recent quotes

"We [...] cannot accept Amendment 104E, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake. It would require registered providers to increase rents by CPI plus 1% each year. [...] The Government will determine rent policy after 2020 at a future fiscal event. When taking future rent policy decisions, the Secretary of State will have to consider a range of issues, and it would not be right to prejudge now what those issues might be."

Baroness Williams of Trafford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, House of Lords debate on the Housing and Planning Bill, 12th January 2016

My view is that we need to work with this to produce as many new affordable homes of all tenures - including at least replacing the sub-market rented homes that will inevitably get sold out of the sector over the next few years. [...] We need to play our part for the communities that we have traditionally served. A failure to meet this challenge will likely to lead to a declining sector and individual organisations.

Robert Kerse, Article in Social Housing, 4th December 2015

"In this Spending Review, we choose to build. Above all, we choose to build the homes that people can buy. For there is a growing crisis of home ownership in our country. 15 years ago, around 60% of people under 35 owned their own home, next year its set to be just half of that.

George Osborne Spending Review announcement
, 25th November 2015


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Government unveils new approach to regeneration

Replacing blocks with traditional streets

140 million of new funding was recently announced by the government for the regeneration of social housing estates. Behind the rhetoric about sink estates was a new approach that would involve replacing blocks and towers with a street-based pattern of mid-height buildings. A paper by Savills, published alongside the announcement, claims that this will enable a higher density to be achieved than traditional regeneration, while creating more space for commercial premises and producing an environment that is more attractive. For more information, see the latest edition of the HRS Review.

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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