Roof, May/June 2005, p.9
Discusses how the supply of affordable housing can be increased without damaging the environment. This can be done by ensuring that all new dwellings are resource efficient in terms of energy and water use and waste disposal. Resource efficient housing can help low income households by reducing utility bills.
Society Guardian, May 18th 2005, p.2-3
Are prefabricated houses the solution to Britain's housing shortage? They cost less to build - and to live in - and take half the time to construct. However, prefabricated homes have their critics. Hank Dittmar, chief executive of Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, says "if the home is 10% cheaper but only lasts 50% as long as a traditional home, it's not really a cost saving".
Commission for Racial Equality
Updated code of practice sets standards for achieving racial equality in housing and housing-related services. It replaces two existing codes of practice covering rented and non-rented housing published at the beginning of the 1990s. It sets out the legal context and explains what constitutes non-discriminatory practice in sales and lettings, mortgage lending and insurance, tenancy and housing management, tackling anti-social behaviour, and neighbourhood development.
Roof, May/June 2005, p.35
Recent legislation has given local authorities and social landlords new powers to sanction tenants guilty of anti-social behaviour. However, their powers are unclear when the nuisance complained of is linked to a disability.
Roof, May/June 2005, p.40-41
Cartmarthenshire County Council has rejected arm's length management, PFI and large scale stock transfer in favour of prudential borrowing to improve its housing stock.
Roof, May/June 2005, p.39