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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

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Webinar
Coronavirus

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

Member only Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring the health and wellbeing of all residents and staff is the top priority for housing associations. This webinar was aimed at smaller

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Response
Toolkit
Coronavirus

Housing associations’ response to the coronavirus crisis

Housing associations are not-for-profit landlords to more than six million people. They are working closely with residents, local government, the NHS and others to respond to the coronavirus

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Governance/board members
Regulation
Webinar
Coronavirus

Regulator of Social Housing - Responding to coronavirus (webinar)

Member only During this webinar, Chief Executive Fiona MacGregor and Deputy Chief Executive of the Regulator of Social Housing Jonathan Walters talk to Catherine Ryder, Director of Policy

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Finance
Briefing

Spring Budget 2020 – NHF briefing

We've produced a briefing that summarises the key housing announcements by the government in the Spring Budget, and our response to each. This briefing was drafted before the coronavirus crisis

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Finance
Pensions

Pensions tax changes

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

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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. With difficult market

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Finance
Accounting

An update on the LIBOR-SONIA transition

LIBOR, the London Interbank Offered Rate, will be phased out at the end of 2010. Andy Gladwin, Director at DTP, provides an update on the latest situation and the transition to SONIA (Sterling

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Briefing
Coronavirus

Our response to coronavirus and current priorities

Briefing: 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. We

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus – temporary guidance on key workers

Coronavirus – temporary guidance on key workers Update from 25 March This is not official guidance, but could be useful for our members to inform their approaches until official confirmation is

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Finance
Accounting

Accounting for Voluntary Right to Buy sales

We held a meeting earlier this year in response to a number of queries we've received around accounting for Voluntary Right to Buy sales. Since the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) agreement

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Webinar
Coronavirus

Responding to coronavirus (webinar)

This webinar recording provided a space for our members to share best practice around preparing for and mitigating the impact of coronavirus on our residents and services. Hear from our speakers:

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Finance
Supply of new homes

Modern Methods of Construction – guidance on lending issue

Many housing associations are now considering using modern methods of construction, but some lenders are unwilling to allow properties built in this way to be secured against their loans.

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Toolkit

Influencing Academy

What is Influencing Academy? Influencing Academy is a three-day residential programme that aims to develop leaders in influencing from every part of the housing association sector. Now in its 4th

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

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

Member only The government is consulting on proposals to change the requirements of building regulations which would, in effect, ban the use of combustible materials: In and on the external walls

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Building safety and asset management
Governance/board members
Briefing

Building safety for board members - what you need to know

Member only 1. New consolidated advice note – how will it impact your organisation? 2. Risk prioritisation in existing buildings – our submission to the government’s call for evidence 3.

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Building safety and asset management
Submission

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

The government's call for evidence on fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings sought views on:  How to assess and prioritise fire safety risks.  How to better understand

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Briefing

First Homes consultation briefing

We want to hear members’ views on the potential impacts of the government’s First Homes policy, which is currently open to consultation. First Homes are new properties to be sold for at least 30%

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Our relationship with Government
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. Housing associations share the government’s ambition for better homes and

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Quality of homes
Response

The Future Homes Standard – our consultation response

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

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Finance

Credit adjustment spread methods - consultation response

The Bank of England’s Risk-Free Rate Working Group has issued a consultation on credit adjustment. We've published a joint response with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Risk prioritisation in existing buildings – a call for evidence

About the call for evidence The government has launched a call for evidence on how to prioritise risks in existing buildings and categorise buildings based on risk, to help ensure buildings are

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Governance/board members

Code of Governance review first stage consultation

We’re reviewing our Code of Governance. The first phase of the three-phase consultation process is now open until 13 March. Housing association staff, board members, residents, stakeholders and

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing

Definition for specified accommodation

Definition for specified accommodation The issue of the definition of “exempt accommodation” has been a key concern for many housing associations with supported housing. Under the previous

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Resource

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

Taking stock: Understanding the quality and energy efficiency of housing association homes This research set out to explore the condition of homes in the sector, both in terms of their physical

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Finance
Pensions

Pensions accounting guidance

The NHF, in partnership with other sector leaders, has issued guidance to enable housing associations to defined benefit account the Social Housing Pension Scheme and the Scottish Housing

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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. Our members completed 45,604 homes which is a 10% increase compared to the previous year. This is a great

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Supply of new homes

Planning reform consultation – NHF response

We’ve responded to questions on extending permitted development rights and amending provisions for the disposal of local authority land, raised in a government consultation on planning reforms.

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Governance/board members
Regulation
Webinar

Understanding and meeting regulatory requirements (webinar)

Member only This webinar recording will support boards in considering and planning how their organisations can stay ahead of changes to the regulatory agenda. This webinar took place on 23

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Brexit

Brexit: latest information

In September we published a briefing for housing associations to help them prepare for Brexit, focusing on the No Deal scenario, based on the Government’s then recently

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Resource

Housing association factsheet

Download and print our factsheet to give to your local MP an overview of what housing associations are, the work they do and the impact they have on people's lives. Download Political

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Resource

Invite your MP to visit

General introduction letter and invitation for MP to visit Letter to an MP who visited you during the election campaign Letter to an unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate who visited you during

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Briefing

Conservative Party manifesto

What was in the Conservative Party manifesto and what does it means for housing associations? The Conservative Party manifesto contains announcements on: Renewing the Affordable Homes Programme.

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Briefing

A Home for Everyone

We've identified five housing priorities for the new government. Together, we can make Britain’s housing market work for everyone.  Build homes for social rent and ownership The new

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Resource

Response to government consultation on new shared ownership model

The Government has been consulting on changes to shared ownership that aim to improve customer experience of the product. Housing associations have a strong track record of supporting people into

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Homelessness

Commitment to Refer - guidance for housing associations

This guidance gives housing associations the tools to implement the Commitment to Refer and help end homelessness. From Monday 1 October 2018, as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, public

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

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

This briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in the second quarter of this year (2019/20), plus numbers delivered in the twelve months to September 2019. The key

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Our relationship with Government
Briefing

The Lobbying Act

Restrictions on campaigning in the pre-election period Member only The Federation has updated its briefing on the restrictions on campaigning and lobbying activity that apply in relation to the

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase 1 Report

Member only We explain what the findings of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase 1 Report could mean for housing associations, and set out some of the recommendations that could apply to or

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Building a Safer Future – implications for development teams

Member only Our briefing will help housing association development teams to understand the implications of the Government’s proposed new building safety regime. Please login to access this member

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Toolkit

Political engagement toolkit

Use these resources to promote #AHomeForEveryone Priorities for the new government Conservative Party manifesto Invite your MP to visit Influencing Academy Your MP needs to understand what you

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Finance
Briefing

Rent Standard 2020

Member only Communicating with your residents This briefing outlines the new Rent Standard, to take effect on 1 April 2020, which allows for rent increases up to CPI+1% each year. Please login to

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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. The consultation asked for suggestions on how to incentivise greater

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Devolution
Report

Homes for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Housing associations creating great places and supporting growth Member only This publication promotes the role of housing associations in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc in helping the region to

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Our relationship with Government
Briefing

Swing voters and housing policy

Member only We commissioned YouGov to run a survey of swing voters to understand their views on housing issues ahead of the general election on 12 December. Please login to access this member

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Building safety and asset management
Response

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

About the proposals Our sector response We’ve responded on behalf of the sector, welcoming the Government’s proposals to reduce the trigger height for sprinkler provision in new high-rise blocks

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Creating our future/innovation
Webinar

Housing Futures: identifying a problem (webinar)

Member only 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

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Land
Supply of new homes
Data
Toolkit

Housing sites mapped: England’s most comprehensive brownfield land map

We’ve updated our award-shortlisted digital resource that plots all brownfield land sites in England. This interactive map is designed to make it easier to locate available brownfield sites

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Building safety and asset management
Briefing

Hackitt Review briefing

Member only Our member briefing on the Interim Report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety provides a summary of the key findings, recommendations, the response

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

Development guide for smaller housing associations

Development guide for smaller housing associations Member only This guide to development is tailored specifically for smaller housing associations, describing each stage of the process and

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Toolkit

Housing Counts Online Access

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Together with tenants
Briefing

Together with Tenants - updates and reflections

1. Progress with early adopters 2. Input from the Tenant Advisory Panel and Member Steering Group 3. Working with Government 4. Other reflections 5. Next steps Our Together with Tenants

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Health
Response

Green Paper on NHS prevention - response

The Federation has responded to the Government’s proposed approach to putting prevention at the centre of healthcare. The Green Paper, titled Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s,

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Great Places/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 recently sought feedback on its interim report. Our response draws on our May submission to

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Diversity and equality
Report

Homes for BME Communities

Working together to create diverse and inclusive place where everyone can thrive Ageing well Ensuring people from BME backgrounds can access and sustain housing Enabling routes into employment

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Regulation
Response

Response to consultation on repealing section 21

The Government has been consulting on proposals to repeal section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act. The proposals aim to end ‘no-fault evictions’, where landlords can use Section 21 to end assured

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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. The Homelessness Reduction Act

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Report

Working together to end homelessness

The Federation and the Local Government Association (LGA) have launched a joint report on how local authorities and housing associations can work together to end homelessness. In November and

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Data

The affordability of private rental properties

We’ve published new research revealing that 9 out of 10 homes for rent are too expensive for families on housing benefit. Analysis of data on private rental listings extracted from Zoopla found

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

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

This briefing details the number of homes housing associations developed in the first quarter of this year (2019/20). The key findings are: Housing associations started to build 51,618 homes in

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Universal credit and welfare reform
Report

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

We want to see a benefits system that works for everyone, that gives people enough money to live on, that supports people into work and that ensures everyone has fair access to affordable

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Together with tenants

Together with Tenants - get ready for rollout

Our leaflet explains why our Together with Tenants work is so important for the sector, and the questions you should be asking within your organisation ahead of the 2020 rollout. Together with

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Resource

Making the most of your Federation membership

As a member of the National Housing Federation, anyone from your organisation can get involved in our work. Find out how with our member benefits checklist. Are you making the most of your

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Supply of new homes
Briefing

8.4 million people in need of a suitable home - briefing and resources

We’ve published new research revealing that 8.4 million people across England are waiting for a suitable home. For the first time, our new research reveals the true extent of the housing crisis

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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. Whatever the outcome of the Brexit process, housing associations are uniquely

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Supply of new homes
Response

Consultation on a New Homes Ombudsman - NHF response

The Government is committed to legislating so that developers of market tenure homes must belong to a New Homes Ombudsman, and has recently consulted on the details of how such an Ombudsman would

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Building a safer future consultation response

The Government has proposed a fundamental reform of the building regulatory system, as outlined in the Building a Safer Future consultation. We have gathered feedback from our members and submitted

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Supply of new homes

Supply Conversation interim report

In January 2019, we began a sector-wide conversation with housing associations to explore how we can build more homes. Our interim report looks at the findings so far. The conversation focused on

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Together with tenants

Together with Tenants revised plan and charter

Following extensive feedback from our two-month consultation, we have published a revised version of the Together with Tenants plan and charter. We published our draft Together with Tenants plan

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Resource

Risk and assurance (webinar)

Member only This webinar explores the role of board members in managing risk and assurance. The uncertain economic and political climate we're currently facing presents a difficult environment

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Great Places/regeneration
Quality of homes
Supply of new homes
Submission

Building Better, Building Beautiful consultation submission

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission recently consulted on a range of questions about beauty and design in the planning process. These include: Whether 'beauty' should be a

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Toolkit

Local Economic Impact Calculator

What is the calculator? Our updated Local Economic Impact Calculator shows housing associations’ contribution to the productivity of local areas. Housing associations are key drivers of economic

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Building safety and asset management
Submission

Technical review of Approved Document B

The Federation has submitted views to the Government’s call to evidence on a review of Approved Document B, which provides guidance on meeting the fire safety requirements of building regulations.

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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. The

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Governance/board members
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. We have revised and updated

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Publication

Housing SORP: 2018 update

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Building safety and asset management
Response

Clarification of Approved Document B consultation

We have responded to the government’s consultation on the clarification of Approved Document B (ADB) of the Building Regulations. As part of its policy response to the fire at Grenfell Tower, the

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Finance
Assurance
Governance/board members

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

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Publication

Board Appraisal: The importance of honest conversations

Developing Affordable Housing (3rd edition) Developing Affordable Housing (3rd edition)
Publication

Developing Affordable Housing (3rd edition)

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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 which should allow housing associations to obtain Market Value

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Publication

Countering Fraud

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Toolkit

Flooding toolkit

Top tips During a flood After a flood This flooding toolkit is designed to help housing associations prepare in case of a flood, or manage in the event of a flood. The expected increase in

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Publication

Board Members' Resource Pack - governance/induction set

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Publication

Board Members' Resource Pack - operational set

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Publication

Board Members' Resource Pack

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Toolkit

Directory of Members (online access)

The Directory of Members is a highly-valued reference tool providing you with unique listings of around 800 member housing associations.

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Toolkit

Directory of Members (access and data export package)

The Directory of Members is a highly-valued reference tool providing you with unique listings of around 800 member housing associations.

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Publication

Housing Jargon

Housing Standards Handbook Housing Standards Handbook
Publication

Housing Standards Handbook

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Finance
Governance/board members
Regulation

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

Produced on our behalf by Savills, this code has been written to provide a framework for organisations’ boards and executives to work to, having decided that a merger, group structure or other

Understanding Development Appraisal Understanding Development Appraisal
Publication

Understanding Development Appraisal

Service Charges (5th Edition) Service Charges (5th Edition)
Publication

Service Charges (5th Edition)

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Governance/board members
Regulation
Toolkit

Model rules

Model Rules 2015 Guide to the Model Rules The Federation, as sponsor for the Model Rules has revised them so they are compliant with recent legislation, good practice, and regulatory

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Governance/board members
Toolkit

Code of Governance 2015

Promoting board excellence for housing associations. This code is based on clear requirements and provisions and allows our members to demonstrate the highest standards of governance through

Understanding Assurance Understanding Assurance
Publication

Understanding Assurance

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Publication

Finance Demystified

Risk Management Risk Management
Publication

Risk Management

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Publication

Code of Conduct 2012

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Publication

Depreciation Matrix 2012

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Publication

Leadership and control

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Resource

Model tenancy agreements

Member only Assured non-shorthold tenancy Assured shorthold fixed-term tenancy Assured shorthold tenancy Model support agreement The Federation has updated its model tenancies to take account of

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Publication

National matrix of property components 2011

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Publication

Contract Management

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Publication

Board Member Pay