Jess McCabe

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

Life after regulation (Inside Housing)

 Are ‘parallel associations’ outside the remit of government control the future? Jess McCabe asks Paradigm chief executive Matthew Bailes about his plan Source: Guzelian What is a ‘parallel housing association’ and why would you set one up? We’ve got two basic problems – the need for sub-market rented housing is significant and probably growing. The number of people who live in…

‘LHA cap’: landlords toughen criteria for under 35s (Inside Housing)

16 June 2016 7:30 am | By Jess McCabe, Simon Brandon Nearly three in four housing associations to respond to an Inside Housing survey plan to change their allocations criteria for under-35s in response to the “Local Housing Allowance cap”. From 1 April 2018, social tenants who are under 35 and childless will only be eligible for housing benefitat the…

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house? (Inside Housing)

The ‘Local Housing Allowance cap’ is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housingreveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules. Jess McCabe reports The 1 April 2016 came and went with deceptive quiet this year. If the public noticed a change in housing policy, it was most likely the chancellor’s hike in stamp duty for second…

Small and beautiful (Inside Housing)

In the face of ‘mega-mergers’, smaller housing associations are setting out to prove bigger is not always better. Jess McCabe investigates   “Small is beautiful.” If you’re talking about a bungalow versus a tower block, or the size of the deficit, you would most likely be in tune with the prevailing political sentiment. But if you’re talking about a housing…

The Times follow up

A couple of weeks ago, my story on how many homes that housing associations are building was followed up on the front page of The Times: The Times viewed my data as evidence that overpaid housing associations are not building enough. Our own front page splash took the exact opposite angle (see above). My story in full, as it appeared…

The development rollercoaster (Inside Housing)

It was all going so well. Last June, we published with extra fanfare our league table ranking the housing associations which are developing the most homes:Inside Housing’s Top 50 Biggest Builders. “If we were a [for-profit] business we would stop developing.” Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive, Family Mosaic We applauded as the number of homes built rose by 53% to just…