2015

Housing Quality Network member briefings from 2015

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pdf Current All your 2015 briefings and events at a glance. Just click on the links within to download. File size: 610KB Published Date: 04/01/2016
pdf Current This briefing provides an overview of the current thinking on boosting affordable housing supply along with useful sources of further information. File size: 503KB Published Date: 21/12/2015
pdf Current The Chancellor reversed some unpopular changes to tax credits but he also confirmed the cap on HB at LHA, changes in funding to temporary accommodation and limits on HB / pension credit for those temporarily abroad. File size: 222KB Published Date: 10/12/2015
pdf Current So the scene is set for the course of this Parliament. Housing associations and local authorities will see their rental income cut, owner-occupation will be pushed at every opportunity and house building (for home ownership) will be promoted as much as possible. File size: 673KB Published Date: 03/12/2015
pdf Current Chancellor George Osborne used this week's Spending Review to announce plans to build 400,000 new homes in England, claiming it will be the "biggest affordable house building programme since the 1970s". File size: 338KB Published Date: 02/12/2015
pdf Current On 30 October the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reclassified housing associations (HAs) as public bodies. The decision means that an estimated £59bn of HA debt moves onto the government's balance sheet from March 2016. File size: 225KB Published Date: 26/11/2015
pdf Current Spending review, welfare reform, regulatory pressures, commercial imperatives and organisational change - they can all take their toll on personal stamina. This toolkit will help you manage the personal impact of change, and if you are a manager of others, to better support your colleagues. File size: 384KB Published Date: 19/11/2015
pptx Current The HCA has spelt out the risks. We also know what the five key tests will be if you are subject to an in-depth assessment (IDA). Are you prepared? Our Austerity Challenge Team has produced these slides to draw out the main points. File size: 1MB Published Date: 05/11/2015
pdf Current Hardly a week goes by without reports over failures to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Yet housing organisations are rarely mentioned. Does this mean housing has a clear bill of health? File size: 331KB Published Date: 29/10/2015
pdf Current This briefing focuses on Part 4 of the Housing and Planning Bill. We cover the key reforms to the social housing sector planned by the government (in England). File size: 373KB Published Date: 22/10/2015
pdf Current For today’s organisations, becoming more customer-centric isn’t just a feel-good mantra, it’s a core business requirement. If you are not already using customer insight and information intelligently then you are missing a trick. File size: 228KB Published Date: 15/10/2015
pdf Current Have you resisted those 'collaboration' talks in the past, whether they were about partnerships, mergers, takeovers or transfers? Now it’s time to think again. In this briefing - the first in a series brought to you by HQN's Austerity Challenge Team - we help you prepare for discussions with colleagues, business partners and the regulator. File size: 191KB Published Date: 08/10/2015
pdf Current Following a pilot in the West Midlands that began last December, landlords throughout the UK will be expected to check that a prospective tenant’s passport or other documents prove they are living in the UK legally. File size: 215KB Published Date: 01/10/2015
pdf Current This review, from HQN Associate Roger Jarman focuses on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the Private Rented Sector (PRS). File size: 345KB Published Date: 30/09/2015
pdf Current The Homes and Communities Agency’s latest sector risk profile considers the risks that social housing landlords are facing. Although the document is primarily aimed at housing associations (providers) many of the risks equally apply to local authorities and ALMOs. File size: 195KB Published Date: 24/09/2015
pdf Current The aim of this week’s briefing paper is to help members make informed choices on their engagement with health. We look at the challenges, opportunities and provide six steps that you can take immediately to make connections. File size: 331KB Published Date: 17/09/2015
pdf Current Can you win over the Tories? Yes you can. We asked the experts at the Public Affairs Company to draw up a short guide on how to do it. Here it is. It’s packed full of helpful suggestions for getting your message across to the Tories in the right way. File size: 230KB Published Date: 17/09/2015
pdf Current This update considers information about the new benefit caps (that wasn’t announced in the budget) and what additional support might be available for people affected by the budget cuts. File size: 190KB Published Date: 10/09/2015
pdf Current Encouraging and supporting residents to get online is not an optional extra. It can also save your organisation time and money. Our briefing shares the benefits and barriers as well as practical examples on what network members are doing to support channel shift. File size: 351KB Published Date: 03/09/2015
pdf Current Why develop approaches specifically for the needs of older people? This week we consider the population profile, the national and local priorities, how to identify needs and we explore what older people actually say they want. File size: 289KB Published Date: 20/08/2015
pdf Current Many are moving away from 'one-size-fits-all' long-term framework arrangements towards a 'mix-and-match' approach to enable greater autonomy and control over procurement arrangements. File size: 269KB Published Date: 13/08/2015
pdf Current The built environment is at the heart of some of the most important work done by housing providers. But getting it right does not just depend on what's built or how properties are maintained. File size: 215KB Published Date: 06/08/2015
pdf Current Does the Budget rent cut pose a serious problem for your business plan? Could you be one of the first to get an IDA from the HCA? How will you cope with -1% rents for the next four years? Here, we offer advice on how to prepare for a regulatory ‘deep dive’. File size: 179KB Published Date: 23/07/2015
pdf Current This briefing focuses on the commentary and technical assessments following the budget. It also considers the sector’s reaction to the budget and possible further actions that the government could take. File size: 226KB Published Date: 16/07/2015
pdf Current How was the Budget for you? Our briefing provides a Budget summary, the detail on legislation coming before Parliament, plus a glimpse at what to look out for as the new Bills emerge. File size: 197KB Published Date: 09/07/2015
pdf Current We believe in keeping you – our members – informed and involved in shaping the services on offer. That's why we asked for your help in designing the membership survey, and of course, in completing it. File size: 1MB Published Date: 02/07/2015
pdf Current In the latest 'Regulating the Standards' from the HCA, Julian Ashby says that transparency is a 'fundamental pillar' of the regulatory approach. File size: 570KB Published Date: 26/06/2015
pdf Current Members have asked for an update on the regulations which came in to effect on 26 February this year. File size: 207KB Published Date: 18/06/2015
pdf Current This week we look at the government’s plans to reduce spending on ‘welfare’. We examine the implications of a High Court decision on DHPs. Also – top tips for coping with Universal Credit from landlords who’ve already started to experience it. File size: 213KB Published Date: 11/06/2015
pdf Current New government, welfare reform, regulatory pressures, commercial imperatives and organisational change – they can all take their toll on personal stamina. Our briefing considers how you can thrive in a demanding environment. File size: 239KB Published Date: 04/06/2015
pdf Current This week’s briefing looks at the implications for HQN members. We review the manifesto commitments for housing, planning and welfare reform and their translation in to the Queen’s Speech. File size: 268KB Published Date: 28/05/2015
pdf Current The popular myth that migrants ‘take’ housing from UK-born families is, it seems, precisely that – a myth. Our briefing this week presents the facts on where migrants live and what they have to do to qualify for housing. File size: 240KB Published Date: 21/05/2015
pdf Current Many statistics have been quoted during the election campaigns but what is the truth behind the headlines? File size: 425KB Published Date: 14/05/2015
pdf Current Over the past two weeks you've been asking for more on benefits. We've responded with this short bulletin by HQN Associate Tony Kiely on Universal Credit. File size: 135KB Published Date: 08/05/2015
pdf Current Our briefing this week covers the HCA’s social housing sector risk profile and the HCA’s Governance and Financial Viability Standard code of practice. We also include a risk update on regulation, the economy and the general election. File size: 441KB Published Date: 23/04/2015
pdf Current Our Network survey holds some clues to what members expect to see after the election against what they would like to see. HQN Associate Roger Jarman considers the key party policies and how they will impact on housing followed by an analysis of the survey results. File size: 256KB Published Date: 16/04/2015
pdf Current New legislation will bring reform to the Welsh rented housing sector. It replaces the current tenancy and licence agreements with just two types of ‘occupation contract' – one for the private rented sector and one for the social rented sector. File size: 484KB Published Date: 02/04/2015
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