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"This is not a question of waiting for the tests. Do not wait until you have a sample in and you know what the result of the test is. So far, 100% of the samples that have come in have proved to be combustible, so work on the assumption that you should be doing the fire safety checks now. "

Theresa May, Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, 28th June 2017



"We will fix the broken housing market and support local authorities and housing associations to build a new generation of council homes right across the country. They will offer to support the most ambitious councils and housing associations build thousands of new homes, in exchange for them building a new generation of fixed term, high quality council homes linked to a new right to buy for social tenants.

Conservative Party announcement, 15th May 2017



"The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate is an inappropriate starting point for a new funding mechanism for supported housing. The LHA rate is a measure for general needs housing in the private rented sector and bears no necessary relationship to the cost of providing supported housing.

DWP and DCLG Select Committees, Report on the future of supported housing, 1st May 2017


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Grenfell Tower tragedy: we must learn the lessons


The terrible fire that broke out on 14th June at the Grenfell Tower in Kensington is believed to have claimed the lives of at least eighty people. It revealed huge shortcomings both in the suitability of materials used for insulation and cladding on tower blocks and on the ability of local and national government to respond effectively to such an event. The immediate consequences for housing associations have focussed on those with high-rise blocks, but it can be expected that fire safety regulation will be tightened significantly in response to the disaster. While this may generate additional costs for social landlords, it is to be hoped that the measures taken will significantly reduce the incidence of serious fires in residential blocks, of which there have been several over recent years.

The fire took place only a few days after the General Election, which resulted in a hung parliament, with the Conservatives eventually able to form a government with support from the DUP. While it will be less easy for the new government to take decisive action, there is a consensus that more resources need to be directed at housing, including an increase in overall supply and a better deal for social housing tenants.<.P>

For more information, see the latest edition of the HRS Review.


2017 Members Conference

Our twelfth Members' Conference took place on 2nd March 2017 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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