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"I would urge them to go further, be more creative and innovative, and think how we can make every pound go further to deliver even more affordable homes. As Housing Minister I want to hear how housing associations are already doing this throughout the country, and how others can learn from them."

Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning Interview for Inside Housing, 30th July 2014



At the time of the research, four out of five claimants affected by the RSRS were reported by landlords to be paying some or all of their shortfall, although half of these had failed to pay in full. There was widespread concern about the impact of potential future evictions on local services, and on landlord finances as well as on the lives of vulnerable people.

Ipsos Mori / CCHPR Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim report for the DWP, 15th July 2014



"There are striking similarities in the causes of the problems experienced by both [Cosmpolitan and Ujima]: weak governance and management, and an over-ambitious development programme which over-stretched their finances. The difference is that, through the hard work and effort of those involved in the rescue, Cosmopolitan Housing Association did not become insolvent and the Regulator?s statutory powers were not enforced. "

Fiona Underwood, Susan Kane and Michael Appleby Altair report - Cosmopolitan Housing Group: Lessons Learned, 17th June 2014


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


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Maximise capacity but prepare for the worst


In our editorial for September's HRS Review, we argue that associations should be in a position to increase their output, either through the delivery of new homes or by increasing social programmes, following a long period of low interest rates and relatively high rent rises. However they also need to stress their plans for difficult scenarios so that they are aware in what circumstances their business plans would be broken and what contingency plans need to be put in place to detect and respond to such eventualities. For more information, see the latest HRS Review.


HRS Review 58 - Leadership, Governance and Strategy


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 was sent to members on 28th August. 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.


2014 Members Conference

Our ninth Members' Conference took place on 27th February at the Institute of Directors in London. In the members' area, you can find the slides and summaries of the presentations from the Conference.




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