Published: 12th Mar 2014

Housing associations have expanded their brief within communities and now play key roles in tackling poverty and worklessness. Can – and should – they become neighbourhood leaders, asks Austin Macauley The ongoing task of the National Housing Federation to bring a unified voice to the UK’s housing associations is, in its own members’ words, like herding cats. Its latest attempt, An ambition to deliver, sets out a vision for the sector over the next 20 years ‘about what housing associations large and small can do to build homes and communities’. It may well be representing an increasingly disparate group of organisations, but the NHF understands that now more than ever its members’ time has come. With local government in retreat, the voluntary and community sectors battered and bruised, major regeneration funding long gone and housing need spiralling out of control, social landlords are now often the last man standing (New … (To read the full article, subscribe below)