12 September 2023
The National Housing Federation (NHF) is committed to creating a more equal, diverse and inclusive housing association sector. We’ve been working with members, using data to better understand equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) of the housing association workforce in England.
In 2021, we published our report exploring diversity and representation in the workforce, using data collected from housing associations through our EDI data tool.
Two years on, we have repeated this exercise to give an updated picture and recommendations for driving change. The EDI national data report analyses data submitted by 177 organisations, representing 76% of homes owned by housing associations in England.
While gaps remain, we have more complete data on the characteristics of the housing association workforce, executives and boards than before. This updated picture shows where our sector has made small steps in the right direction but also where progress is still too slow.
The NHF and Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) published our action plan to tackle poor quality in housing in response to the Better Social Housing Review, and the EDI data tool was cited throughout as one of the ways to tackle structural inequalities.
This report provides a detailed analysis of where change is happening, where it has been slower, and what’s still required. Together, we can build a truly inclusive and representative sector. By maintaining momentum, sharing best practice, and working collectively, we want to see bolder action and accelerated progress across all areas before the next data collection in 2026.
Based on our findings, our recommendations are that housing associations in England should:
Please note the full report has been updated on 2 October 2023 with changes to data on page 20.
The NHF has also published regional breakdowns of the data for housing associations to review and act on.Look at the regional breakdown