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Key topic areas covered include: Planning & Building Regulations, Private Housing, and Social Housing.

Taking steps towards Ending Veteran Rough Sleeping

Between 3-6% of homeless people in the UK come from an armed forces background. Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations-Care and Support Functions at Riverside homes, he shares with us some of the steps needed to end veteran rough sleeping.

Fire Safety Law – A 2022 Update

In April 2021, the Fire Safety Act became law and transformed the regulatory environment of the build environment and fire safety sectors. Dr Nick Williams, Course Leader on the Building Control Surveyor Apprentice Degree and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton shares the recent updates to fire safety law in the UK and what these updates mean for building management.

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

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.

Online Training for New Anti-Social Behaviour Practitioners

The Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Department at Stockport Home Group have developed a new virtual programme to train new anti-social behaviour practitioners. We heard from Liz Smith, Head of ASB as she discussed the benefits of digital onboarding programmes.

Discussing Workforce Challenges in the Housing Sector

The housing sector has been struggling with recruiting new talent and retaining its workforce. Lee Buss-Blair Director of Operations at the housing provider Riverside, shared how his organisation are tackling workforce issues.

The Role of Local Government in Housing Retrofit Programmes

To meet net-zero targets we need to retrofit almost all of the 29 million homes in the UK by 2050 to increase their energy efficiency. Local councils need effective retrofit strategies to help meet these targets. Joanne Wheeler, Senior Manager of Local Policy and Retrofit at UK Green Building Council had some useful insight into what makes a good strategy and how Local Government can play a role in retrofit.

The Importance of Ownership: Giving Communities the Power to Regenerate

Locality’s most recent report assesses whether community ownership could boost the post-Covid-19 recovery. With the economy beginning to recover, could community asset transfers be the key to creating a long-lasting and sustainable path to stronger local economies?

Tackling Multiple Disadvantage with a Multi-Agency Approach

This article will look at how best to frame multiple disadvantage, why the current system is failing, and examine some practical steps that can be taken to improve the services provided.

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.

How National Planning Processes are Changing

Last year, planning received more mainstream media attention than it had done for some time. This is largely due to the government whitepaper ‘Planning for the Future’. In this article we look at the recent growth in the planning sector and how planning processes are being reformed nationwide.

Planning the World we Need: Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

This case study explores the ways that local authorities can enable biodiversity net gain in the planning system, and ways that central government can support them.

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.