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Time for new talent

24/03/2017 | By Alice Smith, guest editor

Apprenticeships can help housing organisations meet the crucial challenge of bringing new talent into the sector, argues Alice Smith

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The age of the apprentice Video


Housing associations and other house builders will soon start paying a new national apprenticeship levy. Tim Clark finds out whether they’re ready for the change


New apprenticeship standards represent signficant change

22/03/2017 | By Vanessa Howell

Policies such as T-levels and new apprenticeship standards are a great opportunity for the sector, says Vanessa Howell of the Chartered Institute of Housing

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Get apprenticeships right and the rewards are incredible

22/03/2017 | By Chris Irons

Hyde Group’s Chris Irons explains why he is looking to recruit apprentices to his team

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We've changed to ensure smaller contractors can bid for schemes

16/03/2017 | By Nigel Wilson

A housing association consortium has changed its new framework after struggling to receive tenders for smaller schemes. Nigel Wilson of JV North explains more


How can we tell our story better?

16/03/2017 | By Stuart Ropke

Housing associations are held in high esteem by their peers but refusal to address wider perceptions spells danger, says Stuart Ropke

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Stepping in to provide help for migrants and refugees


A hardening of public attitudes towards migrants and refugees has prompted Arhag Housing Association to widen its range of services. Chief executive Cedric Boston explains more


How strategic leadership can aid sector development

13/03/2017 | By Ann Santry

The sector needs effective leadership to step up to the challenge of improving the housing market, says Ann Santry


Plotting the future of Scottish housing

10/03/2017 | By Mary Taylor

There are a multitude of opportunities for housing associations to make a real difference in Scotland, says Mary Taylor

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Is the sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

08/03/2017 | By Geeta Nanda

The gender disparity between men and women working in housing is still a major issue, says Geeta Nanda

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We need more women to lead the way


International Women’s Day is a timely reminder of why the housing sector needs more women at the top, says Joanna Vaughan of Family Mosaic

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Recovering overpayments may be trickier following court case


A recent court case means social housing providers need to be more careful about how they go about recovering overpayments, says Theresa Mohammed of Trowers & Hamlins

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Who's your Gladys? The importance of retaining founding social purpose

06/03/2017 | By David Montague

As the sector continues to grow, it is important we retain the energy and drive of our founders, says David Montague

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More needs to be done to attract women to the construction industry

03/03/2017 | By Dave Sheridan

Dated perceptions of construction need to be changed to enable more women to work in the industry, says Dave Sheridan of Keepmoat

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Associations seek new pension deficit methodology

01/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing associations are working on a new methodology for calculating individual pension deficits, which could prevent them having to stump up millions in actuary fees.

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Sir Robin Young to stand down from Clarion

27/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Clarion chair Sir Robin Young has announced his intention to stand down from the organisation at the start of April.

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Ombudsman to take over as chief executive of association

24/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Housing Ombudsman has announced she is leaving the role to take over at the helm of a small, specialist housing association in London.


Why we should not think about housing as one product

22/02/2017 | By David Orr

We must strive to think more about the wider role that social housing plays in improving people’s lives, says David Orr


Rising Stars 2017 entry deadline extended


The deadline to enter Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition has been extended.

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Clarion to deny full sick pay for first three days of illness

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Staff at Clarion Housing Group will be denied full sick pay for the first three days of any illness under new contracts at the giant housing group.

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Creating employment opportunities for tenants

15/02/2017 | By Martin Armstrong

Apprenticeships and skills training can provide a vital leg-up for those most in need, says Martin Armstrong


Listening to staff is the key to success


Ruth Cooke explains how an innovative employee engagement programme is encouraging positive change throughout her organisation


Why we recruited from out of the sector

07/02/2017 | By Bronwen Rapley

Symphony has recruited directors with experience of working for private firms, including G4S and Capita. Chief executive Bronwen Rapley explains why.

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OHG appoints former homelessness director as interim boss

03/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association has appointed a former director of homelessness services as its interim chief executive.


Rising Stars 2017 entries now open


Our annual competition to crown the sector’s Rising Star is now open for entries.

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Full speech: Julie Fadden at the CIH presidential dinner


The full transcript of Chartered Institute of Housing president Julie Fadden’s speech in London tonight


Orbit appoints house builder MD as interim chief executive

01/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Orbit Group has appointed an interim chief executive to replace the departing Paul Tennant.


Former Orbit chief picked to head up Law Society


Former Orbit chief executive Paul Tennant has been named as the interim chief executive of the Law Society.


Metropolitan chief executive steps down

31/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The chief executive of Metropolitan has announced he is stepping down from the large London landlord in July.

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Chief executive of large London landlord steps down

25/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

One Housing’s long-standing chief executive, Mick Sweeney, is stepping down after 30 years at the helm, the association has announced.

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Former Circle boss to leave Clarion Group

25/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Former Circle boss Mark Rogers will leave Clarion Housing Group at the end of this month, the newly-merged organisation announced this morning.


Why we need to recruit younger employees

24/01/2017 | By Matthew Harrison

Housing associations and construction firms need to ensure they are attracting and recruiting younger employees to prevent an ageing workforce, says Matthew Harrison

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Genesis appoints former energy chief as new chair

18/01/2017 | By Carl Brown

Genesis Housing Association has appointed a former energy chief as its new chair.

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The HeaRt of the matter Video

13/01/2017 | By Joe Dart

Talent retention, cost cutting, flexible working, Brexit? Joe Dart hears from six housing association HR experts about what challenges they’re tackling in 2017


Chief executive of large housing association resigns

03/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The long-standing chief executive of one of England’s largest housing associations resigned last week.

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Housing and local government figures recognised in honours list

03/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Five housing leaders and several local authority figures – including the chief executive of Stonewall Housing Services and the chair of Accent Group – are among those recognised in this year’s New Year’s honours list.

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'10 things about 2016': part one

23/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces

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Inside Housing's most read news stories of 2016


2016 was another busy year of housing news. Assistant editor Carl Brown counts down Inside Housing’s most read news stories of the year in reverse order.

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The year of the unexpected

15/12/2016 | By Michelle Meldrum

The events of 2016 are a lesson to expect the unexpected, says Michelle Meldrum

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Unions gauge support for industrial action at Clarion Group

14/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Unions at the newly merged Clarion Group have launched a survey of members to gauge support for action.

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In our last issue of 2016, Inside Housing looks back at the year’s social housing headlines

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NHF opens internal consultation over restructure

08/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is considering a reduction in staffing numbers, as it seeks to squeeze costs ahead of a cut to its annual fees.


Former Housing Corporation boss appointed association chair

06/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

The former chair of the Housing Corporation has been named chair of a new housing association, once its merger completes in the New Year.

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Leadership problem

02/12/2016 | By Alison Inman , Boris Worrall

There are simple things we can do to help grow people into the chief executives of tomorrow, argue Boris Worrall and Alison Inman

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Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

02/12/2016 | By Corin Williams

One of England’s largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure.


Clarion faces union dispute over recognition

29/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon

The giant 128,000-home housing association due to be formed through the merger of Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group could be threatened with strike action after a row with trade unions.

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Changing outlook


Ian Hughes, chief executive of Rooftop Housing Group, explains how the social housing sector has evolved over the years and what new challenges it faces

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Celebrating women

18/11/2016 | By Jo Richardson

This year marks the centenary celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is an opportune moment to reflect on the successes of its founder, Octavia Hill, and consider the role of women in the housing sector, argues Jo Richardson


Communications director to take over as chief executive

14/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

A 6,000-home housing association has appointed another landlord’s strategy and communications boss as its new chief executive.


NHF criticises fees proposal

11/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has criticised the English social housing regulator’s proposal to charge fees.

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Genesis cuts number of suppliers

01/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

Genesis has cut its number of estates services suppliers from 55 to just two in a bid to find savings.


Irwell Valley appoints new CEO


Irwell Valley Housing Association has appointed Sasha Deepwell as its new chief executive.

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CIH warns over apprenticeship levy

27/10/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The Chartered Institute of Housing has today warned associations not to miss out on recouping cash from a new apprenticeship tax that will be introduced next year.


Alternative merger code revealed

26/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

A draft of an “alternative” merger code will be published for consultation later this week.

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HACT chief to depart

13/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

Matt Leach is to leave his role as chief executive of the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust.


Don’t panic

29/09/2016 | By David Bookbinder

The classification decision isn’t a crisis for Scottish housing associations, says David Bookbinder

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Dispatches from Liverpool

28/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing has taken centre stage at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool this week. Pete Apps reports.

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Genesis IT fraudster jailed for five years

28/09/2016 | By Carl Brown

An IT analyst who attempted to defraud a housing association out of nearly £430,000 has been jailed for five years.

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Dispatches from Birmingham

23/09/2016 | By News team

The housing association sector’s leaders have converged on Birmingham for the last few days for the annual National Housing Federation conference. There was no shortage of drama, thought-provoking discussion, talking points and juicy gossip. Inside Housing looks at the highlights.

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Different approach

23/09/2016 | By Gary Hay

Changing attitudes to work means employers have to adapt, says Gary Hay, partner at Capsticks


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Nottingham Community Housing Association’s Sound as a Pound project manager on giving tenants financial control… and Dustin Hoffman


From the frontline - Karl Maple


Network Homes’ regional manager for income, voids and lettings on how stand-up comedy’s loss is housing’s gain

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From the frontline - Peter Helly


Accord Group’s community development manager on partnership, punctures and (non) Premier League football


From the frontline - Lynsey Tomlins


Aspire Housing’s housing support and well-being advisor tells Inside Housing about the ups and downs of the job


From the frontline - Fern Smith


Alliance Homes’ support caseworker, Fern Smith, explains why Hollywood’s loss is housing’s gain