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

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.

The Role of Housing Associations in Combatting Domestic Abuse

Housing providers have a duty to safeguard at risk adults in their homes. The pandemic challenged how they safeguard people at risk of domestic abuse and trained staff to spot the signs. This case study looks at how Sovereign Housing Association adapted safeguarding services for residents throughout the pandemic.

Making Universal Credit Work for People Facing Homelessness

Homelessness charity Crisis has called for better partnership working between Jobcentres and Housing Services. This case study looks at the work Crisis have done to train Jobcentre staff to be better equipped to help those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Providing Safe Homes for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on domestic abuse services with 1 in 6 homeless cases registered between April and June 2021 being survivors of domestic abuse. Housing service providers need to find ways to improve services for survivors and to collaborate with partner organisations to provide the best possible support for survivors.

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.

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 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?

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.

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.

Risk Management: Overcoming Challenges and Avoiding Mistakes

In this case study we’ll look at common pitfalls in risk management and how best to mitigate them.

How Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations are Impacting Social Housing Providers

Companies are judged on how well they mitigate risks to people and the planet, with their business areas scrutinised in the three areas of environmental impact, social impact, and governance risks. In this case study we’ll be looking at how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns affect social housing decisions.

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.

Ensuring Access to Green Space, Making Space for Nature in Thamesmead

Peabody is one of the oldest housing associations in London and is responsible for just under 72,000 homes around the City and the South East. This case study will look at Peabody’s green infrastructure project in Thamesmead.

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.

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.

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.