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March ‌16th ‌2018 #1823
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Grenfell Tower door resisted fire 'half as long' as it was meant toThe Guardian
Police say door that was supposed to hold back fire for 30 minutes lasted 15 minutes in test.
Kerslake and Pidgley back regeneration ballotsInside Housing
The influential chairs of a London house builder and housing association have backed proposals to run tenant ballots before estate regeneration projects.
Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homesGOV.‌UK
Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes laid before Parliament.
Northamptonshire County Council 'should be scrapped'BBC
Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council should be scrapped, according to a government report.
Revealed: ‘Shameful’ hostel conditions where homeless sleep with faeces on wallsMetro
Human faeces smeared on the walls, water leaking through ceilings, rundown rooms – this is just a glimpse into the conditions at two homeless hostels in east London.
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THFC gets competitive price for £60.5m bondInside Housing
The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) has priced its latest bond tap of £60.5m.
Household debt: Significant number are ‘in too deep’ when it comes to borrowing, regulator warnsThe Independent
Jonathan Davidson, executive director of supervision for retail and authorisations at the Financial Conduct Authority, says credit levels are close to a peak seen in 2008.
Estate agent Savills withstands the housing market slowdown to outdo its rivals with 13% rise in profitsThis Is Money
Upmarket estate agent Savills has cautioned over a slower momentum in some parts of the property market, but seems to be weathering the UK slowdown better than its rivals as it cheered a 'resilie...
Homing instincts: Investors can help solve the UK's low-cost housing crisisCity A.M.
One thing that’s clear about the UK housing market is that it’s broken. We do not build enough homes but, in particular, not enough of the right kinds of homes.
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Politics TOP DN
Government ‘should drop last year of rent cut’ to fund fire safety workInside Housing
Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT.
MPs raise concerns over £9.1 billion local enterprise partnershipsMail Online
A Whitehall department has been told it needs to “get its act together” to ensure public money is not being wasted in a critical report from the Commons spending watchdog.
England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) DecisionsBritish and Irish Legal Information Institute
By the Welfare Reform Act 2012, the Government introduced a cap on the amount of benefits which, inter alia, all non-working households could receive.
John Healey: ‘Housing crisis now goes beyond the policy’24 Housing
Shadow housing minister says homes crisis goes to the very basics of how society should work.
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Ideas for the future: the NHF's huge social innovation projectInside Housing
The National Housing Federation is attempting to bring together the whole sector for a huge social innovation project. Nathaniel Barker finds out what it all means.
Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 TIMES average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentalsBath Chronicle
The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation.
UK councils frustrated as they await £2bn housing fundFinancial Times (register)
Theresa May promised to fund social housing in October but the money is yet to be released.
Could a notorious prison offer an escape route from London’s housing crisis?CityMetric
In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan ponders the task of making a heaven of hell. In Islington, local activists have set themselves a similar challenge.
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Large London council landlord brings repairs in-houseInside Housing
One of the UK’s largest stock-retaining authorities has decided to bring its repairs service in-house.
Stroud District Council award £4m housing contractGazette
The contract to provide repairs and planned maintenance to Stroud District Council’s homes in the south of the region has been awarded.
Grenfell fire door made by Manse MasterdorInside Housing
The fire door from Grenfell which failed tests was made by Manse Masterdor, the government has confirmed.
Can modular housing deliver for the Private Rented Sector?Show House
James Morris, Managing Director at Tower Eight questions whether the modular delivery model could support the supply of homes to the private rented sector to the scale that policymakers hope for.
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Housing association given planning for £1.6bn regeneration of south London estateInside Housing
A housing association has been granted planning permission for the £1.6bn regeneration of an estate in south London.
4,500 new homes approved for Derby - but none have been builtDerby Telegraph
MP says it's a scandal as young people are struggling to get on housing ladder.
The 4,000 houses being built next to HS2 is only the startBirmingham Post
Brace yourselves for more development next to the NEC.
Court re-match ‘guaranteed’ as anti-HDV campaign hits crowdfunding targetHam&High
A campaigner who lost a high court battle to stop £2billion housing plans has vowed the case will go to appeal after hitting a crowdfunding target.
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Soha names new chief executiveInside Housing
Soha Housing has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.
Secure tenancies planned for domestic abuse survivors24 Housing
New laws planned to ensure those who flee an abusive relationship will not lose their security of tenure if provided with a new home.
Grenfell locals are demanding to know the whereabouts of an ex-councillorThe Canary
Protesters disrupted a Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) council meeting on 7 March.
Grenfell Tower fire 'widow' guilty of fraudBBC
A woman who said she lost her home and husband in the Grenfell Tower fire has been found guilty of fraud.
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Health & Social Care TOP DN
Manchester home care assistants to receive 13% pay rise, council saysBBC
Care staff who help look after some of society's most vulnerable people in their own homes are to get a pay rise, Manchester City Council has said.
The NHS needs a reliable source of income. Here’s where to find itThe Guardian
From properly taxing tech giants to levies on property owned by overseas firms – there are ways to fund our health service.
Northern Ireland TOP DN
Brexit: Little progress on border issue say MPsBBC
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has said it is concerned at the lack of progress in finding a solution to the Irish border issue after Brexit.
Residents of multi-storey flats urged to speak with collective voiceUlster Star
Residents of four Housing Executive tower blocks in Dunmurry - Riverdale House, Parkdale House, Rathmoyne House and Coolmoyne House - are being encouraged to find a collective voice on major issues, w...
Scotland TOP DN
North Ayrshire proposes pulling down all its high risesHerald Scotland (register)
Another Scottish council has announced proposals to pull down all its high rises after London’s Grenfell disaster.
South of Scotland economic partnership input soughtBBC
The public is being asked to "shape the detail" of a new agency to revive the economy of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Public interest led developmentScottish Housing News
Scottish Land Commissioner Professor David Adams looks at public interest led development in Scotland.
The key to unlocking our empty homesScottish Housing News
By Shaheena Din, national project manager for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership.
Wales TOP DN
Wales' housing crisis leaves councils with £8.6m bill for temporary accommodationWales Online
Shelter described the figures as 'a sad reflection of our worsening housing crisis'.
Mid Wales growth deal: 'No doubt about ambition'BBC
Business leaders, farmers and colleges are being pressed for ideas to boost the economy across mid Wales.
How Newport became Britain's fastest-moving property marketWales Online
Houses in Newport sell faster than they do anywhere else in the country.
Mumbles is 'Wales' best place to live' in Sunday Times listBBC
The best place to live in Wales is Mumbles in Swansea, according to a list compiled by The Sunday Times.
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New oil threat looms over England's national park land, campaigners warnThe Guardian
More than 71,000 hectares of protected countryside in the south-east face risk of drilling.
PDF: House Price Index - Scotland - Janaury 2018 - Key InsightsAcadata
Annual house price growth in Scotland surges to over eight times more than England & Wales average.
Dispatches from Cannes: day threeInside Housing
The annual property conference MIPIM is drawing to an end in Cannes.
Nimbys are alive and well in Britain with many home owners against new developmentProperty Wire
The majority of home owners admit it is difficult for first time buyers to get on the property ladder in their local area but more than half are against new homes being built, a new survey has found.
Comments & Blogs TOP
Associations need to take a multi-pronged approachInside Housing
As housing becomes increasingly unaffordable, associations need to complement debt with other measures, argues Mark Sebba.
Kevin McCloud says the quality of new homes in the UK is "unforgivable"New Statesman
The country’s best-known critic of domestic architecture explains what he believes makes good housing.
Want us to move out of our family homes? Provide us with somewhere exciting to liveHousing LIN
Written by Lynne Chalk, a resident of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Longbridge Village where she lives with her husband Graham. Here she discusses the importance of providing housing for older...
Social landlord austerity – Additional to and separate from government austeritySPeye
It is time to consider social landlord austerity – an identifiable and separate issue that is additional to government austerity not just social landlord complicity with government austerity.
Why mass immigration explains the housing crisisThe Spectator
It’s the one reason for this worsening problem that blinkered liberals choose to ignore.
Shelter responds to ruling on benefit cap for lone parents with children under twoShelter
An appeal to maintain the benefit cap on lone parents with children under two years by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (DA & others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) has been ...
Housing associations can step in where the market fails - Geeta NandaPropertyweek.‌com (register)
Iwas 24 when I bought my first home. It was a very small flat on a main road with a train line running at the bottom of the garden – not great, but it was secure.
Give London control of its needs so it can fix its futureLondon Evening Standard
Since the Eighties, London has become one of the most successful and admired cities in the world. It has achieved this status by being open to migration, tolerant and pro-business. But what comes next...
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