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The Influencing Academy – learning how to influence the influencers

The Influencing Academy – learning how to influence the influencers

15 February 2017

Aisha Vance is Public Affairs and Policy Manager at One Housing
The Government has committed to fixing our broken housing market, but to capitalise on this we need to learn to talk to the people who are making the decisions about building in their communities and ultimately, will influence their politicians.

Tagged with: Member blog

Revealed: your top 5 five energy bugbears in void properties

Revealed: your top 5 five energy bugbears in void properties

8 February 2017

Emma Hodges is the General Manager of My Home Energy, a bespoke void maintenance service for housing associations
I’ve spoken to lots of housing associations about the issues their teams experience when it comes to sorting out the energy supply in their void properties and I’ve noticed the same problems come up again and again. So I ran a short survey with members to identify some of the most common issues.

Tagged with: Federation blog

What do we mean when we say ‘the housing crisis’?

What do we mean when we say ‘the housing crisis’?

1 February 2017

Jenny Charlton is an analyst in the National Housing Federation Research team
Today marks the release of the regional Home Truths reports. For several years these annual research reports have been used across the country to help us explore and understand the housing market in local areas.

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Do you think housing associations and local authorities are natural partners?

Do you think housing associations and local authorities are natural partners?

30 January 2017

Claire Astbury is an External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation, managing our membership in the East of England
“I get the feeling that housing associations do not really think we as a council are relevant to their business,” commented a senior local government officer to me recently, adding that this is ‘a mistake’.

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What does Brexit mean for employment and skills?

What does Brexit mean for employment and skills?

19 January 2017

Ian Simpson is Head of Access to Work, The Guinness Partnership and Chair, Give Us A Chance (GUAC)
As we know well, Brexit means Brexit. But what we haven’t been told is that Brexit could also mean real opportunity for UK housing providers who deliver front line services, like health or employment support.

Tagged with: Employment and Skills, Member blog

A modern-day take on ‘Cathy Come Home’ to be streamed online

A modern-day take on ‘Cathy Come Home’ to be streamed online

13 January 2017

Michael Chandler is Programme Director at Cardboard Citizens
Cardboard Citizens’ hit play ‘Cathy’ is Ali Taylor’s acclaimed modern-day take on ‘Cathy Come Home’ and has been touring theatres, hostels and prisons across the UK; engaging with housing sector staff, homeless people and general audiences across the country. Now, through a one-off interactive live streaming event on 18 January, we’re bringing it to everyone, anywhere.

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Smart meters are really changing tenants’ lives

Smart meters are really changing tenants’ lives

12 January 2017

Neil Everett is Head of Business Development and Partnerships at the National Housing Federation
The National Housing Federation has been promoting the smart meter rollout for nearly six months and what is interesting is the interest from our members. Even in the current climate of cuts and new government legislation, housing associations still see the importance of helping their tenants save money.

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The Housing ‘To Do’ List for 2017

The Housing ‘To Do’ List for 2017

9 January 2017

By David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation
Many of us start the day/week/month/year with a ‘to do’ list. This is a short version of the very extensive list of possibilities for housing associations, the National Housing Federation and our partners. This is the list that might just be the starting point to end the housing crisis.

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