Published: 26th Sep 2017

Councils and housing associations must forge closer working relationships if they are to tackle the growing housing crisis, a new report has warned. The report, Building Bridges, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) looks at the ‘tensions’ that often exist between the two organisations and makes a series of recommendations about how they can overcome them and work together. It calls on councils and housing associations develop local housing affordability frameworks to identify the required mix of homes and agreed targets. The report asks councils and housing associations to work more closely on homelessness, by jointly collecting data on street homelessness and by engaging with other groups to support vulnerable people. And it recommends the government make it easier for councils to dispose of land in order to increase the number of affordable homes being built. The report cites the work being carried out by Manchester Council, the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)