UK & International news

Northern Ireland: Independent housing dispute panel proposed

An independent housing panel to deal with disputes between private tenants and landlords has been mooted for Northern Ireland.

Published 12 January 2017

Places for People Group enters student accommodation market with Derwent Living acquisition

Places for People Group has completed its acquisition of housing provider Derwent Living in a merger that is said to make the group one of the UK’s largest property management businesses.

Published 11 January 2017

England: £7bn fund for affordable homes released

A £7 billion programme to deliver more than 200,000 new affordable homes in England has been unlocked by communities secretary Sajid Javid in a dramatic expansion of the UK government’s affordable housing programme.

Published 6 January 2017

New chief executive appointed to the Homes and Communities Agency

Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Sir Edward Lister, has announced the appointment of Nick Walkley as the chief executive and accounting officer of the agency.

Published 22 December 2016

Housing association strikes £2.5bn pre-fab factory deal with Chinese firm

Housing association Your Housing Group is teaming up with a Chinese-state owned company to build 25,000 pre-fabricated homes over the next five years.

Published 19 December 2016

Equality watchdog to investigate ‘chronic’ lack of accessible housing

A major new inquiry starting is to investigate the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain.

Published 16 December 2016

Universal Credit having ‘considerable impact’ on arrears levels

The average rent arrears of a tenant receiving Universal Credit is almost five times the average of those not in receipt of the welfare payment, according to new research.

Published 14 December 2016

Gypsy sites ‘should be central part of tackling housing crisis’, says CIH report

Providing Gypsy and Traveller sites should be made a central part of tackling the UK’s housing crisis, according to a new report.

Published 14 December 2016

New research uncovers dehumanising effects of defensive architecture

Homeless people are increasingly being forced out of public spaces by hostile measures such as spikes, curved or segregated benches and deliberate noise pollution, a study has revealed.

Published 13 December 2016

NI plan to reverse reclassification of housing associations

Northern Ireland communities minister, Paul Givan, has launched a consultation on the legislative changes needed to ensure housing associations remain as independent social enterprises.

Published 12 December 2016

English housing associations Peabody and Family Mosaic to merge

Peabody and Family Mosaic housing associations have agreed to merge to create a new organisation with combined assets worth £6 billion.

Published 7 December 2016

Adverse policy changes drive negative outlook for English housing associations

Credit agency Moody's has given the English social housing sector a ‘negative’ outlook for 2017 after warning that housing associations’ credit metrics will suffer as adverse policy changes incentivise them to take on additional risk.

Published 7 December 2016

Welfare minister Lord Freud to retire from role

Minister for welfare reform Lord Freud is to retire from his ministerial position at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at the end of December.

Published 2 December 2016

Limited evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office

Sanctions on welfare payments cost more to administer than they save and are being handed out without evidence that they actually work, according to today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 30 November 2016

Shelter appoints Graeme Brown as interim chief executive

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, has been appointed Shelter’s interim chief executive by the Board of trustees following the announcement that Campbell Robb is to step down as chief executive at the end of the year.

Published 25 November 2016