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The best way to predict the future is to create it

The best way to predict the future is to create it

30 August 2017

James Green is Futures Programme Director at the National Housing Federation
We’ve laid the groundwork through Owning our Future; now it’s time to build on it. Because in an uncertain world we don’t just need to own our future – we need to create it.

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Shifting ground leads to a review of purpose for housing associations

Shifting ground leads to a review of purpose for housing associations

2 August 2017

Sam McGrady is a Director at David Tolson Partnership
Periods of rapid and unsettling change can often trigger introspection and reflection. The last 18 months have undoubtedly seen seismic shifts in both the global and the UK political outlook. At the same time, the social housing sector has experienced its own ‘local’ shocks to the system, such as the 1% rent reduction of July 2015,  a series of unexpected government policy shifts and, of course, Grenfell.

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Technology adoption in social housing: what’s your scorecard?

Technology adoption in social housing: what’s your scorecard?

31 July 2017

Jonathan Kitto is Regional Marketing Manager UK&I for TomTom Telematics
We’re entering an age of unprecedented technological, social and political disruption that will create a great deal of unpredictability and risk. Yet, it also offers unlimited possibilities for transformation in social housing, particularly around the availability of new technology.

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We can best honour the memory of Grenfell fire victims through our practical response

We can best honour the memory of Grenfell fire victims through our practical response

14 July 2017

Baroness Diana Warwick is Chair of the National Housing Federation
The nation’s sorrow in response to the Grenfell Tower fire remains palpable a month on from the event. It will surely and rightly be so for a very long time to come. As mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons it is almost impossible for us to imagine the daily grief felt by survivors and the families of those who have died.

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Rural Housing Week 2017 highlighted the pressing need for affordable rural housing – so what next?

Rural Housing Week 2017 highlighted the pressing need for affordable rural housing – so what next?

13 July 2017

Peter French is a Policy Officer at the National Housing Federation and leads on rural housing.
The recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower left us all feeling shocked and saddened, and in the run up to Rural Housing Week it was hard to think of anything else. But there remained an opportunity to give renewed focus to the importance of housing in rural areas, how vital it is for those communities, and a chance to showcase the fantastic work that housing associations do.

Tagged with: Rural housing, Federation blog

Using shared ownership assets to build more urgently needed homes

Using shared ownership assets to build more urgently needed homes

7 July 2017

Paul Rickard is Group Director of Finance and Resources at One Housing Group.
One Housing will be building 1,450 homes following an £85m long term financing deal with M&G Investments, an international investment manager. This deal is innovative for the housing sector, because a high proportion of the collateral comprised shared ownership properties.

Tagged with: Finance, Member blog

The 5-star plan for rural housing – delivering the ambition for rural communities

The 5-star plan for rural housing – delivering the ambition for rural communities

4 July 2017

Martin Collett is Operations Director at English Rural Housing Association
Rural Housing Week, which runs from 3-7 July, will see the official launch of the Rural housing 5-star plan, which has been drafted by the National Housing Federation in consultation with housing associations, and has the intention of increasing housing supply through a clear rural ambition.

Tagged with: Rural housing, Member blog

Come together for Rural Housing Week 2017

Come together for Rural Housing Week 2017

30 June 2017

Gill Payne is Executive Director of Public Impact at the National Housing Federation
This coming week (3-7 July) we will all be doing our best to shine a light on just how critical housing is to maintaining and building vibrant, living, working rural communities. We should be highlighting our work and ambition to do so much more.

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After a surprise election, what now for housing?

After a surprise election, what now for housing?

9 June 2017

Rob Warm is Head of Member Relations at the National Housing Federation
So, for all the confident predictions of political observers and the media, the surprise election ultimately delivered a very surprising result. In a campaign which was dominated by Brexit at the start, security at the end and leadership throughout, the public has not delivered the clear mandate which the Prime Minister set out to achieve and instead has delivered a hung Parliament.

Tagged with: General Election, Federation blog

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