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December ‌7th ‌2017 #1755
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Grenfell neighbours hit out over rehousing proposalsInside Housing
Evacuated neighbours of Grenfell Tower have hit out at council proposals that they should be treated differently to those on the general waiting list as they await rehousing.
Four out of five Grenfell families still need homes, says support groupThe Guardian
Almost half of those made homeless by tower block fire face spending Christmas in hotel rooms, according to Grenfell United.
Plan to re-name HCA as the Grenfell Housing Commission24 Housing
Former planning minister says there’s no better memorial to Grenfell victims than a re-launched agency tasked to build half a million new homes.
UK’s biggest shipping container village opens up for homeless peopleThe Big Issue
West London mobile home project sees nearly 290 people given a place to stay in time for Christmas.
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Business & Finance TOP DN
UK banks have 2m customers stuck in permanent overdraftThe Guardian
Charity warns of unaffordable lending in overdraft market creating a ‘vicious cycle’ of debt.
Majority of UK Homeowners Unfazed by Interest Rate IncreaseeMoov
Our latest research has looked at what impact the recent increase in interest rates has had on UK homeowners. We surveyed over 1,000 UK homeowners and found that while it was the first increase for ju...
Politics TOP DN
Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stallReuters
Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.
Philip Hammond causes storm with remarks about disabled workersThe Guardian
Disability charity Scope and others call for chancellor to withdraw his comments implying disabled people are to blame for sluggish economy.
Grudging Gauke releases Universal Credit papers24 Housing
Labour uses Brexit tactics to secure UC implementation reports that Work and Pensions Secretary warns must be kept confidential.
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Housing TOP DN
44% of councils have housing company, report findsInside Housing
Nearly half of councils have set up a housing company in a bid to help deliver new homes, according to a new report.
How selling homes for £1 empowers local councils to revive deprived communitiesThe Independent
Only the national government can solve the housing crisis - but local authorities can make a big difference.
24housing Diversity in Housing Conference & Awards 2018 - Awards Categories24 Housing
24housing has been helping lead the way in promoting and encouraging more diversity in the housing sector over the past couple of years.
Construction & Maintenance TOP DN
Government unveils £600bn of construction workConstruction Enquirer
The government announced its latest National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline to‌day containing £600bn of planned work over the next decade.
New home building has ‘fallen significantly’ since EU referendum24 Housing
Survey shows less than 4 in 10 house builders have increased their output over the last year while less than 1 in 3 think house building targets can be met.
Consumers ‘twice as likely’ to be satisfied with homes built by small house buildersScottish Housing News
Consumers are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium-sized (SME) house builder, according to new research by the Fe...
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Planning & Regeneration TOP DN
Increase planning fees or risk stalling development, LGA warns24 Housing
Council planning departments are set to miss out on an extra £70m by the end of the financial year, ‘hampering’ their ability to process applications.
Big Pit in Hinckley saved from developers again - but another appeal could be on the wayLeicester Mercury
Orbit housing association wanted to build 60 new homes.
Plans to demolish derelict golf clubhouse met with oppositionBromsgrove Advertiser
Plans have been submitted to demolish the former North Worcestershire Golf Club.
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People & Communities TOP DN
In conversation with Alison InmanInside Housing
The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing talks to Dawn Foster about domestic abuse, the legacy of Grenfell, and how to end the housing crisis.
CEO on the frontline: Charlie Norman24 Housing
With long awaited proposals for supported housing funding being finally released by government, some of the uncertainty has gone. However as Mosscare St Vincent’s CEO Charlie Norman explains, th...
New chief executive named at Rural Stirling Housing AssociationScottish Housing News
Rural Stirling Housing Association has appointed Donna Birrell as its new chief executive.
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Health & Social Care TOP DN
NHS bosses sound alarm over hospitals already running at 99% capacityThe Guardian
Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak.
Northern Ireland TOP DN
More than £11m being invested in new social housingUlster Star
More than £11 million will be spent developing new social housing schemes in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area during 2017/18, the Housing Executive (NIHE) has revealed.
Health spend ‘fails to meet needs of elderly’Belfast Telegraph
Watchdog in warning over NI's ageing population.
Scotland TOP DN
Regulator’s analysis shows large increase in RSL development spendScottish Housing News
Expenditure by Scotland’s Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) on development, including spending on new homes, has risen by 24%, to £807 million, the Scottish Housing Regulator has uncovere...
Scottish housing associations could be covered by FOIA by 2019Inside Housing
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) could apply to housing associations in Scotland from April 2019, depending on the outcome of a parliamentary vote.
Scottish Gypsies still face 'acceptable racism'BBC
Discrimination against Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland has become the last form of "acceptable racism", a young campaigner claims.
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Wales TOP DN
Council tax could rise by more than 4% in Swansea next yearWales Online
It is to help plug another big funding shortfall.
Loneliness and isolation 'significant issues' in WalesBBC
Loneliness and isolation are some of the most significant issues facing older people, a group of AMs have said.
Reports & Statistics TOP DN
The property ladder is about to get longer! Average first-time buyer deposit forecast to rise to £81,000 within 10 yearsMail Online
The average deposit that first-time buyers need to get onto the property ladder is expected to rise to more than £80,000 in the next 10 years.
Comments & Blogs TOP
Ministers have their work cut out to make Universal Credit a successInside Housing
Pausing the roll-out of the government’s flawed welfare system and getting the basics right is better than exposing people to risks, says Kate Davies.
Theresa May’s Brexit blinkers are preventing her seeing anything elseThe Guardian
While the government obsesses over every Brussels twist and turn, Britain’s other problems are growing, and getting worse.
Challenging the view that everybody should aspire to own their homeInside Housing
Vivid’s new research illustrates the links between social housing, security and well-being, says Mark Perry.
We are all responsible - Tom Murtha24 Housing
I have spent recent weekends speaking at a number of rallies against homelessness across the West Midlands.
More than just a tenant ‘fun’ day24 Housing
Cartrefi Conwy’s BIG Day Out was a winner at the Welsh Housing Awards – here I explain a bit more about our award-winning event.
Bromford’s CEO: Trust Is At The Core Of Everything We Do – Both With Colleagues And CustomersGlassdoor
This high performing housing association with the core purpose of “inspiring people to be their best” has now beaten the likes of Expedia and Facebook to become the UK’s 3rd Best Pla...
A civilised society supports people in need, but our brutal system shatters livesThe Guardian
Simon’s story is a tale of 21st-century Britain. He worked, he cared for his mother, he played by the rules. But when he fell, there was no safety net.
True stories of human suffering can change MPs’ hearts. I’ve seen it happen - Frank FieldThe Guardian
My speech in the Commons about a constituent’s struggle on universal credit moved the Tory MP Heidi Allen to tears.
 
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