City’s new five-year Housing Strategy approved

City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet recently approved a new five-year Housing Strategy for the city. Residents and stakeholders were consulted on the new strategy ‘Better Homes for All’, which sets out the council’s ambitions from 2019 to 2024. It outlines... View Article

Encasement acquires Pendock from Davidson Holdings

Peterborough based architectural and decorative casing solutions specialist, Encasement Ltd, has acquired Pendock as part of its strategy to expand into new market sectors, while increasing production capacity with the addition of Pendock’s UK based manufacturing facilities. Encasement was formed... View Article

LGiU response – Queen’s Speech

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “While we welcome the promises of further devolution to local government and a long awaited social care white paper in today’s Queen’s Speech, we will unfortunately have to add them to the long list... View Article

UK rents continuing to grow as housing market slows

HOMELET’s Rental Index figures for September 2019 have been released. The headlines from this month’s report are: The average rent in the UK is now £967, up by 2.5% on the same time last year When London is excluded, the average... View Article

ASFP releases programme for London seminar

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has now released the full programme for its CPD seminar in central London on 23 October 2019. The seminar, at the Aviva Building, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ, aims to improve awareness of... View Article

Could rent caps be the new battleground?

Patrick Mooney, News Editor for Housing Management & Maintenance looks at whether rent control is going to dominate the private rental sector A barrage of new rules and tougher regulation has rained down on the private rented sector in the... View Article

Northern Housing Consortium Selection

KMS are pleased to announce that we have been appointed on the Northern Housing Property Safety & Security Framework for Residential Access Control and our SimpleKey Web solution. The Framework is the commercial arm of the Northern Housing Consortium was... View Article

Social houses in Wrexham set for spruce up

Social housing tenants in Wrexham are set to benefit from more modern accommodation following the awarding of £500,000 worth of works to contractor Novus Property Solutions by Wrexham County Borough Council. The work will see Novus carry out internal re-decoration... View Article

Dot Dot Dot marks 140 years’ worth of volunteering

Dot Dot Dot, a social enterprise which enables people to live in buildings that would otherwise be empty, has today announced that more than 140 years’ worth (or 229,060 hours) of volunteering has been carried out by its residents since... View Article

New contracts to repair and maintain council homes

New contracts have been signed by City of York Council to help improve and maintain the 7,520 homes of its tenants. Following a rigorous procurement process, seven contractors have been secured to deliver ongoing work to repair and prevent damp... View Article

Housing partnership with NHS delivers healthcare savings

A housing association’s support service for vulnerable customers with mental health issues is making a significant contribution to primary care support according to one GP’s assessment. The Tenancy Support team at VIVID, one of the south’s leading housing associations with... View Article