Housing can do so much for communities, so why was it left out of the government’s guarantees programme?
Together we stand
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the riots which blighted much of urban England.
As we have reported over the past 12 months, and as MP David Lammy told us last week, landlords already provide much of the ‘social glue’ which binds communities together.
Figures we exclusively reveal this week from consultancy Housemark show British social landlords last year invested more than £300 million in tackling anti-social behaviour. This follows the publication of the National Housing Federation’s ‘neighbourhood audit’ of community investment by England’s housing associations, which found that in 2010/11 they spent at least £530 million of their own money and levered in a further £217 million from other bodies on things such as training, financial advice and community spaces.
These two pieces of research reiterate the impressive ability of social landlords to support vulnerable communities. It begs the question again as to why the Treasury chose not to build on this work by excluding housing schemes from its programme of government guarantees.