Live Q&A: Housing hustings

Thanks for joining us for the first ever NHC live housing hustings, which will take place here from 12pm on 29th April 2015. Taking part in the discussion are:

Callum Smith, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Northern Housing Consortium – @callumnhc

Charlotte Harrison, Executive Director (Policy and Public Affairs), Northern Housing Consortium – @charlotteh_nhc

Daniel Hawthorne, Liberal Democrat candidate for Stockport at the general election. He is a councillor for Manor ward on Stockport Council and currently works as a housing officer having previously worked in the retail and social housing sectors.


Darren Price, Labour Party candidate for Congleton at the general election. He holds a PhD in planning and has considerable experience in the housing sector. He is also a district councillor in the Staffordshire Moorlands.


Jonathan Tyler, Green Party candidate for York Central at the general election. A railwayman specialising in strategic timetable planning by background, he also chaired the York Environment Forum for six years.


Rebecca Coulson, Conservative Party candidate for the City of Durham at the general election. She lives and works in Durham as a self-employed classical musician and also works for St Chad’s College in Durham.


Steve Turner, UKIP candidate for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland at the General Election. Since leaving school at 16, he has built a successful career in retail and jointly owns a small local business.

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Writing a blog this week couldn’t be about anything other than the Tory manifesto proposals on right to buy.

As ever before an election, manifestos are designed to be slogan based policies to catch headlines and provoke a response. The Tories certainly did that, but I would argue that the important issue is to show what can be done to meet the need to build the right homes in the right places and to provide evidence on what can, or in this case will not work. Read more

Legionella framework in development

In response to member demand, we are currently working on the specification for a Water Treatment Services (Legionella) framework. The framework will be live and available for NHC members to use from August 2015.

The framework structure will be as follows:

  • Lot 1 – Consultancy
  • Lot 2 – Consultancy to include cooling towers, evaporators, swimming pools, hydro spas
  • Lot 3 – Maintenance
  • Lot 4 – Maintenance to include cooling towers, evaporators, swimming pools, hydro spas

We are keen to ensure that we get SMEs to bid for the framework opportunity, and would ask you to advise your existing providers to look out on e-procurement portals in the coming weeks so that they can apply to join the OJEU compliant procurement process. If you would like to contribute towards the specification design, get involved in the evaluation, or ask any questions about the framework generally, please speak to your Account Executive or email