The government has published a consultation on its social housing rent policy from 2020. The document reflects the government announcement in October 2017 of the intention to permit registered providers to increase their rents by up to CPI+1% each year, for a period of at least 5 years. For the first time, the government intends […]
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Along with the rest of the sector the Northern Housing Consortium had been anticipating the publication of a Social Housing Green Paper for some time. So, when the document was finally released on 14th August, it was important for the NHC to bring members together and take full advantage of the opportunity to give detailed […]
The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) was delighted to join Lord Best and a variety of stakeholders in delivering the recent Rural Housing for an Ageing Population Conference. Alongside ADASS, Housing LIN, and the LGA, the NHC welcomed over one hundred delegates to the Harrogate Convention Centre to explore the opportunities and challenges of providing fit-for-purpose […]
One area of interest contained in the recently published Social Housing Green Paper was the renewed focus on neighbourhood management and addressing anti-social behaviour as a core component of the ‘new deal’ between tenants and landlords. This work has always been vital and respected as such by social housing providers, yet it was notable to […]
The long awaited, much trailed Social Housing Green Paper announced by the former Secretary of State for Housing as a “wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector” and by the current Secretary of State as “a landmark opportunity for major reform” was finally published on 14 August. It was published alongside: A Review […]
Remember that there are increasing opportunities for affordable housing through the remaining unallocated funding within the SOAHP – Shared Ownership Affordable Housing Programme. Partners are therefore encouraged to speak to Homes England Contract and Relationship Managers at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss project requirements and grant needs to be taken through continuous market engagement […]
Over the past year Government policy has understandably turned to focus on the social housing sector and particularly the needs of residents. Against this backdrop, a strong attendance of over 100 tenants and housing staff attended the National Resident Involvement Conference in York to make sense of the recent changes in housing policy as well […]
The Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme is open for bidding – funding is available for a range of tenures. We offer increased flexibility in 18/19 and beyond – using our land, working in collaboration and encouraging new entrants into the programme. Talk to your Homes England Contract Manger or email Victoria.Keen@homesengland.gov.uk for more details. […]
In the year that we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, we often forget that the man credited with its creation, Nye Bevan, was not just the Minister for Health, but also for Housing. His vision for the creation of the NHS was equally matched by a vision of a country living in new […]
Chief Executives from the NHC membership were present at the last meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group Housing in North (APPG HiN) to hear how innovative approaches were being used to support older people to live independent lives. APPG HiN Chair Ian Mearns MP also welcomed Lord Best, who updated attendees on the APPG […]
The Homes England NEYTH team would like to say a huge thank you for all your hard work to achieve such a fantastic result for 17/18. From a position of being significantly under programmed in September 17, working closely with our RP partners, we ended up in a position where we could have exceeded our […]
For over 18 years the Northern Housing Consortium’s Anti-Social Behaviour Study Group has provided an invaluable forum for stakeholders to meet, discuss, and develop the services they provide. Group members, taken from the NHC membership and beyond, have heard from expert speakers outlining the changes and challenges brought about by government policies. These have included […]
Despite the terrible weather conditions that blighted the final week of February, a strong group of intrepid adventurers braved the elements on the 27th to attend the North West Housing Forum’s Debate on Regeneration. The Forum, which is supported by the NHC, brings together the housing officers, Board Members, and Elected Members of the North […]
Melanie Rees, CIH CIH’s Rethinking Social Housing project is now in full swing. Formally launched in January, we wanted to get a national debate going about the role and purpose of social housing – and we’ve been blown away by the response we’ve had! We developed a toolkit to help people to hold their own […]
Now there’s a question to get the brain cells working. For many, to even question the assertion that planned maintenance delivers value for money is heresy. But is it? Given that the vast majority of social housing has been modernised in the last 15 years and most have “reasonably modern” facilities, is continuing with component […]
In its guest blogs, NHC Supporter Ward Hadaway offers the legal perspective and some guidance on some of the social housing sector’s most pressing issues. In this edition: a look at what’s in store for the housing sector in 2018. On entering 2018, we reflect on the main outcomes of 2017 for the housing sector […]
IamYiam is a health platform that creates personalised health and fitness activities and nutrition plans based on science, genetics and history. The company has written the following piece as an introduction to NHC members. If your body is a temple, how can you worship it every day? It’s a good question, and one that probably […]
In November 2017, the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) welcomed more than 100 delegates to our 7th Annual National Tenant Panels Conference Focusing on the voice of our customers — Innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in partnership with Yvonne Davies at Tenant Advisor. The event was chaired by Tom Miskell, Chair of the NHC […]
As 2017 draws to a close, I am sure we can all agree this has been a very turbulent year for the housing sector; a year with many positives including more recognition of the importance of housing, but with the awful tragedy of Grenfell never far from our thoughts. We saw the Government focus on […]
We welcomed close to 70 delegates to Leeds for Tackling and Preventing Homelessness: The Role of the Housing Sector, delivered in partnership with Locata. With a mix of local authorities and housing providers in attendance and a great range of speakers, this event proved to be informative and insightful with lots […]
On 1st October 2017, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced proposals to address the imbalance of power in the private rented market by regulating letting and managing agents. A call for evidence sought views on a new regulatory model and how best to protect and empower tenants and leaseholders. The Northern […]
The Homelessness Reduction Act recently became law and is due to be enacted in April 2018. The Draft Homelessness Code of Guidance provides direction on how local authorities should meet the requirements of homelessness legislation and has been updated to include information on the Homelessness Reduction Act. The revised draft guidance is now open for consultation until […]
DCLG publishes consultation on draft homelessness code of guidance The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a draft statutory code of guidance which will accompany the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), due to come into force in April 2018. The DCLG has now published a revised draft the Homelessness Code of Guidance (“Code”) […]
As housing associations battle reduced government subsidies and increased regulatory requirements, they face an uphill struggle to increase productivity without a significant outlay. One way in which organisations are looking to increase output and reduce expenditure is through digital transformation. By updating processes related to IT and procurement, housing associations and housing groups in […]
More services like Universal Credit are being transferred online – but at what cost to providers and end users? Mark McCusker, CEO of assistive technology specialists Texthelp highlights the importance of digital inclusion for housing associations and their residents. To describe the ongoing rollout of Universal Credit as an interesting challenge for UK housing associations […]
In its guest blogs, NHC Supporter Ward Hadaway offers the legal perspective and some guidance on some of the social housing sector’s most pressing issues. In this edition: disrepair. Asset management is a fundamental issue for Registered Providers – the quality and quantity of their housing stock have a direct impact upon their finances and […]
Building on the leadership and management training opportunities running over the next few months, the NHC has partnered with Abode – the home of education and training for the housing and community sectors, to offer three new courses designed specifically for those on the frontline of housing management. Here, Abode training consultants Gill Bramfitt and […]
“What if we train them and they leave?” “What if we don’t and they stay?” I love this quote as it says a lot about the way we approach training and development in our teams. I often hear of businesses reducing the amount of training they provide when the pressure is on. Whether it is […]
In its guest blogs, NHC Supporter Ward Hadaway offers the legal perspective and some guidance on some of the social housing sector’s most pressing issues. In this edition: social housing risk profiling. What are the main financial risks facing social housing providers? This is one of the things which the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) […]
In its guest blogs, NHC Supporter Ward Hadaway offers the legal perspective and some guidance on some of the social housing sector’s most pressing issues. In this edition: the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Building Safety programme. The Grenfell Tower tragedy has focused attention on the quality and safety of high-rise buildings across […]
Change in the social and affordable housing sector is constant. The last two years have put paid to any notion otherwise. From the rent cut to the Housing and Planning Act 2016, from the reclassification decision by the Office of National Statistics to the deregulation of housing associations, and from two general elections with the […]
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change the way tenant data is dealt with. From 25th May 2018, all organisations will need to ensure they comply with the new data protection legislation. At this stage the social housing sector needs to be aware of the changes and should start reviewing documentation, and whether processes […]
Customer profiling has climbed housing providers’ list of priorities again recently after an apparent lull. More than ever, finances are tight in our sector and providers must be sure that resources are targeted where they will make the greatest impact. Painting a detailed picture of customers can help do that. From a purely commercial perspective, […]
The challenge of providing housing for our ageing population is often talked about in our sector and we’re all too aware of the competing factors at play when trying to meet this need. When it comes to a deprived area in the middle of much-needed but not yet completed regeneration, the need for an innovative approach […]
In February’s Housing White Paper the Government moved away from its broad focus on encouraging home ownership, something that was front and centre of the David Cameron administration, in favour of helping to fix the housing market so that more people across the country can have the security of a decent place to live. We […]
We live in a rapidly ageing society. A girl born today has a 50% chance of reaching 100. By 2024, one in four of us will be over 60 and 2m people will be over 85. Although many will start our ‘old age’ healthy and active, we will inevitably become frailer as the growth in […]
More than 40 housing estates across the North are set to benefit from a significant investment from the £32 million pound Estate Regeneration Fund to help kick-start their regeneration. The funding awards for northern registered providers, which account for 42% of all the bids, represent a significant investment in regeneration in the North of England […]
As 2016 draws to a close there will be many things we will reflect upon – significant political developments both nationally and internationally, a recognition that housing should be seen as part of the nation’s infrastructure needs, the planned creation of a separate regulator for the social housing sector, changes to the Housing & Planning […]
Since the Housing and Planning Bill came into being the NHC has sought to work constructively with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to ensure it fully understood the issues that could arise from the “pay to stay” policy. The civil servants we engaged with were always keen to hear the views of NHC members and […]
The Northern Housing Consortium has today released its ‘Impact of Universal Credit, Round 2’ report. The second in a series of four (read here), this report builds on the results of the first report published in July (read here). The research investigates how the implementation and continuing rollout of Universal Credit is affecting housing organisations […]
Last month the NHC facilitated a roundtable in Leeds for NHC members and the Department for Work and Pensions representatives from the Universal Credit Programme Team. Among the DWP delegates were Andrew Clarke, Delivery Partners & External Engagement, Universal Credit Programme and Elaine Baker, Universal Credit Programme (Strategy). The session provided members the opportunity to […]
In mid-September Office of National Statistics (ONS) published estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK. It shows that nationally, between February to April 2016 and May to July 2016, the number of people in work increased. The number of unemployed people and the number of people not working and […]
Northern Housing Consortium member Berneslai Homes is looking to appoint new board members. The positions available are: Chair Audit Chair Independent Board Member To apply for any of these positions, please visit the Berneslai Homes vacancies pages where you can also find out more about apprenticeships. Berneslai Homes was recently shortlisted for the Best Apprenticeship Scheme award […]
The Government has announced an exemption from the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap for those tenants living in hostels and supported housing but is proceeding with the 1% rent cut. In a written statement to Parliament, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green, said that he would defer the imposition of the LHA cap on […]
In mid-July, the Government published affordability ratios by every local authority in the country up to 2015. The affordability ratios are calculated using ONS House Prices Statistics (based on Land Registry data) and earnings from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. The earnings relate to the respondents’ place of work rather than place of […]
In something of a baptism of fire, with some members of the CLG team having only been in place for 24 hours, the new ministerial team made their debut at CLG Questions on Monday 18th July. The NHC have prepared a summary of the session below and the full Hansard entry for the session can […]
There have been many articles in the housing press post-Brexit about how the decision to leave the European Union has or will impact on the housing market. By analysing the latest Department of Communities and Local Government house-building data, we try to show if builders’ confidence was affected by the prospect of Brexit. This article […]
The first round of surveys for the NHC’s Universal Credit research is now complete and data analysis and report writing is underway. The project is designed to collate intelligence around the on-going issues for participating organisations and their tenants/residents during roll out of Universal Credit. The next project milestones will be: Publication of Report 1 […]
The NHC as a membership body, facilitates three regional Policy Networks across the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humberside. The North East Policy Network has been up and running for many years, and recently has grown and attracted interest from even more members across the north east. The Yorkshire & Humber and North West Policy Networks are […]
This is the first in a series of briefings, produced by the Northern Housing Consortium, covering off-site manufacturing and modular housing and the role it might play in addressing the shortage of new homes in the UK. The briefings will cover the many aspects of off-site construction including the financial case, accreditation, sustainability and energy […]
As part of the NHC’s work highlighting the best practice of our members, we are delighted to host a guest blog from Jon Jackson from the Digital Projects Team at Adactus Housing Group about innovative ways to ‘game’ resident involvement. The Digital Projects Team was established at Adactus Housing Group in 2015 to deliver work […]
The Northern Housing Summit is just around the corner and I look forward to welcoming you to Manchester as we meet to debate “Delivering the Northern Powerhouse: the role of housing”. This year we have two themes running through the Summit – unlocking investment and delivery in the north and delivering public sector reform. Both […]
Adactus Housing Group has unveiled a plaque on a bungalow to mark completion of the 500th new home built by the Group in Chorley since 2007. Adactus Chief Executive Paul Lees unveiled the plaque on Thirlmere Road, Chorley on Tuesday 19th January 2016. The 500 homes, built by Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and Adactus Housing […]
Across the North, NHC members are breaking new ground, delivering innovation and excellence, and transforming communities. Central to our role as a membership body is our ability to share your stories and connect members around themes, projects and ideas. It is this connectivity that is the lifeblood of the NHC’s role as “the voice of […]
Across the North of England the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 has been characterised by Storm Desmond, Storm Eva and unnamed but continuous rainfall this week across the North East. For me, the rain and storms have caused minor inconvenience but for some communities it has resulted in devastating losses – homes in […]
A young entrepreneur from Tynedale in Northumberland has taken her first steps into running her own cleaning business thanks to a loan funded by her landlord. Charlotte Dunn, 27, already had some experience in the cleaning industry but wanted to be her own boss. She needed a small amount of capital upfront to afford a […]
Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) has worked collaboratively with a local church and community to transform a disused and unsightly area of grassland into a new housing development. KHT, part of the First Ark Group, has developed 14 new properties available at affordable rent on St George’s Road, Huyton on waste land adjacent to St George’s […]
We are delighted to announce that we have now successfully completed the standstill period for our new TECS – Product framework. We will be soon starting the contract /membership process with the approved supply partners for this framework. The framework is due to be launched on the 16th November.
Following the submission deadline for the PQQ stage of the framework development all successful applicants have been invited to the next stage – Invitation to Tender (ITT). The ITT is due to be evaluated early September 2015.
It’s clear from yesterday’s Queen Speech that much of the Conservative Party manifesto was well-represented. Big ticket policies such as the extension of right to buy to housing associations, reducing the welfare cap, removing housing benefit eligibility from 18 to 21 year old job seekers and doubling the entitlement to free childcare were all there.
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) has been named as a leader in people management practice globally, having been shortlisted in two categories for Gold Employer of the Year and Excellence in Reward and Recognition in the second annual Investors in People Awards.
WCHG, working in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation, Better Things and Zurich Community Trust are supporting a new feature film to highlight the untapped talent of people with learning disabilities.
As part of the national ‘Open Doors’ weekend (6-7th March 2015) that sees construction groups opening their doors to interesting sites, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and their contractor, Galliford Try, welcomed Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane and local students to Village 135.
Staff at North Star Housing Group are celebrating after being named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For, having been awarded 14th place at a glittering awards ceremony in London this week. As well as the top 20 accolade, North Star was also awarded Best Companies 3 Star Accreditation […]
A derelict Cheshire paper factory has been transformed into a stylish new housing development. The first families have begun moving into West Avenue in Crewe where the Regenda Group housing association has turned an eyesore brownfield site into eye-catching houses and flats. The properties are being offered at affordable rents, allowing local families to move […]
A dozen elderly residents from South Tyneside are glad to be settling into high specification, highly insulated new bungalows at the coldest time of the year. The £1.3m Isos development on Derwent Avenue in Hebburn has only recently been completed, with residents able to move into their new homes last month. Located on the site […]
The NHC believes that locally driven regeneration and a strengthened housing supply are critical to achieving the growth needed across the North to develop and rebalance our economy. Current policy does not recognise or achieve this.
Newly refurbished sheltered accommodation offering an independent lifestyle has been officially opened in Leeds. Ingram Court in Holbeck has benefited from a substantial make-over by sc4L as part of the council’s housing regeneration project. Built in 1976, the building has now undergone a major transformation to provide 23 modern apartments for over sixties. Tenants are […]
Tenants have been officially handed the keys to their newly built council homes which are just some of the 1,000 properties being delivered as part of an ambitious drive to provide new council homes in the city.
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) was delighted to welcome Councillor Susan Cooley, Lord Mayor of Manchester, to officially launch Village 135, a new £20m Extra Care Scheme for Wythenshawe and South Manchester on Friday, 8th August 2014.