Roof, Mar/Apr 2001, p.28-29
The Scottish Housing Bill includes provisions for a new secure tenancy, the abandonment of the improvement grant system, the abolition of Scottish Homes, the creation of a new single regulatory regime for social landlords and a restatement of the central role of local authorities. Core to these changes is the lubrication of stock transfers, particularly that of Glasgow.
Roof, Mar/Apr 2001, p.16
Argues that registered social landlords will need to raise £1.5 bn annually in private finance to invest in new homes, and an equivalent amount to invest in stock transferred from local authorities to back up increased government investment in social housing.
Housing, Feb 2001, p.30-31
Summarises the provisions of the Scottish Housing Bill, which covers: homelessness and the allocation of housing;
Local Government Association
London: IDEA, 2001
Survey of councils in England and Wales shows that 27% have already transferred their housing stock; a quarter are not planning any changes in housing management; 5% are only considering transfers to arms length management companies; 25% are considering either companies or PFI only and 12% stock transfer only. Eighty-two per cent of authorities recognise the need to integrate housing strategy with community development planning.
Housing, Feb 2001, p.32-35
An investigation by Housing magazine has shown that council houses sold to tenants under the Right to Buy Scheme are often under-valued. This is contributing to the decimation of Britain's stock of affordable housing.
Guardian, Mar 8th 2001, p.25
Discusses Alan Holman's latest forecast which suggests that 230,000 newly built homes or conversions will be needed across England each year until at least 2016. With house prices rising, the need for affordable homes for rent is increasing. It is feared that only half of the 80-85,000 subsidised dwellings that are going to be needed each year for the next decade will be built resulting in worsening the overcrowding and housing standards in London. Article goes on to discuss the Council for Rural England (CRE) view on urban sprawl and the government's attempts to make council and housing association rents more market sensitive.
Roof, Mar/Apr 2001, p.18
The Scottish Housing Bill at present does little to address problems of climate change and fuel poverty. Campaigning groups are calling for a commitment to improve the energy efficiency of housing to be added to the Bill.
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Sets targets for the eradication of fuel poverty through:
Roof, Mar/Apr 2001, p.20-22
Report of an interview with the Conservative shadow housing minister Archie Norman. He proposes reducing state spending on social housing by scrapping best value and the present government's neighbourhood renewal strategy, and accelerating the transfer of local authority stock to housing associations.