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The human resources test Video


How do providers ensure they have the workforce to cope with rent cuts, welfare reform and Brexit? We spoke to human resources professionals and carried out our first HR survey to find out. Simon Brandon reports


Three-quarters of social landlords implementing major change

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three-quarters of social landlords will be implementing a “major change programme” such as a merger, restructure or overhaul of IT systems over the next year, an exclusive Inside Housing survey shows.


Election draws focus away from the real issues

27/04/2017 | By Jennie Donald

The political vacuum in Stormont will continue to hamper the best efforts of housing associations, says Jennie Donald of NIFHA

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UK Housing Awards winners announced


Social landlords celebrated their achievements on Wednesday night at the annual UK Housing Awards, organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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Learning from Welsh associations

26/04/2017 | By Sarah Harris

As Welsh housing figures attend Tai 2017, Sarah Harris of Community Housing Cymru highlights a number of innovations from its members which could inspire associations in other parts of the UK  


How well do associations and councils work together on homelessness?


The Chartered Institute of Housing is launching a new research project looking at the relationship between councils and associations. Faye Greaves explains more


Treat others as you would want to be treated

25/04/2017 | By John Craggs

It’s important to have clear lines of communication with staff when undertaking any business restructuring, says John Craggs of Gentoo Group

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CIH secretary and housing academic dies aged 62

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Chartered Institute of Housing’s South East secretary and a respected housing academic has died aged 62.

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Whoever wins in June, politicians will have to trust housing associations

20/04/2017 | By David Montague

In the midst of Brexit negotiations the next government will have to rely on housing associations to deliver desperately needed affordable homes, says David Montague


Associations should do more to demonstrate transparency

19/04/2017 | By Amanda Davies

With perceptions of housing associations still not quite matching the reality, there’s a need for landlords to embrace openness, says Amanda Davies

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Time to make housing a career of choice


The Chartered Institute of Housing has set up an advisory group of young professionals in a bid to make the sector a more attractive place to work. Steve Hayes explains more


Salary survey: pay on display Video

05/04/2017 | By Gavriel Hollander

Inside Housing and recruitment consultancy Hays’ annual salary survey found high levels of dissatisfaction among housing sector employees. Gavriel Hollander finds out why

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Staff dissatisfaction grows despite pay increases

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Dissatisfaction is growing among workers in the social housing sector despite pay increases, according to an exclusive Inside Housing survey.

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We should support each other

04/04/2017 | By Sinead Butters

Sinead Butters reflects on 18 months as chair of Placeshapers

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New T-levels offer opportunities for housing associations

31/03/2017 | By Karyn Kay

Don’t underestimate the opportunities T-levels can offer for forward-looking housing providers, says New Charter Group’s Karyn Kay

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Time to end rent controls in social housing

30/03/2017 | By Mark Henderson

Price controls often fail to achieve their objectives and hit supply, argues Home Group’s Mark Henderson

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Housing associations need better branding

27/03/2017 | By Mark Sebba

Associations need to think about their brand, says Mark Sebba, chair of Hyde Group and former chief executive of fashion brand Net-a-Porter

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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

14/02/2017 | By Ruth Cooke

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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Review of the year 2016

Review of the year 2016 Video


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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From the frontline - Tom O'Neil


St Mungo’s complex needs worker Tom O’Neil on supporting people with substance misuse issues and how he has made being a former boxer relevant to his current role


From the frontline - Raffaella Lenza


Hyde Housing’s employment advisor Raffaella Lenza on how to get tenants into work and her secret passion for piano

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From the frontline - Krystle Wade


Look Ahead contract manager Krystle Wade on star-gazing, caffeine and why the weekend is 50% too short


From the frontline - Nicola Hilton


New Charter Building Company’s Nicola Hilton on how customers react to a female gas technician and how to get more women into similar roles


From the frontline - Kieran Dean


Irwell Valley’s administration assistant Kieran Dean on the challenges of being a visually impaired employee and his knack for cooking the perfect chicken tikka masala