The latest from HQN

HQN blog: Hobson's choice – Is the new Value for Money Standard a step forward or just a load of jargon?

I’ve got to say I like the new VfM Standard. Why is that? It’s because you have to show that decisions lead to optimal benefit. Now we could do without the phrase itself. It’s true that it sounds like something out of a self-help teach yourself business tape that you’d buy at the motorway services. But it is a much needed shift. Let me explain why.

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Housing Quality Network briefing – Universal Credit: challenges and experience among housing providers

Full service Universal Credit (UC) leaves a huge gap for housing providers to fill. Many landlords had already moved into benefits advice, income maximisation and employment initiatives as a response to the first wave of welfare reform, but that work is essential under UC.

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HQN Blog: Away from (just) the numbers – a new way of thinking about housing from Labour

Once upon a time there was a touching faith that building houses in and of itself was a good thing. Here’s what Alex Morton had to say about it all back in 2010.

“A large increase in the number and quality of new homes will limit future house prices, reduce private rent increases, and lead to shorter social housing waiting lists.”

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