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January ‌17th ‌2018 #1781
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Councillor in 'Right to Buy to let' capital renting out 10 ex-authority homesInside Housing
A Conservative councillor in England’s ‘Right to Buy to let’ capital has a private-rented portfolio of 10 ex-local authority homes.
Shareholders vote in favour of mergerNotting Hill Housing Trust
The shareholders of both Notting Hill Housing and Genesis met separately this evening to vote on our proposals to merge. Both voted in favour.
Grenfell housing boss quits more than six months after tragedyLondon Evening Standard
Exclusive: Robert Black has stepped down more than six months after the tragedy.
House prices were £11,000 higher in November than the year beforeAOL
UK house prices were around £11,000 higher in November than a year earlier, official figures show.
Why are growing numbers of mothers and babies stuck in B&Bs?The Guardian
A Guardian investigation reveals that thousands of under-fives are being squeezed into temporary housing with nowhere to safely play or crawl.
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Business & Finance TOP DN
UK inflation rate slips to 3%, the first fall for six monthsThe Guardian
Squeeze on households eases slightly as effects of weak pound start to wane.
Mortgage Market activity bouyant during November 2017UK Finance
UK Finance’s mortgage trends update for November 2017, released to‌day, reveals steady increases in mortgage lending for first-time-buyers and home movers compared to the previous month and...
Savills upgrades forecast after strong end to 2017 as chief executive bows outBelfast Telegraph
The group said that its performance around the world outstripped forecasts late last year.
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Politics TOP DN
Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's workBBC
A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street.
Cabinet reshuffle for housing ministers24 Housing
Government confirms new name for department as part of the ministerial reshuffle.
£29 million extra to boost councils’ support for vulnerable childrenGOV.‌UK
Councils will receive an additional £29 million to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
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Housing TOP DN
Metropolitan and Thames Valley in partnership talksInside Housing
London housing associations Metropolitan and Thames Valley Housing have begun formal talks to form a partnership.
Council to set up two housing companies to ‘offset drastic cuts’ and deliver 500 homesWarrington Guardian
Council chiefs have taken a 'major step' by agreeing to set up two housing companies to 'offset the austerity measures inflicted' on the authority.
CIH launches new workshop and survey on the future of social housing24 Housing
Workshop allows groups of housing professionals, tenants and anyone else with an interest to explore key questions about the role and purpose of social housing.
Veterans’ housing association to sell part of site to Chelsea for football stadium redevelopmentInside Housing
A housing association for veterans is to sell part of a site neighbouring Stamford Bridge stadium to Chelsea Football Club.
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Construction & Maintenance TOP DN
Government checks on associations potentially affected by Carillion collapseInside Housing
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has been in touch with housing associations that could have been affected by the collapse of Carillion.
Lendlease launches £1.5bn build-to-rent partnershipConstruction Enquirer
Lendlease has struck a deal with a Canadian pension fund to invest £1.5bn in build-to-rent.
Carillion: unions demand taskforce to prioritise at-risk firmsThe Guardian
TUC boss calls on government to establish group to share knowledge on collapsed firm.
Carillion directors to be investigatedBBC
The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion.
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Rise in housing association planning pipeline slowsSpecification Online
The number of affordable housing units in the planning pipeline continued to rise last year but at a slower rate according to exclusive new research by Glenigan.
Council hits back at ‘unacceptable’ housing target24 Housing
A London Council has tabled a motion against Sadiq Khan’s housing target for the borough.
Haringey councillors vote to continue with development vehicleInside Housing
Haringey Labour councillors have voted to continue the council’s work establishing the £4bn Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), in spite of a wave of deselections.
Lord Bathurst's Cirencester land development bid approvedBBC
An aristocrat's bid to build 2,350 homes on the edge of Cirencester has been given the go-ahead by Cotswold District Council.
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People & Communities TOP DN
‘Unacceptably’ slow pace of Grenfell rehousing continuesInside Housing
The slow progress of rehousing families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster has continued, with only six more having moved into permanent or interim homes in the past month.
Association to launch ‘hub’ for refugees and migrantsInside Housing
A housing association is launching a hub for migrants and refugees in London which will provide employment, legal and medical support.
Health & Social Care TOP DN
Care cuts could put patients' safety at risk, warn MPsThe Guardian
Commons public accounts committee has warned against advice to cut spending to NHS’s Continuing Healthcare.
Easing the burden on the NHSInside Housing
Housing association Home Group has hired medical practitioners to support its vulnerable tenants and ease the pressure on the health service. Tim Clark shadows its head of clinical practice for the da...
Diagnosing the social care crisisFabian Society
1.2 million older people in our country have some degree of need for social care that is going unmet, and to‌day and every day there are an estimated 90,000 vacancies in the social care workforce...
Northern Ireland TOP DN
DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodiesNorthern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations
NIFHA will host an important Member Briefing on the reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies on Friday, 26th January.
Tough budget decisions despite political limboBelfast Telegraph
Efforts to manage the local economy are heavily dependent on the decisions of politicians who have responsibility for Government policy. Politics and economics are interdependent.
Scotland TOP DN
West of Scotland Housing Association moves to assure tenants amid Carillion collapseScottish Housing News
Tenants of West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) will not be adversely affected by the demise of the contractor which was responsible for carrying out its day-to-day repairs, the Association has...
Number of Scots moving house highest in a decadeThe National
Low mortgage rates and a high demand for homes may have helped the number of people moving house in Scotland to reach its highest level in almost a decade, according to a Bank of Scotland study.
PDF: The Housing Land Market In ScotlandShepherd and Wedderburn
One of the strategic objectives of the new Scottish Land Commission is to ensure that the ownership and use of land delivers greater public benefit. In exercising its functions the Commission can carr...
UK House Price Index Scotland: November 2017GOV.‌UK
In Scotland, the average price increased by 3.6% in the year to November 2017 (up from 3.4% in the year to October 2017).
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Wales TOP DN
'Damaging' winds and snow and ice warnings for WalesBBC
Weather warnings continue across Wales on Wednesday with wind gusts of up to 80mph expected in some areas, the Met Office has said.
PDF: Welsh Government’s Final Budget - 2018/19Community Housing Cymru
An additional £230m in 2018-19 and £220m in 2019-20 for NHS Wales.
Brexit: EU withdrawal bill 'assault on devolution'BBC
First Minister Carwyn Jones has said he will take steps to protect Welsh powers after Brexit if UK ministers do not change their EU withdrawal bill.
UK House Price Index Wales: November 2017GOV.‌UK
In Wales, the average price increased by 4.5% in the year to November 2017 (down from 4.9% in the year to October 2017).
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Reports & Statistics TOP DN
Inside Housing takes on Women in Housing awardsInside Housing
Inside Housing’s owner, Ocean Media Group, has acquired the Women in Housing Awards and conference from events company Connect In.
PDF: Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: December 2017Office for National Statistics
Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.2% in the 12 months to December 2017; this is the lowest annual growth since the series began in January 2012.
PDF: House price index, UK: November 2017Office for National Statistics
Average house prices in the UK have increased by 5.1% in the year to November 2017 (down from 5.4% in October 2017).
Have the incomes of the poorest fifth risen by £1,800?Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Evidence of rising incomes is difficult to square with the lived experience of people on low incomes.
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Comments & Blogs TOP
Waiting lists don’t measure housing need at all!SPeye
Just a quickish post why local council’s housing waiting list data has absolutely nothing at all to do with measuring housing need.
What is the purpose of social housing?Inside Housing
The Chartered Institute of Housing to‌day announces workshops to stimulate debate about the future of the sector. Melanie Rees explains more.
The UK needs to rethink its local taxes. It’s time for land value taxCityMetric
Last week Chris Williamson left the Labour frontbench after he suggested changes to council tax that are not Labour Party policy. Jeremy Corbyn was right to ask for Williamson’s resignation: sha...
Stewart Golton: Is Leeds’s housing policy fit for purpose?Yorkshire Evening Post
There is no more basic need in civilised society than that of ensuring that you and your neighbours enjoy a secure home of your own, and that the next generation can count on the same for them.
How government policy is forcing poor people into catastrophic debtThe Guardian
The benefit cap, zero-hours contracts, and now universal credit have all exacerbated the debt burden on people already struggling to eat and pay rent.
There are lessons for the sector to learn from CarillionInside Housing
Carillion’s collapse shows the risks posed by rapid growth and a lack of focus, writes Jules Birch.
MPs have a chance to give renters the rights they deserve - we must urge them to take itChartered Institute of Housing
The ‘Fitness for Human Habitation’ Bill would restore crucial rights for renters first introduced back in 1885, says CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister.
The habitable homes bill could transform lives. MPs must back itGuardian Housing Network
This Friday, parliament must not pass up the opportunity to give tenants a fighting chance against rogue landlords.
Its ‘precision housing’ stupidAndy Redfearn Consultancy
In 2012 I started a journey of developing a low-cost, self-contained move-on accommodation model for residents moving on from YMCA hostels. Three years later, the first Y:Cube Housing scheme opened - ...
Do we really need to be more commercial?Inside Housing
Sector board members and executives are increasingly drawn from a narrow “commercial pool” and are becoming disconnected from the communities they serve, warns Mike Owen.
It is vital Dominc Raab brings tenants into the political processInside Housing
A new tenants’ group is urging the housing minister to continue the work on engagement his predecessor started. Leslie Channon explains more.
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