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WDH Housebuilding trend19 March 2016

Published 19 March 2016
What goes around comes around - and I am not talking about the wheel! The new housing minister has delivered his maiden speech on housing policy. I am sure he feels, like most politicians today, that they are going into the boxing ring with one hand tied behind their back! Join the club.  Anything new in the speech? Oh yes, the government want to look at all tenures, not just home ownership. “Surprise, surprise!” our Cilla would have said. Is this Ms May's softer tone to reduce inequality alongside the grammar school policy for all at any age? No it's political gain to occupy the space left by Labour, as it moves further to the left. In techno speak; appealing to the C1/C2 voters! Who said politics was fair and not personal? Then the sting! Proposals have been released this week indicating sheltered housing schemes will be affected by the 1% rent cut from next year. Good news, they will not be affected by the local housing cap until 2019! How this will work has yet to be finalised (surprise, surprise again!) but it looks like local authorities will be copping for it again. As one of my esteemed political colleagues said, 'dividing nowt, by nowt, leaves nowt to share!'  In this week, where we seem to be seeing a change in position, WDH’s development programme has gone from strength to strength. The investment in new housing through the HCA is reaching £70 million and 500 units over next four years. However, if you look at the detail, building rented accommodation has dropped to zero! So Mr Barwell, you will have to put your money where your mouth is, or are our lips just moving and somebody else is speaking?  On a more positive note, how do they do it? Have you been watching the Paralympics? Wheelchair tennis. Magnificent.  Enjoy the extended summer!    
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WDH – It’s in our DNA15 March 2016

Published 15 March 2016
Our Chief Executive writes about WDH's apprenticeship opportunities.
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Wakefield residents urged to switch energy provider14 March 2016

Published 14 March 2016
Following the recent announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that customers of the big six energy suppliers are being overcharged by £1.7bn a year, WDH is once again urging Wakefield residents to switch their energy provider.

Easter eggs donated to local foodbanks10 March 2016

Published 10 March 2016
100 Easter eggs have been donated to two West Yorkshire foodbanks, thanks to WDH’s Cash Wise initiative.

Come along to our Apprentice Open Evening8 March 2016

Published 8 March 2016
Kick start your career with us at WDH by applying to become one of our 2016 apprentices and future business leaders.

New housing development completed in Normanton3 March 2016

Published 3 March 2016
Last week we completed 39 two and three bedroom properties.
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You said, we did...2 March 2016

Published 2 March 2016
Following our latest tenant satisfaction survey, which involved 700 residents, we’ve been working hard to improve in the areas you’ve told us are important to you.
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Apprentices prepare new training facility for 2016 intake1 March 2016

Published 1 March 2016
Aspiring bricklayers and joiners have been putting their on-the-job training to good use after creating new facilities for WDH’s 2016 intake of trade apprentices.

We've won a design award!25 February 2016

Published 25 February 2016
Last week Halberg House achieved first place in the residential category of the Pontefract Civic Society Annual Design Awards.
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Over 1,000 hygrometers provided to WDH tenants18 February 2016

Published 18 February 2016
More than 1,000 hygrometers have been handed out by WDH as part of the landlord’s proactive work to help its tenants identify and manage damp and condensation in their own homes.
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Service access point (SAP) closure - Friday 13 December9 December 2019

Published 9 December 2019
Airedale and South Elmsall service access points (SAPs) will be closed on Friday 13 December. They will open as usual on Monday 16 December.
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Christmas Calendars donated to local foodbanks6 December 2019

Published 6 December 2019
Advent calendars have been handed out by the Cash Wise and Central Debt teams ready for Christmas.

We have won the Housing Team of the Year at the CIH Northern Awards.4 December 2019

Published 4 December 2019
The Debt, Cash Wise and Tenancy Ready Teams were recognised for their response to the challenges presented by Universal Credit (UC), welfare reform and poverty across the district.

Our Tenant Satisfaction Survey is underway2 December 2019

Published 2 December 2019
Our Tenant Satisfaction Survey has started and will end on Friday 17 January 2020.

12 days of Christmas Giveaways28 November 2019

Published 28 November 2019
The Christmas season is almost here and we want to make Christmas a little easier with the chance to win some great prizes between Monday 2 – Friday 13 December 2019. It’s easy to enter you just need to use the WDH App.

We are making changes to our Service Access Point (SAP) and Hub opening hours from December25 November 2019

Published 25 November 2019
To allow us to provide you with the best customer service we have reviewed the opening hours of our SAP’s and Hub’s across the district and made some changes.
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Residents ARMED and ready19 November 2019

Published 19 November 2019
WDH has partnered with technology business Care Management (CM) to pilot innovative technology that will monitor independent living scheme residents’ health and predict health issues using heart rate, hydration levels, activity, sleep, muscle mass and grip strength, so that we can pre-empt any health issues and make the necessary adjustments.

New and improved service access point (SAP) coming to Airedale soon!14 November 2019

Published 14 November 2019
Airedale SAP will be closing at 4 pm on Friday 15 November 2019 for approximately two weeks whilst we refurbish and improve the facilities.
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External works in Airedale leave independent living residents with a smile12 November 2019

Published 12 November 2019
Residents at West Mead Independent Living Scheme in Airedale were left smiling after WDH invested in improving their homes.

If you have caring responsibilities, you could get a little extra help for free with Care Link11 November 2019

Published 11 November 2019
Did you know that one in nine people will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill, whilst still working? Balancing work life and caring responsibilities can be stressful but our award winning Care Link service offers people with caring responsibilities added peace of mind by providing support for their loved one at the touch of a button.
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Youngsters clean up Minsthorpe area4 September 2014

Published 4 September 2014
Young people from South Elmsall took part in an hour-long litter pick last week as part of an event organised by WDH and West Yorkshire Police Schools’ Officer PC Simon Newton.
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Starring role for budding sculptors4 September 2014

Published 4 September 2014
Youngsters who had a hand in designing and creating a star-spangled sculpture helped with its unveiling at the gateway to a WDH estate in Castleford.

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Adele's delight at new home1 September 2014

Published 1 September 2014
The new tenant of the 25th WDH Homebuilder property says she is ‘delighted’ with the high quality of her new WDH home.
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It’s time to vote for your WDH Love Where You Live Awards heroes26 August 2014

Published 26 August 2014
A shortlist of hopeful heroes has been drawn up – now it’s your turn to decide who will be crowned community champions in WDH's Love Where You Live Awards 2014.

August bank holiday opening arrangements22 August 2014

Published 22 August 2014
Our offices will be closed on Monday for the bank holiday and will re-open on Tuesday 26 August.

New WDH Foundation Grant supports first resident20 August 2014

Published 20 August 2014
A man from Lupset has become the first ever recipient of a WDH Foundation Grant – a newly launched funding scheme to support people looking to boost their long-term employment prospects.

New business makes Paul a model tenant18 August 2014

Published 18 August 2014
A first time business owner has opened a model accessory shop in one of WDH’s commercial units in Flanshaw.
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New labour procurement framework15 August 2014

Published 15 August 2014
Efficiency North Limited, a partnership group made up of organisations including WDH, will be hosting a series of free drop-in sessions for its new, multi-million pound labour framework in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
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Give us a wave!14 August 2014

Published 14 August 2014
Give us a wave! Better still, join the fun at Seaside in the City in Wakefield this weekend where our Summer Road Show will be rolling in too.

News in Brief14 August 2014

Published 14 August 2014
This is News in Brief - a weekly round up of the latest news and events affecting the Housing industry and communities in the Wakefield district and beyond.
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