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Figures suggest Universal Credit is driving homelessness and evictions

14 December, 2018

Households relying on Universal Credit may be more than twice as likely to become homeless or evicted from social housing as those on the old benefit system

Three-quarters of Scots think there is a shortage of homes for social rent

14 December, 2018

Three-quarters of Scottish adults believe there is a shortage of homes for social rent

Grant of millions given to Watford Community housing for new social housing

14 December, 2018

Funding given to a housing association is meant to pave the way for new social homes

Housing giant Thirteen pulls out of social housing system citing 'confusing' processes

13 December, 2018

Teesside's largest social landlord has attracted a mixed reception for pulling out of the scheme

Housing association acquires 600-home retirement portfolio from Bupa

13 December, 2018

A large network of private retirement and assisted living developments has been purchased by a national not-for-profit housing provider

Social housing in Plymouth is ending up on Gumtree because people are too fussy

13 December, 2018

Plymouth properties are ending up on Gumtree because people are 'waiting for their dream home'

Elizabeth, 75, has had no heating in her Northampton housing association flat since October

13 December, 2018

An elderly woman's boiler has been out of action for seven weeks at her Northampton flat after broken promises from her housing association landlords

Housing providers "nervous" about taking tenants with learning

13 December, 2018

Finding suitable homes for people with learning disabilities or autism is one of the biggest challenges in making sure that they are not left to live their lives in hospital

Thousands to be left without a home as Southend Council set to come up 7,700 houses short

12 December, 2018

Thousands of people could be left without a home if Southend Council does not close its housing gap

Insurance giant registers as a provider of social housing

11 December, 2018

L&G has registered its affordable housing subsidiary as a provider of social housing

Kettering council has 86 vacant homes in its housing stock

11 December, 2018

86 properties in Kettering are currently void, meaning they need work before they can be let to people

MP claims Grenfell survivor seen 'begging on the street'

11 December, 2018

Commons hears 107 households from the Tower and surrounds still in hotels and temporary accommodation and not receiving survival funds

How luxury city centre flats could soon help pay for social housing and a crackdown on slum landlords

10 December, 2018

Interest on loans paid out by Greater Manchester's housing investment fund - including to upscale city centre developments - would be used to build genuinely affordable homes, as well as to tackle rogue landlords

How would the sector cope with a 'no deal' Brexit?

07 December, 2018

As uncertainty around Brexit mounts and a no-deal looms, Inside Housing asks what it could mean for the housing sector

Stroud council's temporary housing budget for homeless goes through the roof

06 December, 2018

Council may buy house for homeless after temporary accommodation budget rises by 240 per cent

Reading Borough Council increases social housing rates by 14 per cent for new builds

06 December, 2018

Social housing rent rates for new build properties will rise by 14 per cent, increasing the amount paid in housing benefit in Reading

Why council housing could be built in Manchester city centre for the first time in decades

06 December, 2018

Manchester town hall's leadership has had a dramatic change of heart after months of pressure from backbenchers

Mum of three shares a single, cramped room with her kids after being in temporary housing for two years

06 December, 2018

Carly Stutter, 30, shares a single room in Croydon with her three children - with just two beds between them

People in supported housing can't afford rent after finding jobs

05 December, 2018

Supported housing discourages people from looking for jobs as residents are unable to afford rent after securing employment

Housing associations must prepare for 'disorderly Brexit'

05 December, 2018

Housing associations must be prepared for a "disorderly Brexit"

Midlands association acquires stock from London association

05 December, 2018

Futures Housing Group has added 470 homes to its housing stock following a deal with Notting Hill Genesis

7,000 rough sleeping households moved straight into social housing

05 December, 2018

Stats for England April 2017-March 2018 show around 7,000 households were rough sleeping immediately prior to a new social letting

Social Housing Lettings: April 2017 to March 2018, England

04 December, 2018

There were a total 313,000 new social housing lettings in 2017/18, a 6% decrease on the previous year

Four large housing associations create new £3m social enterprise fund

04 December, 2018

Four of the UK's biggest housing associations have teamed up to create a new £3m fund aimed at providing loans to social enterprise initiatives that boost the communities in which they operate

Disabled woman forced to live in social housing infested with giant rats for six months after agency ignores her pleas

04 December, 2018

Asia White, 37, who is mentally and physically disabled, says she is getting more sick by the day due to her living conditions

RTB properties re-let privately pose 'major challenges'

04 December, 2018

Report recommends government "should do more" to support the increasing provision of private rented accommodation by housing associations and councils

Housing minister: social housing grant rates would be kept 'under review' in downturn

03 December, 2018

The government would consider lifting grant rates for social housing to help the sector build through a recession

Nottingham City Council to spend £5million on social housing

03 December, 2018

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses

Housing association explains why it has been breaking into tenants' homes and changing locks

03 December, 2018

By law they should apply for a court order before drilling through your locks

Leicester council's £8m plan to cut housing waiting list

03 December, 2018

Some 6,000 people in the city are on the waiting list for a council home

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

03 December, 2018

Birmingham City Council has become the first council to join a national police-run scheme which will see crime prevention techniques built into all its new social housing developments

Government statistics show 37% drop in social rent conversions

03 December, 2018

The number of homes converted from social rent to affordable rent dropped sharply last year

BME social tenants less satisfied with their landlords than whites

03 December, 2018

BME social tenants express lower levels of satisfaction with all aspects of social landlord services

East Midlands housing association in 470-home deal with G15 landlord

30 November, 2018

An East Midlands housing association has purchased 470 homes from major London landlord Notting Hill Genesis

Putting the social into social housing

30 November, 2018

The 'big society' has been and gone as local authority funding continues its downward trajectory. It's a good job housing associations are getting better at supporting the projects that matter in their communities

Large London housing association sues contractors over cladding

29 November, 2018

Housing association Notting Hill Genesis is suing four contractors over "an unacceptably poor level of design and workmanship" on cladding on six tower blocks in Brentford

More than 20,000 social housing units sold last year

29 November, 2018

More than 20,000 social homes were sold in England by housing associations and councils in the past financial year

How social landlords are responding to 'county lines' drugs gangs

29 November, 2018

Gangs of drug dealers are leaving inner cities to set up shop in the countryside in ever-greater numbers, with vulnerable social tenants among their victims

RSH chief executive reflects on Social Housing Green Paper

29 November, 2018

The paper is "welcome", though league tables are "blunt instruments" that could lead to "perverse practices"

Workers at small London housing association to strike

28 November, 2018

Staff at a small housing association in Hackney are set to strike next week in an ongoing dispute over pay

Second association ruled non-compliant for selling social housing on open market

28 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has ruled another housing association non-compliant over selling homes meant for social housing on the open market

Newly merged housing association censured by regulator for fire safety failings

28 November, 2018

A housing association risked 'serious detriment' to its tenants through failing to carry out or review fire risk assessments, exposing "hundreds" of residents to danger from fire

Strike called off at small London housing association

28 November, 2018

A planned strike at a small housing association in Hackney has been called off after management and workers agreed a deal over pay

Percentage of social rented housing being built is not enough

27 November, 2018

The current level of homes being built for the social rent market is not enough

London Mayor blasts Creekside development plans for social housing

27 November, 2018

Sadiq Khan has told Lewisham Council an application for 393 flats in Deptford with only 10 per cent affordable housing goes against London-wide planning regulations

Councils and associations expressed 'lack of interest' in asylum seeker housing contracts

23 November, 2018

Local authorities and housing associations told the government they weren't interested in directly providing asylum seeker accommodation

Housing associations have 'huge potential' to power local change

23 November, 2018

Great Places Commission publishes interim report pushing the sector's emerging collaboration theme

Social housing: more than just a roof over people's heads

23 November, 2018

Jobs advice, apprenticeships, nurseries and laundry facilities all add value to residents' lives

Housing association paid £1,000 for 'sham transactions' signatures

22 November, 2018

A housing association accused of using 'sham transactions' to sell properties meant for affordable housing on the open market paid an individual £1,000 for signatures

Construction of homes for social rent drops 80% in a decade

22 November, 2018

Figures for England show 6,463 homes built in 2017-18 despite 1.25m families on waiting lists

CIH slams slow rate of social rent delivery

22 November, 2018

Latest MHCLG stats cited as showing a need for government to support councils and housing associations to build more homes for social rent

No more social housing get-out clauses

22 November, 2018

As the Autumn budget announcements were only beginning to be digested a few weeks ago, the government released a consultation that contained substantial proposals for the future supply of social housing

Home-owners receive 'more government subsidy than social housing tenants'

21 November, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Housing states home-owners get a much bigger slice of government help than renters - whether they are social or private tenants

Co-op pension scheme to invest up to £50m into social housing

21 November, 2018

The Co-operative Group's pension scheme, Pace, will invest up to £50m into the social and affordable housing market over the next 12 months

Fraudster who claimed £100,000 meant for Grenfell victims handed six-year term

21 November, 2018

Sharife Elouahabi falsely said he was staying with relatives at a flat on the 21st floor of the block

Market forces: the social landlords building homes for market rent

20 November, 2018

For most social landlords, market rent represents uncharted water

Short-term housing offers extra help for Manchester rough sleepers

20 November, 2018

Rough sleepers in Manchester are being offered support to come off the streets and move into short-term housing under a new service launched by Sanctuary Supported Living

Kincardine Housing Co-operative to transfer to Grampian Housing Association following Regulator's decision

19 November, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator has taken the decision to transfer Kincardine Housing Co-operative's homes to Grampian Housing Association

Strategic partners can add extra housing associations to deals

16 November, 2018

Housing associations which have secured spots on Homes England's strategic partnership programme will be allowed to add associations to their partnerships

League tables must consider human rights law

16 November, 2018

League tables for social housing providers proposed by the government must expand to take human rights law into account

'Grim reading': Net loss of hundreds of social rent homes expected under Woodberry Down plans

16 November, 2018

Award-winning regeneration plans for a Hackney estate could result in the loss of hundreds of socially rented homes

Phoenix returns Right to Buy homes to social housing

16 November, 2018

The initiative aims to address the lack of social housing in the area

Fire door problems endemic in Grenfell Tower

15 November, 2018

Broken or deficient fire doors were endemic in Grenfell Tower

Large housing association gets downgrade after selling homes to for-profit

15 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded Moat Homes after it sold older people's homes to a for-profit provider

Westminster council to shift affordable focus away from social housing

14 November, 2018

A flagship Conservative council in London is to insist that six in every 10 new affordable homes built in the borough are reserved for middle-income families

Paws for thought: why landlords' differing pet policies matter for tenants' well-being

14 November, 2018

Social landlords' pet policies are anything but consistent, and this can have a big impact on tenant's well-being

Social Housing Green Paper: JRF and JRHT response

14 November, 2018

This response to the Social Housing Green Paper draws on extensive research and policy work to focus on two areas: increasing tenant voice and power, and improving affordability

Healey challenges sector to deliver 'bold plans' for social housing

14 November, 2018

John Healey used his keynote address at the PlaceShapers conference to encourage housing associations to take a lead on the future

After Grenfell, London needs a tenants czar

13 November, 2018

A social housing commissioner should be appointed to fight for the rights of tenants in the capital

Cool heads are needed as associations restructure debt to prepare for Brexit

13 November, 2018

Some housing associations are looking to refinance ahead of Brexit, but now is the time to remain calm

Civitas Social Housing To Be Added To FTSE 250 Index

12 November, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Friday said it will be added to the FTSE 250 Index with effect from Tuesday next week

Rule changes 'risk new social housing black hole' in England

12 November, 2018

Shelter says plans create 'get-out clause' for developers to avoid providing affordable homes

Regulator slams private equity-linked association which 'put tenants at risk'

09 November, 2018

A housing association linked to a new model of private equity investment has been downgraded to a non-compliant rating today for "potentially putting its tenants at risk"

Housing associations must change the way they fill in accounts

09 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing is making minor changes to the way it requires housing associations to fill in their accounts

Social rent levels in London rising 10 times faster than median incomes

09 November, 2018

We need far greater transparency as to what social landlords are actually charging their tenants, and how that money is being spent

Sprinklers suppress 12 social housing fires

08 November, 2018

Sprinklers have suppressed 12 social housing fires since 2010, meaning more than one in every 10 installed system has put out a blaze

League tables proposal panned in green paper consultation responses

08 November, 2018

Sector bodies have condemned the government's plan for social landlord league tables in their official responses to the Social Housing Green Paper - warning they could increase tenant stigma

Regulator should be widened 'to cover all landlords of social housing'

08 November, 2018

The National Federation of ALMOs has told government it needs to strengthen the regulator and widen its remit

Social landlords 'should have key performance indicator' for domestic abuse

08 November, 2018

The National Housing and Domestic Abuse Group has called for more to be done by the regulator to ensure housing providers better tackle domestic abuse

Grenfell Tower: Unsafe cladding 'still affects thousands'

08 November, 2018

Thousands of people in England are still living in tower blocks with unsafe cladding more than a year after the Grenfell disaster

Social Housing Green Paper - National Housing Federation response

07 November, 2018

In this response we have set out our thoughts on how the relationship between residents and landlords can be rebalanced, and how we can ensure every housing association resident has a voice that is heard

Report says London should have its own social housing commissioner

07 November, 2018

"It's imperative we avoid a breakdown between social housing landlords and their tenants"

Banks offering housing associations 'one-sided and unacceptable' terms post-LIBOR

07 November, 2018

Some banks have offered "one-sided and unacceptable" terms on new loans to housing associations set to mature after the end of the London Interbank Borrowing Rate

North East-based housing association gets A+ credit rating

07 November, 2018

One of the largest housing associations in the North East has received an A+ credit rating from ratings agency Standard & Poor's

League tables could 'further stigmatise social housing residents'

07 November, 2018

The Housing Ombudsman has called for a different approach to publishing Key Performance Indicators

Housing association model of delivering social housing 'not working'

06 November, 2018

The policy of relying on housing associations rather than councils to deliver social housing is 'not working'

9,000 housing association tenants enter ballot for Midlands Right to Buy pilot

05 November, 2018

More than 9,000 housing association tenants entered the ballot to purchase their home through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Government's new council house building drive will come at expense of housing associations

05 November, 2018

The independent Office for Budget Responsibility thinks housing associations' available government grants will be squeezed to accommodate new construction by councils

London councils house vulnerable residents on industrial estates

05 November, 2018

London boroughs are sending people to live on industrial estates in Harlow, Essex

Social housing pensions must be equal for men and women

05 November, 2018

The SHPS will have to increase certain benefits so that they are equal between men and women

More than 250 social landlords sign pledge to tackle domestic abuse

05 November, 2018

More than 250 housing organisations have signed up to a campaign to tackle domestic abuse

Bromsgrove District Council set to launch its own housing firm

02 November, 2018

Bromsgrove District Council is forging ahead with plans to set up its own housing company, starting with the development of its old headquarters in Burcot Lane

'Incompetent' council kicked out of government housing scheme

02 November, 2018

A city council has been branded "incompetent" and kicked out of a Government scheme designed to protect tenants against rogue landlords

Developing income linked rents for CHS Group

02 November, 2018

This report was commissioned to explore how the CHS Group can set rents that are genuinely affordable for its clients and to inform CHS's policy on rent setting beyond 2020

Social housing investment could heal Brexit divisions

02 November, 2018

Long-term investment in social housing will help to fix divisions in the UK caused by the country's exit from the European Union

The Value of a social tenancy

02 November, 2018

A socio-economic evaluation based on Hyde's housing portfolio

Associations target social rent and 'difficult sites' with strategic partnership funding

01 November, 2018

Housing associations will increase their development of social rented homes and build out "difficult" sites they wouldn't previously have tackled

Clydebank council tenant 'furious' his roof has not been fixed six weeks after it blew off

01 November, 2018

A Clydebank council tenant whose roof blew off during Storm Ali six weeks ago is furious that the damage has still not been fixed

L&G to pick panels of housing associations to manage stock

31 October, 2018

Institutional investor Legal & General plans to pick panels of housing associations to manage the affordable housing it acquires through its for-profit company

New project to examine allocation of social housing in England

31 October, 2018

The project will be the next stage in the CIH's Rethinking social housing campaign

Salford mayor Paul Dennett: 'We've lost around 13,000 council homes'

31 October, 2018

Salford's mayor on the fight for truly affordable, quality housing - and an end to outsourcing

Grenfell council announces plans to build hundreds of social homes

31 October, 2018

The plans have been announced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Housing benefit bill 'to hit £71bn by 2050'

30 October, 2018

The housing benefit bill will rise to £71bn a year by 2050 unless levels of social housebuilding increase

Chancellor announces strategic partnerships with nine housing associations

30 October, 2018

Nine housing associations have signed new strategic partnerships with the government to deliver more than 13,000 homes

Why did the council 'house' me in a tent?

30 October, 2018

Theo had just turned 17 when he became homeless. He turned to the council for help - but was given only a one-man tent

Housing associations sign new standard for armed forces tenants

29 October, 2018

A collective of housing associations based in Greater Manchester have signed up to a new standard for providing services to tenants from the armed forces

A social justice housing strategy

29 October, 2018

Since its inception in 2004 the Centre for Social Justice has worked to identify and reverse the root causes of poverty

OBR: scrapping borrowing cap will deliver only 9,000 additional homes

29 October, 2018

Scrapping the borrowing cap will deliver only 9,000 new homes over the next five years

New legislation could make it requirement for lenders to take rent payments into account

26 October, 2018

Tenant rent payment recognition is likely to become standard after the matter was raised in Parliament this week

Councils primed for return to building after swamping £1bn programme with bids

26 October, 2018

Councils are primed to return to the housebuilding world when the cap on their borrowing is scrapped next week - with just 12 bids exhausting the entire £1bn of headroom they were previously offered

Research shows scope for rental payment history in credit applications

26 October, 2018

Letting lenders see rental and other payment data can "greatly improve" access to affordable credit across the social housing sector

Bloxham blasts 'fundamentally flawed' social housing policy

26 October, 2018

Tom Bloxham has branded the way the UK provides social housing as 'fundamentally flawed' because it drives up home price inflation

League table ranks London boroughs' delivery of social housing

26 October, 2018

Tables show best and worst boroughs for delivery of social-rented homes as a percentage of total homes delivered between 2014-17

The social housing being sold off on Rightmove while homelessness soars

25 October, 2018

One of the city's biggest housing associations is selling off terrace houses to private landlords because it is 'not economical' to do them up, we can reveal

Charity 'appalled and saddened' by housing association eviction notice

25 October, 2018

A homelessness charity handed an eviction notice by a major Midlands housing association has said it is "appalled and saddened" by the landlord's decision

Social housing governance

25 October, 2018

An overview of the issues and evidence

Civitas Social Housing To Buy Four Properties For 8.8 Million

23 October, 2018

Property investor Civitas Social Housing PLC said Monday it purchased three social housing properties for a combined 4.6 million

Brent Council to join Capital Letters housing scheme

23 October, 2018

Several London councils have banded together to form a joint lettings initiative, which hopes to help tackle the city's housing crisis

Thousands more homes pledged by councils under May's new rules

22 October, 2018

Sixty local authorities say they will use new powers to borrow more money to increase housing stock

Flexible Right to Buy

22 October, 2018

Many in council subsidised accommodation are trapped paying rent to the state due to current prices in the UK's cities

'Give tenants designs on new social housing' says LGA chair

22 October, 2018

Lord Porter sees 'self-build' as the future for social housing - with tenants getting a say

Reading Borough Council was spending more than £1.6m on B&Bs for homeless families just three years ago

19 October, 2018

The number of homeless households staying in temporary B&B accommodation in Reading has fallen dramatically

'We want more social homes by 2030 than 1970s Heyday': Ward politicians lobby Labour high command over Aylesbury social housing

19 October, 2018

It is testament to how far we have come as a party that improving the Aylesbury deal is such a real possibility

Watford Borough Council approves scheme which will provide social housing boost

19 October, 2018

More social housing is on the horizon after councillors pushed through plans to provide extra cash for a new project

Borrowing cap to be removed at end of the month

19 October, 2018

Councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps will be scrapped in less than two weeks' time

Triple Point Social Housing Raises 108.2 Million Via Share Issue

19 October, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Thursday it raised 108.2 million via a share placing, beating the target issue size of the fundraising

Grenfell council accuses housing associations of 'immorality' in new policy document

18 October, 2018

Some housing associations behave "immorally" by selling off social housing in inner London and replacing it in lower-value areas

Regulator raises governance concerns over leases at housing association

18 October, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has told a specialist supported housing association to improve its governance arrangements after revealing it did not fully understand some of its lease conditions

New APPG to tackle employment needs of social housing tenants

17 October, 2018

Bid to better policy environment for housing providers tackling tenant unemployment or under employment

Swindon Tenants fear five years of above-inflation rent rises

17 October, 2018

A possible rent increase for council tenants in Swindon of one percent above inflation has not found favour with those who might have to find the extra money

Social Housing Pension Scheme valuation results published

17 October, 2018

This update from KPMG summarises the main results from the valuation, and provides a useful tool for organisations to consider their next steps

Right to Buy proposals don't go far enough

16 October, 2018

Government proposals to provide councils with extra freedom over Right to Buy receipts do not go far enough

Unlocking housing potential: councils must rise to the HRA cap abolition challenge

16 October, 2018

Councils could face new guidance to accompany the government's proposed lifting of the Housing Revenue Account debt cap

Hundreds of tenants in Gloucestershire could be hit by a massive increase in their service charge

16 October, 2018

Angry tenant hits out at Severn Vale Housing Society for doubling her charge

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance awards first council accreditation

16 October, 2018

MHCLG backed the accreditation, which is cited as national best practice in the national Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

Housing association will not revoke homeless charity eviction notices

16 October, 2018

A Midlands housing association which handed a homelessness charity based in one of its buildings an eviction notice has said it will not review the decision

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Calls for councils to pursue joint ventures after borrowing cap scrap

15 October, 2018

Lord Porter of the LGA has called on councils to talk to local housing associations to get new homes built

Affordable Housing Supply Programme: process and procedures MHDGN 2018/02

15 October, 2018

Guidance note and Housing Tender Return and SSHTPI Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index documents

Leasehold abuse rules exempt houses from Right to Buy pilot

12 October, 2018

Rules to stop developers charging extortionate ground rents mean tenants living in leasehold housing association properties will not be able to purchase their homes in the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Reputational risk for housing associations 'greater than ever'

12 October, 2018

The social housing sector faces a greater level of scrutiny than ever before bringing increased reputational risk

Association downgraded for fire safety was given four more tower block enforcement notices

12 October, 2018

A Merseyside housing association deemed non-compliant by the regulator for fire safety failings has been handed a further four tower block enforcement notices

Further cap scrap detail a 'maybe' for the Budget - but don't bank on it

12 October, 2018

Word out of Westminster still no more specific than the borrowing cap being lifted "sooner rather than later"

Regulator: sector league tables within two years and will include councils

11 October, 2018

League tables for social landlords could come into effect within two years

Arrears for Welsh housing association tenants on Universal Credit up 150%

11 October, 2018

Housing associations in Wales have seen rent arrears among tenants claiming Universal Credit rise 150% since December

Minister suggests housing associations will be required to share fire safety information

11 October, 2018

The housing minister has suggested the government may support proposals to require social landlords to give more fire safety information to tenants

St Michael's Gate: Peterborough council 'ignored' complaints

11 October, 2018

A mother has said she has to share a bed with her four children to keep them warm after a council "ignored" her complaints about temporary housing

Universal Credit plunging Welsh housing association tenants into £2m of debt

11 October, 2018

Stats shows an overall debt increase of 150% since December last year

Shelter services - our view on benefit discrimination

11 October, 2018

At Shelter, we know how hard it can be for people to find somewhere safe and suitable to live

Haringey Council to pay out to evacuated residents

09 October, 2018

Tottenham residents set to be evacuated from their homes will receive thousands of pounds in home loss payments if council proposals go through

Housing associations complete 57,000-home merger

09 October, 2018

Housing associations Thames Valley and Metropolitan have completed their merger

Guidance for Green Paper tenant engagement events

09 October, 2018

We've produced new guidance to support our members with upcoming tenant engagement events on the Social Housing Green Paper

London housing association to borrow £300m on bond market

08 October, 2018

Southern Housing Group is preparing to borrow £300m on the bond market

The Housing Podcast: Theresa May scraps the cap - what does it mean?

08 October, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK's leading publication for the social and affordable housing sector

Reality Check: What are the plans to boost council homes?

05 October, 2018

Theresa May, in her party conference speech, pledged to boost council house building

Large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

05 October, 2018

A large housing association is aiming to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

Homeless before Christmas - 69 Oxford women evicted as social housing block put up for sale

05 October, 2018

Women living in Oxford's only all-female accommodation will be left homeless just days before Christmas after being served an eviction notice

The cap is scrapped! Where next for council housebuilding?

05 October, 2018

Last year, Theresa May used her speech at Conservative Party Conference to announce £2bn of new grant funding - the first money made available for building social homes since 2010

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

Anyone who has ever rented a house will know will know how vital it is for it to be safe and in good condition

Prime Minister paves way for whole new wave of council house building

04 October, 2018

A whole new wave of council house building is in sight after Theresa May said that the Government will scrap the cap on how much local authorities can borrow to get building again

Councils say scrapping debt cap will boost housebuilding capabilities

04 October, 2018

Council leaders have said that plans to scrap the borrowing cap would enable them to increase their building rate and replace more of the homes lost through the Right to Buy

Five thoughts about Theresa May's promise to get councils building houses again

04 October, 2018

Housing is a policy area infested with numbers that sound big but actually aren't

Families could lose council houses if children are caught with knives

04 October, 2018

The police have said tackling knife crime can't just be about making arrests

Grenfell fire survivor says tenants were bullied over renovation

04 October, 2018

Residents were unhappy about boilers being put in corridors

Government 'heaping pressure' on councils over housing targets

04 October, 2018

CPRE and MHCLG at odds over interpretation of Green Belt building stats

Housing reform can't stop at 'scrapping the cap'

04 October, 2018

London deputy mayor calls for a comprehensive approach to support "true step change" in the number of council homes that can be built

Over 90% of social housing in Wales compliant with quality standards

04 October, 2018

Homes managed by councils and housing associations up five percentage points on compliance standards as of March this year

Boris calls for local councils to take back control of house building targets

03 October, 2018

Tory maverick Boris Johnson has attacked the big housebuilders for abusing their market positions, and said that there should be a crackdown on so-called land banking

Johnson reinforces tenant stereotypes PM tried to tear down

03 October, 2018

Would-be PM says social rented sector "more likely" to vote for a Labour Party that didn't understand home ownership

Landlords urged to manage legionella risk after two cases reported since May

03 October, 2018

Landlords have been urged to update their plans to manage the risk of legionella after two cases were reported in social housing schemes in a four-month period

No to demolition without the tenants' permission

03 October, 2018

Housing campaigners and residents in London are to protest against plans from mayor Sadiq Khan to deny them a vote on regeneration plans that affect their estates

High Court judgment paves the way for shorter eviction notice periods

02 October, 2018

Housing associations could be able to give tenants just two months' notice during probation periods regardless of the total length of their tenancy agreements after a recent High Court judgement

Ninety per cent of people on Bournemouth register will never get a council house

02 October, 2018

Only 10 per cent of people on Bournemouth's housing register can expect to receive council housing

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

Registered social landlords in Scotland have been reclassified as private organisations following the enactment of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018

Councils losing £300m a year due to Right to Buy

02 October, 2018

The UK Housing Review Autumn briefing paper has shone a bleak light on the policy

Government to confirm ban on combustible materials

01 October, 2018

Combustible materials will be banned on high-rise buildings

Councils face further £1.3bn government funding cut in 2019/20

01 October, 2018

LGA warns of already struggling authorities being tipped over the edge

Newly-merged housing association Connexus sees fall in surplus

01 October, 2018

Newly-merged housing association Connexus has seen its surplus fall 15% from £12.1m to £10.3m

Concern over planned eviction of tenants from supported living scheme

01 October, 2018

A group of tenants in supported living accommodation in Gloucester have expressed concern over eviction notices served by their landlord, which they say will make them homeless

Brothers and sisters may be forced to share bedrooms in social housing shake-up

01 October, 2018

Young brothers and sisters could be forced to share bedrooms as part of a social housing shake-up in Burton and Burton and Uttoxeter

The Housing Podcast: is this the end for fixed-term tenancies?

01 October, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Civitas Social Housing to purchase three regulated social housing properties for £4.8m

01 October, 2018

Civitas Social Housing is pleased to announce that they have purchased three regulated social housing properties comprising 23 homes for £4,895,686

Spa Green at 70 shows how 'council housing can be the best quality'

01 October, 2018

A Clerkenwell estate was created with "a vision that council housing can be of the best possible quality"

Grenfell residents warn against plan to change tenant management body

27 September, 2018

Proposals for Kensington and Chelsea TMO 'could prevent proper scrutiny' by inquiry

More housing associations consider ditching fixed-term tenancies

27 September, 2018

Several large housing associations are considering following London giants L&Q in giving their residents lifetime tenancies

UK asylum seekers refused housing over 'social cohesion issues'

27 September, 2018

Lawyers say north-east of England ban involving far-right activity 'discriminatory'

Bid for 596 new council houses to be built in Milton Keynes

27 September, 2018

A request to build almost 600 brand new council houses in Milton Keynes has this week been made to the government

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

Research released by Cardiff University reveals rate at which families in PRS and social housing are experiencing working poverty

Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in

26 September, 2018

Andrew O'Loughlin says firefighters never expected the blaze to spread as it did

Healey warns housing associations against 'over-reliance on government'

26 September, 2018

Calls for perspective over the PM's £2bn pledge to NHF 2018

Furious Portsmouth residents hit out at 'greedy' housing association

25 September, 2018

ANGRY residents have launched a battle against a 'greedy' housing association for 'ignoring' safety fears while hiking up fees

'Unsung hero' of social housing Richard Farnell dies

25 September, 2018

Professor Richard Farnell, the former chair of Birmingham-based housing association Midland Heart and a leading academic on regeneration, has died aged 71

Proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing

25 September, 2018

Most people in housing need view social housing as the great prize, not a stigma

Council housing: how Hackney has raised the game

24 September, 2018

Not everyone will be fans, but by cross-subsidising, talking to residents and valuing good design, the east London borough is investing in some of the best council housing ever built

Housing association apologises over empty house on Lincoln Court

24 September, 2018

The housing association that owns a vandalised house in Newark has apologised for its impact on the community

Government 'red tape' ties up tower block safety works

24 September, 2018

"The minister who signed off on this should be ashamed... Government is seemingly more concerned about setting precedent than it is about the safety of residents"

Keynsham housing association flats 'deprived'

24 September, 2018

A housing association has been criticised by residents and councillors of an estate who say they feel forgotten about

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

London's largest housing association is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies for all its tenants

New kids on the block: why for-profit providers are making housing associations nervous

21 September, 2018

As the argument about what place for-profit housing associations have in the wider industry rumbles on, traditional providers are beginning to wonder what the new kids on the block will do next

L&Q to end Fixed Term Tenancies in favour of open-assured tenancies

21 September, 2018

Research revealed FTTs to be a "crude tool that have not fixed the problems they were created to address"

'False comparison' to say housing associations are capable of more than councils

20 September, 2018

It is a "false comparison" to suggest housing associations are capable of more than councils, shadow housing secretary John Healey has said in response to comments made by the prime minister yesterday

'it's not a choice between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership'

20 September, 2018

The government doesn't have to choose between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership

PM pledges £2bn to housing associations over next 10 years

20 September, 2018

NHF housing summit has its first ever Prime Ministerial address - with the sector told to take more initiative over housebuilding

Housing associations praise May's £2bn plan as 'total step change'

20 September, 2018

PM announces funding for next decade and calls for end to social housing 'stigma'

Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenancies

20 September, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

LGA warns May's focus on associations 'misses the point' about council-led building

19 September, 2018

The Conservative head of the LGA has hit back after Theresa May suggested councils are not able to build at the same scale as housing associations

Polly Neate, Shelter: 'May's words and tone on social housing mark significant change'

19 September, 2018

Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing and Finance Institute, and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter, discuss Theresa May's £2bn social housing pledge

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea Council criticised for creating "inhumane climate of fear" for those feeling unable to return

Nearly 8m now living in council areas with no access to local welfare assistance schemes

19 September, 2018

FoI responses expose the extent to which local welfare assistance schemes have collapsed

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

A housing association tenant has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being caught subletting

Decision to be made over fate of council house which nobody wants to live in

18 September, 2018

Some 25 families on the council's housing waiting list viewed it but said they didn't want to live there

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

Housing associations to get £2bn investment over next ten years

18 September, 2018

Theresa May to tell housing federation it needs to take more initiative in return

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

Local authorities have failed to replace properties sold under Right to Buy with new affordable homes over the past five years

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT is to tap its shareholders for new equity to continue investing in homes aimed at tenants with care needs

Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built

17 September, 2018

Despite the government promising 'one for one' replacements for any home sold off over the last five years, nothing has in fact been built

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

Half of those placed in temporary housing by council placed outside borough

14 September, 2018

Half of Waltham Forest Council's temporary housing placements are outside of the borough and many families placed there have small children

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing development from social landlords which could make a significant contribution to the housing supply

For-profit provider refuses to change its name from 'housing association'

13 September, 2018

A for-profit registered provider of social housing has refused to change its name, amid a row over whether or not these organisations can use the name 'housing association'

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

"Not only are we failing to build enough homes for social rent, we are losing them when we need them more than ever"

'Right to buy' for people living in some Fortis Living affordable homes gets go-ahead

13 September, 2018

Tenants in the city can now apply to buy their homes at a discount after councillors agreed to enter into a £200 million Midlands-wide Right to Buy pilot

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

Pilot project to buy back former council homes could be extended to new affordable homes

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

Social housing tenants at two Leeds tower blocks have been connected to free broadband as part of efforts to combat digital exclusion

Single association's social tenancies contribute £607m a year to UK economy

11 September, 2018

Ground-breaking study of just one group said to show what the overall value of social housing can be

There's a fundamental problem with the government's social housing green paper

11 September, 2018

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, Savid Javid, then Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, announced a Housing Green Paper

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

Council leaders and housing association bosses have heralded the success of an open meeting to air any issues

Poole Housing Partnership says refurbished tower blocks will 'improve conditions for residents'

07 September, 2018

Four tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding

Housing association apologises to Chichester mum-of-two left without hot water for weeks

07 September, 2018

Housing association Home Group has apologised to a Chichester mum who was left without hot water for more than two weeks

Government weighs in to prevent 'for-profit' providers calling themselves 'housing associations'

07 September, 2018

The government has intervened to prevent a new wave of for-profit registered providers using the name 'housing association', following an appeal from the NHF

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

How a housing association is bucking the trend on apprenticeships

06 September, 2018

The number of apprenticeships has fallen nationally, but Home Group has doubled its numbers

£2bn housing association bond aggregator prepares to launch

06 September, 2018

A new £2bn bond aggregator is preparing to launch as a subsidiary of existing aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation

London housing association outlook moved 'negative' by Moody's

05 September, 2018

Southern Housing Group has been given a 'negative' outlook by ratings agency Moody's, due to its plan to take on more debt to expand its housebuilding

Peabody seeking investors for £350m bond issue

05 September, 2018

London housing association Peabody is gearing up for a £350m bond issue, which has received an A3 rating from credit ratings agency Moody's

Councils back away from asylum seeker housing amid contract uncertainty

05 September, 2018

Local authorities have put on hold their plans to join the government's asylum seeker housing scheme after problems with the government contract

Bond aggregator completes £10m issue for Welsh housing association

05 September, 2018

Bond aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation has priced a £10m issue from its retained bond

Londonderry homes: 'Not enough' to meet social housing demand

05 September, 2018

A senior Housing Executive official has said not enough social homes are being built to meet demand in the north-west

One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems 'unhappy' with home

05 September, 2018

New research emphasises a need to put mental health strategies at the heart of social housing policy

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored

03 September, 2018

The tragedy motivated me to become a councillor, yet my Tory counterparts are still failing to listen to those they serve

Landlords struggling to find replacements for faulty fire doors

03 September, 2018

Social landlords are facing "huge problems" finding replacements for faulty fire doors

Councils' temporary accommodation spend nears £1bn

31 August, 2018

Councils across England spent nearly £1bn on temporary accommodation last year alone

Government expects 3,000 Right to Buy sales in Midlands pilot

30 August, 2018

Ministers expect around 3,000 housing association homes to be sold through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Regulator downgrades two associations

29 August, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded its governance rating for two housing associations, covering almost 20,000 homes

Colne Together Housing tenant's anger at too late texting

29 August, 2018

A disabled tenant of as housing association has criticised it arranging staff visits to properties without adequate warning

Social housing bosses move to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals

28 August, 2018

Social housing bosses want to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land that is contaminated with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Decent Homes Standard review 'threatens council business plans'

28 August, 2018

Local authority housing business plans could be rendered unsustainable if the government revises the Decent Homes Standard

Green paper leaves question marks over council housing companies

28 August, 2018

Councils are seeking clarification over the government's stance on town hall housing companies after the Social Housing Green Paper hinted at plans to curb the use of subsidiary landlords to dodge Right to Buy sales

High-rise tenants being ignored like we were

24 August, 2018

Campaigners claim safety concerns of Salford residents are not being handled properly

Did the green paper address concerns raised by tenants on Alok Sharma's roadshow?

23 August, 2018

Did the government listen to tenants' concerns?

Inland Homes approved as social housing provider

22 August, 2018

Inland Homes has become one of the first publicly listed house builders to successfully register as a social housing provider

Civitas Social Housing buys English property portfolio for £37.6m

22 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing said it had completed the purchase of regulated social housing portfolio in England for £37.6m, comprising a freehold and long leasehold interest in 67 properties with 362 tenancies

South East council breaches regulatory standard over fire safety

22 August, 2018

A council landlord in the South East has been censured by the Regulator of Social Housing for failing to carry out risk assessments or carry out the necessary work arising for them

Social Housing Green Paper one week on: the debate rages

21 August, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper has prompted a huge amount of debate among Inside Housing's contributors

Nigel Adams: How we will make social housing the path to a better life

21 August, 2018

Homes aren't just a roof over our heads but a place where we can raise our families, put down roots and build better lives

Government finally unveils Right to Buy pilot scheme for housing association tenants

20 August, 2018

The Government has unveiled its long-awaited trial scheme to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, starting in the midlands

Council has millions to spend on affordable housing

20 August, 2018

Trafford Council has millions of unspent cash earmarked for housing, highways, parks and green spaces

Letter: Social housing ticking time bomb

20 August, 2018

As the Liberal Democrats have almost exclusively been the governing party of Three Rivers for the past 40 years they cannot credibly blame others for the housing crisis in this area

Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out

20 August, 2018

High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfire

Housing associations plan more supported housing following LHA cap U-turn

17 August, 2018

Several large housing associations have indicated that they will increase their development of supported housing

Housing association tenants in Midlands to be given right to buy

17 August, 2018

Pilot scheme will cost £200m with commitment to build new homes to replace lost stock

Councils paid £660m for temporary homeless accommodation

17 August, 2018

Local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than half a billion pounds putting homeless people in temporary accommodation such hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the last five years

What do rising house prices in northern England mean for social landlords?

17 August, 2018

Will surging house prices in the North pose a problem or be a route to growth for social landlords?

Government 'must decide how proactive regulator should be' on consumer standards

16 August, 2018

The government must decide how "proactive" it wants the Regulator of Social Housing to be in policing consumer standards

A lesson in tenant engagement

16 August, 2018

Byker Community Trust has formed a partnership with Newcastle University to study tenant engagement

As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness

16 August, 2018

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

Ready and able to build more council homes

16 August, 2018

Let me be honest, in this country we are facing the worst housing crisis since the Second World War

Greenwich Council criticises social housing reform

16 August, 2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has blasted new government proposals for social housing reform

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

Government proposes dropping one-for-one Right to Buy replacement commitment

15 August, 2018

The government has proposed scrapping its commitment to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy on a like-for-like basis

Social Housing Green Paper: Sector calls for more investment

15 August, 2018

Leading figures in the sector have responded to the government's "new deal" for tenants, calling for more investment in new social housing

May: Social landlords 'appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested'

15 August, 2018

In her foreword to the Social Housing Green Paper, Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised social landlords for not always treating tenants with respect

The Tories have always feared social housing - and now their actions speak louder than words

15 August, 2018

Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither

Longer strategic partnerships and guaranteed debt to boost social housebuilding

15 August, 2018

Strategic partnerships with housing associations and loan guarantees have been mooted as key ways to accelerate building new affordable homes in the Social Housing Green Paper

Government floats 'street party' award to battle tenant stigma

15 August, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper's proposal to combat the 'stigmatisation' of social housing tenants involves launching a neighbourhood competition to win funding for a street party

League tables and 'sharper teeth' for regulator in Social Housing Green Paper

14 August, 2018

League tables for housing associations and "sharper teeth" for the sector watchdog are among the new measures outlined in the government's much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper

Creating an intermediate housing list - but who gets priority?

14 August, 2018

Southwark Council is consulting on who should be eligible and prioritised for its new intermediate rent waiting list

Councils hopeful of Right to Buy reform as consultation launches

14 August, 2018

Councils have welcomed a consultation on Right to Buy in the hope that the reforms will allow them to build more homes under the policy

Social housing green paper pitched as 'new deal' for tenants

14 August, 2018

But the sector says the proposals merely represent a "small step" toward change

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

A new deal for social housing

14 August, 2018

This green paper seeks views on government's vision for social housing providing safe, secure homes that help people get on with their lives

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Repair and maintenance is a priority for social landlords, but costs are taking a toll

13 August, 2018

Driving ongoing improvement in the quality of Scotland's social housing stock has been a consistent long term ambition of the Scottish Government

Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

13 August, 2018

The announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seeks from their homes in Glasgow has brought the UK government's asylum and immigration policies back into the headlines

The supported housing funding saga: a timeline

10 August, 2018

The government's decision to drop a shake-up of supported housing funding brings an end to uncertainty that's lasted for nearly three years

Housing associations and sector bodies welcome 'certainty' of supported housing announcement

10 August, 2018

The housing sector has warmly welcomed the government's decision to abandon controversial plans to reform the funding of sheltered housing

'Disappointed' councils miss out on social housing funding

09 August, 2018

'Disappointed' councils across Greater Lincolnshire are set to miss out on a share of £1 billion worth of social housing support after just one authority in the county was deemed eligible to bid for the extra cash

Funding for supported housing - two consultations

09 August, 2018

This is the full government response to the two joint consultations on the design of the new funding models for the housing costs for supported accommodation

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

09 August, 2018

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

08 August, 2018

Welfare reforms introduced since 2010 in the United Kingdom represent a major challenge for housing associations

South West association and house builder agree £28m Section 106 package deal

07 August, 2018

A housing association in the South West has agreed a £28m affordable housing 'package deal' with a house builder

Urgent council home repairs leaves £666,000 hole in finances

07 August, 2018

A new team formed last year to carry out repairs and maintenance on council homes has cost £666,000 more than expected

Serco halts evictions as housing associations offer support

07 August, 2018

Legal bid halts evictions as third sector housing providers join to offer tenancy agreements

The Housing Podcast: a brief history of council housing

06 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Council considers selling off excess homes bought for Grenfell survivors

06 August, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council is considering selling off some of the homes it bought for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

Vulnerable children facing 'catastrophe' over crisis-hit councils

06 August, 2018

Vulnerable children cannot get help from some cash-strapped councils

Civitas Social Housing net asset rise in Q2

06 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing reported Friday a higher net asset value in the second quarter of the year

Report calls for new approach to customer satisfaction in social housing

03 August, 2018

A new report from HACT has called on social housing providers to adopt a different approach to customer satisfaction

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Southern councils selling off homes through Right to Buy

02 August, 2018

Social housing in the south of England is being sold off four times as fast as it is being replaced

'Keyworkers' could pay discount rent in Southwark housing shake-up

02 August, 2018

Council wants to hear your views

Why we set up our own council housing company

02 August, 2018

Across London there is a desperate need for affordable homes, and this is especially true in Haringey

London temporary housing costs up by half in four years

02 August, 2018

Temporary housing costs in London have risen by half in the past four years

Housing association judged non-compliant following fire safety failures

01 August, 2018

Knowsley Housing Trust has been downgraded to non-compliant status by the RSH following major fire safety failures "potentially affecting hundreds" of tenants

North East housing associations announce merger details

01 August, 2018

Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes have confirmed the two organisations will merge to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018

Borough slammed for dumping vulnerable families in poor accommodation miles from home

31 July, 2018

Vulnerable families have been uprooted and dumped in poor accommodation on the Essex coast

Shadow Housing Secretary Wrong on Scarborough Social Housing

31 July, 2018

Claims by the Shadow Housing Secretary that no social housing has been built in the Scarborough Borough are wrong according to a local Councillor

Provider wins court case and sets precedent for social housing

31 July, 2018

Case centred on an eviction that ended eight years of anti-social behaviour by a single tenant

Call for extra action over council housing arrears

30 July, 2018

Council house tenants should pay their rents or face being kicked out of their homes

Grenfell Tower site to be handed to council despite local anger

30 July, 2018

Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns site of tower, which is expected to be demolished

S&P downgrades five large associations' credit ratings

30 July, 2018

S&P has downgraded five large associations' credit ratings over increased sales risk

Housing association borrows £75m from large US investor

30 July, 2018

A giant US investor has signed a £75m loan to a housing association, marking its third deal with the sector

Housing associations 'require 138,000 more plots of land'

27 July, 2018

Savills calculates amount of extra land associations need to achieve their development ambition

The benefits of using peer support models in shared housing

27 July, 2018

A new report says landlords should seriously consider peer support models in shared housing

Campaigners see off Grenfell 'tenancy stripping'

27 July, 2018

Tenants in the shadow of Grenfell Tower faced a council-imposed deadline to either return or relinquish tenancies and pay for their own temporary accommodation

Regulator downgrades housing associations over risk management and safety

26 July, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded three housing associations this morning, including two for struggles with managing risk and one for 'electrical safety' issues

Most Grenfell Tower survivors show signs of PTSD

25 July, 2018

Two-thirds of adults involved in the fire believed to need stress disorder treatment

Government restores 'social rent' to definition of affordable housing

25 July, 2018

The government has restored the term 'social rent' to the definition of affordable housing in its national planning rulebook after housing and council bodies voiced concerns

Fixed Term Tenancies: Revealing Divergent Views on the Purpose of Social Housing

25 July, 2018

Since 2012, social landlords in England have been permitted to offer fixed term rather than 'lifetime' tenancies to new tenants

Funding application to build more social housing turned down

25 July, 2018

Sheffield City Council has been told that it won't be eligible to borrow more money to provide much needed social housing in Sheffield

Social housing used to be a national asset. Let's rebuild that attitude

25 July, 2018

Our commission has revealed the scale of working people who cannot get a home

Further evidence of government failure on Grenfell re-housing

24 July, 2018

MHCLG admits just two households moved out of blocks beside Grenfell Tower have been found permanent accommodation

The Peabody Index: Tracking the experiences of London's social housing tenants

24 July, 2018

At Peabody we want to more than help our tenants directly through affordable homes and support services

New housing minister criticises councils over unused borrowing capacity

24 July, 2018

The new housing minister has said he is "at a loss" to understand why councils are not using Housing Revenue Account borrowing headroom

Social housing green paper goes back to September - unless released over recess

24 July, 2018

Fears off a summer 'slip out' after days of speculation over publication come to nothing

Political foes unite over a future for social housing

24 July, 2018

A former Labour leader and former Tory treasury minister together set an example as to how the housing crisis can be tackled

NHF calls for housing associations to play larger role in Universal Credit rollout

23 July, 2018

The NHF has called for housing associations to have a larger role in the migration of benefit claimants to Universal Credit

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

23 July, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council must 'get a grip' on housing stock, says law centre

May's housing cash pledge is not enough

23 July, 2018

PM's promise undermined by borrowing controls as social home building hits a new low

London needs 40,000 new social rented homes a year

20 July, 2018

"London has consistently failed to build enough homes but social housing has taken the biggest hit"

Government 'must do more' after revelation housing associations pay tens of millions to help unemployed

19 July, 2018

Nationally commissioned employment and skills services have failed to work with them, and have failed to support people who face the greatest barriers to work

Ministers consider sector 'league tables' for Social Housing Green Paper

19 July, 2018

Ministers have been exploring the idea of 'league tables' of housing associations as a key policy recommendation in the imminent Social Housing Green Paper

Southall housing association told to tackle antisocial behaviour or face prosecution

19 July, 2018

PA Housing could be prosecuted if steps aren't taken to deter the behaviour at Victory Mews

Grenfell Tower: Minister admits 'mistakes were made' in rehousing scheme for victims as dozens remain in temporary accommodation

19 July, 2018

Administrators 'being asked to perform roles that they are not used to under very difficult circumstances'

Tenants angry after housing association takes away trampoline - but leaves scaffolding up for over a year

19 July, 2018

Housing association tenants in St John's Wood are furious after landlords banned a communal trampoline on health and safety grounds but left scaffolding up for over a year

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

18 July, 2018

The government's proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough

90 per cent rise in Swindon families in temporary accommodation

18 July, 2018

Homeless households living in temporary accommodation in Swindon have almost doubled in the last five years

Dispatches episode was not a balanced documentary

18 July, 2018

Self-funding has helped housing associations to create homes and communities in the face of declining government subsidy

Social Housing Green Paper expected by recess

17 July, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is still expected to be published before parliament breaks up for summer recess either next Tuesday or on Thursday this week

Stock transfer landlord secures £95m bank loan

17 July, 2018

A stock transfer housing association has secured bank finance of £95m - including a restructuring of its previous debt and £40m of new borrowing

Canterbury social housing deal stopped London 'gazumpers'

17 July, 2018

Canterbury City Council claims it outwitted big-spending London boroughs to land a secret deal to convert properties into affordable local homes

Social housing allocations policy 'discriminates against Travellers'

17 July, 2018

A High Court judge has branded a London council's housing allocation policy "unlawful" as it discriminates against Irish Travellers

Scottish landlord seals £50m private placement

16 July, 2018

Scottish landlord Cairn Housing Association has raised £50m through a private placement deal with an unnamed US insurance company to support

56,000 in region on waiting lists for social housing

16 July, 2018

More than 56,000 people or families are on waiting lists for social housing in the North East and North Yorkshire

It's official: DWP cuts are so bad councils just spent record amounts mopping them up

13 July, 2018

The DWP has cut some welfare so near to the bone that local authorities had to spend record amounts last year to make up the shortfall

The fall and rise of social rent

13 July, 2018

Will the comeback of state-funded socially rented housing deliver the homes Britain needs?

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: fire and fire safety

12 July, 2018

Report on fire incidents, fire safety equipment and fire hazards in different types of households and dwellings in England

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: social rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of social renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

How to become a trans-inclusive landlord

11 July, 2018

Trans people can face discrimination when it comes to housing

How to contact HMRC - updated information for housing associations

11 July, 2018

HMRC has issued new guidance for housing associations wishing to contact HMRC. There are now two distinct routes, depending on your query

Social Housing Pension Scheme - significant changes on the horizon

10 July, 2018

KPMG summarises two recent updates on the Social Housing Pension Scheme

APPG launched to tackle unemployment in social housing

10 July, 2018

A response to Centre for Social Justice finding social housing households four times more likely to be workless than those in private housing

Administrators appointed to social housing specialist

09 July, 2018

Deveron Construction Limited offered design and build contracts to associations across the North of Scotland

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

People are put off making home adaptations due to the stigma of unattractive products available

Disabled people could slip through net in universal credit move, says charity

06 July, 2018

Mind raises concerns that safeguards for vulnerable claimants will not be in place

Universal Credit: Complaints - and sticking to your guns

06 July, 2018

RLA trainer and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine shares one of his latest cases

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the government for a change in the law

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir's Q1 rental index

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

06 July, 2018

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

Homes sold under the Right to Buy are simply not being replaced. Could the government's plans to partially lift the council debt cap bring relief?

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

We regularly update our information for landlords, read the up-to-date version of the Universal Credit & Rented Sector Housing Guide and use the latest UC47 form to request payment of rent from tenant's Universal credit

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has booted two letting agents out of the redress scheme

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

CIH Northern Ireland: Right to Buy a 'double edged sword'

05 July, 2018

Early findings from a project looking to shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland have been released

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

Banning fees in Wales will drive up costs and change the way landlords interact with letting agents, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig told the Senedd today

Social care system 'seizing up' under strain

05 July, 2018

Northern Ireland's social care system could seize up unless it receives more funding, the chief social worker has warned

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

05 July, 2018

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report designed to improve standards in the private rented sector

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

The British government intends to roll out nationally a scheme piloted in north London, whereby the families of gang members and violent criminals are evicted from their public housing residences

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

A new special administration regime which allows the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) to deal with insolvent housing associations will come into force today

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Minister apologises over 'inadvertently misleading' parliament

04 July, 2018

Esther McVey apologises for her comments over Universal Credit

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

The Hackitt report into building regulations should include more information about the lifetime management of buildings once occupied, RLA Policy Manager John Stewart told a committee of MPs this week

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

A house fire which killed two boys was "eminently avoidable", had the letting agent provided smoke alarms, a court has heard

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time

04 July, 2018

Children's commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

A landmark court ruling has closed a loophole for letting agents to levy extra charges on tenants, it was claimed today

Long tenancies won't stop landlords wanting a CV, 12 months' rent - or a date

04 July, 2018

Proposed three-year agreements do little to change oppressive demands from landlords charging extortionate rents

More than one in ten privately-rented homes are unfit to live in

03 July, 2018

Shocking figures reveal homes with problems such as mould, damp, a faulty boiler or freezing cold in winter

How Labour Will Act On Unhealthy Homes

03 July, 2018

In this NHS anniversary year, we are committing Labour to new action to rekindle Bevan's vision and end the scourge of substandard homes

Regulator highlights importance of providing good quality, accessible information on homelessness services

03 July, 2018

A report highlighting the importance of easy access to homelessness services information for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

New research exposes factors that lead to people returning to sleeping rough

03 July, 2018

Today, St Mungo's publishes peer led research outlining reasons why some people can find themselves sleeping rough after time away the streets.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

National Housing Federation response to Homes England deals with housing associations

03 July, 2018

Homes England has agreed first wave of strategic partnerships to ramp up building of affordable homes. These include deals with eight housing associations.

Families hit by crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet

03 July, 2018

Our latest research reveals how low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around mouldy properties and not informing them about important safety details.

London first-time buyers put down £19k extra per bedroom

03 July, 2018

New report makes case for shared ownership in the capital as an FTB option.

'Stock up on tins' - Universal Credit is on its way to Carlisle and Barrow

03 July, 2018

The switch to the controversial government benefit is on the way for thousands of residents

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

Compulsory three-year contracts would give more protection to renters.

Labour says government plans to provide renters with greater stability are 'meaningless'

02 July, 2018

'Any fresh help for renters is welcome but this latest promise is meaningless if landlords can still force tenants out by hiking up the rent'

More than 600 'affordable homes' built in Merseyside were NOT affordable

02 July, 2018

New data shows many houses do not meet the guidelines to be classed as affordable

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

A Stormont department has been urged to start recording assessments of those applying for the Personal Independence Payment after a report criticised the current process.

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

02 July, 2018

Scotland's short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Homes for social rent 'have to be' part of new national planning policy

02 July, 2018

Call from LGA comes as the number of such homes tips towards historic low.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

It's time for many students up and down the country to clear-out their properties, so now is a good time to make sure they know how to correctly clear out their properties.

More tenants faced rent rises in May

02 July, 2018

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared with a month earlier at a time when supply of rented homes on offer is rising.

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

Landlords are today welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies.

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

29 June, 2018

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

29 June, 2018

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support

Report salutes housing support provided by Armed Forces charities

29 June, 2018

Reasearch reveals the extent of a home front providing £40m of housing support to over 11,000 people a year

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues

London council launches Housing First pilot as part of £500,000 homelessness package

29 June, 2018

Newham Council has unveiled a wave of new projects to tackle homelessness, including a Housing First pilot aimed at tackling rough sleeping.

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show

29 June, 2018

Tens of thousands of low income families miss out on child benefits under 'poverty-producing' measure, while mothers forced to disclose rape in order to put food on the table

'Silver splitters' fuel rising homelessness

28 June, 2018

Number of over-60s presenting as homeless at a 10-year high

English councils warn 'worst is yet to come' on cuts

28 June, 2018

Authorities risk going bust unless steps are taken to shore up budgets, ministers told

Call of the week: Section 21 documents

28 June, 2018

This week, a landlord called us with a question about serving a Section 21 notice and when he needed to serve the documents on his renewal tenancy.

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

28 June, 2018

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab says regulator will gain powers in the Social Housing Green Paper and stresses government commitment to Right to Buy

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

Tenant, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides

Social care in Wales 'could be funded by age-related tax'

28 June, 2018

An income tax increase of between 1% and 3% could be used to fund elderly social care in Wales, according to an independent report.

Tories forced to rewrite obscure benefits law after court finds it breaches human rights

28 June, 2018

The DWP admitted a "small group" of jobseekers had been denied a fair hearing when they tried to appeal against a benefit sanction

Housing body with 12,000 London tenants has been placed under review

27 June, 2018

London social housing management body CityWest Homes has been placed under review, and its chief executive has stepped aside

Regulator warns social landlords that bail-outs are not guaranteed

27 June, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) would allow a housing association to fail if there was 'limited or no value' in its business, its executive director has said

Most associations do not treat domestic violence as a tenancy breach, research reveals

27 June, 2018

Almost one in 10 social landlords do not consider perpetrating domestic abuse as a breach of tenancy, delegates at Housing 2018 in Manchester heard

Latest stats show temporary accommodation numbers are up

27 June, 2018

Overall the numbers have increased by 56% from 2010 – rising to 190% for those in B&B over the same period

Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

27 June, 2018

123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 - an increase of nearly 80% since 2011

Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income

27 June, 2018

Cities around the world are experimenting with basic income schemes. The benefits for residents seem obvious - but what's in it for the cities?

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough' survey finds

27 June, 2018

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

27 June, 2018

Information about Universal Credit trials and pilots

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

What is social housing for?

26 June, 2018

In the aftermath of Grenfell, and with many people priced out of homeownership, Nathaniel Barker finds out how social housing fits into the current climate

Flying the standard

26 June, 2018

HACT is excited to announce that Housemark, L&Q and Metropolitan, as well as a number of other housing associations, have signed up to support the development of the full version of the UK housing data standard

Angus Council welcomes move to install sprinkler systems in all social housing

26 June, 2018

As the first Scottish local authority to install sprinkler systems as standard in its new build housing, Angus Council welcomes the move by Scottish Government to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing

Arhag needs landlords for Syrian refugees

26 June, 2018

Specialist association offering incentives including carrying out and funding repairs and guaranteed monthly rental income for 3-5 years

Families feast in the Forest

26 June, 2018

An innovative project between Two Rivers Housing and the Salvation Army is teaching basic cooking skills to families and building community relationships

PRA changes will affect landlords' ability to provide 'quality affordable housing'

25 June, 2018

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes by the Prudential Regulation Authority to landlords.

Over 10 years to save for a deposit as first-time buyers forced to rent for longer

25 June, 2018

Many would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent longer despite a slowdown in house prices as new figures reveal that it takes an average of more than 10 years to save for a 15% deposit.

Tax breaks for landlords price younger buyers out of housing market

25 June, 2018

Think tank says it's time to get community-led development on track.

Social housing is a vanishing option for families who cannot afford to buy

25 June, 2018

Depleted stock forces young adults to pay private rents or live with their parents

Call for more council homes in Stockton to tackle homeless problem

25 June, 2018

Middlesbrough Council has already said it will consider building houses to tackle a shortage of affordable homes

New shocking report reveals more families on breadline, benefits shambles, Homelessness rising and foodbank crisis

25 June, 2018

Rising levels of working and unemployed poverty, the housing crisis, cuts to public services, insecure work and hunger

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding

25 June, 2018

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding Twelve councils have been awarded funding to explore how technology can improve social care services.

Brent Council aims to 'foster good relationships with private landlords'

25 June, 2018

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases against rogue landlords' helping to raise more than £1m in fines.

Online Universal Credit bid 'awful'

22 June, 2018

A woman unable to apply for Universal Credit online said she was left having to ask for food parcels.

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property to 35 men.

"Bedroom tax" is still hitting Stoke-on-Trent families hard

22 June, 2018

The so-called "bedroom tax" is continuing to hit Stoke-on-Trent hard - with demand for smaller council homes far outstripping supply and families forced into hardship, councillors have said

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

21 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Rise in homelessness applications in Scotland reverses nine-year trend

21 June, 2018

The number of applications for homelessness status in Scotland has gone up for the first time nine years, according to official figures.

The cost of housing for low-income renters

21 June, 2018

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason.

Social care faces a 'dangerous shortfall' of staff, government warned

21 June, 2018

More than 75% of people say they would not like to begin a career in social care, survey finds

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is set to redress the balance of power between residents and social landlords. Martin Hilditch investigates what tenants would like to happen next

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) today responded to a new report on living standards conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the JRF.

Universal Credit: Online ID demands delaying benefits

21 June, 2018

Demands for passports or driving licences to get new benefits have left some Welsh claimants making "degrading" requests for food to survive, it is being claimed.

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London.

Government publishes new licensing changes in bid to protect tenants and announces review of selective licensing

21 June, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new guidelines which aim to protect tenants from poor living conditions.

Families make 'good, reliable, and long-term tenants'

21 June, 2018

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows.

'Laudable' licensing changes stifling councils, landlords and tenants alike

20 June, 2018

ARLA Propertymark chief executive ramps up policy criticism as government announces latest PRS regulation.

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

Bill empowering tenants over unsafe homes inches closer towards statute.The Fitness for Human Bill has come through the committee stage of the Commons this morning

Scam Awareness Month: Top tips for landlords

20 June, 2018

This month is Scams Awareness Month, and the RLA is helping members to protect themselves against being the victim of a scam.

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

The Government has announced a review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing.

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

The RLA continues to call for the roll out of Universal Credit to be paused in the wake of a report by the National Audit Office.

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both 'to let' and 'let' properties

20 June, 2018

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed nationwide increases in both 'to let' and 'let' properties.

Number of people winning PIP benefit appeals hits all-time high - and Tories are told to get a grip

20 June, 2018

Some 14,805 people (71%) had their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) overturned by a tribunal in the first three months of this year

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Tories make disability benefits climbdown as they change reassessment rules - but campaigners warn it's not enough

20 June, 2018

More PIP claimants will be able to wait 10 years for reassessment - but Parkinson's UK branded it "a piecemeal solution for a broken system"

Universal credit flaws inflict childcare costs on new workers

20 June, 2018

Parents forced to borrow money while waiting for funds, says Save the Children

Wales gets closer to full implementation of Housing First

19 June, 2018

New youth homelessness task group has the future for Housing First in Wales in its remit.

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

19 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Tory MPs challenge Theresa May to adopt radical housing agenda in bid for younger voters support

19 June, 2018

MPs will tell PM that housing is the 'defining' issue holding back Conservative support from under-40s

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

19 June, 2018

This collection brings together information for stakeholders and partners relating to Universal Credit.

Why won't ministers come clean about the impact of cuts on disabled people?

19 June, 2018

Being hit by the bedroom tax is bad enough, but losing your sickness benefits too is even harder

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

19 June, 2018

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland hits 10 year peak

Urgent action is required to prevent more people dying on the streets

19 June, 2018

New research released today from St Mungo's reveals a dramatic increase in the proportion of people sleeping rough who have died with mental health support needs from 2010 to 2017.

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

TORUS' tenants and leaseholders are being asked for their views over proposals to 'amalgamate' the group with Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

Broken care: Hunt puts social care reform on hold again meaning pensioners face catastrophic bills and spending their savings

19 June, 2018

Another delay to social care reform means pensioners will continue to face crippling bills.

Social care needs a cash injection now

19 June, 2018

Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy

Glasgow block blaze shows 'no scope for complacency' over fire safety

18 June, 2018

The SFHA says the fire that ripped through a top floor of a Glasgow tower block on the anniversary of Grenfell was a 'sharp reminder' against any scope for complacency over fire safety in social housing.

Universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco

18 June, 2018

Ministers promised it would save money and cut fraud. But welfare reform has failed to deliver - and brought misery to many

'Grenfell' cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000

18 June, 2018

Nerisa Ahmed and husband threaten to sue government agency that helped them buy home

Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply

18 June, 2018

Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in capital in 2017 had mental health needs compared with 29% in 2010

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

Just one in six private tenants living in an unsafe home is getting council protection from a revenge eviction, new figures show.

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

A list of failed safety regulations has been presented to a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Rightmove House Price Index

18 June, 2018

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Universal Credit risks furthering domestic abuse

18 June, 2018

Campaigners call for new payment arrangements where present payment system 'empowers abusers'.

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

Local authorities need government funding to help them make a success of the act recently brought in to prevent and reduce homelessness

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

How firms are cashing in on housebuyers with charges that DOUBLE every decade

London boroughs considering establishing temporary accommodation joint company

15 June, 2018

Councils in London are working on plans to establish a joint company to source temporary accommodation for homeless households

Social housing regulator 'constrained' by government before Grenfell

15 June, 2018

The social housing regulator was "constrained" in its ability to investigate residents' fire safety concerns by the direction of travel imposed by government

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP5.4 Million

15 June, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Thursday it has acquired six specialist supported living properties and one residential care property for GBP5.4 million

How Grenfell put the past, present, and future of social housing into focus

15 June, 2018

From Ronan Point to the Ledbury estate, Kieran Yates speaks to tower block residents about living in fear and being neglected by the state

Where do we stand a year after the Grenfell Tower fire?

14 June, 2018

From rehousing and trauma to inquiries and cladding, how much has changed?

Grenfell housing: Finding a new home

14 June, 2018

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago, a series of promises were made to the survivors, especially concerning rehousing. Have they been delivered?

Social landlords have shown leadership following Grenfell and the government must back them

14 June, 2018

A year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, Sadiq Khan gives his message to the social housing sector

The biggest ever survey of fire risk assessments has revealed widespread safety problems

14 June, 2018

Inside Housing has obtained and analysed risk assessments for 1,584 tower blocks

Fury as housing associations redevelop and sell affordable homes

13 June, 2018

With many Grenfell Tower survivors still displaced a year after the fire that killed 72 people, figures reveal millions being made from selloffs

Social Housing Green Paper expected in next six weeks

13 June, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper will be published within the next six weeks

A year of reporting on the Grenfell Tower fire and its far-reaching consequences for social housing

13 June, 2018

The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 led to the deaths of 72 people and was a profound shock to the whole country

Listening to tenants could help prevent a second Grenfell disaster and we must start now

13 June, 2018

The Hackitt Review called for a "national culture of engagement" with tenants

Rehousing Grenfell Survivors

12 June, 2018

Since the Grenfell Tower fire of 14/15th June 2017, North Kensington Law Centre has provided free legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower

Just look at housing to see the true cost of privatisation

12 June, 2018

Right to buy has been a success for landlords but a disaster for those most in need of a home

Grenfell one year on

12 June, 2018

Statement by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Landlords should not panic after Metropolitan was taken to court over harassment claims

11 June, 2018

Metropolitan Housing Trust recently lost an appeal against a damages claim brought by two tenants

Southwark Council questions Wandle housing association over purchase of faulty buildings

11 June, 2018

Southwark Council's planning committee questioned affordable housing association Wandle over the purchse of faulty buildings

More than a million on social housing waiting lists

11 June, 2018

Grandfather and commercial engineer Freddy Emmanuel has been on the waiting list for social housing for 18 years

RTB replacements 'all but eliminated' in five years

11 June, 2018

Homes built to replace those sold through the Right to Buy could be "almost eliminated" in five years time unless the policy is reformed

A very brief history of council housing

08 June, 2018

The story of Britain's council estates begins in Shoreditch

Monitoring the private rented sector in Northern Ireland is essential if we are to prevent rising homelessness

08 June, 2018

The social sector in Northern Ireland does not have the resources to meet the needs of all those who are homeless or in housing stress

Housing association under investigation over fire safety concerns

08 June, 2018

The housing regulator has launched an investigation into a Merseyside landlord after fire safety concerns were raised

Councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

08 June, 2018

FoI responses expose eye-watering sums spent by sample councils alone on temporary accommodation over the past year

Grenfell: One year on

08 June, 2018

It's been a year since 72 people tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower Fire

Temporary accommodation in Scotland: where are we now, and where do we go from here?

07 June, 2018

What is the state of play for temporary accommodation in Scotland?

Labour seeks law change to reduce maximum deposit landlords can charge renters

07 June, 2018

New parliamentary motion seeks to reduce cap from six weeks' rent to three weeks' rent

Crowdfunding platform enters social housing sector

06 June, 2018

A crowdfunding investment platform has entered the social housing sector with plans to finance a scheme in Liverpool

The 'poverty' of Grenfell lay in how tenants and residents were treated

06 June, 2018

Inquiry hears of lack of concern shown by local and central government, contractors predisposed against regulations and red-tape and society as a whole

MP backs 'fantastic' tenant training scheme

05 June, 2018

House2Home offers training in a range of tenancy matters from sourcing affordable furnishing to accessing rent statements online

Khan calls for tenant to be national commissioner for social housing

05 June, 2018

Mayor of London says social housing residents' voices must be heard in corridors of power

Grenfell survivor blames landlord's 'cancerous' decisions for disaster

04 June, 2018

In his first newspaper interview, Edward Daffarn explains how his repeated safety warnings were ignored

UK: Rights Of Access For Housing Associations

01 June, 2018

Sometimes, housing associations have rights of access over land owned by others

Piloting the Right to Buy extension

01 June, 2018

With the Right to Buy extension pilot due to land this summer, Nathaniel Barker unpicks two sticking points

Revealed: the London boroughs topping the tables for getting rid of council homes

01 June, 2018

Figures have revealed the extent of the loss of council housing across London between 2016 and 2017

The housing association helping fathers play a positive role

31 May, 2018

Why did a Welsh housing association set out to help local dads?

Social housing boards at growing risk over independence and conflicts of interest

31 May, 2018

The shape of the sector is changing rapidly as new operating and funding models emerge and existing structures mature

Less than half of £4.8bn Right to Buy receipts used for replacement housing

31 May, 2018

Less than half the £4.8bn raised through selling off council housing at giant discounts since 2012 has gone to replacement housing

Large Scottish housing associations offer to 'flip' tenancies to tackle temporary accommodation delays

31 May, 2018

Large housing associations around Glasgow have offered to work with the local council to immediately switch temporary accommodation tenancies to permanent ones in an effort to tackle the problem of families stuck in insecure housing

Meeting the 2020 Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing is going to require a major push over the next two years

30 May, 2018

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a future strategy to further improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's social housing stock beyond 2020

Call to let councils compete with private sector over housebuilding

30 May, 2018

Survey shows just 2% of councils in England say new development in their area meets policy requirements for affordable housing

The hostile environment: what social landlords need to know

30 May, 2018

Some people have been wrongly told they're not eligible for social housing - it's essential that staff are aware of the rules

London losing 'thousands' of social rented homes

30 May, 2018

Latest housing stock stats said to show the capital going backwards for the first time in three years

Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question

30 May, 2018

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in RTB receipts

Landlord of housing 'hell-hole' made more than £2m profit in one year

30 May, 2018

The owner of a controversial housing development 'hell-hole' in Mitcham made almost £2.5 million profit in just one year

Social landlord and support service merge

29 May, 2018

A Ceredigion social landlord and a support service have announced that they have merged voluntarily

Housing association loses appeal in tenant harassment case

29 May, 2018

A large housing association has lost a Court of Appeal challenge to a finding that it unlawfully harassed two tenants

Transforming temporary accommodation

29 May, 2018

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommendations

1,000-home threshold for Right to Buy extension pilot

25 May, 2018

Housing associations with fewer than 1,000 homes will not be asked to take part in the Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy extension

Regulator investigates 'sham transactions' association following pressure from councils

25 May, 2018

The regulator has launched an investigation into a housing association previously accused of "sham transactions" by a London council

Government turned down an offer to test the RTB in a rural area

25 May, 2018

A housing association offered to run a test of how the Right to Buy extension would work in rural areas as part of the regional pilot but was rebuffed by government

Strategies to sustain tenancies

25 May, 2018

Support to sustain tenancies is increasingly important for tenants and landlords

Scottish Housing Market

25 May, 2018

Figures from UK Finance shows that BTL lending for purchases has fallen 8.8% in February compared to the previous year

Government moves closer to flammable cladding ban

24 May, 2018

PMQs hears Theresa May defend consultation over a ban as a legal obligation

The need for better data in social housing

24 May, 2018

Data sharing and new technologies are offering great benefits for the social housing sector

Cladding ban plan in Wales after Grenfell Tower fire

24 May, 2018

Plans to ban inflammable cladding on high-rise buildings in Wales will go out to public consultation

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 May, 2018

South West sees fastest rising rents

PEARL Rental Index - May 2018

24 May, 2018

Rental price growth weakening for Great Britain, with the latest rental index showing rents had increased by 1.0% in the 12 months to April 2018, down from 1.1% in March 2018

Homes built with government Growth Deal funding will be subject to the Right to Buy

23 May, 2018

Councils with Growth Deal funding from the government will be expected to make any affordable housing they build subject to the Right to Buy, including homes constructed through their privately owned companies

Scottish councils spend £59.2m on housing payments

23 May, 2018

Councils in Scotland made 122,660 emergency housing benefit payments to tenants in 2017/18

Final findings: Social Housing (fixed-term tenancies)

23 May, 2018

Social housing has been argued to be a key arena for various forms of conditionality aimed at regulating the conduct of low-income populations

Households in Temporary Accommodation Rise by 60%

22 May, 2018

78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017

Final Findings: Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018)

22 May, 2018

Report which summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018).

Council rent arrears soars for Dundee tenants on Universal Credit

21 May, 2018

Social rent arrears run up by Dundee council tenants on Universal Credit have doubled since the start of the year

Housing Matters podcast: Housing associations' work to tackle domestic abuse

21 May, 2018

In this episode, we talk about domestic abuse and the positive difference housing associations can make

Plymouth Community Homes helps new tenants find health and wellbeing

21 May, 2018

The organisation's New Home, New You project is brightening the futures of new residents

The lost homes of Hull's council estates and streets - and how losing them changed everything

21 May, 2018

From tower blocks to maisonettes, we take a look at the housing areas that have disappeared

2018 Annual Review of Social Housing

21 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

Raab commits to ban of combustible cladding

21 May, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab committed to a ban of combustible cladding products last night, ahead of a government consultation on the issue which will run until July

James Carthew: I hope Horizon revives faith in social housing

21 May, 2018

HZN real estate investment trust is the latest launch in the burgeoning social housing sub-sector

Repairs and maintenance spend tracker: what did your association do in 2016/17?

18 May, 2018

How have associations in England reacted to the 1% annual rent cut?

Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks

18 May, 2018

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material

West Midlands associations seek Right to Buy solutions ahead of pilot

18 May, 2018

West Midlands housing associations are working to devise a workable method of transferring Right to Buy discounts between homes

Councils' use of arm's-length organisations

18 May, 2018

The use of ALEOs by Scottish local authorities has reduced costs and improved standards of care issues of governance and accountability can still exist

Scottish Housing Market

18 May, 2018

Building on strong social housing delivery figures GCC have signed an agreement with GHA & Keepmoat Homes for the delivery +900 homes at the Sighthill TRA

The true extent of Bristol's housing crisis: Council home wait list numbers and times revealed

17 May, 2018

There are more than 11,000 families waiting for just a handful of empty properties

Understanding what tenant engagement means

17 May, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is looking closely at social landlords' tenant involvement

'We are getting better', says Teesside's biggest landlord after criticism

17 May, 2018

Thirteen Group came under fire for failing to link with councillors and not meeting previous standards

Concern over plan to drop social rent from official definition of affordable housing

17 May, 2018

Trade bodies for housing associations and councils have voiced concerns over a proposal to change the definition of 'affordable housing' in a new draft version of government planning policy

Housing association secures £50m funding line for almost 1,500 homes

17 May, 2018

A West Midlands social housing provider is set to build 1,400 homes across the region in the next two years after securing a £50m funding package

Grenfell Tower: lives remembered, but fire safety lessons still not learned

16 May, 2018

David P Sugden says the construction industry cannot be trusted to improve standards

Ronan Point 50 years on: are tenants being listened to on safety?

16 May, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the collapse of Ronan Point, tower block safety campaigner Frances Clarke questions whether Dame Judith Hackitt is really listening to tenants

Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

16 May, 2018

Social housing is often viewed as a burden on the public purse

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

Tenants who will still be paying rent when they retire will need a pension pot of up to £445,000 to avoid falling living standards

Aberdeen City Council spends £23,000 per day on temporary accommodation

16 May, 2018

Aberdeen City Council is paying out more than £23,000 per day to put up residents in temporary accommodation

Housing association raises hoarding issues

15 May, 2018

One association wants to help lose the stigma around the condition

Funding for social housing is 'nuts' top developer says

15 May, 2018

Roger Madelin believes government should directly fund the building of affordable homes - backed by higher corporation tax

Grenfell rally demands urgent removal of flammable cladding

15 May, 2018

Protesters express continued distrust of the authorities as MPs debate terms of public inquiry

Scottish HA uses wearable technology to detect tenants at risk of falls

14 May, 2018

A Scottish housing association has become the first to offer tenants wearable technology that can predict the risk of them suffering falls by monitoring vital signs

There's no such thing as a 'for-profit' housing association (and anyone who says different is wrong)

14 May, 2018

A number of organisations have appeared, calling themselves 'housing associations' but with business models completely contrary to the core values of housing associations - this is extremely dangerous

Energy efficiency in social housing

11 May, 2018

£3.5m fund to help social landlords

Charedi housing group facing discrimination legal challenge

11 May, 2018

A leading Jewish housing association is being taken to court over its policy of providing homes only for Orthodox Jews

Welsh housing associations back in the private sector

10 May, 2018

The Welsh Assembly has unanimously passed its Regulation of Social Landlords Bill

Associations respond to rent cut with 'impressive' margins

10 May, 2018

Housing associations have boosted their core margins since the rent cut was introduced

Planning deregulation reduces the ability of councils to secure affordable homes

10 May, 2018

New report finds 63% of UK councils now describe their need for affordable homes as 'severe'

Conservative stock transfer councils keen to set up HRAs

09 May, 2018

Labour launched a social housing policy document which pledged to "help councils that have transferred all their housing stock to a housing association establish a Housing Revenue Account and get building"

Government official reveals HRA £1bn can be used with Right to Buy receipts

09 May, 2018

Councils will be able to blend funding from the government's £1bn HRA borrowing programme with grant and Right to Buy receipts

Leasing council homes to charities

09 May, 2018

Bristol council homes earmarked to be sold off have instead been handed over to charities, to house refugees and other vulnerable groups

The rise and fall of council housing

09 May, 2018

In an extract from his new book, historian John Boughton explains how council housing became 'welfarised'

The Housing Podcast: Peabody's new approach to rents

08 May, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Faifley rat problem costing housing association thousands

08 May, 2018

Thousands of pounds have been spent tackling a "rat problem" in Faifley caused by residents dumping rubbish in the wrong bins - or in no bin at all

Council sitting on £3.7m of unspent affordable housing cash

08 May, 2018

More than £3million of cash given to the council from developers that do not build enough affordable housing has not been spent

New rents edge up - with London prices now 108% higher than rest of the UK

08 May, 2018

Average newly agreed rents climbed to £918 a month in April, up 1.5% from the £904 a month recorded in April last year

Tenants 'fundamental to the running of ALMOs'

04 May, 2018

As the NFA holds its annual conference, member bodies showcase their commitment to tenants being at the heart of the business models

HBF reports big rise in social housing units approved

04 May, 2018

"There is still a long way to go, but this feels like a breakthrough moment in the years following the housing white paper"

Social housing provider responds to concerns over apartments plan - which has no affordable housing

04 May, 2018

A social housing provider has responded to concerns over its involvement in plans for 144 town centre apartments - which do not contain any affordable housing units

Housing associations will mitigate rent cuts with a range of cost savings

03 May, 2018

New report says savings on the likes of repairs and maintenance and jobs should be "significant" to soak some 70% of revenue lost

Housing associations Right to Buy pilot 'will not charge local authorities'

03 May, 2018

MHCLG confirms the pilot will be fully funded from government

Let's create the future of social housing together

02 May, 2018

Many people across Scotland face struggles just to get through each day, which means that they can't think about or plan for their futures

One-week limit on temporary accommodation could save £29m

02 May, 2018

Scottish councils could save £29m this year if they moved all single people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after a week

Sheffield housing association fined over 'dangerous, substandard' properties

02 May, 2018

A Sheffield housing association has been fined after four of its properties were found to be dangerous and substandard

Why we are freezing or cutting rents on thousands of homes

02 May, 2018

Peabody has embarked on a process to make its rents fairer

Gobsmacked tenants in Salford high-rises just got a cleaning bill for their 'self-cleaning' windows

02 May, 2018

Housing association City West installed 'the world's first self-cleaning windows' on a string of blocks across Eccles - but now they've got grubby

Peabody plans to stop charging affordable rent

02 May, 2018

Peabody will freeze or cut rents on "thousands" of its affordable rented homes while converting market rent tenancies to social rents

Major association's 'bold' move to cut rents praised by sector

02 May, 2018

A major association's "bold" move to cut its rents has been praised by sector leaders, with some landlords revealing they are looking at their own rent policies

'Non-committal committal' over release of social housing Green Paper

02 May, 2018

Commons told the Green Paper will be published "in the next few months"

Rent pause pays off for provider

01 May, 2018

Debt relief scheme praised for innovative approach to housing costs and mental health

Social Housing IPOs: Horizon tries after Fundamentum fails

01 May, 2018

Fundamentum Property has pulled the flotation of its Supported Housing fund after failing to convince investors to back the high yielding REIT

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

01 May, 2018

John Boughton traces the vexed history of social housing in this timely, persuasive study

Social housing is not just a safety net for the few

30 April, 2018

With more and more people made homeless or forced to pay excessive rents, the charity Shelter is investigating how to help them

What it's really like living in a council house in Bransholme

30 April, 2018

From rats in their homes to dodgy doors and living weeks without a bathroom, residents have had their say

Councils spend millions using Right to Buy flats as temporary accommodation

27 April, 2018

Town halls are spending millions of pounds a year renting ex-council flats from private landlords to provide accommodation for homeless households

Average rents fall across the UK for first time in six years, suggesting this is more than a correction

26 April, 2018

Average rents in the UK decreased for the first time since 2012 during the first quarter of 2018

Tenants to leave Rugby tower blocks over fire safety fears

26 April, 2018

All tenants from two Warwickshire tower blocks are to be moved from their homes over serious fire safety concerns

Housing association warns cladding costs will impact capital projects

26 April, 2018

A South West housing association has warned it cannot meet the cost of removing dangerous cladding from its tower blocks without serious knock-on effects to its new build and refurbishment programmes

Labour local branch pledges limit on Right to Buy rents

26 April, 2018

Southwark's Labour Party has promised to force future leaseholders of Right to Buy flats to charge affordable rents when letting their property

A tinted view: negative media portrayals of social housing

26 April, 2018

Since Grenfell, serious questions have been asked about the way social housing is portrayed by the media and politicians

Public attitudes to social housing in Wales: Report for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

26 April, 2018

This work has been commissioned by the Tyfu Tai Cymru project which is a 5-year policy project seeking to provide insightful analysis and address gaps in evidence to inform current and future housing policy

Enough squabbling over supply versus demand. Let's build the social housing that Britain needs

25 April, 2018

In the long fight to fix the housing market, it's Supply versus Demand

Even social housing is unaffordable now in some parts of England

25 April, 2018

Councils are under pressure as homelessness grows and housing options dwindle

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

Councils Urged To Reveal Full Figures Of Unspent Affordable Homes Cash

24 April, 2018

HuffPost UK revealed at least £375million is yet to be spent

Councils Have Failed To Spend £375m Earmarked To Ease The Housing Crisis

23 April, 2018

The council responsible for Grenfell is sitting on £21million

Housing associations' 'diminished role' limiting social housing development

23 April, 2018

Cuts to grant for housing associations has "diminished their role" and limited their ability to develop social housing at scale

Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

20 April, 2018

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches lives

Housing associations are at the heart of Labour's social housing plans - as they should be

20 April, 2018

The Labour Party's social housing green paper is a clear indicator of the party's determination to tackle the housing crisis

Social sharing: expansion of shared housing in the social sector

19 April, 2018

A case for social landlords to expand their provision of shared accommodation using conversion of existing homes

House to home: giving social housing tenants a place to call home

19 April, 2018

A case for the provision of basic decoration and floor covering in social housing, along with access to furniture packages

Labour proposes scrapping affordable rent in social housing review

19 April, 2018

Labour has proposed scrapping the affordable rent tenure in its social housing review

London council to set up housing association for Right to Buy funds

18 April, 2018

Enfield Council is set to establish a housing association to spend funds it receives from council tenants exercising their Right to Buy

Michael McDonnell, Choice, on Rethinking Social Housing

18 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world

2,000 social housing units for Belfast this year, but supply can't meet demand

17 April, 2018

NIHE'S Head of Place Shaping for Belfast, stressed that while they are potentially delivering around 2,000 homes this year, the demand is "significantly higher" than the reality of what they can supply

Dartford councillors claim KCC cuts putting strain on sheltered housing for 550 over 55s

17 April, 2018

Borough councillors have claimed cuts made by their counterparts at Kent County Council are putting sheltered housing services for 550 people at risk

Westminster investigating ALMO for ex-council buy-back practices

17 April, 2018

Westminster Council's trading standards team is investigating its own ALMO for the second time in six months

Fixing the broken Right to Buy replacements machine

16 April, 2018

Last month, the government finally fell behind on its pledge to replace additional Right to Buy homes sold on a 'one-for-one' basis

Social housing fraudster caught illegally sub-letting Islington flat

16 April, 2018

A social housing fraudster has been found guilty of illegally sub-letting a home in Islington

Seven Boroughs Account For Nearly Half Of London's Social Housing Waitlist

16 April, 2018

Seven of London's boroughs make up for nearly half (49.5% to be exact) of London's social housing waiting list

Family had to live in hotels for three years after landlord accidentally let out their home

16 April, 2018

A mum and her two children had to live in hotels and temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally let their home to other people

Huge 'reverse' gender pay gap at Scotland's largest housing association

13 April, 2018

Scotland's largest housing association has a huge "reverse" gender pay gap which sees its female staff earn 46% more than their male colleagues

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Housing association tenant wrongly charged nearly £3,000 after 'admin error'

12 April, 2018

Social housing company Torus admitted errors were made with tenant direct debits

Sorry! Housing association apologises to mum over flooded flat

12 April, 2018

A housing association has apologised to a mum-of-two after it failed to promptly deal with urgent repairs after her boiler blew up and flat flooded, leaving her without a cooker or heating

Woman forced to sleep on camp bed for three years waiting for council house

12 April, 2018

Christine Goode and her elderly mother have been sharing a one-bedroom bungalow for three years

Cardiff's first council houses in a generation set to be ready this winter

12 April, 2018

Some 600 council houses for rent or assisted purchase are being built

Fight fair when challenging housing associations

11 April, 2018

David Bookbinder reacts to "personal" criticism of housing associations

Housing association tenant's appeal for 'right to buy' property dismissed

11 April, 2018

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under "right to buy" legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed

New Ballymena social housing homes released

11 April, 2018

Social housing provider Choice Housing has completed the first phase of an £8.5m scheme in Ballymena

Housing associations overcome challenges to exceed building targets

11 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations have once again surpassed building targets despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty

How one Norfolk council has cut its housing waiting list by 95%

10 April, 2018

Allowing staff to think creatively about people's needs is a risk, but it's paid off in Great Yarmouth

2,000 take part in CIH social housing research project

10 April, 2018

More than 2,000 people have taken part in the CIH project to gather research for the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper

Six leading landlords exceed average gender pay gap

10 April, 2018

More than a quarter of the top 20 housing associations by stock owned have reported gender pay gaps larger than the national average

Channel 5's new social housing programming

09 April, 2018

Channel 5 have started a new series of films about social housing, and from the outset it feels like this might be a bit of a challenge

Fundamentum launch tests appetite for social housing

09 April, 2018

Investor appetite for high-yielding social housing funds faces a new test today as plans are unveiled to launch the sector's fourth Reit in 18 months

Leicester council planning to buy back 'Right to Buy' homes

06 April, 2018

It has earmarked £440k for re-acquiring homes it used to own

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

Green party pledge to 'protect' social housing

06 April, 2018

Promise comes as part of its local election launch

Housing associations promise action following gender pay reports

06 April, 2018

Major housing associations are revealed to have gender pay gaps of more than 25%

Councils call for Right to Buy flexibility after Raab criticism

06 April, 2018

The councils with the largest deficits between Right to Buy sales and replacements have blamed the government's lack of flexibility for the gap

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2017 to 2018

06 April, 2018

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

05 April, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was 4th April, so we've compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities

Social housing company plans £150m float

05 April, 2018

A property company that invests in social housing is planning to launch a £150m float on the London Stock Exchange next month

'My fight to change attitudes towards social housing tenants'

05 April, 2018

Claire Hughes tackles some of the misconceptions faced by social housing tenants

Cheltenham bus attacks: 'we'll evict people behaving anti-socially' say housing bosses

04 April, 2018

New crack-down planned in response to incidents on town's troubled Springbank estate

Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

04 April, 2018

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal

Should council-owned land be used to solve Gloucestershire's social housing crisis?

04 April, 2018

There are 14,000 families on the waiting list

Social housing REIT shares fall amid market uncertainty

04 April, 2018

Shares in social housing investment funds have fallen and investor interest waned, as markets react to trouble at a housing association which has deals with several trusts

Government admits falling behind on Right to Buy replacement pledges

04 April, 2018

The Government has admitted falling short on its commitment to replace council housing units sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Social Housing Update:Written statement - HCWS614

03 April, 2018

Nearly 2 million households have been helped to realise aspirations to own their homes through the Right to Buy since 1980

Government will consult on Right to Buy flexibility after breaking pledge

03 April, 2018

The government will consult on "greater flexibility" for councils to use Right to Buy receipts, but remains committed to the policy despite breaking its pledge on replacing homes

Ten myths about council housing - and one ask

29 March, 2018

Everyone seems to agree that we have a housing crisis in London and that we need to increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes

100 households around Grenfell still in temporary accommodation

29 March, 2018

Victims evacuated from surrounding blocks await permanent rehousing nine months on

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

Property fund strikes second housing association deal

28 March, 2018

A Bristol-based housing association has formed a partnership with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, the second deal the fund has done with a housing association

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Regulator to intervene in Welsh housing association

28 March, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is to intervene in a Cardiff housing association due to governance concerns

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

Statutory homelessness and prevention and relief

23 March, 2018

October to December (Q4)2017: England

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms

23 March, 2018

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy

Incentivise associations to provide supported housing properties

23 March, 2018

It is time for specialist and developing associations to join forces and provide the NHS with much-needed accommodation-based support

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

This research presents findings on preparations for Universal Credit managed migration and the effects of reducing the Housing Benefit backdating period.

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

When local authorities and jobcentre areas will transition to the Universal Credit full service.

Who will foot the bill to prevent people becoming homeless?

22 March, 2018

New law will compel councils to prevent evictions and rough sleeping. But this comes at a price local authorities will struggle to afford

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

22 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals.

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

22 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point

Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.

22 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

22 March, 2018

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is 'far from fair'

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks.

'Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents'

21 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard

The Big Interview: 'Our work to try and alleviate injustice and hardship by social housing is very rewarding'

21 March, 2018

It's been one year since Northern Ireland's two biggest social housing names joined forces to create Radius

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

21 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point with ministers facing "big decisions"

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

21 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks

Largest housing associations to spend £13bn on 52,000 new homes over next three years

21 March, 2018

The largest housing associations are forecasting a jump in their market sale activity over the next three years as they spend £13bn on the construction of 52,000 new homes

Grenfell Tower: more than £20m spent on survivors' hotel accommodation

20 March, 2018

Sum spent by council would be enough to build the original block three times over

Pitch for deposit free renting as competition for housing associations

20 March, 2018

New survey said to send a signal to housing providers

From the frontline - Lucy Hancox

20 March, 2018

Lucy Hancox, housing officer at Falcon Housing Association, talks about creating positive outcomes for tenants

Rents for Swansea council tenants are rising by twice the rate of inflation

20 March, 2018

There are fears it could help push more kids into poverty but Swansea Council says many will have the rise covered in their benefits

How a gas safety checks ruling will make it more difficult to evict tenants

19 March, 2018

A gas safety certificate could now be a deciding factor in whether landlords can evict problem tenants

Calls to end 'widespread' evictions

19 March, 2018

A new Homeless Reduction Strategy for Peterborough calls on the Government to end the "widespread use" of an eviction process which saw a city estate cleared of almost all of its residents

Government still 'holding on' to £2bn housing fund

19 March, 2018

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has yet to release the money

Labour announces plan to protect social housing as figures reveal 100,000 low-cost homes have had rents hiked since 2012

19 March, 2018

Party pledges to reverse controversial policy implemented by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government

Wales' housing crisis leaves councils with £8.6m bill for temporary accommodation

16 March, 2018

Shelter described the figures as 'a sad reflection of our worsening housing crisis'

Secure tenancies planned for domestic abuse survivors

16 March, 2018

New laws planned to ensure those who flee an abusive relationship will not lose their security of tenure if provided with a new home

Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 times average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentals

16 March, 2018

The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation

Government 'should drop last year of rent cut' to fund fire safety work

16 March, 2018

Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

Regulations confirming that from 1 October 2018 HMOs licensed in England under part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 will be required to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres have been published

Universal Credit - update on notifying rent changes

16 March, 2018

Social Rented Sector - Reporting April 2018 rent changes: advice for landlords

Demand for homes prompts Cardiff council to invest millions in social housing

15 March, 2018

Cardiff Council is aiming to build at least 1,000 new homes by 2022 to meet the increasing demand for social housing

'So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland'

15 March, 2018

Following the launch of our Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project, director Nicola McCrudden takes a look at the unique context in Northern Ireland

A new energy efficiency standard for social housing in England

15 March, 2018

The government's Clean Growth Strategy announced a new target to get all housing up to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030

ARLA attacks Government for handing out 'billions' to social landlords while ignoring private rented sector

15 March, 2018

ARLA has furiously slated Government lack of support of the private rented sector while "billions of pounds" have been given in grant aid to social landlords

More than bricks

14 March, 2018

Social housing providers offer more than bricks and mortar

The Future of Social Housing in Scotland: the discussion so far

14 March, 2018

We launched our discussion paper on the future of social housing regulation in January

Councils can't 'abdicate responsibility' over affordable homes

14 March, 2018

But Housing minister offers councils little on lifting the debt cap - telling Commons committee only that submissions to government will be considered

English regulator's new VfM standard praised by housing leaders

14 March, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing's use of comparative metrics in its new value for money standard has been welcomed by housing leaders

Council ordered to give 'urgent attention' to temporary accommodation in its area

14 March, 2018

Ombudsman calls out a district council for failing a vulnerable 68-year-old women evicted from her rented home

Two housing associations 'named and shamed' for underpaying workers

13 March, 2018

Two housing associations have been named by the government on a list of organisations which have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage

Lloyds Bank launches new £500m fund for social housing sector

13 March, 2018

Fund underpins a major commitment to the social housing sector and includes an additional pledge to raise £750m in 2018

Housing association acquires 500 homes in £45m deal

13 March, 2018

Two London housing associations have exchanged contracts on a major sale of social housing stock worth £45m

London's biggest social housing regeneration project announced

13 March, 2018

London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 council estates over the next 12 years

Scottish Labour leader to bring forward new rent control law

12 March, 2018

Richard Leonard will promise a 'Mary Barbour law' to control private sector rents, as well as pledge to build more new council homes

'Social housing tenants are NOT benefits scroungers'

12 March, 2018

A campaign has been launched to change the public perception of people living in social housing

Green paper 'can't fold' on social housing and tenant needs

12 March, 2018

Tpas tells Government fragile tenant trust is at risk if findings from the Sharma roadshows don't drive options for future housing policy

UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4bn in 2017

12 March, 2018

Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations

Forming a 'coalition of the willing'

09 March, 2018

Homes England's directors talk to Social Housing about strategic partnerships and leveraging commercial finance

U.K social housing providers to borrow £12 billion of new debt by 2020, total debt to reach £89 billion

09 March, 2018

The U.K. government has renewed its focus on the provision of more housing

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

08 March, 2018

Since 2010, successive governments have reduced funding for local government in England as part of their efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit

How councils are using their pension funds to build homes

08 March, 2018

A handful of councils have struck deals to use their pension funds to build homes

East Anglian housing associations in merger talks

08 March, 2018

Two East Anglia-based housing associations are in merger talks to form a 28,000-home landlord

Report warns 10% of councils close to bankruptcy over funding shortfalls

08 March, 2018

National Audit Office says 15 councils could run out of cash to cover service costs within the next three years alone

Women helped back into work thanks to social housing group donation

08 March, 2018

Often, it is not a lack of qualifications or ability that is preventing women from securing employment, rather a lack of confidence

Increased 'high on the agenda' for social housing sector

08 March, 2018

By contrast, just 48% of providers and landlords will focus on cost-saving initiatives over the next 12 months

Social landlords and tackling child poverty

07 March, 2018

As you read this there are four million children waking up in poverty across the country from Manchester to Margate

Sanctuary Housing blasted after elderly tenants left without central heating and hot water

07 March, 2018

Residents in sheltered accommodation still don't have proper heating after several days

One in three housing applications rejected in Basildon

06 March, 2018

Basildon Council has admitted that they are struggling to meet council house demands after new figures reveal that roughly one in three applications are rejected

Housing Crisis: Renters Are Driving British Voters to Labour

06 March, 2018

The central issue in British politics is not, as you might have thought, Brexit. It's housing

Government 'risks second Grenfell with inaction on cladding in private sector'

06 March, 2018

The Government has previously said private landlords have a 'moral duty' to pay for the cost of removing and replacing the cladding

The shocking amount it is costing to temporarily house struggling Merseyside families

05 March, 2018

It is claimed taxpayers are paying for the Tory Government's 'failure on homelessness'

Sector capacity down 9% since rent cut

05 March, 2018

Housing associations' financial capacity is down 9% since the four-year rent cut began

Government's housing plans fall far short for low income families

05 March, 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on planning and housing

Hundreds evicted from Dundee council homes after failing to keep up with payments

02 March, 2018

Hundreds of tenants have been evicted from council homes in Dundee after struggling to keep up with rent payments

Overcoming the stigma of social housing

02 March, 2018

This report was commissioned by the Benefit to Society campaign to explore the causes and impact of an increasing stigma around social housing

British governments used to cough up for social housing. Not this one

02 March, 2018

If politicians treated houses like they do roads and railways, regeneration wouldn't be such a dirty word

Councils and housing associations urged to collaborate over new homes

02 March, 2018

Seminar hears sector should "grow up" over the potential for turf conflict between associations and council housing companies

Association downgraded after 'abortive' development schemes

01 March, 2018

A 20,000-home housing association has had its governance rating downgraded after "a series of abortive schemes" hampered attempts to scale up its housebuilding

Merger gets official launch date

01 March, 2018

Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower will unite to form new 12,700 home landlord - Lincolnshire Housing Partnership - known as LHP

The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire

01 March, 2018

Rethinking social housing will explore some fundamental questions about social housing, why is it important we ask these questions now?

Grenfell Tower fire survivors to get final say over site

01 March, 2018

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire will have the final say about what happens to the west London site

'Unlock cash for social housing' Tower Hamlets mayor urges prime minister Theresa May

28 February, 2018

A new social house-building era has been ignited by Tower Hamlets Council to fill a chronic shortage and cut the desperate waiting list

'We look after communities, it's not just a case of renting a property': Housing association boss retires after 21 years

28 February, 2018

People can only achieve safety and stability through having a proper place to live

Fair press for tenants

28 February, 2018

This guide has been produced by people living in social housing to help journalists and other media workers to report fairly

Quarterly Survey for Q3

28 February, 2018

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 230 PRPs and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Nine in 10 social housing tenants say they are portrayed negatively by media

28 February, 2018

New report reveals a huge gap between perception and reality with regard to social housing tenants

'No better time for housing organisations to commit to tackle domestic abuse.'

27 February, 2018

Elinor Crouch-Puzey details the work the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing to help housing organisations tackle the problem

A sales warning for housing associations?

27 February, 2018

Parts of the South East of England's housing market are slowing

'Record profits' for housing associations

27 February, 2018

Moody's 'UK Housing Associations 2017 Results' shows a 6% turnover increase

Big day for social housing in London

27 February, 2018

Mayor steps in to secure major affordable homes scheme; Grenfell council commits £220m to its homes; London Assembly debates strategic future for housing need

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due a recent legal case.

Westminster Council to take full ownership of housing association

26 February, 2018

Westminster Council is set to turn a housing association it established into a wholly owned subsidiary in response to government deregulation.

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

26 February, 2018

LGA says government budget cuts and the cost of higher wages will outweigh additional income

Thatcher's crusade to wipe out council housing faces serious challenge

26 February, 2018

The right-to-buy scheme slowed construction of new homes but local authorities are exploring new funding options

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

Court hears how sublet scam went on for 10 years while the defendant lived in a house she had inherited.

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace

26 February, 2018

Ministers are considering a 'breathing space' of six weeks - but campaigners want to go much further

We need to review the legal definition of homelessness

26 February, 2018

The death of a rough sleeper close to parliament shows the urgency of action needed to tackle homelessness

Nearly 70 councils share funding to unlock stalled housing

26 February, 2018

The Government has named the first wave of councils to be given cash to help speed up planning decisions.

Rogue landlords taken to court should face minimum £30,000 fines

23 February, 2018

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector

Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities

23 February, 2018

Guidance on how local authorities should exercise their homelessness functions in accordance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 from 3 April 2018.

Council housed young homeless family in 'Dickensian' conditions

23 February, 2018

Ombudsman's report finds council at fault over "patently unsuitable" placement and subsequent response to complaints.

Greenwich Council apologises for false illegal letting accusations

23 February, 2018

Greenwich Council has had to apologise after sending out thousands of letters accusing people of illegally renting out their homes.

Residents count cost of Grenfell-style cladding

23 February, 2018

Residents of a private apartment complex could face a bill of up to £10m to remove Grenfell-style cladding from their building.

Brit star hits home over Grenfell

23 February, 2018

"You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."

National Landlords Association launches new brand

23 February, 2018

The National Landlords Association (NLA) today launches its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders.

As a campaigner, I believe the Tories can fix homelessness

23 February, 2018

The 2008 financial crash that triggered austerity happened on Labour's watch. We've been dealing with the fallout ever since

LIN member report February 2018 - "Fitness for Habitation" Bill

22 February, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Time to rethink rent-setting

22 February, 2018

We need to think about how we can ensure rents are really affordable in local markets, while giving us the capacity to build much-needed new homes, says Ann Santry

Peabody pays out over gas disconnection

22 February, 2018

Housing association Peabody has paid out more than £30,000 to 57 residents who were left without gas for months.

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

22 February, 2018

A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

The seven reasons why landlords won't let to tenants on benefits

22 February, 2018

Private sector landlords are accused of unfairly turning away households claiming housing benefit. So why do they refuse

Concern raised over lack of affordable homes in Dundee as social housing tenancies drop

21 February, 2018

Concern has been raised over a steady decrease in the amount of social and affordable housing available in Dundee

Welsh Government to transfer HRA borrowing capacity between councils

21 February, 2018

The Welsh Government is in talks with councils to move unused borrowing capacity around the sector in a bid to boost local authority housebuilding

Government moves towards a shake-up of broken housing complaints system

20 February, 2018

Government considers options to ensure that no-one is left battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues with their home

Government plans fall short of 600 extra low-cost rented homes a week needed

20 February, 2018

Nearly 600 additional low-cost rented homes need to be built every week in order to fix the broken housing market and help low incomes families escape poverty

£13.8 million acquisition of two regulated social housing portfolios by Civitas

20 February, 2018

The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC is has announced the Company has completed the purchase of two regulated social housing portfolios for a total consideration of £13,771,333

Using the Social Housing Green Paper to boost the supply of low-cost rented homes

19 February, 2018

In his speech announcing the Social Housing Green Paper, the Secretary of State promised a 'wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector'

National Housing Trust scheme criticised for 'reviving Right to Buy'

19 February, 2018

The Scottish Government has been accused of "reviving the Right to Buy"

Registered Social Landlords and the GDPR

19 February, 2018

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will change the way organisations within the EU process personal data

Councils set up 58 housing companies since 2012

19 February, 2018

Almost a quarter of councils in England have invested £130m in setting up 58 new housebuilding companies since 2012

Housing association's fuel poverty work in North Wales wins trio of commendations

16 February, 2018

Work by energy wardens to help combat fuel poverty in North Wales has received a trio of commendations

Former UUP minister challenges approval for social housing apartments beside his home

16 February, 2018

Planning approval was given for social housing apartments beside a former Stormont minister's home without properly considering their form

Two associations breach regulatory standard after failing to do safety checks

16 February, 2018

Two housing associations have been found to have breached a regulatory standard after they failed to carry out safety checks on a number of their properties

Multiple fire safety risks found at flats with Grenfell-style cladding

16 February, 2018

Residents at 11-block New Capital Quay in London tell of fears as officials raise concerns

Housing association partners with unique refuge project

16 February, 2018

The independently managed 'safe space' supports those unable to access a traditional refuge

Rent increase to fund more Midlothian affordable housing

15 February, 2018

Midlothian Council has outlined plans to deliver more affordable homes to meet increased demand as councillors agreed to raise housing rents by 3% to help fund the investment

Ten councils to hike rates - most by inflationary 3%

15 February, 2018

Ten of Northern Ireland's 11 district councils are hiking rates from April - most by around the 3% rate of inflation

Housing association offers crucial evidence over 'distrusted' welfare tests

15 February, 2018

Commons committee heard a housing provider's experience of a testing regime said to be be riddled errors and incompetence

Research reveals safety fears of trans and LGBT*Q tenants

15 February, 2018

Major new study outlines the trans and LGBT*Q social housing experience - with worrying findings over safety and harassment

What causes London's eviction 'hotspots'?

14 February, 2018

Evictions have been rising quickly in London, up by 79% in the last five years - an eviction rate among renters more than twice as high as the rest of England

Jeremy Corbyn Would Help Poorer Families Pay Vet Bills And Give Tenants The Right To Keep A Pet

14 February, 2018

Labour slams Gove's 'disposable' green credentials

Vulnerable people 'trapped in homelessness' due to law

14 February, 2018

Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them "in a cycle of homelessness"

Update on the future funding of supported housing

14 February, 2018

We're working to ensure that the final policy on funding for supported housing will provide security for existing schemes and future developments

Housing associations' role in tackling homelessness

14 February, 2018

We are working with the Government and our members to explore how housing associations can support the Homelessness Reduction Act

Regulator finds 'fundamental failure of governance' at housing association

13 February, 2018

A housing association that provides homes mainly for adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems has a "fundamental failure of governance"

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

13 February, 2018

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2016

13 February, 2018

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017

12 February, 2018

Rents double in a decade and could eclipse entire sum paid for mortgages by homeowners

Council ignores government guidelines in bid to help affordable housing crisis

12 February, 2018

Worthing Borough Council has pledged to ignore government guidelines in a bid to secure more desperately-needed affordable housing

Cut-hit councils are going broke. Let them charge however much they like

09 February, 2018

The government should shed its Brexit paralysis and stem the escalating crisis. Reform of council funding must come quickly

Homeless illegally turned away by councils

09 February, 2018

People who have nowhere to sleep or are about to lose their homes are being turned away illegally by councils

We want to build a culture of assurance among Scottish social landlords

08 February, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator is considering how best to set the direction of regulation for the next five years

Social housing is being driven by profit. Tenants must fight back

08 February, 2018

As residents of Peabody and Family Mosaic, we fear losing our rights if the two housing associations become one

Housing associations need 'better engagement' over future for Universal Credit

08 February, 2018

Latest Work and Pensions Committee assessment stresses the case for landlord councils and housing associations as key delivery partners for UC

Calls for changes to funding plans for supported housing

08 February, 2018

The CLG and Work and Pensions Committee have written to the Ministry of Housing over concerns about government's funding plans

Associations must show they 'deserve' government funding

07 February, 2018

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have been told they must build the homes to match funding

Residents in surrounding estate told to pay rent despite one-fifth living in hotels due to no gas or hot water

07 February, 2018

'RBKC are yet again demonstrating how out of touch they are' says one tenant who says he has been unable to move back home since the tragedy

Cross-party groups of MPs call for change to supported housing plans

07 February, 2018

Two cross-party select committees have "strongly recommended" the government rethinks its plans to introduce a top-up fund for short-term supported housing controlled by councils

Elephant and Castle developers concede to campaigners' demands for more social housing

06 February, 2018

Developer Delancey submitted a revised offer to Southwark Council today including 116 homes at social rent

The 'devastated' social housing tenants who could be kicked out of their homes due to revamp plans

06 February, 2018

Housing association bosses want to almost double the number of houses in the Cambridge cul-de-sac

Londoners weigh in over improving 'broken' rental market

05 February, 2018

Survey shows what the capital's renters think of the market they're in

Alison Inman on social housing and domestic abuse

05 February, 2018

Alison Inman joined the team to chat about social housing, how the lack of it affects women (particularly those in abusive relationships), and what can be done to help

Stoke-on-Trent has the highest number of council homes with 'serious hazards' in the whole country

05 February, 2018

Nine per cent of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's properties were classed as 'non-decent' last year

Scrap right to buy housing scheme

05 February, 2018

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has called for a halt to the government's right-to-buy policy, describing it as the key reason for the "catastrophic shortage of homes" in England

S&P: rent settlement won't change credit ratings

05 February, 2018

The new rent settlement will not boost the credit standings of UK housing associations

Conservative council seeks to replace Right to Buy with home deposit scheme

02 February, 2018

A Conservative council hopes to scrap the Right to Buy policy and replace it with a scheme to allow tenants to "earn" a deposit to buy a house

£3.5 billion Right-to-Buy discounts threatens scheme

02 February, 2018

New analysis by the LGA reveals almost £3.5 billion in RTB discounts have been handed out to council tenants over the past six years

East Anglian association downgraded to G3

01 February, 2018

A 2,900-home East Anglian housing association has been downgraded to non-compliant by the regulator because of "significant weaknesses" in its governance

Thousands of people could receive millions in payouts after being ripped off by local councils

01 February, 2018

A landmark legal ruling could open the floodgates and force local councils to compensate thousands of people

Performance Matters

01 February, 2018

Data Accuracy Report 2016/17

Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

01 February, 2018

Stage 1 Committee Report

150,000 Social Rent Homes Gone Since Tories Came To Power

31 January, 2018

"It is simply unacceptable that we are losing so many of our most affordable homes"

London council tenants in line for water payouts

31 January, 2018

Councils in London have set aside millions of pounds and thousands of tenants may be in line for payouts after a landmark legal ruling over water charges

One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property

31 January, 2018

Share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since mid-2000

Tower Hamlets has reduced child poverty - by shipping it elsewhere

31 January, 2018

Statistics show a drop of 6% since 2010. But that's thanks to rising rents and benefit caps forcing families out of the borough

Powys council house rents to rise by at least 4.5%

31 January, 2018

Council house rents will rise by at least 4.5% in Powys from April

How listing of social housing costs landlords

31 January, 2018

Listing social housing preserves the architectural and historical significance of buildings - but can have costly implications for landlords

Social Housing Lettings: April 2016 to March 2017, England

31 January, 2018

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 11% to 231,000 in 2016/17, continuing the fall from the previous year

What does the new European Energy Poverty Observatory mean for social housing?

30 January, 2018

A combination of rising energy costs, poor-quality housing or low incomes means that many households across Europe are struggling with the cost associated with heating (or cooling) their homes

Report recommends 'long-term, slow, patient investments'in PRS

30 January, 2018

Researchers say social landlords can do much more to house lower income households in receipt of Housing Benefit but able to pay rent reliably

Fire Safety in Housing Executive Tower Blocks

30 January, 2018

The Rationale for the establishment of the Independent Reference Group on Fire Safety in Housing Executive tower blocks was in response to the tragedy of the horrific Grenfell fire on 14 June 2017

Private Renting: Can social landlords help?

30 January, 2018

Report by LSE Housing and Communities

Wales is leading the way on improving tenant rights

29 January, 2018

Westminster's drive to improve standards for tenants is following the Welsh Government's lead

Our proposals to the supported housing consultation

29 January, 2018

PlaceShapers members have been campaigning hard for the past two years to secure the future of supported and sheltered housing

Council to expand repairs company into overall housing management

26 January, 2018

'Urgent' post-Carillion decision clears the way for a full takeover of housing services by a company originally set up to cover repairs

Wales' Right to Buy formally abolished

25 January, 2018

The abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill became an Act of the Assembly in Cardiff

'Hundreds' of social homes don't have proper fire risk assessments

25 January, 2018

NHMF Conference hears how Grenfell has forced the sector "back to basics" over stock management and safety

James Johnsen: Should you invest in social housing?

25 January, 2018

Investing with a conscience can helping alleviate the housing crisis

London councils skirt six-week rule for homeless families

25 January, 2018

London families are being forced to share bathrooms and kitchens with strangers for long periods, as councils make use of an exemption in the law on temporary accommodation

Ed Miliband Part Of Team To Investigate Social Housing In The Wake Of Grenfell Tragedy

24 January, 2018

A survivor of the tragedy is also joining the investigation

Government 'should pay to replace Grenfell-type cladding'

24 January, 2018

The government should pay to replace Grenfell Tower-type cladding so lives are not put at risk, the head of a group representing property managers said

Hackney Council sets up lettings company

24 January, 2018

Hackney Council has set up a wholly owned lettings company to get around rules that say it can't directly manage homes for London Living Rent

How social landlords can help people leave gangs

24 January, 2018

Former gang member Sephton Henry tells Danielle Aumord how social landlords can be a crucial help

Our regulation of social housing

24 January, 2018

Our role is to monitor, assess and report on social landlords' performance of housing activities and RSLs' financial well-being and standards of governance

Shelter launches new social housing commission

24 January, 2018

It will draft in a panel of high-profile figures to examine "the state of social housing in modern Britain and its future role in ending the housing crisis"

New guidelines for Scottish landlords

23 January, 2018

New guidance is under development to help Scotland's social landlords meet their obligations on allocations and suspensions

Neglect and abuse claims on rise in sheltered housing

23 January, 2018

"I've been left with a feeling that my mum's last months were in a place that nobody really cared about her"

London council to change housing company to management company

23 January, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council is set to transform its wholly owned housing company into an arms-length management company

Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire

23 January, 2018

Pace of response condemned as dispute escalates over who pays for cost of making blocks safe

Milton Keynes: UK capital of 'right-to-buy-to-let'

22 January, 2018

More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else - then rented at up to triple the price

Sharma letter reveals he was told affordable rents 'unaffordable' at tenant roadshows

22 January, 2018

At his tenant roadshows, Alok Sharma was told affordable rents are "not really affordable" and a lack of government investment has seen safety standards fall

Lift councils' housebuilding cap

22 January, 2018

Government urged to allow more borrowing to help hit target of 300,000 new homes a year

Residents living in shadow of Grenfell Tower hit back at council over plans to resume rent

19 January, 2018

Residents in blocks surrounding the Grenfell Tower have hit out at plans for them to resume paying rent and service charges from the end of January

Taxpayers face £4m bill as landlord refuses to make tower block safe

19 January, 2018

Slough council poised to take over freehold of property and pay for safety work as current owner refuses to foot bill

Council worries over future for homelessness funding

18 January, 2018

Southwark Council tells 24housing that despite positive signs over homeless prevention, the future is unclear

Government commits to publish Social Housing Green Paper by spring

18 January, 2018

The government remains committed to its promise to tenants to publish its Social Housing Green Paper by the spring, despite the minister overseeing it leaving his role

Progress on council housing but 'more to be done'

18 January, 2018

Local Authority Housing Statistics for England 2016/17 are out and open to interpretation

Councillor renting out 10 ex-authority homes in 'Right to Buy to let' capital

17 January, 2018

A Conservative councillor in England's 'Right to Buy to let' capital has a private rented portfolio of 10 ex-local authority homes

Council to set up two housing companies to 'offset drastic cuts' and deliver 500 homes

17 January, 2018

Council chiefs have taken a 'major step' by agreeing to set up two housing companies to 'offset the austerity measures inflicted' on the authority

'Unacceptably' slow pace of Grenfell rehousing continues

17 January, 2018

The slow progress of rehousing families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster has continued, with only six more having moved into permanent or interim homes in the past month

DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies

17 January, 2018

NIFHA will host an important Member Briefing on the reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies on Friday, 26th January

West of Scotland Housing Association moves to assure tenants amid Carillion collapse

17 January, 2018

Tenants of WSHA will not be adversely affected by the demise of the contractor which was responsible for carrying out its day-to-day repairs

MSP pushes for sprinklers in new-build housing blocks

16 January, 2018

An MSP is to bring forward legislation to have sprinklers installed in all new-build social housing in Scotland

Council hits back at 'unacceptable' housing target

16 January, 2018

A London Council has tabled a motion against Sadiq Khan's housing target for the borough

'We're so grateful for it, but it's only temporary'

16 January, 2018

According to the government's English Housing Survey, one in six private renters say that they have had a pest or vermin infestation in the last year

Council may move homeless families out of borough following report

15 January, 2018

Moving homeless people to cheaper parts of the country is being considered SBC, in the face of soaring rental costs and tight purse strings

Savings from housing budget could lead to 500 extra council houses in Sheffield

15 January, 2018

Around 500 council properties could be built and acquired in Sheffield if savings are found in housing budgets

Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

15 January, 2018

The Housing Secretary confirms government support for new legislation to help ensure rented homes are safe

More legislation on the way: Tenants to be allowed to take landlords to court over poor housing

15 January, 2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a Labour MP's proposals to allow tenants to take landlords to court if they don't ensure their property is fit for human habitation throughout their tenancy

Triple Point Social Housing REIT Buys 10 Properties For GBP11 Million

15 January, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Monday that it has acquired 10 supported housing properties located in the UK for GBP10.7 million in total

Rent to go up by three per cent in Flintshire council properties

12 January, 2018

Council property rents are to increase by three per cent in the new financial year

Sector watchdog changes name to 'Regulator of Social Housing'

12 January, 2018

The regulation arm of the Homes and Communities Agency has today relaunched as the Regulator of Social Housing

Housing association merger will lead to social cleansing

12 January, 2018

Plan by London's Notting Hill Housing and Genesis to create mega landlord fuels fears that more social housing will be sold off

MPs tell tenants to ignore eviction notices

12 January, 2018

Could what's happening in Ireland happen here if tenants have nowhere else to go?

Council houses are to be built in Salford for the first time in three decades

10 January, 2018

In a thrown back to old Labour policy, the council is now set to build a small estate - and manage the properties itself

Social housing tenants talk about negative media stereotyping

10 January, 2018

Three social tenants share their stories of how negative media portrayals are affecting them, as the Benefit to Society campaign to set the record straight gathers pace

Manchester council to buy new Taylor Wimpey houses to sell on to social tenants as part of plans to provide affordable housing

09 January, 2018

Manchester town hall is to borrow £10m in total, boosted by £5m in funds from the government's Homes and Communities Agency - in a programme that will mainly provide new social housing to replace homes sold under Right to Buy

Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants

09 January, 2018

Ministers are being urged to give councils and housing associations back the right to offer lifetime tenancies to those they consider vulnerable

How eviction leads to homelessness: 'My youngest child doesn't know what a home is'

09 January, 2018

Loss of tenancy - sometimes with just two months' notice - is a major cause of homelessness, forcing families into temporary accommodation

'All housing associations should get Living Wage accreditation'

09 January, 2018

All housing associations and their subsidiary companies should commit to achieving living wage accreditation or risk losing public subsidy

Millions owed by Dundee council tenants in rent arrears

08 January, 2018

Millions of pounds is owed to Dundee City Council in rent arrears

More than 3,000 families on East Devon council housing list

08 January, 2018

More than 3,000 families are on the waiting list for a council house in East Devon

British Government funds development of an app to help 11 million tenants

08 January, 2018

The British Government is to launch a £2 million competition in the coming weeks for an app to help the 11 million people who rent a home to improve credit scores and mortgage applications

The government has launched a national survey to gain tenants views on social housing

05 January, 2018

The Social Tenant Engagement Questionnaire aims to highlight any issues or concerns following the Grenfell tragedy, and the results used to share good practice and inform the government's future nation

Ambitious North Devon Council plan to buy housing for homeless families

05 January, 2018

An ever-increasing demand for temporary accommodation has prompted North Devon Council to consider spending half a million on its own housing stock

Merger to bring a bright future to rural areas

05 January, 2018

2017 saw Herefordshire Housing and Shropshire Housing Group connect, as equal partners, to form Connexus, a new social housing umbrella group

Pooling set to unlock more PRS investment

05 January, 2018

Five local authority pension funds in the Midlands clubbed together at the end of last year to invest £100m in Hearthstone's new private rented sector fund

UK social housing deal with private equity giant sparks fears for tenants

05 January, 2018

Private equity giant Blackstone has struck a deal with UK social housing association Sage, sparking fears from campaigners that it will price out low-earning, elderly and sick tenants

Row over council's plan to build homes as SNP are branded 'unprofessional'

04 January, 2018

Council chiefs are to explore the possibility of building houses on authority-owned sites rather than selling to private developers

Letting agent furious after social landlord escapes prosecution despite gas safety breaches in 1,000 homes

04 January, 2018

A decision not to prosecute a social landlord over breaches of gas safety in over 1,000 properties has infuriated a letting agent

Associations lobby over exclusion of shared ownership buyers from stamp duty cut

04 January, 2018

Housing associations have approached government to seek changes to the stamp duty cut after warnings that it currently excludes many shared ownership buyers

Let's give up the home-owning dream. Social renters are just as happy

03 January, 2018

Social housing provides many emotional and social benefits, our research has shown, but we still need to eliminate the stigma

KCTMO to hand over control of housing to council

03 January, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation will temporarily hand over control of the housing stock it manages to the local council following the Grenfell Tower fire

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson on social housing post-Grenfell

03 January, 2018

Beyond of course, the enormous personal tragedies of the Grenfell fire, one of its wider legacies has been to shine an unforgiving light on Britain's social housing

The reasons why Dundee council evicted folk from homes in 2017

02 January, 2018

Dozens of people have been evicted from their council houses in 2017

Council apologises as Grenfell Tower households miss out on extra cash

02 January, 2018

As 100 Grenfell households spend Christmas in hotels, payout to help with festive costs fails to arrive for 18 families

Council plans to become landlords and invest £10m in buying up homes across the New Forest

02 January, 2018

Plans have been revealed for major investment in residential property to protect key services across the New Forest

Housing association launches unique estate agency franchise

02 January, 2018

TwoCan estate agency franchise will save housing associations money and generate new income

A fitting memorial for the Grenfell Tower fire

01 January, 2018

There's been much discussion of a memorial for the dead, the survivors and the collaterally damaged of Grenfell

Top Tories 'saw social housing as toxic'

01 January, 2018

Former civil service head Bob Kerslake says Theresa May has "not grasped" the scale of what is required to tackle the housing crisis

Council rents set to hike for next three years to help upgrade homes

29 December, 2017

The move, rubber-stamped by officials, will see £2.3 million spent on upgrades to 500 homes

Councils shifting more than 2,000 families a year out of London

29 December, 2017

Three months alone accounted for 524 placements - set against an overall trend towards leaving London by choice

Poole's social housing tenants urged to share their housing concerns after Grenfell tragedy

28 December, 2017

Social housing tenants in Poole are being urged to voice any safety concerns they have about their accommodation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to scrap 'no fault' evictions to tip housing rules back in favour of renters

28 December, 2017

The Labour leader told The Independent rising homelessness is a 'moral litmus test' for the country

Partick Housing Association refutes tenants' union's rent reduction claims

27 December, 2017

Partick Housing Association has denied claims by Living Rent that the tenants' union won a promise of "massive rent reductions" in one of the Association's block of flats

Those responsible for the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire must face trial

27 December, 2017

If the people who let this fire happen are not brought before a court, there will be no justice for victims and families

Tories drop two flagship housing policies from key strategy document

27 December, 2017

Plans to build 200,000 homes for first-time buyers and help more people access Right to Buy are excluded from latest plan amid 'complete rethink'

Grenfell firm to pass responsibility for homes to council

27 December, 2017

The firm that managed Grenfell Tower says it will hand over responsibility for thousands of properties to the local council by the end of January

Investment for South Ayrshire Council houses outlined with rent rise capped at 2%

22 December, 2017

South Ayrshire Council has unveiled a three year plan to improve existing housing properties and land, with a below inflation annual rent increase continued to help manage costs

For The 128,000 Children In Temporary Accommodation, Christmas Will Be Far From Magical

22 December, 2017

Children's health suffers, behaviour problems emerge almost immediately, and untold stress and anxiety is inevitable

Lords get 'read between the lines' answer on future for social housing

22 December, 2017

Peers hear of a need to balance additional Autumn budget funding between affordable homes and social housing

Government attempts to reassure short-term supported housing providers over funding plans

22 December, 2017

The government has attempted to reassure short-term supported housing providers over future funding, in a House of Commons statement this afternoon

Housing association binned my dead uncle's belongings after refusing to let us collect them

21 December, 2017

"My nan, my mum, my uncle have no keepsakes, no photos, nothing to remember him by"

May accused of 'callousness' over plight of homeless families

21 December, 2017

Labour MP says prime minister's defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling

A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations

20 December, 2017

Response to Consultation on Proposals

Labour launches social housing review call for evidence

20 December, 2017

Labour is seeking submissions from social housing professionals, as it launches a call for evidence as part of its social housing review

Grenfell Inquiry to appoint social housing complaints expert

20 December, 2017

The Grenfell Inquiry chair has announced he will appoint an expert in dealing with social housing resident complaints

Sadiq Khan refuses regeneration plans due to social housing loss

19 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan has refused planning permission for estate regeneration plans in Barnet due to a "completely unacceptable" net loss of 257 social homes

Council prioritises building more homes to provide people with a secure place to call home

19 December, 2017

Providing more homes for people in desperate need remains a top priority for Cambridge City Council

England's councils may be doing well, or terribly. We have no way of knowing

19 December, 2017

How did a government committed to massive cuts in public spending casually get rid of the one body that could have appraised their impact?

Grenfell Tower Fire: 'Unfit' Laws Leading To Safety 'Shortcuts'

19 December, 2017

'The mindset of doing things as cheaply as possible must stop'

Why social housing in-house repairs teams now have to procure in line with EU regulations

18 December, 2017

A court ruling in October will prevent direct labour organisations from directly buying goods from suppliers without complying with EU rules

Mayor steps in against loss of social homes

18 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today refused permission for an estate regeneration project in Barnet which would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes

Grenfell fire: Worrying number of PTSD cases among survivors and locals

15 December, 2017

A large proportion of the people living in buildings close to Grenfell Tower show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Charities urge ministers to let councils oversee asylum seeker housing

15 December, 2017

Thirty-three groups ask government to let councils provide 'independent oversight' of housing for those seeking sanctuary

Creative loan offer redefines what 'council housing' can be

15 December, 2017

A low rate finance facility backed by a district council bids to get affordable homes built

LIN member report December 2017 - General Data Protection Regulation An Overview

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2017-18

14 December, 2017

In July to September 2017-18 (Q2), local authorities sold an estimated 2,558 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Government's own figures add up to councils keeping RTB receipts

14 December, 2017

CIH says stats show mounting evidence that RTB replacements are simply not keeping pace with the level of sales

Social housing sector delivers 'another strong year of investment'

14 December, 2017

2017 global accounts show the sector, as a whole, is well-placed to respond to its changing operating environment

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Impact of Universal Credit - The Frontline Perspective

13 December, 2017

This report is the culmination of a year-long study and draws on the results of four surveys into the impacts of Universal Credit on housing organisations and their tenants

Working together for more homes

13 December, 2017

This report looks at how housing associations and local authorities can work together to tackle the housing crisis

Grenfell Tower fire: Soaring cost of high-rise fire safety

13 December, 2017

The cost of fire safety measures which councils and housing associations plan to introduce to high-rise buildings after the Grenfell tragedy has now reached at least £600m

Strong year of investment by social housing sector - HCA publishes Global accounts

13 December, 2017

The 2017 Global accounts of private registered providers has been published alongside unit cost data

Global accounts of private registered providers of social housing

13 December, 2017

An annual summary of the financial status of housing providers who own or manage at least 1,000 homes

Two new social rent houses in a year - Christchurch Council blames lack of big developments

12 December, 2017

Christchurch council says a lack of larger developments in the area in recent years is the main reason for a lack of affordable rented housing in the town

Budget failed to take the brakes off councils building homes

12 December, 2017

Government needs to invest significantly more in genuinely affordable homes and be far bolder in its support for councils if it is to meet the ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year

Lewisham residents fighting to save homes from demolition accuse council of 'social cleansing'

11 December, 2017

Residents and campaigners from two sites in Lewisham have accused the council of "social cleansing" over development plans which they say are threatening their homes, a public garden and their sense of community

Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry 'could bring measure of closure'

11 December, 2017

It is hoped the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will give "some measure of closure" to survivors and the bereaved

97% call for an update to Housing Health and Safety Rating System

11 December, 2017

The CIEH are calling for an update to the system which is used to take action on poor housing

Council to 'buy back' Dundee homes in bid to meet social housing demands

08 December, 2017

Dundee City Council is set to buy back some of its old properties to try and meet social housing needs

10,000 new homes as council launches major new house building company

08 December, 2017

The company will build homes for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability across Liverpool

Associations confirm £1.5bn partnership talks

08 December, 2017

Bromford and Merlin Housing are looking to build 14,000 new homes over the next 10 years

Exclusive: 7% rise in former Right to Buy homes now rented privately

08 December, 2017

The number of former council homes being let privately has soared to more than 40%

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

08 December, 2017

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher's scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities

More than £11m being invested in new social housing

07 December, 2017

More than £11 million will be spent developing new social housing schemes in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area during 2017/18

44% of councils have housing company

07 December, 2017

Nearly half of councils have set up a housing company in a bid to help deliver new homes

Bill ending Right to Buy in Wales is passed by AMs

06 December, 2017

Legislation to end tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales has been approved by the assembly

Council ordered to pay £300 to homeless mother who complained of 'revenge eviction'

06 December, 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council has been ordered to pay £300 to a mother who claimed she was evicted from notorious temporary accommodation in revenge

ALMO under threat as South West council reviews housing options

06 December, 2017

A council is considering bringing its ALMO back in-house ahead of merging with two other authorities

Social housing demand at record high in Northern Ireland

06 December, 2017

Statistics show a rise of 20% in ten years and 82% since 2002-03

Supported housing is vital. We can't make its funding discretionary

05 December, 2017

If funding decisions over supported housing are left to hard-pressed local authorities, vulnerable people will lose out

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

05 December, 2017

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe for tenants

GB Social Housing hits £250m borrowing benchmark

05 December, 2017

Bond aggregator GB Social Housing has cleared £250m worth of borrowing with a £34.5m bond tap, hitting its benchmark

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage

York Housing Association joins Karbon Homes

04 December, 2017

New partnership backed by residents and stakeholders

Social Housing Financial State of the Sector

04 December, 2017

Presenting the definitive headline financial results from the Vantage Global Accounts Plus analysis

Government unlocks £25m to deliver more homes

04 December, 2017

A new £25m fund has been launched to help local authorities to deliver much-needed homes

Welsh Assembly rejects amendment to delay Right to Buy ban

01 December, 2017

Welsh Assembly members have voted down Conservative attempts to delay banning the Right to Buy in Wales

Genesis granted planning permission for major north London estate regeneration

01 December, 2017

A housing association has been granted planning permission for a major regeneration of an estate in north London, two months after London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the loss of social housing in the plans

Housing tenure and wellbeing

01 December, 2017

Evidence shows social housing can provide the same practical and emotional benefits as other forms of housing

Review of factoring services in Scotland

30 November, 2017

Our summary findings

Further three landlords downgraded over viability concerns

30 November, 2017

Three landlords have had their viability assessments downgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency after concerns about their development plans

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter two 2017/18?

30 November, 2017

Housing associations started 46,183 homes in the 12 months up to and including September 2017

Lowest number of grant-funded social rented homes built on record

29 November, 2017

Fewer homes for social rent were completed between April and September this year with grant funding than in any comparable period on record

First big association does REIT deal

29 November, 2017

Places for People has become the first named large housing association to do a deal with one of the recently formed social housing real estate investment trusts

LGA: Let all councils borrow to build

29 November, 2017

The Local Government Association has urged government to allow all councils to borrow to build

Housing associations must build cross-tenure

29 November, 2017

New homes built by housing associations "have to be cross-tenure"

Conservative attempt to delay Right to Buy ban rejected

29 November, 2017

Conservative attempts to delay the scrapping of tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales have failed

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

Satisfaction with private property management services provided by Scotland's housing associations runs far behind their tenant satisfaction levels

Grenfell leaseholders concerned council valuations for their flats are not enough

28 November, 2017

Leaseholders who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster have warned they will be unable to afford to buy a new home in Kensington and Chelsea after the council started valuations of their homes at just £350,000

£7bn in grant funding needed to meet social rented demand

28 November, 2017

Grant funding of £7bn a year is needed to house all those in need of "sub-market" housing in social rented homes

Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset

28 November, 2017

This case study focuses on a toolkit developed by Bournemouth University working in partnership with Dorset County Council and a number of housing associations

Councils are sitting on a wealth of assets. Why not use them for public housing?

27 November, 2017

Local authorities need radical policies to resolve the acute shortage of affordable rental housing. One answer could be right up their own street

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

Whitehall list has yet to be set up, two years after its announcement

More detail on £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit

24 November, 2017

More details of the £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit were set out today by David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued 51 enforcement notices against high-rise buildings in the capital in the five months since the Grenfell tragedy.

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

Home Office invites companies to bid for £3bn to £4bn worth of contracts, after Serco and G4s made losses on 2012 deal

HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk

24 November, 2017

The English social housing regulator has begun to increasingly issue second-grade ratings for viability as the sector steps up its development plans

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.

The Budget gives the housing sector a window of opportunity: take it

24 November, 2017

For the first time in decades, housing received top billing in the Autumn Budget, it is too good an opportunity to miss, argues Benjamin Clayton

New careers being cooked up by Shiregreen jobseekers

24 November, 2017

A group of aspiring chefs from in and around Shiregreen are stirring up success for future careers after establishing a new catering service

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

£8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing

23 November, 2017

The government's £8bn loan guarantees scheme could be used by housing associations to deliver affordable housing.

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 - 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

We've looked at the figures to see how Philip Hammond's autumn budget will affect your finances - whether you're single, married, with or without children or retired.

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

More than £100,000 has been spent by local authorities in Gloucestershire since January 2016 putting up homeless people in hotels.

Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places

23 November, 2017

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

The government has announced a 'short-term measure' to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

Resolution Foundation warns average earnings will not return to 2007 levels until 2025.

Fact checker: what does the reclassification of housing association debt actually mean?

22 November, 2017

Confusion has reigned in the national media over the government's reclassification of housing association debt

Reducing UC wait to 31 days 'would not be enough'

22 November, 2017

Social landlords have warned that a cut in the UC waiting time from six weeks to 31 days would not go far enough to help tenants reduce their arrears

Just 2.5% of homes in 2016/17 for social rent

22 November, 2017

The last financial year saw the lowest percentage of social housing delivered since "net additions" records began in 2001

Associations pitch £100bn borrowing scheme to PM

21 November, 2017

Housing associations have pitched a new borrowing scheme for sub-market housing to Number 10

Budget 2017: Housing plans 'fail' without council homes

21 November, 2017

Campaigners want new homes to meet appropriate definitions of affordable - with a significant proportion for rent

Tenants leaving it until 'last moment' to find next rental

21 November, 2017

Data shows almost one in three tenants aim to move into their new home less than two weeks after they first make an enquiry to the landlord or letting agent online

What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

20 November, 2017

Rents are rising, and in most cases, faster than incomes

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapse

20 November, 2017

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapsed by more than half in the first quarter of this year, despite overall starts on new homes hitting their highest level in seven years

Want to fix the housing crisis? Give councils more borrowing powers to build

20 November, 2017

Don't blame the 92% of English councils that haven't built enough homes. Their hands have been tied by central government

Council makes 'urgent' call for extra government cash as UC arrears rise

20 November, 2017

A south London borough is has called on the government to provide "urgent" extra funding, to prevent families on Universal Credit being made homeless

Lifting borrowing caps would build 15,000 new council homes

20 November, 2017

Raising councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps would allow them to deliver at least 15,000 new homes

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

NFA and ARCH call for the chancellor to free up local authority borrowing limits in the Autumn Budget

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

Smart meters in the sector have had a slower than anticipated take-up

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

Theresa May cited four Labour councils which have so far decided not to fit sprinklers in high rises

Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing

16 November, 2017

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

Nine housing associations, including two G15 landlords, have been downgraded by the social housing regulator over financial viability concerns

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

Tenants face "numerous and often insurmountable barriers to justice" when trying to sort out defects in their homes

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

Report shows majority of tenants cannot afford and do not trust the insurance sector

Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housing

14 November, 2017

More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers' money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years

Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze

14 November, 2017

The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

Councils forced to sell off 'enough homes to house Oxford'

13 November, 2017

The Local Government Association is warning councils need more financial powers in the Budget to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

New research by Network Homes published today identifies particular risks for housing associations from the onerous ground rents seen in the leasehold market in the last ten years

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

An additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016- 17

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Sprinklers save lives. So why, after Grenfell, isn't the government doing more?

10 November, 2017

Only 2% of tower blocks have sprinkler systems yet councils which have asked for funding to make homes safe have been turned down or ignored

Councils can help tackle the housing crisis - but government has to step up

09 November, 2017

The housing crisis is one of the most serious issues this country faces - and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is right on the front line of that crisis

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission - set up by three of the country's largest housing associations - has held its first meeting

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

The government is considering separate rates for sheltered housing and extra care, sector sources have been told, as the new funding model for supported housing begins to take shape.

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

Having to feed your family while trapped in just one room, with nothing other than a kettle, isn't something you'd expect to hear about in Britain in 2017

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington leader says council not responsible for residents' safety

08 November, 2017

Elizabeth Campbell says safety is 'under legal remit' of Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation

Council chiefs pledge to rehouse 'every Grenfell survivor who wants a new home by Christmas'

08 November, 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were today offered a package of support to help them move into permanent accommodation and rebuild their lives

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

The sector must respond carefully to the supported housing funding consultation, or vulnerable tenants could still lose out

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

A housing association's retail charity bond has raised £10m and closed early due to high demand

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

Government urged to lift housing benefits cap as 1 million families face homelessness

06 November, 2017

More than 30 homeless charities, faith leaders and MPs warn Chancellor that abandoning freeze on LHA for private is 'essential' for low-income families to avoid homelessness

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

Guinness is to refund rent and service charges to Loughborough Park residents for the 18 days the estate spent without water

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

The sector has welcomed a change in direction from the government over the funding of supported housing but pointed out that there are still crucial details to be ironed out

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

The government has announced its plans for the future funding of supported housing

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

Supporting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for the Government, and we value the important role that supported housing plays

Former No.10 housing adviser: 'Social housing should be a reward'

01 November, 2017

Alex Morton has said government should not allow Labour councils that are failing to build other tenures a single penny of "social housing grant"

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

Three years on from extending Right to Buy, Sky News has seen figures which show the scheme has barely got off the ground

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

But new report stresses it is still too early to assess the ongoing impact of the strengthening

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

Responses to the November 2016 'Funding for supported housing' consultation

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

A policy statement and two consultation documents setting out the government's proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector

Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

31 October, 2017

A tailored approach to protect and encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing has been set out by government

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

A housing association has been so concerned about some of its tenants on Universal Credit that it has raised suicide alerts with local GPs

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

The zombie housing policies: what has happened to the Right to Buy extension and high-value asset levy?

27 October, 2017

What has become of the Right to Buy extension and the high-value asset levy?

Taking action now - first retrofitted sprinkler system in Manchester after Grenfell

27 October, 2017

One week after the Grenfell tragedy, the Board of Arcon HA decided to install a sprinkler system to its one and only tower block at Arundel Court in Blackley

A two-year U-turn: the rise and fall of the LHA cap

26 October, 2017

A timeline of the Local Housing Allowance cap's journey from George Osborne's brainchild to the policy's abandonment by Theresa May

LHA Cap: How it impacts one of north Wales' largest housing associations

26 October, 2017

The proposals to cap the Local Housing Allowance rates by the UK Government presents significant obstacles to helping the Welsh Government meet its target for new affordable homes

A London borough is transferring most of its social housing to a private developer. What is it thinking?

25 October, 2017

The Haringey Development Vehicle is thought to be one of the largest transfers of public land into a public/private partnership ever

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

Labour will urge the government to drop its plans to introduce a Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing in a parliamentary debate today

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

Housing association rents in England have dropped by 1.3% on average in the first year of rent cutting

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

Welsh housing associations have called on the UK government to reverse the Local Housing Allowance cap

Tenants affected by regeneration in Haringey guaranteed 'right of return'

24 October, 2017

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return

Budget must let councils 'take back control' of housing assets and revenue

24 October, 2017

ARCH and NFA set out key asks on allowing councils to lift the HRA debt caps for new build purposes

Dundee City Council to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2020

24 October, 2017

Dundee City Council has increased its new build social housing target to 1,000 properties by 2020/21 and has pledged to review the use of section 75 agreements to help deliver the new homes

Postcode lottery: The impact of applying the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants in Wales

24 October, 2017

The proposed application of the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants from April 2019 has the potential to cause deep and long lasting hardship for tenants right across Wales

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

A rise in opportunistic 'claim-farming' has led to a rise in successful disrepair claims against social landlords, but there are ways to reduce your vulnerability

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

There is more landlords can learn about the needs of LGBT residents

23 October, 2017

HouseProud, the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing is spearheading the first sector-wide study to explore resident interactions with housing providers

Learning the lessons from Grenfell

20 October, 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower four months ago shocked the country and threw the country's relationship with social housing into sharp relief

Connecting People, Improving Lives: A Digital Future for TEC?

20 October, 2017

There is an urgent need for government, regulators, telecoms and the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital connectivity

Associations having to give food parcels to tenants on Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

Housing associations are having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit as well as helping with utility bills

Chesterfield council tenants may have to change their own lightbulbs

20 October, 2017

Chesterfield Borough Council tenants could soon be expected to carry out minor repairs themselves to help save the authority money

Housing summit: LGA 'hopeful' of action on borrowing caps

20 October, 2017

The LGA is "hopeful" that the Autumn Budget will see a relaxation of council borrowing restrictions

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Gauke: 'unacceptable' for social landlords to evict Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

It is "simply unacceptable" for social landlords to evict tenants due to arrears built up when switching to Universal Credit

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

19 October, 2017

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users?

Associations could be forced to pay backdated VAT

18 October, 2017

More than 500 housing associations could be forced to pay four years' worth of backdated VAT, depending on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings

Written Statement - Introduction of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

17 October, 2017

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill and Explanatory memorandum have today been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Major housing associations launch commission into future of sector

17 October, 2017

Three of the largest housing associations in the UK have launched a commission to look at how the sector should change over the next 10-15 years

ForViva to fit sprinklers in tower blocks

16 October, 2017

ForViva has announced plans to fit sprinkler systems at all of its 17 high-rise blocks across the North West

The future social housing provider

16 October, 2017

Social housing in England is at a critical juncture

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

Government resists calls to lift council borrowing cap

13 October, 2017

The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their HRA

Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos

13 October, 2017

People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels

The cost of housing for low-income renters

13 October, 2017

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason

The CPI+1% rent settlement: sector reactions

13 October, 2017

The government last week announced a post-2020 inflation-linked rent settlement

The housing crisis will only get worse until England scraps right to buy

12 October, 2017

Selling off council homes is economically and morally reprehensible. The government needs to halt its kneejerk support for home ownership

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for Human Habitation

12 October, 2017

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling's fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance

Minister promises new LHA cap proposals this autumn

12 October, 2017

The government will have new proposals for supported housing "this autumn"

HRA borrowing cap can be lifted for fire safety

12 October, 2017

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that local authorities will be able to have "flexibility" to improve fire safety

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2017

11 October, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £927 a month

Why UK housing associations are failing to use data as an asset

11 October, 2017

As demand surges and issues within the system persist, it's become clear that the current methods for managing data are no longer fit for purpose

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

11 October, 2017

This research was commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and was conducted by the Indigo House Group

Disrepair claims: a losing battle for landlords?

10 October, 2017

I recently attended a seminar aimed at RPs defending disrepair claims

Major cities falling short on Right to Buy replacements

10 October, 2017

Major city councils are failing to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy since the government introduced a larger discount for tenants

Death of social rent properties in Salford?

10 October, 2017

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released

09 October, 2017

The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire

The UK housing market's perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it

09 October, 2017

With ownership plummeting, rents unaffordable and homelessness on the rise, action is needed to stave off a crash

Government confirms 25,000 homes figure is 'an estimate'

09 October, 2017

The government has confirmed that the 25,000 homes it expects to be built with £2bn of new funding is an "estimate"

£30million of council houses sold off in Leicester in two years

09 October, 2017

815 homes have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Grenfell neighbours hit out over rehousing proposals

07 October, 2017

Evacuated neighbours of Grenfell Tower have hit out at council proposals to treat them differently to those on the general waiting list as they await rehousing

Welsh landlords make advances on housing quality standard compliance

06 October, 2017

Numbers of social homes meeting the Welsh Government's housing quality standard have reached record levels

Right to Buy sales drop off

06 October, 2017

Right to Buy sales of council homes have dropped in recent months

Grenfell: Confusion as experts contradict Hackney Council on Fire Risk Assessment gaps

06 October, 2017

Surveyors and Town Hall at odds over documents which appear to counter Mayor's claim that FRAs 'up to date'

Rent settlement will get associations building

06 October, 2017

The new settlement on social rent will "enable social landlords to build many more houses"

Tenants pile on pressure over lack of RTB announcements

05 October, 2017

A group of housing association tenants are growing increasingly frustrated by a lack of information on the scheme

Government announces five-year rent settlement

05 October, 2017

The government has announced a return to Consumer Price Index plus 1% rent rises for five years after 2020

Theresa May's £2bn for social housing unlikely to solve problem

05 October, 2017

As No 10 aides admit cash helps create just 5,000 extra homes a year, it is no surprise the funds are being tagged 'chicken feed'

Theresa May Set To Unveil Council House Building Boom

04 October, 2017

Local authorities to be given new freedoms and new demands

The supported housing flats that weren't built

04 October, 2017

Most new supported housing projects have been put on ice

Grenfell Tower: Are North East tower blocks any closer to getting sprinklers fitted?

04 October, 2017

North East councils are open to the idea of retro-fitting the life-saving systems but are yet to make concrete commitments

The Landlord: Inside the Housing Executive

04 October, 2017

Following staff at Northern Ireland's biggest social landlord, the Housing Executive, as they struggle to cope with rising numbers of those presenting as homeless and tenants behind with their rent

DCLG issues new interim fire safety advice

03 October, 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated fire safety advice for owners if high-rise buildings with failed cladding systems

Right to Buy stopped us bidding for build grant

03 October, 2017

Government rules on how councils spend their money prevented London boroughs from bidding for Sadiq Khan's housing programme

Housing association downgraded over evictions process

03 October, 2017

A West Midlands-based housing association has had its governance rating downgraded by the regulator due to its eviction processes at a temporary accommodation scheme

The Waitrose effect: boom times for homeowners but evictions for tenants

02 October, 2017

How the the arrival of Britain's favourite supermarket in an area emphasises the growing gap between those who own property and those who rent it

Conservatives pledge 'complete rethink' of social housing in the wake of the Grenfell disaster

02 October, 2017

Sajid Javid was speaking less than a week after Jeremy Corbyn put the implications of Grenfell at the heart of his own speech

The social housing that never got built

02 October, 2017

"Claustrophobic" is how Llyle describes living in a studio flat with his girlfriend, Mehreen, and their toddler

Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

01 October, 2017

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saone

Corbyn pledges Labour to 'radical action' on social housing policy

29 September, 2017

Party conference hears Grenfell Tower described as a monument to social policies that had failed housing

Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls comes under fire

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that a Labour government would introduce rent controls has come under attack

Corbyn announces social housing review

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader's speech at this year's Labour Party conference to launch a party review into social housing policy

Regulator of social housing consults on Value for Money Standard

28 September, 2017

The regulator is proposing to revise and strengthen the existing Value for Money Standard and publish a supporting new Code of Practice

Midlands-based association evicted tenants without legal notice period

28 September, 2017

Tenants of a Midlands housing association may have been forced to sleep rough after they were evicted with very little notice

Housing associations should require less rent upfront to combat debt

28 September, 2017

Housing associations in Scotland have been urged to require less rent upfront to combat growing arrears under Universal Credit and the benefit cap

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

28 September, 2017

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

Milton Keynes Council to invest £54 million in council housing stock

27 September, 2017

Milton Keynes Council has announced that it will be investing close to £54 million in its council housing stock in 2017/18

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council

26 September, 2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils

Rebuilding social housing

26 September, 2017

Why the UK needs a new approach

Why you should be talking Value for Money

26 September, 2017

It seems like you can't move in the social housing sector in Wales without hearing talk of 'value for money'

Grenfell survivors 'forced to use foodbanks'

26 September, 2017

Labour MP wants answers over what's happened to the £20m raised in the wake of the disaster

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month's rent

26 September, 2017

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month's rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms

Social landlords staying silent on fire safety

25 September, 2017

Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety

Council slammed over social housing ambiguity

25 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat councillors have been accused of "not telling the whole truth" about the replacement of 96 socially rented homes in South Oxhey

Shock research reveals 'little action' by social landlords on fire safety

25 September, 2017

According to a survey, just 10% of social landlords have been in touch with tenants in person to talk through safety measures such as escape routes and fire doors

Parliament to receive £118m fire safety upgrade as funding for tower blocks refused

22 September, 2017

The government will spend more than £100m on fire safety upgrades to parliament, including sprinklers, despite turning down requests from councils for cash to fund fire safety works on tower blocks

Ledbury Estate residents protest over lack of heating in tower blocks

22 September, 2017

Residents of the Ledbury Estate have protested after being left without heating, after safety fears resulted in the gas supply being switched off in the tower blocks

Tackling homelessness together

22 September, 2017

The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership

Social housing is back on the agenda

22 September, 2017

Ministers are increasingly becoming interested in social housing and landlords must make the most of the opportunity

Helping social tenants improve or furnish their homes

22 September, 2017

Offering discounted surplus paint to tenants is just one example of how organisations can help tenants with decorating costs

Sector demands inflation-linked rent deal

21 September, 2017

Sector leaders have called for the power to set inflation-linked rent increases after Sajid Javid promised "certainty" at the NHF conference

Labour MP confirms DUP talks over LHA future

21 September, 2017

Homelessness forum event in Manchester hears housing doesn't need more legislation - it needs a complete change of policy

Social housing providers say welfare policy 'undermines efforts to tackle homelessness'

21 September, 2017

Of 106 councils responding to survey, 84% said welfare policy has hit homelessness work - 70% of housing associations agreed

'Housing crisis? We've got four empty council homes on our street'

21 September, 2017

"I feel all this is an utter scandal. The council have lost years of rent and council tax"

Keepmoat looks to private rented sector

21 September, 2017

After a year of growth, restructured Keepmoat homes is looking to expand into the private rented housing sector and modular housing

We will give tenants clarity over RTB

21 September, 2017

Alok Sharma has said he will seek to give clarity to housing association tenants over Right to Buy

Social housing: haunted by Grenfell, hemmed in by cuts, left in limbo

21 September, 2017

Warm words for social housing providers from communities secretary Sajid Javid can't make up for a lack of a coherent housing policy

Why are housing association flats lying empty when Grenfell survivors need them?

20 September, 2017

Properties owned by Kensington and Chelsea housing associations are being earmarked for redevelopment rather than providing much-needed homes

Housing leaders call for input into social housing green paper

20 September, 2017

Housing leaders have welcomed the government's green paper on social housing, but said providers must be given a chance to have their say

Supported housing: getting people back onto their own feet

20 September, 2017

Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the future

Ending stigma could produce immeasurable benefits

19 September, 2017

The Benefit to Society campaign is one with the greatest potential to change the tide for social housing

How public money is spent on housing

19 September, 2017

As a nation, we just aren't building enough homes

Ten more councils join request to spend RTB receipts on shared ownership

19 September, 2017

A further 10 councils have joined a consultation with the government to be allowed to spend Right to Buy receipts on shared ownership

Council could buy homes from rogue landlords as full extent of disrepair and mismanagement revealed

19 September, 2017

Glasgow City Council has set aside almost £50 million to bring up to 500 properties under public ownership

Welsh housing association development soars

19 September, 2017

Housebuilding by housing associations surged 56% in the last quarter

The Tories have failed, says Healey, as social housing spending hits a record low

19 September, 2017

The Tories have "washed their hands" of responsibility by failing to build the houses needed by ordinary families

The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

18 September, 2017

You've just been informed that there's a new development planned in your neighbourhood, but rather than leaf through the image of a brochure, you reach for a pair of VR goggles

How having access to social housing helped my mental health and got me back on my feet

18 September, 2017

Growing up, I was told that all council estates were dirty and that social housing tenants were lazy scroungers who were likely to steal anything that wasn't nailed down

'Direct link' between welfare changes and rough sleeping rise

15 September, 2017

Labour responds to the mayor of London's comments that there is a 'direct link' between welfare changes and the rise in rough sleeping.

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

Stereotypes of social housing tenants are isolating and damaging

15 September, 2017

Housing association tenant explains why the Fair Press for Tenants guide for media is needed

2017 UK HOUSING REVIEW

15 September, 2017

New housing supply continues to fall behind new household growth across Great Britain.

Poor people pushed into debt by harsh benefit deductions

15 September, 2017

Poor people on benefits are being pushed into destitution by having direct deductions taken from their benefit payments. 

We need to change how we talk about homelessness

15 September, 2017

People often have a limited view of homelessness and are fed 'typical' media

Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017

15 September, 2017

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on payment advances for claims to Universal Credit for May 2016 to June 2017.

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

Study finds 'shocking' lack of support for young people leaving care

14 September, 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's finds 65% of young care leavers with mental health issues get no support from government

RICS UK Residential Market Survey August 2017

14 September, 2017

August 2017: UK Residential Market Survey

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

RLA presents Universal Credit evidence to Select Committee

13 September, 2017

The RLA has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the troubled roll out of Universal Credit.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017

13 September, 2017

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain.

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

13 September, 2017

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness.

UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017

13 September, 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

APPG: 'We must get housing options right for older people in the countryside'

13 September, 2017

Parliamentary group urges action on LGA analysis outlining the need for more specialist homes.

Councils have 'urgent' concerns over Homelessness Reduction Act delays

12 September, 2017

London council leaders have 'urgent concerns' over delayed government guidance on the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Civitas set to raise more capital for supported housing buys

12 September, 2017

REIT hopes to tap into a 'significant pipeline' of further opportunities which exceed remaining investible equity and proposed debt finance.

Severe weather warning - are your tenants safe?

12 September, 2017

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days - with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes

12 September, 2017

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.

Anglesey council's financial outlook 'remains bleak'

12 September, 2017

Councillor Llinos Medi said the authority has had to save £19m over the last five years and have to save another £8m over the next three.

A new urban eyesore: Britain's shamefully shoddy student housing

12 September, 2017

Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn't just ruining British cities - it's damaging student life.

DWP to procure 'off the shelf' appointment booking system for Universal Credit

12 September, 2017

Solution for a five year contract expected to be a 'seven figure sum' for cloud-based system providing 99.9% availability supporting UC.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

11 September, 2017

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity

Squeeze on living standards is down to welfare cuts, not the fall in the pound

11 September, 2017

Love it or loathe it, the long shadow of Brexit dominates our political weather. With good reason, of course.

'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting

11 September, 2017

Parents will pay £2.3bn this year helping children with rent, as the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' stretches beyond helping with house deposits.

Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

11 September, 2017

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

Government buying into affordable homes

11 September, 2017

Evidence of Downing Street testing fresh housing initiatives to win over younger voters.

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11 September, 2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Universal Credit expansion is 'a disaster waiting to happen' says Citizens Advice

11 September, 2017

Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is 'a disaster waiting to happen'.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

11 September, 2017

A new account shows how Attlee's reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier - and that was the key to their success

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Where should housing and social care overlap?

08 September, 2017

Do housing providers need to play a more active role in assessing the housing needs of vulnerable individuals

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

DWP launches new helpline for landlords

08 September, 2017

The DWP has issued a new guide that includes a helpline for landlords who have had their Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement approved and whose tenants will still not communicate with them.

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

We're addicted to debt and headed for a crash. It could be worse than 2007

07 September, 2017

When Provident Financial lost £1.7bn in share value a week ago, a handful of people asked whether this was a Northern Rock moment.

Liverpool Mutual Homes mitigates Universal Credit through predictive analytics

07 September, 2017

Liverpool Mutual Homes have created efficiencies, driven down arrears and helped reduce the impact of Universal Credit

SFHA: UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

07 September, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations warns the continued roll-out of the benefit will hurt some of the most vulnerable in society

Keep exploring different options to improve services

07 September, 2017

Mergers may grab the headlines, but there are lots of other opportunities for associations to deliver real benefits

Property entrepreneur turned MP backs ban on letting agent fees

07 September, 2017

Tory Kevin Hollinrake tells Commons the compromise of a cap would start 'a race to the top'.

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Campaign calls for increasing number of accessible homes

07 September, 2017

Champion of accessible and inclusive housing, Habinteg is campaigning for the government, councils and developers to recognise the importance of increasing the supply of accessible homes to meet national demand.

How will councils survive the funding abyss?

06 September, 2017

From struggling northern councils to seemingly prosperous counties, talk of a financial meltdown is getting louder.

Council tax reduction for around half a million Scots

06 September, 2017

Scotland's Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 491,180 households and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.5m.

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

06 September, 2017

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils.

Flexibility 'needed for the future of payments'

06 September, 2017

'Flexibility, greater automation and mobile payments' crucial to future payments strategy according to payments collection specialists.

Grenfell: social housing policy issues 'dealt with in due course'

06 September, 2017

In the Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledges that such issues need to be addressed

Life on the job in social housing: 'it's always important to remember our social purpose'

06 September, 2017

Empathy and resilience are a must for frontline housing sector staff

The future of supported housing must be top priority

05 September, 2017

With MPs back at the House of Commons today after the summer recess, the government must take an urgent look at the future funding of supported housing

Majority of charity's supported housing under threat from LHA cap

05 September, 2017

More than 90% of shelters run by a major homelessness charity face a risk from the government's proposed supported housing funding changes.

Benefit sanctions shoot up 50% in six months

05 September, 2017

The number of sanctions imposed rose from 18,994 last July to 33,860 in December, before falling back to the 30,000 mark by March this year.

New benefits system planned for Dundee is 'broken and should be halted'

05 September, 2017

That's the view of the director of Dundee CAB after several national bodies expressed concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit

How will Universal Credit claimants experiencing homelessness be paid?

05 September, 2017

With the roll out of Universal Credit Full Service set to accelerate in October, what options will ensure people can receive their UC?

Buy-to-let alterations could result in stock surge

05 September, 2017

Alterations to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of September are set to entice a surge of rental stock

Housebuilding boom front and centre for resumed parliament

04 September, 2017

The need for new homes and where they can be built now seen as crucial to government strategy beyond Brexit.

Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

04 September, 2017

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme.

REITs target small housing associations

01 September, 2017

All identified housing associations that are involved with a new index-linked funding method have fewer than 1,000 units

Cigarettes cause majority of deadly council housing fires

01 September, 2017

Cigarettes were the most common cause of deadly fires in council housing in the seven years preceding the Grenfell Tower fire

Homeowners 'happier than renters' with their standard of living

01 September, 2017

Homeowners are happier about their standard of living than renters

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

31 August, 2017

In the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of social housing in Britain

Mind the pay gap

31 August, 2017

What will be revealed when social landlords publish new data on their gender pay gaps?

Tenants to be charged for damage

30 August, 2017

Council tenants are to be charged for damage caused to their homes and gardens "beyond fair wear and tear" under new cost-cutting plans unveiled by Waverley Borough Council

Alison Inman: 'Some who experience domestic abuse will live in social housing'

30 August, 2017

Tenant champion and incoming Chartered Institute of Housing president says domestic violence needs to be centre of housing policy

Scottish housing leaders raise DHP concerns

30 August, 2017

Housing leaders have spoken out against the Scottish Government's plan to make Discretionary Housing Payment schemes voluntary for councils

Housing association given governance upgrade

30 August, 2017

A housing association that was previously downgraded for seeking to restrict an internal review has had its governance rating upgraded by the social housing regulator

Council to fit sprinkler systems themselves to get them into high-rises 'as quickly as possible'

29 August, 2017

The move comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter one 2017/18?

25 August, 2017

Housing associations started 9,063 homes in 2017/18 Q1

Associations pull 85% of planned supported housing developments

25 August, 2017

Housing associations have slashed the number of supported housing homes they plan to build by 85%, as uncertainty around government reforms to the sector stymie development

Cash offer fails to entice council tenants to move

24 August, 2017

Increased incentives, designed to persuade council house tenants in Moray to downsize, have failed to boost housing stock

Regulator writes to tenant groups over Grenfell

24 August, 2017

The social housing regulator has written to tenants' groups to explain its role in the sector, following the Grenfell Tower disaster

Half of new association homes funded privately

24 August, 2017

Housing associations are funding almost half their affordable housing from their own balance sheets

Grenfell residents' call for fire safety checks refused five weeks before blaze

23 August, 2017

A request by Grenfell Tower residents for an independent review of fire risk to the building was refused just five weeks before the deadly blaze

Two housing associations under review by regulator

23 August, 2017

Two housing associations are being investigated by the social housing regulator for governance issues

National Panel of Tenants and Service Users

23 August, 2017

This theme considered views on what value for money means for users of social landlord services

Bringing private and social housing together can be the key to successful regeneration

22 August, 2017

John Gallacher champions the use of mixed tenure developments to create thriving and sustainable communities as he looks back on four decades spent in the housing industry

Protest called amid homes loss fears after housing associations merger plan announced

22 August, 2017

Tenants and resident from Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing oppose the plan, which would create one of the country's largest housing associations

Why replacing Right to Buy homes is so difficult

22 August, 2017

In 2012, the government announced it was revitalising the Tory party's most famous council housing policy

Brexit 'cuts off' cash for social housing

22 August, 2017

European Investment Bank has frozen its UK operations

What housing associations want from contractors

21 August, 2017

Social housing does not stay still for long

Sharp rent arrears rise in Ross-shire blamed on new Universal Credit benefit system

21 August, 2017

Rent arrears for council house tenants have doubled in some areas of Ross-shire in just two years - and the controversial universal credit scheme has been blamed for the sharp rise

DCLG considering allowing shared ownership for RTB replacements

21 August, 2017

The government is considering proposals from a group of 50 councils to allow them to spend Right to Buy receipts on purchasing properties for shared ownership

Tower Hamlets Council to roll out free wi-fi in town centres and social housing

21 August, 2017

Mayor John Biggs says the plan will tackle inequality and poverty with businesses and homes around Brick Lane, Watney Market and Chrisp Street the first to get online

Agency board provider sees signs of slowdown in rental market

18 August, 2017

The number of rental properties coming to market has hit a four-year low

The way residents and tenants are treated is a stain on modern Britain

18 August, 2017

The Ledbury and Grenfell residents were repeatedly dismissed when they raised safety concerns. Frontline housing staff must do more to listen and act

Landlords want rent payments in credit scores

17 August, 2017

RLA calls for rent payments to be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own

Sadiq Khan fails to build any social housing in year as Mayor

17 August, 2017

Sadiq Khan has failed to build any social housing in London in the past 12 months despite promising to construct thousands of houses every year during his election campaign

Welsh Government to review social rents ahead of LHA cap

17 August, 2017

The Welsh Government has brought forward a review of its social housing rent policy as it looks for ways to offset the impact of the LHA cap

Developers 'underestimating profits' to avoid building social housing

17 August, 2017

Petition mobilised across England and Wales urging councils to make development assessment documents public

Study shows social benefit of housing investment

16 August, 2017

Research values social return on investment for social housing

National conversation needed about the value of social housing

16 August, 2017

It is unacceptable that in such a wealthy society such as ours, we have so many people who are forced to live on the streets or live in unsuitable accommodation

Listen to the tenants in social housing

16 August, 2017

If you live in a tower block, your home is visible but you are not

Social housing firm Mears hit by Grenfell Tower fall out

15 August, 2017

Safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will hit profits this year as building works are delayed

The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

15 August, 2017

All too often social housing residents tell us that they feel like second-class citizens

Social media and social housing - four tips for housing professionals

15 August, 2017

While social media can be very successfully used to build a more direct and personal connection with tenants, housing associations and social landlords need to be prepared to respond meaningfully when things aren't going to plan

Some Right to Buy owners now 'property millionaires'

15 August, 2017

Over 1.5 million council homes in the UK have been sold to council tenants, making millions for some

Universal credit and the risk of digital failure

14 August, 2017

With UC being rolled out across the country, a strong digital inclusion strategy can be the difference between successful adoption and a potentially devastating impact on housing associations' income

Barriers to setting up council-owned housing companies

14 August, 2017

Difficulties spending Right to Buy receipts and confusion over the Housing Revenue Account, planning and rent-setting

HCA urges caution over REIT deals

14 August, 2017

Housing associations should be aware of the risks involved in taking money from real estate investment trusts

People shouldn't have to feel grateful for social housing - it's a basic human right

11 August, 2017

We should stop seeing social housing as scarce or precious. It's as much a necessity as good healthcare and education

London will fall further behind on new council homes without more action from Mayor

11 August, 2017

Sian Berry told the Mayor he has 'a lot of catching up to do' after revealing that no new council homes funded by the Mayor have started on site since he took office 16 months ago

Concerned tenants offered chance to move out of tower blocks

10 August, 2017

Southwark Council has offered tenants on one of its estates the chance to move out after compartmentation breaches were found in two of its tower blocks

Helping journalists portray social housing tenants fairly

09 August, 2017

A group of housing associations is working to produce a guide for journalists on how to avoid stereotyping

Joint response - Terms of Reference to the Public Inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire - ARCH, CIH, Inside Housing and NFA

09 August, 2017

This is a joint submission into the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry to ensure we provide a consistent message accross the trade and professional bodies across the housing sector

If social housing is precious, tenancies should be time-limited

09 August, 2017

Without means testing and fixed tenancies, someone on a high income could end up in secure housing while those on lower incomes struggle

Abolition of Right to Buy Scheme 'Progressing'

08 August, 2017

Proposals which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wrexham and across Wales have moved a step closer

Enough Empty Council Flats In One Chelsea Block To House All Grenfell Families

08 August, 2017

Council flats in the same borough as Grenfell Tower which could house all the survivors are lying empty because the owners want to demolish them

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

08 August, 2017

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Grenfell must be a turning point in housing - for staff and residents

07 August, 2017

Making social housing more commercial has eroded workers' skills and knowhow

HCA could de-register 'sham transactions' housing association

07 August, 2017

An association sued by Southwark Council for alleged "sham transactions" that helped it avoid building affordable housing could lose its status as a registered provider

Right to Buy: Whose interest does it serve?

04 August, 2017

Right to Buy, the policy no one wants to talk about, is decimating local councils' housing stock and costing us all dearly in state subsidy

Shared housing: the solution?

04 August, 2017

Shared housing for social tenants could be the next big thing due to government plans to cap housing benefit for single under-35s

An ode to social housing

04 August, 2017

Sometimes words alone aren't enough to explain the issues

'Damaging' Right to Buy policy is suspended in city for five years

03 August, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended for a period of five years in Cardiff

Make Social Housing Our Nation's Badge Of Honour

03 August, 2017

In the wake of the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower there has been a torrent of public comment

Inquiry into Regulatory oversight of Housing Associations

02 August, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales

Welsh associations urged to further empower tenants

02 August, 2017

Associations in Wales welcome a report from the Welsh Public Accounts Committee praising the increasing transparency in the sector but setting out robust recommendations

How have attitudes changed towards social housing?

02 August, 2017

Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can't afford to buy or rent their own home?

Green space v social housing: the fight for the future of London's oldest allotments

02 August, 2017

A charity's plans to build social housing threaten allotments established in 1832 for the working poor of Ealing

Councils 'can't hide' fire safety reports

02 August, 2017

The information commissioner is urging councils to proactively publish fire information 'in full' for residents to see

Bringing repairs in-house

02 August, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are improving services and efficiencies by setting up their own repairs and maintenance companies

Council to let associations bid for RTB receipts

01 August, 2017

Housing associations are invited to bid for the £16m pot - as long as it is spent on easing Hackney council's 12,000-plus waiting list

Council secures long-term housing strategy

01 August, 2017

Transaction will reduce the council's rent obligations by approximately 30% over the next 10 years

New council homes planned in Walthamstow as clock ticks in council's race to spend £16.5m Right to Buy cash

31 July, 2017

The council made more than £41 million selling social housing between April 2014 and April this year

Technology adoption in social housing: what's your scorecard?

31 July, 2017

We're entering an age of unprecedented technological, social and political disruption that will create a great deal of unpredictability and risk

Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

31 July, 2017

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Cardiff to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

'It's social cleansing': the 93-year-old fighting east London demolitions

28 July, 2017

In Whitechapel, residents say their campaign against the possible bulldozing of their council homes is a battle over the future of housing

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

28 July, 2017

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks will be deemed to have failed a new fire safety test

Social housing residents have changed: landlords must now adapt

27 July, 2017

The sector must get away from the legacy notions of a 'typical' social housing tenant and to understand the breadth and scope of people who now live in affordable housing

Union warns more social housing is needed in WIltshire

27 July, 2017

Just over a third of new homes built in Wiltshire last year were for social housing, but a union is calling for more

Reassuring tower block tenants post-Grenfell

27 July, 2017

The Grenfell fire has caused anxiety among tower block tenants

Facebook backs campaign to tackle social housing stigma

27 July, 2017

'Benefit to Society' will benefit from backing from one of the largest organisations in the world, social media giant Facebook

Consultation on recognising residents' associations, and their power to request information about tenants

26 July, 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed secondary legislation under section 29A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 - Tenants' Associations: power to request information about tenants

Tenants satisfied with Clydebank Housing Association services

25 July, 2017

The result of an independent poll commissioned by CHA has revealed that 94% of its tenants are satisfied with the overall service they receive

A blueprint for Scotland's future

25 July, 2017

The Scottish Government should strengthen and clarify the links between housing and the various outcomes of the National Performance Framework

The social housing system is being demolished without a whimper

24 July, 2017

Housing associations are beset by cuts, but will survive - the real victims of the crisis are the most vulnerable people in society

Council 'remains committed to delivery of homes' partly through 'arms-length' £60m housing company

24 July, 2017

Warrington Borough Council 'remains committed' to setting up a £60 million housing company

New social homes are first in rural village for decades

21 July, 2017

Work has started on the first new social homes to be built in a small upper Weardale village for more than 50 years

Local councils to receive £15m in extra funding

21 July, 2017

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announces grants totaling £15m to local councils to help ease the pressures on local services

Scottish Housing Regulator updates regulation plans for three RSLs

21 July, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated regulation plans for three RSLs as each undergo various changes within their organisations

Tenants move into brand new affordable homes in Glasgow

21 July, 2017

Housing association says the rented flats are state-of-art

Tenant complaints rise

20 July, 2017

Complaints by social housing tenants have increased

The Housing Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2016-7

20 July, 2017

Housing Matters: Fairness Matters

Views sought on lettings agents' fees

20 July, 2017

Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has today launched a formal consultation on legislative proposals to remove the ability of lettings agencies to charge fees to tenants

Grenfell cladding '14 times combustibility limit'

19 July, 2017

Burning cladding on Grenfell Tower would have released 14 times more heat than a key government test allows

Make housing associations subject to FoI says industry bosses

19 July, 2017

A proposed law making housing associations subject to the Freedom of Information Act has won the backing of the regional and national press trade body

Plans to scrap right to buy policy are met with mixed reaction in Senedd

19 July, 2017

Plans which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wales have been met with a mixed reaction

Statutory protection for the future funding of supported housing

19 July, 2017

New report exploring the options around increased statutory protection

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

19 July, 2017

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

'The city desperately needs council housing': Mill Road depot protesters want a 'less posh' Cambridge

19 July, 2017

Campaigners say the the first housing site built using devolution cash must be at least 50 per cent council housing

Making it count: proving the economic value of housing associations in their local area

18 July, 2017

Housing associations are key drivers of economic growth and have a huge impact on the local communities where they operate

More than half a million social homes in England do not meet basic health and safety standards

18 July, 2017

New figures reveal hundreds of thousands of homes with serious safety hazards

Permanent homes for Grenfell survivors will be ready 'very shortly' amid anger over 'unsuitable' temporary accommodation

18 July, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid claims many families had turned down temporary accommodation

Social landlords could recover cladding costs

17 July, 2017

Associations and councils enquire about legal routes open to them against contractors

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2016/17?

17 July, 2017

Housing associations started 3,769 homes in rural areas in 2016/17

Consultation on an amendment to the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard

17 July, 2017

The deregulatory measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amend the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by removing the requirement for private registered providers to seek the regulator's consent to the disposal of social housing and to some constitutional changes

13 housing associations trial Glasgow Housing Register

14 July, 2017

A new pilot project is set to reduce the amount of applications social housing applicants have to fill out in the Glasgow area

Associations 'could increase development by a third'

14 July, 2017

Housing associations in Wales have been told they could increase development without harming their business model

Hard cash is needed to make social housing residents feel safe

14 July, 2017

Even after the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, central government is still refusing to fund councils and housing associations to do their job

Lambeth Council starts 'more intrusive' fire risk assessments

13 July, 2017

Lambeth Council has begun carrying out "more intrusive" Fire Risk Assessments on its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, one of its directors has told an all-party parliamentary group

English Housing Survey (SRS)

13 July, 2017

Social rented sector, 2015-16

Social Landlord Housing Sales, 2016-17

13 July, 2017

The overall number of housing sales by social landlords decreased during 2016-17 and remained well below the levels seen in years prior to 2008-09

End distance, tenants tell associations and councils

13 July, 2017

Tenants have called for better communication from associations and councils

Social housing in Europe: legacies, new trends and the crisis

12 July, 2017

What is considered social housing varies across Europe

Council called out over £2bn housing privatisation plan

12 July, 2017

Hugely ambitious Haringey plan branded "out of touch and high-handed" but council says it "couldn't be clearer" over right of return for tenants

Councils may have to cover cost of high rise fire safety measures

12 July, 2017

Response from first secretary of state, Damian Green, at PMQs taken as suggesting councils may be expected to pay for recommended work

Delay to Supported Housing Green Paper a 'blow'

12 July, 2017

The housing sector has responded to reports the Supported Housing Green Paper has been delayed by the government

Abused women face homelessness after eviction notice is served on St Albans refuge

12 July, 2017

Abused women and escapees from arranged marriages face being made homeless following the eviction of a St Albans refuge

Grenfell Tower fire: Government 'too slow to reassure residents' living in similar blocks

12 July, 2017

'It is totally unacceptable that four weeks on ministers still don't know and can't say how many other tower blocks are unsafe'

Grenfell fire: councils to foot bill for fire safety work 'in first instance'

12 July, 2017

Announcement that councils will be 'first port of call' to pay for improvements raises fears that vital work will be delayed

Policy Response: Impact of the LHA freeze

11 July, 2017

Frozen Local Housing Allowance is freezing people out of the housing market

JRF Response to the Housing White Paper consultation

11 July, 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice

Understanding cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government ordered an audit of high-rise social housing tower blocks across the country

The time for social housing and tenant engagement is now

11 July, 2017

Chief Executive of Tpas, Jenny Osbourne, says now is the time for tenants to grasp the initiative and drive engagement

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 July, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account

Council reveals £4m post-Grenfell costs to tower blocks

10 July, 2017

Figures from a single London borough indicate the huge costs councils face over tower block safety post Grenfell

Despair of the families forced into temporary housing

10 July, 2017

A perfect storm of boom and bust in the housing market has forced record numbers of children into temporary accommodation in parts of Scotland

Right to Buy ban in Wales needs to be explained

10 July, 2017

People who live in social housing in Wales must be given clear information about plans to end the right to buy their homes

Housing association stands firm amid calls to 'shame' them into fitting sprinklers at The Tannery in Canterbury

07 July, 2017

Dozens of properties were destroyed after a blaze ripped through buildings in July 2015

Measuring the impact on housing associations of applying Local Housing Allowances to the social rented sector in Northern Ireland

07 July, 2017

In November 2015 the Chancellor announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the amount of rent housing benefit will cover in the social rented sector would be capped

Rental sector now needs '360-degree protection'

06 July, 2017

Owner of rent-hub says tenants shouldn't need to set up protest sites to have their voices heard

Just 14 Grenfell Tower families have accepted rehousing offers

06 July, 2017

Disaster response spokesperson says many of 158 affected families had turned down temporary offers in order to wait for permanent homes

Putting the "social" back in "social housing"? Thoughts from Housing 2017

05 July, 2017

Political circumstances hung heavy over this year's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

How to solve the UK's housing crisis: Government should let councils buy land, grant it planning permission and then sell it off

05 July, 2017

Devolving power to local councils could help yield £30bn to pay for public services

DCLG urged to back new national tenant voice

05 July, 2017

All four NTOs want a 'coherent, legitimate and empowered' voice for tenants to communicate directly with government and other agencies

NI social housebuilding threatened by new benefit cuts

05 July, 2017

Social housebuilding in Northern Ireland is being threatened by benefit cuts planned by the UK Government

Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland

05 July, 2017

The benefits system is changing

Social Housing Provider Upgrades Smoke Alarms to Aico Multi-Sensors

04 July, 2017

Northwards Housing in Manchester is undertaking a major smoke alarm upgrade programme across its entire housing stock of 13,500 properties

Labour MPs urge Haringey council to rethink housing sell-off

04 July, 2017

North London MPs David Lammy and Catherine West call for pause in £2bn plan, amid fears residents could be forced out

Housing funds 'wasted' by councils

04 July, 2017

Money which is supposed to help people struggling to pay their rent is being wasted by some councils

Tenant safety and housing regulation

03 July, 2017

Tenant safety is precious. The Cave Review highlighted tenant protection as one of its guiding principles for the Social Housing Regulator

Cladding crisis deepens as 181 towers fail tests

03 July, 2017

The Government's expert fire advisory panel is now seeking further advice on whether cladding must be stripped from towers where basic fire tests confirm cladding is combustible

Housing 2017, day three: How are landlords making tower blocks safer?

30 June, 2017

Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone's lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual event in Manchester this week

Working together to meet housing need: local authority and housing association partnerships in a changing environment

30 June, 2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Sheltered housing saves NHS and social care services £486m per year

29 June, 2017

Think tank report urges Government to exclude older people's housing from future Housing Benefit cap

Legal aid cuts 'may have stopped Grenfell tenants pursuing safety concerns'

29 June, 2017

Law Society chief suggests fire in London tower could be stark example of dangers of lack of provision for less well off

Landlords warned to prepare for huge growth in Universal Credit claimants

29 June, 2017

Landlords could see the number of their tenants claiming Universal Credit multiply by up to nine times when their area moves to full digital roll-out

Grenfell: Five Welsh social landlords test cladding

29 June, 2017

Five Welsh social landlords are testing cladding on tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to March 2017

29 June, 2017

In January to March 2016-17(Q4), local authorities sold an estimated 2,890 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Real Time Information (RTI) awareness aid for local authorities

29 June, 2017

This RTI guide provides information on how this process works and helps local authority staff in the processing of RTI referrals

Social Housing High-Rise Data for England & Wales

28 June, 2017

On HousingNet.co.uk we work predominantly with Land Registry Data and we have tried calculating the number of floors in a building with it but there are too many variables for any degree of accuracy

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

28 June, 2017

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

Grenfell Tower cladding scandal could cost councils millions after Government says no guarantee of extra funding

28 June, 2017

'There is no way we can afford to reclad our tower blocks. If we have to find that money, it will come from other projects'

CIH: Inaugural Savills Housing Sector Survey finds focus on social rents

28 June, 2017

More than 90% of housing associations say their number one priority is providing discounted rental properties

Grenfell Tower response: a Q&A for housing associations

28 June, 2017

What should happen if I think the cladding on our building is made of aluminium composite material (ACM)?

High-Rise in England & Wales

28 June, 2017

Tower blocks that have failed combustibility tests

Thousands more people should be evacuated from tower blocks while cladding is tested

27 June, 2017

Thousands more residents in high-rise blocks should be evacuated if necessary to keep them safe even before tests on cladding come back

Cheap rent and no dodgy landlords: What it's like living in a housing co-op

27 June, 2017

With the average rent in Britain being around £900-a-month, people are looking for new options

Landlords reveal the types of cladding on their tower blocks

27 June, 2017

Social landlords have shared details of the type of cladding they have on their tower blocks in a snap survey by Inside Housing

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

27 June, 2017

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

Council tower block cladding tests demanded by Welsh Government

27 June, 2017

All social landlords in Wales are being told to carry out fire safety tests on tower block cladding similar to the material used at Grenfell Tower

Social housing target lowered due to Stormont impasse

27 June, 2017

More families in need of social housing will have to wait longer for a home

The British housing crisis, in five charts

26 June, 2017

If you've followed this debate at all, you'll probably be familiar with this one, but it never stops being shocking

Market commentary June 2017

26 June, 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast

Dispossession: A vital new film on the social housing crisis

26 June, 2017

The housing crisis is a term we've all heard

Thousands warned their blocks clad with same panelling as Grenfell Tower

23 June, 2017

Guardian inquiries suggests 25 buildings in London, Salford and Plymouth are covered in aluminium composite

Catalogue of failings show housing association misled tenants

23 June, 2017

A catalogue of "fundamental failings" stemming from systemic weaknesses led to Scotland's housing regulator taking control of a troubled housing association

London social housing, eco-friendly homes and the world's first 'vertical pier' in running for top prize

23 June, 2017

The RIBA national award winners are revealed today, and the shortlist for the coveted Stirling Prize for the UK's best building of the year will be drawn from the 49 winners

Safety checks on private residential blocks

22 June, 2017

This letter is intended for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England

A guide to tenants' housing rights around safety and repairs

22 June, 2017

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, here's where to get help and advice if you're a social housing tenant with questions about your own home

Report on statutory intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association

22 June, 2017

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland

Grenfell Tower: 16 council inspections failed to stop use of flammable cladding

22 June, 2017

Officials tasked with enforcing strict fire regulations didn't prevent use of material effectively banned on tall buildings

After Grenfell: Glasgow tower tenants set up safety panel

21 June, 2017

Housing association to recruit tenants from 14 of its towers to address safety concerns

Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland

21 June, 2017

The provision of housing faces new as well as existing and persistent challenges

Social housing and rise of 'streets in the sky'

20 June, 2017

The deficiencies of the tower block model for lower-income housing go far beyond the problems of cladding

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

20 June, 2017

LGA chair says minister made funding promise in private conversation about implications of Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire: Theresa May snubs Jeremy Corbyn's call to seize private properties to house high-rise victims

20 June, 2017

Downing Street says: 'We don't support proposals to seize private property'

Communities Secretary statement: safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

20 June, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has given the following statement regarding safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Regulator issues fire safety advice to social landlords

20 June, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator written to all social landlords in Scotland to issue fire safety advice following the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London

Angus Housing Association calls for overhaul of housing subsidy system

20 June, 2017

A housing association director has called on the Scottish Government to review the way in which it subsidises councils who want to build new homes

What is it that residents really want?

20 June, 2017

The nature of resident feedback is changing as housing associations realise the benefits of minute-by-minute feedback systems

Homes and Communities Agency Housing Statistics

20 June, 2017

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

FactCheck Q&A: how much do we spend on social housing?

19 June, 2017

Who pays for new social housing?

Tories did not build new social housing over fears it would 'create Labour voters'

19 June, 2017

Social housing was not built under the Conservative-led coalition because of fears it would 'create Labour voters'

Government orders landlords to carry out tower block cladding tests

19 June, 2017

The government has told social landlords to carry out tests of cladding on their tower blocks

Fire safety information requests may be diverting landlords

19 June, 2017

The extremely tight deadlines attached to Scottish Government requests to local authorities for information on high rise stock, following last week's tragic fire in West London, may be diverting landlords from even greater priorities over fire safety

London fire: Council seeks to reassure tenants about homes

16 June, 2017

Highland Council has sought to reassure its tenants on the safety of their homes following London's Grenfell Tower fire

Call to cut cost of evictions

16 June, 2017

Housing group says the approach of social landlords to sanctions against tenants can play a pivotal role in preventing eviction and easing costs

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle review - balanced look at a dysfunctional market

16 June, 2017

Paul Sng's clear-headed documentary successfully crunches vast amounts of material on the history and reality of affordable housing in Britain

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

16 June, 2017

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human habitation' may be reconsidered following the fire at 27-storey residential block Grenfell Tower this week

Sector calls on government to delay supported housing changes

16 June, 2017

Housing figures have called on the new government to put back controversial plans to change the funding of supported housing, due to the current political hiatus

London blaze cladding material NOT used in Glasgow flats

16 June, 2017

Glasgow's largest housing association has confirmed none of its buildings are insulated using the same material as that in the stricken Grenfell Tower

Housing Association bosses promise 'no cuts' to sheltered housing services

16 June, 2017

Campaigners have pledged to continue their fight against the loss of services to sheltered housing despite bosses assuring there are no plans to make cuts

Three-quarters of all UK social housing blocks found to be 'potentially unsafe in a fire' in 2011 report

14 June, 2017

Hundreds of managers raised concerns following 2009 Camberwell tragedy which killed six people

Associations move to reassure tenants after Grenfell fire

14 June, 2017

Housing associations reassure tenants over fire safety measures for tower blocks

Local authorities to share £1.75bn affordable housing investment

14 June, 2017

More than £1.75 billion is being allocated to councils in a major Scottish Government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing

Glasgow Housing Association provides lifeline for residents saving them over £360,000

13 June, 2017

"The fuel advice service makes a real difference to people's lives"

How can councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?

13 June, 2017

New models, partnerships and innovations

Scottish housing output continues to flatline

13 June, 2017

Whilst the Scottish Government highlights a 29 per cent increase in funding approvals for 'affordable housing', allocating grant is very different to actually building homes

Affordable Passivhaus service set for Scottish social housing sector

13 June, 2017

A new service will be launched tomorrow which aims to provide affordable, Passivhaus-standard social housing in Scotland

Tenant dies in fire at sheltered housing block

13 June, 2017

A man has died in a fire at a sheltered housing block managed by Housing & Care 21

55 sheltered housing fires recorded in Aberdeenshire last year

13 June, 2017

Aberdeenshire is the worst place in the north of Scotland for sheltered housing fires

New £600m social housing procurement framework invites bids

13 June, 2017

Specialist contractors invited to bid for work across Scotland's social housing sector - with support promised to smaller firms

Social housing trust targets £300m listing

12 June, 2017

An investment trust focused on social housing is expected to launch plans for a £300m stock listing on Monday despite the market's volatility since the chaotic snap election

DUP has previously voted against supported housing changes

12 June, 2017

Controversial plans to cap housing benefit in supported housing could come under pressure if the DUP continues to vote against the reforms

Renters make themselves heard at the ballot box

09 June, 2017

Generation Rent finds Tories lost seats with higher than average renter populations

Shared ownership good for HAs but has risks

09 June, 2017

Housing associations can fill unmet capacity for shared ownership but must guard against a fall in house prices

LHA cap will transform social housing in Scotland

09 June, 2017

It's fair to say that we have all been slow to understand the implications of the LHA maxima being applied to social housing

Housing First

08 June, 2017

Guidance for Social Landlords

Dundee council homes to benefit from £4m external wall insulation work

08 June, 2017

A near £4 million programme of external wall insulation is to be installed into Dundee City Council homes

Decline in living standards for social housing tenants

08 June, 2017

A third of social housing tenants have seen their standard of living decline in recent years as above-inflation increases have hit food, fuel and transport

Associations plan £750m joint bond deal

08 June, 2017

Thirteen housing associations are in talks to create a pioneering new borrowing group which would seek to issue a joint bond of up to £750m - a record for the sector

Hanover Scotland draws on tenant engagement

07 June, 2017

For the last year, staff, customers and representatives from the Board of Hanover Scotland have been working on a strategy to enable more innovative, meaningful and fun ways of engaging with residents

Newly merged association receives permission for first development

07 June, 2017

Newly merged housing association Vivid has secured planning permission for 560 homes in its first development since its merger

Affordable Rent Special Edition: A cunning plan

07 June, 2017

In 2015, Conservatives promised housing association tenants the right to buy

HomeLet Rental Index

06 June, 2017

The average rental value in the UK (£901) has reduced by 0.3% compared to the same period last year (£904)

Modular construction can make a real difference if social landlords embrace its potential

06 June, 2017

Modular construction methods have come a long way since the post-war heyday of prefabrication

Five myths about migrants and housing

05 June, 2017

What do you know about migrants and where they live? Here are five things often said about migrants' housing rights that are untrue or only partially true

Barwell: new homes for 'social rent' will be let at affordable rent levels

02 June, 2017

A "new generation of homes for social rent" promised by the Conservatives will be at affordable rent levels which can be up to 80% of the market rate

Nottingham ALMO to set up new housing association

02 June, 2017

The largest developing ALMO is planning to set up a registered housing association as it looks to step up its development of affordable homes

Scottish landlords round on 'brutal' Universal Credit

02 June, 2017

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have urged the UK government to reconsider on the policy

Top 50 Social Landlords: The Top 10

02 June, 2017

With entries closed, here's our top 10 - and how to vote for your winner

Councils called out over letting fee enforcement

02 June, 2017

Research exposes extent to which councils have failed to tackle non-compliance

Cumbrian housing association judged non-compliant over financial issues

01 June, 2017

The housing regulator has issued a heavy downgrade for a Cumbria-based housing association, warning it was failing to mitigate risks and could have placed its financial viability in danger

May: I want to work with local authorities and housing associations

01 June, 2017

Theresa May has said she wants to work with the public sector on housing to get more homes built

LHA cap could jeopardise Scotland's 50,000 homes target

01 June, 2017

Senior council staff in Scotland have warned linking LHA to social housing could jeopardise the Scottish Government's target to build 50,000 affordable homes

Right to Buy is costing the public purse millions of pounds

31 May, 2017

David Baybut, Head of Real Estate at the national law firm Stephensons shares insight into the government's Right to Buy scheme

Deregulation: A limited new dawning for housing associations

31 May, 2017

A brave new world of deregulation apparently dawned for Housing Associations on 6 April this year when provisions from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force

Scottish Government to bring forward reclassification bill in September

31 May, 2017

The Scottish Government will bring forward legislation to reverse the reclassification of housing associations in Scotland this September

Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

31 May, 2017

Although Brexit was the driving force behind the Prime Minister's decision to call an early election, it has provided an opportunity to draw attention to the serious housing issues we're facing

Smaller housing associations can play their part in delivering new homes

30 May, 2017

Through new approaches, smaller housing associations make a valuable contribution to new supply in this country

Housing For Older People

30 May, 2017

Rented sheltered housing does not meet the needs of 25% of older households

Low-paid must cover rent by working equivalent of morning per day, says Shelter

30 May, 2017

Low-paid workers are slogging for the equivalent of a morning per day just to cover the cost of their rent

Charities call on associations to provide Housing First accommodation

26 May, 2017

A homelessness charity has called on social landlords to provide homes for Housing First programmes across the country

Major UK landlord scraps rental deposits

26 May, 2017

Get Living to abolish deposit-taking and return security deposits to its 3,000 residents

Revealed: less than half of Right to Buy replacements are for social rent

26 May, 2017

Less than half of the council homes built to replace those sold under the Right to Buy are at social rents

UKIP slams housing associations as 'unaccountable' in manifesto

26 May, 2017

The UK Independence Party has set out its housing proposals in a manifesto - with a section on reviewing housing associations

The snap Election at a glance - what does it mean for the housing industry?

25 May, 2017

When it comes to the Snap Election, distinguishing the political jargon from the facts can be a tricky task

How many homes did housing associations build in 2016/17?

25 May, 2017

A briefing on the number of homes housing associations developed last year

Pledge to migrants signed by 18 housing associations

25 May, 2017

Backed by the NHF and BMENational, the pledge is launched at the Migrants' Access to Housing Conference next month

Homeless families 'told to sleep in Garda stations'

25 May, 2017

Several homeless families were advised to stay overnight in Garda (Irish police) stations earlier this week due to a lack of emergency accommodation

Comms teams to 'step back' and let tenants speak

24 May, 2017

Communications teams should be taking a step back and letting tenants tell their own tales, a conference has agreed

Rent Arrears: The human element

24 May, 2017

Rent arrears is a perennial issue for social landlords, as welfare reforms hit tenants and increases the risk they'll fall behind with their payments

Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24 May, 2017

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the "worst offenders" in "failing to build sustainable and integrated communities"

"Associations haven't lost their social purpose"

24 May, 2017

Sasha Deepwell is one of the sector's newest chief executives

Councils warn of now 'severe' need for affordable homes

23 May, 2017

Survey of 166 local authorities in Britain highlights the pressure to meet demand for affordable housing - and the cumulative impact of present policy

Councils 'not informed' when receiving homeless Londoners

23 May, 2017

Councils in south-east England say they are often not told when homeless families are sent to their areas by London boroughs who cannot house them

Social housing is good. But let's make it beautiful too

22 May, 2017

The big parties speak only of practicalities. Perhaps they should try focusing on aesthetics for a change

The parties' manifestos prove housing associations are key to ending the housing crisis

22 May, 2017

Last week saw the three major political parties publish their manifestos ahead of the general election

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

22 May, 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

Associations call for rent freedom after Tories pledge 'flexibility'

22 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have urged the next government to let them set their own rents

Delivering social housing on a budget: can Housing Delivery Vehicles lead to a resurgence of affordable housebuilding?

19 May, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015 local government faced upwards of £18bn in real terms cuts, losing on average 20% of its spending power

Not for profit sector 'should provide affordable rented homes'

19 May, 2017

Housing associations should provide non-profit rented housing to tackle soaring rents, Maria Bailey TD tells audience at Dublin Castle housing conference

Sustainable Social Housing... How an eco cabin built entirely from waste shows it can be done

18 May, 2017

Scottish recycling expert, Angus Carnie has built an eco cabin in his native Carnoustie, Dundee, using only materials that were free

Tory social housing 'deals' plan builds on existing work with three councils

18 May, 2017

Ongoing behind-the-scenes work with three councils will form the basis of flagship Conservative plans for 'bespoke deals' to build social rented housing

Luxury development boss calls Right to Buy a 'catastrophe'

17 May, 2017

Dean Clifford of Great Marlborough Estates says today's Tories must avoid "Margaret Thatcher's mistakes" over social housing

Associations in merger talks to form largest social landlord in South West

17 May, 2017

South West landlords DCH and Knightstone are in talks over a merger to form the region's largest housing association

Greens make 500,000 new social rented homes pledge

17 May, 2017

The Green Party makes a manifesto commitment to a national programme of home insulation and retrofitting

East Hertfordshire chief inspector warns drug dealers in social housing will lose their homes

16 May, 2017

Anyone dealing drugs from social housing in breach of their tenancy agreements will lose their homes

Conservatives' flagship CPO plans for social rent 'could face legal challenge'

16 May, 2017

Tory plans to overhaul compulsory purchase laws to boost social housing provision could be challenged in parliament and through the courts

Conservatives' social rent plans: 10 unanswered questions

16 May, 2017

The big announcement about a "new generation of social rent" by the Conservatives has produced more questions than answers

General election 2017: The case for living rent homes

16 May, 2017

There is consensus across all parties that England's housing market is broken

Vendor who hoped to raise £3.75m through house sale raffle 'bought it cheaply under Right to Buy'

15 May, 2017

A home owner who hoped to raise £3.75m by raffling her property reportedly bought it for £360,000 just three years ago under the Right to Buy scheme

Vast majority of social rents could increase without breaching LHA levels

15 May, 2017

At least 88% of social rented homes in England could have their rents increased without exceeding the LHA cap

One in three 'rent-burdened Brits' borrow to cover home costs

12 May, 2017

One in three low-earning tenants in Britain has had to borrow money to cover rent

If people in work struggle with rent, what hope for people out of work?

12 May, 2017

Millions of hard-working people can't afford to move. They are trapped by a housing system that has sold off social housing

LHA cap 'would lock 84% of young renters out of market in South East'

12 May, 2017

The government's plans to cap housing benefit at LHA levels would lock 84% of young people in low-paid, insecure jobs out of all housing options in the South East

Capping aspiration: The millennial housing challenge

12 May, 2017

Young people in low-paid, insecure jobs are being locked out of all housing options in the south east, including social housing

Regulator proposes using Sector Scorecard to assess value for money

12 May, 2017

The social housing regulator will launch a consultation on its Value for Money Standard, which will propose using the newly developed Sector Scorecard to police efficiency

Labour's 100,000 homes pledge makes 'leaked' manifesto

11 May, 2017

Draft manifesto references ordering councils to build 100,000 new council homes a year under a new Department for Housing

Social landlords have duty to protect the majority from smoke

11 May, 2017

Professor John Middleton defends his controversial proposal for a smoking 'ban' in social housing developments

West Midlands associations consider using choice-based lettings for Right to Buy

11 May, 2017

Housing associations in the West Midlands are considering using the region's choice-based lettings system to help those in ineligible properties for the Right to Buy identify alternative homes

Kick-starting the social housing programme

10 May, 2017

The social housing sector in the UK is big, valued at more than £300bn

Fighting fit: the sheltered housing schemes adapting to new challenges

10 May, 2017

Cuts to supported accommodation can lead to a sense of community and tackle isolation if residents pull together and have a say in new services

Housing Associations and Mental Health support to tenants in Wales

10 May, 2017

The relationship between housing and mental health is one that has been shown, in numerous studies, to have several causal links

Council to build shared affordable housing due to welfare reform

10 May, 2017

The first Welsh authority to experience full roll-out of Universal Credit is planning to build more shared accommodation

Scotland's first urban right to buy

10 May, 2017

A community group in Edinburgh is set to become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers

People in Derry living in temporary accommodation as social housing provides cannot compete with private developers for land

09 May, 2017

People in Derry are being forced to live in temporary accommodation because social housing providers cannot compete with private developers when buying vacant land

Regulatory Reform of Registered Social Landlords

09 May, 2017

In September 2016, the Office of National Statistics reclassified Registered Social Landlords for UK national accounting purposes as public, non-financial corporations

Sector bosses warn against social housing smoking ban

09 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have warned against a leading public health figure's call to impose non-smoking conditions on social housing tenants

London rents fall for first time since 2009 amid post-Brexit vote slowdown

08 May, 2017

Year-on-year fall of 1.2% is good news for tenants looking to move or negotiate with landlords as recent new-build property comes onto rental market

Councils accused of leaving houses empty to get grants

08 May, 2017

Councils are deliberately leaving houses vacant for long periods of time to qualify for Department of Housing funding schemes

Smoking should be banned in council housing

08 May, 2017

Housing association tenants would sign non-smoking agreement under proposed plans

Sector tells government it is time to listen on LHA cap

08 May, 2017

The government has been urged to listen to the recommendation of two cross-party committees and ditch controversial plans to cap benefit for supported housing tenants at LHA rates

A Conservative election victory could spell the end of council housing

05 May, 2017

The Tories have declared war on social housing - yet we have an ownership system so broken that inheritance is the only answer

LGA: 'make councils home builders again'

05 May, 2017

Election call for political parties to commit to councils resuming their 'historic role' as the builders of affordable housing

Tenants can help us change the narrative

05 May, 2017

Here at Tpas we believe a big part of our role is to create the conversations that matter, be that on a local, regional or national level

Welsh Government considering LHA top-up alternatives

05 May, 2017

The Welsh Government is looking for alternatives to the top-up system proposed by central government to help offset the LHA cap's impact on supported housing

Council spend on temporary housing now five times more than in 2011/2012

04 May, 2017

We're seeing a real shortage in supply of affordable temporary accommodation and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find any places in Southwark

West Midlands 'selected' as Right to Buy pilot region

04 May, 2017

The government is understood to have chosen the West Midlands as the area for its regional Right to Buy pilot prior to calling the snap election

Socially rented homes can help tackle north-east's housing shortage

04 May, 2017

A north-east developer has called for a rethink on how the housing crisis is tackled and says more socially rented homes can be built

Exploring clusters in social housing data

04 May, 2017

There is growing interest in the social housing sector in learning more about customers and properties using 'data mining' techniques applied to combinations of data held by landlords and external agencies

Eviction trends reveal human cost of Universal Credit roll-out and welfare reform

03 May, 2017

Eviction by social landlords may have increased in recent years

SFHA welcomes Select Committees' call to scrap use of LHA rates to fund supported housing

03 May, 2017

Two House of Commons committees have called on the UK Government to scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on LHA rates

Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

03 May, 2017

Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages

MPs urge government to drop LHA cap plan for supported housing

02 May, 2017

MPs are calling on the government to abandon plans to base supported housing funding on Local Housing Allowance rates

London council investigates mistaken call for temporary accommodation payment

02 May, 2017

Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge

Renters 'at risk' over TV licence fee

02 May, 2017

Risk to renters raised in Commons committee report critical of current TV licence collection and enforcement contract

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

02 May, 2017

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision for the abolition of the right to buy, the right to acquire and associated rights; and for connected purposes

LIN member report May 2017 - The Homelessness Reduction Act

01 May, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

The Housing Association Right to Buy - how to get out of a manifesto pickle

28 April, 2017

It was a Conservative manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

Wales ponders alternative LHA model

28 April, 2017

Cabinet secretary for communities and children has said maybe now is the time for a "made in Wales" solution

Britain needs urgent change to the way we regulate our social housing sector

27 April, 2017

Complaints about the country's 2,500 housing associations are growing. We need better ways to check they are still fit for purpose

Some social sector evictions 'unavoidable' due to political and economic climate

27 April, 2017

Social landlords can't immunise themselves against the impact of the political and economic landscape

The role of housing in determining living standards and life chances

27 April, 2017

Living in social housing is strongly associated with various types of disadvantage

Councils sitting on 23,000 vacant residential properties

27 April, 2017

Local authorities are holding onto over 23,000 vacant residential properties

Three-quarters of social landlords implementing major change

27 April, 2017

Three-quarters of social landlords will be implementing a "major change programme" such as a merger, restructure or overhaul of IT systems over the next year

It's not perverse of housing associations to build homes - that is their purpose

27 April, 2017

We'd all love more public money going into genuinely affordable rented homes, but that's not going to happen. We have found our own way forward

Labour councils outbuild Tory authorities

27 April, 2017

Labour councils are building 50% more houses than their Conservative counterparts

Have the Conservatives really built twice as much council housing as Labour?

27 April, 2017

Not for the first time, today's Prime Minister's Questions featured a Jeremy Corbyn question on housing

Evictions by social landlords in Scotland 2012-2016

27 April, 2017

This research report looks at social sector evictions due to rent arrears in Scotland over the last four years

Councils will soon have a legal duty to prevent homelessness. What can they do?

26 April, 2017

With very little extra cash, councils need new ideas to join up local services and tackle the growing challenge of homelessness

Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25 April, 2017

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments

Newly merged association retains credit rating

24 April, 2017

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating

Housing associations are critically important, but have lost their way

24 April, 2017

Too many housing associations have focused on being developers. They have lost sight of their mission to provide good homes at genuinely affordable prices

Rent hike threat for tenants over FoI laws

24 April, 2017

Rents could be hiked to meet housing association FoI costs

The social value of sheltered housing

21 April, 2017

The study has put a conservative estimate on the social value saving made by sheltered housing at close to half a billion pounds a year

Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21 April, 2017

The UK's largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

21 April, 2017

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplar

Social housing is becoming 'increasingly commercialised'

20 April, 2017

The social housing sector has become 'increasingly commercialised' as housing associations look for new ways to make money

West of England mayoral election: Liberal Democrat pledges to establish housing association

20 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West of England mayor has pledged to set up a new state-owned housing association if elected

Right to Buy: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

19 April, 2017

Leading Bridging Loans Provider Discusses UK Gov's Increasingly Debated Scheme for Council Tenants

Civitas announces £11.5m buy of social housing portfolio

19 April, 2017

Acquisition includes 10 care homes and 79 tenancies across the Midlands

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2015-16 - Revised

19 April, 2017

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned, or partly owned, by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Social housing places for rent in Wales dip

18 April, 2017

Places available for social housing in Wales have dropped for the first time in five years

Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

18 April, 2017

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century

With greater control over rent-setting, housing associations could deliver more

13 April, 2017

How far do I think the Government trusts housing associations to deliver? A year ago, I would have replied 'not at all', but the political landscape is shifting

Salford council is going to start buying up homes to tackle the city's housing crisis

13 April, 2017

Town hall bosses will have first dibs at any former Right to Buy properties before they're offered to private buyers

Social tenants struggling with unaffordable lives

12 April, 2017

That one in four low-income households struggle to eat regularly or healthily because of food costs, and that inflation in food and fuel are about to soar, should flash a warning light to the social housing sector

Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12 April, 2017

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial Local Housing Allowance cap

Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

12 April, 2017

Residents of London developments built with public funding tell of damp, lack of security, rats and poor customer service

Busted over £100k right to buy scam

12 April, 2017

Bogus would be bedsit buyer lands himself a cell

Over 1,000 social housing tenants evicted in London

12 April, 2017

In just one year, thousands of social housing tenants have been evicted - but our exclusive investigation has some worrying undertones, such as data collection

Concerns over Right to Rent checks in Wales

12 April, 2017

Right to Rent checks are currently in place across England following a trial period in 2015

MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

12 April, 2017

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments

Birmingham braced for thousands of housing association sales

11 April, 2017

As many as 3,111 socially-rented homes in the West Midlands could be sold by 2023

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

11 April, 2017

Social housing providers perform well in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

11 April, 2017

Guidance for Local Housing Authorities

'No one calls the housing association repairs line. There's no point'

11 April, 2017

Victoria Musguin says she has suffered flooding and loss of hot water for weeks at a time at her newly built flat

Housing association 'let waste pile up in estate because residents fought parking charge hike'

11 April, 2017

Stockwell Gardens Residents' Association in Lambeth says the company put up the price of parking permits and increased enforcement hours to evenings and weekends

You'll never fix the broken market without social housing

11 April, 2017

The Government's much-anticipated repair-plan for Britain's broken housing market is missing a critical part of the fix

The potential impact of Brexit on housing associations in Scotland

11 April, 2017

Summary report and next steps

Filling the Void: Empty Homes Strategy 2016/19

11 April, 2017

Addressing long term empty homes, those empty for more than six months, is a priority for the Council and partners

Renting in London: rents in the capital continue to fall thanks to a greater choice of homes available for London tenants

10 April, 2017

London rents have dropped 4.2 per cent in a year, but prices are on the rise in cheaper areas

'Dirty flat' protest lands Bedford social housing tenant in the dock

10 April, 2017

A bible studies group leader could be kicked out of his social housing flat after refusing to pay rent in protest at poor living conditions

Ending the Right to Buy: Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 April, 2017

A Bill is a draft law. Once a Bill has been considered and passed by the Assembly and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, it becomes an 'Act of the Assembly'

L&G: confidence in associations has dropped

07 April, 2017

Legal & General's confidence in housing association lending has dropped on the back of deregulation and rent cuts

Sajid Javid to make changes to Help to Buy loans

07 April, 2017

Sajid Javid has told housebuilders that he will make changes to Help to Buy loans to help boost the housing market

Students challenged to cut cost of housebuilding

07 April, 2017

University students are being challenged by Bromford to come up with innovative ways to slash the cost of building supported living homes

Redbridge Council pledges better temporary accommodation as mother shares her horror story

07 April, 2017

A mother of four says she feels helpless after spending five years in temporary accommodation

Call for evidence for housing intervention evaluations

06 April, 2017

A non-profit organisation has issued a call for evidence to housing associations, local authorities, housing charities or any other organisations for evaluations of housing interventions

A new name and an exciting new era

06 April, 2017

Three of the North's leading social landlords have today launched a new regionwide landlord known as Karbon Homes

How can housing associations help to reduce reoffending?

05 April, 2017

Scottish Prison Service details how housing associations can help those leaving

Government rejects CLG committee recommendation on Right to Buy

05 April, 2017

In a response to a CLG committee report on housing associations and the Right to Buy, the government has rejected appeals to fund the policy

Social housing boost for Galliford Try

04 April, 2017

Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a £128m contract with Notting Hill Housing to build phase two of the Great Eastern Quays development at the Royal Docks in London

Record Help to Buy equity loans in last quarter of 2016

31 March, 2017

The government made more than 12,000 Help to Buy equity loans in the last three months of 2016

Troubled housing association put tenants at risk

30 March, 2017

Serious governance failure identified at Glasgow HA

Healey warns housebuilders over Help to Buy figures

30 March, 2017

With Help to Buy figures out, Shadow Housing Secretary warns housebuilders: improve or risk losing cash

Brexit and Beyond

30 March, 2017

Making a success of EU exit in housing

Help to Buy used by over a million

30 March, 2017

More than 259,000 people have already bought a home using one of the government's flagship Help to Buy schemes, and over 868,000 have opened a Help to buy: ISA

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Council to invest £1bn in social housing

30 March, 2017

Stevenage Council are set to invest £1bn in council housing, in a 30-year investment plan

Associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29 March, 2017

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors

West Ham tenants' anger over 40 per cent rent hike

29 March, 2017

A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

29 March, 2017

The government will only support builders which adopt "acceptable terms" to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme

Lenders are continuing to invest in social housing

29 March, 2017

Lenders are continuing to invest in the Scottish social housing sector and registered social landlords continue to have access to sufficient finance

DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28 March, 2017

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed

Blackburn man stripped housing association flat after eviction notice

28 March, 2017

A man who was told he was being kicked out of his housing association flat responded by stripping the property

Homes for social house sharing

28 March, 2017

Development pilot in Kent sees homes built for social tenants to share

How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis

27 March, 2017

Fancy a three-bed semi with a garden for £152,000? Or rent at less than £500 per month? Sheffield is showing other local authorities how to build again

High Court leaves council's affordable housing policy in limbo

24 March, 2017

Ruling has implications for authorities across the country over the interpretation of development policies

The future is private

24 March, 2017

The current level of grant funding in Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for housing associations to drive up the delivery of new affordable homes

Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands

24 March, 2017

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region

Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

24 March, 2017

The government plans to use LHA rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are "already there" a senior civil servant has admitted

Charities criticise 'woefully insufficient' government fund to address LHA rate freeze

23 March, 2017

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze

LibDem's Farron condemns right-to-buy figures as selling a city to build a village

23 March, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the lack of replacement council homes built or acquired to replace those sold off under the Government's reinvigorated right-to-buy policy

End of Help to Buy needs to be managed carefully to protect the market

22 March, 2017

The Government must work out a way to "sensibly exit" its Help to Buy home buying policy in order to protect housebuilders

UK rental growth slowest in four years

21 March, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has slowed to its lowest level since 2013 as the government begins to shift its stance away from homeownership

The state of the UK rental market

20 March, 2017

Rents across the UK continued to grow in 2016, rising by 1.12% between January and November, but the pace of growth slowed to half the 2.34% seen over the same period in 2015

Wales: abolition of Right to Buy heads 'home'

20 March, 2017

Major consultation targets social housing tenants, prospective tenants and those who have bought homes under the scheme

Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20 March, 2017

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a "strong contender" for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extension

Government replaces just 1 in 5 affordable homes sold under Right to Buy

17 March, 2017

Lib Dems seize on newly released DCLG Right to Buy stats to go at the government again - soon after winning a crucial concession

Bedford MP presses government to deliver 'right to buy' for housing association tenants

17 March, 2017

Mr Fuller urged the Minister to fulfil the government's manifesto pledge to remove the unfairness in law that denies housing association tenants the right to buy their home

Pay-to-Stay changes stopped

16 March, 2017

Pay-to-Stay - a proposal to increase local authority housing rents for higher earners - will not be implemented by St Albans City and District Council

A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

16 March, 2017

A dozen housing associations have almost 2,000 partially developed supported housing units on hold due to uncertainty over funding

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15 March, 2017

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

15 March, 2017

The UK Parliament's work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities

March for homes planned to take on Tories attack on social housing

15 March, 2017

Housing activists have called a national demonstration for 24 June to go on the offensive against Tory attacks on social housing

Scottish Government launches scrutiny guide for tenants

15 March, 2017

The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services

Social housing retrofit survey shows data 'key to success'

14 March, 2017

Social housing providers put £120m into retrofitting projects over the past year

Is this the beginning of the end for Right to Buy in the UK?

14 March, 2017

The Welsh Government has introduced legislation to end the Right to Buy scheme in the country, triggering suggestions that England could follow suit as social rental housing continues its decline

Lack of robust thinking on affordable housing

14 March, 2017

The co-leader of the Green Party says the leading opposition parties are not doing enough to make the case for genuinely affordable housing

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

14 March, 2017

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors

Northern Irish tenants could be hit with surprise bedroom tax

14 March, 2017

Up to 1,500 social housing tenants could be hit by the bedroom tax if they move home

Why Right to Buy was 'the only good thing Thatcher did for Wales', according to the people it helped

14 March, 2017

More than 139,000 housing units in Wales have been bought by tenants since 1980

Civitas Social Housing buys supported living properties for £9.1m

13 March, 2017

London-listed investment trust Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of supported living properties across Britain for £9.1m

Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

13 March, 2017

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap

The end of Right to Buy in Wales

13 March, 2017

As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past

Council commits to mitigating Bedroom Tax

10 March, 2017

The City of Cardiff Council has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax

Two councils publish league tables on how much agents charge tenants

10 March, 2017

New data on how much local letting agents charge in tenants' fees has been published by the councils of Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties

10 March, 2017

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties to increase housebuilding at a local level

The sector in stats

10 March, 2017

The UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing this week, consists of more than 200 charts and tables

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

08 March, 2017

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies

£70 million to build new council homes and ease Cambridge's housing crisis

08 March, 2017

The cash would pay for 500 new homes to be built in the city within five years

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

06 March, 2017

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families

London Councils claim extra £470m could be spent on housebuilding if boroughs were allowed to keep all RTB receipts

06 March, 2017

If the Government slashed red tape and let them keep receipts from right-to-buy sales, then London's borough councils would have an extra £470 million to spend on building new homes

Social landlords need to be 'more open' to complaints

03 March, 2017

Some Scottish social landlords need to be "more open and responsive" to complaints

Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

03 March, 2017

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom

Councils forced to pay £800m in RTB cash back to Treasury

02 March, 2017

Labour on the attack saying the sum could have built more than 12,500 new homes

Where are UK renters most satisfied?

02 March, 2017

A new survey has revealed whereabouts in the UK renters are most and least satisfied

Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is "only politically justifiable" if the government is delivering replacement homes

Barwell: 1% rent cut unhelpful for development plans

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has admitted the 1% rent cut has not helped housing associations and councils increase the number of homes they can build

The five stages of renting

28 February, 2017

For many renting is the only realistic option

South West social landlord securing rent intelligently

28 February, 2017

North Devon Homes is using data to collect rent efficiently whilst also keeping tenants in their homes

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

28 February, 2017

Three of Scotland's largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a solution on how to fund supported housing

Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

27 February, 2017

Southwark Council expressed its "sincere regret" today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people

Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24 February, 2017

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up

Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

24 February, 2017

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account

Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

24 February, 2017

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes

Welsh Government ends councils Right to Buy duty

24 February, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Breaking the Cycle

24 February, 2017

Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils' youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void?

Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24 February, 2017

Inside Housing's annual look at councils' Housing Revenue Accounts reflects the growing divergence in policy across the UK - and the different impacts that policy decisions are having on the ground

MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

23 February, 2017

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate

Let's build the social rent homes we need

23 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

23 February, 2017

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association's emergency call line

Let's build the social rent homes we need

22 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

HAs market sale building overtakes social rent

22 February, 2017

New figures show market sale starts made by housing associations were higher every quarter than social rent starts

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter three 2016/17?

22 February, 2017

We have recently completed our third survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

22 February, 2017

David Orr was giving evidence at a joint Work and Pensions Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee into supported housing

Leeds council tax bills to go up by £70... but social housing rents to fall

21 February, 2017

Leeds's annual local services budget is set to be rubber-stamped tomorrow, with a five per cent council tax rise forming part of a £492.67m overall financial plan for the city

Barwell hints at RTB deal for councils

21 February, 2017

The housing minister has offered a small olive branch to councils over the Right to Buy policy

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

Scottish Government seeks "cast iron" commitments from Westminster benefits won't be clawed back

Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations

20 February, 2017

Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them

NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20 February, 2017

The National Housing Federation has warned of "significant risks" to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements

Labour hit out at 'counterproductive' Right to Buy extension

20 February, 2017

Thousands of new homes are to be brought under the Government's Right to Buy scheme, despite fears that it could hamper the creation of more affordable housing

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Abrupt end to Help to Buy Wales would be 'disastrous'

20 February, 2017

A senior housebuilding figure has warned that the government's Help to Buy scheme remains "critical" to the market in Wales

Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17 February, 2017

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post=2020 rent settlement

New film on social housing launches

17 February, 2017

Tenants TV have launched a new film 'Born into social housing' to look at how young people will be affected by social housing

Law to scrap right to buy to be proposed by Welsh Government

17 February, 2017

Tenants' rights to buy their own council homes would be scrapped under a proposed new law by the Welsh Government

Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable Flats

17 February, 2017

Correspondent Donna asks "Is there any one out there willing to work with those who are not of the 1%?"

More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16 February, 2017

Housing associations covering more than half of all housing association stock have signed up to a pilot of pioneering efficiency metrics being developed by the sector

Labour council pushes ahead with massive attack on council housing

16 February, 2017

A Labour council in north London took a step closer to launching a massive attack on council housing tenants on Tuesday

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

Help to Buy scheme's impact across England revealed

15 February, 2017

One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital

Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15 February, 2017

Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2015

15 February, 2017

This is a new statistical publication that presents an overview of social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland for the year 2015

Kent social housing provider joins national financial awareness project

15 February, 2017

One of Kent's leading social housing providers is playing a vital role in a nationwide search to find the best way to help people make the best use of their money

Could a Supported Housing Allowance offer a solution to the threat imposed by the LHA Cap?

15 February, 2017

It is very unclear exactly what problem the Government is trying to fix with its proposal to introduce a LHA cap for supported housing

'Unfit' council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years

14 February, 2017

Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in "unfit" council homes

Birmingham seeks to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14 February, 2017

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks "breaking" sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned

Out of the box: councils try innovative projects to provide social housing

13 February, 2017

Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis

'Terrorised' tenants take on drugs den

13 February, 2017

Residents praised for evidence that saw a property shut down over allegations of drug-related anti-social behaviour

Cardiff council likely to put a stop to right-to-buy

13 February, 2017

Tenants are likely to lose the right to buy their council houses in Cardiff in a bid to tackle the city's growing housing need

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

How to fix the UK's housing crisis has been the subject of national debate for decades

Associations could save £1.6bn in repairs costs

10 February, 2017

A new survey has shown housing associations could save a huge amount of money if they sharpen up their repairs and maintenance contracts

Councils' Local Plan targets cast doubt on key White Paper measure

09 February, 2017

More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government's plan to tackle town halls "ducking" housing responsibility

Associations must properly consult tenants before selling properties

09 February, 2017

The social housing regulator is calling on housing associations to properly consult tenants before disposing of properties or making a change in management

Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

08 February, 2017

This report looks at the shortfall in supported housing place for working age people in England and considers the cost to the taxpayer of not taking action to meet this need

Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

08 February, 2017

The government announced it would continue with the 1% rent cut through the life of this parliament but would introduce a new standard to help them borrow against future income thereafter

Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08 February, 2017

The government will balance the "fiscal consequences" of higher rents against housing associations' calls for full flexibility

Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

08 February, 2017

A growing number of councils have set up housing companies to directly build homes for affordable rent, private rent and market sale

Families to stay in emergency accommodation for maximum of one week

08 February, 2017

Families with children and pregnant women will spend no more than a week in emergency accommodation when a cap is introduced by the Scottish Government

White Paper: Right to Buy could apply to council housing companies

07 February, 2017

White Paper 'welcomes' council housing companies and related initiatives, but says tenants placed in such homes should be offered equivalent terms to those in council housing

The way Birmingham allocates social housing is changing

07 February, 2017

Birmingham is changing the way it allocates social housing

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland - 2016

07 February, 2017

This data report is intended to improve our understanding of the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

Housing white paper and supporting documents setting out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland

Trowbridge tenants say lives will be put at risk by move

06 February, 2017

Residents have accused Selwood Housing of putting people's lives at risk after it revealed plans to remove fire safety sprinklers from over 200 homes

Council to invest £5m in sheltered housing

06 February, 2017

A London Council is to invest nearly £5m in new sheltered housing schemes

London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06 February, 2017

London housing associations set the pace for development in the sector in 2015/16

Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03 February, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are making more stringent checks into the ability of new tenants to pay their rent, as the new lower benefit cap takes effect

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

03 February, 2017

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses at heavily discounted prices

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

PlaceShapers response to the DCLG and DWP consultation sets proposals to help sustain and develop supported housing for elderly and vulnerable people

Technology in Social Housing Part 2

02 February, 2017

In the second event in the Technology for Social Housing series we invited UK housing providers to meet the technologies that have the potential to transform housing

L&Q's Gallagher purchase could unlock 5,000 homes per year

02 February, 2017

L&Q's landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country's largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year

Housing associations quadruple land buying in 2016

02 February, 2017

Housing associations bought four times as much land last year as they did in 2015, as the sector geared up for large development ambitions

CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

02 February, 2017

The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has called for the government to build homes for social rent, slamming its limited focus on homeownership

Social housing and the shared society

01 February, 2017

In her second major foray into public policy outside of Brexit - the first being an intention to found new grammar schools - Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 8th January that her Government would be committed to enabling a 'shared society'

Landlord-led domestic abuse initiative gets £30,000 of government funding

01 February, 2017

A landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse in the social housing sector has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the government

Glasgow calls for rent rises as it cuts sheltered housing budget by third

01 February, 2017

Glasgow City Council has asked the city's associations to implement rent rises to help cover the cost of a forthcoming £1m cut to sheltered housing services

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

New figures from the Deposit Protection Service put London properties at an all time peak of nearly £2,000

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

CML supports launch of new social housing regulator

31 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it supports moves to set up a new regulator for the social housing sector

Britain's housing crisis could be solved - if only the government wanted to

31 January, 2017

Private builders will never meet the demand for homes. We need more social housing, denser cities and new suburbs - and those require real political will

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

Peterborough taxpayers were asked to give compensation through "the public purse" to the housing firm which is evicting dozens of residents from a single estate

Transparency and Trust: A guide to data protection and privacy for landlords and tenants

30 January, 2017

We are living in a new digital age and it is continually evolving

Tower Hamlets social housing boss slams call centres for taking control away from tenants

30 January, 2017

A former social housing boss in London's deprived East End has hit out at the trend for estates being swallowed up in "mega housing groups" that lose touch with tenants and families in their care

As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

30 January, 2017

Many social landlords are planning to cut their maintenance spend over the next three to four years - one of a number of steps being taken by the sector to cope with the 1% annual rent reductions

LIN Member Report January 2017 - Housebuilding

27 January, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Work starts on new housing scheme in Sacriston aimed at helping people stuck in rental trap to buy their own homes

27 January, 2017

Work is underway on a housing development aimed at helping people stuck in the rental trap to buy their own home

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

27 January, 2017

Estimating the need for housing depends on making a judgement about the amount of housing space people should live in

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

26 January, 2017

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home

Once the biggest housing associations own 90% of social homes, tenants will lose out

26 January, 2017

As social housing moves inexorably towards mega-mergers and consolidation, it should heed a warning from history: big is not always beautiful

The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

26 January, 2017

Four years ago, when the first wave of welfare cuts was breaking, Shelter Scotland ran a high profile campaign to Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster

Lord Kerslake: Rent cut drop would give sector 'confidence'

25 January, 2017

In an exclusive interview, Lord Kerslake opens up to 24housing on all things housing - and his hopes for the future

Calls to increase energy efficiency in homes

25 January, 2017

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is calling on the Scottish government to decrease the amount of carbon emissions in houses

Catalyst downgraded by regulator following management breaches

25 January, 2017

Catalyst Housing Group has been downgraded by the regulator following breaches in the management of its sales and marketing team

Supporting housing tenants

24 January, 2017

Caroline Nokes reiterates her commitment to working with the social housing sector to best support claimants

Areas with rising waiting lists see falls in social housing

24 January, 2017

Councils with the fastest rising housing waiting lists are areas which saw above average decreases in the amount of social housing coming available

Hate crime a 'major concern' for migrant tenants

24 January, 2017

Specialist migrant HA Arhag now offering detailed guidance on how to recognise and report hate crime - staff have also been given guidance on how to help victims

Rental growth slowed down in Scotland at end of 2016 but demand is high

24 January, 2017

Residential rents in Scotland fell in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 0.9% year on year to an average of £739 per month

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

23 January, 2017

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector rents have increased faster than wages

Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

23 January, 2017

Councils could be required to work with households to prevent them becoming homeless beyond the 56-day time period set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Perth & Kinross Council continues home improvements despite rents freeze

23 January, 2017

Significant investments in council houses in Perth and Kinross over recent years has seen the percentage of council houses achieving the SHQS reach an all time high

Right to Buy: dreams and nightmares

23 January, 2017

An analysis of the Right to Buy extension pilot contains stark warnings about affordability and communication around exemptions

Associations slash spend on major repairs as rent cut bites

20 January, 2017

Housing associations in England slashed spend on major repairs work to their estates as the government enforced its policy of cutting social rents

Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19 January, 2017

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years

Data reveals empty council garages could create 16,000 homes

19 January, 2017

Councils are sitting on more than 22,000 empty garages in London that could be turned into at least 16,000 homes

Disused council building 'ideal for social housing'

18 January, 2017

A county council complex which has lain derelict in the heart of Bridgetown for more than five years should be converted into affordable homes for young people

'250,000 social homes lost by 2020'

18 January, 2017

Almost 250,000 social rented homes could be sold or converted to other tenures by 2020

Changing how we think about repairs

18 January, 2017

Some housing associations are challenging received thinking about the way the sector approaches repairs and maintenance

Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

18 January, 2017

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year

Projection of social rented stock from April 2012 to April 2020 on various assumptions

18 January, 2017

Housing Association social rented stock (figures to 2015 from HCA statistics)

10-year wait for a council house

17 January, 2017

Research shows tens of thousands of people have been on social housing waiting lists for a decade

Doubts around ring-fenced funding for supported housing

17 January, 2017

Housing professionals have stated they are not sure how long the ring-fenced funding for supported housing will last for

Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

17 January, 2017

The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year

Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

17 January, 2017

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago

Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

17 January, 2017

Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country

Contradictory advice of civil servants has ministers at odds on welfare cash

16 January, 2017

The two ministers at the centre of the row over a 'bedroom tax' relief scheme have published conflicting advice from their most senior civil servants

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

This publication sets out the results of a survey launched in November 2016 of 33 stock retaining councils and Arm's Length Management Organisations

Which west London borough has the highest cost social housing rents?

16 January, 2017

Unsurprisingly, west London has some of the most expensive social housing costs in England, but which borough has seen the biggest rise in the last year?

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

Smart meters are really changing tenants' lives

13 January, 2017

The National Housing Federation has been promoting the smart meter rollout for nearly six months and what is interesting is the interest from our members

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

The resignation of Martin McGuinness jeopardises Northern Ireland's plans to delay the bedroom tax - introducing it now wouldn't just be cruel, but dangerous

Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

13 January, 2017

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies

The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations: An Action - Learning Approach

12 January, 2017

This research report assesses the aims, operation and outcomes so far of the pilot programme for the voluntary Right to Buy

71% unsure of Right to Buy purchase price

12 January, 2017

Concerns have been raised about affordability and clarity in a new report looking into the Right to Buy pilot

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

UK rents in December are just 1.7% higher than a year ago, down from 3.8% last year

'Bedroom tax' impact mitigation scheme 'not a way forward'

11 January, 2017

The communities minister has said a scheme proposed by the finance minister to mitigate the impact of the 'bedroom tax' is not possible

Affordable housing definition explained: From homes for social rent to shared ownership

11 January, 2017

Despite a housing crisis and calls for more affordable housing, 2015-16 saw the fewest built for 25 years

Letting agents hit with fines after council crackdown on display of fees

11 January, 2017

Letting agents in one borough have been fined over £14,000 after a crackdown by the local authority on the display of fees

HA launches innovative recruitment for tenants

09 January, 2017

'Aspire2work' gives all young people under 25 living in an Aspire home access to training or a job opportunity

Bid to stop people refusing social housing

09 January, 2017

A scheme will be introduced across all local authorities within the next six months in a bid to crack down on those refusing social housing

Nama defends social housing efforts as campaigners demand action

06 January, 2017

The state's bad-bank Nama said it has delivered 2,378 social houses and apartments a mid renewed calls for it to make more property available for the homeless

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes

Further Parliamentary engagement on supported housing

05 January, 2017

One of our Parliamentary champions, Peter Aldous MP, has put forward an Early Day Motion on supported housing

What does 2017 hold for social housing?

04 January, 2017

Our panel of experts on the housing, homelessness and policy issues the year ahead holds

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

Some were always sceptical about Theresa May's speech on the steps of Downing Street about helping families who are just about getting by

Council suffering from lack of homes

29 December, 2016

There is a continuing shortage of council-owned properties in the Caerphilly county borough

London's temporary housing population is expanding

21 December, 2016

London has the severest housing crisis; one third of all homeless households in England are accepted by local authorities in the capital

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

Council house replacements

21 December, 2016

Council homes are being sold off without being replaced

New homelessness duties could cost London councils millions

21 December, 2016

New duties introduced through proposed homelessness laws will cost town halls millions, councils in London have calculated

22,000 social rented homes lost in last two years

20 December, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions data shows new social housing lettings by private registered providers and councils decreased by nearly 22,000 homes in the last two years

Campaigners catch council out over social housing commitments

19 December, 2016

The Local Government Ombudsman finds a London borough council failed "for years" to monitor whether developers were providing promised social housing in accordance with Section 106 Agreements

Labour's Lisa Forbes: Yes, we do need more social housing

19 December, 2016

It is a strange set of circumstances in which a relatively wealthy society, the sixth largest economy in the world, is prepared to accept homeless people living and sleeping on its streets

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Enfield council homes for rent at £2,000 a month spark row

16 December, 2016

Council-built family homes are being offered for rent for up to £2,000 a month, and have sparked a political row

Help to Buy helps over 220,000 people buy a new home

16 December, 2016

Over 180,000 supported by the schemes have been first time buyers

LGA seeks legal advice for councils caught in water bill scandal

15 December, 2016

The LGA is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multi-million pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water

Affordable homes: residents' views of quality

15 December, 2016

Eight out of ten Housing Association residents remain pleased with their homes

London council accused of 'social cleansing' over plans to deposit lowest paid tenants on edge of capital

15 December, 2016

Westminster Council buys 24 homes in Hounslow for its social housing tenants - without telling Hounslow Council

Tenant wins appeal over council bid to terminate tenancy agreement

15 December, 2016

A council tenant who claimed that his occupancy agreement should be treated as a Scottish secure tenancy because it did not contain an express provision stating that it was for a term of less than six months

Gov report finds council 'failed' for years to monitor developers on broken promises to provide social housing

15 December, 2016

Southwark now pledges to start running annual audits of section 106 agreements, to check promised social housing will be delivered

Borough moves to protect renters

15 December, 2016

New measures approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council also back the 'better' landlords in a borough where a third of residents rent

Right to Buy sales outpace development

14 December, 2016

Councils in England sold almost six times more homes than they built in first nine months of this year

Labour pledges housing association deal to end rough sleeping

14 December, 2016

The Labour Party has pledged to end rough sleeping through a voluntary deal with housing associations to reserve 4,000 properties for the street homeless

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears and collection costs

The benefits of going digital

13 December, 2016

As the lead for digital at North Wales Housing, I am always shouting about the virtues of doing more things digitally

90% of councils 'won't meet Government housing targets'

13 December, 2016

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe they will not be able to meet the Government's housing targets because of a lack of resources in their planning departments

Too many council websites overcomplicating social housing applications

13 December, 2016

Too many councils are making it unnecessarily difficult for people seeking social housing to find out if they are eligible and then apply

Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12 December, 2016

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed

NI government to scrap housing association Right to Buy

12 December, 2016

The Northern Irish Government plans to scrap Right to Buy for housing associations as part of a package of measures to take associations off the national balance sheet

Moray tenants to be consulted on rent rises

09 December, 2016

Council house tenants in Moray are to be consulted over the level of rent increase for the next three years

Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

08 December, 2016

Peabody and Family Mosaic's merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units

LHA cap: supported schemes remain on ice

08 December, 2016

Supported housing providers are keeping development schemes on hold

Regulator cautions against taking private lending for granted

08 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the current parliament presents opportunities for some RSLs but could throw up financial challenges for others

Coping with the cap

08 December, 2016

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in

L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

07 December, 2016

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter two 2016/17?

06 December, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Sheltered housing in Mid Suffolk and Babergh set to change

06 December, 2016

Sheltered housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is set to change following a major review of the needs of older people in the two districts

Don't forget meaning of social

06 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Executive is consulting on its draft programme for government

Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

06 December, 2016

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing

Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06 December, 2016

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act

Abolish right-to-buy schemes that are depleting social stock: McCann

05 December, 2016

The social housing stock in Derry is being depleted by landlords acquiring multiple properties from former housing association tenants who have bought under market rates

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact

05 December, 2016

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact is a landmark collaboration between local authorities, social and affordable housing providers in the Sheffield City Region

Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK

05 December, 2016

Study attacks attempts by governments to boost ethnic integration as 'saris, samosas and steel drums for the well-intentioned'

Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

05 December, 2016

One of England's largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure

500 new council homes? It's not all it seems to be

05 December, 2016

Cambridge City Council voted to proceed with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution proposal

The displaced tenants paying the true cost of an inhumane housing policy

02 December, 2016

Councils must commit to a more humane, thoughtful and cost-effective social housing policy than moving people away from jobs and homes

Social landlords 'require additional capacity' to deliver 50,000 homes target

02 December, 2016

Around two thirds of social landlords in Scotland have insufficient in-house skills and capacity to deliver an expanded programme of new affordable housing

Quarterly Survey for Q2 (July to September) 2016 to 2017

02 December, 2016

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

BHP launches first new homes supporting vulnerable tenants to live independently

02 December, 2016

BHP has completed the refurbishment on a six bedroom house in Wembley, which has been developed into six apartments for Brent residents with learning disability and special needs

FOI extension will lead to cost burden

02 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's U-turn on the FOI Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs

Transparency and accountability in the housing association sector

01 December, 2016

In recent years there has been a strong push from the Government to improve transparency in the public sector at the national and local level

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

01 December, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs in Scotland

Princess Anne hails £3million social housing project at official opening in Bury St Edmunds

01 December, 2016

The Princess Royal officially opened a £3.1million affordable housing project in Bury St Edmunds December 1

Proposal on using a Legislative Reform Order to establish the social housing regulator as an independent body

01 December, 2016

This consultation paper sets out the proposal for amending the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 so that responsibility for social housing regulation is transferred HCA to a new standalone public body

Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants

30 November, 2016

Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Top architect blasts 'free-riding' tenants living in council houses in central London and says they should be moved, to make way for HIS staff

29 November, 2016

A top London architect has triggered a ferocious storm by calling for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

Landlords join forces to create efficiency metrics

28 November, 2016

A group of housing associations have joined forces in an attempt to create an authoritative set of metrics to measure efficiency

Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

28 November, 2016

A flagship £100m scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

Sanctuary Housing rolls out first-of-its-kind social housing platform using SAP

25 November, 2016

The large social housing authority is transforming the way it communicates with tenants

Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

25 November, 2016

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest

Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

25 November, 2016

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

25 November, 2016

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

Right to Buy delay fears after second pilot announcement

24 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation is seeking clarity "as soon as possible" on the national roll-out of the Right to Buy extension

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

23 November, 2016

A question recently tabled by MLA Maurice Bradley asked the minister of communities to outline where the further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

Government backtracks on a new 'bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners

22 November, 2016

The proposal to penalise older people in social housing who 'underoccupy' their homes - revealed by The Independent - will be delayed by one year

Councils react to Pay to Stay decision

22 November, 2016

Local authorities up and down the country have been celebrating the government decision to make Pay to Stay voluntary for them

Government scraps compulsory Pay to Stay

22 November, 2016

The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates

Funding for Supported Housing

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

Second London borough launches Right to Part Buy

21 November, 2016

Conservative-controlled Wandsworth Council is set to give its secure tenants the opportunity to buy a share in the equity of their home

Gateshead furniture charity warning over benefit cap

21 November, 2016

A cap on benefit payments to people in social housing could leave some tenants unable to furnish their homes

Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants

21 November, 2016

Tenants were moved out of homeless accommodation after a council claimed a property developer put charges up by thousands of pounds

LIN member Report December 2016 - Pay to Stay - A Review

20 November, 2016

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses

18 November, 2016

Ministers are required to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should achieve for tenants and other customers through their housing activities

The changing landscape for social housing

18 November, 2016

The social housing landscape has, and continues to be, shaped dramatically by a number of shifting elements, including central government policy

Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years

18 November, 2016

Councils in Britain have spent more than £3.5bn on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years

Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

18 November, 2016

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2015 to March 2016 England

18 November, 2016

An additional 32,110 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2015-16

The impact of new policies on the social housing market: an interview with Susan Coulson

17 November, 2016

Big changes are ahead in social housing following the introduction of the 2016 Housing and Planning Act

Landlords' performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter 2013-2016

17 November, 2016

This paper brings together publicly available evidence from our range of publications about how landlords have performed against the Scottish Social Housing Charter

Scottish Social Housing Charter Performance 2015/16

17 November, 2016

This report covers; comparing GWSF members against other RSLs, stock-retaining councils and Glasgow Housing Association, (LAs), and the sector as a whole

Regulator to reveal individual landlords' cost data

17 November, 2016

The English social housing regulator will publish data showing named individual housing associations' costs this year

Free up councils to build homes

17 November, 2016

The government must free up local authorities to take more decisions on how and where housing can be delivered

As Theresa May's housing crisis deepens, one council is evicting 2,000 people from a single estate

16 November, 2016

On Tuesday 15 November, the Conservative government revealed that the UK housing crisis is deepening

Under-Occupancy Charge Urgent Question

15 November, 2016

Recorded coverage of the urgent question in the House of Commons on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Under-Occupancy Charge applied to housing benefit

Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five

14 November, 2016

Labour-backed study also finds two-thirds of general population think government should do more to help first-time buyers

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

14 November, 2016

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the UK policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

Criticism of Cardiff council's plan to end tenants' right to buy

14 November, 2016

The Labour-run cabinet today approved a move to approach the Welsh Government

NHF criticises fees proposal

14 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation has criticised the English social housing regulator's proposal to charge fees

Hundreds of new homes in Sefton in massive boost for social housing

14 November, 2016

One Vision plan more than 700 homes to rent and buy all over the borough

The fight goes on to free more families from the bedroom tax nightmare

11 November, 2016

Forcing people to pay for 'extra' rooms is deliberately cruel and punishes people who, through no fault of their own, have nowhere else to go

Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11 November, 2016

Meetings of the government's Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed

Supreme Court's rulings mean bedroom tax 'will still unfairly hit thousands'

11 November, 2016

The government's "bedroom tax" discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people who need an extra bedroom because of their impairment, but not against others

Moray tenants' downsizing incentive scheme to be revised

10 November, 2016

Changes are to be made to a scheme introduced by Moray Council four years ago to encourage tenants to downsize from under-occupied council houses

Bristol family denied priority housing because TV showed mum carrying son up stairs - and making it

10 November, 2016

Council housing chiefs saw a video of a mum struggling to carry her four-year-old with muscular dystrophy up two flights of stairs

Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax

10 November, 2016

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law

Social Housing Lettings : April 2015 to March 2016, England

10 November, 2016

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 3% to 261,000 in 2015/16

How social landlords consult tenants about rent increases

10 November, 2016

This report is the outcome of our assessment of how social landlords consult tenants about proposed rent increases

More than £1.3 million lost in rent because of empty council homes in Aberdeen

09 November, 2016

Aberdeen City Council lost out on more than £1.3 million in rent in the last financial year due to properties being empty

Two cases won against housing benefit cut

09 November, 2016

A woman who suffers from spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Win for 'bedroom tax' fight at Supreme Court

09 November, 2016

Court finds for two families - but other challenges to the policy are dismissed despite 'profound sympathy' from senior judges

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes

09 November, 2016

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty

Cabinet Office laments "disappointing" drop in social housing fraud detection

07 November, 2016

Latest National Fraud Initiative report shows 37% fall in properties recovered

We can't provide social housing, say Bristol chocolate factory developers, we're already giving £1m

07 November, 2016

The firm developing one of Bristol's iconic former chocolate factories says they can't afford to include social housing for local people in their plans

Building Social rent Homes

07 November, 2016

The economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes a year in the light of Brexit

Right to Buy extension delayed by Brexit vote

04 November, 2016

The Right to Buy extension to housing association tenants is set to be delayed due to the EU referendum result

Pay-to-stay uncertainty leaves tenants too little time

04 November, 2016

Mayor of Hackney says families could have just a few weeks' notice to meet higher rents if government is not clear about rules

Notting Hill promises to look again at St James Estate tenants' accounts after threats of eviction

04 November, 2016

Resident says the way Notting Hill answered their questions was "like a comedy show"

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

NHF backs new English social housing regulator

03 November, 2016

Housing associations are backing the principle of moving regulation into a separate agency

How the progressive aims of housing associations are being subverted

03 November, 2016

Some housing associations have become more like private landlords

Number of empty Aberdeen council homes halved

03 November, 2016

The number of empty council properties in Aberdeen has been halved in the past year

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Here we go again with a new independent social housing regulator

02 November, 2016

For the past five years the social housing regulator has been embraced by the Homes and Communities Agency, but a forthcoming review is likely to change that

NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02 November, 2016

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap

S&P warns of 'more volatile' housing association sector

02 November, 2016

Housing associations that increasingly rely on market sales and shared ownership to bring in income are exposing themselves to a "riskier and more volatile sector"

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Housing Revenue Account Statistics: Scottish Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 1997-98 to 2016-17

01 November, 2016

This bulletin presents statistics on Local Authority housing income and expenditure in Scotland from their Housing Revenue Accounts

Nearly half of social housing tenants 'can't afford to eat'

01 November, 2016

Survey shows four in 10 tenants on benefits go hungry and half turn off winter heating because they're strapped for cash

Benefit cap: actions taken by local authorities and DWP staff

01 November, 2016

Local authorities and DWP staff share actions they have taken to support claimants that are affected by the benefit cap changes

Powys council homes: Bid to halt right to buy

31 October, 2016

People living in council and housing association homes in Powys could be stopped from buying them in future

It's councils who push tenants into emergency housing

28 October, 2016

As winter sets in, thoughts will turn to the plight of those who find themselves without a place to call home

New regulator likely following HCA review

28 October, 2016

A new English social housing regulator is likely to be created following a government review of the Homes and Communities Agency

English associations' sales income breaks £2bn

28 October, 2016

English housing associations generated more than £2bn through properties developed for sale last year, with the vast majority of the activity in London

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

Welfare reform could price tenants out of social housing

27 October, 2016

House prices are increasing in comparison to wages, meaning it's harder and harder to afford a home

Housing association downgraded over fire safety

27 October, 2016

The social housing regulator has downgraded a Manchester housing association following failures to do with its fire risk assessments

Falkirk Council launches bid to secure nearly 800 homes for social rent

26 October, 2016

A bid to make nearly 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years is being launched by Falkirk Council this month

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

Givan vows to do all he can to help meet social housing need in Lagan Valley

25 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan has vowed to do all he can to ensure that new social housing development opportunities are brought forward

Rent warning to Enfield tenants in advance of new benefits cap

25 October, 2016

Tenants are being warned to ensure they keep up their rent payments when government benefit cap changes come into force on November 7

Council rents could more than double as part of housing business plan

24 October, 2016

Tenants in social housing looking to upgrade to a new home as part of the council's £40m investment could have to fork out more than double in rental costs as part of a new business plan

Families evicted for Peterborough homeless centre

24 October, 2016

More than 70 families are to be evicted from a housing complex to make way for homeless people

Sales of social housing increase by 8%

21 October, 2016

English social landlords sold nearly 22,000 homes in 2015/16, an increase of 8% on the previous year

Landlord report

21 October, 2016

How your landlord told us it performed in 2015/2016

More than 5,000 council homes 'at risk' in Rotherham

20 October, 2016

More than 5,000 council homes could be lost in Rotherham over the next 30 years

The London borough with a '50-year waiting list' for council houses

20 October, 2016

Candid admission appears in documentary on housing officials and people they are trying to help in deprived London borough

Are you on the waiting list for a council house? Share your story

19 October, 2016

A new documentary shows people in parts of London being told to expect a 50-year wait for a council home

New homes to encourage council house tenants to "downsize"

17 October, 2016

Poole Mayor Xena Dion has welcomed residents to the borough's newest council homes, built as part of a scheme to encourage tenants to 'downsize' to smaller properties

Scrapping right-to-buy will cause social housing stock blocking

17 October, 2016

Right-to-Buy has now been suspended in Anglesey with the rest of Wales set to follow suit and has been brought in by assembly ministers as a means to protect the stock of social housing

Managing Generation Rent

17 October, 2016

More housing associations are building sizeable private rent portfolios, with a customer base with different needs from its social tenants

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord

14 October, 2016

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord if a merger deal between Boston Mayflower and North East Lincolnshire housing provider Shoreline goes ahead

Bath residents living with social housing provider Curo face up to £5-a-week service charge

13 October, 2016

Curo residents are set to be charged for communal services previously provided for free by the Bath social housing group

Shelter needed

13 October, 2016

There's an irony that the £5bn pledge to increase housing supply made at the Conservative Party conference coincides with benefit proposals that risk having the opposite effect

The role of social housing in Northern Ireland's divided communities

12 October, 2016

As talks start in Ireland over post-Brexit border control, other physical barriers - the notorious peace walls - between communities are coming down

Sharp increase in sales of social stock

12 October, 2016

English housing associations have reported a 48% annual increase in sales of social rented homes out of the sector, as they seek greater value for money from their assets

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

12 October, 2016

PRPs reported 2,761,690 units/bedspaces owned at 31 March 2016, an increase of 2.0% on the total for 2015 and the largest increase in total stock owned by PRPs since 2012

Bath councillor Joe Rayment: 'More social housing investment needed' to slash house prices in Banes

12 October, 2016

A Bath councillor wants more investment in social housing to help bring down the cost of living in Bath and North East Somerset

York's council house system is about to undergo a huge change

10 October, 2016

Housing officers at York council are proposing major changes to the way council homes are given out in York

500 Welsh children homeless due to social housing evictions

10 October, 2016

The Welsh Government has said it will 'study closely' a new report from Shelter Cymru showing some 500 children were made homeless last year through social housing evictions

Value for Money

10 October, 2016

We've put together guidance on the Regulator's recent changes that place greater emphasis on Value for Money, and advice on producing self-assessments

More Social Housing required

10 October, 2016

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan has said more Social Housing is required across North Antrim

We need a rock-solid commitment to council housing

10 October, 2016

he government's Housing and Planning Act casts a long shadow over the future of all non-profit housing

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

07 October, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16

07 October, 2016

Regulating to protect the interests of tenants and other users of social housing services in Scotland

Moving Up

07 October, 2016

Higher wages for social housing tenants

Temporary accommodation numbers rise despite fund

07 October, 2016

A government fund targeted at tackling the number of families in temporary accommodation has not halted the rise

Calls for major review of council housing to cope with law changes

06 October, 2016

City of York Council bosses want to start a whole-scale review of council housing because of major, impending law changes

Baroness Warwick: 'We can still build for social rent'

06 October, 2016

Baroness Warwick has only been the Chair of the National Housing Federation for a year but she has already seen two governments and a Housing Act

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

06 October, 2016

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Four star hotel for gas row tenants in Londonderry

06 October, 2016

A housing association is footing the bill for tenants to stay in a four-star hotel while work is carried out on their homes

ALMO Governance: The inside track

06 October, 2016

Arms-Length Management Organisations now manage over 500,000 homes in England, nearly a third of all council housing

Council tenant's legal challenge to rent agreement rejected

05 October, 2016

A council house tenant who challenged an occupancy agreement after falling into arrears has had her petition dismissed

Ministers consider Pay to Stay exemption

05 October, 2016

The DCLG will consider exempting council tenants from Pay to Stay in areas where social rents and market rents are similar

The council house that nobody wants to live in

05 October, 2016

Why Sheffield council houses have been empty for over a year

Social housing the key to future election wins

05 October, 2016

When SHOUT was launched as a cross-party campaign in June 2014 our primary aim was to make the economic and social case for investing in social-rented housing

Harsher penalties for landlords renting to illegal immigrants

05 October, 2016

Landlords that knowingly let homes to illegal immigrants could be sent to prison, the home secretary has announced

LGA chief hits out at supported housing duty proposal

04 October, 2016

The chair of the Local Government Association has pledged to oppose proposals for a new duty on councils to provide supported housing

Get out your hard hat Theresa: UK facing a 1.8m shortage of rental properties

04 October, 2016

The Government must urgently deliver 1.8 million new rental homes for UK families

Tory housing minister says building more council homes will increase inequality

03 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's policy as 'remarkable'

Peterborough landlords side with council over MPs in dispute over £1 million Travelodge bill for homeless families

03 October, 2016

Two landlords have dismissed arguments made by the city's MPs in the row over a £1 million hotel bill to put up homeless families

Douglas Carswell slams housing association as "Victorian landlord" over eviction of caring Clacton couple

03 October, 2016

Douglas Carswell has blasted Colne Housing for acting "disgracefully" for trying to evict a Clacton couple from a two-bed flat they had lived in for several years, while caring for an elderly relative

I won't miss help to buy. It only made the housing market worse

03 October, 2016

Most beneficiaries of George Osborne's scheme didn't need the help. Those unable to save a deposit have been left further behind

Want an affordable rented home? Don't rely on a Labour council

30 September, 2016

Too many Labour local authorities are alienating residents over regeneration and compulsory purchase

Compulsory purchase orders on London's council estates a "form of social cleansing"

30 September, 2016

The threat of Compulsory Purchase Orders has become one of the biggest perils to ex-local authority leaseholders in London

Corbyn wants councils to deliver 500,000-home plan

29 September, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn wants Labour's 500,000 'social' homes target to be delivered entirely by local authorities

Labour still calculating cost of 500,000 social home pledge

28 September, 2016

Labour is still calculating the cost of its pledge to build 500,000 'social' homes in its first five years of government

Housing associations and 'right to rent' document checks

28 September, 2016

This aims to give guidance to housing associations on how 'right to rent' document checks affect their procedures, such as their allocations and lettings policies, their policies on lodgers and their procedures for verifying tenancies.

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter one 2016/17?

27 September, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Footballers' £400m social housing dream unveiled

26 September, 2016

Brighton's Bobby Zamora, West Ham's Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand, now retired, present project to build 1,300 homes near Luton

Long-term value of social housing falls post rent cut

26 September, 2016

The long-term value of social housing properties has slipped significantly across most of the country as a result of the rent cut

Social housing is alive and kicking but providers must fight harder

26 September, 2016

There is a clear need for social housing now and into the future, but if it is to remain "alive and kicking", then the providers must get off the ropes and come out fighting

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

The future funding of supported housing - what do we need to know?

26 September, 2016

CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis talks us through what we need to know about the future funding of supported housing

Labour would scrap Right to Buy in England

26 September, 2016

Labour has dropped its support of the Right to Buy, calling for the controversial policy to be indefinitely suspended in England

Social housing in hot water?

26 September, 2016

The water is slowly getting hotter for social housing

Right to Buy Sales in England: April to June 2016

23 September, 2016

In April to June 2016-17 (Q1), local authorities sold an estimated 3,362 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

HCA warns stock sales risk damaging sector's reputation

23 September, 2016

The social housing regulator has warned that housing associations risk damaging the reputation of the sector if they sell stock inhabited by social tenants

New home starts under Right to Buy scheme 'not enough to meet Government pledge'

23 September, 2016

The number of new homes begun under the Government's flagship Right to Buy scheme is lagging behind the amount needed to deliver its "one-for-one" promise

A local problem?

23 September, 2016

Many social landlords are not happy with the government's plans for the future funding of supported housing

Borough estimates £100k Pay to Stay bill

23 September, 2016

Kingston Council cites £100k as the 'at least' spend on temporary staffing costs alone to assess tenant income ahead of Pay to Stay implementation day

Housing minister signals change in government social housing policy

23 September, 2016

Gavin Barwell pledges government will 'maximise number of affordable homes', but concerns and divisions remain within social housing sector

Ambition to Deliver

22 September, 2016

Back in 2013, the housing association sector came together to shape its vision for the future

Affordability a concern for RTB pilots

22 September, 2016

For the past few months, five housing associations have been piloting the Right to Buy scheme

'LHA cap' will apply to existing supported housing tenants

22 September, 2016

A new housing benefit cap will apply to existing as well as future supported housing tenants

New tenancy scheme to launch in London to help renters save home deposit

21 September, 2016

The first details of plans for a London Living Rent, a new type of tenancy for newly built affordable homes have been confirmed by Mayor Sadiq Khan

Value For Money - Five tips to identify hidden value for money savings

20 September, 2016

Are boards confident in their skills and training? Inside Housing and Capsticks carried out a survey of housing association board members to find out

Khan confirms end to affordable rent conversions

20 September, 2016

Conversions of homes from social to affordable rent will end under Sadiq Khan's new housing programme

Success, Satisfaction and Scrutiny: The Business Benefits of involving residents

20 September, 2016

The benefits of engagement far outweigh the costs

HAs 'better than job centres' for jobs

19 September, 2016

Social housing tenants find their housing associations more help than job centres at putting them on the first step of the career ladder

Policy Exchange: large landlords should raise rents to build

19 September, 2016

The largest housing associations should be allowed to raise rents in exchange for agreeing to build more homes

Land trusts and refuges among rent cut exemptions

19 September, 2016

Community land trusts, co-operatives, fully mutuals, refuges and alms house will be exempt from the government's four-year rent cut

The social housing sector has become dangerously divided

19 September, 2016

The only hope of reuniting the sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership and invests in genuinely affordable homes

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

19 September, 2016

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap LHA for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood

The future of social housing - take aways from our recent roundtable

19 September, 2016

A former Head of Policy at No 10, Taylor looked at the issue of 'why policy fails and how it might succeed'

An endless summer is no good for social housing tenants worried about a rent rise

19 September, 2016

The introduction of Pay to Stay from April 2017 will see some higher income social tenants required to pay more rent

No LHA cap on supported housing ahead of 'new funding formula'

16 September, 2016

The government has confirmed it will not impose the LHA cap on supporting housing ahead of a new funding formula for the sector

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

Supported accommodation plays a vital role in the lives of many vulnerable people

A second SFHA report on the capping of social rents to the rate of local allowance

16 September, 2016

This is SFHA's second report on the impact of the policy to cap the amount of rent that HB will cover in the SRS at the relevant LHA rate

Olive branch or figleaf? Sector far from reassured by Govt's new funding proposal for supported housing

16 September, 2016

Questions remain over the future viability of a host of supported housing services, despite a Government statement today that appears to offer concessions on funding

Bromsgrove social housing provider bdht defends its chief's £124,693 salary

15 September, 2016

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust has defended its chief executive's salary after new figures revealed he earned almost £130,000 in the financial year 2015-2016

More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home

15 September, 2016

British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit

'Ambitious' plans for social housing

15 September, 2016

Dundee has one of the lowest rates of social houses being completed in Scotland

Start of the end for Right to Buy in Wales

15 September, 2016

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Anglesey to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

I lead a mutual-owned housing association - and it's working for tenants

14 September, 2016

Merthyr Valleys Homes proves there is an alternative to bully landlords

Questions about social housing as council housing companies to be set up

14 September, 2016

Questions have been raised about the amount of social housing to be provided as part of a new development as two new housing companies are set to be established

Social Housing Evictions Higher than in Private Housing

14 September, 2016

You may have noticed that privately rented accommodation is not always held in the highest regard

Healey: "Council tenants to face tax rates of over 80% under Tory plans"

14 September, 2016

New analysis for Labour MP and former Treasury Minister John Healey has revealed that thousands of working families living in council homes will pay effective tax rates of over 80%

HAs successes threatened by LHA cap

14 September, 2016

The good work of two housing associations has been highlighted in Parliamentary motions by MSPs

Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

14 September, 2016

Firstly, any social landlord looking to make the move into the private rented sector needs to study their local market very carefully

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights importance of landlord openness

13 September, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the importance of social landlords being open and accessible about their services and decision-making

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Midlands landlord hits back over cost analysis

13 September, 2016

A major Midlands landlord has hit back at the regulator over its cost analysis of the sector, claiming it does not account for large care and support businesses

Britain's rental property market is counter-intuitively warped

13 September, 2016

Rents in Britain are counter-intuitively cratering despite a severe housing shortage

New data shows rise in tenant complaints

12 September, 2016

The number of tenant complaints received by social landlords surveyed by benchmarking experts Housemark has steadily increased during the past three financial years

First right-to-buy sales go through after pilots

12 September, 2016

The first sales have taken place under the government's controversial right-to-buy policy for housing association tenants

Social landlords urged to adopt new voluntary carbon monoxide safety standard

08 September, 2016

Scotland's social landlords could do more to prevent fire, gas and carbon monoxide fatalities and injuries

Reality check: are right-to-buy homes being replaced as promised?

07 September, 2016

Theresa May says government is meeting pledge to replace properties sold through the scheme - but data suggests otherwise

Pay to Stay - A bureaucratic nightmare?

07 September, 2016

Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there has discussion as to how it would work

Council's plan to buy houses in Cheltenham to provide social rented housing

06 September, 2016

Houses on the open market could be bought by Cheltenham Borough Council to be rented as council housing

I run a social housing swap shop - but couldn't make it work for my own mum

06 September, 2016

Work, illness, love: when tenants want to move, my job is to help them match up homes to exchange

Housing associations should be more than just landlords

06 September, 2016

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do

Scunthorpe tenants owe £835,000 but evictions are down

05 September, 2016

Rent arrears owed by tenants of the Scunthorpe-based housing association Ongo Homes increased last year to £835,000 - but fewer debtors are being evicted

Borough puts £1m admin cost estimate on first year of pay to stay

05 September, 2016

A London borough estimates that Pay to Stay could cost it £1 million in first year administration costs alone to make IT and other system and process changes happen

Landlords freeze pay following rent cut

05 September, 2016

A greater proportion of social landlords surveyed have frozen pay for staff since the 1% annual rent cut came into effect

Associations submit 'cautious' bids for grant

02 September, 2016

Housing associations have submitted "cautious" bids under the government's main affordable housing grant programme

May is urged to consider policy of 'living rents' linked to wage levels

02 September, 2016

As PM's social reform committee meets for first time, report says rental sector needs to be looked at urgently

'This will cause massive hardship': social housing tenants on 'pay to stay'

02 September, 2016

We heard from readers affected by the government's 'pay to stay' policy, set to be introduced from April next year

Supported housing and the impact of capping Housing Benefit

02 September, 2016

This evidence paper looks at the distribution of supported housing by region across England nationally

'Pay to stay' is Robin Hood in reverse for thousands of hard-working people

02 September, 2016

These rent hikes are a direct attack on working people in social housing by a government as numerically illiterate as it is disingenuous

Rents and Value for Money

02 September, 2016

Many tenants pay rent for their homes and rarely question whether it equates to value for money for the services they receive

Tenants forget to claim back £500,000 of their own deposit money

02 September, 2016

Staff at a tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland are searching for thousands of tenants who appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits

Supported housing helped build a better life for Amy and her son

01 September, 2016

Amy, a young woman living with her mother, had suffered from anxiety and depression following her experiences of domestic violence and abuse

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter: Headline Findings 2015/16

01 September, 2016

The general picture is one of strong performance and continued improvement over the first three years of the Charter

Council launches Pay to Stay attack on government

31 August, 2016

Southwark Council has written to ask the Government to use its own tax office to pick up the bureaucracy that Pay to Stay will generate

What is pay to stay and who will be affected?

31 August, 2016

The government's policy of rent hikes for working people in social housing will hit thousands of low earners across the country

Social housing sector reports continued strong financial performance

31 August, 2016

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Merger fever: the tenants' view

31 August, 2016

Tenants are helping to devise an alternative merger code

'Pay to stay' is just another way to punish social housing tenants

30 August, 2016

When the government talks about its 'pay to stay' policy, ministers usually point to all those greedy social housing tenants who earn mega bucks but continue living in a council house

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy

30 August, 2016

LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

The social housing tenants miles from home

30 August, 2016

Councils, particularly those in London, are choosing to tackle a shortage of affordable social housing by investing in accommodation in other parts of the country

Merseyside RTB sales increased due to low demand elsewhere

26 August, 2016

The number of homes sold in Merseyside under the Right to Buy extension pilot was upped to compensate for low sales elsewhere

Half of Mid Suffolk's sheltered homes could be axed in council's proposals

26 August, 2016

Nearly half of Mid Suffolk Council-run sheltered housing schemes could be axed if new proposals go ahead

70,000 social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rises under pay to stay

26 August, 2016

The LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

Housing associations cancel merger

24 August, 2016

Genesis and Thames Valley have cancelled their merger plans at the eleventh hour citing "differences in style and approach"

Home Group ISA scheme 'will help with deposits'

24 August, 2016

A housing association's homeownership scheme will help tenants raise cash for deposits, despite controversy this week over the government scheme on which it is modelled

Consumer regulation review 2015 to 2016

23 August, 2016

The report sets out the social housing regulator's approach to consumer regulation and includes case studies and lessons learned

Social Impact Report

23 August, 2016

The Real Lettings Property Fund is a property investment fund designed for a social purpose: to help people at risk of homelessness to become more independent

NHF crowdfunds Pay to Stay data tool

22 August, 2016

NHF has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants' incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay

The face of social housing in Renfrewshire is set to change with a £34million deal

22 August, 2016

It is hoped the plan will be rubber-stamped in days

New council houses are welcome but we need a lot more to solve housing crisis

22 August, 2016

Shelter Scotland reacts as North Lanarkshire Council reveals it is to build 1,000 council homes

Even dukes support social housing - so why doesn't the government?

19 August, 2016

Both the second and sixth Dukes of Westminster understood that social housing will always be needed: now is the time to build, not sell it off

'This is a scandal', we need to do far better than this' - more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation across Barnet

19 August, 2016

A report has revealed that more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation in Barnet - three times more than previously stated

Concern over plans to withhold Right to Buy payments

19 August, 2016

Ministers are set to insist on withholding 30% of compensation payment for Right to Buy discounts until replacement homes are started

Less than 2% of social tenants apply for Right to Buy in trial of scheme

19 August, 2016

Only 1.6% of households in the pilot to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations have applied to purchase their social home

Tenant satisfaction: is it still relevant?

18 August, 2016

As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important - and if so, why?

NHF propose Pay to Stay data solution

18 August, 2016

The National Housing Federation have set out how they feel associations can best collect data for Pay to Stay

Andy Burnham calls for councils to be able to buy poor quality private rented homes

18 August, 2016

Councils should receive a fund to help them purchase private rented homes in a poor state of repair

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales

17 August, 2016

The Welsh Government's annual report on the number of dwellings owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

Our housing associations can build more homes - if the government will let us

17 August, 2016

With housebuilding plans hard hit by the Brexit vote and uncertain economic times, there's an urgent need to shift support from ownership to renting

Bedroom tax fails on objectives

17 August, 2016

Research shows the government's Bedroom Tax is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes

G15: Bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17 August, 2016

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations

Right to buy is a stake in the heart of social housing - now more than ever

12 August, 2016

Despite the fact that flogging off national assets at below market value is brainless, the social housing fire sale continues apace

Government facing calls for Right to Buy to be scrapped

12 August, 2016

The Green Party has called for Right to Buy to be scrapped after only 20% of homes bought under the scheme last year have been replaced

Right to buy rules 'restricting councils replacing homes sold under scheme'

11 August, 2016

Less than 20% of homes sold under the right to buy scheme were replaced by councils last year

Social Housing Stock and Rents, as at 31 March 2016

11 August, 2016

Social housing stock are dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and RSLs, otherwise known as social landlords

Northern Ireland beats social housing target

11 August, 2016

The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government's 1,500-homes target, but it is still down on the previous year

New scheme to help tenants buy their social homes

11 August, 2016

One of the UK's largest housing associations plans to discount tenants' rents, freeze property prices and top up savings in a pioneering bid to help tenants buy their social home

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

11 August, 2016

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2016

11 August, 2016

Quarterly National Statistics on possession claim actions in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

10 August, 2016

The government delay on reforms to supported housing funding means a miserable summer for tenants and difficult decisions for us providers

Redefining social rent

09 August, 2016

Morphing social into affordable rent

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

Rent rises with a week's notice: we can no longer afford our 'affordable' housing

05 August, 2016

We hoped that being on an affordable rent scheme would mean we could save to buy our own place. L&Q's sudden rent increase comes as a shock and a blow

An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

05 August, 2016

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis

Affordable housing: 'affordable for who'?

05 August, 2016

Every time I hear the term 'affordable housing' being used - whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group - the same comment is always made: 'yes, but affordable for who...?'

DWP will not say whether it is going to cut disability supported housing, women's refuges, and homeless hostels

04 August, 2016

Fifteen of the UK's leading disability charities have written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling on it to end the 'shadow of uncertainty' cast on vulnerable people by its latest round of housing benefit cuts

LGA to develop advice for councils on out-of-area placements

04 August, 2016

The Local Government Association will develop best practice guidelines for councils moving people into other local authority areas

Funding Homelessness Services in Scotland

04 August, 2016

This study was commissioned by Shelter Scotland as a follow-up from previous 2012 research examining the sources and trends of funding Scottish LA homelessness services

Minister criticised for response to rent cut question

03 August, 2016

A Labour peer has blasted a minister's response to a parliamentary question about the impact of the 1% social housing rent cut as 'completely unsatisfactory'

Legal Eagle: There is no right to housing

03 August, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in housing law is that the council owes everyone a duty of accommodation and you would never end up sleeping on the streets. Sadly, this isn't quite right

Top award for groundbreaking council project tackling homelessness

02 August, 2016

A Croydon Council initiative that has helped thousands of people at risk of homelessness has been named one of three winners

Current registered providers of social housing

01 August, 2016

1st August 2016

No Place Like An Accessible Home

01 August, 2016

LSE Report

Social Landlord Support Pack

01 August, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Not a moment too soon

01 August, 2016

The end of Scotland's Right to Buy gives social landlords the opportunity to replenish the stock of social housing

Rent to debt

29 July, 2016

Ed Miliband's recent investigation into rent-to-own suppliers for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme showed how easily those in financial need can find themselves committed to unsustainable credit agreements

Social Landlord Leaders: No more right to buy and 'not a moment too soon'

28 July, 2016

End of right to buy policy in Scotland

Hundreds of residents helped into work

28 July, 2016

The initiative, set up to support households affected by the benefit cap has been credited with turning hundreds of people's lives around

'Homeless' woman hid property in Italy to get a council home

28 July, 2016

Loubna Hamidouch wanted a council home in Cambridge – when she owned a property in Italy

Government urged to delay Pay to Stay

27 July, 2016

Councils and arm's length management organisations are calling on ministers to delay the introduction of Pay to Stay to avoid a 'tight' timetable

Some supported housing could avoid 'LHA cap'

26 July, 2016

Associations could lessen the impact of the government's 'Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap' by leasing their supported housing to a non-registered subsidiary

Helping hand

26 July, 2016

Social landlords have a duty to help tenants into work

Rent call

26 July, 2016

Social landlords must make the case for affordable rent to the new government

English Housing Survey

25 July, 2016

Social Rented Sector Report, 2014-15

Delay likely on key Housing Act regulations

25 July, 2016

Publication of the Higher Value and Pay to Stay Regulations is likely to be delayed

Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent

25 July, 2016

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday

The Tory sheltered housing benefit tax

25 July, 2016

Blog from SPeye

HCA probes landlords over market risk

22 July, 2016

The English social housing regulator is probing housing associations that are particularly exposed to a housing market downturn following the Brexit vote

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

Don't hold your breath for social housing

22 July, 2016

The calm, sound, unwavering economic case for funding, and promoting the funding of homes let at rents that people can meet from their incomes has not changed

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Northern landlords raise doubts over minister's new role

21 July, 2016

Social landlords in the north of England have raised concerns about the new housing minister's extra role as minister for London

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

Complaints about social landlords ease off

19 July, 2016

The number of complaints and enquiries about social landlords received by the Housing Ombudsman Service has levelled off following a huge increase over the last few years

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

Councils free to decide on Pay to Stay rents

15 July, 2016

Ministers have said it is up to councils to decide how they determine 'market rent' levels under the Pay to Stay policy

MPs press Government for LHA cap safeguards

15 July, 2016

The Government has made positive reassurances about the future funding of supported housing, despite stopping short of extending its exemption from the looming LHA cap

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

Understanding your tenants

15 July, 2016

Different tenants different circumstances

Still time for Bacs campaign

15 July, 2016

Social housing providers still have time to take advantage of a national housing rents campaign, which aims to deliver vital time and cost savings for those in the sector

Council building power diminished 92% by government policies

14 July, 2016

Councils' capacity to fund building through their rent accounts has shrunk from 550,000 homes over 30 years to just 45,000 as a result of government policies

Theresa May told: "start building social housing"

14 July, 2016

New PM Theresa May is urged to honour her words on dealing with the housing deficit

The business case for affordable housing

14 July, 2016

Peabody Trust and CBI report

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities

14 July, 2016

Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband

Residents to benefit from housing associations home swap

13 July, 2016

More than 1,400 households will have a new landlord and a more local service, after two leading housing associations completed a major stock exchange

The future of supported housing

13 July, 2016

An adjournment debate on the future of supported housing

The fall and rise of the council estate

13 July, 2016

For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now - just as it is being demolished - many people are starting to think again

'I'll build 10,000 council houses' says Labour man battling to become region's first mayor

11 July, 2016

Former Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser launches bid to become Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor with a dig at his 'career politician' rival Sion Simon

Prisoners to help build social housing

11 July, 2016

A Trafford social housing consortium has employed eight inmates from HM Hindley Prison

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Third of U.K. Councils Say No to Housing Refugees

08 July, 2016

London and Greater Manchester have taken in the fewest number of refugee families

Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

08 July, 2016

A housing associations' bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Credit agency 'monitoring' landlords with London sales exposure

07 July, 2016

A credit ratings agency is "monitoring" London providers with large exposures to the sales market

Landlords to answer VFM questions

07 July, 2016

Housing associations will have to defend higher than usual costs or demonstrate they are making savings in future 'in-depth assessments'

Londoners fear 'Pay to Stay' law will price poor tenants out of the capital

07 July, 2016

From the moment Jan Sweeney first got the keys to her council flat in west London 35 years ago, she hoped she had found a sanctuary from the economic unrest gripping the city

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

07 July, 2016

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU

Pay to Stay for housing associations

06 July, 2016

Pay to Stay is not compulsory for housing associations, but some may wish to introduce their own scheme for higher income households

We're scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

06 July, 2016

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live

Executive confirms plans for new social housing scheme in Rathcoole

06 July, 2016

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed plans for a new social housing development in the heart of the Rathcoole estate

Jobs to go as Coast & Country Housing deals with fall in rental income

05 July, 2016

Redcar-based Coast & Country Housing are also closing a district office as 2015 Budget change kicks in

Conservative PM challengers pledge social housing

04 July, 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Crabb has pledged to create a £100bn "Growing Britain Fund" for infrastructure projects including social housing

Housing associations press ahead with "pay to stay"

04 July, 2016

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 households renting in the social housing sector where the household income is over £100,000

Councils step up raids on housing budgets

04 July, 2016

Cash-strapped councils are increasingly drawing cash from their housing budgets to plug gaps in back-office costs

London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants

01 July, 2016

Barking and Dagenham's version of right-to-buy scheme aimed at retaining housing stock while letting tenants buy a share in their property at discount

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

01 July, 2016

Right to Buy is to be abolished in Wales

Touching the voids

01 July, 2016

The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people's lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants' are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Innovation in Scottish housing is delivering improved value for money

27 May, 2016

Scottish social landlords are modernising services and making use of new technology to deliver real, quantifiable savings and improved productivity

Research: Unlocking strategic asset management in social housing

27 May, 2016

The operating environment for housing associations has changed in the face of an evolving policy environment over rent levels, right to buy and funding for new housing delivery

SHR updates guide for landlords on carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

27 May, 2016

The SHR has published an updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users

London councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

27 May, 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months

HCA downgrades two landlords

26 May, 2016

The Homes and Communities Agency has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades

Canterbury: 200 London families to move to council homes at Howe Barracks

25 May, 2016

More than 200 families from a London borough are set to move to council homes in east Kent after social housing bosses outbid the local authority to capture the ex-army properties

Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

25 May, 2016

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year

How you can start preparing for Voluntary Right to Buy - advice from the pilots

24 May, 2016

Back in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced Sovereign would be one of five housing associations given the challenge of piloting the new Voluntary Right to Buy

Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24 May, 2016

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government's deregulation drive

Lack of social housing 'pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness'

23 May, 2016

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country's social housing stock

How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10,000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

23 May, 2016

Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for a council home in Bristol - but only a few dozens are available for rent

Social landlords expect to manage more homes this year - but minority expect net revenue gains

23 May, 2016

More than two thirds of Scottish social housing landlords responding to a new survey expect the number of units they manage to increase over the next 12 months

Councils 'forcing homeless families to relocate miles away'

23 May, 2016

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

It's hard to think of a worse time in the last 50 years to be on benefits and living in London

Angry protests as council houses go under the hammer

21 April, 2016

There was a heavy police presence as protesters tried to disrupt an auction of council homes in Bristol tonight

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

21 April, 2016

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those 'who genuinely need it', in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

'We are losing the case on social housing'

20 April, 2016

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes has claimed the housing sector is "losing the case of social housing"

Tories' Pay to Stay rent hikes smashed to bits in humiliating triple defeat

19 April, 2016

Pay to Stay in the Housing Bill would have forced 215,000 households earning £30,000 to pay the full market rent - but it's been bludgeoned

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

Funds given to Oxford City Council to help individuals pay their rent have jumped back up this year despite the fact that it was not all spent in 2015/16

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

19 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill has now lost six times after peers voted to alter 'vindictive' charge

Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19 April, 2016

A council will not appeal a landmark court ruling, meaning social landlords could have to repay millions of pounds to tenants in water charges

Housing organisations say ministers should think again about unfair rent hikes for hard-working council tenants

18 April, 2016

As the Government's Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals announced in George Osborne's 2015 Budge

1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy

15 April, 2016

Less than 1% of the housing association tenants offered the chance to purchase their home under a pilot of the Right to Buy have so far made a formal application to buy

Reduced PCSO cover in parts of Cheshire 'caused by rent cuts'

14 April, 2016

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers, blaming rent reductions imposed by the government

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

Ministers seek to reduce councils' influence over HAs

13 April, 2016

The government has taken further steps to deregulate the sector by limiting the influence of councils over housing associations

Government should ditch social housing benefit cap 'as a matter of basic humanity'

13 April, 2016

A Wirral MP has warned some of the most vulnerable people in the borough could be plunged into crisis under Government plans to cap housing benefit payments

Revealed: which Dorset councils have built the most affordable homes (and you might be surprised)

12 April, 2016

Christchurch and Purbeck built fewer homes than their neighbouring authorities

Gracehill Housing Scheme gets the green light from planners despite 70 letters of objection

12 April, 2016

A proposal for a social housing development in Gracehill, which attracted 70 letters of objection, has been approved by Council's Planning Committee

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

Three practical amendments Shelter is fighting for on the Housing Bill

11 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Lords for Report stage today

Tory local government leader asks Lords to block housing reforms

11 April, 2016

Peers are being urged to reject amendments to bill forcing councils to sell their most expensive properties

Bill change 'could increase council home sales further'

11 April, 2016

Sector figures fear councils may have to sell more of their stock to fund the Right to Buy extension than previously expected

End of long-term tenancies will 'damage family life'

11 April, 2016

Calls to scrap Tory plans to reform social housing as fears grow over damage to communities and children's education

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concern for housing associations

07 April, 2016

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive tells Holyrood of her concerns about the LHA cap, changes to benefits and the potential reclassification of social housing

Bedroom tax and benefit sanctions: social workers must get to grips with welfare law

06 April, 2016

People who use services are feeling the impact of cuts and welfare reform. To make a difference to their lives, professionals need to understand these issues

The great service debate

06 April, 2016

From this month, social landlords will see revenues from rents fall by 1% each year for four years

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Reduction in social housing rents

05 April, 2016

This note provides an outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

The Positive Impact of Social Housing Provision

05 April, 2016

It is evident that social housing supports individuals and households with pressing housing needs

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

05 April, 2016

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

How Cambridge development with just 6% social housing is making £17m in extra sales

04 April, 2016

One of the most controversial developments in Cambridge is set to make millions of pounds more in profit than forecast when the original builder avoided hitting the city council's affordable housing target

Lender concerns prompt Housing Bill change

04 April, 2016

Ministers are set to change the Housing and Planning Bill following concerns that a new system of managing sector insolvencies would lead to lenders asking social landlords for more security

Survey reveals tenants' rent cut concerns

04 April, 2016

More than half of social tenants to answer a survey said they are concerned about a reduction in services from their landlord as a result of the rent cut

EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)

01 April, 2016

Part 1 of this briefing gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of EEA migrants to access social housing in England

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

2016 Annual Review of Social Housing

31 March, 2016

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

Mother claims she is forced to live with no electricity, crumbling walls and rats because her housing association landlord will not carry out proper repairs to her home

30 March, 2016

A mother says she is being forced to live with rats, crumbling walls and no electricity in the downstairs of her home because her housing association will not carry out proper repairs

Landlords at risk of missing asset register deadline

30 March, 2016

A large number of housing associations are in danger of failing to meet Thursday's deadline for completing a register of assets and liabilities

Government spends £100,000 on lawyers to defend the bedroom tax

29 March, 2016

The DWP is fighting a rape victim and the family of a severely disabled child

Latest council offers cash for downsizing

22 March, 2016

Hackney are the latest local authority to offer residents a cash incentive if they downsize

High-income tenants exempt from rent cut

22 March, 2016

The 1% annual rent cut will not apply to households with household income of £60,000 or more

Succession rights and social housing (England)

21 March, 2016

Within the current statutory framework there can only be one statutory succession to a council or housing association tenancy in England

Robin Hood Gardens and the demise of Britsh social housing

21 March, 2016

The rise and fall of Robin Hood Gardens echoes the fate of British social housing, as developers take from the poor to house the rich

The women who escape domestic abuse but lose their social housing

17 March, 2016

Women and their children often have to forfeit their homes to escape violent partners. One housing association is offering an answer

Ministers to 'explore ways of getting social tenants into homeownership'

17 March, 2016

The government has announced it will look at ways of further increasing homeownership levels among social tenants

Cambridge needs social housing to correct an 'imperfect' market

16 March, 2016

Cambridge needs to build more social housing to correct an "imperfect" property market here in the city

SFHA comments on LHA cap delay for supported tenants

16 March, 2016

Commenting on today's UK Budget announcement and the reiteration by the UK Government that it will delay the LHA cap for tenants in supported accommodation by a year

The future of social housing in the North West

16 March, 2016

The legal implications and financing of building new homes in the North West to meet George Osborne's plans for a "Northern powerhouse" are being discussed at a major conference in Liverpool this week

Call for mandatory electrical checks for all social housing and owner-occupied flats

16 March, 2016

A charity which led the successful call for mandatory electrical checks in Scotland's PRS has called for these to be extended to all social housing and owner occupied flats

A tale of two cities: winners and losers in London's social housing divide

15 March, 2016

In one part of London, residents are being bulldozed out of council-built homes to make way for a privately led development most cannot afford

Number of rough sleepers in Barrow revealed as lack of social housing is labelled 'monstrous'

14 March, 2016

People are being forced to sleep on the streets of Barrow as waiting lists for the area's council houses reach crisis point

Social housing benefit cap will put thousands on streets

14 March, 2016

Limit for local housing allowance would lead to widespread bed closures in hostels and supported housing

Housing Bill: From pay to stay to right to rent - the controversial legislation explained

14 March, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is approaching its final stage in parliament before - if all goes to the government's plan - passing into law

Battling the bedroom tax: the wider implications of the Supreme Court hearing

14 March, 2016

Following the recent 'bedroom tax' hearing in the UK Supreme Court, Jed Meers from the University of York considers the potential implications of the upcoming judgment for policies relying on elements of conditionality

Councils told to stop telling tenants in process of eviction to stay put

14 March, 2016

Local authorities must stop routinely advising tenants to stay put until the bailiff arrives before they can be accepted as homeless

Leeds campaigners rally against new law which will 'effectively end social housing'

11 March, 2016

A group of campaigners in Leeds will be holding a Housing Summit this weekend to oppose the government's planned cuts in social housing

Landlords rein in pay ahead of rent cut

11 March, 2016

Housing associations are reining in pay and cutting back on previously protected tenants' services in a bid to cope with the impact of government policy

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

10 March, 2016

Following a consultation exercise in 2012 the Coalition Government gave social landlords in England the discretion to charge market or near market rents to tenants with an income of £60,000 or more a year

Fixed term tenancies failing on everyone's terms

09 March, 2016

The government's plan to remove security from social tenants and restrict tenancies to 2-5 years will hopefully get the scrutiny it deserves this week

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

09 March, 2016

Consultation response

37,000 tenants 'overcharged for water by south London council'

08 March, 2016

Thousands of council tenants have been overcharged for water and sewage services

The women leading the charge in Britain's 150 year fight for social housing

08 March, 2016

From Octavia Hill in 1866 to the women of New Era estate in 2014, female campaigners have often been the driving force for better housing rights

Pay to Stay tapers - a policy not for u-turning

08 March, 2016

The front page of this weekend's Observer newspaper declared that "ministers are planning to modify hugely contentious elements of the housing reforms the chancellor announced last summer"

Tory climbdown over pay-to-stay plan to raise social housing rents

07 March, 2016

Partial U-turn part of bid to clear decks ahead of Europe referendum poll day

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

Financial stability in the social housing sector continues

03 March, 2016

Latest quarterly survey published

Landlords warn on one year 'LHA cap' exemption

03 March, 2016

Supported housing developments stalled due to uncertainty will stay frozen

Right to rent checks in the social housing sector now in force

03 March, 2016

The introduction of right to rent checks on 1 February 2016 will have important implications for social housing providers

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

Rents in social housing: the trade-offs

01 March, 2016

The cost of housing has risen rapidly, largely due to constrained housing supply

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year

01 March, 2016

Government announces delay to introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap to allow for a proper strategic review

Tories blocked social housing as it produced Labour votes

29 February, 2016

David Cameron opposed increased funding for social housing in the last parliament because it would "produce more Labour voters"

Plan to build 700 new homes shelved - after tenants get rents slashed

29 February, 2016

Plans to build 700 new properties across North Lincolnshire have been shelved

Councils axe build programmes after rent cut

26 February, 2016

Councils have axed thousands of homes planned under fledgling development programmes, as they battle to accommodate the 1% rent reduction imposed by the government

Lambeth council's campaign to hammer home the reality of cuts

26 February, 2016

The London borough's chief executive has tough choices to make and wants to get residents on side

Garages and laundry rooms converted to flats by council

25 February, 2016

Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority have converted garages and disused laundry rooms into flats under a joint funding initiative

Could supported housing survive a 68% loss of income?

25 February, 2016

If the LHA caps come in, how will supported housing services survive such severe reductions to their rental income

LHA maxima cuts - worse than stated

25 February, 2016

Joe Halewood Blog

What's pushing Charlotte and Jayson over the edge? £12 a week bedroom tax

25 February, 2016

It wouldn't be much money to a politician. But to the Carmichaels, struggling with Charlotte's severe spinal condition, it's a supreme court case against the government

Unions threaten HA strike over restructure

24 February, 2016

Unions are threatening one of the largest industrial actions in the housing association sector's history over Circle's plans to restructure ahead of the rent cut

How can social landlords help people at risk of becoming homeless?

24 February, 2016

Homelessness is on the increase again and the number of families in temporary accommodation is also rising

Value for Money pilot shows the value of small social landlords

24 February, 2016

Smaller housing associations are providing more efficient management and maintenance services than larger or medium sized organisations

Landlords set out steps to improve efficiency & reduce impacts

23 February, 2016

The recent climate change agreement in Paris has shown a world appetite for reducing impacts and operating more sustainably

Social housing: tenants will need to live in an area for four years to be eligible

23 February, 2016

White paper says the change - double the current two-year requirement - will apply to anyone moving within Britain as well as new immigrants

Bracknell families waiting for social housing rise by 10 per cent

23 February, 2016

In 2015 the number of families and individuals waiting for social housing rose to 2,282

Sanctuary merger to create Scotland's 4th largest social landlord

22 February, 2016

Two housing providers owned by Sanctuary Group will merge with Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association after tenants overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal to unite

Homeless youths caught in temporary accommodation 'limbo' for up to two years

22 February, 2016

Young homeless people in Scotland are being left in temporary accommodation for up to two years

Rise in social housing tenants planning to buy home

19 February, 2016

More than half of local authority tenants who would like to get onto the property ladder intend to buy their current home

Lords Committee slams government housing policy as 'short sighted'

19 February, 2016

The current government policy on housing is unlikely to meet demand for either the quantity or quality of housing needed

Social housing groups in Bradford fear housing allowance changes could make vulnerable people homeless

19 February, 2016

Social housing groups in the Bradford district have received national backing after calling for the Government to reconsider changes they fear could make vulnerable people homeless

Growing shortage of social housing sparks Cannock Chase Council leader's plea to MPs

19 February, 2016

A council leader has pleaded with the government to build more social housing in his borough, warning the area faces a housing crisis

Eviction is the last refuge for poor tenants

18 February, 2016

Cash-strapped social landlords are increasingly turfing out tenants hit by welfare cuts for whom homelessness is the only option

Tackling perceptions of social housing

18 February, 2016

With TV programmes such as Benefits Street portraying council house tenants as scroungers, can social media combat these negative images?

ALMOs call for Pay to Stay data access

18 February, 2016

ALMOs are calling for changes to enable them to access tenants' income data in order to ensure correct rent-setting under Pay to Stay

Corporate Complaint - failure of the Council to properly monitor Section 106 requirements for social rented housing

17 February, 2016

We wish to complain that Southwark Council is failing in its duty to ensure that new housing developments comply with the terms and conditions of their Section 106 agreements

Cameron's own advisor thinks ending lifetime council tenancy would be "a mistake"

17 February, 2016

Two months ago it was reported that the government had quietly tabled an amendment to the Housing Bill that sets a maximum of five-year terms for new secure tenancies

Housing benefit is the lifeblood of women's refuges - and it's under threat

17 February, 2016

If organisations such as ours are not exempt from the extension of the benefit cap to social housing, the lives of women fleeing domestic violence are at risk

Nottingham tenants to make voice heard against Housing Bill

16 February, 2016

More than 200 Nottingham City Homes tenants are planning to make their voices heard in Westminster

Our support for vulnerable tenants will be destroyed by this benefits cap

16 February, 2016

Housing benefits cap will see my association's income slashed by £2.83m and devastate the care we provide to people in most need

30% ex Barnet council houses for rent

16 February, 2016

Nearly 30% Of Ex Council Dwellings In Barnet Now Owned By Millionaire Elite Private Landlords

Fear and fury of tenants who say 'pay to stay' policy punishes them for working

15 February, 2016

The Observer's story about plans to cap the amount households can earn before they must pay market rent for social housing triggered a huge response from readers

Social housing shake-up to save millions

14 February, 2016

Wigan Council will save £5.5m by taking back control of the majority of the borough's social housing stock

New kitchens and bathrooms for council houses - plus rent cut for 63,000 tenants

11 February, 2016

Thousands of council homes will also get new kitchens, bathrooms and central heating

The capping of social rents to the rate of local housing allowance

11 February, 2016

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that the amount of rent that Housing Benefit will cover in the social rented sector will be capped at the relevant LHA level

Council refuses 1% rent cut exemption

11 February, 2016

Stevenage Borough Council has pledged to defy the government and implement a 1% rent reduction for supported housing tenants

Five big concerns about Pay to Stay

11 February, 2016

Parliament must look long and hard at the potential impacts of the Government's proposed Pay to Stay policy

Social landlords: It's not all about the "3 Rs" (Rent, Repairs and Arrears!) - it's now about the '5 Rs'!

10 February, 2016

One of the most hotly debated issues for housing associations and their trustees is the issue of paying board members

Caroline Pidgeon pledges 50,000 low rent council homes

10 February, 2016

Caroline Pidgeon has promised an 'Olympic effort' on housing when she becomes Mayor of London

Tenants satisfied with social landlords' performance

10 February, 2016

Social landlords in Scotland are performing well against the standards and outcomes in the Scottish Social Housing Charter and either maintaining or improving on the previous year

Cameron 'buying off' Tory MPs threatening to rebel over council cuts

10 February, 2016

Labour says its analysis shows most of new £300m fund to ease funding cuts to local government will go to Tory-run councils

The 2nd National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter - An analysis of landlords' 2014/15 annual returns

09 February, 2016

These annual National Reports provide an analysis of the performance information reported to us by social housing landlords across Scotland

Neil blasts 'unacceptable uncertainty' over 'LHA cap'

09 February, 2016

A Scottish housing minister has described the uncertainty over the Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing as "unacceptable"

How has the social housing revolution changed Scotland's heart and soul?

08 February, 2016

It wasn't until I was 10 that I understood what a "bought" house was

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

05 February, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

An attack on social housing is also an attack on older people

05 February, 2016

The young are not the only victims of Tory housing policy - David Cameron is driving older people from their homes too

Call for UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

04 February, 2016

Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths has called on the UK Government to protect vulnerable tenants

Details still needed on social housing benefit limits

03 February, 2016

Last week the government announced a pause in plans to force supported housing providers to reduce their rents

Council house tenants' rents 'rise four times quicker than average wages'

02 February, 2016

Sharp rises in council rents have combined with high private rents and stagnant wages to drive up housing benefit bill

The five biggest financial pressures social housing tenants face

02 February, 2016

Our financial inclusion team at a Wakefield housing association received 1,300 referrals last year for debt, benefit cuts and more

'Not enough homes' as thousands are made to wait for social housing

01 February, 2016

There are more than 3,000 people in North Somerset waiting to be put into social housing, with many of those families including children

Levy on luxury London homes would net £86m a year for social housing

01 February, 2016

Property tax would force global super-rich to subsidise affordable housing

Practical implications of Immigration Checks on new Lettings

01 February, 2016

CIH Report on the implications for social sector

Sector welcomes social rent cuts delay in supported housing

29 January, 2016

The announcement by Brandon Lewis that supported housing would be exempt from the 1% rent reduction has been widely received by the sector

80,000 council homes could be lost by 2020

29 January, 2016

At least 80,000 social rented homes could be lost by 2020 unless councils are given greater powers to build new homes

Full house: Councils' role in allocating social housing

28 January, 2016

Demand for social housing is high and far outstrips the supply available to local housing authorities

Housing Benefit changes could cost sector hundreds of millions and threaten health and wellbeing of tenants

27 January, 2016

The SFHA is urgently calling on the UK Government to rethink upcoming changes to Housing Benefit

Council considers writing off £436,000 of historical rent arrears

27 January, 2016

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire will be asked to consider writing off historical debts from former council tenants at a meeting next week

My council house gave me security and opportunity. Now the Tories are out to destroy them

26 January, 2016

The Lords will try to stop the Tory assault on housing. Here one Labour peer explains why he owes everything to his council house

Capping of social housing rents - what impact will it have on your service?

26 January, 2016

The proposed capping of social housing rents at Local Housing Allowance levels could have a devastating impact on homelessness services

Not-so Temporary Accommodation

26 January, 2016

The provision of temporary accommodation is a marker of Scotland's world-recognised progressive homelessness legislation from 2012

Benefit cap on social housing will leave thousands homeless

26 January, 2016

Up to 82,000 specialist homes for most vulnerable residents, including domestic violence victims, at threat of closure

House Of Lords Official Report - Housing Benefit: Social Housing Units

26 January, 2016

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the independent review of the overseas domestic workers visa published on 17 December 2015

Social Landlord Support Pack

22 January, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Class-based punishment? How legislation to evict social tenants involved in riots is unjust

22 January, 2016

Part of the 'fightback' by the Coalition Government against the 2011 riots was to take tough action on sections of Britain's society

Letter to MPs - The real impact of LHA on vulnerable people

22 January, 2016

I am writing to personally urge you to consider the implications of the Local Housing Allowance cap being applied to vulnerable social housing tenants

David Cameron has 'earned £500,000 renting out his Notting Hill home since becoming PM' while cracking down on social housing

18 January, 2016

David Cameron has come under fire for saying he worries about his children being able to afford a home after it was revealed he is believed to have earned £500,000 in rent

The social housing sector has never known a year like last year...

15 January, 2016

I can safely say that the social housing sector and the regulator have never known a year quite like it

Government's pay to stay policy 'chastises the poor' in Cambridge

15 January, 2016

A Cambridge council tenant has accused the Government of "chastising the poor" over the impact its new 'pay-to-stay' policy could have in the city

How David Cameron plans to destroy Britain's social housing in 7 easy steps

13 January, 2016

The Tories new housing bill has been sneaked in while nobody's looking, and it could spell the end of social housing

Housing associations working together to tackle tenancy fraud

13 January, 2016

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have been stepping up measures to prevent and detect social housing tenancy fraud

What's reducing social housing lettings by housing associations, and why does it matter?

12 January, 2016

Last year social housing lettings by housing associations decreased by 1% to 268,273, against the long term trend

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

12 January, 2016

In 2014-15 local authorities provided an estimated 3.8 million days of temporary accommodation for homeless households

The social housing tenants taking to Twitter to influence policy

11 January, 2016

Not all tenants want to be on a housing association board. Social media gives them the opportunity to shape housing and fight back against bad PR

Update on Local Housing Allowance caps on social housing rents

11 January, 2016

Lord Freud has responded to David Orr's letter that highlighted the impact of introducing the cap to supported housing

Views given on council housing rent level in South Lanarkshire

08 January, 2016

Council tenants in South Lanarkshire have taken the opportunity to give their views on the rent level options for the next financial year

How social housing landlords can tackle the rise of rent arrears

08 January, 2016

Social landlords have a vital role to play in reducing this amount and payment flexibility is a critical success factor in achieving this

Care crisis

07 January, 2016

We must stop Local Housing Allowance caps applying to care and support housing rents

Council Tax proposals could damage house building

07 January, 2016

Charging Council Tax on unbuilt developments could decrease house building numbers by deterring SME house builders

First Time Buyer Tracker

07 January, 2016

November 2015

Invitation to tender: action research learning lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots

07 January, 2016

The NHF in partnership with the pilot housing associations, is commissioning research to learn lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots to inform the wider programme

NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform 2015 Analysis

07 January, 2016

NFA and ARCH survey reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears

A recap of the Housing Bill so far

06 January, 2016

Prior to the Bill and its latest amendments being debated, much of the talk was on how it was already a done deal and the real battle would be in the Lords

'It's a steel-toothed poverty trap' - three tenants on the misery of pay to stay

06 January, 2016

With properly affordable rents in social housing under attack, older working women explain why they are so worried by the government's new policy

Tories slammed for 'appalling' decision to push through crucial housing law at 3am

06 January, 2016

Labour blasted the decision to rush through a six-hour debate on the Housing Bill - which includes plans to end lifelong council tenancies

Social Homes valued at over £500,000

06 January, 2016

Now that we've valued nearly all social homes in England we can start interrogating the data and we're open to suggestions on this

Current registered providers of social housing

06 January, 2016

Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations

Rob the poor and give to the rich - housing policy for 2016

05 January, 2016

The bill before parliament is ideology at its purest: a full-throttle attack on social tenants everywhere

£23m cash blow to Kirklees Council as government demands council house rent reduction

05 January, 2016

Latest cut forces another budget re-think

Caroline Lucas blasts Housing and Planning Bill as "another nail in the coffin for British social housing" as she prepares to vote against it

05 January, 2016

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party's MP for Brighton Pavilion, will vote against the Housing and Planning Bill later today

Cities unite against David Cameron's attack on council tenants' lifetime leases

04 January, 2016

Local authority chiefs have joined forces against the Tory scheme which they say will hurt families and damage neighbourhood communities

Mapped: buying is now cheaper than renting across Britain

04 January, 2016

Rising rents and rock-bottom mortgage rates mean even homeowners with huge mortgages are better off than tenants

The end of council housing

04 January, 2016

In 1979, 42% of Britons lived in council homes

Dozens asked to leave homes for rent arrears and bad behaviour

30 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses in Dundee this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Council evicts 55 in a year

29 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

2015 in housing: 12 months of growing crisis

29 December, 2015

We look back on a year of escalating protests over dwindling social housing supply and a Tory focus on homeownership despite booming costs

Lewisham Homes top for reducing arrears in the South

29 December, 2015

Lewisham Homes was the best performing organisation at reducing council tenants' rent arrears in the South of England last year

Thousands of children 'on council housing waiting lists'

29 December, 2015

Tens of thousands of children are on waiting lists for council housing

Council asks housing tenants how rent should be spent

23 December, 2015

Council housing tenants in Caithness are being asked their views on how their rent should be spent

Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35

21 December, 2015

Single men aged 21-25 appear to be the most at risk of eviction and serious arrears

Trying to make sense of current social housing policy

21 December, 2015

Social housing policy has for a long time been muddled

The end of social housing

17 December, 2015

The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time

Welsh Government maintains policy for social housing rents in 2016/17

16 December, 2015

Welsh Government has announced that the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has agreed to maintain the Welsh Government Policy for Social Housing Rents for 2016/17

Pay to stay to be voluntary for housing associations

16 December, 2015

Terrie Alafat said: "We have warned that pay to stay could discourage social housing tenants from increasing their earnings or finding work"

Bedroom farce

16 December, 2015

We want housing association landlords and tenants to reap the benefits from shorter-term tenancies as well

Are you a council tenant? Then you must be punished

14 December, 2015

The end of lifetime council tenancies looks like another welfare-bashing crapshoot

As a social housing tenant, I have always been treated with dignity

14 December, 2015

After my marriage broke down my housing association flat was my lifeboat - now I'm a member of the association board and it values my opinions

Playing Russian Roulette with housing tenancies

14 December, 2015

The government is in the process of removing security of tenure for council tenants

Oxford City Council breaks homeless housing law

11 December, 2015

Oxford City Council has broken a law against housing homeless families in B&Bs for more than six weeks

Conservative minister says ending lifetime council tenancies will 'help social mobility'

11 December, 2015

Labour MPs attack government for sneaking in changes which will cause insecurity as housing minister Marcus Jones says tenants will benefit

Make 'specified' homes exempt from rent cuts

11 December, 2015

David Orr has called on the government to protect specialist homes, as the reductions in rents may see a decline in services for those that need them the most

The dream of social housing is being chiselled away to nothing

10 December, 2015

The government's new policy of reviewing council tenancies every five years will pitch thousands of people into an uncertain future

Changes to housing benefit for social tenants will hit young people

08 December, 2015

Over the last week I've been unpicking the implications of the announcement that housing benefit for social tenants will be limited to the level of the local housing allowance

The impacts of changes to social rents policy

08 December, 2015

We analyse effects of big changes to social rent policy in England

Social housing sector in rude financial health as HCA reveals £5.3bn cash in hand and high investor confidence

07 December, 2015

The social housing sector is in rude health, according to the Homes and Communities Agency

England Has Lowest Number Of New Socially Rented Homes Since Records Began

04 December, 2015

While the number of new affordable homes in England rose 55% year-on-year, those on social rents - the cheapest on offer - fell to an all-time-low

Lewis challenges councils to spend £2bn on social housing

04 December, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has challenged local authorities to use more than £2bn to build more social housing

Why council housing won't go away

04 December, 2015

There's about to be a new era for council house

Osborne's devolution experiment will hit poorer councils where it hurts

02 December, 2015

The chancellor talks the talk on decentralisation but he's clawing back central funds with no regard to local councils' tax base, entrenching regional divisions

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update

02 December, 2015

This quarterly statistical publication provides information on recent trends in

LIN Member Report December 2015 - Spending Review and Autumn Statement

02 December, 2015

LIN member report by Claire Turner

Social housing completions up 10% in Scotland

01 December, 2015

Scotland has seen a 10% increase in the number of social sector homes completed in the past year

Tackling fraud in the social housing sector

01 December, 2015

A short guide for directors and senior managers of housing associations

I'm a tenant, a loser by today's standards. But I won't shut up

01 December, 2015

Trying to voice a tenant's perspective on social housing is like shouting into a hurricane

Sixty Icon 'Pay to stay' will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear

30 November, 2015

The government's 'pay to stay' policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work

Osborne slipped social housing's obituary into the autumn statement

27 November, 2015

Chancellor claims to be 'fixing the roof while the sun is shining'. Cuts to housing benefit and forced sales of council homes say otherwise

South West housing job loss risk after social rent cut

25 November, 2015

Dozens of jobs could go at one of the largest housing associations in the South West due to planned rent cuts

Privatising UK social housing won't work - just look at Europe

24 November, 2015

The government is putting its faith in the market to solve our housing crisis. But many European countries have already done so and regret it

Haringey council tenants protest against 'social cleansing'

24 November, 2015

A group of tenants are protesting against council plans to demolish over three and a half thousand homes on council estates

Ahead of the CSR, tenants living on the edge

24 November, 2015

Wednesday's Comprehensive Spending Review may seal the fate of 100 years of housing associations as independent and community-based organisations if George Osborne decides on the asset sell-off

Council hit out at Pay to Stay scheme

24 November, 2015

Exeter City Council have criticised the Pay to Stay scheme set to be introduced by the government in April 2017

New social homes could be sold off before occupancy under government plans

23 November, 2015

More than 700 new council homes in Hackney could be sold off as soon as they are built and before anyone has lived in them

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - National Federation of ALMOs

20 November, 2015

The NFA would like to see councils and its members be able to retain any profit made from implementing this policy to benefit the community

'Shaking off' the stigma of social housing

19 November, 2015

Do you think the reality of social housing is what you watch on the TV series 'Benefits Street'?

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing - CIH Response

19 November, 2015

In our view the implementation of this policy will lead to a range of perverse outcomes which run counter to government's wider ambitions to deregulate housing providers

Rent cut risks hitting Britain's most vulnerable groups

18 November, 2015

War veterans, people with learning disabilities and victims of domestic violence are just three of the highly vulnerable groups

Who lives in the 4.1m social homes in England and Wales?

18 November, 2015

An analysis of the most recent data shows that households in the social housing sector are older, smaller and more British than people might expect

Peers urged to reject 1% rent cut

17 November, 2015

Peers have been urged to reject the government's plans to impose a 1% rent cut on social housing

I'm not against home ownership, just the destruction of social housing

17 November, 2015

Selling off homes and not replacing them will be catastrophic for the social fabric of estates like mine

'I am no longer willing to be silent - I am a proud tenant'

17 November, 2015

When I was approached last year by my landlord, Cottsway Housing, to write my personal Housing Day story, my first response was to inwardly cringe

The wrong debate about regulation of social landlords

17 November, 2015

Reclassification of housing associations was an accident waiting to happen

What does the Autumn Statement have in store for the social housing sector

16 November, 2015

Commenting ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 25 November

How 'pay to stay' housing will penalise disabled people like my daughter

16 November, 2015

My daughter is severely disabled and I have cancer. Not only is there is hardly any housing for us, George Osborne's pay to stay scheme will double our rent

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales

13 November, 2015

This quarterly bulletin presents statistics on mortgage and landlord possession actions in the county courts of England and Wales in July to September 2015

George Osborne's social housing ping pong

13 November, 2015

There are some who say that the housing association sector has taken us so far but might not be the right partner for the future

Vulnerable people will be hardest hit by social housing rent cut

12 November, 2015

An annual 1% reduction in social rents will endanger our charity's support for young people and those who need us most

Duncan Smith's great council house giveaway: Millions of tenants could own 70% of their home under scheme being pushed by Work and Pensions Secretary

12 November, 2015

Millions of council tenants could become the owner of most of their home for free

Electricity safety first for Glasgow HA tenants

12 November, 2015

Almost two thirds of fires in Scottish homes are linked to electricity

Residents and landlords need flexibility on tenancies

10 November, 2015

If plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants go ahead, landlords must be given the flexibility to support different tenants in different areas

Social rents policy: choices and tradeoffs

06 November, 2015

Reductions in social rents announced in the July Budget will be of little or no direct benefit to most of the 3.9 million households in England living in social housing

Young tenants now reliant upon HA support

05 November, 2015

Young social tenants are increasingly reliant upon housing associations for support as their lives become more precarious

Hundreds of thousands of council tenants face a rent rise of up to £3,000 a year

05 November, 2015

Experts warn George Osborne's little noticed 'pay to stay' scheme will leave an estimated 250,000 people in social housing worse off

Cuts to social rents will benefit exchequer more than tenants, but will strengthen work incentives

05 November, 2015

Reductions in social rents announced in the July Budget will be of little or no direct benefit to most of the 3.9 million households in England living in social housing

Local authorities support greater power to residents

04 November, 2015

The overwhelming majority of local authority members, residents and volunteers want to see more collaboration between local authorities and communities

Muir Group announces redundancies due to rent reductions

04 November, 2015

Muir Group have announced that due to the government rent reductions, they will have to make some of their staff redundant

Social housing sector 'worth £1bn in jobs and investment'

03 November, 2015

Social housing organisations generate around £1bn a year in employment and investment in communities

Tenants to get a say on RTB deal

03 November, 2015

Tenants will be able to air their reservations to David Orr

Life coaching for tenants: helping young people avoid eviction

03 November, 2015

There's been a surge in young renters losing their homes. One social landlord is tackling problems early with intensive support

Cheshire East Council says tenants will have no right to buy homes

02 November, 2015

Tenants will not have the right to buy 2,000 planned council houses in east Cheshire, despite the government expanding its right-to-buy scheme

Social housing: future, what future?

30 October, 2015

The government may have begun by slowly boiling the frog of social housing, but it now seems poised to hurl our metaphorical amphibian into a pressure cooker

Social housing builder Genesis blames rent cut as it slashes affordable homes

29 October, 2015

One of Britain's biggest housing associations plans to cut the number of affordable homes it builds each year and double the amount of properties it will sell after George Osborne said he would cut social rents

Pay to Stay Consultation: Fairer Rent in the Social Housing Sector?

29 October, 2015

It is the Government intention to introduce a policy from April 2017 in England to enable housing association to charge rent according to the means of tenants

Thousands of new homes 'at risk' after social rent cut

29 October, 2015

Thousands of new homes are at risk following cuts to social rent, warn Daniel Watney LLP

MP accuses East Thames Housing Association of turfing out tenants

28 October, 2015

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick accuses social landlord of pushing out some of its tenants

Report on Department for Social Development - Advanced Land Purchases

28 October, 2015

C&AG has reported for a number of years on his significant concerns on matters relating to Housing Associations

Housing associations are seeing tenants move from exclusion to real poverty

27 October, 2015

Welfare reform and mounting cuts have made it more difficult for the social housing sector to help tenants in financial crisis

The Tory policy that encourages people to work less hard or lose their home

26 October, 2015

Despite the government's claim to represent hardworking families, 'pay to stay' will force some social housing tenants to actually work less

Clueless David Cameron's callous assault on social housing makes no sense at all

26 October, 2015

The Tories have mounted such a sustained assault on social housing it's a miracle more aren't homeless says People political editor Nigel Nelson

North Ayrshire Council seeks tenants' views on proposed rent charges

26 October, 2015

Council tenants in North Ayrshire are being urged to have their say on proposed rent charges for next year

Dozens of Aspire staff face the axe as rents are cut

23 October, 2015

Up to 70 housing association staff are facing redundancy - because tenant's rents are being cut

Changing perceptions is key to the future of the social housing sector

23 October, 2015

The North West Housing conference is underway, with speeches from many prominent figures across the social housing sector addressing the 200 delegates

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

20 October, 2015

LIN Press Release - Right to Rent being extended across England from 1 February 2016

Immigration Act Rollout Announcement

20 October, 2015

The Home Office has announced details of the rollout of Right to Rent checks.From 1 February 2016 all landlords and letting agents in England who allow a tenancy will need to make checks on ID for all adult occupiers

No one asked social tenants if they want right to buy or lower rent

20 October, 2015

Many social housing tenants are worried these policies threaten the future of the sector - but government doesn't ask for their views

Innovative App could help social landlords tackle fuel poverty

16 October, 2015

An innovative new app for social landlords and housebuilders was officially launched this week

7,000 council homes a year could be lost if right to buy funding gap isn't closed

15 October, 2015

Almost 7,000 council homes a year could be lost when right to buy is extended to housing associations in England if no extra funding is provided

Tim Farron blasts David Cameron's 'assault on social housing'

14 October, 2015

Lib Dem leader says prime minister is 'choosing to turn a blind eye and ignore the most vulnerable people in Britain'

'We've had to go without food' - personal stories of the bedroom tax

14 October, 2015

Social housing tenants, embarrassed and powerless, share experiences of life under the bedroom tax

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

14 October, 2015

The Government's view is that tenants in social housing should not always benefit automatically from subsidised rents

Tackling Fuel Poverty in Social Housing

14 October, 2015

The main thrust of the new Government Policy for energy efficiency, is to tackle the overriding problems of Fuel Poverty in the UK, particularly in the social housing sector

Reducing risk in the social housing sector

13 October, 2015

2015 has brought with it a number of changes to Britain's welfare system

Eastern European tenants in social housing 'trebled since 2007'

13 October, 2015

The proportion of typical social housing in England being let to Eastern Europeans has trebled over the last eight years

David Cameron's "Generation Buy" pledge criticised by major Worcestershire social housing landlord

13 October, 2015

The chief executive of Worcestershire's biggest social housing provider has criticised David Cameron's tactic to create "Generation Buy"

E-Safety and young people

12 October, 2015

Improving understanding and support in the social housing sector

I fear the 1% cut to my social housing rent will lead to poorer service

09 October, 2015

Vital maintenance work will be hit if the government doesn't compensate councils - and writing off historic and unfair debt is the way to do it

Fair rents will ensure higher-earning tenants 'pay to stay'

09 October, 2015

Higher-earning tenants in social housing, will pay a fair level of rent to continue living there, under consultation proposals

Helping to protect tenants and people who use the services of social landlords

09 October, 2015

We are the independent Regulator of just under 200 social landlords

Social Housing Lettings : April 2014 to March 2015, England

07 October, 2015

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 1% to 268,273 in 2014/15

David Cameron is on track to kill off social housing

07 October, 2015

No one who has followed the past five years of Tory policy will be surprised that government wants to scrap the requirement to build affordable homes

Why we're voting against the social housing right-to-buy deal

01 October, 2015

Here at Red Kite community housing, we think the ballot to extend right to buy could be another bedroom tax moment in the making

Don't be fooled - housing associations are still under threat

01 October, 2015

The threat to social housing is still very real, and it hasn't gone away

Jeremy Corbyn speech: intense focus on social housebuilding and tenant rights

30 September, 2015

The Labour party leader has said housing is his number one priority, so what was announced in his speech?

Housing associations' deal over right to buy could lead to the "social cleansing" of rich British cities

30 September, 2015

Housing associations have until five o'clock on Friday afternoon to accept a "voluntary" deal on the right to buy that could change social housing for ever

I've been happily renting my council flat for 24 years - but for how much longer?

30 September, 2015

I held out against right to buy as I strongly believe in the principle of council homes and mixed communities

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

29 September, 2015

Statistical data return 2014-2015

Corbyn commits to council housing

29 September, 2015

The Labour Party's new leader has pledged to start a very large council house building programme

Property prices are not reduced by integrated social housing

28 September, 2015

New research by the NHBC Foundation has found that house prices are not reduced on developments which successfully integrate social and private housing

Why we must fight tooth and claw against social housing sell-off

25 September, 2015

In a sector already ravaged by right to buy, millions more homes may now be at risk of privatisation

Why Social Housing Matters

25 September, 2015

The timely release of homelessness figures is a reminder for both the sector and Central Government why social housing is badly needed

Out in the cold: The UK's social housing emergency

25 September, 2015

Forcible evictions fuel a housing crunch amid sharp welfare cuts and surging rent costs in London

Social landlords must be wondering how much longer they can survive

24 September, 2015

Welfare cuts are forcing housing associations to adapt or die, while their role to provide affordable housing for the poorest is under threat

Why social landlords are knocking on doors to help young tenants find jobs

24 September, 2015

Plans to scrap housing benefit for unemployed 18-21 year olds have forced housing associations into doing more to help tenants find work

On social housing, Tory ideology trumps all evidence

23 September, 2015

The Conservative government has declared war on housing associations despite them being a success story

Social housing must plan for a radically different future

22 September, 2015

My advice for housing associations at this year's National Housing Federation conference is to connect with politicians and think business

Syrian refugees - what can social landlords do to help?

22 September, 2015

Up to 20,000 refugees will be resettled in Britain from Syria

Sitra briefing on rent reduction

21 September, 2015

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill makes a provision that housing association rents are to be reduced 1% per year for 4 years starting in April 2016

New website could 'change the face of the social housing sector'

21 September, 2015

Social home seekers could see the way they find their property change thanks to "an innovative website that could change the face of the social housing sector"

National Federation of ALMOs' submission to the Public Bill Committee on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16

18 September, 2015

The supply and affordability of housing is a central issue for Government both because of the cost to the welfare system of supporting low income households in private rented housing

Council forces entry to service tenants gas boiler

18 September, 2015

Carmarthenshire County Council has executed a warrant to gain entry into a Llanelli tenant's home after failed attempts to service his gas boiler

Free broadband satellite dishes for remote homes

16 September, 2015

Government to launch pilot scheme to deliver universal service commitment

Project tackling fuel poverty wins 'Community Heating Project' award

16 September, 2015

Kensa Heat Pumps and Trent & Dove Housing's joint project aimed at tackling fuel poverty in 133 rural sheltered housing bungalows in Staffordshire has been awarded 'Community Heating Project of the Year'

Council set to withdraw energy efficiency programme

15 September, 2015

Following national problems with the government's flagship energy efficiency Green Deal, Birmingham City Council are set to approve the city's withdrawal from its own local version of