Jess McCabe

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How the housing crisis is affecting the sector’s own staff (Inside Housing)

A lack of decent, affordable housing is also affecting social landlord employees. Jess McCabe investigates. Illustration by Nick Chaffe Social landlords are proud of their social mission: to provide decent and affordable housing. So what does it mean if some of their own staff – tasked with that very mission – are struggling to keep a roof over their heads? Earlier this autumn,…

The book of Notting Hill Genesis: an interview with Kate Davies (Inside Housing)

Originally published by Inside Housing Two of London’s biggest landlords are set to merge. Jess McCabe speaks to Kate Davies, chief executive in waiting, to find out about any final obstacles. Photography: Belinda Lawley Kate Davies is a busy woman. She sports a dashing pink jacket that she made herself, she’s learning Spanish, and how to code. Oh, and she also runs the…

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…