Inside Housing 50

Inside Housing 50

The IH50 is Inside Housing’s regular contributor panel, consisting of 50 of the most influential thinkers working in the sector. They are tasked with commenting on the big issues that matter most to the housing world.

 

Our new-look panel includes key influencers from all over the United Kingdom, from a wide variety of housing-focused organisations.

 

To see the full list of columnists, with biographies, pictures and Twitter handles, click here.

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The future is private

23/03/2017 | By Richard Jennings

Once Scotland’s generous grant funding has run out, housing associations will have to turn to private investment, says Richard Jennings

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We need better safety nets for vulnerable tenants

23/03/2017 | By Matthew Gardiner

Social landlords can do more to address the crisis in social care, but only so much can be achieved without support from government, says Matthew Gardiner

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Understanding each other is the key to good governance

22/03/2017 | By Helen White

Boards that work effectively with their executive team and the regulator are the ones that will succeed, says Helen White

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The value of peer reviews

21/03/2017 | By Gary Josey

Housing organisations should embrace peer assessments as they can provide important new perspectives, says Gary Josey

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Mindful development is needed to address housing shortages

20/03/2017 | By Clare Norton

Small landlords are capable of developing new homes without jeopardising their core strengths, says Clare Norton

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Time for us all to be bold to tackle the housing crisis

17/03/2017 | By Bjorn Howard

There has never been a better time for the sector to demonstrate the crucial role it can play in remedying Britain’s chronic housing issues, says Bjorn Howard

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How can we tell our story better?

16/03/2017 | By Stuart Ropke

Housing associations are held in high esteem by their peers but refusal to address wider perceptions spells danger, says Stuart Ropke

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We can improve housing conditions for BME communities

15/03/2017 | By Cym D'Souza

BME households are still subject to some of the worst housing conditions in the UK and they need someone to fight their corner, says Cym D’Souza

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Landlords are well-placed to support aspiration among tenants

14/03/2017

We need to go beyond ‘bricks and mortar’ to help boost tenants’ potential, says Michael McDonnell of Choice Housing

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How strategic leadership can aid sector development

13/03/2017 | By Ann Santry

The sector needs effective leadership to step up to the challenge of improving the housing market, says Ann Santry

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Plotting the future of Scottish housing

10/03/2017 | By Mary Taylor

There are a multitude of opportunities for housing associations to make a real difference in Scotland, says Mary Taylor

TONY STACEY SEPT 2015

We can’t give up the war on homelessness

09/03/2017 | By Tony Stacey

Cathy Come Home’s 50th anniversary may have passed, but the Homes for Cathy group will continue to fight growing homelessness, says Tony Stacey

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Is the sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

08/03/2017 | By Geeta Nanda

The gender disparity between men and women working in housing is still a major issue, says Geeta Nanda

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What the Stormont election result means for the sector

07/03/2017 | By Jennie Donald

Political turmoil means challenges lie ahead for the Northern Ireland housing sector, says Jennie Donald

CAROL MATTHEWS SEPT 2015

Government needs to deliver a regional approach to housing

07/03/2017 | By Carol Matthews

The Housing White Paper has done little to provide answers for the regional challenges the sector faces, says Carol Matthews

TERRIE ALAFAT MAY 2016

Balance of housing spending does not reflect new approach

07/03/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

The government has recognised the need to build more genuinely affordable homes – now it must change the balance of funding to reflect this, says Terrie Alafat

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Who's your Gladys? The importance of retaining founding social purpose

06/03/2017 | By David Montague

As the sector continues to grow, it is important we retain the energy and drive of our founders, says David Montague

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Merging can help us be closer to our residents

03/03/2017 | By Brendan Sarsfield

With housing associations growing larger through merger, the sector must do its best to retain its links with its tenants and local communities, says Brendan Sarsfield

TERRIE ALAFAT MAY 2016

Associations and councils need to reset their relationship

02/03/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

If we are to truly tackle the housing crisis, housing associations and councils will need to rediscover their shared sense of purpose, says Terrie Alafat

MR ANONYMOUS SEPT 2015

Don’t hard sell to vulnerable tenants

01/03/2017 | By Mr Anonymous

A growing trend of high-pressure doorstep utility selling is causing headaches for tenants and housing officers, says Mr Anonymous

DAVID COWANS SEPT 2015

Meeting the needs of a new generation of older people

28/02/2017 | By David Cowans

There is insufficient housing provision for older people and that needs to change, says David Cowans of Places for People

JANE ASHCROFT SEPT 2015

We need to better understand our customers

27/02/2017 | By Jane Ashcroft

Being able to measure and act on customer satisfaction scores is increasingly important given growing pressures on landlords, says Jane Ashcroft

JULIAN ASHBY SEPT 2015

Robust finance is crucial to developing new homes

24/02/2017 | By Julian Ashby

The continued good financial health of the sector is essential as associations look to build a more diverse supply of homes, says Julian Ashby

DAVID ORR SEPT 2015

Why we should not think about housing as one product

22/02/2017 | By David Orr

We must strive to think more about the wider role that social housing plays in improving people’s lives, says David Orr

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ALMOs can play a role as associations develop Sector Scorecard

21/02/2017 | By Eamon McGoldrick

Eamon McGoldrick reflects on what the Sector Scorecard pilot could mean for the housing sector

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Wakefield’s legacy shows councils can kick-start building

20/02/2017 | By Joanne Roney

Ahead of her move to head up Manchester Council, Joanne Roney explains how Wakefield Council has unlocked development capacity in recent years

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Customer first should trump digital first

17/02/2017 | By Chan Kataria

The move to digital shouldn’t be at the expense of tenants’ best interests, says Chan Kataria

Michael Cameron

Whistleblowers should be celebrated, not isolated

16/02/2017 | By Michael Cameron

Social landlords can foster a culture of openness by encouraging whistleblowing, says Michael Cameron

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Is Universal Credit really helping people to help themselves?

15/02/2017

Vivian Davies of Family Mosaic questions whether Universal Credit in its current form is fulfilling its true goal

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Creating employment opportunities for tenants

15/02/2017 | By Martin Armstrong

Apprenticeships and skills training can provide a vital leg-up for those most in need, says Martin Armstrong

RUTH COOKE SEPT 2015

Listening to staff is the key to success

14/02/2017

Ruth Cooke explains how an innovative employee engagement programme is encouraging positive change throughout her organisation

KATE DAVIES SEPT 2015

Councils, associations and the private sector achieve more working together

13/02/2017 | By Kate Davies

Partnership working between councils, housing associations and the private sector can bring out the best elements of all three, says Kate Davies

DAVID COWANS SEPT 2015

White Paper should have focused on people at all stages of life

10/02/2017 | By David Cowans

OPINION: While there is a noticeable shift in improving standards in the private rental market, housing options for people at all stages of their life should have been a focus of the Housing White Paper, says David Cowans

TONY STACEY SEPT 2015

Housing benefit is not intended to cover the cost of care and support

09/02/2017

The government’s latest consultation on future funding models for care and supported housing is based on a serious misapprehension, says Tony Stacey

NICK ATKIN SEPT 2015

Universal Credit needs to be slowed down and changed

06/02/2017

Scaling up Universal Credit before the system can cope would be hugely damaging, warns Nick Atkin

MATTHEW BAILES SEPT 2015

No easy answers on rents

02/02/2017

Rent policy is surprisingly complex and deregulation is not a panacea, says Matthew Bailes

CAROL MATTHEWS SEPT 2015

Supported housing: the new North-South divide

31/01/2017 | By Carol Matthews

Basing a benefit cap on private rented sector rents does not reflect supported housing costs and will create a huge regional disparity, warns Carol Matthews

SUSAN EMMETT SEPT 2015

We need to step up building, even if Brexit reduces immigration

30/01/2017

The argument that Brexit means we will no longer need a housebuilding drive is deeply flawed, says Susan Emmett

STEVE DOUGLAS SEPT 2015

Why fees and a new regulator will be good for the sector

26/01/2017 | By Steve Douglas

Proposed changes will be good for the regulator, funders and ultimately the sector, says Steve Douglas

CYM D SOUZA SEPT 2015

After Brexit and Trump we will campaign even harder

24/01/2017 | By Cym D'Souza

After a 2016 dominated by the topic of immigration, BME associations will demonstrate their importance in tackling discrimination, says Cym D’Souza