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Alok Sharma appointed as Housing Minister

Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, has been appointed as the new Housing and Planning Minister. Replacing Gavin Barwell, who lost his seat in the snap election, Sharma will now fill the role of Minister of State for the Department... View Article

Government acquires 68 flats for Grenfell Tower victims

The Government has acquired 68 homes in a luxury residential development in south Kensington to rehouse some of the residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Communities secretary Sajid Javid announced all homes, a mix of one, two and three bedroom... View Article

Council plan for hundreds of affordable rented homes

Croydon households will get guaranteed cheaper rents in 340 properties if innovative council proposals for genuinely affordable homes are approved. Eligible borough residents would pay just 65 per cent of the typical private rent for 340 new properties being delivered... View Article

New Chief Executive announced for One Housing

One Housing is pleased to announce that Richard Hill will be joining the organisation as its new Chief Executive in September 2017. His appointment follows the departure of previous Chief Executive, Mick Sweeney, earlier this year. Richard was previously Chief... View Article

NFB: HBA welcomes new housing and planning minister

Theresa May has appointed Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, as minister of state for housing and planning. Mr Sharma is the third housing and planning minister in three years and succeeds Gavin Barwell, who was appointed as new chief... View Article

Grenfell Tower blaze results in dozens of fatalities

A major fire at the recently-refurbished Grenfell Tower in west London has resulted in several deaths, and over 50 injuries. The 24-storey block suffered severe damage which rapidly spread through many of the 120 flats, and there are fears the... View Article

Housing Minister Barwell loses seat

Gavin Barwell, the Conservative Housing Minister, has lost his seat in Croydon Central to Labour. After a night where the Conservatives lost 12 seats, the UK is left with a hung parliament. The Conservatives failed to gain a majority, but... View Article

Beat the budget

For social housing specifiers, the core challenge is balancing ever-tightening budgets with quality products which tenants will be able to take pride in. When it comes to the kitchen and bathroom, factors such as speed of fit, future-proofing and green considerations... View Article

Heathcotes Group opens two new facilities near Nottingham

Care provider Heathcotes Group is opening two new facilities near Nottingham following the redevelopment of its original estate in Hucknall. The two newly refurbished buildings at Watnall Road offer a range of specialist person-centred services: Gilbert Lodge supports people with... View Article

SFHA appoints new chief executive

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced Sally Thomas as the organisation’s new chief executive. Thomas is taking over from Mary Taylor, who is retiring on 23 June after seven years with the Federation, and is expected to assume her... View Article
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