Housing Quality Network member briefings from 2016

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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
pdf Current As November closed, Rob Gershon was asked if he’d speak in his capacity as a tenant at HQN’s “Customer Experience” event. He said yes. File size: 380KB Published Date: 22/12/2016
pdf Current Tracking the moving target of welfare reform is a challenge for some. HQN Associate Sue Beasor, has updated our timeline to include the recent changes. We also take a look forward to 2017 and beyond. File size: 178KB Published Date: 21/12/2016
pdf Current The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been reviewing the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), its functions and the way it does its work since February. The imperative as far as the government is concerned is to increase the amount of new housing delivered, while securing the all-important support of the lenders for the regulation function. File size: 383KB Published Date: 08/12/2016
pdf Current The long-awaited decision by the Supreme Court on the review of seven claimants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy does nothing to change the principle of the subsidy. However, it clarifies the distinction between those claimants with a transparent medical need, who the Court held should be exempt, and those involving a disability where it would not be appropriate to expect them to move and who remain reliant on Discretionary Housing Payments to ensure they are not discriminated against. File size: 338KB Published Date: 01/12/2016
pdf Current This week’s Autumn Statement brought some cheer at least for the housing sector – but there were disappointments too, and the odd surprise. This briefing summarises the main announcements relevant to housing, and offers a commentary from HQN’s Back to the Future event held the following day. File size: 143KB Published Date: 25/11/2016
pdf Current HQN Blog - How quickly do large-scale housing sites deliver? Ahead of his up-to-the-minute analysis of the Autumn Statement at HQN's Back to the Future event on 24 November, housing and planning economist Joe Sarling looks at the correlation between large-scale development sites and housing delivery output - and the important role of affordable housing in speeding up turnaround times. File size: 468KB Published Date: 10/11/2016 Download
pdf Current Our last review noted that the PRS now accounts for 20% of all dwellings and this is likely to increase to 22-25% over the next decade. What’s more the nature of the sector is changing with, for the first time in living memory, families constituting the most common household type renting privately. File size: 683KB Published Date: 10/11/2016
pdf Current The importance of a safe, affordable and warm home in the health and wellbeing of people has been at the heart of the Scottish housing sector for a number of years. Both national housing policy and local service delivery reflect this. Local authorities, housing associations and other providers have been at the forefront of improving homes and neighbourhoods for decades now. File size: 339KB Published Date: 03/11/2016
pdf Current Paying lip service to residents is not enough For those who have been involved, taken part in, or just have an interest in The Form Follows Function project, Rob Gershon has written a blog which summarises some of the findings. The full report is due to be launched later this year with a major event planned for London in December. File size: 161KB Published Date: 02/11/2016 Download
pdf Current Regardless of which indicator you use, homelessness appears to be on the increase. Across England, and particularly within London, more people are living in temporary accommodation and there are more people sleeping rough. File size: 517KB Published Date: 20/10/2016
pdf Current Since our last review was published in September 2015 the private rented sector has been buffeted by a maelstrom of change. Although the Conservative Party manifesto was silent about the PRS, the government has introduced a wide range of measures that will have a significant impact on the operating environment of the PRS. File size: 572KB Published Date: 13/10/2016
pdf Current The Modern Slavery Act 2015 which received Royal Assent in March 2015 was enacted in response to growing concern about modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. This briefing sets out what the Act means for social housing providers and also suggests ways in which providers can take further steps to address modern slavery. File size: 239KB Published Date: 06/10/2016
pdf Current The people have spoken: housing in Wales post-elections and referendum Following the May 2016 elections and vote to leave the EU, this briefing assesses the potential consequences of the new electoral and post-Brexit landscape for Wales. File size: 527KB Published Date: 29/09/2016 Download
pdf Current On Thursday 15 September the government announced its proposals for the future funding of supported housing. It has averted the imminent disaster of the closure of projects. But has it merely delayed difficult decisions over the future of the sector? File size: 311KB Published Date: 22/09/2016
pdf Current This is the fourth briefing reporting on this summer’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)/HQN consultation workshops. There was recognition that many of the measures in the Housing and Planning Act are manifesto commitments. File size: 3MB Published Date: 15/09/2016
pdf Current In this briefing we look at the state of current ombudsman provision, the proposals for reform and the implications for public services in general and housing in particular. File size: 346KB Published Date: 08/09/2016
pdf Current The Housing Quality Network would like to thank all members who took the time to complete the survey and provide us with their views and suggestions. We see this as a vital tool to improve our service offering. File size: 1MB Published Date: 01/09/2016
pdf Current This briefing from a former Chief Executive of an ALMO focuses specifically on Council-owned housing companies. Being ‘light of foot’ is one of the hallmarks that distinguishes ALMOs. However, the scale of change and the diversification into new territory that is currently needed requires changes in skills, mindset and ultimately organisational culture. File size: 2MB Published Date: 25/08/2016
pdf Current This is the third briefing reporting on the recent Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)/HQN consultation workshops. A quick recap: the recently passed Housing and Planning Act is fundamentally aimed at tackling the problems of ‘generation rent’. File size: 3MB Published Date: 18/08/2016
pdf Current This is the second in our series of briefings reporting on the recent Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)/HQN consultation workshops. A quick recap: the recently passed Housing and Planning Act 2016 is fundamentally aimed at tackling the problems of ‘generation rent’. File size: 3MB Published Date: 11/08/2016
pdf Current The recently passed Housing and Planning Act is fundamentally aimed at tackling the problems of ‘generation rent’. Squeezed out of the housing market by fast-rising purchase prices, having little chance of a social sector tenancy and, in some areas, facing high private sector rents and poor quality, younger people are finding life both difficult and expensive. File size: 340KB Published Date: 04/08/2016
pdf Current What does affordability actually mean in the context of starter homes and shared ownership? Who will be buying these properties? Will the two tenures be competing with one another for buyers? Will there be sufficient mortgages available? File size: 374KB Published Date: 28/07/2016
pdf Current The Housing and Planning Act contains the provisions for the government’s starter homes initiative. Although the final detail will not be totally known until the end of the year, it could have wider implications for the housing sector than originally anticipated. Our briefing lets you know what to expect. File size: 393KB Published Date: 30/06/2016
pdf Current Driving change in challenging times: the five self-limiting beliefs of housing management File size: 255KB Published Date: 23/06/2016
pdf Current The current focus on the planning system hindering housebuilding is not new. The planning system continues to undergo change. The cumulative effect will be the most radical alteration for over 60 years. File size: 476KB Published Date: 16/06/2016
pdf Current This report highlights the key points and includes some actions that members may wish to consider prior to the introduction of the scheme. Thanks to all who took part in our survey and telephone interviews. File size: 413KB Published Date: 09/06/2016
pdf Current Here is your full update on the Act. We have included a reminder of the key provisions, a view on the 13 government defeats (and the concessions made during the final stages) and a look ahead at the forthcoming regulations. File size: 380KB Published Date: 06/06/2016
pdf Current Possibly from a wish to keep the boat from rocking during the EU referendum campaign, the government has kept its legislative agenda rather quiet. This time around the emphasis is on social reform. Our briefing summarises the main measures relevant to housing and those expected - but omitted - from the programme. File size: 344KB Published Date: 26/05/2016
pdf Current Much has happened since our earlier briefing on these subjects in March. Our May update looks at the politics of devolution deals, the widening focus of devolution generally and the latest independent analysis by the National Audit Office. File size: 268KB Published Date: 19/05/2016
pdf Current The Welfare Reform and Work Act includes many of the changes announced in the 2015 Summer Budget and some that were in the Conservative Party manifesto for the 2015 general election. This briefing paper examines the Act and, for each section, sets out the current situation and what has been changed. It also includes the date that the change takes effect, where available. File size: 448KB Published Date: 12/05/2016
pdf Current Periodically the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) publishes its regulatory judgements (RJs) on registered providers and this creates a flurry of interest in the technical press. But what does this reflect? Basically the HCA is looking at every larger association just now. File size: 344KB Published Date: 05/05/2016
pdf Current Our update provides a summary of the provisions in the Bill and looks at the key changes in the Report stage in the Lords before they go for government acceptance, negotiation or ping pong between the Commons and the Lords. File size: 372KB Published Date: 28/04/2016
pdf Current We asked about how you are checking and reporting on compliance with the HCA’s consumer standards. File size: 450KB Published Date: 21/04/2016
pdf Current Councils and their partners - especially housing associations - have been innovative in using a range of funding streams for estate regeneration. But most of these sources are no longer available. Our briefing provides a policy update, sets out the principles for estate regeneration and 'sustainable communities' and comments on what we can learn from previous initiatives and schemes in other countries. File size: 419KB Published Date: 07/04/2016
pdf Current There is a danger that city regions and devolution may bypass the housing sector as it concentrates its energies on the Housing and Planning Bill. But the agenda has significant implications. Our briefing clarifies the language and updates on progress. We also provide devolution case studies and identify future developments such as local government reorganisation. File size: 578KB Published Date: 31/03/2016
pdf Current Even just a year ago, few would have predicted that councils would be cutting rents by 1% per year while selling off high-value stock they would prefer to keep. Particularly useful for tenants and elected members, our briefing outlines both the key issues and some of the solutions. File size: 198KB Published Date: 24/03/2016
pdf Current The March 2016 Budget has been described as a 'missed opportunity in the government's race against time to meet its own housing targets'. We've pulled together some of the key points for members. File size: 214KB Published Date: 17/03/2016
pdf Current Network Briefing - Housing in Wales - HQN's pre-election briefing Ahead of the May 2016 elections we provide an overview of the politics and consider the key housing issues in Wales. We also look at the increasingly divergent approach to housing policy (and consequently practice) by respective governments in Cardiff and London. File size: 227KB Published Date: 10/03/2016 Download
pdf Current Evidence issue 16: Research round-up A new year, a new housing bill. As we go to press with this latest edition of Evidence things are changing daily as the bill makes its way through parliament. So we’re going to take a step back from the immediate questions and instead round up some topical research with potentially equal importance. File size: 2MB Published Date: 03/03/2016 Download
pdf Current This week we consider the current situation in Scotland and the likely changes ahead. And 'change' is the key word. Not least as a result of the upcoming Holyrood parliamentary elections in May, but also as a result of tightening public spending, welfare reform, health and social care integration and regulatory change. File size: 248KB Published Date: 25/02/2016
pdf Current Our briefing delves into the detail behind the government's social housing rent reduction policy and provides sound, practical guidance on how to prepare. We include the detail on applying the reduction, managing tenancies, re-lets and service charges as well outlining the exceptions and exemptions. File size: 417KB Published Date: 18/02/2016
pdf Current This document, intended for use by elected members, is a summary version of our briefing: 'Homelessness update including the Gold Standard'. File size: 123KB Published Date: 11/02/2016
pdf Current This briefing dissects the latest figures for both statutory homelessness and for prevention work, and looks at the implications of some of the recent legal challenges. We also consider the results of our survey of local authorities’ progress and attitudes towards the Gold Standard. File size: 418KB Published Date: 11/02/2016
pdf Current When the Office of National Statistics (ONS) effectively classified private registered providers as public sector bodies, the government responded by hinting at de-regulation through the Housing and Planning Bill. File size: 294KB Published Date: 04/02/2016
pdf Current Welfare benefit provision has been reducing in recent years and the ‘safety net’ provision is gradually being removed. File size: 234KB Published Date: 03/02/2016
pdf Current Can modern methods of construction (MMC) really be a viable option for RP developers? In this briefing we look at case studies from Housing Quality Network members (and more widely) to demonstrate the benefits and risks for RP developers. File size: 2MB Published Date: 28/01/2016
pdf Current State aid, the requirement to achieve Best Value, the proposed legal structure and procurement are some of the many issues to consider when setting up a private rented housing delivery vehicle. File size: 344KB Published Date: 28/01/2016
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