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Domestic energy consumers hit hard by Treasury energy taxes
27 Feb 15 - National Energy Action | All
A new report by charity National Energy Action (NEA) has warned that 100,000 vulnerable people could perish needlessly over the next 15 years due to an inability to adequately heat their homes. The report: A Manifesto for Warmth has been released on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day [27th February] and claims the NHS could also be left bearing a £22bn bill for treating cold related illnesses.

Housing Revenue Account Statistics: Scottish Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure: 1997-98 to 2014-15
27 Feb 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
This statistical bulletin sets out the latest key trends in Scottish Local Authority housing income and expenditure, the period 1997-98 up to forecast estimates for 2014-15. It includes the following topics: council houses and rents, management and maintenance of stock, void losses and rent arrears, housing debt and capital expenditure.

Private sector boosts NHBC new home registrations
27 Feb 15 - National House-Builders Council | All
The first new home figures for 2015, revealed by NHBC, show that registrations for the rolling quarter are up 13% on the same period 12 months ago.

Rough sleeping in England: autumn 2014
26 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Annual statistical release evaluating the extent of rough sleeping.

The 2014 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations
26 Feb 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
This report highlights the financial position of the Welsh affordable housing sector in 2014 and to provides commentary on the challenges and developments that have impacted during the year.

Code of Governance
26 Feb 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
The Code, produced in consultation with members, sets standards and practices that boards and their members must adhere to. It has been designed to help housing associations to develop good governance structures and support continuous service improvement for tenants.

No payment for Welsh Housing Board Members
26 Feb 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, has announced that she is not in favour of the principle of paying housing association board members.

CHC launches new Code of Governance and Come on Board campaign
26 Feb 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
John Keegan, Chair of the Community Housing Cymru Group, has launched CHC's sector Code of Governance and the new Come on Board website.

Response to report on devolution for England - the case for local government
26 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
A response by the government to the Communities and Local Government Committee report on devolution for England.

Housing market bulletin - February 2015
26 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The housing market bulletin provides the latest information on the housing market, the economy and the housebuilding industry.

SHR Publishes Response to Consultation on the Determination of Accounting Requirements 2014
26 Feb 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published its formal and detailed response to the consultation on the Determination of Accounting Requirements 2014

Arden Chambers  - Free Mediation Pilot Scheme: Anti-Social Behaviour
26 Feb 15 - Arden Chambers | England
Arden Chambers’ Mediation Team is extending its a free mediation pilot scheme, making it available from March 1, 2015 until September 1, 2015, in relation to both ASB cases and disrepair disputes.

Scottish Government publishes Open Data Strategy
25 Feb 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Sets out Scottish Government's ambition for making data open and available for others to use and reuse.

Social housing sector remains attractive to investors
25 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
'Latest quarterly survey says significant amounts of cash are available to registered providers to cover their development and operating costs.'

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report
25 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Initial findings from the English housing survey for 2013 to 2014.

Universal Credit: progress update report
25 Feb 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England, Scotland, Wales
A Public Accounts Committee report containing a wide range of recommendations. In section 6 it says, 'The Department needs to reflect on how it will tackle the potential problems of paying the housing benefit element of Universal Credit directly to claimants.'

Latest statistics reveal two sides of housing market says CIH NI
25 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Commenting on the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for July-September 2014, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing director for Northern Ireland said "The statistics show there are two very different sides to our housing market. On the one hand we are seeing sustained growth in the number of house sales, but at the same time we are witnessing a substantial increase in homelessness."

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin July - September 2014
25 Feb 15 - Northern Ireland Department for Social Development | Northern Ireland
A quarterly bulletin containing information on homelessness, the Residential Property Price Index and new dwelling sales and prices.

A social network to support old fashioned neighbourliness in a digital age
25 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Streetbank is a free online application that shows what others in your area are willing to share.

Should Wales be able to ditch the ‘bedroom tax’?
25 Feb 15 - Institute of Welsh Affairs | Wales
As part of the IWA’s Constitutional Convention, it held an online discussion on the ‘spare room subsidy’, and asked whether Wales should have the power to ditch the ‘bedroom tax’. Some extracts from the debate including a link to the full debate is available to read.

Exempt rural communities from right to buy and crack down on fraud says CIH
24 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Exempting rural communities from right to buy and cracking down on fraud could help stop vital social housing being lost according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Joint open data initiative "game changer" for social enterprise industry
24 Feb 15 - Cabinet Office | England
Social Enterprise UK and Cabinet Office data will enable people to track money spent by local authorities and central government on social enterprises.

Comment on Discretionary Housing Payments
24 Feb 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Comments from Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess.

Over £46 million so far committed to support housing costs for those in financial hardship
24 Feb 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Recent figures show that between April 2014 and December 2014, local authorities received nearly 110,000 applications to a scheme which provides financial assistance towards housing costs for those claiming housing benefit.

New law to strengthen the regulation and inspection of social care in Wales unveiled
24 Feb 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Care home owners will become more accountable for their services under a new law to strengthen the protection of children and adults and improve the quality of care and support in Wales.

Group Structures and Constitutional Partnerships - Regulatory Guidance - Consultation - February 2015
24 Feb 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The number of RSLs within group structures is increasing, and in addition to this the nature of the activities RSLs are involved in via group structures is changing and potentially becoming more complex. SHR commissioned a research project to add to its understanding of the key risks to RSLs in group structures to help inform both its approach to regulating group structures, and to review its regulatory guidance. SHR has used the findings of the research to review its regulatory guidance and propose to make a number of changes to strengthen and clarify its expectations. It has published the findings alongside this consultation.

How to improve lives and transform your business by helping get tenants online
23 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Advice from John Neugebauer: Comms Advisor at RHP, a housing company responsible for more than 8,000 homes in Richmond and Hounslow.

'New measures will speed up housebuilding'
23 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has proposed new measures to speed up the planning system and provide new homes more quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions in relation to the Water Industry (Undertakers Wholly or Mainly in Wales) (Information about Non owner Occupiers) Regulations 2014
23 Feb 15 - Community Housing Cymru Group | Wales
This document seeks to set out responses to queries received by the Welsh Government and the water companies, as well as range of scenarios which have been presented by various organisations, and provide clarity around the expectat ions of the water companies in relation to compliance with the regulations.

Mayor names London's first Housing Zones
20 Feb 15 - Greater London Authority | England
'In nine boroughs, spanning the length and breadth of the city, the new Zones will bring forward enormous regeneration and transform key areas of the capital, with £260m of new investment to deliver 28,000 much needed new homes across the capital.'

Early lessons from the roll-out of Universal Credit
20 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Figures reveal that around 31,000 people were claiming the new benefit by the beginning of January.

Latest ONS figures show marked decline in new homes delivered by housing associations
19 Feb 15 - Housingnet | England
The Government has welcomed new figures showing there was an increase in the construction of new homes last year, but the figures remain far below the widely accepted 240,000 needed to tackle the housing crisis.

'We built almost 125,000 fewer homes in England in 2014 than we need'
19 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Commentary from Joe Sarling - Senior Analyst at the National Housing Federation.

National Housing Federation responds to DCLG house building figures
19 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Brief comments from Henry Gregg, assistant director of campaigns and communications at the National Housing Federation.

Investment Management System: guidance documents
19 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Guidance on how to submit bids and offers and schedule offers in the Homes and Communities Agency's Investment Management System.

Better Regulation - Building Standards Review - 2015
18 Feb 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
Consultation responses to the Better Regulation - Building Standards Review 2015.

Financing English Devolution
18 Feb 15 - Independent Commission on Local Government Finance | England
The final report from the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance suggests that although councils have successfully absorbed government cuts for a number of years, many council services cannot continue as they are for much longer.

Asset based thinking across housing, health and adult social care
18 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A reflection piece exploring the spread of Asset based thinking across housing, health and adult social care.

Sector shows improved performance in meeting value for money standards
18 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The latest assessment of registered providers’ value for money submissions shows an overall improvement in the sector’s compliance with the regulator’s standard.

How to tackle racially motivated hate incidents
18 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
This briefing will look at the role housing providers can play in tackling racially motivated hate incidents and building cohesive communities.

Regulatory judgements and regulatory notices
18 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Assessments published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) covering how well registered social landlords meet regulatory standards.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit overpayments guide
17 Feb 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
This guide is for the administration of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit schemes by Local Authorities and Housing Authorities in Great Britain.

£6 million boost for Community Rights programme
17 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
'The boost to the Community Rights programme will give even more people greater control and influence over what happens locally.'

Campaigners out of the blocks in relay to Homes for Britain rally
17 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Housing association staff, residents and members of the public are walking, running, cycling and hopping aboard a Routemaster bus to raise awareness and ask the next government to commit to a long-term plan to end the housing crisis.

Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund: phase 2 open for bids
17 Feb 15 - Department of Health | England
Up to £155 million more now available for housing to help people live independently.

Lifting the restrictions on the valuation of LSVT properties for loan purposes
16 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
A member briefing.

New Home Improvement Loans Scheme
16 Feb 15 - Welsh Local Government Association | Wales
The Home Improvement Loans Scheme has been developed in partnership between the Welsh Government, Welsh Local Government Association and Local Authorities in Wales as a way of providing additional finance to individuals and businesses for home improvements, which will contribute to the overall programme of improving the quality of homes and increasing housing supply.

CIH NI response to rates rebate replacement scheme consultation
16 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
This was the third in a series of consultations to inform options for a scheme that would accommodate the introduction of universal credit in Northern Ireland.

Universal Credit at work: spring 2015
15 Feb 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
The latest progress report on the implementation of Universal Credit. Includes housing content.

DWP publishes Scottish postcodes in Universal Credit roll-out
13 Feb 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | Scotland
The Department for Work and Pensions has published the details of the postcode areas that will go live on specific dates.

Early intervention needed to tackle repossession
13 Feb 15 - Northern Ireland Housing Executive | Northern Ireland
According to a dedicated taskforce a single point of contact for debt advice would better support borrowers to seek help at an early stage and help tackle the issue of housing repossession.

CIH NI calls for independent housing regulator
12 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
An independent housing regulator should be established in Northern Ireland according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Housing Benefit fraud and error: local authority insight survey wave 27
12 Feb 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
This research seeks to understand what local authorities are doing to prevent fraud and error in Housing Benefit.

Assistance for housing improvement: financial year ending March 2014
12 Feb 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
An annual report which includes information on expenditure, mandatory disabled facilities grants and activity by type of assistance, tenure and recipient.

Infrastructure Act will get Britain building
12 Feb 15 - Department for Transport | England
The Infrastructure Act recently became law - enshrining new measures to make it easier, quicker and simpler to get Britain building.

London housing association uses psychology to cut energy bills
12 Feb 15 - London and Quadrant Group | All
A housing association has introduced a new scheme which uses behavioural psychology to help residents cut their energy bills.

SHR highlights regulatory advice note on fraud risk
12 Feb 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has written to registered social landlords to highlight its regulatory advice note about risks of fraud against RSLs.

Budget 2015 submission
12 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The National Housing Federation has set its submission of ideas to Budget 2015, which will take place on 18 March.

Bedroom tax proposals welcomed by CIH NI
11 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
Proposals to provide full financial support for people affected by the bedroom tax have been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland.

Local housing authorities - the self-financing regime: progress and issues
11 Feb 15 - United Kingdom Parliament | England
A Commons Library Note explaining the implications of local housing authorities (with retained stock) moving to a self-financing regime from April 2012.

What does the Welfare Reform Bill mean for housing associations?
10 Feb 15 - Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations | Northern Ireland
'Now that the Bill is finally back what will it mean for housing associations and their tenants?'

DWP rejects call by civic Scotland to suspend roll-out of Universal Credit
10 Feb 15 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Department for Work and Pensions has rejected the call by civic Scotland to immediately suspend the roll-out of Universal Credit until the process of legislating for new powers for the Scottish Parliament is complete.

CIH: 2014 Scotland Annual Report
10 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
How well did CIH Scotland do throughout 2014? This report lets you know.

Additional £5.8 million announced for social housing
10 Feb 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt has announced an additional £5.8 million from reserves will be allocated towards social housing in 2014-15.

Housing and mental health briefing
10 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The Labour Party’s independent taskforce has published its report on mental health, which makes specific recommendations on housing and adds to a growing political will to give mental health equal importance to physical health.

Tackling West Midlands housing crisis would boost region’s economy by £263 million
10 Feb 15 - National Housing Federation | England
The West Midlands would get a shot in the arm of £263 million and 5,600 full-time jobs would be created or sustained if more affordable homes were built now to help tackle the housing crisis, according to the National Housing Federation.

New approaches to delivering social value
09 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales
"What does ‘social’ mean and when we talk about doing ‘more’ than provide housing what does this involve?"

Landmark Bill to make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales
09 Feb 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Legislation to reform the Welsh rented housing sector has been introduced by the Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths.

Shared ownership 2.0: towards a fourth mainstream tenure: final report
09 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
This final report from CIH and Orbit makes recommendations about how government, regulators, providers, lenders and investors could all work to deliver more affordable homes.

The homelessness monitor: England 2015
06 Feb 15 - Crisis | England
A five year study that will provide an independent analysis of the impact on homelessness of recent economic and policy developments in England.

CIH President: Commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation
05 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Whichever party wins the general election in May must commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation, according to Chartered Institute of Housing President Steve Stride.

Give social care and housing the chance to get the NHS out of crisis
05 Feb 15 - Guardian.co.uk | England, Scotland, Wales
Discusses alternative solutions to tackling the current crisis within the NHS.

Benefit Cap Quarterly Statistics: GB households capped to November 2014
05 Feb 15 - Department for Work and Pensions | England, Scotland, Wales
Includes figures for housing benefit. For example, since the introduction of the benefit cap on 15 April 2013 to November 2014 55.3 thousand households had their housing benefit capped.

Social housing mobility funding scheme: bidding prospectus
05 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Bidding prospectus and application form for social housing mobility funding scheme.

How to promote mobility among existing tenants
05 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
This briefing explores in detail some of the opportunities available to providers to support mobility.

What do we want? Good quality, affordable housing. When do we want it? Now!
05 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
The housing industry needs to get louder and ruder says CIH East Midlands board member Professor Jo Richardson, director of De Montfort University's Centre for Comparative Housing Research.

Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: Are Social Landlords Ready?
05 Feb 15 - Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research | England, Scotland, Wales
Presents the key findings of a survey of social landlords in England, Scotland and Wales exploring the readiness of landlords for the introduction of direct payment of housing benefit to tenants.

Homelessness much worse than headline figures show
04 Feb 15 - Crisis | England
Independent research published by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reveals the true scale of homelessness in England.

Extra £20 million for energy efficiency welcome says CIH Scotland - but more needs to be done
04 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland | Scotland
'David Ogilvie, head of policy and public affairs at CIH Scotland, said: "We welcome this extra funding for energy efficiency and the recognition that a warm, safe home should not be the privilege of a few but the normal standard of healthy living across Scotland ..." '

SFHA: energy efficiency must be a key investment priority
04 Feb 15 - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations | Scotland
The Scottish Federation has responded to the Scottish Government’s announcement of an extra £20 million to address fuel poverty, welcoming it as a step in the right direction.

£6.6 million for voluntary organisations in Wales
04 Feb 15 - Welsh Government | Wales
Voluntary organisations which support communities across Wales are set to receive funding of over £6.6 million in the next financial year.

Additional £5.6 million for Scottish communities
03 Feb 15 - Scottish Government | Scotland
A fund which gives community groups the power to tackle poverty and inequalities in their areas has been given a £5.6 million funding boost.

Overhaul shared ownership to double supply of homes
03 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | All
A joint report is calling on the housing sector, government and funders to unite to double the supply of shared ownership homes to 30,000 and help address the UK’s growing affordability crisis.

Group Structures and Constitutional Partnerships - Regulatory Guidance Consultation
03 Feb 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published Campbell Tickell's report and their guidance on group structures and constitutional partnerships.

Moving on: findings from our housing mobility survey
03 Feb 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England
To understand how landlords have been helping their tenants to move, CIH carried out a survey of social landlords and strategic housing authorities across England.

Thousands of tenants set to benefit from deposit loans
03 Feb 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Brandon Lewis announces government-wide support for a new scheme that will become available to thousands of tenants.

Current registered providers of social housing
03 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
Current registered providers of social housing plus new registrations and deregistrations, published monthly.

HCA Monthly Housing Market Bulletin – January 2015
03 Feb 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England, Wales
Information on trends in the housing market and the economy.

New Housing Ombudsman appointed
03 Feb 15 - Housing Ombudsman Service | England
The new Housing Ombudsman, Denise Fowler, will start her new role on 11 March 2015.

Integration that works
02 Feb 15 - One Housing Group | England, Scotland, Wales
One Housing, in conjunction with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, has published a report showing how the NHS can save millions while improving the quality of adult mental health care by working with housing associations.

Annual review of single homelessness support in England
02 Feb 15 - Homeless Link | England
Looks at the capacity, support and services available to homeless people, as well as funding and changes to provision.

Regulator launches consultation on regulatory guidance
02 Feb 15 - Scottish Housing Regulator | Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a consultation on proposed changes to some of its operational regulatory guidance.

New measures to break down barriers for shared ownership owners
31 Jan 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis proposes new measures to remove unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape.

Proposals to streamline the resale of shared ownership properties
31 Jan 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
This consultation seeks views on options to change the operation of the pre-emption right in shared ownership standard leases and other proposals to streamline the resale of shared ownership properties.

Changes to the Regulatory Framework
30 Jan 15 - Homes and Communities Agency | England
The Homes and Communities Agency has completed its review of feedback received from stakeholders (as part of a consultation) and published final decisions on the proposed changes. These will come into effect on 1 April 2015.

'Communities rewarded for saying yes to new homes'
30 Jan 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
The Housing Minister has published final allocations of New Homes Bonus payments to England’s 353 councils – totalling £1.2 billion this year.

Could housing associations save mental health services?
30 Jan 15 - National Housing Federation | England
Report demonstrates how millions could be saved if the NHS worked with housing associations to provide adult mental health care services.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates applicable from April 2015 – March 2016
30 Jan 15 - Valuation Office Agency | England
Tables showing the method used to produce the Local Housing Allowance rates in accordance with statute.

Help to Buy (equity loan scheme) and Help to Buy: NewBuy statistics: April 2013 to December 2014
30 Jan 15 - Department for Communities and Local Government | England
Official statistics on the Help to Buy equity loan scheme and Help to Buy: NewBuy scheme.

Practical implications of bedroom tax appeals
29 Jan 15 - Chartered Institute of Housing | England, Scotland, Wales
Covers the grounds on which you can appeal against the bedroom tax (social sector size criteria) and the practical implications of making such an appeal. It will be useful if you are affected by the bedroom tax yourself and wish to appeal or, when helping a tenant who wants to appeal.

 

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