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What might manifestos tell us about housing policy post General Election?

What might manifestos tell us about housing policy post General Election?

21 April 2015

Lucy Grove is Public Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation
For people like me who work in public affairs, manifesto week can feel a bit like Christmas Day – lots of build-up, all over very quickly, and rarely getting everything you asked for. And this year’s been no exception; a mixed stocking – some pledges felt like sour satsumas, while others were mountain bikes with ribbons on top.

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Right to Buy extension estimated to cost £12 billion

Right to Buy extension estimated to cost £12 billion

14 April 2015

Joe Sarling is Senior Analyst at the National Housing Federation
The Conservatives have announced their flagship policy that extends Right to Buy to include housing association homes funded by selling off local authority homes when they become vacant. Ambitiously, these receipts will also fund brownfield regeneration and replacing stock. But let’s look at how many people this will affect and how much it would cost.

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A person-centred service means focusing on capacity, not need

A person-centred service means focusing on capacity, not need

13 April 2015

Alex Fox is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for shared living approaches to support and inclusion
The challenge laid down by the Care Act, which reframes social care from responding to a list of medical conditions to creating ‘wellbeing’, is for every public service intervention to be effective at meeting need, but framed around the person’s idea of a good life and their capacity to build it with those closest to them.

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