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pdf Current The Regulator of Social Housing’s new consumer regulation review File size: 407KB Published Date: 25/07/2019 Download
pdf Current Let the regulator carry out snap inspections on safety File size: 274KB Published Date: 23/07/2019 Download
pdf Current What do we know about regulation now – what do you have to do about it File size: 362KB Published Date: 17/07/2019 Download
pdf Current The Independent Review of Affordable Housing in Wales File size: 276KB Published Date: 03/07/2019 Download
pdf Current Building a safer future - The return of housing management File size: 277KB Published Date: 26/06/2019 Download
pdf Current Five toffs, target 2050, AI and bring back the TSA! File size: 276KB Published Date: 19/06/2019 Download
pdf Current Are we "putting the policy cart before the evidence horse?" File size: 320KB Published Date: 10/06/2019 Download
pdf Current Households pumping out 25% of emissions File size: 271KB Published Date: 06/06/2019 Download
pdf Current Council housing and health and safety File size: 323KB Published Date: 30/05/2019 Download
pdf Current All leave cancelled File size: 272KB Published Date: 02/05/2019 Download
pdf Current Listening, hearing and acting File size: 297KB Published Date: 02/05/2019 Download
pdf Current Social landlords are building homes and boosting finances – yet are still being slammed. Why? File size: 311KB Published Date: 04/04/2019 Download
pdf Current We’re still not taking safety seriously – so here’s what to do File size: 298KB Published Date: 27/03/2019 Download
pdf Current Towards a housing finance system that works File size: 269KB Published Date: 13/02/2019 Download
pdf Current Landlords awash with dosh – But will it be enough? File size: 298KB Published Date: 12/02/2019 Download
pdf Current Push hard for grant and don’t rely on building homes for sale File size: 343KB Published Date: 04/02/2019 Download
pdf Current Are you meeting the VfM standard? You can use the Global Accounts from the RSH to check File size: 281KB Published Date: 09/01/2019 Download
pdf Current Lots of housing league tables already exist - so don't waste time arguing File size: 360KB Published Date: 16/11/2018 Download
pdf Current Chief Executive's blog: A new deal for social housing File size: 275KB Published Date: 17/08/2018 Download
pdf Current People died for this Green Paper File size: 239KB Published Date: 14/08/2018 Download
pdf Current File size: 380KB Published Date: 23/07/2018
pdf Current Fixing our broken housing hearts File size: 237KB Published Date: 20/07/2017 Download
pdf Current Housing's Piper Alpha moment It’s time to start again. An old friend came to one of our events this week. He runs big construction projects all over the world. Of course, the fire was the only thing we were all talking about. He came up to me at the end and said – this is housing’s Piper Alpha moment. And he is right. File size: 385KB Published Date: 23/06/2017 Download
pdf Current The house always wins Tax is a game of cat and mouse. The Tories hiked up stamp duty on high value homes. So sales ground to a halt. But some folk do have to sell. How can they do this and not face a big loss? File size: 196KB Published Date: 16/05/2017 Download
pdf Current The great escape My old man was in Glasgow’s first Flying Squad. He had a few tales to tell. One of his funniest was about a letter from a lawyer to a guy in prison that goes into all the ins and outs of the case. Then it ends with this advice – “meanwhile proceed with the escape plan.” He should have called up the local housing association. They are experts at getting out of tight corners. Well at least they are supposed to be. File size: 229KB Published Date: 11/04/2017 Download
pdf Current I can hear the sirens coming - What does de-regulation mean for you? Peter Hitchens says the police are no use these days. Why is that? It’s because there are no bobbies on the beat to scare off the crooks. So bad things do happen. And then you hear the sirens. He thinks prevention is better than cure. Why am I mentioning it? We are going through a change just like this. File size: 294KB Published Date: 23/03/2017 Download
pdf Current The Budget was a lazy piece of work The Chancellor is a cruel beast. Did he have to mention the Germans? Corbyn must be sick to death of them after Bayern Munich gave Arsenal their annual thrashing the night before. And I know because I was there. Hammond would not let it rest. The whole point of the spring budget was to rub Arsenal-loving Corbyn’s nose in it. File size: 224KB Published Date: 09/03/2017 Download
pdf Current Housing associations in La La Land It’s time to open up the envelope. Yes let’s see who has won the housing Oscars. The Global Accounts are out. It’s the moment of truth. The housing minister is rooting for the big boys. Is he in for a good night? We’ll see. File size: 255KB Published Date: 27/02/2017 Download
pdf Current Global Accounts of housing associations 2016 – five things we now know The latest views from Alistair McIntosh, Chief Executive, Housing Quality Network File size: 302KB Published Date: 20/02/2017 Download
pdf Current The White Paper It starts like a bullet. You can’t fault the fury that drives it. Houses earn more than people. Folk on £90k a year need a state handout to get on the ladder. The facts come thick and fast. What did you expect to see next? File size: 226KB Published Date: 16/02/2017 Download
pdf Current We need a saviour to rise from the streets Rough sleepers are the smartest guys in town. Do you ever look at them? I see two things. Firstly, they are always reading proper books or doing Mensa puzzles. And the other thing is the signs they put up. They are well written and free of spelling mistakes. File size: 229KB Published Date: 06/01/2017 Download
pdf Current The making of the British working class Wasn’t it just grand to be alive in 2016? Well I think so. There are more people in jobs than ever before. And they are flexing their muscles. That Brexit vote was a lovely sight to see as it smashed the lazy coupons of the ruling class. File size: 231KB Published Date: 04/01/2017 Download
pdf Current Theresa tinkers again ‘Blitzed’ by Norman Ohler is flying off the bookshelves. What’s the story? It’s all about how Germany roared ahead in the inter war years. File size: 230KB Published Date: 07/12/2016 Download
pdf Current The Autumn Statement I used to have a grudging respect for the Tory Chancellors. They knew their place. Ken Clarke would rock up, drain a glass of Scotch and say how much he was going to cut duty by. He knew it was a circus and he knew he had no real power. File size: 166KB Published Date: 24/11/2016 Download
pdf Current Playing around with the HCA is an unnecessary distraction What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. That’s what the Bible says about the watchdog and money-lending bits of the HCA. Don’t let them split up. We hear the Government wants to force through a divorce. Who is right on this one the state or the church? File size: 232KB Published Date: 31/10/2016 Download
pdf Current We need to stop this futile Punch and Judy show Do you remember all that guff about Localism the Tories used to spout? Well it is well and truly over. The lesson from the Olympics is that you pick winners and ditch losers if you want to win. And that could be our new housing policy. There are no prizes for guessing who will win the postcode lottery. File size: 232KB Published Date: 27/09/2016 Download
pdf Current Time for an Olympian housebuilding effort Well it’s hats off to whoever it was that gave John Major the Argos catalogue. He spent our lottery money on the spot. And from that day on we were the world champions on kiddies' toys like bikes, paddling pools and trampolines. File size: 1MB Published Date: 01/09/2016 Download
pdf Current Talking therapy Tenants do want a say when their landlords look at mergers. That’s what they told us when we asked them. What really struck us though was just how open-minded they were. Half of them didn’t know whether or not their association was better off on its own. And 40% didn’t know if a merger would be a good thing. File size: 241KB Published Date: 04/08/2016 Download
pdf Current Just like gold Who are the big winners from council housing? Is it the socialists who believe in it to the tips of their fingers? Could it be the grateful tenants who love it due to the quick repairs and cheap rents? File size: 193KB Published Date: 25/07/2016 Download
pdf Current Thoughts on VfM after our events with the HCA We’ve just run a series of workshops with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) looking at Value for Money (VfM) and their new Cost per Unit (CPU) analysis. File size: 324KB Published Date: 13/07/2016 Download
pdf Current Farewell Cannes, bye bye housebuilding We’ll never see Cannes again. There will be no more breaks for housing bosses at the yearly conference held in this resort. Why? Tenants have put their foot down. File size: 194KB Published Date: 30/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Top tips for scoring G1/V1 at your In-Depth Assessment Whether you are expecting to be subject to an In-Depth Assessment or not, we're sure that you will find these tips of interest. File size: 198KB Published Date: 17/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Five things we know about VfM after the HCA letter Here are five things we know about value for money after the letter, the review and the regression analysis. File size: 237KB Published Date: 13/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Consumer power Well I certainly spluttered out my vegan bran flakes into their organic unsweetened almond milk in Islington last Sunday. What was the cause of this unhappy incident? File size: 206KB Published Date: 24/05/2016 Download
pdf Current Selling off housing associations - a lesson from Eurostar As Leicester is about to go into Europe will the rest of us be leaving? I wish I’d never heard of Brexit. You can’t get a blinking thing done for folk using it as an excuse. Can I get my puncture fixed? Don’t be hasty! We need to hold off – the vote could affect the global market in rubber patches. And on it goes. File size: 197KB Published Date: 09/05/2016 Download
pdf Current Forget the Panama Papers, housing is Cameron's real conflict of interest Cameron is on the make. The Panama thirty grand is a distraction to throw us off the scent. And who cares what Sam spends on clothes? This is what should be on the front pages... File size: 191KB Published Date: 12/04/2016 Download
pdf Current Gold-plated nonsense Poor Ronnie Corbett has told his last joke. One of his best sketches was with the other Ronnie and John Cleese. (This article was originally published in Inside Housing on 8 April 2016. We have duplicated it here with full permission.) File size: 206KB Published Date: 08/04/2016 Download
pdf Current So what's the future of customer care? Let’s get one thing straight the rent cut isn’t the big deal. For sure it’s leading some to kick planned maintenance into the long grass. That’s just short sighted. New technology is where it’s at. File size: 232KB Published Date: 06/04/2016 Download
pdf Current Osborne downgraded for poor VfM self-assessment If George was a housing association what would the HCA do to him? They’d tell him to rip up the budget and start all over again. All the numbers have changed since the last time. You just can’t rely on him. File size: 190KB Published Date: 17/03/2016 Download
pdf Current VfM statements for 2016 – Staring into the jaws of a forced merger Ahead of chairing HQN's Line of Best Fit event in London this week, chief executive Alistair McIntosh looks at the implications of what this year's VfM statements could mean for housing associations. File size: 192KB Published Date: 29/02/2016 Download
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