordable homes

    14/02/2012

    A council has agreed £400 million regeneration plans which allow a Premier League football club to build a new stadium but drop provision for affordable homes.

  • Squatting ban amendment withdrawn

    16/02/2012

    A peer seeking to change the proposed ban on squatting by allowing people to stay in homes which have lain empty for more than six months has been told her amendment might get support if it proposed a longer timescale.

  • Teenager jailed despite ALMO support

    15/02/2012

    A teenager who was supported by an arm’s-length management organisation to leave a gang has been banned from a local authority area after he was found with a knife.

  • Thames Valley eyes private letting plan

    10/02/2012

    A housing association is using institutional investment to set up a subsidiary that will buy 1,000 homes for private rent.

  • The home MOT test

    10/02/2012

    A Dutch landlord is reducing maintenance costs by giving its homes regular check-ups. Chloë Stothart finds out how it works

  • The Riot Report

    10/02/2012

    The Riot Report is a joint study looking at how housing providers are building stronger communities in the wake of the riots of August 2011.

  • The Riot Report

    10/02/2012

    Following the riots that swept through some of England’s major cities in August Inside Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation launched The Riot Report: How housing providers are building stronger communities.

  • Up to scratch

    10/02/2012

    Duties around property maintenance have now been enshrined in Scottish law, says Ruth McNaught

  • Welfare reform calendar 2011 – 2013

    10/02/2012

    The Welfare Reform Bill is about to receive royal assent and will radically alter the benefits system. Now the government has beaten the Lords, Carl Brown explains why it is important that landlords prepare for the changes

  • What do you think of insidehousing.co.uk?

    16/02/2012

    Tell us what you think of Inside Housing’s website to stand a chance of winning £250 of Marks & Spencer vouchers.

  • Woman jailed over housing benefit fraud

    15/02/2012

    A woman has been jailed for eight months after she was found guilty of 12 counts of housing benefit and council tax fraud worth more than £100,000.

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