Housing

  • Public Finance
    9 Sep 99
    Local authority leaders have welcomed government plans to remove the stigma surrounding social and council housing.
  • Public Finance
    9 Sep 99
    A new standardised service for testing the satisfaction of tenants living in council and housing association properties was launched this week by the National Housing Federation.
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    Council leaders in Burnley are in urgent talks with the government over how to clear their housing debt ahead of the proposed transfer of the authority's entire stock to a housing association.
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    In another age, there were people known as Kremlinologists. These experts would be wheeled out on British television and radio to discuss the significance of every minor change in personnel made to...
  • Public Finance
    22 Jul 99
    The Department of Social Security has shied away from a complete overhaul of its computer system in the wake of a catalogue of IT disasters across central government in the past few months.
  • Public Finance
    22 Jul 99
    The Audit Commission has run up a bill so far of £3.45m investigating the Westminster 'homes-for-votes' case, according to its annual report.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jul 99
    Local authorities may have to boost efforts to combat stress and bullying at work after two councils this week paid damages of more than £150,000 to ex-employees.
  • Public Finance
    1 Jul 99
    Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling did little this week to dampen speculation that housing benefit faces abolition in a bid to cut down on massive levels of fraud.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    Housing associations and community groups were this week invited to copy a savings and loans scheme established in Cambridge to improve low-income tenants' access to affordable loans.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    Rent reform should begin immediately, with a major increase in the subsidy paid to registered social landlords, ministers were told by the National Housing Federation this week.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jun 99
    An £84m hole has been discovered in the accounts of National Savings, the government agency that offers personal savings products to the public to help finance the National Debt. Fraud has not been...
  • Public Finance
    3 Jun 99
    Planning regulations must be tightened up so that more people have the chance to rent or buy low-cost homes, ministers were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    27 May 99
    Smokers and homeless people are being targeted as part of a drive to improve the health of some of the poorest areas in England.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Housing may be ignored by Labour as the government sets spending targets for a second term in office, prospective mayor of London Ken Livingstone warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Local authorities in the north, the Midlands and Scotland will now be expected to absorb 20,000 or more refugees from the Kosovo war, it was revealed this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Comparisons between high and low-spending councils are misplaced and have little bearing on efficiency, according to the University of Loughborough.
  • Public Finance
    20 May 99
    Ministers announced this week that they are looking for 40 more councils to apply for Beacon status.
  • Public Finance
    6 May 99
    Home Secretary Jack Straw this week committed Britain to accepting 1,000 Kosovar refugees a week and promised local authorities that the government will foot the bill.
  • Public Finance
    22 Apr 99
    Moves to streamline the housing benefit system are being stepped up after evidence that delays in processing claims is the major cause of rent arrears.
  • Public Finance
    8 Apr 99
    The government is pressing ahead with funding changes for supported and sheltered housing despite objections from housing associations.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The UK's air traffic control service, National Air Traffic Services, should be given greater commercial freedom, MPs were told this week.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    Council house repairs in England and Wales are in line for a £1.2bn cash boost from 2000/2001, according to a briefing note from Local Government Association chief executive Brian Briscoe.
  • Public Finance
    29 Oct 98
    The government may be forced into a messy reselection process for the Welsh Assembly following the shock resignation this week of the Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    Business and local government joined forces this week in last- ditch attempts to persuade the government to include Best Value legislation in next month's Queen's speech.
  • Public Finance
    8 Oct 98
    The number of pension funds swapping asset managers rose sharply in the first half of 1998, according to a report by The WM Company, which measures investment performance.

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