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Labour says ministers made false claims about cladding after GrenfellThe Guardian
Party says chair of government fire safety panel had approved cladding similar to that which spread Grenfell fire.
East Anglian housing associations in merger talksInside Housing
Two East Anglia-based housing associations are in merger talks to form a 28,000-home landlord.
Council to fast track planning applications with higher level of affordable homes in central BristolBristol Post
Just six per cent of new homes built in the city centre are currently affordable.
PDF: Halifax House Price Index - February 2018Halifax
Annual house price growth slows to 1.8%.
Further fall in housing stock as demand also falls for the eleventh monthRICS
The indicators for future activity in the UK housing market remain subdued, according to the February 2018 RICS UK Residential Market Survey.
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Gender pay gap means women work 67 days a year for free, says TUCThe Guardian
Calls for pay audits and action plans to close gap to be requirements for all employers.
L&G boosts housing assets by £200mInside Housing
Institutional investor Legal & General (L&G) has boosted its assets under management in the housing sector by £200m, it announced in its full-year results to 31 December 2017.
Homes England pledges to combat ‘unacceptable’ 18.4% gender pay gapInside Housing
The chief executive of Homes England has branded the 18.4% gender pay gap at the organisation “not remotely acceptable”.
Britain’s New Housing DilemmaThe Wall Street Journal
A shaky market gives the central bank less room than it thought to raise rates.
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Politics TOP DN
Investing the pension pound: how councils are using their funds to build homesInside Housing
A handful of councils have struck deals to use their pension funds to build homes. Tom Wall finds out if these ventures could lead to a housebuilding boost.
Westminster deputy leader stands down amid investigation over giftsThe Guardian
Robert Davis steps aside from council roles as his conduct is investigated over hospitality he received from property developers.
Chancellor's spring statement to reveal £11bn boost – analystsThe Guardian
Philip Hammond’s borrowing could be much lower than projected, thinktank claims.
Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018National Audit Office
Since 2010, successive governments have reduced funding for local government in England as part of their efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit. Changes in funding arrangements and new pressures on dema...
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Councils are taking control of housing delivery through mergers and housing companiesInside Housing
As three Dorset councils plan to merge and others set up companies and joint ventures, Matt Carroll and Graham Hishmurgh looks at what this all means for housing delivery.
Manchester rejects ‘0% affordable’ claims24 Housing
Manchester City Council has responded to reports that it approved no affordable housing last year.
Grenfell Inquiry will look at whether Lakanal House recommendations were acted onInside Housing
The Grenfell Inquiry will consider whether the government and the London Fire Brigade acted on the recommendations of the Lakanal House coroner.
'We said it wasn't acceptable': how Bristol is standing up to developersThe Guardian
With little social housing and a property price explosion, campaigners and councillors are taking back control.
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A third of owners ‘would prefer a female tradesperson’24 Housing
A new piece of research by the Federation of Master Builders has shown the opinions of home owners in the UK toward tradespeople.
Carillion bosses prioritised pay over company affairs, MPs hearThe Guardian
Directors focused on bonuses rather than what was going on at the business, says Black Rock.
Why we must resist the urge to demolish housing estatesArchitects Journal (register)
Fine-grained infill and refurbishment are in many cases to be preferred to the knock it down and start again approach to housing, writes Colm Lacey.
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Rackheath masterplan for 4,000 homes endorsed despite 10pc affordable housing offerEDP 24
Councillors have endorsed plans for up to 4,000 homes in Rackheath - despite developers offering just 10pc affordable housing.
PM claims York's housing crisis caused by lack of a Local Plan for more than half a centuryThe Press
The Prime Minister has criticised City of York Council in the Commons, blaming the city's housing crisis on the authority's lack of a Local Plan for more than half a century.
Audio: The planning podcast: the NPPFEG Property Podcasts
EG invited four experts of the planning world to give a hopefully simplified and certainly on point view of what was in the revised NPPF, and what the industry needs to know.
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People & Communities TOP DN
Tagging plan for domestic abuse suspects in draft billBBC
Suspected domestic abusers could be electronically tagged under government proposals for England and Wales.
Boomerang offspring damage parents' wellbeing, study findsThe Guardian
Grown-up children who move back home worsen parents’ quality of life, research suggests.
Why housing? Your #CIHCareersWeek videosInside Housing
Housing’s best and brightest have made Twitter videos this week for #CIHCareersWeek to answer the question: why housing?
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Stretched councils raid reserves to cope with social care, NAO warnsThe Guardian
Watchdog says 10% of local authorities face shortfall after dipping into ‘rainy day funds’.
Health 'to start failing at 47' in parts of Blackpool and MiddlesbroughBBC
Health will start failing at the age of 47 in some parts of England and Wales, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Northern Ireland TOP DN
Housing Executive admits it doesn’t employ enough Protestants in west of NINews Letter
Across five offices spread throughout counties Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh, the Housing Executive employs 335 staff. Only 76 are Protestant - just under 23% of the workforce. Catholics account f...
Dozens jailed for electricity theft over three yearsBBC
Nearly 50 people in Northern Ireland were imprisoned for stealing electricity over a three year period.
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Real estate sector 'worth £2.4bn to Scottish economy'BBC
The Scottish real estate sector has had a £2.4bn valuation placed on its annual direct economic impact.
Scottish Government backs Housing First approachInside Housing
The Scottish Government has backed the recommendations of its Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, including adopting a Housing First approach.
Scottish Government accused of cutting its warm homes ambitionScottish Housing News
The Existing Homes Alliance has expressed concern that the Scottish Government is weakening its plans to make Scotland’s homes warm and energy efficient.
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Talks for new Welsh income tax to fund elderly careBBC
A new tax on people's income to fund elderly care may be an idea "whose time has come", Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has said.
Demolition plan for flood-risk homes in Merthyr TydfilBBC
Plans to knock down more than 100 "unsafe" homes in Merthyr Tydfil will be considered by councillors on Wednesday evening.
Homeless people in Swansea will be helped off the streets by a new 7-days-a-week teamWales Online
The £740,000 cost of the scheme was approved this week.
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First-time buyers are seven years older and pay 30 times more for a house deposit than in 1960sKeepmoat Homes Ltd
The average first-time buyer is now seven years older than in 1960 - and needs to save more than £20,000 extra to be able to buy a home, a study commissioned by Keepmoat Homes has found.
PDF: Happy Healthy Starts - Providing the tools to help families thriveOrbit Group Ltd.
One in four children in the UK are growing up in ‘relative poverty’. At the time of writing, nine children in every classroom of 30 across the country are deprived of life chances.
Neighbourhood wellbeing is ‘at the heart’ of a good home24 Housing
Building on the initial findings published in winter 2017, the full research report of ‘Homes & Wellbeing – breaking down housing stereotypes’ proves that social housing plays a ...
Most affordable cities for first-time buyers revealed: Hull tops the list with homes costing £104k on averageMail Online
The most affordable places for first-time buyers have been revealed, with a clear divide between the north and south of the country.
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Some in the sector need a big shove on gender equalityInside Housing
On International Women’s Day, Barbara Spicer writes about her anger that we have a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the housing sector.
We must all play a part in supporting women and pushing diversityInside Housing
International Women’s Day is a reminder that we still have work to do to support women in our organisations and our communities, says Terrie Alafat.
Within 2km of a station, south east England has golf courses with room for 500,000 homesCityMetric
Last summer, Alasdair Rae at the University of Sheffield wrote a blog post showing that about 0.54 per cent of the UK is golf course.
Building a future housing workforce24 Housing
How do we ensure that housing providers recruit and retain the right people? This is a question that the housing sector has wrestled with for some time.
Promoting diversity must be at the heart of our corporate strategiesInside Housing
On International Women’s Day, and a century on from women gaining the vote, the diversity battle is far from won, argues Bjorn Howard.
Despite our best efforts, councils are losing the war against the cutsThe Guardian
Council chief executives like me are running out of options. The latest financial figures are a wake-up call for government.
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