The housing sector is once again sounding like a force to be reckoned with
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One of the most encouraging aspects of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference and exhibition in Manchester this week has been the clear sense of housing providers finding their voice once more.
There was Riverside’s Carol Matthews at the breakfast event Inside Housing organised with Wates Living Space saying she wasn’t going to seek the regulator’s permission to pursue any of the ‘big, hairy and audacious’ plans which she has. Then there was the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Julia Unwin slapping down welfare minister Lord David Freud as she warned him not to confuse the sector’s pragmatic response to the imminent housing benefit cuts with consensus.
It is clear that to survive social landlords will need this rediscovered sense of assertiveness. As we report this week, there are opportunities out there for landlords willing to think big with the NHS in helping it meet its £20 billion cost-cutting target. Hopefully we’ll hear much more in the future.