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November ‌14th ‌2017 #1738
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PDF: Asking Price Index November 2017Home co uk
Don’t Panic: Stock Levels are Low and Demand Persistent.
ONS calls for improvements to housing statisticsInside Housing
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has called on the government to improve its housing statistics - ahead of the launch of the housing supply figures for the year this week.
UK pay squeeze to last five more years, warns thinktankThe Guardian
Average pay packet will be more than £20 lower than when financial crisis started in 2007, the Resolution Foundation report says.
Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blazeBelfast Telegraph
The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people.
Khan: Losing EU workers could be 'catastrophic'24 Housing
London's mayor calls for emergency action on housebuilding in upcoming budget.
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Council tax debt: Concern over use of bailiffsBBC
Bailiffs were called in to collect debts by councils in England and Wales on more than two million occasions last year, a charity has discovered.
Overhaul stamp duty and build more bungalows to tackle housing crisis, says Treasury select committee chairmanThe Telegraph (register)
Stamp Duty must be overhauled in next week’s Budget to help young people get on property ladder, the chairman of the influential Commons’ Treasury Select Committee has said.
Second fundraising offer secures more than £300m for Civitas24 Housing
Proceeds will be applied in acquiring additional regulated social homes along an “extensive pipeline of opportunities”.
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Fury as Tory activists 'circulate survey asking Kensington residents to rate importance of Grenfell tragedy on scale of one to 10'Mail Online
Conservative activists are facing fury after circulating a survey asking local residents to rate how important the Grenfell Tower blaze was on a scale of one to 10.
London authorities failing people displaced by deadly fire: lawmakerReuters
Hundreds of people displaced by a fire that killed about 80 people in London in June are still living in hotels or friends’ houses because of a failure by local authorities to rehouse them, the ...
Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housingSolihull Observer
More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers’ money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years, say opposition councillors.
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Just a few new affordable homes helps keep rural communities aliveNational Housing Federation
Once again England’s rural areas are in the spotlight with Sunday evening’s Countryfile featuring the findings of our new report.
Khan: Holloway Prison site must have affordable housingInside Housing
Sadiq Khan has urged the government to give priority to affordable housing on the site of the former Holloway Prison.
Video: The Great Housing ScandalChannel 4 News
Following the Grenfell fire, the Prime Minister dedicated her premiership to fixing Britain's broken housing market. But do the government's actions contradict her pledge?
HCA response to Dispatches programmeGOV.‌UK
Statements to address misunderstandings about the role of the HCA and the remit of the regulation committee.
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Scottish Government ‘on course’ to miss building targets24 Housing
Rates of home completions are far below what is needed to reach targets set just last year, the Scottish Labour Party said.
Building the futureRoyal Bank of Scotland
While the level of new-build affordable homes may be uncertain, the signs are positive for Scotland's housing associations.
Construction begins on Reading prefab homeless housingBBC
Construction has begun on pre-built homes which will be used as temporary accommodation for homeless families.
Taylor Wimpey: most buyers in ground rent scandal will be able to get new dealsThe Guardian
Housebuilder says demand for housing still high, supported by government’s help-to-buy scheme.
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Glasgow city centre set for biggest revamp in a generationGlasgow Live
The neglected Trongate and Candleriggs areas of Glasgow will receive a massive revamp after an ambitious redevelopment plan was given the green light by the council ye‌sterday.
Council set to lift bar on new housing developmentThe Press
County councillors are being urged to‌day to lift a covenant on farmland at Green Hammerton which could block controversial plans for a massive new settlement.
Council leader takes aim at government’s inflated housing targets for HaveringRomford Recorder
Havering Council’s leader has blasted the government’s annual housing targets for Havering as “flawed and unrealistic” as he urges ministers to “think again”.
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People & Communities WEB TOP DN
How affordable housing can save rural services and communitiesNational Housing Federation
Building affordable homes in rural areas can help to maintain vital services for local communities.
A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year onGuardian Housing Network
A year after the lower benefit cap was introduced, families go without food and fuel and are forced to use foodbanks.
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UK and US 'must learn from poor countries' to solve ageing crisisThe Guardian
Low- and middle-income countries have been forced to be innovative in finding low-cost and effective solutions.
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Consultation launched on proposed changes to the Affordable Warmth SchemeDepartment for Communities
The Department for Communities has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme.
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West of Scotland Housing Association ends partnership with Gentoo GroupScottish Housing News
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has officially ended its partnership with Sunderland based housing association Gentoo Group after new rules were introduced by the Financial Conduct Authori...
Chancellor urged to use Budget measures to protect households from further austerityScottish Housing News
The Scottish Government is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to abandon their "failed" austerity agenda and stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable "fundamental flaws" ...
Caerphilly Council hits back over Wales Audit Office housing reportCaerphilly Observer
Caerphilly County Borough Council has hit back over claims the authority is unlikely to meet a national council house improvement deadline.
Gates are now blocking homeless people from sleeping under shelter in doorways in a city streetWales Online
A social housing provider has said it follows reports of anti-social behaviour.
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World's richest 1% have as much wealth as bottom 50%, study findsThe Guardian
Credit Suisse report highlights increasing gap between the super-rich and the remainder of the globe’s population.
PDF: The Rightmove House Price Index November 2017 - National ReportRightmove
Autumn Sale as price cuts by existing sellers hit five-year high.
New Study Will Investigate Effectiveness of Home Improvements in Helping Older People Stay in Their Own HomeFarr Institute
A collaborative study led by health data scientists at Swansea University Medical School will investigate how home modifications and repairs can help to improve the lives of older home owners.
Living in Fear – Experiences of Older Private Renters in LondonThe Young Foundation
With the recent launch of our latest social innovation support programme, Reimagining Rent, supporting innovations working to make the private rented sector work better for vulnerable people and those...
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Deregulation measures will not build a single houseInside Housing
The government’s determination to reduce local authority influence over stock transfer associations is disappointing when progress on other measures has been so slow, says Lord Roy Kennedy.
Government must use every lever at its disposal24 Housing
Building more homes seems likely to be at the heart of the Budget later this month. It needs to be.
Parrots, housing and redistributionIan Mulheirn
The FT has offered a cornucopia of housing crisis commentary over the weekend.
A look ahead to the Budget: the land questionInside Housing
In the first of three articles previewing next week’s Budget, Jules Birch looks at the question of land.
A Quantum LeapTom Murtha
I attended my first Institute of Housing (CIOH) event in 1977. It was a weekend course on housing management at Beamish Hall in County Durham.
David Montague urges Chancellor to liberate councils to ease housing crisisL&Q Group
After more false dawns than I care to remember, housing finally seems to be top of the government’s domestic agenda.
Providers must shape the future of supported housingInside Housing
Social landlords need to influence supported housing funding plans to ensure there is enough accommodation to meet growing demands, says Louise Drew.
We need to lower the cost of land to true market pricesShelter Policy Blog
After many decades of political obscurity, reforming the way that land is bought, sold and owned is back on the agenda.
Rejoinder to Generation Rent report. Why pensioners in PRS will not increaseSPeye
The social housing concept, a key element of the 1948 Welfare State is being resigned to nostalgia and history.
Looking beyond the Local Housing Allowance policy announcementclick on wales
Will Atkinson argues the UK Government must end the freeze on Local Housing Allowance in the forthcoming budget.
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