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

Improving Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies with Staff Training and Community Safety Notices

The police recorded 1.3 million incidents of anti-social behaviour in the year ending March 2022. In this video, Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour at Stockport Homes shares how training staff and using community safety notices has helped reduce costs and improved the handling of anti-social behaviour cases in their housing association.

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

Tailoring Engagement Strategies to Involve a Range of Tenants

In 2020, the Government launched the Charter for Social Housing Residents White Paper. This sets out new expectations for housing associations and local authorities to improve tenant engagement and accountability in the social housing system. In this video, Emma Warwick, Head of Service Neighbourhoods & Housing and Steve Shirra, Business Insight & Quality at Hull City Council share how their council has used the pyramid of engagement model to improve tenant engagement in their social housing stock.

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.

Generating Community Support for Sustainable Housing Projects

The UK Government has set the target of achieving net zero by 2050 and the social housing sector will play a key role in meeting this goal. We heard from James Caspell, Neighbourhood Director (Lancaster West and Grenfell Housing Services), at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, about improving engagement with the local community to gain their support for sustainable housing projects.

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.

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.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Local Approaches to Addressing Financial Inclusion

Leeds City Council has been working to promote financial inclusion in the city, addressing poverty and poor life outcomes. We heard from Jo Rowlands, Financial Inclusion Manager at Leeds City Council. They discussed the importance of a strategic, holistic approach to confronting financial exclusion.

Universal Credit: Making Universal Credit Work for People Facing Homelessness

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has called for better partnership working between housing and employment services. We heard from Saskia Neibig, Policy and Public Affairs Officer at Crisis about the benefits of training Jobcentre staff on housing issues, as well as the successes of pilot partnerships between Jobcentres and Crisis.

Gender-Based Violence: Support for Survivors through Housing and Legal Advice

According to Women’s Aid women experience 35 incidents of domestic violence on average before reporting it to the Police. Ivié Itoje, a Legal Advisor at London’s Black Women’s Project shared the valuable work of the project in helping women out of dangerous circumstances.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety: A Government Update on the Progress of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

The Grenfell disaster of 2017 has meant that the Government must transform fire safety regime. Neil O’Connor of the Ministry for Housing discusses their response to the 2018 Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Resident Wellbeing and Building Safety Strategies

The Grenfell Tower disaster of 2017 exposed the problem of dangerous building cladding. Rebecca Fairclough from Manchester Cladiators shares stories from those who are living with dangerous cladding.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Fire Safety Reform, Updates from the Home Office

The Home Office oversees Fire and Rescue Services in England. Zoe Wilkinson, Deputy Director of the Fire Safety Unit at the Home Office shares the latest updates UK Fire Safety reforms.

The Changing Landscape Fire Safety and Rescue Services: How the Building Safety Regulator Will Work With Co-Regulators

Annette Hall, Head of Operational Development Building Safety Programme at the Health and Safety Executive, spoke at The Changing Landscape of UK Fire Safety and Rescue Services, 2021.