recent quotes

"Everyone should be able to live in a secure home, whether they rent or buy. We will make sure that at least 200,000 homes a year get built by 2020 – almost double the current level – by implementing the recommendations of the Lyons Review. It is only by building more homes that people’s aspiration for home ownership will be fulfilled. "

Labour Party Manifesto , 13th April 2015

We can’t afford inefficiency in social housing. The capital investment we put in and the rent people pay needs to be used as effectively as possible to ensure that the sector can build as many homes as possible.

Brandon Lewis, housing minister Speech at the Policy Exchange, 23rd March 2015

"We want to help people who work hard and want to get on in life but have been priced out of the housing market. A 20% discount off the price could be a real game-changer for many aspiring home-owners. My message is clear: we are on your side and we will help you fulfil your dream of buying your first home. "

David Cameron Launch of Starter Home scheme, offering 20 per cent discounts to first-time buyers, 28th February 2015


Welcome to the website of Hargreaves Risk and Strategy.

We are a specialist consultancy and research organisation, working with housing associations, funders and regulators on risk management, strategic planning and control.

latest news...

General election result too close to call

How will the result affect housing associations?

The two main parties are neck and neck in the opinion polls and a hung parliament is a likely outcome. If the Conservatives remain in power, the financial markets could be affected by the potential for a withdrawal from the EU, while policies on welfare and Right to Buy could also have an adverse effect on the sector. If Labour come into government the markets could also take fright at the prospect of an increase in government borrowing, although the abolition of the bedroom tax would be welcomed. For further information, see the latest HRS Review.

HRS Review 66 - Housing and HR

Our publications covering the changes in the sector risk environment, with advice as to how to respond to them, are published monthly. The latest edition will be sent to members in late April. If you require any additional copies of any of the HRS Reviews, please contact us on 0208 245 0737 or you can download a PDF from the members' area.

2015 Members Conference

Our tenth Members' Conference took place on 5th March at the Institute of Directors in London. Slides and summaries of the presentations from the Conference are available in the members' area.

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