Housing association boards have a duty to instil a culture of ‘safety first’
The Code of Governance 2020 has a new focus on ensuring the safety of residents, staff and visitors
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The Code of Governance 2020 has a new focus on ensuring the safety of residents, staff and visitors
Nick Abbey , 20 November 2020
Tackling decarbonisation by retrofitting homes not only creates warmer homes, it also creates jobs and give a much-needed boost to the economy.
Selina White, 19 November 2020
At a time when many clients’ mental health has deteriorated, maintaining contact has been key.
Jonathan Moore, 18 November 2020
It has been well publicised that the coronavirus lockdown, whether in full or part of the tiered approach, has seen more incidences of domestic abuse.
Amanda Lowder, 16 November 2020
Yesterday I read a post that said “make sure to wear shoes, ladies. There’s glass everywhere.” Unless you’ve been avoiding the news, the metaphorical glass smasher of the moment is obviously Kamala Harris.
Claire Abji , 13 November 2020
The new Code of Governance will encourage, challenge and support housing associations to continue to strive to meet the very highest standards of governance as expectations change, underpinned by a culture of integrity, openness and inclusion.
Catherine Ryder, 12 November 2020
The publication of the 2020 Code of Governance comes 25 years after the first code was produced in 1995.
Ceri Victory-Rowe and Stephen Bull, 12 November 2020
While other associations' merger plans were delayed, we took the decision to go ahead with the creation of Eastlight Community Homes, despite the Covid-19 crisis.
Eastlight Community Homes, 11 November 2020
We’ve designed a campaign graphic that we want everyone to share on social media at the same time on the same day
Kate Henderson, 05 November 2020
Last month I wrote to the Prime Minister and the UK’s ‘big six’ energy providers urging them to take steps to do more for the millions of people living in fuel poverty through the pandemic. Now we need your support to get the message out.
Mark Henderson, 03 November 2020
With the eyes of the world on the UK, this is a unique opportunity for both the government and our sector to show real leadership.
Kate Henderson, 29 October 2020
The introduction of the new three-tier system to manage local outbreaks of coronavirus across the UK presents some unique challenges for how associations can deliver their services to customers.
Lee Buss, 28 October 2020
We're calling for the government to introduce an industry-wide zero carbon new build standard.
Paul Hackett, 26 October 2020
The coronavirus crisis has made a great many things harder (or even impossible), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the years working with our customers it’s that every challenge is also an opportunity.
Rachel Fox, 21 October 2020
Over the coming months, my colleagues and I will be engaging with prospective candidates and all political parties as the countdown to polling day gathers pace.
Steve Close, 21 October 2020
Last spring 130 housing associations agreed to act as Together with Tenants early adopters – testing a plan to strengthen the relationship between housing associations and residents.
Kate Henderson, 20 October 2020
This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work housing associations do, and to secure our sector’s role in helping the country recover from this crisis.
Diana Warwick, 15 October 2020
We have a responsibility to leverage the current mood to drive change for our BAME communities – positive disruption is required to shape lasting change across our sector.
Maureen Hopcroft, 12 October 2020
A rebrand is about embracing the meaning behind the change and making sure the right people are leading the way.
Wayne Morris, 05 October 2020
The pandemic brought the role of our homes into sharp focus, and in doing so has made it impossible to ignore the housing emergency that has denied people a safe home when they need it most.
Polly Neate, 05 October 2020
Seeing our customers, our communities succeeding and our economy thriving is at the heart of what we do and that is why we support the Homes at the Heart campaign.
Stuart Heslop, 01 October 2020
I hope that more businesses look beyond traditional ways of recruiting and realise that there is so much to gain by changing our outlook and doing things differently
George Weston, 30 September 2020
Housing associations are inventsing in The Good Food Bag which is providing low cost, healthy meal kits to organisations, as well as selling directly to customers in areas of food insecurity.
Jenni Pocsai, 29 September 2020
Affordable rural housing providers face a must make sure enough affordable rural homes are built to improve the diversity of the countryside, supporting a balance of income and age groups.
Martin Collett, 28 September 2020
With the right action from the government and the will of the housing association sector, we can end homelessness, save the taxpayer money, and change lives.
Suzannah Young, 25 September 2020
We need the government to build on the success of ‘everyone in’ and use the Spending Review to invest in services that help prevent further homelessness.
Steve Douglas CBE, 21 September 2020
We’re pulling together sector-wide responses to the two consultations, and the consultation on changes to the current system, which closes on 1 October, is our most urgent priority. We have strong arguments to make against some of the more difficult proposals – but we need your help to illustrate them.
Duncan Neish, 15 September 2020
It doesn’t matter where you take an MP as long as there is a good story to tell about the homes you provide and the people that live in them.
Rob Hunter, 11 September 2020
We will make a huge mistake if we just think about the green agenda in terms of cost and investment. It’s about peoples’ homes, and our communities’ futures.
Matthew Walker, 10 September 2020
We’re now seeing the first in-depth reflections on the effect of the pandemic on housing.
09 September 2020
If the UK’s carbon targets are to be met, existing homes will need to be retrofitted and new homes built to meet much tougher standards. But how social landlords will afford to do this work?
Jo Hills, 09 September 2020
I pledge to do my bit to influence change – will you join me?
Angela Lockwood, 02 September 2020
We want to establish a positive complaint handling culture and capture learning to improve the experience of all residents.
Richard Blakeway, 01 September 2020
We need to make sure both exisiting homes are future homes are suitable to living well and ageing better.
Louise Ansari, 28 August 2020
The measures Johnnie Johnson Housing put in place to support residents during lockdown helped staff get to know them better.
Tricia Grierson, 27 August 2020
Throughout the coronavirus crisis, we’ve seen more clearly than ever how a safe home is imperative to recovery.
Abigail Ampofo, 26 August 2020
Service users and service providers were all worried about coronavirus and going into lockdown, but from a mental health perspective it seems to be only now that the scale of the real issue is emerging.
Ian Gilders, 23 August 2020
Whether you’re a big or small housing association, in a city or in the country, and no matter what kind of services you provide, we need you to keep shouting about what you do.
Lucy Grove, 21 August 2020
The government is keen to promote modern methods of construction as the answer to the housing crisis, and Homes England is encouraging housing associations to get involved – and they are.
Andrew Dudley, 19 August 2020
The need for more social housing in the countryside is all the more pressing as we begin to feel the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Hinchliff, 13 August 2020
At SHAL, we build relationships with our residents to provide essential support to help them stay in their homes.
Angela Gascoigne, 11 August 2020
More social homes would create jobs and help communities, and local businesses, to thrive.
Chris Fletcher, 06 August 2020
Now more than ever housing associations continue to demonstrate our societal, economic and environmental value.
Clare Miller, 04 August 2020
Not only does construction of new homes create employment opportunities, but it has a wider economic impact across the supply chain that in turn stimulates growth.
Colette McKune, 02 August 2020
Your social housing successes, and the joy and hope your social homes bring to your residents, needs to be at the centre of the next stage in our campaign.
Lucy Grove, 30 July 2020
I recently attended the virtual Housing Governance Conference and was impressed with the immersive and engaging experience I had.
Jacob Rumley, 28 July 2020
MMC can help housing associations build a significant proportion of the 300,000 new homes we need every year – cheaper, quicker and to a higher standard. But if it was easy we would have done it already. To get there we need to collaborate.
Helen Greig, 15 July 2020
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
"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
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
The housing sector faces regular challenges, but the current crisis is the most acute for generations. It affects our residents, our businesses, and our staff in significant ways.
Paul Rickard, 07 July 2020
Coastline Housing has partnered with Cornwall Council and other organisations to help homeless people in the county through an innovative outreach project.
Allister Young, 05 July 2020
The work that housing associations do in rural areas every day shows us that we have so much to be proud of as a sector. We have the potential to make an enormous contribution to the future of rural lives, if the government can put Homes at the Heart of the national recovery programme.
Kate Henderson, 02 July 2020
Our work in helping to find accommodation for homeless people during the coronavirus crisis has underlined how effective partnership work can be, and we’ve seen this effectiveness hit new heights over the past few months.
Steve Benson, 01 July 2020
It's important that our sector keeps engaging with politicians on the difference housing associations make in their constituencies.
Tosin Adedayo, 26 June 2020
#HomesAtTheHeart is a national campaign and coalition calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing and the people who live in it.
Kate Henderson, 24 June 2020
24 June 2020
Whilst we can’t take to the streets and come together in celebration we can, and we should, still celebrate Pride.
Nigel Wilson, 23 June 2020
As we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, investing in building new homes has a positive impact at a local, regional and national level, driving economic growth and supporting jobs.
Tristan Carlyon, 22 June 2020
The coronavirus crisis has placed an array of unique demands on society and one thing is clear – our response must be bold and decisive.
Justin Freeman, 19 June 2020
I’m proud to share with you our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy: Who We Are.
Kate Henderson, 18 June 2020
We can’t claim to hold all the answers, but we do have an important role to play in building a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable economy and society.
Diana Warwick, 17 June 2020
We asked members of our Board Member National Group about how they and their organisations have been responding to the coronavirus crisis.
16 June 2020
This year it's even more important to highlight loneliness as people in our communities continue to be isolated from friends and family.
Cheryl Garvey, 15 June 2020
For change to happen, the housing sector needs to ask itself: what is diversity?
Faz Bukhari, 12 June 2020
As we start to slowly move out of lockdown, at VIVID we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve learned about leadership
Mark Perry, 11 June 2020
The relationships built, and the trust and spirit of togetherness that has been harnessed over years of joint initiatives, has given Greater Manchester Housing Providers the opportunity to share and collaborate right from the start of this crisis.
Jon Lord, 08 June 2020
For me, Pride represents people who are typically under-represented in different aspects of society and it stands-up for those who are all too often treated unfairly.
Rob Andrews, 08 June 2020
Harry’s Pledge is asking the housing sector to support those who need care, and those who provide it.
Julie Doyle, 08 June 2020
On World Environment Day, I want to set out the case for a renewed focus on retrofitting and add the NHF’s voice to the calls from many quarters to build back better.
Rob Wall, 05 June 2020
Equality and diversity is a sector wide issue and more broadly a societal issue where collaborative work needs to be done.
Alison Muir, 04 June 2020
As the NHF rolls out virutal events this summer, find out what you can expect from one.
Anthony Thorn, 04 June 2020
Virtual AGMs are now being cautiously encouraged in the corporate sector, and the new Bill should provide some clarity and reassurance for those who are considering them in all sectors.
Paul Bayly, 03 June 2020
There has never been a more important time to make a public case for social housing.
Lucy Grove, 02 June 2020
This June, while Prides will always be a fabulous and colourful celebration of how far we’ve come, they remain a defiant cry for justice – and that must include housing justice. “The first Pride” – as the tee-shirt says – “was a riot!”
Simon Bowkett, LGBT+ Network, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 02 June 2020
How national housing associations delivering specialist supported housing services can help offer safe accommodation.
Andrew King, 29 May 2020
As a specialist housing and treatment provider, we have unique insight into the challenges faced by individuals with a history of substance misuse and how the current crisis might affect them.
Phoenix Futures, 26 May 2020
Responding to coronavirus isn't easy, but we're focused on ensuring our residents and colleagues are supported.
John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside and Chair of NHF’s Homelessness National Group, 22 May 2020
During a time like this, it's never been more important to look after our mental health. Here's some advice from South Yorkshire Housing Association on how they've done it.
Juliann Hall, 22 May 2020
The Larder promotes healthy, nutritious food that is local, seasonal and waste-free, with all its profits going to communities in need.
Sian Coulton, Community Engagement Manager at Community Gateway Association, 18 May 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has completely changed the way we work, and it’s never been more important to look after our staff’s mental health and wellbeing.
Paul Carhart, 18 May 2020
Newcross-sector taskforce to find employment-led solutions for social housing residents.
Lynsey Sweeney, 13 May 2020
Now more than ever is the time for HR and people professionals to come together, share our experiences, grow our knowledge and prepare for what is to come.
Clive Liggett, 07 May 2020
Together, we can raise £1m for the Trussell Trust, writes Paul Dolan.
Paul Dolan, 05 May 2020
Keeping residents safe while continuing to deliver much needed services has been our main aim since the beginning of this crisis.
Lorraine Adams, Head of Tenancy Management at Sovereign, 05 May 2020
For the second edition of Thinkhouse’s blog for the NHF, we look at recent research on housing supply.
Anya Martin, Senior Researcher, National Housing Federation, 04 May 2020
How can you take your online board meetings from passable to excellent?
James Tickell, Partner, Campbell Tickell, 30 April 2020
We've created activity packs for residents to help them to mark the occasion in their own way during lockdown
Steve Hayes, 29 April 2020
At the NHF, we’re developing a project to understand and shape the next few months, and years, as the country emerges from the coronavirus crisis.
Will Jeffwitz, 27 April 2020
The response to coronavirus in rural communities has been exceptional, with residents coming together in unprecedented circumstances to help each other.
Martin Collett, 09 April 2020
I know I’ll look back and see that housing associations played a vital part in helping us pull through this national crisis.
Diana Warwick, 27 March 2020
Housing associations across the country are working in partnership to identify the signs of illegal money lending activity and help tenants in the grip of loan sharks.
Cath Wohlers, 24 March 2020
The social housing sector can establish a meaningful and consistent approach to reporting its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.
16 March 2020
Find out how resident feedback could and should be helping you redesign your services and customer journeys from Sovereign.
Aasia Nisar, 10 March 2020
Paul Bayly explores why we have a Code of Governance, and why now is the right time to update it.
Paul Bayly, 09 March 2020
John Glenton outlines how the NHF Homelessness Steering Group increases our impact on preventing and tackling homelessness.
John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside and Chair of NHF’s Homelessness National Group, 27 February 2020
Some parts of the Future Homes Standard will come into effect as early as this year – we need to start preparing right now.
Catherine Ryder, 18 February 2020
Invisible Creations is challenging stereotypes and negative stigmas around ageing and disability by producing attractive and inclusive home adaptations.
Laura Wood, 17 February 2020
John Newbury gives a boards' perspective on adopting modern methods of construction in development projects.
John Newbury, 14 February 2020
We’re looking for five people from housing associations in each region of the country to become Insight Leaders.
Bethan Buck, 13 February 2020
With the early adopter process drawing to a close this spring, we’re preparing to roll Together with Tenants out across the sector – and here’s how you can prepare.
Catherine Ryder, 12 February 2020
‘If you can, why don’t you?’ This was the question we were asked when approached to house the only Syrian refuge family to have settled in Birmingham as part of the Community Sponsorship programme.
Arthur Tsang, 07 February 2020
In our latest board member in the spotlight feature, Danielle Oum, Chair of whg, explains what makes a great housing association chair, and why we need to foster a stronger relationship between health and housing.
Danielle Oum, 04 February 2020
While Housing Futures will engage with housing associations and residents alike, in the East of England, our steering group is determined to put residents at the heart of the programme.
Emma Flynn, 03 February 2020
Join Citizen's Colin Dennis to talk about why investing in projects which make our places great is simply the right thing to do.
Colin Dennis, 31 January 2020
NHF Chair Baroness Diana Warwick looks ahead to what 2020 might bring for housing association board members.
Diana Warwick, 21 January 2020
A strong new message for shared ownership forms the basis of an ambitious nationwide advertising programme.
Kate Henderson, 17 January 2020
At RHP we’ve started to use the shared ownership campaign’s eye-catching creative assets to build a powerful new brand and message.
John Neugebauer, 17 January 2020
Thinkhouse highlights the best analysis and thinking about housing to help in your board member role
Richard Hyde, 16 January 2020
We need your help to identify the big challenges we should tackle through Housing Futures.
James Green, 15 January 2020
I’ve been doing some research for a social housing client which has meant reading a lot of corporate strategies and Value for Money statements from housing associations. The word that crops up time and time again is ‘transformation’ – and in many cases, it’s preceded by the word ‘digital’. It made me think about whether these transformations were reality or fantasy – and how you tell whether an initiative is truly transformational?
Peter Lunio, 09 January 2020
Cottsway are using using a variety of methods to engage their rural customers.
Alex Williams, 23 December 2019
The National Housing Federation’s new publication, Homes for the Ox-Cam Arc, outlines the contribution housing associations are making to the local economy in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, and the potential that they have to help the region grow.
18 December 2019
We need to reach out to new MPs and make the case for housing.
Rhys Moore, 17 December 2019
Election day has come. Many have called this the most important election in a generation, a Brexit election, an election to shape Britain’s future.
Kate Henderson, 12 December 2019
It is only natural that as social housing providers we talk a lot about the housing crisis. We constantly ask how we can build more social homes, regenerate communities and help bring an end to the shocking situation of homelessness that is ruining lives. Recently more housing associations have also been talking about, and taking action on, the climate crisis.
Catherine Ryder, 11 December 2019
Social housing providers are incredibly well placed to deliver accommodation, support and a sense of pride to Gypsy and Traveller communities.
11 December 2019
We’re making some changes to ensure that everyone here at the National Housing Federation can hear feedback from our members, listen to what it’s telling us, and act on it.
Sarah Finnegan, 10 December 2019
One thing we know for sure about domestic abuse is that its impact is extremely harmful to a person’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. Its manifestation has multiple forms and for many South Asian women it presents as “honour-based” violence (HBV).
Alina Kaur, 09 December 2019
We have a duty to all tenants and a responsibility to challenge situations where we believe someone with a disability may be at risk.
Danielle Bishop, 28 November 2019
Two years on from the launch of Leadership 2025, Gina reflects on what’s changed in the housing sector – and what’s not.
Gina Amoh, 26 November 2019
Housing associations should not wait to engage with the next cohort of decision-makers.
Livi Elsmore, 22 November 2019
Domestic abuse doesn’t just impact white, straight women. Ahead of the next National Housing Federation domestic abuse forum, we look at how it affects men.
Helen Greig, 22 November 2019
Modern methods of construction (MMC) are a hot topic in housing, and something for housing associations of all sizes to consider when undertaking development projects and looking to build more homes.
Jon Hobbs, 21 November 2019
Finding available land to build new homes on isn’t always straightforward. We’ve updated our brownfield map to help make it easier.
Tom Wood, 17 November 2019
Politicians may come and go, but housing associations are here for the long term.
Mark Perry, 15 November 2019
BME National are determined to take the ‘mute’ off race conversations in the housing sector – that’s why we’ve launched a new mission statement.
John Delahunty , 13 November 2019
The Government’s latest regeneration programme has ramped up – act soon if you want a piece of the funding action.
Duncan Neish, 12 November 2019
Leading up to the general election, we need your help to ensure housing is a priority for the next government.
Kate Henderson, 11 November 2019
Tackling homelessness in BME communities a key focus of the BME National mission statement.
Mushtaq Khan, 31 October 2019
Next month’s Accelerated Planning Green Paper should bring more substance and an opportunity to pitch proposals for improvement
Duncan Neish, 08 October 2019
Housing providers are in a unique position to support LGBT victims of domestic abuse.
Chloe Brennan, 01 October 2019
Everyone seems to be talking about Building Information Modelling (BIM)… what is it? Do we need it in housing? Does it add benefit? Isn’t it just complex buildings that require 3D models?
Mac Muzvimwe, 30 September 2019
Following the recent NHF webinar on what the climate crisis could mean for housing associations and their boards I was inundated with questions about the topics discussed, so I decided to answer some of your biggest questions on climate change and the effects it might have in housing in a blog.
Noel Brosnan, 21 August 2019
The programme for future housing leaders is helping to bring new talent with fresh ideas into the boardroom.
David Levenson, 21 August 2019
Sandy Kelly, 20 August 2019
Growing up in rural Cornwall, just outside a tiny village between Penzance and St Ives, I was incredibly lucky to spend my childhood exploring the countryside, building tree houses, spending time with my friends on the beach, and eating a lot of Cornish ice cream
Kate Henderson, 01 July 2019
The Prime Minister has announced important changes to requirements for new homes, covering space standards and accessibility.
Duncan Neish, 27 June 2019
Alan Lewin, 25 June 2019
A tragedy like the fire at Grenfell Tower must never happen again. We must learn, reflect, and never forget the 72 people who lost their lives in the tragic events of 14 June 2017. All of us in housing must do everything in our power to make sure this never happens again.
Kate Henderson, 12 June 2019
At the end of the political conference season, Jessica Levy reflects on what this means for the housing sector.
Jessica Levy, 04 June 2019
This year’s Budget was not the quiet, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fiscal event that many anticipated. With Brexit on the horizon and significant uncertainty persisting, many were ready to forgive Philip Hammond if this Budget had passed relatively unnoticed.
Jessica Levy, 04 June 2019
Summary RE Spending money well, to improve lives
Catriona Simons, 23 May 2019
How housing inequalities impact on mental health and wellbeing
Amanda Tomlinson, 14 May 2019
The planning process can be difficult and uncertain, but there are things you can do to make the process smoother.
Duncan Neish, 28 February 2019
Working closely with local authority partners can help housing associations overcome some of the biggest barriers to building the homes we need.
Gareth Lewis, 21 February 2019
With vital support from Cornwall Council, housing associations built a quarter of all new homes in the county last year.
Allister Young and Jon Lloyd-Owen, 20 February 2019
Our new briefing sets out the key challenges Brexit may bring for housing associations and how we can be ready for what may come.
Kate Henderson, 24 January 2019
Housing associations should be involved in shaping Local Industrial Strategies.
Duncan Neish, 13 November 2018
Don’t underestimate the impact your organisation can have on ending homelessness.
Ian Martin, 11 September 2018