Housing Quality Network member briefings from 2017

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xlsx Current The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 gained Royal Assent on 27 April, in the final hours before Parliament was dissolved. The Act places new responsibilities on local authorities in England (LAs) to provide advice and assistance to prevent homelessness, regardless of priority need, at an earlier stage. File size: 3MB Published Date: 08/02/2018
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pdf Current Network briefing – Boosting affordable housing supply - the challenges ahead - Tim Brown.pdf File size: 365KB Published Date: 16/08/2017 Download
pdf Current File size: 1MB Published Date: 10/08/2017
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pdf Current Network briefing – Housing supply in England File size: 531KB Published Date: 20/07/2017 Download
pdf Current Grenfell Tower Inquiry Scope File size: 119KB Published Date: 17/07/2017 Download
pdf Current Network briefing – Time for a re-think on consumer regulation File size: 616KB Published Date: 13/07/2017 Download
pdf Current File size: 841KB Published Date: 06/07/2017
pdf Current HQN Blog - Time for consumer regulation to be re-booted File size: 303KB Published Date: 30/06/2017 Download
pdf Current HQN Blog - What can revive local authority housebuilding? File size: 302KB Published Date: 30/06/2017 Download
pdf Current Shorn of its most controversial elements, the government’s programme for the next two years focuses mainly on Brexit, with a smattering of measures on other topics. Some do not require primary legislation. File size: 243KB Published Date: 22/06/2017
pdf Current Part 1 of this briefing discussed the resurgence in the use of coaching and mentoring and referred to the benefits for both the individual and the organisation. An important aspect of part 1 considered the differences between coaching and mentoring and largely focused on coaching and choosing a coach. File size: 674KB Published Date: 14/06/2017
pdf Current This briefing outlines the benefits of coaching and mentoring. It explains the differences between the two and sets out a number of checklists to assist housing organisations in planning coaching and mentoring interventions. File size: 814KB Published Date: 08/06/2017
pdf Current Cases of housing disrepair brought by tenants against social landlords are on the increase. Claims companies are routinely targeting tenants with the aim of cashing in on vulnerabilities with social landlords’ practices. File size: 325KB Published Date: 01/06/2017
pdf Current The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 gained Royal Assent on 27 April, in the final days before Parliament was dissolved. The Act places new responsibilities on local authorities to provide advice and assistance to prevent homelessness, regardless of priority need, at an earlier stage. File size: 334KB Published Date: 25/05/2017
pdf Current The purpose of this briefing is to remind HQN’s members of the value of carrying out Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) as risk assessment tools. EqIAs help examine whether different groups of people are, or could be, disadvantaged by particular decisions. The briefing is for board members and senior managers who may commission EqIAs and for staff members who may be asked to carry out EqIAs. File size: 375KB Published Date: 18/05/2017
pdf Current Arc4 – the housing and data consultancy – are increasingly being asked by public and private developers and strategists to make sense of the second largest housing tenure in the UK. Whether it is for development projects, SHMAs, selective licensing or ethical lettings agencies, understanding the diverse private rented sector is a key requirement. In an evolving market, it’s crucial to use timely information, which is why Arc4 backs up their market analyses with CAMEO income data and the largest UK transactions database of over 1.5 million advertised rental offers compiled by Zoopla. That is the source of the English regional, Scottish and Welsh trends analysed in this briefing. File size: 461KB Published Date: 11/05/2017
pdf Current The government sees apprenticeships as critical to improving work-based learning or training. Two years ago, it set a target of three million people in England gaining an apprenticeship by the end of the decade, and housing is expected to play its part. File size: 500KB Published Date: 06/04/2017
pdf Current HQN Blog - Inheritance tax change will have huge impact on the market Writing for Inside Housing, HQN associate Roger Jarman warns changes to inheritance tax this month will reinforce inequality and do nothing to encourage better use of stock. File size: 301KB Published Date: 06/04/2017 Download
pdf Current This briefing is the first in a new series looking at regional issues within England as devolved powers develop. Later papers will consider the Midlands Engine and Great Western regional proposals, the latest on London, and the series will be completed with an update to Tim Brown’s devolution overview paper from last year. File size: 507KB Published Date: 30/03/2017
pdf Current In today’s uncertain and changing legislative environment for registered providers, it is essential for management to be fully on top of their organisation’s performance so that any corrective action can be taken as quickly as possible. There are numerous risks that have to be understood and managed. File size: 1MB Published Date: 23/03/2017
pdf Current The focus on speeding up housebuilding continues unabated. The government’s housing white paper has a chapter devoted to it. This builds on previous announcements such as Let’s Get Britain Building. There have also been numerous studies on this topic including the Elphicke House Report and the Local Government Association Housing Commission. File size: 797KB Published Date: 16/03/2017
pdf Current HQN Blog - The Budget that forgot housing To be honest, the housing world wasn't holding its breath. Following hot on the heels of the government's housing white paper and funding commitments already outlined in the Autumn Statement, it was always unlikely that housing would be a key focus of Philip Hammond's Spring Budget. File size: 307KB Published Date: 09/03/2017 Download
pdf Current Every so often the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) publishes its regulatory judgements (RJs) on registered providers. What do the RJs tell us? And what is the future for these judgements given the recent review of the role of the HCA and the move to a more de-regulatory framework for housing associations? File size: 537KB Published Date: 02/03/2017
pdf Current Flexible (fixed-term) tenancies were introduced in the Localism Act 2011. From small numbers in the early years they now represent almost 40% of affordable rent lettings and nearly 20% of social rent general needs lettings by housing associations. In contrast, only 13% of affordable rent lettings by local authorities, and 3% of social rent general needs lettings, are flexible tenancies File size: 333KB Published Date: 23/02/2017
pdf Current The oft-delayed housing white paper was published on Tuesday 7 February 2017 under the banner headline of ‘Fixing our broken housing market’. However, the housing market is a market; it is driven by demand rather than supply and want rather than need. File size: 536KB Published Date: 16/02/2017
pdf Current HQN Blog - Delivery, delivery, delivery Alex Morton has played a leading role in shaping government housing policy over the last five years. Here, the former Number 10 advisor to David Cameron gives his verdict on this week's Housing White Paper. File size: 296KB Published Date: 10/02/2017 Download
pdf Current This briefing looks at how the enabling role can be delivered in the challenging context of changing government policy and reduced budgets. It also highlights examples of good practice across the country. File size: 369KB Published Date: 02/02/2017
pdf Current It’s such an obvious way of creating new housing that it’s amazing nobody took more advantage of it sooner. In addition to building homes (and virtually everyone agrees the UK is not building enough), why not create more housing from bricks and mortar that already exist? File size: 514KB Published Date: 26/01/2017
pdf Current HQN was with our members every step of the way last year, with a vast array of briefings covering all aspects of housing – from the latest legislation to examples of best practice; from updates focusing on the different regions of the UK to blogs discussing and analysing the big news stories from the year that has passed. File size: 459KB Published Date: 19/01/2017
pdf Current Welcome to the first in our occasional series featuring good practice and innovation. We start with five organisations working on lettings management innovations and wider opportunities for tenants. File size: 287KB Published Date: 09/01/2017