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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Letter to my Landlord

Recently, things have become just a bit too much. The pandemic, changes to planning laws, evictions can go ahead again, and wishy washy statements about funding for retrofit of the existing housing stock and building more social housing.

An anonymous contributer decided to write a letter to their landlord, addressing issues that other private renting tenants might recognise.

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Social Housing Tenants – Influence Your Future. Call for Independent Research Participation.

PhD Researcher and SHM co-founder Hannah Absalom asks tenants for their opinions on new ways of delivering services to tenants.

The anonymised findings will be used to contribute to academic research, and also a findings report to the sector.

The aim is to ensure tenants influence the future of services that are ultimately supposed to benefit them.

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Language Matters: It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it…

We use language every day, in everything we do. Whether it’s spoken, written, signed or even drawn. It’s how we communicate, and, as recipients get an idea of what people think of us. That’s why language matters in social housing.

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