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Climate change

Decarbonisation of housing association homes - a briefing for external stakeholders

To meet the national target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we must decarbonise all our homes, including the 2.7 million homes in England owned by housing associations. Introducing two new pieces of work to help housing associations achieve this aim.

19 October 2021

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Climate change

Decarbonisation: a guide for housing associations

This guide sets out how to retrofit existing social homes so they are more comfortable, cheaper to live in and emit no carbon.

19 October 2021

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Climate change

Decarbonising the housing association sector - costs and funding options

We commissioned Savills to research the costings and funding options for decarbonisation of social housing so we can get a better understanding of what this vital work means financially for our asector.

19 October 2021

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Quality of homes
Video
Webinar
Climate change

Options for achieving net zero webinar

This webinar reviews a key part of the NHF's project on decarbonisation: how can we as a sector navigate our way to net-zero?

07 October 2021

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Supported housing
Coronavirus
Guidance

Easing lockdown: information for housing associations

A summary of the government’s roadmap for easing the national lockdown for housing associations.

01 October 2021

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Report

How many homes did housing associations build last year?

Our end of year Supply Data report looks at how many homes the sector built over the last year.

23 September 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Consultation on PAS 8673 framework for competence of Building Safety Managers: NHF response

We’ve responded to the draft Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8673 prepared by the British Standards Institution.

22 September 2021

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Briefing
Climate change

COP26: a briefing for housing associations

Leading up to the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, the UK government has introduced several consequential measures and revised targets that impact housing associations.

10 September 2021

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Resource

The Renters’ Reform Bill: our approach for supported and temporary housing

We have proposed a way forward to MHCLG that balances ensuring supported accommodation is available for those who need it with the rights of residents and housing associations’ needs.

03 September 2021

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Governance
Video
Webinar

New board members induction (September 2021)

Hear from the NHF, the Regulator of Social Housing, the Chair of WHG and Housemark about what makes a great board member.

01 September 2021

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Supported housing
Video
Webinar

Starts at Home: enhancing residents’ wellbeing and relieving pressure on the NHS webinar

Ahead of Starts at Home Day 2021, this webinar explores how supported housing providers stepped up to meet the pressures of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and how they can continue to support their residents’ wellbeing while also working with the NHS.

26 August 2021

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Video
Webinar

Universal Credit: claiming during the coronavirus pandemic webinar

Findings and recommendations from the largest survey of people living in social housing claiming Universal Credit during the coronavirus pandemic.

18 August 2021

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Health
Briefing

Creating partnerships with health and social care for better commissioning

Our briefing outlines the importance of partnerships, and ways housing associations can demonstrate their value and forge partnerships with the NHS in their local area.

17 August 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Building Safety Bill: member briefing

This Bill will introduce significant changes to building safety regulation. This briefing summarises the key points for housing associations.

12 August 2021

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Toolkit

#KeepTheLifeline campaign materials

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation are leading the #KeepTheLifeline campaign stop the £20 per week cut to Universal Credit payments from October. Access materials support the campaign.

12 August 2021

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Submission

Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

A summary of our ongoing work and focus for the government's Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021.

12 August 2021

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Video
Webinar

Tackling discrimination and fostering inclusion within communities

Webinar discussing how action L&Q is taking to strengthen the voice of residents within housing associations to help tackle discrimination.

05 August 2021

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Report

Universal Credit: claiming during the coronavirus pandemic

Review the findings and recommendations from the largest survey of people living in social housing claiming Universal Credit during the coronavirus pandemic.

04 August 2021

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Briefing
Climate change

Defining net zero for social housing: discussion paper

Read our discussion paper on defining net zero for housing associations and review questions for NHF members to help our decarbonisation work.

28 July 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans consultation: our response

Read our response to the government's consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans.

23 July 2021

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Finance

Government consultation on audit reform – our response

The NHF responded to a consultation on changes to audit and corporate governance which will see all housing associations with an income over £100m being classed as Public Interest Entities.

19 July 2021

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Video
Webinar
Domestic abuse

Meeting the domestic abuse requirements proposed in the social housing white paper

This webinar was organised by our National Domestic Abuse Core Group. It explores the domestic abuse requirements within the social housing white paper and how members can meet these requirements. 

19 July 2021

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Supply of new homes
Video
Webinar
Smaller housing associations

Modern methods of construction (MMC) for smaller housing associations

Exploring the opportunities for smaller housing associations in using MMC to build new homes.

15 July 2021

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Governance
Together with tenants
Video
Webinar

Meet the Regulator

Hear about how regulation in the social housing sector works currently and the changes the Social Housing White Paper is introducing.

15 July 2021

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Rural housing
Video
Webinar

Committed to rural communities

The Rural Housing Alliance share their revised rural pledge and introduce the Parish Councillors’ Guide to Rural Affordable Housing.

07 July 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Shared ownership
Briefing

Remedial works, shared owners and sub-letting – taking a sector-wide approach

Read our briefing for housing associations on how the sector could provide greater consistency for shared owners who need to sub-let their homes in buildings awaiting remedial works or EWS1 forms.

01 July 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Quality of homes
Supply of new homes
Toolkit

Building Information Modelling (BIM): what is it and how can it help housing associations?

A free toolkit and a business case to support housing associations looking to digitise their development and asset information.

21 June 2021

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Diversity and equality
Governance
Video
Webinar

Diversity on boards: how equality and inclusion in the boardroom can transform an organisation

Hear first-hand from board members who have experienced the impact that improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the boardroom can have on an organisation.

18 June 2021

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Together with tenants
Briefing

Social Housing White Paper – member briefing and actions for housing associations

Our updated briefing outlines what steps members can take alongside each measure of the Social Housing White Paper.

17 June 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Response

PAS 9980: Fire risk appraisal and assessment of external wall construction and cladding consultation – our response

We have submitted our response to the government’s consultation on the new code of practice for fire risk appraisal and assessment of external wall construction and cladding of existing blocks of flats.

17 June 2021

Risk and assurance: A guide for housing association boards
Publication

Risk and assurance: A guide for housing association boards

This new publication brings together the links between risk, control and assurance from a governance perspective into a practical handbook...

17 June 2021

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Quality of homes
Response

Decent Homes Standard review: comments on ‘reasonable state of repair’ – National Housing Federation response to MHCLG review

MHCLG sought input on the issue of the requirement in the existing Decent Homes Standard that the property be in a ‘reasonable state of repair’. This response addresses this issue.

16 June 2021

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Quality of homes
Submission

Our response to the Housing Ombudsman’s call for evidence on damp and mould

The Housing Ombudsman has asked for evidence about damp and mould in social housing. This is the response of the National Housing Federation to that call for evidence.

08 June 2021

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Shared ownership
Supply of new homes

The new model of shared ownership and First Homes – changes to planning policy

The government has provided further details on the new shared ownership model and First Homes programme. We’ve summarised the key information and how this will affect planning policy. 

03 June 2021

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Toolkit

Local Economic Impact Calculator

Our updated Local Economic Impact Calculator shows housing associations’ contribution to the productivity of local areas. 

27 May 2021

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Video
Webinar

How can we keep children and young people safe and support them to achieve their potential?

Exploring the impact of the pandemic and other factors such as temporary and overcrowded housing on adverse childhood experiences and the role of housing associations in ensuring they "see the child" in service design and delivery. Description

27 May 2021

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Governance
Video
Webinar
Smaller housing associations

Succession planning and board recruitment for smaller housing associations

The first in a series of webinars delivered as part of our new extra governance support for smaller housing associations explores succession planning and board recruitment.

21 May 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Regeneration
Regulation
Supply of new homes
Briefing

Queen's Speech 2021 - briefing for housing associations

The Queen’s Speech set out the government’s priorities and legislative agenda for the coming year.

20 May 2021

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Together with tenants
Video
Webinar

Together with Tenants: The journey so far, experiences of residents, staff and board members

Residents, housing associations and their board members share insights into their Together with Tenants journey and what we can learn as we take it forward within our own organisations.

18 May 2021

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Resources
Coronavirus

Guidance on possession proceedings and evictions

We’ve summarised changes on evictions and notice periods that will come into force from June 2021

13 May 2021

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Diversity and equality
Video
Webinar

Introducing our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion data tool

By using the tool and then using the data, housing associations can work out where they need to improve the most, set ambitious targets, and figure out what mechanisms for change are most impactful.

12 May 2021

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Climate change

The Sixth Carbon Budget: a briefing for housing associations

This briefing explains what the Sixth Carbon Budget is and the key implications for housing associations.

06 May 2021

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Video
Webinar
Coronavirus

Coronavirus – updates on testing, vaccinations and easing lockdown

During this webinar we hear the latest advice and guidance on key coronavirus issues, particularly options for staff testing and the roadmap for easing lockdown as it relates to supported housing and general needs.

20 April 2021

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Universal credit and welfare reform

Universal Credit in a time of crisis

An exploration of rent collection and support by housing associations during the coronavirus crisis.

15 April 2021

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Supported housing
Resources
Response

Our submission to HCLG Committee inquiry into long-term funding of adult social care

We have submitted a response on behalf of the housing association sector to the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care.

15 April 2021

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Homelessness
Video
Webinar

NHF and Homeless Link webinar

During this webinar, we hear about good practice in housing management, partnerships and joint working as well as case studies from three social landlord providers involved in the delivery of Housing First. 

12 April 2021

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Shared ownership
Video
Webinar

Shared ownership campaign transfer: updates on the NHF decision making, opportunities and ambitions for year two

We are delighted to announce that Full Communications have agreed to be the new campaign lead organisation.

09 April 2021

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Shared ownership
Supply of new homes
Resources
Briefing

New model for shared ownership and First Homes - briefing for housing associations

Our briefing for NHF members on the recent government responses to consultations on new model for shared ownership and First Homes.

08 April 2021

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Together with tenants
Video
Webinar
Smaller housing associations

Together with Tenants: tenant and resident engagement in smaller housing associations

Focusing on the practicalities of implementing Together with Tenants in smaller housing associations, hearing examples from organisations who are already on this journey.

30 March 2021

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Video
Webinar
Climate change

Funding for green retrofitting

Hear directly from the government about funding opportunities for green retrofit work on housing association properties, focusing on plans for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

29 March 2021

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Together with tenants
Video
Webinar

Together with Tenants - quality webinar

Staff and residents from Rooftop Housing Group, Platform Housing Group and WHG reflect on their experiences and challenges so far, and as we consider how to truly embed Together with Tenants across the sector.

22 March 2021

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Homelessness
Supply of new homes
Supported housing
Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing
Domestic abuse
Climate change

Budget 2021: briefing for housing associations

Further detail on each of the key announcements from the Chancellor's Budget 2021, focused on our original calls: to build back safer, better, and stronger. 

10 March 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Supply of new homes
Submission
Climate change

Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement - our submission to the Cabinet Office

Submission based on feedback from procurement professionals working within the housing association sector, focusing on issues which might impact specifically on housing associations.

10 March 2021

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Together with tenants
Webinar

Together with Tenants - voice, influence and accountability (webinar)

Following the launch and national rollout of Together with Tenants we are holding webinars on each of the six priorities. This webinar will focus on voice and influence and accountability.

01 March 2021

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Diversity and equality
Video
Webinar

A history of LGBTQ+ housing in England

During LGBTQ+ History Month, we consider the role our sector plays in creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ people to thrive.

25 February 2021

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Together with tenants
Webinar

Together with Tenants - relationships and communication (webinar)

Following the launch and national rollout of Together with Tenants we are holding webinars on each of the six priorities. This webinar focuses on the first two - relationships and communication.

22 February 2021

House being builtHouse being built
Supply of new homes
Briefing
Report

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter one 2020/21?

This briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in the first quarter of 2020/21, plus numbers delivered in the twelve months to June 2020.

17 February 2021

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Briefing
Coronavirus

The winter national lockdown – key points for housing associations

What the lockdown means for housing associations and supported housing.

15 February 2021

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Governance
Video
Webinar

New board member induction

This webinar is aimed at new board members who are new to the housing sector and would like a firmer grip on the housing world.

09 February 2021

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Voluntary right to buy

Evaluation of Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

08 February 2021

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Video
Webinar

Strategies to support mental health

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed every social landlord to ask the question, how can we better support the mental health of residents and staff? This webinar explores three different approaches across general needs and supported housing.

03 February 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Response

RICS EWS1 consultation response

Read our submission to the RICS consultation on the valuation of properties in multi-storey, multi-occupancy residential buildings with cladding.

28 January 2021

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Rural housing
Video
Webinar

The future of rural housing communities

Reflections on how new rural housing policy, demographic changes, the current economic climate and the coronavirus crisis is creating both opportunities and challenges for rural housing associations.

27 January 2021

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Resource

Critical worker criteria

Guidance for housing associations.

20 January 2021

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Governance
Regulation
Video
Webinar

Securing Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

The National Housing Federation is working with PIB Insurance Broker to support our members to procure Directors and Officers Liability Insurance from 1 April 2021.

15 January 2021

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

RICS consultation on EWS1 forms

Member briefing on the proposed guidance from RICS on the future application of the External Wall System (EWS1) form.

15 January 2021

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Submission

Spring Budget 2021: National Housing Federation submission

We're asking the government to create jobs, boost the economy and improve people’s lives by building back safer, better and stronger.

14 January 2021

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Response
Coronavirus

Smoke alarms in domestic properties

We have responded to an MHCLG consultation on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

13 January 2021

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Briefing
Coronavirus

Coronavirus tier system

As England returns to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions, we've set our what it means for housing associations in all four tiers.

21 December 2020

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Shared ownership
Response

New shared ownership model – consultation response

Read our response to the MHCLG consultation on a proposed new model of shared ownership.

17 December 2020

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Video
Webinar

Influencing insights - media relations (webinar)

Charlotte Deshmukh, Public Relations Manager at the National Housing Federation provides an update on the latest news and insight from the NHF and discussed managing reputation and dealing with local and national media.

16 December 2020

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Video
Webinar

What next with the Social Housing White Paper?

This webinar explores the implications of the white paper for the social housing sector and our residents, and how we can work best work with the government and the Regulator.

15 December 2020

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Homelessness

Commitment to Refer - guidance for housing associations

Guidance for housing associations to implement the Commitment to Refer and help end homelessness.

15 December 2020

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Finance
Tax
Response

VAT grouping consultation – NHF response

HM Treasury issued a Call for Evidence last month in relation to VAT grouping. We have responded and recommended that the UK does not introduce compulsory VAT grouping.

10 December 2020

House being builtHouse being built
Supply of new homes
Response

Raising accessibility standards for new homes

We submitted our response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s accessibility standards for new homes consultation.

10 December 2020

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Report
Climate change

Research report: where are housing associations on the path to net zero?

Research report outlines where housing associations are on the path to net zero carbon emissions.

10 December 2020

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Diversity and equality
Webinar

Equality, diversity and inclusion report launch (webinar)

Join us for this NHF member only webinar to discuss the Insight Report findings and how we can work together as a sector to make change happen.

09 December 2020

Bright doorsBright doors
Video
Webinar
Domestic abuse

How housing associations are responding to increases in domestic abuse

This webinar explores responses by housing associations to the rise in domestic abuse during the lockdowns and what we can learn as the pandemic continues.

08 December 2020

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

How many homes did housing associations build in 2019/20?

This briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in 2019/20.

04 December 2020

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter three 2019/20?

This briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in the third quarter of 2019/20.

04 December 2020

FamilyFamily
Homelessness
Report

Research report on how housing associations use the Housing First model and recommendations for delivery

This report explores how housing associations are using the Housing First model as a means to address homelessness.

02 December 2020

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Briefing
Coronavirus

Our response to coronavirus and current priorities

Housing associations are working closely with residents, local government, the NHS and others to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

02 December 2020

Houses of ParliamentHouses of Parliament
Building safety and asset management
Homelessness
Supply of new homes
Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing
Climate change

Spending Review 2020 - Briefing for housing associations

Our briefing provides an overview of the government's spending plans relevant to housing associations.

02 December 2020

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Video
Webinar
Coronavirus

Coronavirus testing, winter planning and infection control in supported housing settings (webinar)

This webinar focused on operating whole scheme testing, partnership working, clinical governance and infection prevention, dealing with staffing pressures and Test and Trace. Housing associations share their strategies for protecting residents and staff and there will be plenty of time for questions.

30 November 2020

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Together with tenants
Briefing

Social Housing White Paper – member briefing

We’ve produced a briefing summarising the key measures in the Social Housing White Paper, setting out the NHF’s overall view, detailing the measures in each chapter and our responses to these, and outlining next steps.

30 November 2020

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Diversity and equality

Equality, diversity and inclusion in housing association staff in England

Our report taking a look at how equality, diversity and inclusion looks within the housing association sector. 

30 November 2020

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Together with tenants
Video
Webinar

The Social Housing White Paper (webinar)

The government has published the Social Housing White Paper which sets out a ‘charter for social housing residents’ and aims to deliver the improvement in transparency and accountability promised in the 2018 green paper.

26 November 2020

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Governance
Video
Webinar

Introducing the Code of Governance 2020 (webinar)

This webinar set out the changes in the new Code of Governance 2020, why we made those changes, and discusses what compliance and best practice looks like for different members.

18 November 2020

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Submission
Climate change

Decarbonising heat in homes

Read our response to the BEIS Select Committee inquiry into decarbonisation.

17 November 2020

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Together with tenants
Webinar

Together with Tenants (residents webinar)

This webinar is an opportunity for residents to come together and hear more about Together with Tenants and our plans for change.

16 November 2020

Contract Management (2nd edition)
Publication

Contract Management (2nd edition)

This comprehensive guide from the National Housing Federation provides practical advice on implementing all the stages of contract management, from...

16 November 2020

Code of Governance 2020
Publication

Code of Governance 2020

The 2020 Code of Governance is designed to help housing associations achieve the highest standards of governance and board excellence.

12 November 2020

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Supply of new homes
Response

Planning for the future - our consultation response

We’ve produced a briefing for members which sets out our response to the government’s consultation on its white paper, Planning for the future.

05 November 2020

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Diversity and equality
Webinar

A history of BME Housing in Britain (webinar)

BME housing associations play a crucial role in providing quality housing for tenants of all backgrounds.

04 November 2020

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Shared ownership
Coronavirus

2020 Spending Review - the role social housing can play in recovery

Our submission to the 2020 Spending Review sets out the vital role housing associations already play in delivering these priorities – and what action and investment we need from the government, now and in the long term, to deliver even more.

02 November 2020

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Brexit
Universal credit and welfare reform
Video

What the EU Settlement Scheme means for housing associations, your staff and residents

Video interview with Corine Meier, Tenancy Sustainment Advisor at Gloucester City Homes and volunteer at Settled – an immigration advice charity – about the EU settlement scheme and what it means for housing associations, staff and residents.

28 October 2020

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Brexit
Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing

Supporting residents and employees to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – briefing

This briefing sets out changes affecting EU citizens living in the UK and how to support staff and residents to apply to the EUSS.

20 October 2020

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Together with tenants

Lessons from early adopters: governance

This briefing shares experiences from three housing associations that have already adopted the Together with Tenants charter.

20 October 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Fire safety consultation response

Read our response to the Home Office’s fire safety consultation on behalf of NHF members.

13 October 2020

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Homelessness
Guidance

Government review of the Homelessness Reduction Act

The government has published its response to submissions to its call for evidence on the Homelessness Act 2017.

08 October 2020

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Response

Proposed changes to the planning system – our consultation response

Our response to the government’s consultation on short-term changes to the planning system.

06 October 2020

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Finance
Pensions
Response

Defined Benefit pensions consultation – NHF response

We’ve responded to the Pensions Regulator’s funding code of practice consultation on Defined Benefit pensions.

06 October 2020

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Regeneration
Video
Webinar

Housing associations as anchor institutions (webinar)

In this webinar, we explore how our sector can play a leading role in shaping a social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic that benefits every community and leaves no one behind.

02 October 2020

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Guidance

Measuring social value: guidance for housing associations

As not-for-profit landlords driven by social purpose, housing associations want to demonstrate social value to ensure the best outcomes for their residents.

01 October 2020

Community togetherCommunity together
Toolkit

Housing associations as anchor institutions: a toolkit

This toolkit outlines how housing associations can contribute to local communities as community anchors and includes a wide range of practical advice and insight.

01 October 2020

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Supply of new homes
Webinar

The benefits of a long term affordable housing programme (webinar)

In this webinar we explore two recently published pieces of research that evidence the impact that a long term affordable housing programme would have.

01 October 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Webinar
Smaller housing associations

Building safety for smaller housing associations (webinar)

This webinar will talk through the key building safety issues for smaller housing associations.

28 September 2020

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Submission

Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 submission

Investment in social housing can boost the economy, create jobs and opportunities across the country, support the continuing fight against the virus and improve peoples’ lives at a time when our nation needs it most.

24 September 2020

House being builtHouse being built
Shared ownership
Supply of new homes
Video
Webinar

Affordable Homes Programme - what does it mean?

We talk to MHCLG and Homes England about the 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) and how it plans to build up to 180,000 new homes. 

22 September 2020

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Video
Webinar

The 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review - webinar

We will be preparing a formal submission to the upcoming Spending Review setting out the key ask of the sector. This webinar sets out the key elements of our submission, and provide an opportunity for members to input and feedback.

18 September 2020

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Homelessness
Video

How social housing can support settled futures for Gypsy and Traveller communities (interview)

An interview with Ria Armstrong at Teign Housing about the role social housing can play in settled futures for Gypsy and Traveller communities.

18 September 2020

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Video
Domestic abuse

How partnership working can help housing associations tackle domestic abuse (interview)

A video interview with Calico Group CEO Anthony Duerden and Alex Atkinson, Head of Support Services at SafeNet about how they work together to tackle domestic abuse.

18 September 2020

Service charges and rentcharges: a guide for social housing landlords (6th edition)
Publication

Service charges and rentcharges: a guide for social housing landlords (6th edition)

The updated 6th edition of this service charges guide from the National Housing Federation supports the planning and delivery of...

15 September 2020

CrowdsCrowds
Supply of new homes
Report

People in housing need

A comprehensive analysis of the scale and shape of housing need in England today

15 September 2020

Construction siteConstruction site
Building safety and asset management
Submission

Draft Building Safety Bill – HCLG committee submission

The NHF submitted a response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee as part of their pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Building Safety Bill.

14 September 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Video
Webinar

Understanding the draft Building Safety Bill (webinar)

What are the implications of this legislation for housing associations and how can the sector continue to implement the new regulatory system for building safety?

11 September 2020

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Data
Climate change

New NHF research highlights barriers to retrofitting homes

There are significant challenges to overcome if housing associations are to deliver an ambitious retrofit programme and become net zero in terms of carbon emissions by 2050. To understand these challenges better, we conducted a survey of housing associations over August 2020 to identify the major barriers and obstacles to retrofit.

10 September 2020

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Governance
Video
Webinar

New board member induction (webinar)

If you’re new to the sector and you’d like a firmer grip on the housing world, join the National Housing Federation at this Board Member Induction webinar.

09 September 2020

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Supported housing
Webinar
Coronavirus

Easing lockdown in supported housing settings (webinar)

This webinar will focus on balancing resident and staff safety with reopening schemes, including when to allow visitors, how to reopen communal facilities safely, and dealing with local lockdowns.

04 September 2020

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Homelessness
Briefing

Helping people with No Recourse to Public Funds avoid homelessness: what housing associations can do

We've produced a briefing which provides examples of what housing associations can do to help people with No Recourse to Public Funds from returning to rough sleeping.

27 August 2020

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Supported housing
Report

Report on developing new supported housing for people with long-term care and support needs

We have been working with the Housing Learning and Improvement Network to identify the key barriers to developing new supported housing for people with long-term care and support needs, and how these can be overcome.

27 August 2020

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Supply of new homes
Webinar

Planning white paper webinar

In this webinar we provide an overview of the recently launched planning white paper, outline the key issues for our sector and answer your questions.

26 August 2020

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Coronavirus
Guidance

Top tips for housing associations operating during a local lockdown

We've put together some top tips for housing associations operating during a local lockdown.

26 August 2020

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Briefing
Coronavirus

How housing associations are supporting tenancy sustainment and income collection through the coronavirus crisis

How housing associations are supporting tenancy sustainment and income collection through the coronavirus crisis.

26 August 2020

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Finance
Briefing
Coronavirus

Briefing on the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis on supported housing providers

This briefing summarises the key findings from our survey about the potential implications for the supported housing sector from coronavirus.

26 August 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Fire safety consultation

This briefing summarises proposals set out in the government’s fire safety consultation, published on 20 July 2020.

26 August 2020

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Webinar
Coronavirus

Operating during local lockdowns (webinar)

Best practice for members on managing local lockdowns in areas where they operate. 

18 August 2020

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

Planning for the Future white paper briefing

We’re seeking member views on the planning reforms proposed in the government’s new white paper and accompanying short-term consultation.

14 August 2020

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Building safety and asset management

Briefings on the draft Building Safety Bill

We’re seeking member feedback on the proposed changes in the Bill. 

13 August 2020

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Webinar

Housing Ombudsman update: lessons learned during Coronavirus and beyond

In this webinar, the Housing Ombudsman provides an overview of their approach during the coronavirus pandemic and outlines the new complaints handling code and what it means for housing associations.

13 August 2020

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Homelessness
Webinar

Providing Housing First as a social landlord

This webinar brings together social landlords in conversation around what has worked to make their Housing First service successful.

13 August 2020

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Finance
Governance

Environmental, Social and Governance reporting white paper – consultation response

We have responded to the white paper on creating a sector-standard approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting.

12 August 2020

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Governance

Code of Governance: final consultation

See our final consultation on a new code of governance for housing associations.

05 August 2020

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Quality of homes

Why modern methods of construction are essential for recovery post-COVID (webinar)

Join Rt Hon Chris Pincher MP who discussed ‘why MMC are an essential part of recovery post-COVID'.

30 July 2020

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Data
Toolkit

Constituency data sheet

See how much an average home costs in your area and compare this with how much people earn and other useful data.

27 July 2020

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Data
Toolkit

Home Truths

Get the latest data on affordability, unemployment and shortfall in housing supply where you are.

27 July 2020

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Homelessness
Briefing

Briefing on new £266m fund for housing rough sleepers

See more on the government's Next Steps Accommodation Programme.

24 July 2020

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Governance
Webinar
Coronavirus

The ‘new normal’ - board excellence in recovery from the crisis (webinar)

Following on from May’s webinar on board excellence in a crisis, this webinar shifts focus to the ‘new normal’ and what boards should be discussing in recovery from the crisis.

24 July 2020

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Quality of homes
Supply of new homes
Video
Webinar
Climate change

Retrofitting to net zero (webinar)

We know that the housing sector faces real challenges in cutting carbon emissions, and there are significant obstacles to overcome. But now is the time for us to build back better.

23 July 2020

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Webinar
Coronavirus

Community safety in a pandemic: building partnerships and keeping neighbourhoods safe (webinar)

This pandemic has driven people indoors and transformed the way that social landlords work with communities, as well as increasing pressures in those communities.

17 July 2020

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Video
Webinar

Homes at the Heart campaign update (webinar)

During this webinar you will hear from the partner organisations about how the campaign is going so far, where it is going next and how you can help to amplify this crucial message.

15 July 2020

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Universal credit and welfare reform

Universal Credit survey: how is the coronavirus crisis affecting rent arrears?

To understand this further, we are running a short monthly survey to monitor the impact of coronavirus on rent arrears and any relationship this may have with Universal Credit.

15 July 2020

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Webinar

Staff and tenant care during coronavirus (webinar)

Coronavirus has changed the way we all work and the way housing associations engage with their tenants. What action can Members take to support the wellbeing of tenants and staff throughout this uncertain period?

15 July 2020

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Guidance

New guidance on social housing prioritisation for veterans

The Housing Minister has announced new measures to improve access to social housing for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

02 July 2020

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Data

Why homes must be at the heart of recovery - factsheet

This factsheet contains data on life in lockdown (the effects of coronavirus), improving the quality of homes for the future, and how investment in social housing can make the difference

01 July 2020

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Briefing
Coronavirus

Housing issues during lockdown: health, space and overcrowding

A briefing on research supporting the Homes at the Heart campaign.

01 July 2020

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Submission
Coronavirus
Climate change

NHF submissions to Labour's National Policy Forum Consultation 2020

30 June 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Webinar

The future of building safety with Dame Judith Hackitt (webinar)

We are delighted that Dame Judith was able to join us for this webinar to share her vision for a housing association sector with a culture of safety and discuss her role in leading the transition to a new Building Safety Regulator.

30 June 2020

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Supported housing
Coronavirus
Guidance

Supported housing funding during coronavirus

We have put together a list of current funding streams available, while we continue to push for long-term support funding.

24 June 2020

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Climate change

Our submission to the Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes Inquiry

Housing associations are fully committed to making sure that quality, sustainability and long-term value are at the heart of constructing new homes, and that existing homes are made cleaner and greener.

23 June 2020

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Universal credit and welfare reform

Research report on the claimant experience of Universal Credit – and how to improve it

This research report features one of the largest surveys of Universal Credit claimants ever conducted.

19 June 2020

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Homelessness
Webinar
Coronavirus

How housing associations and local authorities can work together to rehouse rough sleepers (webinar)

This webinar brings together speakers from the housing association and local authority sectors to discuss how this can be achieved through partnership working

18 June 2020

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Supply of new homes

Report on the impact of long-term funding on the construction sector

We've published a report that shows how long-term funding for affordable housing could unlock investment in skills and technology to increase productivity.

18 June 2020

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Building safety and asset management

Building a Safer Future - member briefing on the government's response

Briefing for NHF members on the government's response to the Building a Safer Future consultation. 

12 June 2020

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Video
Coronavirus
Case study

Easing lockdown case study: Sovereign's approach to lettings

In this video, Kelly McArthur shares Sovereign’s approach to managing voids and lettings in a socially distanced way as Coronavirus lockdown eases.

12 June 2020

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Video
Coronavirus
Case study

Easing lockdown case study: Radian repairs

In this video, Peter Hall, Interim Director of Commercial Services at Radian, shares Radian's approach to repairs and maintenance as lockdown eases.

11 June 2020

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Webinar
Coronavirus

The impact of coronavirus on Universal Credit (webinar)

Coronavirus has already had a dramatic impact on jobs and incomes and we will be living with the economic impact of the crisis for years to come. Government response has been to support people’s incomes and millions have made a claim for Universal Credit.

10 June 2020

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Resource

Virtual AGMs – guidance for housing associations

We’ve compiled some guidance for housing associations that are considering holding a virtual AGM during the coronavirus outbreak.

08 June 2020

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Video
Coronavirus
Case study

Easing lockdown case study: Prima Group’s Coronavirus Recovery Plan

John Ghader, chief executive of Prima Group, shares an overview of how Prima Group is approaching the easing of lockdown restrictions.

08 June 2020

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Briefing
Coronavirus
Climate change

Coronavirus: our plan for housing's role in social and economic recovery

Housing associations have played a central part in the country’s coronavirus response and now social housing must be at the heart of the national recovery.

04 June 2020

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Webinar
Coronavirus

Coronavirus and recovery (webinar)

We're working with you to understand the role our sector can play in supporting communities and the economy emerge from the coronavirus crisis. Here, we share the themes we have identified to meet this ambition and outline our emerging proposals, discuss our national influencing agenda and our work with the government and stakeholders.

03 June 2020

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Regulation
Webinar
Coronavirus

Easing lockdown - an update for housing associations update (webinar)

The government published its coronavirus recovery strategy on 11 May, setting out an indicative roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions. Hear the latest updates on guidance and what it means for housing associations.

28 May 2020

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Homelessness
Guidance
Domestic abuse

Partnership working to house people in urgent need

Download resources on providing housing for domestic abuse survivors and rough sleepers.

28 May 2020

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Supported housing
Webinar
Coronavirus

The impact of coronavirus on sheltered and extra care housing (webinar)

In this webinar, members will highlight the key challenges facing providers of long-term supported housing services during the coronavirus outbreak and how they have dealt with them.

27 May 2020

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Building safety and asset management

Review of the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings, including attachments

We have submitted a response to the government's consultation on reviewing the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on new buildings.

22 May 2020

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Building safety and asset management

Fire Safety Bill and Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry recommendations – member briefing

We're seeking feedback from our members on implementing the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry phase one recommendations.

22 May 2020

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Video
Webinar
Coronavirus

Update for London housing associations (webinar)

Hear from Tom Copley, the Deputy Mayor for Housing at Greater London Authority and NHF CEO Kate Henderson about the sector's response to coronavirus.

21 May 2020

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Webinar
Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse - economic abuse and how we can identify and support victims (webinar)

In this webinar we hear from experts about economic abuse and how we can identify and support victims in housing association homes.

20 May 2020

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Homelessness
Domestic abuse

Emergency funding for homelessness providers

See all the latest information on funding for homelessness providers on this page. Please check back for updates.

18 May 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Governance
Webinar
Coronavirus

Building safety for board members: latest updates and coronavirus response (webinar)

Crucial insight on current building safety issues, how housing associations are demonstrating compliance during the coronavirus outbreak, and updates from the government and the HSE.

12 May 2020

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Coronavirus
Guidance

Easing restrictions: supporting programmes

The government’s coronavirus recovery strategy contains details of a number of supporting programmes. We’ve summarised those relevant to housing associations.

12 May 2020

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Coronavirus
Guidance

Easing restrictions from 1 June

We've summarised what the government's coronavirus recovery strategy and plans to ease restrictions from 1 June means for housing associations. 

12 May 2020

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Resource

Easing restrictions from 13 May

We’ve summarised the key measures announced by the government for easing lockdown from 13 May, along with how they may affect housing associations and their residents.

12 May 2020

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Coronavirus
Guidance

Ongoing restrictions

We’ve summarised the key measures introduced as part of lockdown which will remain as restrictions are eased, along with how they may affect housing associations and their residents.

12 May 2020

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Coronavirus
Guidance

Working with suppliers during the coronavirus crisis

This article summarises Procurement Policy Note 02/20, a resource for thinking through how to engage with suppliers during the lockdown.

06 May 2020

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Homelessness
Webinar

Preventing homelessness together - the next steps (webinar)

The coronavirus outbreak has helped highlight the need for care and homes for the country's homeless but we need to build momentum so the topic of homelessness remains front of mind after this time. See how our sector hopes to do this.

06 May 2020

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Governance
Webinar
Coronavirus

Board excellence during the coronavirus crisis (webinar)

This webinar covers the role of the board during a crisis and how best to support staff and residents, making decisions at pace, monitoring what’s important and planning for the recovery period.

05 May 2020

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Homelessness
Submission
Coronavirus

Our submission to the HCLG Committee coronavirus inquiry on homelessness and the PRS

Read our submission to the HCLG Select Committee Inquiry on the impact of coronavirus on homelessness and rough sleeping.

01 May 2020

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Response

First Homes – our consultation response

We have consulted with a wide range of our members and partners to form a sector-side response to this consultation.

01 May 2020

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Briefing
Coronavirus

How housing associations are using voids during the coronavirus crisis

New briefing shares examples of housing associations providing homes for those who need to move urgently.

01 May 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Supply of new homes
Coronavirus
Guidance

Construction and remediation work during coronavirus

The Construction Leadership Council has issued updated guidance on construction site operating procedures during the coronavirus outbreak.

01 May 2020

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Finance
Webinar
Coronavirus
Smaller housing associations

Coronavirus: finance and regulation for smaller housing associations (webinar)

This webinar will focus on the financial and regulatory implications of the coronavirus outbreak, including business planning and end of year accounts, with a particular emphasis on information for smaller housing associations.

01 May 2020

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Coronavirus

Domestic abuse and coronavirus – guidelines for keeping residents safe

The government advice to stay at home presents a whole new set of challenges for residents experiencing domestic abuse.

01 May 2020

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Coronavirus

New guidance clarifies that essential moves can continue

New guidance from MHCLG and PHE clarifies that essential moves can continue.

30 April 2020

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Finance
Treasury

LIBOR-SONIA index - consultation response

We've responded to the Bank of England consultation on its proposals to produce a daily index to support the use of SONIA by simplifying the calcuation of interest rates.

22 April 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Coronavirus

Latest updates on building safety: responding to coronavirus and recent government announcements (webinar)

This webinar explores the latest developments on building safety, in light of coronavirus and recent government announcements. 

16 April 2020

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Video
Webinar

Coronavirus update for supported housing and homelessness members (webinar)

This webinar looks at issues specific to supported housing and homelessness services arising due to the coronavirus pandemic.

09 April 2020

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Video
Webinar
Coronavirus

All member webinar

Update on the Federation's work to shape the political and policy developments on the key issues affecting housing associations during the coronavirus crisis.

09 April 2020

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Supported housing
Briefing
Coronavirus

Supported housing response to coronavirus: briefing and case studies

This briefing is to help supported housing providers who are on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

09 April 2020

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Finance
Accounting

Accounting considerations for housing associations – discussion document

We’ve produced a document outlining accounting considerations for housing associations for 2019/20 year end, focusing on the impact of coronavirus on impairment reviews of social housing, and McCloud and GMP Equalisation pensions accounting.

08 April 2020

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Webinar
Coronavirus
Smaller housing associations

Responding to the coronavirus outbreak for smaller housing associations (webinar)

In this webinar, members of the National Housing Federation policy team shared the latest information for smaller associations followed by a Q&A with attendees.

03 April 2020

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Governance
Regulation
Webinar
Coronavirus

Regulator of Social Housing - Responding to coronavirus (webinar)

View our recent webinar with the Regulator of Social Housing about their response to the current crisis (member only).

02 April 2020

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Finance
Briefing

Spring Budget 2020 – NHF briefing

New briefing summarising the key housing announcements by the government.

26 March 2020

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Finance
Pensions

Pensions tax changes

The Spring Budget included some changes to pensions tax. Our pensions advisers Deloitte outline the detail behind this, the implications for pension scheme members, and what your housing association should consider.

25 March 2020

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Finance
Pensions

Pensions update – Defined Benefit Funding Code Consultation

The Pensions Regulator issued its first consultation on the new Defined Benefit Funding Code on 3 March 2020. Our pensions advisers ISIO explain the detail behind it.

25 March 2020

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Finance
Accounting

Accounting for Voluntary Right to Buy sales

We've produced some guidance on accounting for Voluntary Right to Buy sales, in response to a number of queries we have received. 

19 March 2020

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Webinar
Coronavirus

Responding to coronavirus (webinar)

Our recent webinar talks through how housing associations can deal with coronavirus.

18 March 2020

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Finance
Supply of new homes

Modern Methods of Construction – guidance on lending issue

13 March 2020

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Toolkit

Influencing Academy

10 March 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Briefing on the review of the ban on the use of combustible materials

The government is consulting on proposals to change the requirements of building regulations relating to the use of combustible materials.

26 February 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Governance
Briefing

Building safety for board members - what you need to know

This update for housing association board members gives an overview of the key building safety issues facing the sector.

25 February 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Submission

Our submission to the call for evidence on risk prioritisation in existing buildings

In our sector submission, we set out why we support a risk-based approach to prioritising existing buildings for remediation. 

21 February 2020

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Briefing

First Homes consultation briefing

This briefing summarises the government’s new First Homes policy, and outlines how you can share your views. 

13 February 2020

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Submission

A Home for Everyone – our submission for the Budget 2020

In this Budget, the government has an opportunity to commit to the investment needed to end the housing crisis for good.

12 February 2020

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Quality of homes
Response
Climate change

The Future Homes Standard – our consultation response

The government has started consulting on a new Future Homes Standard. Read our response to the first of two consultations.

11 February 2020

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Finance

Credit adjustment spread methods - consultation response

This consultation from the Bank of England’s Risk-Free Rate Working Group focuses on credit adjustment spread methodologies for fallbacks in cash products referencing GBP LIBOR.

07 February 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Risk prioritisation in existing buildings – a call for evidence

We want to hear your views on the government's call for evidence on risk-based prioritisation of existing buildings. 

06 February 2020

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing

Definition for specified accommodation

Briefing to explain the definition of specified accommodation and new regulations

28 January 2020

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Climate change

Taking stock: Understanding the quality and energy efficiency of housing association homes

27 January 2020

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Finance
Pensions

Pensions accounting guidance

The NHF, in partnership with other sector leaders, have issued guidance to enable housing associations to defined benefit account the Social Housing Pension Scheme and the Scottish Housing Association Pension Scheme for the first time.

27 January 2020

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Supply of new homes

How many homes did housing associations build in 2018/19?

This briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in 2018/19.

24 January 2020

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Governance
Regulation
Webinar

Understanding and meeting regulatory requirements (webinar)

This webinar will support boards in considering and planning how their organisations can stay ahead of changes to the regulatory agenda.
 

23 January 2020

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Brexit

Brexit: latest information (January 2020)

An update on Brexit taking into account the changed political environment.

23 January 2020

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Resource

Housing association factsheet

22 January 2020

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Resource

Invite your MP to visit

Use our templates to contact your local MP(s), whether to welcome them as new politicians following the general election, or build on an existing relationship.

22 January 2020

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Briefing

Conservative Party manifesto

Briefing on the Conservative Party manifesto and what it means for housing associations.

22 January 2020

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing

A Home for Everyone

We've produced a briefing that sets out five housing priorities for the new government.

22 January 2020

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Resource

Response to government consultation on new shared ownership model

We support proposals to improve the experience of shared ownership customers.

19 January 2020

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter two 2019/20?

Survey results show the number of homes built by housing associations in quarter two 2019/20.

15 January 2020

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Briefing

The Lobbying Act

Our briefing provides advice on the restrictions on campaigning and lobbying in relation to national elections.

13 January 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase 1 Report

Our member briefing explains what the findings of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase 1 Report could mean for housing associations.

13 January 2020

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Building a Safer Future – implications for development teams

Our briefing will help housing association development teams to understand the implications of the government’s proposed new building safety regime.

13 January 2020

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Toolkit

Political engagement toolkit

Housing associations are ready to work with the new government to fix the housing crisis for good.

13 January 2020

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Finance
Briefing

Rent Standard 2020

Stay up to date with the changes to the Rent Standard, allowing for rent increases up to CPI+1% each year. 

10 January 2020

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Supply of new homes
Response

Reform of development corporations consultation response

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently consulted on reforms to development corporations.

24 December 2019

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Devolution
Report

Homes for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

New report promotes the role of housing associations in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc in helping the region to develop and grow.

09 December 2019

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Briefing

Swing voters and housing policy

Survey shows housing is a top issue for swing voters, second only to health.

06 December 2019

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats

Read our response to the Government's proposals on sprinklers and other fire safety measures. 

29 November 2019

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Innovation
Webinar

Housing Futures: identifying a problem (webinar)

This is the first in our Housing Futures webinar series, which focuses on the Identify phase of the innovation process. In this webinar you will learn about the importance of collaboration and discover the key behaviours, techniques and tools you need to successfully identify a problem.
 

21 November 2019

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Hackitt Review briefing

The key findings of the review of building regulation and fire safety.

11 November 2019

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Supply of new homes
Briefing
Smaller housing associations

Development guide for smaller housing associations

Specifically tailored for smaller housing associations, this guide to development describes each stage of the process and outlinea useful project management techniques.

06 November 2019

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Toolkit

Housing Counts Online Access

29 October 2019

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Together with tenants
Briefing

Together with Tenants - updates and reflections

29 October 2019

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Health
Response

Green Paper on NHS prevention - response

Read our response to the Government’s proposed approach to putting prevention at the centre of healthcare.

28 October 2019

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Regeneration
Quality of homes
Supply of new homes
Response

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission interim report response

We’ve responded to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s consultation after it sought feedback on its interim report.

23 October 2019

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Diversity and equality
Report

Homes for BME Communities

We've been working with BME National to highlight how the government can work with the housing sector to improve housing for BME communities in England.

16 October 2019

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Homelessness
Submission

Homelessness Reduction Act call for evidence

Our response covers several key recommendations, including that the Government must tackle the root causes of homelessness – lack of supply, welfare, and support.

15 October 2019

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Report

Working together to end homelessness

How local authorities and housing associations can work together to end homelessness.

08 October 2019

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Data

The affordability of private rental properties

Our research shows 9 out of 10 homes for rent are unaffordable for families on housing benefit.

06 October 2019

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter one 2019/20?

Briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in the first quarter of 2019/20.

01 October 2019

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Report

We want the government to fix flaws in the Universal Credit system

We’ve joined the other UK housing federations, Community Housing Cymru, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations to lobby the government for changes to the system.

Read our six asks.

01 October 2019

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Together with tenants

Together with Tenants - get ready for rollout

What are the key questions you should be asking within your organisation ahead of the 2020 rollout? 

24 September 2019

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Resource

Making the most of your Federation membership

Are you making the most of your Federation membership? Find out with our member benefits checklist.

23 September 2019

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Brexit
Briefing

Preparing for Brexit - briefing for members

This briefing sets out the key challenges Brexit may bring for housing associations and how the sector can prepare.

18 September 2019

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Building a safer future consultation response

30 July 2019

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Together with tenants

Together with Tenants revised plan and charter

View the Together with Tenants plan early adopter organisations are testing and evaluating. 

24 July 2019

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Resource

Risk and assurance (webinar)

This webinar explores the role of board members in managing risk and assurance.

23 July 2019

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Regeneration
Quality of homes
Supply of new homes
Submission

Building Better, Building Beautiful consultation submission

11 June 2019

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Building safety and asset management
Submission

Technical review of Approved Document B

Read the NHF submission to the Government’s consultation on fire safety guidance.

04 March 2019

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Finance
Treasury

Mortgagee Protection Clause - amended GLA version

The Greater London Authority has issued a new version of the model mortgagee protection clause, which has been revised following discussions with housing associations and sector specialists.

20 February 2019

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Report

Research on income collection: Housing association changes in response to Universal Credit

Research into any changes our members have made to pre-tenancy and income collection policies and processes in response to Universal Credit. We want to share the learnings from other housing associations regarding approaches they feel work when it comes to the new benefit system.

01 January 2019

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Building safety and asset management
Together with tenants
Response

The Social Housing Green Paper – our response

We’ve published our response, on behalf of the sector, along with a seven-point summary of our key recommendations.
 

06 November 2018

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Governance
Regulation

Document retention and disposal for housing associations

This document explains the requirements to retain and dispose of data for housing associations and provides guidance on appropriate data handling and disposal.

22 October 2018

Housing SORP: 2018 update
Publication

Housing SORP: 2018 update

This revised edition reflects the relevant changes to FRS 102 as well as clarifying some other areas of the previous version...

15 October 2018

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Clarification of Approved Document B consultation

Read our response to the government’s consultation on the clarification of Approved Document B (ADB) of the Building Regulations.

07 October 2018

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Building safety and asset management
Response

MHCLG consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings

We  support the overall proposal to ban the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise buildings. But we recognise that such a ban will not be simple to implement and careful consideration of unintended consequences is required.

13 August 2018

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Finance
Guidance

Anti-money laundering guidance

This guide aims to ensure that members are compliant with the legislation and to protect them from the effects of money laundering.

10 July 2018

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Finance
Assurance
Governance

Consumer credit authorisation - guidance for housing associations

The aim of this guidance is to assist housing associations both in applying legislation to their businesses and in understanding how and when to get authorised for consumer credit/FCA regulated activities, where appropriate.

04 July 2018

Board Appraisal: The importance of honest conversations
Publication

Board Appraisal: The importance of honest conversations

This guide from the National Housing Federation explores why board appraisals are vital in ensuring high quality performance and delivering...

12 June 2018

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Rural housing
Report

Affordable housing saving rural services: rural life monitor 2017

Our report illustrates how building affordable homes in rural areas can help to maintain vital services for local communities.

13 November 2017

Developing Affordable Housing (3rd edition)
Publication

Developing Affordable Housing (3rd edition)

This fully revised 3rd edition providing a detailed overview of the background and operating environment within which housing associations undertake...

08 November 2017

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Finance

Example Standard Mortgagee Protection Clause

A Securitisation Working Group (SWG) made up of various sector stakeholders has formulated an example mortgagee protection clause.

09 April 2017

Countering Fraud
Publication

Countering Fraud

Written by counter-fraud specialists RSM, this book from the National Housing Federation provides practical advice on how to make your...

23 March 2017

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Toolkit
Climate change

Flooding toolkit

Case studies, timelines, template packs and top tips to help manage in the event of a flood.

08 December 2016

Housing Jargon
Publication

Housing Jargon

The 8th edition of Housing Jargon provides simple definitions for abbreviations, acronyms and acts and includes terms from housing finance,...

24 February 2016

Housing Standards Handbook
Publication

Housing Standards Handbook

Handbook from the National Housing Federation reflecting the latest standards and best practice in housing standards.

12 January 2016

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Finance
Governance
Regulation

Mergers, Group Structures and Partnerships: a voluntary code for housing associations

This code gives housing associations a framework for mergers, group structures or other partnerships.

15 December 2015

Understanding Development Appraisal
Publication

Understanding Development Appraisal

This publication from the National Housing Federation will guide development staff through the methods used to assess whether development projects...

08 December 2015

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Governance
Regulation
Toolkit

Model rules

The Model Rules have been revised so they are compliant with recent legislation, good practice, and regulatory requirements.

27 March 2015

Finance Demystified
Publication

Finance Demystified

This publication is not meant to convert board members into financial experts but to assist in understanding the financial position...

15 October 2014

Code of Conduct 2012
Publication

Code of Conduct 2012

This publication from the National Housing Federation sets out a comprehensive framework covering all aspects of an association’s business, comprising...

22 October 2012

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Publication

Depreciation Matrix 2012

15 September 2012

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Resource

Model tenancy agreements

Federation members get exclusive access to our model tenancy agreements. 

08 March 2011

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Publication

National matrix of property components 2011

Housing associations implementing the component accounting rules can use the matrix to split property values into constituent components for that...

02 February 2011