Budget 2016

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The Northern Housing Consortium have prepared an on-the-day Budget 2016 briefing with rapid analysis of the Budget and what it means for the North.

You can find our on the day briefing here.

Additionally, you can find all documents related to the Budget 2016 here.

Homekind is here

Completing its rebrand for Smarterbuys, the Northern Housing Consortium has today launched Homekind – all the same social ethics as Smarterbuys but a brand new updated image to make it relevant to the needs of today’s social housing tenants.

With a new image and updated social media presence, Homekind is dedicated to providing the same excellent service and discount deals tenants enjoyed through Smarterbuys. Homekind offers social housing tenants essential household items such as white goods, smaller electrical equipment and furniture as well as games consoles, televisions and information on finding affordable credit.

Visit the new Homekind website for more and to find a great deal on all kinds of essentials for your home or those of your tenants.

Follow Homekind on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the latest deals, competitions and giveaways.

Estimated Number of Households for the new Benefit Cap in 2016/17

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill incorporates a number of policy changes designed to improve work incentives. One of the measures included is that from 2016/17, total household benefits payments for working-age claimants will be capped at new levels, so that workless households will no longer be entitled to receive more than £20,000 in benefits (£13,400 for single adults with no dependent children) outside of Greater London.

In February, the Government produced a report which gives an ad hoc analysis of the estimated number of households in scope for the benefit cap in 2016/17 by Local Authority once the new cap levels have been rolled out.

You can read the categories of the estimated average number of households, in the absence of behavioural response to the cap, in detail in a set of tables here.

Health and Housing Briefings – Get Involved

The NHC is about to start work on a series of briefings looking at how housing associations and local authorities are working together with the health and care sectors to provide proactive and reactive support services.

The opportunity exists for housing providers to show they can be key partners of health and care services, and demonstrate housing’s central role in achieving better outcomes for tenants, patients and the wider public.

Whether it’s fast tracking adaptations for those in hospital to get people home quicker or working with community groups and charities to provide services to older people or those in need of care, we’d love to hear from you if you have any innovative ways of working you’d like to share. Please contact Callum Smith, Policy and Public Services Officer at callum.smith@northern-consortium.org.uk

UC Implementation Impact Research Update

Universal Credit poses challenges to both social housing landlords and individual claimants. We announced in a previous news post that NHC will undertake a longitudinal research project to collect intelligence on the on-going issues during roll out of Universal Credit. The research includes a survey to member organisations as well as focus group sessions to collect more quality information and case studies with tenants to focus on the effects the changes will have on the welfare system.

Having consulted with our sounding board members, Phase 1 of the research – the self-completion survey – is ready to start. Members are invited to participate in this research, which will be in four quarterly surveys. You can access the survey here.

The findings of the study will be produced in a number of reports and the NHC will run UC events/workshops and seminars as part of our wide events and training service.

If you would like your organisation to participate in this research please contact Barry Turnbull, Policy Services Officer on 0191 566 1030 or at barry.turnbull@northern-consortium.org.uk

Come and see us at some of the biggest procurement events of the year

Our team of experienced procurement professionals are looking forward to meeting you at some of the biggest procurement exhibitions and conferences this year.

Our schedule is already bursting with dates and we can’t wait to get on the road and come and talk to you about our frameworks and services as well as to share best practice in the sector.

We will be exhibiting at Procurex North on the 8th March in Manchester (stand 64) as well at Procurex South in London on the 20th April (stand 71). We have also reserved our stand for Procurex Wales, taking place in Cardiff on the 6th October. The Procurex-themed events are dedicated to supporting the delivery of public services by providing stakeholders with networking and collaboration opportunities as well as a grand arena for procurement discussions and debate.

We will be hosting the Consortium Procurement Village at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester (28th – 30th June 2016) for a fifth consecutive year. Our stand is large enough to accommodate 24 framework partners, and based on past feedback we have found that it provides an excellent networking, sales and business platform for our stakeholders.

If you are attending any of these events please pop along to our stand to see how we can help you.

For more information please e mail solutions@consortiumprocurement.org.uk