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Home Ownership

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- Mayor reveals landmark step to offer Londoners first dibs on new homes

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Planning

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- Blog Watch: Planning Inspector sets out the distinctive elements of Extra Care scheme resulting in C2 Use Class conclusion

- Planning laws to be relaxed to allow house upward extensions in cities

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World Window

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- Updates from Housing Futures: the online platform on housing strategies for cities around the globe

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Legislation & Court Issues

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- Impact of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill

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Repairs & Maintenance

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- Wandle and Mears announce new partnership

- Council's housing repairs company is officially launched

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Supported Housing

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- Blog Watch: 'Still work to be done to understand proposed changes to supported housing'

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Housing for the Elderly

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- Commons Select Committee calls for a national strategy for older people's housing

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Housing Finance

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- Impact investors begin to build momentum in UK affordable housing

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- Housing Secretary fails to spend £72 million affordable homes cash

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Social Housing

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- Major new project to model the future of social housing in Northern Ireland

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- SFHA appeals for tenant case studies for film to show positive work of members

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Information Technology

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- Free guide to download - 'The role of technology in combating loneliness and isolation'

- Changing world prompts Salix Homes to 'Rethink Housing'

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Housing Provision

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- £45 million funding boost to support building up to 7,280 homes on council owned land

- Council agrees plans to set up a company to build 1,000 homes across Cornwall

- Mayor announces largest TfL site so far for major housing boost

- £866 million investment to help unlock potential 200,000 new homes

- More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in just five years, new analysis reveals

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- Salix Homes is helping to tackle the housing crisis by repurposing derelict buildings

- New £20 million joint between A2Dominion and Nicholas King Homes

- Midlands ALMO imports four modular units from Dublin

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Training

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- TPAS March training dates

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- Advanced housing law training session: 9th March

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Equality & Diversity

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- HAs must publish Gender Pay Reports by 4th April 2018

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People in Housing

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- David Orr to retire from the National Housing Federation in September

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Housing Associations

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- Hyde seeks to generate further social value benefits from its suppliers

- Shareholders of Notting Hill and Genesis confirm support for merger plans

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- Regulatory judgement: Raven Housing Trust Limited

- Regulatory judgement: Vivid Housing Limited

- The boards of Shoreline and Boston Mayflower officially agree to merge

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Conferences & Seminars

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- The Comms Event 2018: Annual Communications and Marketing Conference

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- CIH South East and London Regional Conference & Exhibition

- Housing Finance Conference & Exhibition

- Communications Conference

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Private Sector Housing

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- New tougher electrical safety standards to protect private tenants

- RLA seek clarity over Labour plans to allow tenants to keep pets in properties

- Expansion of private rented sector could help ease lack of social housing

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- The reality of poverty and renting in Salford

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Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

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- Hospitals, prisons and Jobcentres to refer people at risk of homelessness

- Policy documents set out new approaches to tackle homelessness in Wales

- Mayor invests £15m to buy homes for homeless Londoners

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- 'The A-Z of homelessness resources' - good practice guidance

- Homeless illegally turned away by councils

- First ever service to support senior veterans struggling with housing problems on Merseyside

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Right to Buy

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- RTB has become "unsustainable" unless councils can set discounts locally and replace homes sold

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- Scrap RTB scheme, urges Sir Vince Cable

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Housing Ombudsman

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- Government moves towards a shake-up of broken housing complaints system

- Ombudsman Services to withdraw from complaints handling in the property sector

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Central Government

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- PM chairs inaugural meeting of the Housing Implementation Taskforce

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Heating & Energy Efficiency

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- Only 80 second generation smart meters have been installed - as rollout stalls again

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Housing and Care

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- Two new videos focus on delivering extra care housing

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- Blog Watch: Extra care services should reflect the diversity of any healthy community

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