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Jo blogs... 7 August 2014

07 Aug 2014

My recent blogs have focused on how we can grow Northern economies and cities and it is great to see it's a topic that is developing real traction. This week we saw #onenorth launch proposals around better integrated transport infrastructure. The challenge for the NHC and our members is to ensure housing is seen as part of #onenorth solution.

Thankfully, it's a challenge that I think we are more than able to take up! We have been working on the important offer and asks that Northern housing providers and local authorities can make to any incoming government. Many of you will have seen the recent IPPR North report that we co-sponsored with Thirteen Group and Yorkshire Housing. It illustrates the impact and importance of local, flexible powers. For housing in the North, facing many varied issues that go beyond supply, and reflect challenging housing markets this is deeply important, as is the role housing plays in economic growth and building and regenerating vibrant communities.

We have begun engaging with NHC members, stakeholders and government departments on the detail of our "Northern offer" and the Northern Housing Summit (6th/7th November) will explore this in greater detail and gives us an opportunity to share our vision with the new Housing Minister who will be attending.

Before then we want to refine our work with you and develop and challenge our thinking. We will be asking for your views through a series of meetings in September. Do please come along, your views are critical to the success of the offer we make and the local flexibility we gain to ensure the North is able to lead not plead. I look forward to meeting with you in September but do share your thoughts with us via Twitter at @NHConsortium.

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