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Conor Burns MP

Local MP gives backing to supported housing

BCHA marked the National Housing Association’s recent ‘Starts at Home’ day by inviting Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, to see the refurbishment programme taking place at its St Paul’s supported housing accommodation in Bournemouth. Starts at Home, now in... View Article

The social housing self-service revolution

Peter Graddon, director of Omfax Systems, providers of Keyfax, dynamic scripting solutions for the social housing sector. Customer service in social housing is undergoing a dramatic digital transformation, with the growth of multi-channel contact centres and online self-service tools, which... View Article

Birmingham landlord fined nearly £4k

A landlord whose property ‘offered little more than a roof over the tenants’ heads’ has been ordered to pay £3,860 by the Birmingham Magistrates Court. Jabbar Khalid, age 25 of Cherrywood Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham pleaded guilty to failing to... View Article

Javid announces green paper on social housing

Communities secretary Sajid Javid is launching a green paper on social housing in England. In a speech delivered at the annual National Housing Federation conference yesterday (20 September 2017), Javid vowed the ’wide-ranging, top-to-bottom’ review will be ‘the most substantial... View Article

Council wins Public Service Excellence Award

North Lincolnshire Council and delivery partner YES Energy Solutions have won a national Public Service Excellence Award for their recent Park Home regeneration project. The council was selected out of 300 local authorities and eight finalists to win “Best Housing,... View Article

Largest construction industry event returns

With nine trade shows taking place at the Birmingham NEC this November, UK Construction Week promises a rich variety of exhibitors and topical debates in its 2017 edition. One of the leading voices of the construction industry, UK Construction Week... View Article

Get plastered, without the damp patches

A change in plaster choice can help landlords and local authorities to eradicate damp and cut their maintenance bills in the process, argues Tom Emery of Tarmac Over the last five years, UK local authorities have paid out £35m on... View Article

Achieving consistency in fire safety standards

Discrepancies between Building Regulations and other guidance for smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms in housing must be resolved, argues Rex Taylor of Kidde Safety Europe Definitive guidance for smoke and heat alarms is provided by the Code of Practice,... View Article

A new age for dry fixing

Andrew Cross of Klober addresses the gap in quality and performance of dry fix systems and how a new British Standard could help specifiers navigate the growing market With housing associations and local authorities investing significant sums to ensure the... View Article

Boiler servicing simplified

Gaining access to a tenant’s home to conduct boiler servicing can be a challenge, but modern boilers with in-built controls can make this process easier, reports Bill Jones of Potterton The relationship between a landlord and their tenants can sometimes... View Article

Access all areas

Mark Sadler of Closomat highlights why it’s vital to adopt accessible bathroom features in rented properties and reveals any hidden costs and product considerations involved in the process Bathroom adaptations are driving a growing debate about how to balance the... View Article
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