Tough decisions: juggling strategic choices

Ellen Damlica is an Associate at Penningtons Manches Cooper and specialises in social housing governmance.

This article is intended to facilitate discussion around key decisions that need to be made after 2020 and going into 2021 at Board and executive level, and to assist in identifying which matters are the ’glass balls’ and which are the ’plastic balls’.

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Duo-living: A different approach to the housing crisis from the Netherlands

Stichting Statiegeld op Jeugd is a Dutch initiative that is seeking to combat the housing crisis in the Netherlands. They do so by proposing a housing ‘format’ where existing homes, mostly occupied by ’empty nesters’ are split up into two homes, allowing the older generation to stay in their own homes AND create more social housing out of existing properties!

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The ClwydAlyn way – Trust, Covid and Service Reform

ClwydAlyn is a housing association in Wales whose mission is all about addressing poverty. This means that they focus time and resources on supporting tenants that might be struggling with income poverty, fuel poverty or food poverty.

With the impact of Covid19 now unfolding, this mission has become even more vital.

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Social Housing White Paper – An environmental angle by Suss Housing

Suss Housing have created ‘SHIFT’; a sustainability standard for the housing sector.

It is an independent assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets. They have kindly shared their view on the Social Housing White Paper from an environmental angle.

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Northern Ireland’s housing authority will be reclassified as a mutual – but will it also be privatised?

The Minister for Communities at Stormont recently delivered a major statement on housing policy which was then lauded from almost all sides.

In this article, University of Birmingham Lecturer and researcher Stewart Smyth takes a deeper look at what the Minister said and argues that there is an intention to privatise the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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Community-Led Approaches to Empty Homes in Wales

This article comes from final-year BSc Housing Students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Amy McMurray, Anthony Morgans, and Emma Parcell.

On behalf of Tyfu Tai Cymru, a 5-year housing policy project, they researched the role of community-led solutions in addressing empty homes.

This article shares their most important findings.

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Disgruntled at Being Dismissed as Disgruntled?! A reply to the comments on the ‘Letter to my Landlord’ article.

This article has been shared in response to comments to an earlier article we published on the 15th of November 2020, ‘Letter to My Landlord’.

These comments were criticising the original author’s view of private landlords as not being realistic or fair, dismissing them as a ‘disgruntled’ tenant.

This article addresses thes coments.

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ESG – Opportunities and Challenges for Boards

Environmental, social and governance matters have steadily moved up the list of priorities for registered providers of housing providers following the introduction of the UK’s legally binding target to produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Ellen Damlica, Associate in the Housing Corporate and Governance Team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, provides readers with a concise and clear overview of what boards need to consider when talking about this ‘2050 Target’.

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Domestic abuse ‘move on’ service reports that 60% of movers come from a BAME background

Homefinder UK’s Revive project highlights the lack of understanding by many statutory and voluntary agencies about the specific ethnic, religious and cultural concerns facing women fleeing domestic

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Governance in unprecedented times: Assurance, Mission – and flying a plane!

The Covid19 pandemic has brought with it a lot of challenges. Not everything has been easy, and a lot of people have suffered a lot and lost loved ones, but luckily some challenges also give us the opportunity to learn and slingshot us into new, better practices. Mark Glinwood writes about Governance in Social Housing and how the pandemic can be seen as the ‘ultimate disruptor, for good’.

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The People Who Occupy the Margins

This is the first of our Anonymous contributions from a social housing professional working in the intensive housing management part of a large housing association. The author wants to bring to the forefront some challenges they are facing and hopes to start a recognition and discussion about what housing providers can do to prevent people from falling through the cracks.

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