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Regulator finds 'fundamental failure of governance' at housing associationInside Housing
A housing association that provides homes mainly for adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems has a “fundamental failure of governance”, the Regulator of Social Housing ...
Island tax haven firms own 23,000 UK propertiesBBC
A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found.
Carillion: accountants accused of 'feasting' on companyThe Guardian
Details of £72m in fees in 10 years emerge as 11,800 workers await fate after firm’s collapse.
PDF: Asking Price Index - February 2018Home co uk
Midlands Forges Ahead while London Prices Slide.
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Southern leaves SHPS to manage own schemeInside Housing
Southern Housing Group has left the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS), the multi-employer defined benefit scheme for the sector.
Price cap on energy bills urgently needed, says committeeBBC
The government's planned cap on energy bills should be introduced urgently, to stop customers from being overcharged, a report from MPs says.
Rising wage growth means households can take rate hike, says BoE officialBelfast Telegraph
Gertjan Vlieghe said resurgent global growth and rising UK wages meant it was right to increase interest rates.
A guide to gender pay reporting in the housing and care sectorsInside Housing
Larger housing associations across Britain have just a few weeks until they are required to publish their gender pay report. Emma Burrows looks at the trends so far.
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Government fosters a ‘culture of denial’ over Grenfell24 Housing
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says ministers are dismissive of concerns a similar disaster could happen.
It’s not just HDV – Labour councils are gentrifying up and down the UKLeft Foot Forward
Stratford and Newham are just the most blatant examples of a Labour council displacing old working class communities.
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Mayor’s largest London Living Rent scheme launchedLONDON.GOV.‌UK
Hundreds more Londoners will be able to rent a genuinely affordable home and save money for a deposit to buy it, as the capital’s largest London Living Rent scheme launches in the Royal Docks.
RLA press for Housing Court in meeting with new Minister for the PRSResidential Landlords Association
The RLA pressed for a dedicated Housing Court when it met with the new Minister for the Private Rented Sector, Heather Wheeler MP last week.
Grenfell inquiry has more than 267,000 documents to examineInside Housing
The Grenfell Tower inquiry expects to hold its next hearings in March, two months later than previously planned, as the team revealed it has received over 267,000 documents.
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British government to transfer over 4,400 Carillion jobs to new providersReuters
The British government said on Monday it would save over 4,400 jobs at collapsed construction firm Carillion Plc by transferring contracts to new providers, as it deals with Britain’s largest ba...
Landowners face tax on vacant plots in Welsh Government planBBC
Landowners with empty plots they are not using will have to pay a vacant land tax under Welsh Government plans.
Consumer fears over cowboy builders costs UK economy £10bnFederation of Master Builders
The UK economy is missing out on £10 billion each year because home owners are so fearful of hiring a cowboy builder, they simply don’t commission building work, according to new research ...
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Couple fined for using garage door to conceal small secret home from councilBelfast Telegraph
Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri were caught in October 20‌15 by Blaby District Council.
West Hampstead house collapses 'from roof to basement'BBC
The front of a house has collapsed "from the roof to basement level".
Milton Keynes Council threatens to compulsory purchase neglected privately-owned houseMilton Keynes Citizen
A house on Bradville could be compulsorily purchased by MK Council because the owner has allowed it to stand empty for so long.
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Can converted buses help people find a route out of homelessness?The Guardian
Concerned citizens are transforming old buses to provide beds for increasing numbers of rough sleepers in towns across England.
Travellers who set up camp on green belt land without planning permission are allowed to STAY for three more years because forcing them to go would breach their 'human rights'Mail Online
Travellers who set up a campsite on green belt land without planning permission have been allowed to stay for at least three years because forcing them to leave would breach their 'human ri...
Remembering Neave Brown, a champion of smart public housingThe Architect's Newspaper
Two months before he died, in poor health and noticeably frail, architect Neave Brown packed East London’s Hackney Empire to capacity: 1,300 predominantly young architects came to hear from the ...
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A third of people with dementia in England 'not receiving full care'The Guardian
Age UK says many people do not have individual care package to which they are entitled.
Northern Ireland TOP DN
'Political uncertainty spooks consumers'BBC
Analysis by Danske Bank suggests "political uncertainty" has contributed to consumer confidence in Northern Ireland hitting a four-year low.
Scotland TOP DN
Scotland ‘failing to meet housing needs’ of older and disabled peopleScottish Housing News
Age Scotland, the Scottish Older People’s Assembly, Castle Rock Edinvar, and McCarthy and Stone have joined forces to launch the Older People’s Housing Coalition to put older and disabled ...
Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term letsScottish Housing News
The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate...
Bid to tackle long-term empty homes in West LothianScottish Housing News
West Lothian Council is to remove a council tax discount currently afforded to owners of long-term unoccupied properties as it takes steps to bring vacant homes back into use.
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Plaid Cymru claims 'investment gulf' between Welsh regionsBBC
Spending on infrastructure shows an "investment gulf" between various regions of Wales, Plaid Cymru has said.
The Welsh Assembly gets new powers this year. How will they affect those in Wales?CityMetric
As former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies once said, “Devolution is a process, not an event.” The continual adjustment to the original settlement demonstrate that it is a statement still as per...
PDF: Consultation Document - Draft Planning Policy Wales: Edition 10Welsh Government
This consultation seeks your views on the Welsh Government’s proposed revision to Planning Policy Wales in light of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 20‌15.
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Reports & Statistics TOP DN
Buy to Let index - January 2018Your Move
January 2018 - 2017, the year of growth for the East of England.
PDF: England and Wales Rental Tracker - January 2018Your Move
2017 - the year of growth for the East of England.
PDF: House Price Index - England and Wales - January 2018Acadata
House prices edge up in January.
How Brexit will hit different UK regions and industriesThe Conversation
The very areas of the UK which voted Leave in June 2016 are likely to be the ones hardest hit by Brexit.
Comments & Blogs TOP
We are proud of our role in rehousing Grenfell survivorsInside Housing
The spirit of collaboration among all those dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy was heartening, writes Brendan Sarsfield.
Landlords must empower customers on Universal Credit24 Housing
There is an importance in empowering residents to spread the word about Universal Credit in their own communities.
The importance of accessible housing needs to be realised24 Housing
Many people require adaptations or support in later life, however we believe that getting older should not result in an end to independence.
Is housing now more politically important to the government than the NHS?Inside Housing
A new book describes housing as the one major unequivocal policy failure of the past 40 years. Jules Birch looks at the bigger picture.
 
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