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September ‌13th ‌2017 #1694
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UK cities expected to get millions of pounds for green energy projectsThe Guardian
Ministers are thought to be planning to offer £3m for initiatives such as solar panels on social housing.
Research reveals major changes in British housing availabilityYorkshire Building Society
The gap between the least and most affordable parts of Britain has almost doubled since the start of the economic downturn, new Yorkshire Building Society research shows.
NAO: government failed to look at impact of welfare reforms on homelessnessInside Housing
The government has been blasted for a “light touch” approach to homelessness and a lack of attention to the impact of its welfare reforms on the issue in a damning report by the public sec...
Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocksBBC
London's fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a "turning point", calling for sprinklers in all high rise council flats.
UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017GOV.‌UK
The data shows: in England, an annual price increase of 5.4% which takes the average property value to £243,220. House prices have risen by 1% since June 2017.
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UK cost-of-living crisis grows as dearer imports push inflation to 2.9%The Guardian
More expensive petrol, clothing and food fuel rise in CPI as unions call for pay rises and end to public sector pay cap.
Investor puts £100m into new funding companyInside Housing
A new funding company for the social housing sector has formed with £100m of funding from a major investor, in a return to the sector.
Universal Credit fuelling rent arrears for private sector tenants24 Housing
Research by the Residential Landlords Association reveals the average amount owed in rent arrears by Universal Credit tenants to private sector landlords is now £1,150.
Number of people switching energy supplier up 30% in a yearThe Guardian
Price hikes, including 12.5% at British Gas starting this Friday, means 3.5m users have switched suppliers so far in 2017, says Energy UK.
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Theresa May faces pay backlash after lifting 1% public pay capThe Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn says Tories are trying to divide and rule workers as prison officers and police dismiss pay rises as insufficient.
English councils’ local welfare schemes in ‘meltdown’The Guardian
New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families.
Birmingham bin strike: Jeremy Corbyn calls for 'solution'BBC
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on his party in Birmingham "to find a solution as soon as possible" to the continuing bin row in the city.
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Housing WEB TOP DN
Congratulations to the 2017 National Housing Awards winnersNational Housing Federation
The winners of the 11th annual National Housing Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 7 September.
Shadow board starts talks over major merger24 Housing
Members talk through “challenges and opportunities” presented by proposed merger of Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing Association.
Council to build more homes and focus on helping the most vulnerableCambridge Network
A report setting out Cambridge City Council’s plans to invest in its housing service to improve efficiency, target resources on those people in greatest need and make provision for savings, has ...
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Construction & Maintenance WEB TOP DN
28 councils request fire safety funding from governmentInside Housing
A total of 28 councils have asked the government for help funding fire safety work to high rises, but no cash has been allocated yet.
British housebuilders sink as investors call topReuters
British housebuilding stocks tumbled on Tuesday as big share sales by company founders and growing pessimism among analysts reignited concerns over the resilience of a sector which had enjoyed a stron...
Reading couple 'must pay £5,000 repairs' on council houseBBC
A couple have been told they must pay for repairs to their council house after it was gutted by fire.
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Southwark gears up to deliver hundreds more new council homesSouthwark Council
Over the last few months, hundreds of brand new council homes on nine sites around Southwark have either been granted planning permission, or are going through the planning process, as part of the cou...
Plans for 231-home affordable neighbourhood in Turriff backedThe Press and Journal
Councillors have approved plans to build a new 231-home affordable neighbourhood in Turriff.
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The book of Notting Hill Genesis: an interview with Kate DaviesInside Housing
Two of London’s biggest landlords are set to merge. Jess McCabe speaks to Kate Davies, chief executive in waiting, to find out about any final obstacles.
Young people fear for futures in Brexit Britain, says studyBBC
More than two-thirds of young people in the UK have an "international outlook" and many fear for their prospects once the UK leaves the EU, says a report.
Grenfell campaigner calls for return of local assets as reparationThe Guardian
Edward Daffarn says council should restore services of library, college and stables as atonement for years of neglect.
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NHS boss puts service on high alert in case of heavy winter flu burdenThe Guardian
Simon Stevens says major winter outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand suggests NHS could struggle to cope with cases.
Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for bigger NHS role in LondonBBC
The Mayor of London has called for a greater role in overseeing the future of NHS plans in the capital.
Reduced workloads essential to stop Scottish social workers quittingThe Guardian
Almost half of employers in Scotland have problems retaining staff, Guardian survey finds.
Urgent need to tackle ‘health crisis’ of fuel poverty24 Housing
Housing and energy professionals say everyone needs to be on board to tackle fuel poverty.
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DUP say £1bn for Northern Ireland safe, as vote beckons in ParliamentBelfast Telegraph
Parliament will approve the £1bn extra funding the DUP secured for Northern Ireland - and the package isn't under threat, senior party figures have insisted.
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3% increase in housing supplyThe Scottish Government
Total new housing supply in Scotland increased by 3% in 2016-17, to 18,539 new housing units, or 571 more homes than the previous year.
Affordable home approvals increase by 30% to top 10,600Scottish Housing News
The number of affordable homes approved over the year to the end June 2017 has increased by 30% on the previous year, bringing the total number of approvals over the year to 10,612.
PDF: Spotlight: Scotland's Residential Property Market - Autumn 2017Savills
Whilst the UK-wide residential market is feeling the impact of the EU Referendum and this year’s General Election, Scotland, despite higher rates of taxation, is enjoying its strongest condition...
Scottish Tories urge ‘can-do attitude’ in housing crisis battleEvening Express
Tories are urging ministers to show a “can-do attitude” to tackling Scotland’s housing crisis, with the party pressing for its blueprint to increase the number of homes to be adopted...
UK House Price Index Scotland: July 2017GOV.‌UK
Monthly report showing the data for the average house prices for Scotland.
What does the Programme for Government mean for housing in Scotland?Inside Housing
Adam Lang of Shelter Scotland analyses the housing policies in last week’s Scottish Programme for Government.
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The brand new housing estate in Swansea which has no-one living thereWales Online
The homes are built, but you won't find anyone answering the door.
UK House Price Index Wales: July 2017GOV.‌UK
Monthly report showing the data for the average house prices for Wales.
Public sector pay: Labour urged to lift cap in WalesBBC
The Welsh Government has been urged to lift the 1% public sector pay cap, starting with health service workers.
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PDF: Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017Office for National Statistics
Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.6% in the 12 months to August 2017; this is down from 1.8% in July 2017.
In charts: How homes have got less – and more – affordable since the financial crisisThe Telegraph (register)
Ten years ago, the financial crisis upended the housing market. Prices went into freefall, and many areas of the country have still not recovered – while others have seen prices soar.
Annual data gives ‘glimmer of hope’ to first-time buyers24 Housing
Year-on-year data reveals the outlook for first-time buyers is slowly becoming more positive.
End of the wheelie bin in sight as it is replaced with underground systemThe Telegraph (register)
The humble wheelie bin may become a distant memory after a city installed underground bins for residents.
Comments & Blogs WEB TOP
Homelessness is not inevitable. It's a political choice made by the UK governmentGuardian Housing Network
The UK government doesn’t appear to be interested in measuring or preventing homelessness. We need urgent change.
Brexit has delivered on its promise to make the people of the UK worse offGuerilla Wire
Wages are back behind inflation. As was near enough inevitable after Brexit.
Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way outShelter Policy Blog
Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness. Shelter’s new campaign is calling on the government to pledge more help in the Autumn Budget by re-linking Local Housing Allo...
‘Housing’ needs to radically change its views and embrace criticismSPeye
I don’t associate much if at all with very right-wing Tories yet these are perhaps the ONLY people who would take offence at criticism of Eton or Harrow or Roedean.
Grenfell Truths: catastrophes don’t come in black and whiteON LONDON
On Thursday, the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will formally open at the Connaught Rooms in Great Queen Street. Sir Martin Moore-Bick, a former Appeal Court judge, will make an opening s...
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