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Inside Housing: trade magazine that warned of high-rise fire risksThe Guardian
Editor-in-chief says lessons appear not to have been learned after Lakanal House fire eight years ago.
London's Grenfell Tower May Have Used Banned Exterior Cladding in RenovationTIME
The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their crimina...
Britain’s increasingly unevenly shared property wealth is driving up inequality after a decade-long fallResolution Foundation
The spreading of property wealth across Britain in the mid-1990s and mid-2000s fueled a decade-long fall in wealth inequality but that progress has now gone into reverse, according to a new report to ...
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Debt bubble returns millions to days of 2008 crashThe Guardian
Advisers call for action as growing numbers struggle with their bills.
House prices stall as average price tags dip £1,000 - RightmoveBelfast Telegraph
Spring house price momentum stalled in June as the average price tag on a property coming to market dipped by more than £1,000 month-on-month, according to Rightmove.
London has highest landlord costs in UK but this is offset by higher rentProperty Wire
London has been identified as the most expensive part of Britain to be a landlord, followed by the South East while the North East of England is the cheapest, new research shows.
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Grenfell Tower Fire: Kensington And Chelsea Council Sidelined After Relief Effort ‘Not Good Enough’Huffington Post
Red Cross drafted in to newly-formed response team.
EU leaders fear that fragile state of Tories will lead to brutal BrexitThe Guardian
Chaos in Westminster means that UK-EU discussions, which begin on Monday, could collapse without any deal.
Labour says emergency house seizure laws could ease Grenfell Tower crisisThe Guardian
John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn say government should consider pushing through legislation to allow requisition of properties.
Grenfell Tower fire: MPs attack Kensington council for failure to spend £270m reserves on housingThe Independent
Exclusive: ‘If some of this money was spent on sprinkler systems and non-flammable cladding we wouldn’t be where we are to‌day’.
Philip Hammond hints government will ease up on austerityThe Guardian
Chancellor says Tories ‘not deaf’ to election result, and left open possibility of raising taxes to fund more generous spending.
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Actual use of spare room irrelevant in ‘bedroom tax’ assessment, appeal judges ruleScottish Housing News
A disabled woman who converted a bedroom in her rented housing association property into a second living room so she could have a living space separate from her carers was still liable for the higher ...
Call to cut cost of evictions24 Housing
Housing group says the approach of social landlords to sanctions against tenants can play a pivotal role in preventing eviction and easing costs.
FactCheck Q&A: how much do we spend on social housing?Channel 4 News
The Grenfell Tower fire has drawn attention to the state of council housing in this country.
Tories did not build new social housing over fears it would ‘create Labour voters’ says Nick CleggMetro
Social housing was not built under the Conservative-led coalition because of fears it would ‘create Labour voters’, according to Nick Clegg.
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Fire safety: repeated calls for retrofitting sprinklers to high-rises were ignoredThe Guardian
Advice from coroners and fire services after fatal fires as far back as 2009 were not considered ‘practical or economically viable’.
KCTMO appointed 'competitively priced' fire risk assessment consultantInside Housing
The organisation managing Grenfell Tower appointed a company to carry out its fire risk assessments at the “most competitive price” in 2010, board papers reveal.
The chronicle of a tragedy foretold: Grenfell TowerThe Guardian
Government and councils were warned repeatedly about fire safety experts’ fears over tower blocks as far back as 1999.
Regulator slams provider for breaking gas safety lawInside Housing
The social housing regulator has slammed a 500-unit housing association for breaking the law on gas safety and exposing tenants “to the risk of serious harm”.
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Planning permissions for new homes are being granted in the wrong areas, says new reportThe Telegraph (register)
Planning permissions granted for new homes are being concentrated in the wrong areas, where there is less need for housing, according to new research by Savills.
Former Glasgow Zoo set for major housing development - with 374 new homesGlasgow Live
Taylor Wimpey Homes has submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council to develop the greenfield site to build 374 new homes.
Outskirts by John Grindrod review – life in the green beltThe Guardian
Living in a housing estate on the very edge of London formed the writer in many ways. But what is the future of the buffer between city and countryside?
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Grenfell Tower blogger threatened with legal action by council after writing about safety concernsThe Independent
Kensington and Chelsea is one of the authorities which could end up in the dock if found culpable over the tragedy.
'We think they are hiding': locals express fury at council over Grenfell responseThe Guardian
Residents of flats at the foot of Grenfell Tower have spoken of their anger at the lack of official information about whether their homes are safe.
Grenfell Tower fire: Volunteer beaten at protest after being mistaken for CEO of company responsible for buildingThe Independent
A volunteer helping the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire was beaten up at the protest in Kensington Town Hall after being mistaken for the CEO of the management company responsible for the tower, hi...
Tenants without passports ‘less likely to access homes to rent’Scottish Housing News
Nearly half of landlords are less likely to rent homes to tenants without a British passport as a result of the immigration tests they have to make, according to a new poll.
Queen’s Birthday ‘present’ for Chan Kataria24 Housing
Chief Executive of emh group gets OBE for services to housing.
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‘Severe’ residential care staff shortages spark calls for urgent actionBelfast Telegraph
Unison warned the care system is “failing the elderly and the vulnerable”.
Most of central London hospital to be sold off, plans revealThe Guardian
Exclusive: Charing Cross hospital to be cut to 13% of current size and services diverted to facilities around the city, documents show.
Social care – who cares?Institute for Government
The Conservative Party’s manifesto proposals for social care – promptly labelled a ‘dementia tax’ by its critics – was one of the turning points of the election campaign.
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Sprinklers 'should be compulsory' in Northern Ireland tower blocksBelfast Telegraph
A retired firefighter with 35 years' experience is calling for legislation to make sprinklers compulsory in Northern Ireland's tower blocks after it emerged that none were installed in any o...
NI waiting lists may lead to 'unnecessary deaths' warns Nuffield TrustBBC
Some people in Northern Ireland may die unnecessarily while remaining on a hospital waiting list for treatment, according to the national independent health charity, the Nuffield Trust.
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Scottish Home Awards winners announcedScottish Federation of Housing Associations
The Scottish housebuilding industry gathered on Thursday 15 June to celebrate the winners in the Scottish Home Awards.
Charities raise concerns as rough sleepers face deportationThe Ferret
Charities and legal experts have raised serious concerns as it emerges that the Home Office is threatening to arrest and deport homeless people sleeping on the streets of Edinburgh.
Residents tell of regular fires in Scottish tower blocksHerald Scotland (register)
Residents of high rise flats in Scotland have told how they are living in fear after reporting regular fires in their own tower blocks.
Housing output in Scotland continues to flatlineProperty Investor To‌day
Overall housing output north of the border continued to flatline with just 88 more homes, the equivalent of around 1%, built in 2016 compared with the year before, and yet the housing statistics provi...
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Homeless people have been spotted camping around CardiffWales Online
A number of tents have pitched up in the city centre.
Wales should resist plans to turn Landlords into Immigration PoliceResidential Landlords Association
Wales should resist efforts to roll out plans to turn landlords into immigration police.
London fire: UK ministers 'should take leaf from Wales' on sprinklersBBC
The UK government should take a leaf from Wales and make sprinklers compulsory for new buildings, an AM has said.
27% of foster children placed out of council areaBBC
A quarter of children in care in Wales were placed in new homes outside of their county, new figures have shown.
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Why does it take a tragedy like Grenfell Tower for ministers to put lives above saving money?The Guardian
Experts have been lobbying for better regulations for years but governments have failed to act.
Revealed: the tower block fire warnings that ministers ignoredThe Guardian
Fire chief tells of repeated rebuffs by ministers as Theresa May admits Grenfell victims were let down.
The election: what happens now?Inside Housing
After the shock general election result, Inside Housing’s writers take a look at the new state of play for housing policy.
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The Observer view on the Grenfell Tower fireThe Guardian
Behind this disaster lies a brutal indifference to the lives of the poor.
Six vital questions that must be answered about Grenfell TowerThe Guardian
What role did deregulation, regeneration, inadequate legislation and cuts play in this tragedy? Is Gavin Barwell’s position tenable?
It shouldn't take a deadly fire for us to start caring about social housing tenantsPolitics.co.‌uk
In the days and weeks to come questions will continue to be asked about how a tragedy such as the Grenfell Tower fire could happen. And rightly so. But it's also important to understand the attit...
Grenfell Tower demonstrates the need for real political choiceGuerilla Wire
We know Theresa May is bad at her job. Arrogant. Distant. Inflexible. Possessed of poor judgement. Unempathic to the point where it is embarrassing to witness her inability. But let’s, please, n...
Grenfell Tower fire tragedy reveals ugly flaws of regeneration agendaThe Conversation
I grew up in social housing. It provided a stable and secure (albeit overcrowded and cold) home for my family, for life.
We need to move forward on deliveryInside Housing
With the election over, Sinead Butters of Placeshapers says now is the time to act to solve the housing crisis.
Find the money and start on MondayChris Creegan
What a wretched week. In a year where tragedy has hardly been in short supply, Grenfell Tower has marked a new low.
Those who died at Grenfell Tower were the victims of bad governmentThe Spectator
Had the Grenfell Tower tragedy befallen one of the millionaire high-rises built along the Thames recently, it would still be a catastrophe that shocked the country and the world.
I grew up on a council estate in London – it's been obvious for years how neglected social housing isThe Independent
‘As new builds pop up around London, the tower blocks and estates that sit next to them remain dilapidated’.
Apartheid London: social cleansing ruined the minestrone streets I grew up inThe Guardian
Ed Vulliamy tells of his grief and rage at the ruthless development that has divided the Grenfell Tower area where he was raised.
Queen’s speech must push housing reformThe Guardian
The least tenants deserve after the Grenfell Tower fire is a bold initiative from government, says Paul Nicolson.
Councils are key to solving the housing crisisInside Housing
The Town and Country Planning Association has produced guidance for councils on how to deliver affordable homes. TCPA chief executive Kate Henderson explains more.
Being a responsible businessInside Housing
Housing associations are uniquely positioned to make a real difference in communities, says Amanda Davies of Pobl Group.
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