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Sixty Icon Getting the house in order
As European and local elections approach in May, politicians should be focusing on the disparity between London and the rest of the UK rather than immigration, argues solicitor Robert Flint of Winckworth Sherwood.
Chartered Institute of Housing - Posted 14/01/2014

After the floods: how to address property damage
The effects of flooding on property are not always immediately apparent. What should property owners look out for, and how can chartered surveyors help?
RICS - Posted 14/01/2014

Is welfare reform making us less willing to accept help when we need it?
Current welfare reforms may be exacerbating underlying feelings that prevent us from getting the help we need, suggests Helen Spandler.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Demonising? Episode 2 of ‘Benefits Street' flatters a very ugly picture
The Synthetic Outrage Squad has been out in force over Channel 4’s Benefits Street, dubbing the series ‘poverty p* *n’ that ‘demonises’ a vulnerable group of people.
The Spectator - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Britain's homes in race against time with climate change - Colin Wiles
Britain's housing will not be fit for purpose if it fails to adapt to climate change. Bring on floating homes and green roofs.
Guardian Housing Network - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Private sector meltdown - Colin Wiles
The decision by Fergus and Judith Wilson to evict tenants on housing benefit from their portfolio of 1,000 properties in Kent was one of the more interesting stories of the past ten days.
Inside Housing - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Better housing is essential if we are to tackle the UK's obesity crisis
The places where people live and work influence the success of other public health measures to improve exercise and diet.
The Guardian - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Housing squalor and exploitation are back. But where is Labour's outrage? - Polly Toynbee
Cameron's housing policy seems crafted to turn a crisis into a catastrophe, for aspiring owners and the most vulnerable.
The Guardian - Posted 14/01/2014

Benefits Street, Channel 4 - TV review
No one's done much to help the residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, now forever rechristened Benefits Street, thanks to Channel 4's controversial new documentary series.
The Independent - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon Are rising house prices leading to higher numbers of homemovers?
Meanwhile, more than a third of borrowers worry that their mortgage application will be turned down.
The Independent - Posted 14/01/2014

Opinion: Have you seen Breaking Bad? - Alistair McIntosh
Have you seen Breaking Bad? It’s just the best thing on the telly.
24 Housing - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon A full house on Benefits Street – at Feckless Stereotype Bingo
At work and pensions questions, Iain Duncan Smith heard yet more tales of tobacco, tattoos and titanic TV screens.
The Guardian - Posted 14/01/2014

Sixty Icon In defence of Channel 4's Benefits Street
Few subjects are more unfashionable than British poverty.
The Spectator - Posted 13/01/2014

MAB backs Labour's call for “army” of builders
A senior figure at the Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) has backed the shadow housing minister’s view that there needs to be more competition in the housebuilding industry.
Housing - Posted 13/01/2014

Sixty Icon 7 Takeaways from the Connected Housing 13' Index
I really enjoyed reading through Visceral Business’s Connected Housing report this year.
Thom Bartley - Posted 13/01/2014

Sixty Icon Spare Room Subsidy cut helps bring empty homes back into use
The Guardian reports that the increased demand for small properties due to the cut in spare room subsidy has prompted Hull City Council to bring over a hundred empty properties back into use.
Conservative Home - Posted 13/01/2014

Sixty Icon More than third of Right to Buy homes in London now privately rented
New research has for the first time revealed that at least 36% of homes (52,000 properties) sold through Right to Buy in London are now let by private landlords.
Tom Copley - Posted 13/01/2014

Sixty Icon From Right to Buy to Buy to Let
It’s not well known that it was Labour that first promised council tenants the Right to Buy.
Red Brick - Posted 13/01/2014

£12 billion in welfare cuts will make many homeless
The Chancellor’s plan to cut housing benefit for the under 25s could have devastating consequences, warned the Caritas Anchor House Director today.
Caritas Anchor House - Posted 13/01/2014

Sixty Icon Is Labour ready to go big on housing?
Talk of housing has acted like the drumbeat of Labour’s time in opposition. It has been their in the background at all times, occasionally getting louder only to fade away again moments later.
LabourList - Posted 13/01/2014

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