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March ‌13th ‌2018 #1820
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Housing association acquires 500 homes in £45m dealInside Housing
Two London housing associations have exchanged contracts on a major sale of social housing stock worth £45m.
Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellorThe Guardian
Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.
Chancellor Philip Hammond to unveil spring statementBBC
The UK economy is in better shape than expected, Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to say in his spring statement.
Promises v reality: how the schemes were sold – and what they look like nowThe Guardian
Company collapses and stalled progress have dogged certain ‘buyer-led developments’. We compare company projections to the current sites.
PDF: Asking Price Index - March 2018Home co uk
North West Prices March On Up.
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Lloyds Bank launches new £500m fund for social housing sector24 Housing
Fund underpins a major commitment to the social housing sector and includes an additional pledge to raise £750m in 2018.
Two housing associations ‘named and shamed’ for underpaying workersInside Housing
Two housing associations have been named by the government on a list of organisations which have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage.
Hotels, restaurants and pubs plan hiring spree amid Brexit fearsThe Guardian
Survey shows hospitality sector expects a busier period for hiring than other parts of the economy.
Civitas Social Housing PLC (CSH) Move Up 1.32%Utah Herald
Shares of Civitas Social Housing PLC (LON:CSH) last traded at 105.88, representing a move of 1.32%, or 1.38 per share, on volume of 278,017 shares.
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NHF calls for land for social housing ahead of Spring StatementInside Housing
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called on the government to make public land available for social housing development, ahead of a Spring Statement expected to be quiet for the housing sector...
Information watchdog denounces council over Grenfell failingsThe Guardian
Kensington & Chelsea told it may face court over poor response to freedom of information requests.
Sajid Javid accused of ‘failing’ on Grenfell pledge over tower blocksBelfast Telegraph
Labour said nine months after the blaze only seven out of 301 buildings identified with suspect cladding had received remedial work.
Housing minister open to considering changes to borrowing cap policyInside Housing
The housing minister has said he is open to considering changes to the government’s policy of lifting the borrowing cap only for certain councils.
Housing Minister announces homes boost for rural families24 Housing
Rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes to better meet local housing needs through planning rule changes.
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A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell TowerLegatum Institute
The tragic fire in Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017 killed 71 people and saw 376 households from the Tower and from neighbouring buildings made homeless.
Fresh bid to tackle 'desperate' homes crisisDorset Echo
A fresh bid to tackle the ‘desperate’ housing shortage is set to go before councillors to‌day.
One man's epic rant about renting in CambridgeCambridge News
This rant is extraordinary.
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L&G takes control of Cala Homes for £315mConstruction Enquirer
L&G has taken full control of fast-growing upmarket builder Cala Homes paving the way for it to become a major UK housing delivery business.
List reveals top 15 suppliers to local government in 2017LocalGov
A new ranking of local government suppliers has revealed over half of the top 15 regular suppliers were construction firms.
PDF: Briefing Note: Build to Rent - Managing the flow of stock into the marketSavills
Build to rent schemes can release large numbers of rental homes onto the market at once. Pricing, volume, and seasonality are key factors that shape demand and affect let up rates.
We need minimum prescriptive requirements in building regulationsInside Housing
As the Hackitt Review on building regulations progresses, Adrian Dobson argues that we need prescription on external wall construction, sprinklers and means of escape.
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Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF): recommended projects at fifth roundThe Scottish Government
List of projects recommended at the fifth stage of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) from 2018 to 2019.
Site masterplan for Smith's Dock unveiledPlaces for People Group - The
Places for People and Urban Splash, the joint venture redeveloping Smith’s Dock in North Shields, have revealed for the first time their site-wide masterplan vision; it shows the extent of the n...
‘Working families are key to survival of Dales’Yorkshire Post
A blueprint for the future of the Yorkshire Dales, described as the most important in the National Park’s 64-year history, has unveiled a raft of measures to open it up to working-age families a...
Sheffield Heart Of The City II redevelopment plan unveiledBBC
The next phase of a major regeneration of Sheffield city centre has been unveiled.
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Shops, cafes and round-the-clock care: life in a ‘dementia village’The Guardian
Can the planned development in Kent, modelled on the Dutch example of Hogeweyk, improve its residents’ lives?
Domestic Abuse Awareness Films Launched By Yorkshire Coast Homes24 Housing
Scarborough based housing provider Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH) has teamed up with Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), whose central office is in York, to produce a pair of films aimed at raisi...
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NHS faces year-round crisis over lack of social care, says council chiefThe Guardian
Comments come as chancellor warned that inaction on social care is no longer an option.
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£51.7m lost to fraudulent benefits claims in Northern IrelandBelfast Telegraph
Benefit fraud is now costing £1m every week in Northern Ireland, a report warns to‌day.
Karen Bradley 'minded' to reduce MLA payBBC
The secretary of state has said she "is minded" to reduce MLA pay, in the wake of the collapse of the Stormont talks.
Firmus energy to raise its gas pricesBBC
Firmus Energy is putting up gas prices for its 85,000 customers in Northern Ireland.
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Regulator orders strategic review into Wishaw and District Housing AssociationScottish Housing News
The Scottish Housing Regulator has instructed Wishaw and District Housing Association (WDHA) to carry out a strategic review of the organisation as it decided to continue intervention at the Associati...
East Renfrewshire Council to wipe millions in unpaid arrearsEvening Times
Millions of pounds in unpaid debts are being written off by a council following a hike in council tax rates in East Renfrewshire.
Ending rough sleeping – HARSAG publishes proposalsScottish Federation of Housing Associations
The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group – or HARSAG as it has become known, was set up by the Scottish Government in October 2017 to produce short and long-term solutions to homelessnes...
'Disgraceful' body-building landlord evicts mother-of-nine and her family by hurling their belongings including tragic keepsakes of her dead baby from their second-floor flat windowMail Online
A mother-of-nine came home to find that her landlord had hurled all of her belongings from her second-floor flat outside into the rain.
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Barry is a 'town without purpose in decline since the 1920s', says Cardiff councillor Russell GoodwayWales Online
Politicians spoke about the importance of using Cardiff City Deal funds to spread wealth.
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Edgy urban apartments, lavish promos – and a trail of angry investorsThe Guardian
Marketed with great fanfare by top UK politicians, a string of buyer-funded developments in Liverpool and Manchester were snapped up. Then the dominoes began to fall.
Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index – February 2018Countrywide
Average landlord who sold in 2017 gained £86,651.
Tuesday’s Spring Statement is an opportunity to right the wrong of in-work povertyJoseph Rowntree Foundation
On Tuesday the Chancellor will give his Spring Statement, providing an economic update and reporting on the vital signs of the UK economy. Ahead of his statement, Katie Schmuecker has been taking a lo...
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Our family’s experience mirrors national housing issuesInside Housing
Sinead Butters reflects on recent conversations with family and friends, and how they highlight the need to build more social rented homes and fix supported housing.
Ageing on your own termsHousing LIN
For more than 20 years I have done my level best to reform and re-invent nursing homes, first through the “Eden Alternative” and then through the “Green House” model.
Digital Tech Is Transforming The Physical Shape Of Our CitiesHuffington Post
Smart city technologies are going to change how we use – and value – property in profound ways.
I’m convinced diversity drives successful business growth - Ben Laryea24 Housing
Authentic leadership is something that I’ve always cherished. I’ve been inspired by those who strive to do good and think of others, before they think of themselves.
CEOs can inspire culture change24 Housing
With key performance indicators taking over the housing sector, as the CEO of your organisation, what are your top three priorities? How far down the list would you place “community/resident eng...
There’s no light at the end of this tunnel. Just more painThe Guardian
The government has no intention of trying to remedy the terrible damage austerity has inflicted on the lives of so many.
The government has the money to stop another Grenfell. Why isn’t it using it?New Statesman
Last June, the nation was haunted by images of plumes of thick, black smoke billowing from a blazing Grenfell Tower, while terrified residents remained trapped inside – 71 tragically dying of sm...
John Mann: How to give local communities real power over new homesYorkshire Post
I’m challenging the accepted orthodoxy on housing across both sides of politics. I’m laying down the gauntlet for both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
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