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Sixty Icon PDF: Spotlight: Investing to solve the housing crisis 2017
The impact of grant funding should be judged on how well it solves the full range of local housing issues, including affordability, quality and undersupply.
Savills - Posted 27/11/2017

Sixty Icon Councils are sitting on a wealth of assets. Why not use them for public housing?
Local authorities need radical policies to resolve the acute shortage of affordable rental housing. One answer could be right up their own street.
Guardian Housing Network - Posted 27/11/2017

Sixty Icon Behind the scenes at Alok Sharma’s social housing roadshow
The housing minister is touring the country to meet social housing tenants, but what is he hearing? Jenny Osbourne reveals all.
Inside Housing - Posted 27/11/2017

Sixty Icon 'Doer-upper' home scheme launched in North East Lincolnshire
Homes in North East Lincolnshire are being sold by an affordable housing charity at up to 35% of their market value to attract first-time buyers.
BBC - Posted 27/11/2017

Sixty Icon Property unaffordable for 100,000 households a year in England
Report finds number of households priced out is up by 30,000 a year owing to shortage of affordable homes to rent or buy.
The Guardian - Posted 27/11/2017

Sixty Icon Women's lives at risk from changes to funding for refuges, say charities
Campaigners call government proposals to take short-term supported housing out of welfare system a ‘matter of life and death’.
The Guardian - Posted 27/11/2017

Share your way to success: How buying just part of a property from a housing association could help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder
Over recent years, shared ownership has been an increasingly popular option for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder, as property prices – particularly in London – vastly outstrip the starting salaries of many young people.
Mail Online - Posted 26/11/2017

Sixty Icon 150 Children Being Housed In A 'Modern-Day Slum' In South London
LBC has found that 150 children have been housed in a 'modern day slum.'
LBC - Posted 25/11/2017

Affordable housing shortage leaves North Somerset with ‘ageing population and big care bill’
‘Fewer working-age people can afford to live in North Somerset’, a councillor has said after it was revealed the local authority is falling short of affordable housing targets.
The Weston Mercury - Posted 25/11/2017

mhs homes shortlisted to two prestigious awards
Our communications team has been Highly Commended at the CorpComms Award 2017.
24 Housing - Posted 24/11/2017

Sixty Icon The Tories should be insensible with shame over a lack of funds for fire safety in our homes
Philip Hammond’s budget has failed to fix the housing crisis but, worse, has left families living in fear with no reassurance over fire safety measures.
Guardian Housing Network - Posted 24/11/2017

Sixty Icon Empty homes spike in London commuter belt
London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.
BBC - Posted 24/11/2017

Thousands of homes are still standing empty across Bradford district
Bradford has almost 4,000 properties classed as “long-term empty homes”, the highest figure anywhere in West Yorkshire, new research has revealed.
Telegraph and Argus - Posted 24/11/2017

Almost 5,000 homes left empty in Kent in 2016
Kent has nearly 5,000 empty homes and in more than half of councils, the number of vacant properties increased in 2016 compared to 2015.
Kent Online - Posted 24/11/2017

Sixty Icon Why no-one heard the Grenfell blogger's warnings
When fire engulfed Grenfell Tower nearly six months ago, with the loss of 71 lives, many were astonished that a London tower block could burn so quickly and with such devastating results. But one of the building's residents foresaw it all too clearly - he just couldn't find anyone to listen to his warnings.
BBC - Posted 24/11/2017

Landlords fined for failing to get license
Hastings Borough Council says it continues to keep up the pressure on rogue landlords operating in town.
Hastings & St. Leonards Observer - Posted 24/11/2017

Sixty Icon HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk
The English social housing regulator has begun to increasingly issue second-grade ratings for viability as the sector steps up its development plans, it has told Inside Housing.
Inside Housing - Posted 23/11/2017

Sixty Icon Government announces 'short-term' solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears
The government has announced a “short-term measure” to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.
Inside Housing - Posted 23/11/2017

Sixty Icon Social housing sales up for councils and associations
Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 – 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.
24 Housing - Posted 23/11/2017

Sixty Icon £8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing
The government’s £8bn loan guarantees scheme could be used by housing associations to deliver affordable housing.
Inside Housing - Posted 23/11/2017

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