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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2001): Social Housing - UK

THE CIH ELECTION DEBATE

E. Hawkey

Housing, May 2001, p.16-17

Summarises the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat policies on housing and urban renewal. A Conservative government would appoint a single regeneration minister, and create local regeneration companies across the country. Labour is offering increased investment, rent reform and strategic role for local authorities. The main plank of the Liberal Democrat policy on housing and regeneration is to put tenants in charge.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS?

M. Weaver

Guardian, June 21st 2001, p.17

Government is planning a rapid increase in the rate of transfer of council housing stock to housing associations. Ministers believe that stock transfer is the best way to tackle the multibillion - pound repair bill on council homes. Housing associations can raise the necessary private investment for repairs because they are free of the public borrowing roles.

KEY TO CAPITAL LIVING

N. Merrick

Public Finance, June 1st-7th 2001, p.

Property prices in London are now so high that essential workers such as nurses, policemen and teachers cannot afford to buy. Article describes initiatives to provide affordable housing for these groups.

REGULATING HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS' MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RISK

National Audit Office

London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons Papers. Session 2000/01; HC 399)

Reports on the Housing Corporation's role in regulating registered social landlords (RSLs). Expresses concerns that the Corporation's decision to scrap performance standards and introduce a less prescriptive regulatory code could lead to a "dilution of the high standards of performance, probity and accountability expected from the sector". Report also urges the Corporation to be bolder in acting on the results of its work and to make greater efforts to communicate the results of its regulatory reviews to the RSLs concerned.

SUPPORTED HOUSING

M. Bolton

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, vol.4, 2001, p.315

At present support services that are linked to accommodation are funded through a variety of sources including the Special Needs Management Allowance, the Probation Accommodation Grant, grant aid from local authorities and housing benefit. From April 2003, many of the current funding streams will be amalgamated and local authorities will be given a single a grant to cover planning, commissioning and funding of support services. Article describes the transitional arrangements now in place.