SOCIAL HOUSING

cladding

Welsh government to invest £3m to replace cladding on tower blocks post Grenfell

The Welsh Government has announced that it will spend up to £3 million to replace cladding on three tower blocks in Newport
high-rise buildings

MPs seek advice to improve the safety of high-rise buildings following post-Grenfell report

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will ask construction industry experts for  advice on the changes that should be made to building regulations to improve the safety of high-rise buildings.
unsafe cladding

Government to fund removal of unsafe cladding in social housing

The government will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400m, it was announced yesterday (16 May 2018)
social housing

Sadiq Khan launches scheme to build 10,000 new homes in London

The Mayor of London is set to invest £1.67 billion into a new social housing scheme, ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ to create more homes for the capital over the next four years.
land trusts

UK housing crisis could be saved by land trusts, report suggests

A report titled ‘Remodelling Capitalism’ produced by City, University of London and Friends Provident Foundation suggests that land trusts could manage all public land that is suitable for future development and transform it into social housing for the next generation.
energy trade

London social housing estate achieves UK’s first blockchain energy trade

Verv has completed the UK’s first energy trade using blockchain technology as part of regulator Ofgem’s Sandbox initiative to test innovative services and business models not possible under current regulation
Rethinking social housing

Rethinking social housing workshops receive more than 2,000 respondents

More than 2,000 people have had their say on the future of social housing by taking part in the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Rethinking social housing workshops
WISH North East

Women in Social Housing extends its reach to the North East

Women in Social Housing (WISH), the support network for women working in the affordable housing and construction sectors, has extended its reach to the North East
rough sleepers

Homelessness minister reveals she ‘doesn’t know’ why rough sleeper numbers are increasing

The UK’s new homelessness minister, Heather Wheeler, has said she does not know why the number of rough sleepers has increased so significantly in recent years, adding that she did not accept the suggestion that welfare reforms and council cuts had contributed to the rise
regeneration

Joint venture to produce London’s largest social housing regeneration project

The London Borough of Havering has announced a £1bn contract and major new joint venture (JV) partnership with Wates Residential
social housing sector

UK social housing sector worth around £11.4bn in 2017

Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations, according to a report published by AMA Research
Press for Progress

International Women’s Day: Influencing change

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Press for Progress. Nicola Dibb, executive director and founder of Women in Social Housing (WISH) explains why this message is so important for influencing change in the housing and construction sectors
empty homes

Number of long-term empty homes rises

The campaigning charity Empty Homes has called for Government action as the number of long-term empty homes recorded in official data rose in 2017 for the first time since 2008
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day: Change needed in the housing sector

With only a day to go before International Women’s Day (8 March), Nicola Dibb executive director and founder of WISH shares her thoughts on the importance of highlighting gender disparity

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