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April ‌21st ‌2017 #1594
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Housing crisis: more than 200,000 homes in England lie emptyThe Guardian
Birmingham is the city outside London with the most unused properties, followed by Bradford and Liverpool, new figures show.
Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisationInside Housing
The UK’s largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive.
Social housing is becoming ‘increasingly commercialised’, says studyLocalGov
The social housing sector has become ‘increasingly commercialised’ as housing associations look for new ways to make money, report find.
Britons still subdued over housing market outlook - HalifaxReuters
Britons' expectations for house prices for the coming year remain subdued following last year's Brexit vote, a survey from mortgage lender Halifax showed on Friday.
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UK housing market is in neutral gear, say lendersBBC
The UK's housing market is in "neutral gear" and the general election will do little to change that, the mortgage lenders' trade body has said.
Finance: Homes make for strong bondsHousing
In recent years, with the decline of government grant, housing associations have increasingly turned to the capital markets by issuing bonds to raise the funds they need to realise their development g...
Yorkshire Building Society launches record low UK mortgage rateThe Guardian
Deal priced at 0.89% for two years suggests competition in home loan market may be hotting up as new lenders join.
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Labour is not trying to win the general election, senior MP admits, as at least 13 MPs resignThe Telegraph (register)
Labour is not trying to win the general election, one of the party's senior MPs has admitted, as it emerged that at least 13 MPs have resigned in an exodus ahead of the vote.
Some people earning £70,000 do not feel rich, says Emily ThornberryThe Guardian
Shadow foreign secretary defends John McDonnell’s rough definition of rich but concedes wealth is relative to other factors.
Labour’s framing of public services as universal benefits is a canny moveThe Guardian
If more people become stakeholders in the welfare state it becomes so much more difficult for the Tories to lay waste to it.
Housing WEB TOP DN
Troubled Scottish association seeks larger partnerInside Housing
A troubled Scottish housing association has put out a tender looking for a larger housing association to partner with.
PDF: Regulation of the private rented sector in England using lessons from IrelandJoseph Rowntree Foundation
The challenging issues of affordability, security and property management have raised interest in regulation of the private rented sector in England.
PDF: The Social Value of Sheltered HousingHousing LIN
Demos reviewed 52 academic papers and policy reports related to the social value of sheltered housing, using a variety of key word searchers in academic databases and through well-known sources of ho...
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Government discusses housing association new build issues with ombudsmanInside Housing
The government and the Housing Ombudsman are taking a closer look at alleged poor-quality new build housing built by housing associations, the housing minister has said.
Council pilots modular technology to adapt vulnerable tenants' homesInside Housing
A Scottish council is working on a pilot project to build modular extensions to the homes of older or disabled people to help them remain in their properties.
How to stop the construction industry choking our citiesThe Guardian
Building firms need to start treating diesel emissions in the same way as asbestos, says air pollution expert.
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Planning & Regeneration WEB TOP DN
Northumberland HQ plan: Developer pulls out of housing schemeBBC
Plans to sell off a council headquarters for housing have collapsed after the developer pulled out. Northumberland County Council approved proposals for 200 houses, shops and a school at its County Ha...
'Our hands were tied': councillors approve 14-storey block of flats with no affordable housingSt Albans Review
Councillors have reluctantly approved plans for a 14-storey block of flats that will not provide any affordable housing.
Housing group to invest £30m in new homesCounty Durham Housing Group Limited
County Durham Housing Group is set to build up to 297 new homes in towns, cities and villages between the Tyne and the Tees over the next three years.
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People & Communities WEB TOP DN
Housing benefit nightmare: Newcastle council tenants rack up massive rent arrears after changesChronicle Live
MP criticises introduction of new Universal Credit benefits system after it was tested in Newcastle - and did not go down well
St Mungo's to expand Bristol 'rooms for homeless' schemeBBC
More disused council buildings in Bristol are being converted into housing for homeless people.
Housing group pays tribute to Keighley's "passionate residents champion" Alex BrownKeighley News
The tireless work of Keighley community volunteer Alex Brown has been highlighted by the district’s biggest social landlord.
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Health & Social Care WEB TOP DN
'I felt betrayed': EU nationals on working in social care after the Brexit voteThe Guardian
More than 90,000 European care workers in the UK are living in limbo, none the wiser about how they will be affected by Brexit. Here are some of their stories.
Northern Ireland WEB TOP DN
No Stormont deal could see welfare reform with hard edgeBelfast Telegraph
The Government may have to step in to prevent a further postponement of the long-delayed welfare reforms in Northern Ireland, it has emerged.
119 illegal paramilitary memorials on Housing Executive land in Northern IrelandBelfast Telegraph
More than 100 paramilitary memorials are illegally sited on Housing Executive land across Northern Ireland.
Scotland WEB TOP DN
More than 500,000 Scottish jobs linked to trade in UK compared to 125,000 for EUThe Telegraph (register)
More than half a million Scottish jobs depend on trade with the rest of the UK, according to a new academic analysis that the Tories said undermines Nicola Sturgeon’s claim that Brexit justifies...
Regulator reminds housing bodies to obey the rulesThird Force News
Regulator has been forced to intervene in the running of two housing associations and says it is because they did not follow their own rules.
New structure and new look for Kingdom GroupScottish Housing News
Kingdom Housing Association, one of Scotland’s longest established housing associations, has revealed a new corporate look to match its new corporate structure.
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LHA cap: a sinking feelingInside Housing
The LHA cap is set to leave Welsh landlords and tenants in a sticky situation. Jules Birch investigates what is likely to happen as a result.
Reports & Statistics WEB TOP DN
Stock rationalisation: Scatter or gather?Inside Housing
With stock rationalisation deals expected to soar, Nick Johnstone and Luke Barratt cast an eye over the lay of the sector’s Monopoly board.
Essex housing hotspots revealed as new-builds hit Colchester pricesGazette News
Clacton has emerged as a property hotspot, along with Witham and Braintree.
Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander BoxillDesign Week
Both the exhibition and book look at 24 case studies from six European countries that take a novel approach to social housing practices, including UK-based architectural group Assemble.
Inside Housing Digital Edition - 21 April 2017Inside Housing
Clarion to sell 10,000 homes, how the LHA cap is set to have an impact on Welsh landlords and their tenants and meet Stuart Ropke, the man tasked with speaking for housing associations in Wales.
Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
Election means government housing policy is ripe for reviewInside Housing
The election is a chance for the Conservatives to quietly drop some commitments, says Emma Maier.
If you don't feel rich on £70k it is because of a broken housing systemGuardian Housing Network
High-earners will get short shrift for complaining about being squeezed, unless they extend that sympathy to people hit even harder by the housing crisis.
What will the election mean for housing?Inside Housing
Tony Stacey of South Yorkshire Housing Association considers what impact the snap election could have on the housing sector.
You can’t apply as homeless without an address. What.Guerilla Wire
This week’s bureaucratic classic: Yesterday, I was in First Choice Homes in Oldham with Paul, 67, who is homeless. He lives in a caravan at the moment.
Every vote will make me strongerAlex's Archives
So a snap General Election it is then. The stars are surely aligned for substantial Conservative gains. They appear to be polling double the vote share of the Labour party at the moment.
Join the Housing First movement24 Housing
Commissioners, housing providers and services should get involved to affect a culture change in the support we offer to homeless people with complex needs.
History tells us we can reduce or eliminate homelessness24 Housing
As Crisis holds its annual conference, Terrie Alafat CIH chief executive and conference chair, says history shows us a robust strategy is the only way to tackle homelessness.
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