Regeneration in the newspapers: Social tenants working from home

Reports that Conservative leader David Cameron wants to lift the ban on council tenants running businesses from home and news that Google is entering the property market features in today's round-up.

Landlords who ban council housing tenants from starting businesses in their homes could be prosecuted under legislation being proposed by the Conservatives, the Times reports.

Google Real Estate is coming to a street near you, the Independent reports. Next month the Google search engine is to test a future British house-sales website. Google refuses to comment on its plans, the paper reports, but several estate agents say they are in negotiations with the firm. "If Google remains free and builds its profile, there's no way sellers will pay agents when they can do it themselves," says Mitch Benson, a Melbourne estate agent who moved from Surrey in 2006.

Following a report on inequality in the UK, the Guardian visits the Aylesbury estate in south-east London to find out if more than a decade of Labour rule has helped alleviate social exclusion among its 7,500 residents. 

The Independent travels from London to Birmingham to find out whether the public's experiences correspond with the statistics that say the UK’s recession is officially over. "The unemployed may never feel the warm breeze of recovery," the paper concludes.

Social housing governance – "traditionally a backroom issue" - will move centre stage from April when new regulations on risk management and financial accountability come into force, the Guardian reports. Board members have their work cut out, the paper says. Of the 75 Tenants Services Authority governance regulatory judgments published since January 2009, only one social landlord, Riverside, achieved the top grade of effective leadership and control. The majority – 69 – maintained satisfactory control while the TSA had concerns about the remaining five.


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