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December 5th 2013 #746 from HN housingnet.co.uk
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The date when people must be 68 to draw a state pension - formerly scheduled for 2046 - will be brought forward to the mid-2030s, Chancellor George Osborne will announce later.
Met Office and Environment Agency expect surge on North Sea coastline, big waves on western shores, and snow in north.
George Osborne will grant councils long-called for borrowing flexibilities in a bid to boost house building in tomorrow’s autumn statement.
A Tory council has withdrawn its own official report linking welfare cuts to a range of social problems from food poverty to violent crime.
 
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Asra Housing Group is to share rent payment data of 36,000 tenants as part of the national Rental Exchange that aims to give social housing residents access to lower cost credit.
Potential home owners said the Government should have incentivised banks to launch high interest savings accounts instead.
Prompted by fuel poverty, local authorities in Britain and Ireland are generating their own cheaper power.
Housing association Moat is piloting a prepaid card that will help its tenants pay their rent when they receive housing beneit direct under Universal Credit.
 
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Housing minister Kris Hopkins is expected to announce the first deal under a £3.5 billion government guarantee scheme to lower the cost of development finance.
The government's controversial bedroom tax could discourage people from working, a group of MPs were warned today.
The Department for Work and Pensions has committed £45 million to allow housing benefit for private tenants to rise in certain areas.
Ahead of Thursday's Autumn Statement announcement, RICS has today called on George Osborne to spell out a clearer plan for the nation's infrastructure priorities.
Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to make setting up a National Housing Bank his number one priority in his Autumn Statement.
 
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A court hearing will take place today to settle a dispute over who is the legitimate board of Odu-Dua Housing Association.
Housing chief executives tell us what they want to see in George Osborne's autumn statement
A social housing company has been praised by the Home Office.
 
Construction & Maintenance nl-icon
An expensive gas heating system at City West Housing Trust's Shepway Court in Eccles has been replaced with the largest ground source heat pump ever to be installed in a sheltered scheme.
 
Planning & Regeneration nl-icon
New measures to speed up the delivery of homes by cutting down unnecessary planning processes.
The government’s refusal to exempt councils from its relaxation of office to residential planning reforms was branded ‘unfair and unlawful’ at the High Court today.
Report makes recommendations designed to help ease the plight of the 1.7m people currently on waiting lists for social housing.
Catalyst Housing plans to spend £200 million regenetrating an estate in Southall were approved by Ealing Council’s planning committee last week.
 
People & Communities nl-icon
Many people continue to live active lives well into retirement and their housing options should reflect this.
The body of an elderly woman went undiscovered for six weeks at a sheltered housing complex until council officers called to discuss her rent arrears.
A council tenant murdered after trying to gather evidence of his neighbour’s anti-social behaviour demonstrates the ‘danger’ posed by a controversial proposed amendment to ASB legisl...
The Red Cross is to launch its first winter food aid programme to collect and distribute food to Britain's needy since the Second World War.
Anthony Taussig concludes his three-part series on John Coward, Notting Hill Housing Trust’s first Chief Executive, describing his political skills and work with housing ministers.
 
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Elderly people are far more likely to be put into a care home after Christmas, research finds.
 
Northern Ireland nl-icon
The biggest impediment to economic recovery in Northern Ireland is "the banking situation", according to Finance Minister Simon Hamilton.
The Irish government's National Asset Management Agency (Nama) has sold a large housing site in County Antrim.
 
Scotland nl-icon
Housing benefit changes are penalising tenants and putting substantial pressure on landlords' resources, according to a social housing body.
Commenting on the housing statistics released yesterday (Tuesday 3rd December), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said it was important to get the affordable housing programme bac...
 
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Since 1 April 2013, working-age social housing tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit face a reduction in their entitlement if they live in housing that is deemed to be too large for their needs.
Legislation which will introduce ‘comprehensive changes’ to the Welsh planning system, including the adoption of a national development framework, was published today.
An innovative project that has made the lives of communities in Caerau more ‘green’ has earned Bridgend County Borough Council and Valleys 2 Coast Housing (V2C) an accolade at the Welsh Ho...
Housing development company, whose plans for 240 houses on the site was blocked, lodges appeal with Welsh Government and submits fresh plans.
 
Reports & Statistics nl-icon
Unfortunately for those of us who try to come up with neat policy solutions to our housing problems, there isn’t just one housing market. That means policies need to reflect local variation.
Catch up with the debate from the second oral evidence session held by the House of Commons Work and Pensions select committee inquiry into support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system.
There is a housing crisis in many parts of Britain. But is land the real issue? Chris Bowlby goes to Oxford, where the problem is acute, to investigate.
 
Comments & Blogs nl-icon
Everyone there was, as far as I could tell, signed up to the idea that good quality, secure and affordable housing is not only desirable in its own right but also has positive impacts upon activity an...
The sector had better redirect their autumn statement letters to Santa if they want more funding for affordable housing this year, says Pete Apps.
Boris Johnson's policing deputy has written a helpful account of his local government and family business connections with the developer of a controversial redevelopment scheme he and the mayor h...
It is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Statement to send a positive signal to investors in the green economy by underlining the Government’s commitment to supporting home-grown renewa...
Statistics and survey results from claimants taking part in Universal Credit Pathfinders have been released by DWP today.
The first headline from this year’s autumn Conservative Party Conference was about bringing forward the start of phase two of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme.
The definition of this vanishing resource slips all over the place.
Last week, we were not only treated to the good news that the government’s Troubled Families programme was doing splendidly, but also a cuddly (by her standards) interview with its Tsarina, Loui...
 
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