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Housing association merger will lead to social cleansing, warn tenantsThe Guardian
Plan by London’s Notting Hill Housing and Genesis to create mega landlord fuels fears that more social housing will be sold off.
Notting Hill Genesis merger: Former chair to vote against plansInside Housing
The chair of the housing association that became Genesis is set to vote against its mega-merger plans at a crunch vote next week.
Javid: Raab ‘won’t lose any time in making a difference’24 Housing
Housing Secretary has glowing words for the new Housing Minister, as the new Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government unveil Homes England.
Orwell Housing residents say eco-friendly heating 'too expensive'BBC
Families in social housing have said their children have to share baths and wear coats inside due to problems with an eco-friendly heating system.
New housing agency to boost housebuildingGOV.‌UK
A new national housing agency – Homes England – has to‌day (11 January 2018) been launched by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid as one of the key steps towards delivering the homes the co...
PDF: Asking Price Index - January 2018Home co uk
Northern House Prices Power Up.
Jobs in Housing TOP DN
Business & Finance TOP DN
Help to Buy prices hit record highInside Housing
The average price of first-time buyer properties bought with Help to Buy equity loans in England has hit record levels growing at a rate that outstrips wages, official figures show.
Housebuyers benefit from profits squeeze on mortgage lendersThe Guardian
Intense competition among lenders means customers have hardly noticed the 0.25% base rate rise, say brokers.
Watchdog to review £11bn UK roll-out of smart metersBBC
Plans to install smart meters in millions of British homes will be reviewed by the government spending watchdog, the BBC has learned.
Barratt chief calls for clarity on Help to Buy post-2021Inside Housing
The chief executive of the UK’s largest house builder has called for clarity from the government on Help to Buy after 2021.
Landlords planning to sell property hits 10-year high because of tax changes, research findsThe Independent
The Government has unveiled a series of policies to curb buy-to-let activity in the private rented sector.
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Politics TOP DN
Windsor council leader faces effort to oust him over policy on homelessThe Guardian
Conservatives will debate future of Simon Dudley, who wants police to act against rough sleepers before the royal wedding.
Sector watchdog changes name to 'Regulator of Social Housing'Inside Housing
The regulation arm of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has to‌day relaunched as the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH).
UK could lose 500,000 jobs under no-deal hard Brexit, warns Sadiq KhanBelfast Telegraph
In London alone, there could be 87,000 fewer jobs, independent analysis shows.
Labour's Chris Williamson quits shadow minister roleBBC
It comes the day after he suggested council tax bills for the highest value homes in England should be doubled.
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Housing TOP DN
South West council’s ALMO survives reviewInside Housing
A council on the South Coast has opted to keep its ALMO after considering bringing housing services back in-house.
Westminster Labour opposes the Genesis-Notting Hill Housing Mergerlabourwestminster
After discussions with residents groups and local Genesis tenants Westminster Labour Group is formally registering its opposition to the proposed merger of Genesis and Notting Hill Housing that will b...
Grand Union to undergo unification24 Housing
Affordable housing provider Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) will undergo a group streamlining during 2018 to simplify its structure, release significant development capacity for the future and improv...
LSE report: London needs ‘common plan of action’ across housing sector - Dave HillON LONDON
London needs the key participants across its house-building sector to work together more productively if a sustained increase in its supply of housing is to be achieved, according to a new report by a...
Construction & Maintenance TOP DN
Homebuilding plans under threat from ‘no deal’ Brexit24 Housing
Warning of up to 43,000 fewer construction jobs in the UK under worst case scenario.
Brent Council cancels 600-home joint venture planInside Housing
Brent Council has cancelled a development vehicle it had proposed to form with developer Hub for “commercial reasons”.
Homes England will partner with groups of associations to build, says WalkleyInside Housing
The government’s new delivery agency will use its land assembly and risk-sharing powers to support groups of housing associations to up housing development, its chief executive has said.
Ambition set out for ‘dramatic increase’ in annual number of new homes builtBelfast Telegraph
He said he wanted to see “a dramatic increase in annual numbers” of new homes built.
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Planning & Regeneration TOP DN
Arc of promise: plans for a million homes in Britain's 'brain belt'Inside Housing
A new trainline and a million homes are to be built in a 130 mile arc north of London. Gavriel Hollander reports.
‘It’s obscene’ - £80m Norwich revamp set to include just four affordable homesNorwich Evening News
New homes, a hotel and offices are to be created in Norwich after an £80m revamp of the area around a former shoe factory was given the go-ahead.
Revealed: the 15-year plan for Liverpool's future with tens of thousands of jobsLiverpool Echo
Local plan allows for 35,000 homes and could help people block takeaways near their homes.
Housing developer wants to drop affordable homes from schemeNews & Star
A housing developer says it can't fund the rest of the affordable houses it's due to build on the site of a former school.
Residents seek judicial review over estate regeneration planning decisionInside Housing
Residents of an estate in Bath are seeking a High Court judicial review of a decision to approve a housing association’s regeneration plans.
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People & Communities TOP DN
L&Q launches £250m charitable foundationL&Q Group
L&Q has announced the launch of a charitable foundation which will invest £250m into supporting its social housing tenants and the wider communities in which it works.
Benefits claimants in the hundreds of thousands are missing out on money they are entitled toThe Independent
Charities and financial institutions urge struggling Brits to check if they are owed financial support.
Health & Social Care TOP DN
Four Seasons Health Care rescue talks suffer setbackThe Guardian
Minority bondholders react angrily to deal conditions tabled by troubled firm’s biggest lender, H/2 Capital Partners.
Shifting care closer to home will ease pressure on hospitalsThe Guardian
There is growing evidence that a greater focus on prevention and self-care reduces demands on the NHS. We need to build on what works.
We need a systemic approach to housing and social careInside Housing
We need to ease the pressure on health and social care while increasing housing supply, argues Dame Clare Tickell
Northern Ireland TOP DN
Former MoD homes to be transferred to housing associationUlster Star
A long-awaited project to refurbish more than 50 former Ministry of Defence (MoD) houses in Lisburn and make them available as social and affordable housing could finally be about to get the green lig...
Church's £3m apartments plan in south Belfast set to get go-aheadBelfast Telegraph
A church looks set to get the green light for a controversial £3m plan to build 22 apartments in an affluent area of south Belfast.
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Storm over homeless tent 'village' at Glasgow bridge siteEvening Times
Council charity workers and volunteers have scrambled to help rough sleepers camped out beside a city centre bridge.
Homecare service on the brink of collapseThird Force News
The vast majority of organisations fear that their home services could face extinction this year.
Wales TOP DN
Councils need ‘long-term view’ on homelessness, says Welsh Audit OfficeInside Housing
Councils in Wales are making progress implementing new homelessness duties but must focus more on the “underlying causes” of the problem, the public spending watchdog has said.
Rent to go up by three per cent in Flintshire council propertiesThe Leader
Council property rents are to increase by three per cent in the new financial year.
Grant scheme promotes financial inclusion through credit unions24 Housing
Welsh government makes £840k of of funding available from April.
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Reports & Statistics TOP DN
The areas where house prices rose fastest in 2017BBC
Homeowners in the East Midlands and Wales saw the value of their properties rise faster than anywhere else in the UK last year, according to the UK's largest mortgage lender.
How rich do you need to be to buy a home? SIMON LAMBERT on the charts that are bad news for the Bank of Mum and Dad - and eventually house pricesMail Online
Even in an age of cheap money, high house prices would leave many to guess that you need to be near the top of the pile.
Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014Letting Agent To‌day
The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017 according to figures released this morning by Rightmove.
The cost of renting a property will fall – but not until 2019Buy Association
Everyone knows that saving for a deposit to get onto the property ladder is an insurmountable challenge for many, but private renters are also stung by having to fork out huge amounts of cash at the o...
PDF: Creating health - promoting environmentsTCPA
Research has indicated that if health and wellbeing are properly considered and addressed through design early in the planning and development process, as part of a wider placemaking approach, there i...
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Comments & Blogs TOP
It is the wrong time to change the housing ministerInside Housing
The removal of Alok Sharma while work on the Green Paper is ongoing is baffling, writes Emma Maier.
The Tories’ obscene joke: shred the safety net, then toss people into itThe Guardian
From bedroom tax to universal credit, vulnerable people are being forced into crisis by May’s policies. And she’s gutted the system supposed to help them.
Jonathan Bunt: Necessity will create the solution for housing in 2018Room 151
Britain has a housing crisis and Westminster needs a solution. According to Jonathan Bunt it will require new approaches and, seen in the right way, there are key factors that could help councils deli...
HAs “Bailes-ing” out the core customer & directly create increasing homelessnessSPeye
Yes you are definitely asking the wrong question Matthew Bailes chief executive of Paradigm Housing Group when you write a diatribe saying that housing associations should no longer prioritise those i...
Why our tenants are moving to Canvey IslandInside Housing
BBC film crews followed members of Europe’s largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish community as they moved out of London. Suzanne Wolfe explains more.
The rising cost of living will hit low-income households hard in 2018Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2018 is set to be a difficult year for low-income households, as average price inflation for the UK stands at its highest since April 2012. But it’s not just price inflation that’s hitting...
Shuffling the ministerial deckPublic Finance
Jonathan Werran of Localis surveys this week’s reshuffle to discern what can be read into the future direction of local government finance, housing, devolution and social care.
Does the UK need rent controls?Bridging&Commercial
In the poll conducted by Bridging & Commercial, 71% of respondents were in favour of enforcing rent controls on the UK, while 29% believed that such enforcement wasn’t needed.
Government should make housing its Big IdeaProperty Week (register)
A little over six months ago we got a new housing minister, Alok Sharma.
How does the government’s supported housing funding plan measure up?Inside Housing
Rick Henderson judges the government’s proposals against five principles Homeless Link believes are critical to success.
Homes England ‘now a financial institution’24 Housing
At the launch of Homes England, Sir Ed Lister and Nick Walkley of the agency talk exclusively to 24housing about what it means for the sector.
 
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