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Inside Housing
10/11/2006

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  • Advice needed now on tower block safety

    10/11/2006

    The government should urgently advise councils about the safety of their housing stock in the event of explosions from gas powered cookers and heaters, it was warned this week

  • Backlog of HMO licences causes chaos

    10/11/2006

    Councils are drowning under a deluge of applications for licences to run houses in multiple occupation, leaving them struggling to crack down on rogue landlords.

  • Cause and effects

    10/11/2006

    For some they are a badge of honour, for others a fast track to jail. Kate Allen reports on the surge in ASBOs and the mounting criticism they are now attracting.

  • Committee asks for alternatives to planning gain

    10/11/2006

    The Department for Communities and Local Government select committee has expressed doubts about the government's proposals for the introduction of a planning gain supplement.

  • Councils told not to neglect responsibilities

    10/11/2006

    The local government ombudsman has warned councils to stop turning away legitimate homeless applicants.

  • Dearth of BME staff in repairs sector

    10/11/2006

    Housing repairs and maintenance companies are struggling to recruit employees with ethnic minority backgrounds because of the industry's ingrained white British male culture.

  • Debt gulf widens between social
    tenants and owners

    10/11/2006

    Soaring debt among social housing tenants has sparked concerns that the gap between homeowners and social renters is growing wider

  • Decent homes not cause of high bills

    10/11/2006

    The government's £18 billion housing refurbishment programme has been cleared of driving up the number of leaseholders facing huge service charge bills.

  • Express delivery

    10/11/2006

    A high-speed rail link could aid regeneration – and ease the housing crisis, as Tom de Castella reports

  • Flagship Tory council rapped for raft of SP errors

    10/11/2006

    A flagship Conservative council's £21.3 million Supporting People service has been blasted for a whole host of deficiencies including failing to make payments to some providers for three years

  • Frugal sector on course to meet savings goal

    10/11/2006

    Housing associations are on track to bust government efficiency targets after making savings of more than £300 million, the Housing Corporation has claimed.

  • Grading system scrapped north of the border

    10/11/2006

    The housing association watchdog in Scotland is to abandon the grading system from its inspection regime despite concerns from tenants and consumer groups.

  • Intentionally homeless family ‘must be housed'

    10/11/2006

    Birmingham Council has been ordered by the Court of Appeal to house a family even though the householder was declared to be intentionally homeless.

  • Move to repel tenants' bogus disrepair claims

    10/11/2006

    The majority of tenants making claims for disrepair should be shunted into the small claims court to prevent them from claiming legal aid, the Department for Constitutional Affairs has been told.

  • Opportunities missed through dislocated working

    10/11/2006

    A lack of strategic thinking between council housing departments and education authorities means that opportunities are being missed to help boost schools' performance, a new report has claimed

  • Out of range

    10/11/2006

    Former corporation deputy chief executive Neil Hadden is relishing his new role as a housing association boss. But being more than a stone's throw from the decision makers has its drawbacks, as Keith Cooper discovers.

  • Places for People's soaring private sales lead the way

    10/11/2006

    England's largest housing association has seen a huge increase in the numbers of homes it sold on the private market, signalling a significant change in direction for the sector

  • Probation service requests not-for-profit input

    10/11/2006

    The Home Office is to invite social housing providers to bid for £250 million of probation service work as part of a drive to increase the involvement of the voluntary sector in the management of offenders

  • Public foots the bill for PFI indecision

    10/11/2006

    Government delays in announcing the outcome of the latest round of housing private finance bids are costing the public purse millions of pounds a month, PFI consultants have warned

  • Sinking fund would aid struggle to pay for repairs

    10/11/2006

    Councils should be required to set up special funds to make leaseholders ‘pay as they go' to repair estates, the government was told this week.

  • Spiralling repossessions set to stretch resources

    10/11/2006

    The soaring number of homes being repossessed could overload an already buckling housing system, the government was warned this week.

  • Supply surge leaves homes vacant

    10/11/2006

    Pressure to hit targets could be causing housing associations to swamp the key worker housing market with new properties making them difficult to sell.

  • Tories push people power to top of communities plan

    10/11/2006

    The Conservative Party has advocated greater tenant control over housing estates in its own version of the local government white paper

  • Welsh sector up on last year's performance

    10/11/2006

    Housing departments in Wales have driven up performance across the board, latest figures have shown.

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