Out of office
The former Labour leader is right to question the party’s stance on welfare, says Lydia Stockdale
Tomorrow Inside Housing publishes 24-year-old unemployed social housing tenant Jason Gaffney’s bedroom tax budget diary – it’s an eye-opener.
Things are really hotting up for housing’s five Rising Stars finalists.
What does it mean to build a personal brand? And why is doing so important in today’s job market? HR consultant Sally Jacobson, a former HR director at L&Q, gave some top tips at last night’s Badenoch & Clark housing career strategies seminar in London.
Nicky Gavron, Labour London assembly member, attacks Westminster Council’s decision to ban rough sleeping and soup runs.
Daniel Astaire, cabinet member for society, families and adult services at Westminster Council, defends his plans to stop soup runs.
The third programme in the four-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series following housing officers in Greater Manchester was on TV last night. Surely the fact the series highlights the difficult work done by housing associations should win praise from the sector?
Twitter is abuzz with comments about last night’s Neighbourhood Watched. The general public has had its say about social housing and its tenants - now over to Inside Housing readers. What did you think of the way the sector was portrayed in the programme?
The new series of Neighbourhood Watched, the fly-on-the-wall documentary series that follows housing officers in the north west, started on BBC1 last night. What did you think of it?
Inside Housing is publishing its first annual Women in Housing special issue. As part of this we’re conducting an anonymous survey of our female readers with the aim of finding out whether they believe the housing is a good sector for female employees. Please help us by taking 10 minutes to answer our questions online.
In tomorrow’s Inside Housing we will take you on a ride through the highs and lows (and yes, there have been some highs…) of 2010 in our annual review of the year. In case you can’t wait that long, the editorial team has come up with their most memorable moments from the last months. Let us know your favourite – and feel free to add your own.
The government’s telling people to do things for themselves, but it won’t provide the staff or the money to help them along the way – so how is the Big Society going to work?
A chance meeting with Homeless Link boss Jenny Edwards last week (during which I managed, inadvertently, to drink her entire cup of coffee though that’s another story) produced an interesting idea.
Feeling stressed out at work? Share your experiences with Inside Housing and we’ll get a stress expert to give you advice on how to handle the pressure.
Regular updates from all the happenings at today’s Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool
Regular updates from the second full day of the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool
The myriad of ideas that came out at a half-day conference to look at what the Big Society means for homelessness providers this week just proved how ambiguous this concept is.
The number of homeless people in Vancouver took me by surprise, but what shocked me most was how at odds these bearded, indistinguishable individuals were with the super sophisticated nature-loving city dwellers they shared sidewalks with.
Thanks to everyone who has commented on this blog or emailed me with a question for Paddy Gray.
Even if you’re not, you’ve probably heard that the institute is planning a major shakeup of the way it is run.
I’m interviewing Clive Betts, chair of the communities and local government select committee, tomorrow afternoon.
Yesterday housing minister Grant Shapps said he places a ‘huge premium’ on tenant empowerment.
A recent meeting of the home affairs select committee had an unusual guest. Among the policymakers and voluntary sector workers talking respect agendas and family intervention projects, was a young man in a very new-looking suit.
It seems that being part of David Cameron’s Conservative Party at the moment is all about The Team.
Forget Peter Mandelson, and his bizarre triumph of a speech. The real breakout star of Labour’s 2009 conference was Stephen Greenhalgh, leader of the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
I was, of course, delighted that John Healey kicked off his speech to a packed National Housing Federation conference with a reference to an Inside Housing cartoon - even if he did say he was ‘deeply disappointed’ with it.
The hall was packed: this was the speaker delegates at the Fed conference had come to see. Everyone in housing knows the next few years will be financially tough (lifestyles of certain rich and infamous housing association chiefs aside, presumably).
Caroline Thorpe visits Stratford to see how the site of the 2012 Olympic Games is taking shape
Real life double acts don’t come much stranger than Boris Johnson and Tessa Jowell.