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NFA Photography Awards - entry eight

29th April 2016

The National Federation of ALMOS (NFA) host a yearly awards ceremony to celebrate the talent, commitment and innovation of ALMO staff. This year, it created a completely new category - Ordinary people, Extraordinary lives – to show a photographic view of its customers. Amateur and professional photographers undertook the challenge with amazing results. One of the panel judges was our very own 24housing editor, Chris Smith. Starting this week, 24housing will be showcasing the 20 finalists, and t...

#TAI16 round up with Kevin Howell

29th April 2016

Due to the roaring success of the #TAI16 recaps by 24housing (well we think so anyway), Kevin Howell, director of CIH Cymru, was tempted in to provide a recap of the whole event.  We met in a quiet room to discuss the conference sessions, the food and much more!  Q: Best session of day one?  Kevin: “I think it was really great to hear from the chair of the independent regulatory board. For me, to have an independent regulatory board in Wales is really important to look at re...

NFA Photography Awards - entry seven

29th April 2016

The National Federation of ALMOS (NFA) host a yearly awards ceremony to celebrate the talent, commitment and innovation of ALMO staff. This year, it created a completely new category - Ordinary people, Extraordinary lives – to show a photographic view of its customers. Amateur and professional photographers undertook the challenge with amazing results. One of the panel judges was our very own 24housing editor, Chris Smith. Starting this week, 24housing will be showcasing the 20 finalists, and t...

CIH calls for step change in housing delivery

29th April 2016

Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) director for Northern Ireland, comments on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin: We are continuing to see growth in the number of new homes - particularly in the private sector where there has been a 12% yearly increase on new home starts. Housing associations are also performing well, with the number of completed new homes up 31% (282) on the same quarter last year. In total there were 1346 properties started during October to Decem...

Councils respond to Committee findings on Right to Buy

29th April 2016

Responding to the announcement Right to Buy has not been thought through financially and serious questions still remain, LGA issued this repsonse.  Cllr Sharon Taylor, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association, said: “Our projections show extending the Right to Buy scheme to housing association tenants could cost £6 billion over the next four years, as almost 100,000 households take up the offer. “We share the Committee’s concerns about the difficulty in asses...

Committee finds serious questions remain on extending Right to Buy

29th April 2016

The Committee of Public Accounts have raised significant and pressing concerns about the extension of the Right to Buy policy. In its 38th Report, the Committee concluded “many key policy details have not been clarified” and highlighted continuing uncertainty around funding, replacement housing and abuse of the scheme. The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced its intention to give 1.3 million tenants of housing associations, through voluntary agreement with th...

NFA Photography Awards - entry six

28th April 2016

The National Federation of ALMOS (NFA) host a yearly awards ceremony to celebrate the talent, commitment and innovation of ALMO staff. This year, it created a completely new category - Ordinary people, Extraordinary lives – to show a photographic view of its customers. Amateur and professional photographers undertook the challenge with amazing results. One of the panel judges was our very own 24housing editor, Chris Smith. Starting this week, 24housing will be showcasing the 20 finalists, and t...

Number of empty homes at lowest level since records began

28th April 2016

New government figures show the number of empty homes is now at its lowest level since records began. This equates to a drop of over a third from 318,642 in 2004 to 203,596 in 2015. Figures also show an increase in the number of owner-occupied homes in the past year, after seven years of decline, starting in 2007. Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said: “We are very clear that a house should be a home which is why we have taken action to stop homes being bought up and left as an...

Lords’ amendments could 'stifle' housing delivery

28th April 2016

Small development sites should not be regulated in the same way as major developments, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). House of Lords amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, which would target small development sites for expensive affordable housing contributions, and increase regulations and taxes on small builders, will stifle the supply of new homes at a time when they are needed most, warns the federation. Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB said: “We understand the need ...

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

28th April 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent. Analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay. Research conducted by CIH - focusing on LHA rates since 2012 - found that in some areas of the UK, people are only able to afford to rent in the bottom 5-10% of the private rented sector (PRS) mar...

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