Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Inside Housing
14/11/2008

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  • ‘We feel so unsafe’ say residents of gas danger estate

    14/11/2008

    On February 27 this year Elouise Littlewood died in the place she should have been the safest – her new home.

  • Areas of concern

    14/11/2008

    Will a new review of housing benefit boundaries provide solutions for tenants and landlords who have lost out or simply create a fresh batch of losers? Simon Brandon reports.

  • Associations struggle with decent homes

    18/11/2008

    More than 10 per cent of social housing does not meet the government’s decency standard, Housing Corporation figures have suggested.

  • BoJo’s a fan of Leo

    14/11/2008

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the London Assembly have jointly appointed Leo Boland as chief executive and head of paid service at the Greater London Authority.

  • Bolton blockbuster

    14/11/2008

    Residents in Bolton have received their 15 minutes of fame after being beamed onto the grand façade of a landmark in their town.

  • Boris needs 'radical action' to hit goal

    19/11/2008

    A London Assembly committee has warned the mayor he must take radical action to reach his affordable homes target.

  • Change is overdue

    14/11/2008

    The awaited ‘reforming’ housing green paper is likely to be delayed slightly following the government reshuffle.

  • Clutching at straws

    18/11/2008

    Anyone who thought that market renting might provide a temporary way out of the problems in the development for sale market might want to look away now.

  • Coalition bids to lessen crunch blow

    14/11/2008

    A coalition of housing associations will urge the Homes and Communities Agency to buy equity stakes in unsold homes to stop major regeneration projects stalling.

  • Consider the bigger picture

    14/11/2008

    Proposals to encourage those with better financial positions to move out of council and social housing to free up homes for those most in need are not without merit.

  • Continental cause

    14/11/2008

    Tenant activists are pushing for a right to housing to be enshrined in a European constitution. From Brussels, Simon Brandon seeks reasons to be optimistic

  • Council homes can be tenure of choice

    14/11/2008

    The Chartered Institute of Housing’s open letter to tenants (Inside Housing, 31 October) is timed perfectly to allow tenants and other supporters of council housing to respond at the Defend Council Housing conference on 25 November.

  • Council mulls move away from ALMO

    14/11/2008

    A London council is looking at transferring its homes from an arm’s-length management organisation to increase investment in its stock.

  • Councils urged to support developers

    17/11/2008

    Local authorities should invest in infrastructure to revitalise flagging housing markets, a study has found.

  • Creepy-crawly

    14/11/2008

    Simon Brandon visits a contraption that puts a new spin on the mobile home

  • Digging deep

    14/11/2008

    Ten-year-old Fiona Gladstone shows off an artefact from what could be the remains of an ancient Iron Age hill fort in the west midlands.

  • Don't look now

    17/11/2008

    This morning’s forecast of almost 3 million unemployed by 2010 is just the latest indication of how bad the housing crisis is likely to get next year.

  • Eastern plans in motion

    14/11/2008

    Developers in the east of England have come up with plans to build more than 200,000 homes.

  • Empty gesture

    17/11/2008

    The revelation that there are £640 million worth of unsold low-cost home ownership homes standing empty might make you question encouraging more shared ownership. 

  • From recession to recovery

    17/11/2008

    A Local Government Association paper looking at the impact the expected recession will have on towns, cities, sub-regions, and regions across England.

  • Glasgow aims to kick start home building

    19/11/2008

    Glasgow Council has pledged to allocate grants for social housing more flexibly, as part of a set of credit crunch-busting measures announced this week.

  • Housing association performance indicators

    18/11/2008

    How the Housing Corporation works out whether housing associations are getting better or worse at meeting their goals.

  • In defence of shared ownership

    14/11/2008

    I read with interest your article Shared equity does not lead to full ownership (Inside Housing, 7 November).

  • It takes two

    14/11/2008

    ‘I feel let down by the whole experience. I now realise that this has been little more than synchronised swimming with sharks.’

  • Jennings rings Bell & Scott

    14/11/2008

    Paul Jennings has been appointed managing partner at property law firm Bell & Scott.

  • Kingham is queen of care and repair

    14/11/2008

    Black Country Housing Group has appointed Lesa Kingham as head of care and repair.

  • Knowledge unlocked

    14/11/2008

    Harry Karaolou and Georgie Collins of Lawrence Graham look at new data protection guidance

  • Landlord sorry for safety work delays

    14/11/2008

    Notting Hill Housing has apologised after emergency remedial work on an estate where a woman died from carbon monoxide poisoning took much longer than expected.

  • London associations to support homeless

    19/11/2008

    A group of housing associations in London has pledged to help local authorities tackle homelessness.

  • Make this a problem shared

    14/11/2008

    In troubled times, the tendency is to turn inwards. But in this housing downturn, thoughts are rightly turning to abroad and to how other countries are attempting to get their flagging housing markets back on track.

  • Manifesto sets direction for north east

    17/11/2008

    Housing providers in the north east should prioritise regeneration, and improve support services for the area’s high proportion of elderly and deprived residents, according to a manifesto for the region.

  • Mayor will not insist on social homes

    14/11/2008

    London councils will not have to deliver new social housing to meet the affordable housing targets they are negotiating with mayor Boris Johnson, a key aide has said.

  • McQuade to run Flagship

    14/11/2008

    David McQuade has been appointed group chief executive of Flagship Housing Group.

  • Minister promises infrastructure levy concessions

    13/11/2008

    Affordable housing providers will pay a ‘significantly reduced’ rate of the community infrastructure levy, junior housing minister Baroness Andrews has promised.

  • Needles pose threat to housing workers

    18/11/2008

    A construction union is warning housing maintenance workers to watch out for dirty needles when clearing properties.

  • Overhaul for ad hoc street sleeper counts

    18/11/2008

    The government will overhaul the way it carries out rough sleeping counts in a bid to eradicate the problem.

  • Peer calls for migrants to be top priority

    14/11/2008

    Housing associations should make helping refugees a top priority as the credit crunch slows down house building, Lord Richard Best has said.

  • Plan to cut homelessness in Wales

    14/11/2008

    The Welsh Assembly has unveiled a 10-year plan to reduce homelessness by improving accommodation and services.

  • Question time

    19/11/2008

    Has housing ever been more debated in the chamber of the House of Commons? By my reckoning, Margaret Beckett and her junior ministers were asked almost 100 oral ...

  • Race campaigner claims corporation has a ‘biased agenda'

    14/11/2008

    A prominent race relations campaigner has hit out at the Housing Corporation’s handling of troubled Presentation Housing Association.

  • Rents fall as sales market falters

    18/11/2008

    Rents are falling for the first time since 2003, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Rights and wrongs

    14/11/2008

    Many managers dread being asked to carry out a disciplinary investigation: they find it difficult and stressful, particularly if the allegations involve serious misconduct or discrimination. I hope to provide a few tips on how to deal with investigations systematically and with confidence.

  • Rough sleeping aim is 'meaningless'

    19/11/2008

    The commitment to end rough sleeping by 2012 is ‘meaningless’ because there is no accurate measure of the scale of the problem, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

  • Sense of purpose

    20/11/2008

    How a film-making project is helping residents of specialist housing association St Martins move forward with their lives.

  • Services cut as funds dry up

    14/11/2008

    Cash-strapped housing associations are replacing weekly home support visits with drop-in surgeries to bridge the widening gap between costs and Supporting People income.

  • Shared equity a ‘trap’, says MP

    14/11/2008

    Overcrowding is spilling over from social housing into shared ownership, an influential Labour MP has warned.

  • Sheltered housing services face tougher regulation

    17/11/2008

    Work has begun on drawing up a new European standard for sheltered housing services to improve their transparency.

  • Spare a thought for tenants in arrears

    14/11/2008

    Pondering the news of a 1.5 per cent interest rate cut and all the pleas that the mortgage payers should have it passed on to them, I wonder has anyone given thought to the social landlord tenant? Or especially the registered social landlord tenant in rent arrears?

  • Surplus spending

    14/11/2008

    Local housing companies are being launched at an uncertain time, reports Martin Cannon of Beachcroft

  • Team spirit has delightful results

    14/11/2008

    James Tickell’s comment, The time is now (Inside Housing, 3 October), says there are some housing associations which are achieving the desired standards of accountability and excellence where providing an excellence service based on customer focus is their desired objective (Inside Housing, 3 October). There are some, however, which are not.

  • Tenant services being taken for granted

    14/11/2008

    Housing associations have become too ‘starry-eyed’ about development while taking services to tenants for granted, the chief executive of the new Consumer Focus watchdog has claimed.

  • The American dream

    14/11/2008

    When Simon Randall and Neville Pressley hit the Obama campaign trail they witnessed a nation’s housing in distress. But they also found hope for a better future.

  • The eco-achievers

    14/11/2008

    From water butt enthusiasts to wild flower growers, meet the winners of Inside Housing’s first sustainable housing awards

  • Thousands of new homes stand empty

    14/11/2008

    Thousands of homes built by housing associations to help people on to the property ladder have lain unsold for more than six months, figures obtained by Inside Housing reveal.

  • Three to see at ASRA

    14/11/2008

    Three new officers have joined ASRA Greater London Housing Association’s housing team.

  • Tougher guidance to halt repossessions

    19/11/2008

    Struggling homeowners who are facing repossession have been given stronger legal support.

  • Transfer ballot begins for Glasgow tenants

    18/11/2008

    The long-awaited transfer of homes from Glasgow Housing Association to local organisations reached its crunch stage yesterday with the delivery of ballot papers.

  • Under scrutiny

    17/11/2008

    Hackney Homes is hoping for good marks for tenant engagement when the Audit Commission’s inspectors come calling this week. Chief executive Charlotte Graves explains why.

  • Unemployment creating homelessness 'time bomb'

    17/11/2008

    A third of the British public fear they would lose their homes without their main form of income, according to a survey.

  • Video: Sustainable Housing Awards 2008

    18/11/2008

    Highlights from Inside Housing’s first Sustainable Housing Awards, which celebrate environmentally-friendly development, refurbishment and management.

  • Watchdog to run coffee mornings

    19/11/2008

    Social housing tenants are to be invited to ‘tea and coffee mornings’ to give their views on the work of the new regulator.

  • Welsh put £80m into green homes

    17/11/2008

    The Welsh government is spending £80 million on 22 pilot sustainable housing schemes.

  • What we can learn from America

    14/11/2008

    ‘Yes, we can,’ says Barack Obama; ‘No, we can’t,’ say we Brits. By Tim Dwelly

  • What's in a name?

    14/11/2008

    Tenants or residents? Customers or consumers? Can the way landlords refer to the people who live in their homes play its part in addressing the stigma that has built up around social housing over the past few decades?

  • Why isn’t council pushing to build?

    14/11/2008

    Lobbying the government for more powers to build council housing was one of Southwark Liberal Democrats’ pledges in their last election manifesto, so I was a little surprised to read in your recent article, Back to basics (Inside Housing, 7 November), that the council’s official line is ‘non-committal’ on new building options. 

  • Woolley not sheepish about resources

    14/11/2008

    Richard Woolley has joined Herefordshire Housing as director of resources.

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