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Councils sound alarm over plans to reduce social housing rents

28th July 2015

Lowering rents for social housing tenants could force district councils to scrap plans to build an extra 40,000 new homes over the next 30 years, according to new research. A survey conducted by the District Councils’ Network involving 73 stock-holding local authorities suggests that George Osborne's Summer Budget announcement to cut social housing rents by 1% over the next four years from April 2016 could result in the construction of 3,700 fewer homes by districts over this time period &n...

New programme director to deliver Tottenham’s ambitions

28th July 2015

Progress on London’s biggest regeneration scheme is set to accelerate following the appointment of one of the UK’s leading experts as Tottenham programme director. Helen Fisher, who has been at the helm of some of the most significant regeneration London has seen in recent years, will turn her talents to Tottenham. As programme director, she will spearhead the council’s ambitious plans for the area – including the delivery of 10,000 new homes, 5,000 new jobs and more than...

Abusive tenant receives injunction order

28th July 2015

An abusive tenant who threatened housing workers has been hit with an injunction. Salix Homes, which owns 8,500 homes across central Salford, sought legal action against Aaron Marshall, of Fitzwarren Court, Pendleton, on the grounds of his aggressive and threatening behaviour towards members of staff. Marshall, aged 29, made threats to members of Salix Homes’ 1st Response 24-hour security team during an incident at Fitzwarren Court tower block on April 26. A trial was due to take place at Man...

£20m funding secured for Worthing Homes

28th July 2015

Worthing Homes has secured an additional £20million funding from Lloyds Bank to build 200 new ‘affordable’ homes in the local area over the next 3 years. “I am delighted that we have secured this additional funding” said Julian Pitcher, resources director, “as this now enables us to provide even more homes in the area which in turn helps to reduce the housing waiting list.” Worthing Homes currently has four fully funded sites in various stages of develo...

Work underway at 13 sites in Wythenshawe

28th July 2015

After receiving over £4.3m of grant funding, JV North member Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) is forging ahead with plans to build 289 homes as part of the HCA’s 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme. Plans to build nearly 300 new homes in Wythenshawe over the next three years is well underway with 13 development sites being brought into use. The 13 sites have seen either planning permission received, contracts awarded for construction work to start, designs agreed with the ...

Renters on the London living wage priced out of every postcode

27th July 2015

The capital is on the verge of a labour crisis as low-paid workers are unable to afford sky-high London room rents, according to data from flat and house share site SpareRoom.co.uk. Flat sharing is the most affordable way to rent, yet the research reveals those earning the London living wage of £9.15 per hour would have to budget more than half their take-home pay for rent. Affordable rent is typically classed as less than 35% of a person’s net earnings. The average weekly income on the Lon...

Orbit releases 2014/15 financial results

27th July 2015

Orbit Group have released their 2014/15 financial results, which show the 39,000-home housing association, completed a very successful 2014/15 financial year, meeting or exceeding its business plan targets and delivering a profit of £45.4m to invest in its people, communities and homes. According to the group, the organisation’s profit is a result of effective treasury management, expanding its range of housing solutions, and a focus on efficiency and value for money, keeping it firmly...

All-Party Parliamentary Group announced to tackle national housing emergency

27th July 2015

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning has been formed to address the national housing emergency, supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The APPG for Housing and Planning, previously chaired by Tim Yeo MP, will now be chaired by James Cartlidge, conservative MP for South Suffolk, and tasked with recommending wide-ranging, innovative solutions to reshape the housing market: increasing the housing stock for both rental and private ownership, and ...

Oxford Equity Loan offers housing lifeline to teachers

27th July 2015

Oxford City Council has teamed up with a leading Oxfordshire housing association to provide a new £1.5 million loan scheme to help the city’s teachers get on the housing ladder. Catalyst Housing and Oxford City Council have launched the Oxford Equity Loan scheme today, to teachers at selected Oxford schools. The scheme provides a low-cost equity loan, free for the first two years, which when taken up in addition to a normal mortgage, could enable teachers in the city to buy a home ne...

Survey reveals that more than a third of the UK support welfare cuts

27th July 2015

A recent survey, conducted by RP Assure, asked 1120 participants which of the conservative party’s visions for welfare reform they supported - providing insight into public opinion surrounding these hotly debated changes to the UK’s welfare system. Surprisingly, the survey reveals that 38.5% of people are in favour of reducing the benefit cap to £23k - making it the most ‘popular’ welfare cut to come from the conservative manifesto. At the other end of the scale, the Uni...