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The latest from HQN — articles for 2018
Good governance isn’t easy. Board members are often busy people with plenty of other interests outside social housing, and with a typical expectation of around two to three days a month member involvement, it’s challenging to keep up with the critical issues facing their housing organisation.
The government-commissioned Review of Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) has finally been released. Undertaken by industry experts including Foundations, Ferret and the University of West England, the review gave practitioners the opportunity to contribute views and evidence throughout the process.
HQN has run a variety of asset management benchmarking exercises over the years looking at strategic asset management, responsive repairs, voids and planned maintenance, cost management, compliance and customer satisfaction. But we feel it is now time to stop with our traditional approach and ask our members what extra value we can bring to your organisation in the future by reinventing our approach to benchmarking.
‘The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people.’ So says Mark Twain. And thanks to the RSH, he’s right. They’ve just rung up a bunch of folks to tell them to get ready for an IDA in the new year. Is it time for a hard candy Xmas? Not at all. Let’s see what you have to do…
Inside Housing tells us that the sector doesn’t want league tables. Why are we trying to shut the stable door when the horse has bolted? It’s not hard to find league tables for housing. There are lots of them.
We could be on course for radical changes in the way that new homes are planned, designed and built, if two Conservative knights get their way.
Stress testing used to be so easy. You’d work out what could bring the business down and plug that into a model. Then you’d decide what you would stop doing or could sell off to stay in the game. It’s not so simple now.
Is it time to bring back inspection? That’s one of the ideas in the Green Paper. So far, it’s getting the thumbs down at our meetings with HQN members. The only person in favour of it we have found is one of the guys that used to run the inspections.
Our members are asking how they should get ready for Brexit and how to stress test for the risks.
Speakers of the highest calibre are set to descend on a major end of the year HQN event this December – and you will not want to miss it.