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
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Matt Leach, chief executive of Hact, joined the housing sector at a time of huge change. He talks to New Start about how technology is helping social housing providers understand their social value as well as maintain their bottom line
As government attempts to reduce the benefits bill through welfare reform, housing associations are dealing with the fallout, as Alex Stevenson reports
The Hope SF project aims to rebuild old housing estates and provide social services for residents in a city where property values are skyrocketing.
It’s the ‘leg up’ the sector needed to redistribute the FIT income streams back to the community and the third sector – where it is originally sourced – instead of going to the very few.
Community ownership does work. Garden cities are not to be places of charity and paternalism but places of citizenship and empowerment.
Innovation is sometimes presented as something complex but often the most innovative thing a service or organisation can do is to listen to its audience, its recipients, its potential partners, and engage properly with them. Not through tick-box consultation, but meaningfully.
The UK Common Rights project draws attention to the everyday struggles that homeless people face to access the things they need for life: shelter, food, water and sanitation. The campaign also highlights the fact that these rights are meant to be guaranteed in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and its subsequent interpretation by the committee on economic social and cultural rights.
The Smith Institute’s report on the Great House Price Divide, which we published today, shows how house prices in England and Wales have changed in 179 areas over the past six years. While in inner London prices have risen by more than 30%, in most other parts of the country prices have fallen sharply – by 15% in the Midlands and by over 20% in the North. In Hartlepool prices are 48% below what they were in 2007; in Liverpool 33% down; in Lancashire 25% down; in Sheffield 18% down; in Birmingham 14% down; in Derby 18% down; and in Greater Manchester 17% down.
Who’s to say whether this UCAN is the best advice centre in the country? It barely matters, no-one’s after prizes. But commissioning a blog and hearing the firsthand stories of desperation, resilience and achievement is a novel strategy of communicating the work at the sharp end of a large housing provider.