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Homeless charity's staff to stage 10-day strike in second walkout over pay dispute

31st October 2014

Staff at homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway (SMB) are preparing for a second bout of industrial action as they continue a dispute over pay and conditions. The staff, all of whom are members of the union Unite, plan to stage a 10-day strike beginning 5 November. The second strike follows a mass walkout earlier this month that lasted a week. The 650 staff say they are battling to preserve quality services for the homeless and to roll-back SMB management’s "attack on their pay, and ...

Film claims government corruption behind sell-off of NHS

31st October 2014

A number of doctors and medical specialists have claimed that the British government is engaged in a systematic sell-off of the NHS, and have alleged that the process amounts to nothing short of corruption. Featured in a new film, the practitioners express alarm about what they claim is the "abolition of the NHS" by the Tory-led coalition. According to those interviewed, the NHS is undergoing a process of 'Americanization', in which it is being sold off to private businesses with patient care ...

TPAS appoints new directors

31st October 2014

TPAS has announced the appointment of a housing association chief executive and a community engagement manager to its board. Lisa Pickard, CEO of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association, brings over 20 years of housing experience to her new role, working for a variety of social landlords across her career. Meanwhile, Caritas Charles, of Alliance Homes, shares a long career history and passion for tenant involvement having worked in the field for over 12 years. Jenny Osbourne, TPAS chief executive, said: &...

Friday Feud: Gamergate, 'gamers', and girls and boys

31st October 2014

By Max Salsbury, 24dash reporter and after dinner speaker I had been meaning to write something about the Gamergate tradegy but couldn't really justify publishing it on this site because I couldn't see how it had anything to do with housing [Ed: Not that that's stopped you in the past]. However, last night I attended the rather marvellous CSI Awards in Manchester and found myself sat next to Sasha Deepwell, deputy CEO of Wulvern Housing. I've always wanted to meet someone called Sasha because...

Opinion: Housing concerns

31st October 2014

By Rob Gershon, 24dash's special agent At a Labour Party Conference 2014 fringe event, Aileen Evans, Managing Director of Aragon Housing, and a founding member of the SHOUT campaign for social housing, gave a speech about how and why increasing the supply of genuine social housing is such an important part of the solution to the housing crisis. Despite individual concerns about housing, repeated Ipsos/MORI polls show it slipping away down the list of priorities of voters, despite the best effor...

Nearly half of UK's social housing families have no money left after bills

31st October 2014

Families in social housing hit by the Tory-led coalition's major benefits changes are struggling with rising debts with almost half who owe money unsure when they’ll be able to pay it back or whether they ever will, a study study has found. The fifth report from Real Life Reform – a major study by social landlords into the lives of up to 100 northern households affected by welfare reforms - revealed that an increasing number of households are also worried about getting further into debt...

Phase two of £155m housing regeneration scheme begins

31st October 2014

A housing association has begun the second phase of a £155 million regeneration scheme in Ealing that will deliver 187 new homes.  A2Dominion and its partner Rydon have started to demolish the Green Man Lane estate to make way for 126 private sale and 61 'affordable' homes. Designed by Conran and Partners, the whole regeneration will ultimately deliver over 700 homes, a community café, community centre, green spaces and play areas. David Price, A2Dominion’s regeneration director, s...

Council becomes first to use new anti-social powers to evict tenants

31st October 2014

Oldham Council is believed to have become the first local authority in the country to use new anti-social behaviour powers to remove tenants from a property, after it was used as a drugs den.  The new rules came into force earlier this month and mean that ASB incidents can be dealt more swiftly by the courts, leading to quicker evictions. Tameside Magistrates' Court approved a three-month premises closure for the property on Manor Road, in Roundthorn, yesterday after community safety officers f...

A2Dominion, Rydon start phase two of £155m scheme in Ealing

30th October 2014

Demolition has begun at the Green Man Lane estate in west Ealing, ahead of construction early next year of 187 homes. Joint venture partners A2Dominion and Rydon head the £155 million regeneration scheme in Ealing, with the project now entering its second phase. Detailed planning permission was granted by Ealing Council late 2013 for the 126 private sale and 61 affordable homes. Phase one, which completed earlier this year, provided 176 apartments and houses. Designed by Conran and Partners, the re...

Away from merger talk, Network plans to grow to 30,000 homes

30th October 2014

Network Housing Group has unveiled its plans for the next five years, including 60% growth to 30,000 homes by 2020. A member of the g15 group, Network currently owns and manages over 19,000 homes. Its new five-year strategy was launched at a parliamentary reception to mark Network’s 40th anniversary. "We are immensely proud of how far we have come since we began with a single home in Brent in 1974," Network group chief executive Helen Evans said. "We now provide a wide range of homes bot...