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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JULIAN ASHBY SEPT 2015

The time for leniency is at an end

28/04/2017 | By Julian Ashby

Pleas for clemency will fall on deaf ears if associations are found to be falling short of regulatory standards, says Julian Ashby

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Election draws focus away from the real issues

27/04/2017 | By Jennie Donald

The political vacuum in Stormont will continue to hamper the best efforts of housing associations, says Jennie Donald of NIFHA

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We need to take a more active role in fighting poverty

26/04/2017 | By Martin Armstrong

The sector must renew its commitment to supporting people in hardship, says Wheatley Group’s Martin Armstrong

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Treat others as you would want to be treated

25/04/2017 | By John Craggs

It’s important to have clear lines of communication with staff when undertaking any business restructuring, says John Craggs of Gentoo Group

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Government needs to look more closely at affordability

24/04/2017 | By Campbell Robb

The Housing White Paper’s affordable private rent model is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done for those on low incomes, says Campbell Robb of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

TONY STACEY SEPT 2015

What will the election mean for housing?

21/04/2017 | By Tony Stacey

Tony Stacey of South Yorkshire Housing Association considers what impact the snap election could have on the housing sector

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Whoever wins in June, politicians will have to trust housing associations

20/04/2017 | By David Montague

In the midst of Brexit negotiations the next government will have to rely on housing associations to deliver desperately needed affordable homes, says David Montague

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Associations should do more to demonstrate transparency

19/04/2017 | By Amanda Davies

With perceptions of housing associations still not quite matching the reality, there’s a need for landlords to embrace openness, says Amanda Davies

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The supported housing funding merry-go-round

18/04/2017 | By Philippa Jones

A glance at history shows the extent to which supported housing has been particularly vulnerable to political vagaries, says Philippa Jones

RUTH COOKE SEPT 2015

We can help make Right to Buy work

13/04/2017 | By Ruth Cooke

A Voluntary Right to Buy pilot would present an opportunity for West Midlands housing associations, says Midland Heart chief executive Ruth Cooke

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We must collaborate more to tackle homelessness

12/04/2017 | By Clark Bailie

In his first IH50 piece, Clark Bailie of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive says it takes more than one organisation to deal with homelessness

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The government needs to tackle the broader causes of homelessness

11/04/2017 | By Lord Gary Porter

Councils need powers and access to funding to build genuniely affordable homes, says Lord Gary Porter, chair of the Local Government Association.

MATTHEW BAILES SEPT 2015

Ministers must do something about ASB eviction process

10/04/2017 | By Matthew Bailes

Paradigm Housing’s chief executive Matthew Bailes calls for an easier and less costly method of evicting anti-social tenants

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Vulnerable people: a test for customer complaints

07/04/2017 | By Dame Clare Tickell

Dame Clare Tickell outlines the challenges facing social landlords as consumer complaints become more complex

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In praise of 'normal'

05/04/2017 | By Richard Peacock

Richard Peacock of Soha Housing writes in defence of the ‘bread and butter work’ associations like his do every day

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We should support each other

04/04/2017 | By Sinead Butters

Sinead Butters reflects on 18 months as chair of Placeshapers

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Why we must choose digital

03/04/2017 | By Catriona Simons

Digital services promote self-confidence and esteem among tenants, says Catriona Simons of The Guinness Partnership

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DHPs cannot meet all the demands ministers place on them

31/03/2017 | By Mike Owen

Discretionary Housing Payments are seen as the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ but they are insufficient, argues Mike Owen of Merthyr Valley Homes

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Time to end rent controls in social housing

30/03/2017 | By Mark Henderson

Price controls often fail to achieve their objectives and hit supply, argues Home Group’s Mark Henderson

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The White Paper is a step in the right direction

29/03/2017 | By Pat Ritchie

While not perfect, the Housing White Paper will help places meet local ambition and need, says Pat Ritchie

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Relationship building is essential for the sector to thrive

28/03/2017 | By Liz Cook

Housing organisations need to change and make new alliances to survive the upheavals hitting the sector, says Liz Cook

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Housing associations need better branding

27/03/2017 | By Mark Sebba

Associations need to think about their brand, says Mark Sebba, chair of Hyde Group and former chief executive of fashion brand Net-a-Porter

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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

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

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

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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