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Delivering Estate Maintenance Improvements to Uphold Long-Term Building Safety Standards

In April 2022, the Building Safety Act became law, transforming existing regulations to ensure residential buildings are constructed and maintained safely. In this video Brent O’Halloran, Building Safety Advisor at Clarion Housing shares some of the impacts of the act on the housing sector and the importance of trust between tenants and landlords to deliver effective building safety strategies

The Charter for Social Housing Residents: Social Housing Whitepaper

The Charter for Social Housing Residents outlines better protection for social housing residents. The new charter sets out what every tenant should be able to expect from social housing, making sure they are safe, listened to and live in good quality homes.

Overcoming Challenges to Design Affordable and Sustainable Social Housing

The Government’s Future Homes and Building Regulations Standard requires all houses built from 2025 to produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes delivered under current regulations. We heard from Karen Lythe, Assistant Director of Strategic Housing, and Matthew Clarkson, Design and Construction Services Manager at Doncaster Council about overcoming challenges to deliver the council’s House Build Programme in line with the Future Homes Standard.

Developing a Green Infrastructure Framework to Improve Resident Access to Nature

In November 2020, the Government published the Charter for Social Housing Residents, establishing new standards for social housing providers to deliver safe homes and improve the quality of existing neighbourhoods. In this video, Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscaping and Placemaking at Peabody, shares how regenerating spaces at Thamesmead through the Living in the Landscape scheme is helping improve resident access to green spaces.

Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together

We’re delighted to welcome Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Manager, Standing Together, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Louisa has worked across women’s specialist services and the homelessness sector in England for the past twelve years, in both frontline and strategic roles.

Implementing the Housing First Pilot Scheme Nationwide

In 2019, the UK Government pledged £28 million to launch 3 Housing First Pilots as part of a strategy to end rough sleeping by 2027. Mike Hughes, Project Manager of Greater Manchester Housing First, shared with us how the Housing First Pilot has been able to rehouse over 300 people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Improving Customer Service – Campaigns at Golding Homes

In November 2020, the Charter for Social Housing Residents, a social housing white paper, defined the responsibility of housing associations to provide residents with a high standard of customer service. We heard from Annemarie Roberts, Director of Operations, Golding Homes about their Customer centred Service Campaign What about Shirley.

The Community Trigger: Obstacles to Effective Access and Implementation

Out of 195 councils approached by BBC Panorama, 1 in 5 of them had never held a community trigger. ASB Help provides advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. In this article they discuss obstacles to effective access and implementation of the community trigger.

In Conversation with Ed Tytherleigh: How can we end Homelessness?

In 2018 the Government announced the Rough Sleeping Strategy pledging to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027. The ‘Everyone In’ initiative during the pandemic showed that this was possible. We spoke to Ed Tytherleigh, Director of Support and Housing at Centrepoint about ways central government, local government and charities can work together to end homelessness.

House Building and Supply in the UK

There is currently a housing crisis in the UK, with current estimates putting the number of new homes needed in England at up to 345,000 a year. In this infographic, we explore some of the latest data and key policy initiatives designed to tackle the nation’s need for new housing.

Lewes District Council: Sustainable Community Regeneration after Covid-19

As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery is a priority. Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council speaks to us about their strategy to regenerate the Lewes District using sustainable and people-centred methods.

The South Yorkshire Housing Association: Supporting Residents through Covid-19

This case study will explore the strategy of the South Yorkshire Housing Association in ensuring that residents are supported financially, practically, and socially throughout and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Handling Complaints Promptly and Fairly in Social Housing

There has been a shakeup of the complaints process after the Grenfell Tower fire. In this article we’ll be looking at recent moves to improve the complaints process for social housing tenants.

Brent Council’s Approach to Remaining Human While Collecting Rent During Covid-19

Many people were left struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic. In this case study we’ll look at the work of Brent Council in collecting rent arrears while staying human during the pandemic.

Leeds City Council: Building Council Houses for the Future

Over the past decade, less than half of the required amount of affordable housing has been built, leading to a housing crisis across the UK. In this case study we look at Leeds City Council’s plans to meet the need for affordable housing.

Time for Communities to be Given Real Power

The benefits and drawbacks of the Community Housing Fund in England.

How has Grenfell Changed Building Regulations and Fire Safety in the UK

72 people died as a result of the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017. This article examines what is being done within building and fire regulations, in the wake of the disaster.
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