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February ‌17th ‌2017 #1551
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Government considers development deals for rent standardInside Housing
The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post-2020 rent settlement.
Three associations to merge in the North East24 Housing
Three of the North-East’s leading social landlords have announced plans to merge together to form one region-wide organisation with more than 23,000 homes.
One in four UK retirees burdened by unpaid mortgage or other debtsThe Guardian
Numbers retiring in debt in 2017 is highest for seven years with nearly 40% still owing payments for debts such as interest-only mortgages.
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Britons spend more on food and leisure, less on booze, smoking and drugsThe Guardian
National survey suggests fall in number of smokers and rise in culture of eating out and recreational activities.
Tenants face Rent BombshellResidential Landlords Association
Tenants face potential rent increases of twenty to thirty per cent as a result of tax rises hitting the private rented sector says a former independent member of the Bank of England’s Monetary P...
British agricultural land values set to rise 5.5% over next five yearsProperty Wire
The value of farm land in Britain has increased by 149% in the last decade and growth of 5.5% is forecast for the next five years.
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Tony Blair calls for people to 'rise up' against BrexitBBC
Tony Blair is to announce his "mission" to persuade Britons' to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.
Who is running to be mayor of Greater Manchester?CityMetric
On 4 May, some of Britain’s biggest conurbations will elect their first metro mayors. These dynamic new figures will be endowed with transport and planning powers of the sort that’ll allow...
PDF: Deregulatory measures introduced in response to the ONS reclassification of housing associationsNational Housing Federation
The Government has introduced a suite of measures to address the regulatory issues which led to the statistical reclassification of housing associations as public bodies.
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Tower Hamlets mayor accuses housing association of 'betrayal'Inside Housing
The mayor of Tower Hamlets has accused an east London housing association of a “betrayal” after it sold homes at auction instead of doing a deal with the council.
A hard Brexit would risk deepening the UK housing crisisGuardian Housing Network
Without low-cost EU loans or vital building workers, we’re all going to count the cost in terms of UK homes.
Video: Low-cost houses assembled by Chelmsford City Council to alleviate housing problemsBBC
Low-cost houses measuring 4m by 8m (13ft by 26ft) will be put up in Chelmsford for people on the housing waiting list who might otherwise be homeless.
Will Funding Tory Fat Cat Chums Fix Broken Housing?Morning Star
Sajid Javid was right, the housing market is broken. But Tory plans will ensure it stays broken and supply lucrative second jobs for Tory MPs, writes Solomon Hughes.
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Report states house-building is flourishingBuilding Products
Barbour ABI’s latest Economic & Construction Market Review claims that housing figures increased sharply across January 2017, with construction contract value reaching £2.7bn, which eq...
Hundreds more homes in Govanhill social renting schemeBBC
Up to 350 homes in the Govanhill area of Glasgow are to be upgraded and made available for social renting.
Cala to start building on new sites again in AberdeenThe Press and Journal
Cala Group will start development on three new developments in Aberdeen as the housebuilder sees signs the market is set for a recovery.
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Giggs and Neville skyscrapers 'threaten Manchester's heritage'The Guardian
Government heritage agency says £200m scheme, which includes 153 apartments, would erase city centre’s history.
Homes take a hit as council fights over future for ‘war office’24 Housing
The future for a ‘war office’ has started an in-fight at a London council – with affordable homes taking a hit.
Revised Dorchester Prison homes plan approvedBBC
Developer City and Country submitted the new application to turn Dorchester prison into 185 homes after a previous plan for 189 units was refused.
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New film on social housing launches24 Housing
Tenants TV have launched a new film ‘Born into social housing’ to look at how young people will be affected by social housing.
UK’s first LGBT older person’s community planned for Manchester24 Housing
The ambition to create a community aimed at older LGBT people has been announced by Manchester City Council.
House-building tycoon makes one of the UK's largest public donations by handing £207 million worth of shares to charityMail Online
A football mad housing tycoon has given an incredible £207million to charity in one of the biggest single donations in British history.
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Health and social care cuts 'possibly linked to thousands of deaths'Belfast Telegraph
There is a "possibility" that cuts to health and social care could be linked to tens of thousands of "excess deaths", a new research paper suggests.
Nearly 16,000 hours of care appointments are missed every WEEK because of staff shortagesMail Online
Nearly 16,000 hours of carer appointments are missed every week because of staff shortages, it has been revealed.
Video: England councils 'failing 130,000 young carers'BBC
Up to 130,000 young carers are not getting the support they need from their local council, it is estimated.
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NI families spend more on cigarettes than any other part of UKBBC
Families in Northern Ireland spent almost £7 a week in 2016 on cigarettes - more than twice the figure for England and Wales.
RHI scandal: A small number of dormant companies claim thousands of poundsBBC
A small number of companies, registered as dormant, have been claiming tens of thousands of pounds from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
Brexit 'most dangerous issue for Northern Ireland since partition'The Independent
Concern over the impact of Brexit is intensifying.
PDF: CIH NI response to rates rethinkChartered Institute of Housing
CIH Northern Ireland's response to the Department of Finance's rates rethink.
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Basic income pilot considered in GlasgowBBC
Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen.
Hanover Scotland chief executive appointed as first chair of HouseMark ScotlandScottish Housing News
During its meeting ye‌sterday, HouseMark Scotland’s Advisory Board confirmed the appointment of Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association chief executive, Helen Murdoch, to the new role with i...
Council tax in Glasgow to rise by 3%BBC
Scotland's largest council has backed plans to increase council tax for the first time since 2005.
Blog: Creating a fairer, wealthier and healthier society – defining the role of the Scottish RSL in the 21st centuryScottish Housing News
Calum Macaulay from Albyn Housing Society flies the flag for housing associations in Scotland. The Scottish housing association movement has, for many, years felt misunderstood. Often it is reported t...
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Law to scrap right to buy to be proposed by Welsh GovernmentBBC
Tenants' rights to buy their own council homes would be scrapped under a proposed new law by the Welsh Government.
£10m rate relief plan details revealed by Mark DrakefordBBC
Nearly 15,000 shops, restaurants and pubs will benefit from a £10m rate relief scheme for high street firms, the Welsh Government has announced.
More homes planned for urban village on former steelworks siteWales Online
A total of 529 homes are now planned for the site in the Pillgwenlly area of Newport.
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The Housing White Paper: piecing together the puzzleInside Housing
The White Paper called on the sector to link up to tackle the housing crisis. But what do the participants make of it? Inside Housing’s news team joins up the pieces.
Richest Spend More on Restaurants Than Poorest Do on Housing and Energy BillsThe Equality Trust
Analysis of to‌day's ONS Family Spending publication by The Equality Trust has found that the richest 10% of households spend more on eating out (£58.40) than the poorest 10% of househ...
Radical solutions to the housing supply crisis – or just common sense?Red Brick
Duncan Bowie displays his encyclopaedic knowledge of planning and housing in his excellent new book ‘Radical Solutions to the Housing Supply Crisis’, much of which is derived from the work...
Inside Housing Digital Edition - 17 February 2017Inside Housing
Government considers development deals, is crowdfunding a help or a hindrance for social landlords and charities and do frameworks work, we investigate if they are the best way to shop.
PDF: Submission: Budget 2017National Housing Federation
Housing associations are ready and able to play their part in helping to deliver a modern industrial strategy that builds a stronger economy and fairer society.
Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable FlatsTreeHugger
Correspondent Donna asks “Is there any one out there willing to work with those who are not of the 1%? I am beginning to think those of us that don't have a cool mil sitting around, have to...
Larkfleet trials electricity generating ‘grid neutral’ houseHousing
A Bourne-based property developer is putting technology to good effect in an effort to create a ‘grid neutral’ house that will generate all the electricity it needs.
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Government needs to convince sector new rent settlement will lastInside Housing
After the shock of the 20‌15 rent cut, ministers need to be convincing on the new settlement if associations are going to deliver, says Martin Hilditch.
Benefit cap arrears and eviction threats for women and children. AlreadyKate Belgrave
Here’s a rent arrears demand recently received by a woman who lives in a Basildon flat with her three young children (the arrears have increased since she received this letter).
Time To Put The Brakes On Universal CreditNick Atkin
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Criticism of White Paper misses the pointInside Housing
The sector should acknowledge the difference in tone in the White Paper compared with that of the previous government, says Steve Douglas.
The Great British Benefits Handout: Love Is All They NeedHuffington Post
Like most well-meaning people, I’ve always believed that policy can really change the lives of people that have been left behind.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall... what's the biggest question of them all?Chartered Institute of Housing
Following the first installment of The Big Conversation in Leeds, Gemma Stockdale, project support officer at Thirteen Group shared her reflections on the day with us.
Fail, fail, and have another government contractOpen Democracy
Security contractors G4S and Serco and housing company Clearsprings have for years supplied UK asylum seekers with shoddy housing. The contracts carry on regardless.
I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?The Guardian
Accusations that the film is inaccurate are part of the ongoing attempt to dismiss what is being done to vulnerable people in Britain’s toxic social security system.
Rent increases in return for delivery would be just the startInside Housing
The rent-setting negotiation with government is an opportunity for the sector to get around the table, says Placeshapers' Sinead Butters.
Customer first should trump digital firstInside Housing
The move to digital shouldn’t be at the expense of tenants’ best interests, says Chan Kataria.
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