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Sam Wiggle | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2022 – 6:50

Housing Quality Magazine July 2022

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Mark | Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022 – 9:32

Housing Ombudsman finds severe maladministration for Habinteg’s handling of hate-crime incident

Habinteg Housing Association’s “considerable failings in responding to reports of a hate-crime incident along with its failure to consider the impact of them on the resident” led to a finding of severe maladministration by the Housing Ombudsman. The resident reported … Read more

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Mark | Wednesday, 18 May 2022 – 9:09

Peabody agrees new £75m sustainability and diversity-linked loan

Peabody has agreed a £75m five-year sustainability-linked revolving credit facility with ABN AMRO Bank UK. The bilateral loan is structured so that the interest due will reduce if Peabody satisfies each of the following ESG objectives: Improvement in the environmental … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Tuesday, 17 May 2022 – 10:09

Housing’s Next Generation 2022: Top 20 announced

Back for its third year, our Housing’s Next Generation competition attracted entries from all over the sector, from housing associations and local authorities to supply chain partners and housing co-operatives. The judges looked at several criteria when shortlisting, including showing … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 11 May 2022 – 13:45

Inaugural G15 Ethnicity in Housing Awards nominees revealed

The nominees for the inaugural G15 Ethnicity in Housing Awards have been revealed ahead of presentation of the awards later this week. The G15, in collaboration with UNIFY, has organised the first ever G15 Ethnicity Awards in Housing Awards to recognise Black, … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 11 May 2022 – 13:35

Housing figure Steve Douglas CBE has passed away

St Mungo’s has announced the sudden death of its CEO, Steve Douglas CBE. The organisation made the announcement with “deep shock and sadness” after he passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday morning, 8 May. The 57 year old leaves … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022 – 14:36

Housing association ‘deeply concerned’ about government’s Rwanda refugee policy

Metropolitan Thames Valley has hit out at the Rwanda refugee policy, urging government to “reconsider its approach”. In a strongly worded statement, MTV said it has a “long history of providing homes and support to refugees” and that “by giving … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022 – 13:57

Golden Lane becomes first ‘stand-alone housing association for people with a learning disability or autism’

Golden Lane Housing (GLH) has become the first stand-alone housing association for people with a learning disability or autism, following a demerger from Mencap. The move will see both organisations entering an exciting new partnership arrangement that supports new housing solutions and … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022 – 13:49

Opinion: The Social Housing White Paper and EDI – a missed opportunity?

Ahead of an event on the same subject at the end of April, HQN Associate Colin Heyman looks at what the Social Housing White Paper does, or does not, say about diversity. As someone who believes in the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022 – 10:40

HAs’ home adaptations hampered by bureaucracy and ‘lack importance’, report

Too many housing associations are failing to prioritise home adaptations and vulnerable residents face a multitude of barriers to make properties fit for purpose, a new report has revealed. Housing Associations and Adaptations: Finding Ways to Say Yes takes an in … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 22 Mar 2022 – 15:14

Social landlord makes new appointments to strengthen and diversify board

Social landlord Abri has announced two new appointments which it says will further strengthen and diversify its group board. David Montague, former L&Q Chief Executive, and Veronica Gordon, broadcast journalist turned social entrepreneur, will join the board in May. Veronica, … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Friday, 18 Mar 2022 – 9:00

DLUHC announces supported housing package

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced a supported housing package through the Affordable Homes Programme, which it says will include the delivery of new supported housing for older, disabled and other vulnerable people. According to the government, … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 – 11:00

Opinion: What do we mean by professionalism?

HQN Associate Emma Lindley teases out some questions for government about its recent announcement of a review, in this article first published in the March 2022 issue of Housing Quality Magazine. The recent announcement by the Department for Housing (I can’t … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 – 8:00

Several housing organisations make Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2022

Several housing associations and charities have been named in the Top 100 Employers 2022, compiled by LGBT charity Stonewall. Placing 12th, and highest of any housing organisation, is Riverside. John Glenton, Riverside’s executive director of Care and Support and executive sponsor … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 16 Feb 2022 – 8:00

Housing’s Next Generation 2022: Nominate now

Giving young diverse housing professionals a voice HQN is delighted to announce the return of Housing’s Next Generation – the annual competition designed to showcase and celebrate the brightest young talent working in housing. Entries for the 2022 competition are open … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 – 11:00

Opinion: We must aim as high as we dare in support of care leavers

By Charlie Norman, CEO of Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group. In my personal and professional life, I have experienced the vagaries of the care system, the cracks people can fall through and the impact it can have on young lives. … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 08 Feb 2022 – 14:33

New Housing Minister announced as Pincher reshuffled

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Stuart Andrew has been appointed as Housing Minister by Boris Johnson in the latest reshuffle. It comes as Christopher Pincher looks to take a more senior role in the Prime Minister’s team. Pincher was in the role two years, the … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Thursday, 23 Dec 2021 – 14:02

Opinion: To adapt to the challenges of 2022, no one should forget the importance of EDI

By Chyrel Brown, Chief Operating Officer, One Housing. 2022 is set to be another challenging year for housing associations, with Covid-19, the pressure on household budgets and the continuing potential for seismic disruptions to everyday life, forcing us to operate at … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 01 Dec 2021 – 10:00

Housing association to offer additional fertility, menopause and pregnancy loss support to staff

The Calico Group has introduced additional support for any of its employees undergoing fertility treatment, suffering pregnancy loss or experiencing the menopause. The new support will include an additional 10 days of paid ‘special leave’ for staff undergoing fertility treatment. … Read more

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Mark | Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 – 9:15

Opinion: How can we better represent our communities?

By Charmaine Simei, Director of Community Investment at Longhurst Group For as long I’ve been in housing (some 25 years now), this question remains a perennial – and, inevitably, some organisations do better than others. True representation is difficult because … Read more

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Mark | Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 – 13:52

Opinion: My worlds have all collided for the first time – and it makes me hugely proud

By Mo Ajibola, Category Manager, Sovereign. Growing up in Nigeria, I wasn’t always familiar with October being Black History Month, and only noted that it was marked when I moved to London 24 years ago. And, in fact, despite knowing … Read more

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Mark | Monday, 18 Oct 2021 – 12:34

One in five residents struggling to pay back money needed for essentials




The Peabody Community Foundation has published its annual report for 2020/21. Peabody’s latest Index has found that one in three (34%) of working residents earn below the London Living Wage with low pay, job loss and fewer working hours reducing the incomes of … Read more

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Mark | Thursday, 14 Oct 2021 – 14:40

Clarion becomes first housing association to pilot intergenerational living model

Clarion Housing Group has partnered with Homeshare UK and the Fusion21 Foundation to offer its residents the chance to take part in a unique pilot programme. The programme, called Homeshare, matches older people who can offer a spare room with … Read more

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Mark | Thursday, 14 Oct 2021 – 9:42

Opinion: Black History Month — let’s carry the momentum forward

Black History Month is an annual opportunity to start conversations, tackle barriers to equality, and influence positive change. But, to make lasting impact, it’s important to see this month as a starting point rather than a one-off focus. Lou Taylor, … Read more

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Mark | Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021 – 11:48

Housing contributed to ‘unacceptably high death rates’ among BAME community during pandemic

A new report from MPs looking at how the government handled the pandemic has said housing conditions contributed to more people from BAME communities dying from Covid-19. In the report, MPs said: “Existing social, economic and health inequalities were exacerbated … Read more

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Mark | Thursday, 07 Oct 2021 – 12:48

Social housing ‘failing the needs of the LGBT community’

The social housing sector needs to step up in its support and provision for the LGBT+, BAME and diverse communities, a major sector has heard. The comments came at Housing 21’s annual conference, which looked at how the sector could … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 05 Oct 2021 – 12:35

Opinion: The importance of BME-led housing associations

By Cedric Boston, Chief Executive of Unity Homes & Enterprise Last month I was honoured to be appointed Chief Executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise. Guided by our BME status and social purpose, it’s an organisation with an extraordinary history. Unity began … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 05 Oct 2021 – 11:58

Opinion: Black History Month and young people

By Alysha Burrell, CIH Futures board member As a young black woman working in housing, it’s inspiring to see black trailblazers and role models you’re passionate about in the sector. Despite the underrepresentation of black people in housing, from the building … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Thursday, 30 Sep 2021 – 14:00

Housing association becomes first to achieve Ethnicity Maturity Matrix accreditation

Stonewater has been nationally recognised for its achievements in promoting inclusivity and diversity across the business. The organisation was recently accredited as an ‘Advanced Employer’ in the Ethnicity Maturity Matrix. Stonewater is the only housing provider to achieve this Level … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Thursday, 30 Sep 2021 – 11:00

Islington becomes first council to receive Right to Buy Back funding for Afghan refugees

The Mayor of London has announced Islington is the first borough to secure funding from the Right to Buy Back scheme to secure long-term housing for Afghan refugees. The north London borough has agreed a deal to bring 80 homes back … Read more

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