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The importance of engaging with Parliamentary candidates at this election

The importance of engaging with Parliamentary candidates at this election

18 May 2017

Rob Morritt is Head of Public Affairs at Home Group and a graduate of the Influencing Academy
Since Homes for Britain at the last election and the launch of Ambition to Deliver since, housing has steadily made it up the political agenda. We are now at a General Election where it may seem that the conversation is about Brexit and Leadership qualities but there is definitely room for housing associations to make an impact.

The Community Impact Awards celebrate the ways housing associations invest in people and communities

The Community Impact Awards celebrate the ways housing associations invest in people and communities

9 May 2017

Livi Elsmore works in the Communications team at the National Housing Federation
The work housing associations do beyond bricks and mortar doesn’t receive a great deal of public exposure, but every day housing association staff are working with tenants and communities to make a positive and lasting impact, and this should be celebrated.

Tagged with: Investing in communities, Federation blog

Devolution is a journey, not a destination

Devolution is a journey, not a destination

5 May 2017

Gill Morris is Founder and CEO of political communications agency DevoConnect
The election of new metro mayors presents an opportunity for housing associations to make the case for more and better housing by building their advocacy and forging strong relationships to influence these new local centres of political power.

Tagged with: Devolution, Guest blog

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

11 April 2017

John Stevens is Business Strategist at Clarion Housing Group and Membership Officer for HouseProud
Social housing providers perform well in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (seven made the top 100 in 2017) and research demonstrates that housing associations are moving towards greater LGBT+ inclusivity. But there is still a lot more that we can learn about the needs and aspirations of our LGBT+ residents.

Tagged with: Housing management, Guest blog

Low-income workers now struggling with housing costs in almost every part of the country

Low-income workers now struggling with housing costs in almost every part of the country

31 March 2017

Gerald Koessl is a Research Officer at the National Housing Federation
New research shows that earnings have not kept up with increasing house prices – while earnings have increased by 38% between 2002 and 2016, house prices have risen by 120% over the same period. There is now only one local authority in the whole of England (Burnley) where a low-income worker (such as a nursery nurse) could afford an average mortgage without spending more than five times their annual income.

Tagged with: Research, Federation blog

We need more creative thinking about how supported housing is funded

We need more creative thinking about how supported housing is funded

28 March 2017

By David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation
Today is a big day for supported housing: Ministers will be quizzed on the new funding system. The Work and Pensions and Communities and Local Government Committees have been gathering evidence from a variety of stakeholders over the past month and will put officials to the test as they defend their proposals.

Tagged with: Supported housing, David Orr's blog

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