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Rural housing view
Rural housing view
Blog

Rural housing and the pandemic: looking to the future

More homes for social renting in small developments that target local people, and a few purpose-built bungalows for older people to free up family homes, can make a huge difference for the village. This certainly deserves fuller recognition from MHCLG and Homes England.

Lord Best, 09 July 2020


Couple sorting bills
Couple sorting bills
Update

New and improved system of Universal Credit payments confirmed

This is great news for housing associations and their tenants. Once rolled out this means tenants and landlords will be able to understand immediately if the account is in credit or debt – this is especially important as more tenants are now having to rely on universal credit.

09 July 2020


Cat's at home
Cat's at home
Blog

The benefits of retrofitting and decarbonisation – a rural housing association resident’s perspective

"25 years after living in a cold and expensive-to-heat home I have nothing but praise for a home that is now kinder to me, my wallet and the planet."

Christine Saunders, 09 July 2020


Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Update

Updates on the Chancellor's financial statement and the Affordable Homes Programme

Today’s financial statement was not designed to be as comprehensive as previous spring or autumn budgets. Its aim was to introduce an emergency package of measures in response to the coronavirus crisis. However, there were some important announcements relevant to housing associations.

08 July 2020


stack of money
stack of money
Update

Responding to coronavirus – views from the Finance Policy Advisory Group

In a collection of short articles, members of the Finance Policy Advisory Group (FPAG) have commented on the impact of coronavirus on the sector, in their own organisations, and across all regions of England. Nathan Mallows, Director of Finance & IT at Coastline Housing Group and Chair of FPAG, reflects on the past few months and outlines the content provided by the group.

08 July 2020


sorting out money and bills
sorting out money and bills
Update

Local Government Pension Scheme – current considerations

Our pensions advisers Isio update on the latest on the Local Government Pension Scheme, including the position on funding and end of year reporting, and outline some recommended next steps.

08 July 2020


stack of money
stack of money
Update

Social Housing Pension Scheme – current considerations

Recent movements in markets and upcoming changes in Defined Benefit funding regulations are putting pressure on Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) funding levels. Our pensions advisers Isio discuss recent and upcoming developments and outline the current considerations to take on board.

08 July 2020


Money
Money
Update

Material operational effects of coronavirus and the impact on housing associations

The coronavirus outbreak is likely to have material operational effects on housing associations in the UK. Financial experts Moody's outline the impacts they expect to see in the sector.

08 July 2020


Photo shows Rishi Sunak MP, Sharon Adcock, a Broadacres resident, Kate Henderson (National Housing Federation Chief Executive) and Gail Teasdale, Broadacres Chief Executive of Broadacres
Photo shows Rishi Sunak MP, Sharon Adcock, a Broadacres resident, Kate Henderson (National Housing Federation Chief Executive) and Gail Teasdale, Broadacres Chief Executive of Broadacres
Blog

Safe, secure and energy-efficient homes are the key to building sustainable communities

As a rural housing association based in the largest county in the country, supporting communities is a major part of our corporate strategy. We believe strong communities are mixed communities.

Gail Teasdale, 08 July 2020


sorting out money and bills
sorting out money and bills
Update

VAT efficiency – opportunities for housing associations

There are many ways for housing associations to drive VAT efficiencies by making use of existing VAT legislation and HMRC accepted arrangements. Our tax advisers RSM explain how this works.

08 July 2020


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