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September ‌23rd ‌2015 #1197
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Lib Dems to use House of Lords anti-Tory majority to defeat moves to sell off housing-association propertiesThe Independent
The Liberal Democrats will use their strength as part of an anti-Tory majority in the House of Lords to defeat the Government’s moves to sell off housing-association properties, the party’...
Average UK flat value rises 60% in past decadeThe Guardian
Typical flat had £730 added to its value every month since 2005, taking average price from £145,800 to £233,400.
Chinese firm to invest in UK housing projectsYahoo News
A Chinese firm plans to provide investment to launch three housing projects in northern England, Britain's finance ministry said on Wednesday as finance minister George Osborne toured China to bo...
North East loses one in five public sector jobs, 'heartbreaking' new figures showChronicle Live
Growth in private sector is too slow to compensate for loss of 61,000 public sector roles, according to new figures from the ONS.
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Business & Finance WEB TOP DN
UK deficit rises steeply after surprise fall in tax receiptsThe Guardian
Chancellor under pressure ahead of spending cuts review as higher Whitehall spending and a dip in self-assessment revenue boost deficit.
UK house sales highest for 18 months, says HMRCBBC
More homes were sold in the UK in August than in any month since February last year, figures show.
Night Tube services will 'only benefit richer Londoners,' study claimsLondon Evening Standard
The 24-hour underground service, which was postponed from its September 12 launch date, will be available on five of the existing 11 London Underground lines.
BT promises faster and wider internet coverage as criticism heats upThe Guardian
Gavin Patterson promises more services as Ofcom reviews BT ownership of Openreach and rivals criticise its dominance.
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Politics WEB TOP DN
Right To Buy extension is politics of Mugabe, says one of David Cameron's former ministersThe Independent
The Government’s planned extension of Right To Buy to housing associations resembles the politics Robert Mugabe, one of David Cameron’s former cabinet ministers has said.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron unveils housing planBBC
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has unveiled a series of plans he claims will solve England's housing crisis.
Labour housing policy 'must be credible' to win back Tory votersThe Guardian
John Healey, the new shadow housing minister, says it is not a case of simply pledging to build more homes as people are sick of broken promises.
Government 'should return £6bn to councils'Inside Housing
The government should give back £6bn to councils in the wake of the 1% social rent cut, stock-owning local authorities have said.
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Housing WEB TOP DN
Think tank issues association privatisation warningInside Housing
Privatising housing associations would be “the most obvious” government reaction to £60bn of debt being added to the national balance sheet, an influential think tank has warned.
Social housing must plan for a radically different future - David OrrGuardian Housing Network
My advice for housing associations at this year’s National Housing Federation conference is to connect with politicians and think business.
CIH sets up housing academy to combat potential skills shortageHousingnet
Housing could face a skills shortage unless the industry redoubles its efforts to attract young talent according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
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Construction & Maintenance WEB TOP DN
Affordable housing project values fallInside Housing
The value of future affordable housing construction has fallen by £2.8bn since 2014, the latest government projections reveal.
"Major flaw" in new regulations designed to protect tenants24 Dash
New regulations designed to provide additional protection for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) have a major flaw, according to the leading safety charity Electrical Safety First. The Smoke a...
Opportunity for involvement in national research on new build performanceSustainable Homes
There is increasing attention being paid to design versus as-built energy use. Some homes that were built to higher standards were tested and found not to be delivering the energy performance that had...
Berneslai Homes fined for safety failings after worker hit an electricity cable while digging a post-holeHousing
A council-owned housing company has been fined for safety failings after one of its maintenance staff struck an underground electricity cable with a metal spade during work to replace a wooden garden ...
Planning & Regeneration WEB TOP DN
Better planning and more land needed to meet UK housing targetsProperty Wire
House builders across the UK say policy makers should boost resources for local authority planning departments, increase skills and training for the construction sector and step up the delivery of pub...
Earls Court project: what will happen to ‘The Peoples’ Estates’? - Dave HillThe Guardian
Hammersmith and Fulham’s Labour council says it cannot stop the demolition of 760 homes in the borough as part of the controversial Earls Court redevelopment, but a residents’ campaign ins...
Council to discuss plans for new housing on "challenging sites"24 Dash
Plans to extend the number of pilot sites to develop homes on more challenging sites across the city will be considered by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Housing and New Homes Committee.
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People & Communities WEB TOP DN
First of 20,000 Syrian refugees arrive in UKBBC
The first Syrian refugees to be resettled in the UK since the government announced it was expanding its protection scheme have arrived.
Syrian refugees - what can social landlords do to help?Chartered Institute of Housing
Up to 20,000 refugees will be resettled in Britain from Syria. How can social landlords engage with this and other schemes to help people who are on their way or already here? CIH policy adviser John ...
Can Corbynomics guru Richard Murphy fix Britain?The Guardian
The Joy of Tax author thinks we should clobber tax avoiders and pump money into social housing rather than the banks. Does this wonkish former accountant have the masterplan to reshape the country?
PDF: Emergency Use Only Understanding and reducing the use of food banks in the UKChild Poverty Action Group
Use of emergency food aid in the UK, particularly in the form of food banks, has dramatically increased over the last decade.
Untold storyInside Housing
A Bangladeshi co-operative shows how community control of housing can achieve so much more than bricks and mortar, says Dawn Prentice.
'This has helped me find myself' - the teens who say their lives were changed by being given someone's spare roomWales Online
Supported lodgings placements help teens who have been in care, and two people who have benefitted from it are happy to sing its praises.
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Health & Social Care WEB TOP DN
Offer personalised care to support those who need help to live at homeNICE
Home care visits to elderly people should last for at least half an hour and focus on what they can or would like to do rather than on what they can’t do, says NICE.
NHS crisis worsens after new figures show three-quarters of hospitals warned about dangerous staff shortagesThe Independent
The severity of the staffing crisis engulfing the NHS has been revealed by new figures showing that three-quarters of hospitals have been warned about potentially dangerous staff shortages.
Create a separate NHS tax, Norman Lamb to tell Lib DemsBelfast Telegraph
Spending on the NHS should be paid for by a dedicated tax marked on every payslip, former health minister Norman Lamb will tell the Liberal Democrat conference to‌day.
Northern Ireland WEB TOP DN
Stormont crisis: Talks set for third dayBBC
Round-table talks between Northern Ireland's political parties aimed at finding a resolution to the crisis at Stormont are expected to resume later.
New Area Plan A Boost For Causeway Coast And Glens: DurkanNorthern Ireland Executive
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has launched a new plan which will boost balanced growth, development and tourism in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area.
Continued growth in NI knowledge economyBBC
The knowledge economy in Northern Ireland is growing at the second fastest rate of any region in the UK.
Scotland WEB TOP DN
The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: lots of pain for not much gainWelfare Conditionality
Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place.
Benefit sanctions blamed for increased use of food banksScottish Housing News
Gaps in the social security safety net are the key reason why people in Scotland are turning to food banks, according to a new report.
Local authorities 'overfunded' for council tax freezeBBC
Local government has been more than adequately compensated for revenues lost through the council tax freeze, new research has suggested.
England’s million new homes target ‘brings Scottish housing crisis into focus’Scottish Housing News
Homes for Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to show similar housebuilding ambitions as England after housing minister Brandon Lewis announced that the UK government wants to see a million...
Sturgeon warns against plans to scrap Human Rights ActBBC
First minister Nicola Sturgeon is to renew her opposition to the UK government's plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
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Wales WEB TOP DN
Welsh Government signs housing supply pact with building industryHousing
A pact has been signed between the Welsh Government and the Home Builders Federation pledging their commitment to increase the supply of housing and create more local jobs and training opportunities w...
Assembly member calls on Welsh government to protect vital funding for vulnerable people in WalesPeter Black AM
Welsh Liberal Democrats will use their debate time in the Assembly this week to call for the protection of funding for the Supporting People Programme, which helped over 60,000 vulnerable people in Wa...
Health board special measures have 'no time limit'BBC
There is no time limit for keeping the health board for north Wales in special measures, the first minister has said.
Reports & Statistics WEB TOP DN
London's million-pound postcodes revealedWhich?
New research by Which? Mortgage Advisers has unveiled the London boroughs with the most new million-pound postcodes.
Revealed – how much Cambridge property is snapped-up by investorsCambridge News
The scale of investors buying up Cambridge property is to‌day unveiled – with domestic buyers seemingly making up the bulk of this market.
An empty nest is a richer one: Parents are average of £257 a month better off when their children move outMail Online
When children fly the nest to go to university or venture out on their own, it can be an emotional time for parents – but also a lucrative one.
Mapped: The most expensive and cheapest new towns (don't write them off)The Telegraph (register)
House prices in Britain's new towns are 12pc cheaper than the surrounding average, but which have flourished and where are the dives?
Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
Editor’s Opinion: Things can only get better - Jon Land24 Dash
Let’s start with an admission. We have a certain Grant Shapps to thank for the rise of 24housing.
Lack of Suitable Housing for People with Disabilities Is at 'Breaking Point', Reports CharityHuffington Post
This week saw the launch of Muscular Dystrophy UK's latest report, 'Breaking Point', which examined to what extent housing and adaptation needs for people with muscle-wasting conditions...
Stephen Bull: Maintaining the mission of your housing association for the long termNorthern Housing Consortium
It was really sad to see the collapse of Kids Company recently: an organisation that undoubtedly did a lot of good for the people it was set up to serve. What was disappointing was the apparent refusa...
Council Housing in Norwich: ‘I thought we were ever so posh’Municipal Dreams
The fine city of Norwich is known for its castle, cathedral and Canaries. I won’t detract from those, particularly the latter, but it deserves to be better known for its council housing.
Time for celebrationInside Housing
Homes for Britain might have just become a resounding success, says Tony Stacey.
The baby boomers are not selfishThe Telegraph (register)
Far from hogging all the country's resources, baby boomers are net contributors to the generations which have come after them.
Rohan Silva: London’s young people need someone to stop skyrocketing rentsLondon Evening Standard
Ask 10 Londoners whether they think our city is fair and you’ll probably get 10 different answers. Put the same question to 2,000 Londoners, as the independent London Fairness Commission has jus...
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