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March ‌20th ‌2017 #1572
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Asking prices for UK homes rise 1.3% on-month in March, says RightmoveInternational Business Times
Prices sought by sellers of UK homes rose 1.3% month-on-month in March 2017, according to the latest house price index published on Monday (20 March) by Rightmove, the UK online real estate portal and...
'Lack of money' prompts care firms to end council contractsBBC
Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid, a BBC Panorama investigation has found.
Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilotInside Housing
Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a “strong contender” for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison.
Average house price at 7.6 times annual salary, official figures showThe Guardian
Median price paid for a home leapt 259% between 1997 and 2016 while earnings rose only 68%, say ONS affordability data.
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Rising prices set to push inflation over 2% Bank of England targetThe Guardian
Figures next week will show the pummelled pound’s effect on prices, but don’t expect an interest rate hike just yet.
Berkeley Group Expects Profit At Top End As Market StabilisesLSE
Berkeley Group Holdings PLC on Friday said it expects pretax profit for the year to end April 30 will be at the top end of expectations, noting that the housing market in London and the south east of ...
Founder of Hometrack on the hunt for £1bn of institutional investment to pour into affordable housingThe Telegraph (register)
The former owner of Hometrack is on the hunt for £1bn of institutional investment by 2020 to pour into affordable housing.
Value of property owned by supermarkets 'falls as they shed surplus sites'Belfast Telegraph
The value of property owned by big supermarkets has fallen by almost a fifth over the past two years as they shed surplus sites, a study shows.
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Theresa May echoes Ed Miliband with promise to reform energy marketThe Guardian
Prime minister tells Conservative spring conference that market is not working and she is prepared to ‘step in’.
Philip Hammond ‘faces a £7bn hole in Budget’The Telegraph (register)
Just days after being forced into an embarrassing u-turn over national insurance hikes, it is feared Philip Hammond will borrow tens of billions of pounds more than predicted over the coming years, le...
Graham Jones: Tory cuts to housing benefit show the “nasty party” lives onLabourList
In the Tories’ cuts to young people’s housing benefit, the nasty legacy of Cameron and Osborne lives on.
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London's worst flat? Tiny Kilburn 'studio' for rent slammed as 'cupboard with plumbing'London Evening Standard
A tiny “studio flat” listed for rent in north London has been slammed online as a “cupboard with plumbing”.
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Berkeley sees housing starts fall 30% in LondonConstruction Enquirer
Berkeley Group said housing starts in London have fallen 30% in recent months as reservation rates also dropped 16%.
Derbyshire County Council sets up development companyInside Housing
Derbyshire County Council has set up a new development company, it announced ye‌sterday.
Toryglen: New works agreed - but cost is still secretEvening Times
The move comes after local MSP Nicola Sturgeon chaired a meeting between the energy firm, landlord Thistle Housing Association and fed up residents.
Sian Berry: Higher density should be the future of housebuilding24 Housing
Building higher density in London will help reduce emissions and protect the green belt, says Sian Berry AM.
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UK urged to relax green belt planning restrictions to tackle housing crisisBelfast Telegraph
Britain should relax planning restrictions in green belt areas to help deal with its housing crisis, an international economic think tank has recommended.
Mum redesigns Three Mile Cross housing development to improve quality of lifeGet Reading
Developers should have held another public meeting about new estate, claims villager.
Town Hall bosses in Burnley sign a 10 year deal to provide land to a housing developer in return for a cut of the sale profitsLancashire Telegraph
Burnley Council has signed a 10 year deal to provide land to a housing developer in return for a cut of the sale profits.
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Unpaid child maintenance backlog in UK is £3.8bnBBC
The money is owed by non-resident parents and has built up over 23 years, with figures showing about 1.2 million people are owed child maintenance.
Swan Housing Association’s chair of the board Valerie Owen OBE wins prestigious Sunday Times NED AwardSwan Housing Association
Valerie Owen OBE, chair of Swan Housing Association, was triumphant at the Sunday Times Non-Executive Director Awards (NED Awards) as she was recognised for her contribution in tNED Awards Valhe Not-f...
Historic England unveils £6m plan to bring towns and buildings back to lifeThe Guardian
Storm-damaged Abbleby in Cumbria, Kent seaside and listed buildings in industrial heartlands to benefit from heritage restoration project.
I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction - they are the real Daniel BlakesThe Guardian
From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories – and they are increasingly desperate.
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Residential care costs 'can soak up over 50% of property values'The Guardian
Study finds the cost of a typical residential care home stay around the UK to range from 18% to 56% of average house values.
‘Idyllic' countryside masking poor rural healthLocal Government Association
Poor health in rural areas is being "masked" by idyllic images of the countryside, local government and public health leaders warn to‌day.
NHS facing 'mission impossible next year'BBC
NHS services in England are facing a "mission impossible" to meet the standards required by the government, health bosses say.
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Political stability in Northern Ireland is 'UK responsibility'BBC
The British government has stressed that maintaining political stability in Northern Ireland is a UK responsibility.
Co Antrim town crowned best place to live in Northern IrelandBelfast Telegraph
Ballycastle has been named the best place to live in Northern Ireland by the Sunday Times.
Developers waiting 70 weeks for planning permission in Northern IrelandBelfast Telegraph
Major planning applications are taking almost twice as long to go through when compared to last year - with developers waiting an astonishing 70 weeks for approval.
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Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon willing to discuss vote delayThe Guardian
First minister suggests she would consider putting off referendum by a ‘reasonable’ amount of time but not until after Brexit.
Scottish locations named among The Sunday Times Best Places to LiveScottish Housing News
Twelve locations in Scotland have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times, with North Berwick named as the best place to live in Scotland.
Property prices growth edged up a beginning of the year in ScotlandProperty Wire
Property prices in Scotland edged up 0.1% in January and 1.5% annually with growth driven by first time buyers and higher values homes, the latest index shows.
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'Game-changing' £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Region deal to be signedWales Online
Backers say the investment will deliver up to 9,465 new jobs for the region and the First Minister says it will transform the region's economy.
Flintshire Council go-ahead for £500k study into new homes’ sitesNews North Wales
Flintshire Council is to spend £500,000 investigating the feasibility of 11 proposed housing schemes.
Welsh Housing Partnership secures £93mInside Housing
The Welsh Housing Partnership has received £93m in secure debt funding from specialist insurer the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).
This is the least affordable place to buy a home in WalesWales Online
You would have to borrow more than nine times the local average income to afford a house here.
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Bristol named best place to live in Britain in 2017BBC
Bristol has topped the list of the "best places to live in Britain" in a new guide for 2017.
Research reveals HA user IT ‘falling behind’24 Housing
Digital user experience (UX) agency Sigma tested 10 of the UK’s top housing association websites to expose shortcomings – particularly for disabled users.
Looming housing crisis as population growth outstrips new buildsManchester Evening News
Manchester’s population is growing nearly 15 TIMES faster than homes are being built, new analysis reveals.
First-time buyers are helping to fuel market in South EssexEcho
More first-time buyers are getting on the housing ladder and helping to fuel the housing market, according to latest statistics.
Andy Gale, misuse and me. FAO housing options officersNearly Legal
I didn’t want to have to write this, but sadly I have to, to protect my and our own position here on NL. Because Andy Gale (known to many in homelessness services) and Locata Housing Services ha...
Midlands Engine given a kickstart as region's house prices lead rest of the countryThe Telegraph (register)
The Midlands has powered to the top of the UK’s house price growth, as demand wanes in previous strongholds.
From the archive - week of 20 MarchInside Housing
Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
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Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
Regeneration is not a dirty word – improving housing doesn't always have to end with gentrificationThe Independent
Why would you take pride in your estate if it’s run down? Why would you form a community football team if there’s nowhere decent to play?
After 800 years, what next for country living?24 Housing
Britain’s obsession with country living is understandable but unsustainable.
A Comms event for tenants24 Housing
An inaugural CommsHero event for tenants will take place in London on 23 May 2017. Jonathan Lawn, Head of People Services and Communications at Phoenix Community Housing, explains the motivation behin...
Mindful development is needed to address housing shortagesInside Housing
Small landlords are capable of developing new homes without jeopardising their core strengths, says Clare Norton.
 
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