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August ‌11th ‌2017 #1672
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'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they may never get on property ladderLocal Government Association
Nearly two thirds (59 per cent) of private renters on the lowest incomes in England never expect to buy their own property because they won’t be able to afford one, as councils warn of the natio...
London tower blocks residents ordered out over gas safety fearsThe Guardian
Four 13-storey blocks in Ledbury estate in Peckham, south-east London, at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion.
Grenfell refurbishment budget was limited by borrowing capInside Housing
Kensington and Chelsea limited the budget for its refurbishment of Grenfell Tower due to a controversial government-imposed borrowing cap, council papers reveal.
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The Shocking Increase In Rents On London's Two-Bedroom HomesRefinery29
The London housing market is obviously out of control.
Mortgage arrears numbers drop to lowest level since at least 1994Belfast Telegraph
Cases of mortgage arrears have fallen to their lowest levels in at least 23 years, banks and building societies have reported.
Triple Point REIT raises £200mInside Housing
The social housing investment vehicle Triple Point has raised £200m, hitting the upper end of its target, and has started trading on the market.
Civitas confirms £4m spend on supported living portfolio24 Housing
Purchase comprises the freehold interest in seven supported living properties subject to a 25-year lease with Falcon Housing Association.
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Councillors in York ignore advice and opt for lowest housing targetThe York Press
An expert report which said City of York Council should go for higher housing targets ignored the impact of Brexit and growing student numbers, councillors say.
London will fall further behind on new council homes without more action from MayorHousing Association Magazine
Green London Assembly Member, Sian Berry told the Mayor he has ‘a lot of catching up to do’ after revealing to‌day that no new council homes funded by the Mayor have started on site s...
I make no apologies for my council's controversial new housing strategy after we were given zero funds from the GovernmentThe Independent
Being close to central London means we can bring in significant cash by using our land and property better.
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Third of private rented homes fail basic health and safety standards, new analysis findsThe Independent
Exclusive: Millions of UK people living in rented properties with dangerous hazards, despite private rents soaring.
People shouldn't have to feel grateful for social housing - it's a basic human rightGuardian Housing Network
We should stop seeing social housing as scarce or precious. It’s as much a necessity as good healthcare and education.
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PDF: Construction output in Great Britain: June 2017Office for National Statistics
Short-term measures of output by the construction industry in Great Britain and contracts awarded for new construction work in the UK.
Scots construction sector seeks to build up workforceThe Scotsman
The construction industry has launched an appeal for new talent as figures suggest that tens of thousands of workers are set to retire over the next decade.
New homes to be built in the North West as Altrincham housing developer appointed to £8bn frameworkMessenger Newspapers
Altrincham partnership housing developer Lovell has been appointed to a new £8 billion national housing delivery panel, by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
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Give people up-your-street vote in postcode planning poll - think tankAOL
Residents should be allowed to vote on planning applications in their own roads in an overhaul of development laws, a think tank has suggested.
High Court overturns government decision on 180-home schemeInside Housing
A High Court judge has overturned the former communities secretary’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 180-home scheme in Cheshire.
CPRE warns developers will move in on “weak” north DorsetSomerset Live
Slip in housing land supply is grave news, claims countryside champion.
An exciting new era for Quarry HillYorkshire Evening Post
For nearly 50 years it was the biggest social housing complex in the country, home to thousands of people and a considered to be one of Leeds’s more down-at-heel areas.
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Grenfell Tower fire money 'not reaching survivors'BBC
Donations made since the Grenfell Tower fire in west London two months ago are not reaching survivors quickly enough, campaigners have said.
Men from poor families twice as likely to be single, IFS study findsThe Guardian
One in three men from disadvantaged backgrounds are single at age of 42, compared with one in seven from rich families.
Hate crime reports rose after terror attacks, police sayBBC
Hate crime reports surged in the days immediately after three terror attacks in the UK this year, police data shows.
DWP ‘is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending’Disability News Service
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people’s benefit claims, to help it cut spending ...
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NHS patients waiting for hospital care top 4m for first time in a decadeThe Guardian
Critics likely to claim breaching of 4 million barrier is proof government is doing too little to help England’s hospitals.
Hundreds from Grenfell Tower area referred to mental health servicesLondon Evening Standard
Hundreds of adults and children from the Grenfell Tower neighbourhood have been referred for specialist mental health assessments in the aftermath of the disaster, new figures show.
LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figuresLocal Government Association
No one's elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed, when they could be treated in the comfort and dignity of their own home.
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Housing services in Northern Ireland facing staff layoffs after budget cutInside Housing
Cuts to Northern Ireland’s Supporting People budget could lead to staff being let go if the funding is not restored, housing associations and charities have warned.
Estate agents pessimistic despite leap in house pricesBelfast Telegraph
Northern Ireland house prices rose in July, but estate agents are pessimistic about the outlook for the market, according to a survey published to‌day.
£60m 'helps fill health service black hole'BBC
The extra £60m announced by the Northern Ireland secretary to improve health services here will instead be spent filling a "huge financial black hole" in the health budget, insiders sa...
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Scots housing market stagnant in July, report findsBBC
A lack of available properties and the effect of transaction taxes left the Scottish housing market "stagnant" in July, according to a new report.
£4.4 million announced for energy efficiency projects across ScotlandThe Scottish Government
Councils will share £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects.
Rogue landlords warned to expect stiffer penalties in wake of landmark rulingScottish Housing News
A landmark court ruling against a Fife private landlord could have major implications for scores of other cases across the country, a solicitor has claimed.
Smaller households, fewer houses built, and more people: how statistics help us understand Scotland’s housing crisisScottish Housing News
New figures from the National Records of Scotland can shed some light on the structural factors behind Scotland’s housing crisis, writes Lisa Glass.
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Residents have been told to leave their homes because their lives are at riskWales Online
Residents were handed letters telling them they must vacate their homes to‌day.
Council admits that it needs to save money as doubts grow over four of its buildingsWales Online
The authority is facing annual cuts of £12m and could sell or rent office property in bid to raise funds.
Housing Festival: Fishbowls, failure and complexityGood Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office
The Chartered Institute of Housing recently held the Housing Festival, which was billed as a new type of event to share new ways of working. Dyfrig Williams shares what he learnt below.
The campaign we shouldn’t needCymorth Cymr
Oliver Townsend, Policy Manager at Cymorth Cymru, writes about the stories behind the numbers - and why Supporting People is so vital for Wales.
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Reports & Statistics WEB TOP DN
Grenfell: The Paper TrailInside Housing
The atmosphere in the town hall was febrile. Shouts of “shame” and “murder” echoed down from the public gallery and outside, protestors carrying Justice for Grenfell placards f...
IFHP: London Lab report publishedCampbell Tickell
The aim of the lab was to invite urban professionals from different national and international contexts, with a diversity of backgrounds, to share knowledge and experiences of urban regeneration, and ...
What's going to happen to the UK housing market? Here's what experts thinkCity A.M.
While some analysts think that the overall market will grow over time, others point out that homeownership woes will persist this year.
Britain's green tech boom in doubt as households put off by costThe Telegraph (register)
The energy industry’s bet on a green technology boom in British homes could be scuppered by consumer fears that fresh innovations designed to cut bills will prove too expensive.
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Ever-increasing homelessness is not inevitable if we work togetherInside Housing
Jules Birch scrutinises a report by Crisis forecasting huge increases in homelessness and rough sleeping unless policies change.
We could end homelessness. But the Tories choose not toThe Guardian
More than half a million people in the UK will be homeless by 2041, according to a stark report by Crisis. Yet the government could solve this if it wished.
Resetting the trust dialInside Housing
With trust in institutions waning, the onus is on social landlords to help rebuild bridges - John Craggs, Chief Executive, Gentoo.
Land Release Fund is a huge opportunity for housing associationsInside Housing
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched its latest plan to increase housing stock.
Supported Housing – Tories throwing baby out with the bath waterSPeye
The reason six years ago I started to blog was the Tories release of the original LHA Maxima Cap consultation in July 2011.
David Cameron’s legacy is soaring child poverty – with worse to comeThe Guardian
The architects of austerity do not suffer the consequences of their cruel policies. They leave that to the poorest in the UK, and their babies and children.
‘The message is stark – homelessness needs our urgent, collective attention’Chartered Institute of Housing
Rough sleeping is forecasted to jump by 76 per cent in the next 10 years according to a new report from Crisis. CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves says the time for action is now.
Judy Terry: The arrogance of planning officers is blocking the chance of the new homes being built that we needConservative Home
There is no doubt that the housing shortage is a problem, causing ever greater resentment, especially amongst young people, who cannot afford to get onto the home-ownership ladder.
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