Jess McCabe

I am a journalist and these are some of the stories I've been working on lately

Latest Inside Housing feature: Homes to order

Factory-built homes are meant to be the next big thing. But what will the legacy be for those trying to maintain them? Jess McCabe reports Offsite construction is becoming a buzzword. Earlier this year, Eric Pickles waxed lyrical in the Evening Standard about this modern method of building homes in factories. After visiting Circle Housing’s 51-home development of affordable housing…

Inside Housing latest – Q&A: An investor talks

Social landlords are trying to attract institutional investment to push into the private-rented sector. Andrew Appleyard, head of specialist real estate funds at Aviva Investors, talks to Jess McCabe about what investors want to see As Inside Housing reported earlier this month, Aviva is planning to invest in at least 2,500 market rental homes. Tell us about your model! Have…

A business story

Unusually, I have a story in this week’s business section of Inside Housing: Aviva to launch PRS fund with housing associations as managers 7 October 2014 | By Jess McCabe Aviva Investors is intending to launch a fund as part of plans to invest in at least 2,500 private-rented sector (PRS) homes, and wants to employ housing associations to manage the stock on…

How are social landlords coping with the bedroom tax? (Warning: scouting metaphors)

Landlords’ bedroom tax prep 1 October 2014 | By Jess McCabe, Gene Robertson The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit. Jess McCabe and Gene Robertson find out how they are coping. ‘Be prepared.’ It is the motto of the global Scouts movement, and one that the 10 social landlords in our welfare reform…

A landlord plans to pilot universal credit… again

Landlord plans own universal credit pilot 23 September 2014 | By Jess McCabe Coastline Housing is planning its own pilot of universal credit in an attempt to assess the ‘real impact’ of the flagship benefit reform. The 4,000-home south west association is set to become the first landlord to pay to test universal credit under more realistic conditions than the official pilot schemes…

Gender gap widens as housing chiefs’ pay soars 18 September 2014 | By Jess McCabe With risk…

Gender gap widens as housing chiefs’ pay soars 18 September 2014 | By Jess McCabe With risk comes reward. The chief executives of Britain’s 100 biggest housing associations are diversifying into a range of commercial activities – and their pay packets reflect this. Jess McCabe reports For the full results of our survey click here or see the interactive table at the bottom…

EXCLUSIVE: Housing chief executives’ pay rises above inflation 18 September 2014 | By Jess…

EXCLUSIVE: Housing chief executives’ pay rises above inflation 18 September 2014 | By Jess McCabe Chief executives of the biggest housing associations in the UK received an inflation-busting 3.85% pay rise on average in the 2013-14 financial year, Inside Housing can reveal. Bucking the trend: Jane Ashcroft was the highest paid female chief executive and the second highest paid overall But the pay of the…