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July ‌17th ‌2017 #1653
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UK house prices stabilize, but buyers still wary: RightmoveReuters
Asking prices for houses and apartments in England and Wales stabilized after a drop in June, but home-buyers remain cautious as wage growth falls behind inflation, a survey by property website Rightm...
Top 1% of households in UK fully recovered from financial crisisThe Guardian
Rest of British population, especially young and those renting homes, still struggling, says Resolution Foundation.
Entire generation risks never knowing their grandchildrenAdam Smith Institute
High house prices are preventing a generation of people from having children, says a new report by the Adam Smith Institute.
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Public sector pay: TUC says wages down thousands since 2010BBC
Firefighters, teachers and other public sector workers are thousands of pounds a year worse off than they were in 2010, the TUC has said.
Low-paid should receive inflation-only rises, say business leadersThe Guardian
The British Chambers of Commerce have told the Low Pay Commission that a rise of more than 2.7% in the national living wage could lead to job cuts.
Overseas landlords shun the UK, as tax changes biteBBC
The proportion of foreign landlords owning property in the UK has fallen to a new low, according to the country's largest letting agent.
Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agencyLetting Agent To‌day
A specialist student lettings agency says the drop in the number of applicants for UK higher education courses this year threatens to turn the shortage of student accommodation into a surplus.
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UK 'sleepwalking' into food insecurity after Brexit, academics sayThe Guardian
Study attacks complacency after years of stable food supplies and prices, saying lack of policy ‘suggests chaos unless redressed’.
Philip Hammond urges caution over moves to lift public-sector pay capThe Guardian
Chancellor says public-sector staff are on average 10% ahead of private counterparts once pensions are considered.
Grenfell fire: McDonnell murder claim 'disgraceful' - HammondBBC
Chancellor Phillip Hammond has called comments made by Labour's John McDonnell about the Grenfell fire tragedy "disgraceful".
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Regulator strengthens tenant consultation standardInside Housing (register)
The social housing regulator has published a more detailed version of its Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard following a sector consultation.
PDF: Consultation on an amendment to the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment StandardGOV.‌UK
The deregulatory measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amend the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by removing the requirement for private registered providers to seek the regulator’s co...
Grenfell: Union challenge over offering empty flats to survivors24 Housing
Call to ‘force’ Kensington and Chelsea Council to re-commission 159 empty flats on a single estate in the borough.
Bracknell Forest Homes and Maidenhead's Housing Solutions are looking to mergeBracknell News
A merger between the biggest housing developers in Bracknell and Maidenhead will shut out potential residential investors.
'Locals get first dibs': the Manchester flats banning foreign investorsThe Guardian
Dubbed ‘Manchester homes for Manchester people’, the new Crusader Mill development is bucking the trend for apartments to be sold overseas, and is instead offering them to locals first. So...
For a quick solution to London’s housing problems, look to pre-fabCityMetric
The Grenfell Tower disaster has shone light into many dark corners – one of which has been the sheer difficulty of meeting demand for affordable housing, particularly socially-rented housing, in...
Social landlords could recover cladding costs, say legal expertsInside Housing (register)
Social landlords may be able to recover the cost of removal of dangerous cladding, legal experts have said.
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Final route for HS2 north of Birmingham to be revealedThe Guardian
Paths of high-speed rail lines to Manchester and Leeds are due to be announced together with £6.6bn of construction contracts.
Flammable Grenfell Tower cladding 'passed' by council officer in 2015The Guardian
Newsletters from contractor Rydon claimed fire safety issues were scrutinised by Kensington and Chelsea council.
Landlords demand government help with cladding costsInside Housing (register)
Landlords are demanding government assistance to help cover the cost of tearing down cladding from high rises, amid warnings the work will cost millions and could take months.
Removing cladding from towers may increase fire risk, landlords toldThe Guardian
In the wake of Grenfell, dozens of councils nationwide have been stripping polyethylene-filled panels from buildings.
Unwanted tower-block cladding could be used to build migrant housingDezeen
Cladding panels removed from high-rise buildings are repurposed to build temporary homes for Romanian migrant workers in this proposal by architecture studio Reed Watts, which has just been named winn...
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Theresa May declares war on Nimbys and pledges to build 300,000 homes despite risk of rebellion among Tory councillorsMail Online
Theresa May is to declare war on ‘Nimbys’ with radical plans to build 300,000 homes a year – and risk a revolt from Tories in her wealthy Maidenhead constituency.
Javid approves 400-home called-in schemeInside Housing (register)
Sajid Javid has approved a 400-home scheme in West Sussex after the planning inspector cited “out-of-date” local planning policies to back the development.
Liverpool Chinatown: Council want £200m plan 'back on track'BBC
Liverpool City Council is considering using a compulsory purchase order to get a failing £200m regeneration scheme "back on track".
'Oxford City Council is caving into developers demands' by failing to stick to its own affordable housing policyThe Oxford Times
Members of Oxford City Council have criticised their own housing policy after plans for the redevelopment of Cowley centre were approved with just a fifth of new homes being affordable – despite...
£400m plan for Belfast city centre raises fresh objections by campaignersBelfast Telegraph
A campaign group is claiming a planned £400m redevelopment of Belfast city centre is "outdated" and would see much of the area's character and history destroyed.
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Grenfell survivors' support and housing sites in most deprived parts of EnglandMail Online
Some of the key locations that have played a role in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, including a major site for the proposed rehousing of survivors, are in the most deprived areas of England.
Living in the shadow of Grenfell: 'It’s like looking into an open coffin'The Guardian
The shell of Grenfell Tower is a constant reminder of the disaster, and some worry leaving it exposed means vital evidence is being destroyed.
New Chief Executive of VIVID24 Housing
Chief executive designate steps into the substantive role next week.
The story of Lewisham’s radical self-buildersThe Guardian
Built by residents nearly 30 years ago, Walters Way and Segal Close in south London remain an inspiring symbol of self-build housing. But where are to‌day’s DIY pioneers?
Grenfell survivors' support and housing sites in most deprived parts of EnglandBelfast Telegraph
The fire-hit tower is in an area ranked as being among the most deprived 10% in England.
On the ground at Grenfell, residents’ suspicion of a cover-up isn’t going awayRed Pepper
Hsiao-Hung Pai meets people affected by the fire, and finds sadness and suffering mixed with a continuing wariness of the official investigations.
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Beacon Edge care home rated 'inadequate' for second timeBBC
Residents in a Cumbria care home had "avoidable falls" and "unexplained bruising", inspectors have found.
Alnwick Grovewood House care home rated inadequateBBC
Residents at a Northumberland care home are being put at risk by failures to check equipment and investigate injury, a health watchdog has found.
Students to sue LSE over 'mouldy and mice-infested flats'The Guardian
Postgraduates say they fell ill due to poor living conditions and launch crowdfunding page to begin legal action against university.
Living in the suburbs could protect people from dementia says study that shows people residing in poorer areas are much more likely to develop the diseaseMail Online
Living in the suburbs could help protect you from dementia, a study found.
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Welfare reform will cause housing crisis - reportScopeNI
Homelessness and evictions are set for a sharp rise as welfare reform is implemented in Northern Ireland, according to a stark report.
Residents fear block of flats could collapse after massive cracks appear in the wallsBelfast Telegraph
Residents in an apartment block in Londonderry fear the building is subsiding after huge cracks appeared on a number of walls.
No bonfire compensation scheme, NIO tells residents of damaged Belfast flatsBelfast Telegraph
Housing Executive 'exploring options' for the land.
£20m Northern Ireland housing development could create 60 jobsBelfast Telegraph
More than 100 new homes are to be built outside Belfast in a £20m project by one of Northern Ireland's biggest construction firms. Rosemount Homes, part of the Lagan Construction Group, is ...
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Cladding type 'used for Grenfell' found in some Scottish schoolsBBC
A type of cladding said to have been used on Grenfell Tower has been found on a small number of low-rise schools in 14 Scottish council areas.
High density housing is key to improving the quality of city livingScottish Housing News
Castle Rock Edinvar managing director Richard Jennings asks whether other countries can provide inspiration on how to improve the quality of city living for the next 100 years.
Scottish government to review building standardsInside Housing (register)
The Scottish Government plans to set up a working group to review its building standards.
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Associations ‘could increase development by a third’24 Housing
Housing associations in Wales have been told they could increase development without harming their business model.
'Brexit shock' threat to small firms, warns Plaid CymruBBC
Small firms could be exposed to a "Brexit shock" due to Welsh Government inaction, a Plaid Cymru AM has warned.
Concerns raised over plans for 100 homes on green barrier in BuckleyNews North Wales
Serious concerns have been expressed after proposals to build up to 100 homes on green barrier land were revealed.
Welsh Government ‘fears supported housing changes’24 Housing
At Community Housing Cymru’s Finance and IT conference, concerns have been raised over the future funding for supported housing.
Assembly presiding officer issues Brexit laws switch warningBBC
The Welsh Assembly's presiding officer has warned of a "constitutional crisis" if any Senedd vote to reject plans to transfer EU laws to Westminster after Brexit was ignored.
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London fire: Most services would have sent high ladder to GrenfellBBC
Most UK fire services would have automatically sent a high ladder to Grenfell Tower had the fire happened in their area, BBC Newsnight can reveal.
Benefit sanctions are increasing hunger and depression not driving down unemploymentThe Independent
Why everything you thought you knew about poverty and its causes was wrong.
Countryside in crisis: why rural Britain needs a new dealThe Guardian
As the Rural Coalition fights for the future of the countryside, a community in North Yorkshire is showing the way.
Prefab sprout: off-the-peg homes bid to ease UK housing crisisThe Guardian
Hundreds of 26 sq m modular homes built to order at factory near Leeds to be rented out at lower cost than flatsharing.
Airbnb bookings in London more than double in just one year despite concerns over 'lack of regulation'London Evening Standard
Tower Hamlets, Westminster and Camden have all seen a boost in stays.
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Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
Hard cash is needed to make social housing residents feel safeGuardian Housing Network
Even after the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, central government is still refusing to fund councils and housing associations to do their job.
We can best honour the memory of Grenfell fire victims through our practical responseNational Housing Federation
The nation’s sorrow in response to the Grenfell Tower fire remains palpable a month on from the event. It will surely and rightly be so for a very long time to come.
Thoughts from #HousingFestival 2017Neil Tamplin
Yesterday I had the pleasure of being at CIH Cymru’s Housing Festival. It was quite a refreshing change in tone (both visually and in terms of what was on the program) from the usual conference ...
Inflammatory language, noble aims. Javid prepares to battle for more home ownership and social justiceConservative Home
Whichever “official” briefed to‌day’s Mail on Sunday about Sajid Javid’s plans for housing – the source is described in that way – cannot be accused of seeking...
Affordable housing? Oh no its not! End of social housing too! We need to talk ..SPeye
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announces nearly 50,000 new houses ... over 4 years of which we are told roughly one-third will be ‘affordable’ ... yet set at a new London affordable rent that is ...
The Guardian view on the 1%: all gain, no painThe Guardian
The richest in our society are not worth the rewards they give themselves. It’s because they have captured ideologically the political process that these absurdities continue.
Contractors could be held liable for dangerous claddingInside Housing (register)
Social landlords may be able to recover the cost of removal of dangerous cladding, says Charis Beverton.
Lessons to learn from the Grenfell fireInside Housing (register)
Grenfell has served to highlight the scope of responsibility tower block owners have, says Kate Davies.
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