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Fuel poor households to lose £50 million

23rd April 2014

Scotland’s most vulnerable households will be hit hardest by the Tory-led coalition's proposed changes to the energy company obligation (ECO), the Scottish government has claimed. The UK government’s own analysis states that spending by energy companies under the ECO is expected to be cut by around £500 million a year across the country - which would mean an annual reduction of around £50m in Scotland, based on its population. The Scottish government says the cut will lea...

Opinion: Could privatisation provide enhanced services to meet offenders’ housing needs?

22nd April 2014

By Paul Mellish, housing development manager, London Probation Trust London Probation Trust achieves settled accommodation for 85% of offenders against the backdrop of London’s high rents, shortages of affordable housing and benefit caps. This success is largely due to working in partnership with a range of housing agencies and local housing authorities across the 32 boroughs and the City of London. As part of the government’s transforming rehabilitation reforms, in June 2014 London Probation T...

General practitioner fined after HMO licence breach

22nd April 2014

A general practitioner from Carmarthenshire has been prosecuted for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation. Lestyn Glynog Davies was fined £1,800 at Cardiff Magistrates' Court for the breach. Under the Housing Act 2004, HMOs require a licence to ensure they meet all the required health and safety requirements. An HMO application form was sent to both owners of the property on Tewkesbury Street in Cathays, including Davies' father, John Glynog Davies, a councillor representing...

Housing association's gets 5-star safety grading

22nd April 2014

Housing association mhs homes has been given a 5-star grading in the British Safety Council’s occupational health and safety audit - the highest rating possible. The audit involved a detailed and objective evaluation of the  8,000-home provider's occupational health and safety management systems, and measured its performance against a number of key safety management indicators. The BSC’s audit provides organisations with a worldwide benchmark of their safety management systems against ...

'Instant' homes pop up in Blackburn

22nd April 2014

A new pilot scheme has seen the first 'instant' homes appear in Blackburn. Social landlord Twin Valley Homes and partners Easybase Homes erected the first factory-built three-bedroom semi-detached properties last week. Made from galvanised steel, the units are insulated inside and out and have been built to code for sustainable homes level 4. All of the units' facilities, such as baths, showers and kitchens, were fitted before transportation. The first units were taken from the Easybase factor...

X-Factor finalist Jongo Kerr supports social landlord's neighbourhood fund

22nd April 2014

X-Factor finalist Jonjo Kerr has lent his support to a housing provider's neighbourhood fund. Chorley Community Housing is currently inviting bids for its £50,000 fund. Mr Kerr's is encouraging anyone who has an idea on how the cash could be put to good use to contact CCH. The ex-soldier said: “CCH’s neighbourhood fund is a great support for new or established projects in the Chorley area. "It’s really easy to apply and can be used for a number of things including events, a...

Borough sees unemployed number fall by thousands

22nd April 2014

Thousands of people in Croydon have been wiped off the jobless list. The latest Labour Market Bulletin shows that between February 2013 and March 2014, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in the borough fell by over 3,000. In February 2013, the borough had 10,142 people looking for work. By March of this year, the number claiming JSA had fallen to 7,085. The numbers represent a 30% drop over the period. The number of young people, those aged 18-24, also fell, from 2,390 in Febru...

HA expands affordable housing into new area

22nd April 2014

After almost 10 years of providing affordable social housing for communities across the Wirral, housing association Magenta Living is expanding into a new area for the first time. The social landlord has been given permission for a new mixed housing development on a site in Ellesmere Port - which it says will create jobs and regeneration for the community. The 12,000-home provider chose the site due to its "picturesque location", with canal side views. The scheme will deliver 46 homes; nine one-bed ...

Riverside names Wates as partner in £54m care scheme

22nd April 2014

Social landlord Riverside has named Wates Living Space as its build partner on a £54 million extra care scheme. The partnership will see the two firms deliver over 300 extra care apartments in Hull, as part of a contract to design, build and manage three extra care schemes for the city council. The facilities are being built to serve vulnerable adults in the area, including the elderly, those with dementia and those who need support to live alone. The apartments will allow residents to live...

Campaigners demand closure of ‘unscrupulous landlord' loophole

22nd April 2014

A campaign group has demanded that the government closes a loophole that allows “unscrupulous landlords to run off” with their tenants’ security deposits. The call from Generation Rent follows the case of Daniel Burton, a rent-to-rent landlord who was expelled from a tenancy deposit protection scheme. The scheme allowed the landlord to keep his tenants’ deposits, which meant that they were not protected when he was expelled from the scheme and subsequently went bust, owing...