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Jo blogs... 4 December 2014

04 Dec 2014

So, the final Autumn Statement before May's General Election had significant housing news with reform to Stamp Duty. The government suggest these changes will benefit 98% of home buys who pay Stamp Duty and our analysis, which can be found in our on-the-day briefing, demonstrates the Northern impact. Much of the other housing related news was announced in the Infrastructure Plan on Tuesday, and we await details of the forthcoming consultation on changes to valuation approaches to LA stock transfers. The next stages of devolution to the Northern combined authorities appear to have been delayed but may be concluded before Christmas.

As expected there were warnings of future departmental spending cuts to come, but this will not come as a surprise to those of you who heard some of the dire warnings around public expenditure at this year's Northern Housing Summit. We continue to press the case for more nuanced policy making and greater devolution of policy levers, and more details of the work we've been doing can be found in a new newsletter that will be published this coming Monday. This quarterly newsletter will set out the Consortium's public affairs engagement activity over the previous quarter and highlight activity for the coming three months. I hope this will give members more insight into the work we're engaged in and also give greater opportunity for us to coordinate activity by sharing our plans in advance. I would really welcome any feedback you have on the newsletter!

Away from housing related matters in the Autumn Statement, the government has pledged to invest at least £15million into "new and pioneering areas of research into dementia". By 2015 there will be 850,000 people in the UK suffering with dementia according to the Alzheimer's Society, a figure which will reach over one million by 2025. Housing and older people is a key workstream for the NHC and I'm really pleased to let you know of an exciting new project for 2015. January will see the start of our Designed for Life: Living Well with Dementia project with the Design School at the University of Northumbria. You may remember we ran a similar project in 2011 with the Design School focusing on aids and adaptations which was incredibly inspiring and successful. We're really pleased to be working with the students who will be designing a service, product, or a place/location that will improve the quality of life for those with dementia. We have a great Expert Reference Group working with us and some fabulous judges who will help us as we run the competition. I'll give a bit more detail in January's ezine but if you want any further details now, or you want to join us in showing how housing can contribute to support those with dementia, do contact Tracy or Charlotte.

Finally, this is the last ezine before the festive break so I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your ongoing support over the past year. As we know, 2015 will be busy and dominated by the election, and I'm confident the NHC will continue to be the strong voice for Housing in the North.

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