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October ‌13th ‌2017 #1716
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Low-income tenants battle soaring rentsBBC
Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s, new research indicates.
Valuers: ‘abnormal uncertainty’ on tower blocks post-GrenfellInside Housing
Valuers are inserting an ‘abnormal uncertainty’ clause into their assessment of values of tower blocks, in a reflection of the doubt in the sector amid the fallout from the Grenfell Tower ...
Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of chargeThe Guardian
Campaigners are concerned that complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls.
Nation faces older people homelessness ‘time bomb’ – councils warnLocal Government Association
"Homelessness is not just a housing issue. Homelessness and ill-health are intrinsically linked, and this is especially evident in elderly people."
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Energy price cap plans revealedBBC
Draft legislation designed to lower the cost of energy bills has been published by the government.
UK lenders plan biggest consumer lending curb since late 2008 -BoEReuters
British lenders are planning the biggest cutback in consumer loans in nearly 10 years, the Bank of England said on Thursday, after it warned repeatedly about the strong pace of lending to households.
Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeownersBBC
Stamp duty in England may be changed to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.
Could landlords be offered tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies? Government set to announce new incentives to support rentersMail Online
Calls have been made for tax incentives for landlords offering longer-term tenancies. At the same time, a new housing court to help evict difficult tenants needs to be introduced, an expert claims.
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Homes are not assets to be passed on to children, says ministerThe Guardian
Labour says Jackie Doyle-Price resurrected ‘dementia tax’ by saying taxpayer should not ‘prop up’ people with care needs.
Government resists calls to lift council borrowing capInside Housing
The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account (HRA).
Government 'will allow borrowing flexibility but not grant' for fire safety workInside Housing
Councils may be allowed increased borrowing freedoms and the power to switch funding from general funds to pay for fire safety work to high rises, but the government will not provide direct funding.
War of words as Theresa May accuses Sadiq Khan of 'dragging his feet' on building homes for LondonersLondon Evening Standard
Talks between Theresa May and Sadiq Khan ended in soured relations after Downing Street to‌day accused the mayor of “dragging his feet” on building homes for Londoners.
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Housing WEB TOP DN
Corbyn challenged over UC eviction rates claim24 Housing
The housing association cited for UC evictions at PMQs throws its figures back at the commons.
Regulator sees 15% increase in complaint referralsInside Housing
The English social housing regulator has seen a 15% increase in the number of consumer standard referrals compared to last year.
Extra £155m to house Grenfell Tower survivors by ChristmasLondon Evening Standard
Kensington and Chelsea town hall to‌day announced a further £155 million will be spent on housing so all Grenfell Tower survivors will have the option of a permanent home by Christmas.
Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaosGuardian Housing Network
People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels.
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Pinnacle announce Leicester housing co-op contract win24 Housing
Pinnacle PSG, part of Pinnacle Group, has secured one of the country’s largest housing co-operative management contracts, to officially commence on Monday 16 October.
LFB commissioner calls for ‘clarity’ over fire safety regulationsInside Housing
The London Fire Brigade commissioner has called for “clarity” over fire safety regulations.
£1m fire safety package for Swindon in the wake of Grenfell Tower disasterSwindon Advertiser
Fire safety will become a £1m priority for Swindon Borough Council in the wake of the worst peacetime disaster in recent memory.
PDF: Barratt Developments’ socio-economic footprint FY2017Barratt Developments
The purpose is to provide supplementary description and commentary of the various social, economic and environmental outputs generated by the Group’s activities, and how these have been derive...
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Planning & Regeneration WEB TOP DN
Outer boroughs failing to build as London falls deeper into housing crisisLondon First
New figures show that many of London’s outer boroughs are failing to build enough homes and are contributing substantially to the city’s housing crisis, according to new calculations from ...
£2m annual fund to support housing affordability in ManchesterAbout Manchester
A new Housing Affordability Fund will help Manchester build 2,500 more affordable homes in the next five years.
New council led homes plan unveiled in YorkBBC
A plan for the largest council-led housing scheme in York for nearly 30 years has been unveiled.
River Clyde Homes unveils plan for 144 new homes in GreenockScottish Housing News
Plans to build more than 140 homes in Greenock have been revealed by River Clyde Homes.
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People & Communities WEB TOP DN
The market town that saved itself: How residents of a Yorkshire Dales community stepped in to run services including the post office, library and garage when they faced closureMail Online
They got the bug when the biggest business in their historic market town was threatened with closure.
West Sussex council posts vulnerable people's detailsBBC
Personal details of at least 1,400 carers, foster carers and disabled people have been published online in error by a council.
Government hands Greater Manchester £3.8m to reduce homelessnessInside Housing
Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be handed nearly £3.8m to develop a strategy for preventing homelessness and reducing rough sleeping, the government has announced.
Community Impact Week - ShortlistCommunity Impact Awards
Our panel of expert judges have considered the excellent entries to this year’s awards, and are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Community Impact Awards 2017.
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Health & Social Care WEB TOP DN
Britain’s hidden scandal: the disabled people trapped in their own homesThe Guardian
Louise is a wheelchair user living in unsafe accommodation, unable to get out of her door. With a lack of accessible housing, her story is far from unique.
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New report turns up heat on Northern Ireland's energy wastersBelfast Telegraph
Northern Ireland homeowners squander almost eight hours of heating every week, making it the second most wasteful region of the UK.
37,618 Northern Ireland children referred to social services in one yearBelfast Telegraph
Almost 40,000 children in Northern Ireland were referred to social services during a one-year period, shocking new figures have shown.
Refinance deal for belfast property firmInsider Media
A Belfast property group has refinanced its portfolio with almost £90m in funding from Fairfield Real Estate Finance.
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New scheme to boost investment in housingThe Scottish Government
Rental income guarantee scheme to support build-to-rent market.
FMB Scotland calls on government to do more over housing crisisScottish Housing News
The Federation of Master Builders in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to increase its efforts to solve the housing crisis.
Round-the-clock patrols at Grenfell-style cladding flatsBBC
Round-the-clock site patrols have been put in place at two housing blocks in Glasgow after tests found the cladding was not highly fire resistant.
Why Hyndland in Glasgow is the only place in the UK protecting its tenementsiNews
Tenements are a common sight in Glasgow, particularly in the western neighbourhood of Hyndland.
Reports & Statistics WEB TOP DN
The CPI+1% rent settlement: sector reactionsInside Housing
The government last week announced a post-2020 inflation-linked rent settlement. Inside Housing reflects on what it all means, with the help of some sector experts.
The cost of housing for low-income rentersInstitute for Fiscal Studies
The ‘affordability’ of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason.
Housing ‘bubble alert’ issued by mortgage adviser for 19 UK towns and citiesMortgage Solutions
Mortgage broker One 77 Mortgages has issued a “bubble alert” on 19 mainly northern UK towns and cities, where house prices are rising but mortgage lending is falling.
Are longer mortgages the answer to high property prices?BBC
Many young first-time buyers are opting for up to 40-year mortgages rather than traditional 25-year terms.
Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
I Shouldn’t Have To Help My Constituents Call The Universal Credit Helpline - The Government Must Make It FreeHuffington Post
People who need to phone a helpline because they have no money are being charged money to use that helpline. Is this a sick joke, or a misinformed decision that shows a lack of understanding and rubs ...
Universal Credit doesn't go far enough – work won't pay until people are running naked through stinging nettles to get their benefitsThe Independent
If your electricity has been cut off, you have to screw your application form into a ball and dribble it through a line of cones before kicking it into a bucket. That way you can soon come off benefit...
Why do I work in the housing sector?National Housing Federation
Ahead of her session at our Smaller Housing Associations conference next month, Angela Gascoigne explains why working in housing can help change the world.
Housing and welfare policy need to be joined upInside Housing
The rent settlement is good news, but ministers need to ensure welfare caps don’t push up homelessness and prove to be a false economy, writes Paul Hackett.
Hearing Tenant Voices?24 Housing
The noises coming out of government relating to social housing over the last few weeks have been a bit perplexing to people like me.
Blurring the universalLattepapa Policy
When Jonathan Portes has put his mind to something the policy community usually sits up. So this week we have been like meerkats, with the launch of the IGP report on Universal Basic Services.
Homelessness has surged for seven years. And it’s clear who’s to blameThe Guardian
The Tories’ ruinous policies have seen rough sleeping soar. And universal credit will pile on the misery for thousands more.
Defining value for moneyInside Housing
It’s important for associations’ definition of value for money to encompass much more than resident satisfaction, says Michael McDonnell.
 
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