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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



"Each year we build 100,000 fewer homes than we need, adding to a shortage that has been growing for decades.What’s more our current house building system seems incapable of delivering growth on the scale required. Growing demand means that without a step change in supply we will be locked into a spiral of increasing house prices and rents – making the current housing crisis worse."

Marianne Fallon of KPMG and Campbell Robb of Shelter Building the Homes we need - a Programme for the 2015 Government, 1st May 2014


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New Economics Foundation proposes a flexible approach to rents


New approach aims to boost both affordable housing and the private rented sector

The New Economics Foundation has recently proposed a flexible tenure model, in which units could transfer between affordable and market rents according to the state of the market, while providing investors with a guaranteed return. When the market was high, more units would move into affordable housing for which there would be greater demand. When the market was low, there would be a reduced need for affordable housing, but more units would transfer to the market rent, in order to provide the fixed return. For more information, see the latest HRS Review.


HRS Review 57 - 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 was sent to members on 1st 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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