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HA's successful anti-social behaviour clampdown awarded - A Salford housing association has won a national award in recognition of its campaign to stamp out anti-social behaviour (ASB) in one of its worst affected neighbourhoods.
Last year, City West Housing Trust launched a new community resource centre in the Valley neighbourhood in Swinton to raise its visibility, coordinate partnership activity and provide a renewed focus to reduce ASB.
The new centre has acted as...

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Real Life Reform: The inside story - Real Life Reform has been described as "powerful", "a must read" and "exactly what's needed" to bring the reality of the government's welfare reforms to the public's attention.
So what is it all about? 24dash asked Real Life Reform (RLR) for an update on a project that has got lots of people talking
What is RLR?
It's a research project aimed at understanding the impact of welfare reforms on social housing tenants by tracking a nu...

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London's poor struggling with 'new poll tax' - London's poorest families are struggling to afford to live in the face of a "new poll tax", a report has claimed.
The joint study by charities Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K suggests that poor households are finding it incredibly difficult to pay their council tax (CT) bills following cuts to CT support.
The report - 'A New Poll Tax?' - reveals that nearly 4 in 10 Londoners affected by the replacement of CT benefit wi...

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Young Leaders get ready for London semi-final - The 10 housing professionals who made it through the public voting phase of this year's 24housing Young Leaders Award will go head-to-head in tomorrow's London semi-final.
The roundtable event will see the 10 candidates pitch 'an idea to solve the housing crisis' to each other and six judges including National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr.
Integral to securing their place in the grand final live on stage ...

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HCA sets out delivery priorities for next four years - The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has set out the ways in which it will use its land, investment and regulation to deliver new homes over the next four years.
The agency's 2014 to 2018 plan details its core targets in 2014/15, including: Completion of 30,000 new affordable homes, with a further 22,500 affordable homes brought up to a decent standard. Development of the regulatory framework to "better protect ...

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Tenants raise their teacups to £1.6m homes makeover - A pot of tea and cake was just the treat for tenants in Stockport celebrating their new-look homes as part of a 1.6m makeover. Residents at Pembroke Court in Hazel Grove welcomed landlords New Charter Homes and guests for a mid-morning brew and a cupcake in their communal lounge to mark the completion of refurbishment work. Improvements to the sheltered housing scheme have been made inside and out with new windows, d...

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Ready, steady, go, for Willingdon Trees Community Games - More than 400 local residents attended the third Willingdon Trees Community Games in Eastbourne on Sunday 13th July. The Community Games started in 2012 and is funded by Places for People and Eastbourne Borough Council. The annual event first took place following the London Olympics. Its aim is to encourage sporting activities and active lifestyles within the local community. The Willingdon Trees community enjoye...

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Opinion: Brandon Lewis' promotion has nothing to do with housing or planning

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Capita Conferences release details of their 13th annual Safeguarding Adults

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Housing benefit cuts have had 'little impact' on PRS rents - Government cuts to housing benefit (HB) for around 900,000 tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) have had little impact on average rents, a new study has revealed.
However, the Institute for Fiscal Studies' (IFS) research did find that the cuts have affected some tenants' housing choices.
Published this week by the Department for Work and Pensions as part of the independent evaluation of the coalition's...
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