Saturday, 19 April 2014

Campaign to transform housing sector launched

Plans to encourage housing leaders to work together to transform the sector were announced yesterday at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

The Chartered Institute of Housing and Orbit Housing Group launched the change network, which aims to recruit leaders in each region to form a forum to enable housing providers to make strategic change in their own organisations.

The CIH and Orbit invited MPs and councillors to get involved in the network to help to shape key issues such as localism, civic engagement, community investment and jobs, training and social enterprise.

Abigail Davies, assistant director of policy and practice at the CIH, said: ‘At a time of reducing public investment in affordable housing and growing housing need, we must grasp this opportunity to re-think the way we do business as a sector. 

‘This is vital, not only to ensure we meet the needs of our communities long term, but also to build wider confidence in our sector as one that is equipped for a significant shift in the way it works. 

‘Incremental change, improvement and the ability to adapt to new challenges has always been a hallmark of the way housing organisations operate, but the future we all face means that this will no longer be enough.’

Paul Tennant, group chief executive of Orbit Housing Group, said: ‘There is a huge groundswell of momentum for change and our aim was to provide a platform for housing organisations to talk to each other about the practical steps they can take to transform their own organisations.

‘We can’t do that in isolation, and today was about encouraging others such as politicians to get involved in informing what that future should look like.’

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