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Housing Management Network news update

Here are the latest stories impacting parts of housing management.

ALLOCATIONS AND LETTINGS

Jewish housing association’s allocation policy deemed legal by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that Agudas Israel Housing Association’s (AIHA) can continue to provide all its homes to members of the Orthodox Jewish community after its policy was challenged by a single mother on the housing waiting list.

The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have now all ruled that AIHA’s policy is legal as charities are permitted to restrict benefits to those with protected characteristics if they are seeking to overcome or prevent a disadvantage caused by that characteristic. The ruling essential cements positive discrimination as a legitimate way to tackle social disadvantage.

 

TENANCY FRAUD

Essex housing association holds ‘key amnesty’ to tackle tenancy fraud

CHP will be holding a key amnesty throughout October to combat tenancy fraud and free up “much-needed” affordable homes.

During October, anyone committing tenancy fraud with a CHP property will be able to return their keys with no questions asked and no further investigation.

 

ASB

Incommunities to help tackle anti-social behaviour hotspots

Incommunities Housing Association has joined forces with Keighley Town Council in an effort to help bring down anti-social behaviour (ASB) and nuisance activity in the area.

Enforcement staff from Incommunities will be deploying one of their own mobile cameras and will provide CCTV monitoring support from within the West Yorkshire town.

 

PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Accord partners with mobile phone provider to keep customers connected

Accord Housing Association has signed up to a partnership with mobile phone company OPPO and network provider giffgaff to help keep its customers connected.

The new initiative aims to help keep Accord customers connected with friends and family during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis via a donation of 300 mobile phones and prepaid sim cards.

 

RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT

NHF calls on sector to adopt tenant engagement charter

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is asking all housing associations in England to adopt its new resident engagement charter. It centres around a four-point plan aimed at ensuring housing association boards are accountable to residents.

 

SAFEGUARDING

Housing association's new technology will help vulnerable residents

Grand Union Housing Group has launched a new technology service designed to transform the lives of the elderly and those living with long-term health conditions such as epilepsy, sensory impairments and other disabilities across Befordshire and Northamptonshire.

Life24 provides support using the latest technology and safety equipment including fall detectors and an emergency alarm linked to a dedicated control centre 24 hours a day. 

The organisation has been offering an assistive technology service for its customers for over 25 years, but now, in a bid to help scores of individuals across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, its new service will be available to anyone who feels they would benefit from it.

 

SUPPORTED HOUSING

Government to fund supported housing pilots in bid to improve standards

The government has made £3m available for projects in Birmingham, Hull, Blackpool, Bristol and Blackburn as part of measures to improve standards and quality in supported housing.

The pilots will focus on short-term supported accommodation and run until the end of March 2021.