Published: 21st May 2012

I’ve spoken at a few housing conferences now. Perhaps they like the way I remind them that housing associations are social enterprises. They certainly are perfectly positioned to play a significant role as all strive to rebuild damaged communities. You see of all the agencies working to combat worklessness and other social ills, these guys already provide the homes they live in. They are trusted, have a working relationship and are inevitably one of the first ports of call when advice or help is needed. Add the fact that they’re largely untarnished by the negative publicity ‘enjoyed’ (or perhaps endured) by many public and private sector providers and you begin to see the opportunity. But the relationship between tenant and social landlord is under threat. You see in its quest to make limited benefits budgets go further, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is getting twitchy about covering the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)