Regulator aims to draw on international expertise
The Housing Corporation is to concentrate on building international housing links as part of a bid to encourage innovation.
It will look to build links with international partners to share research and good practice findings, according to its Research and Innovation Strategy, published this week.
The corporation said it wanted to pick up on experience from abroad to help it achieve its own key objectives.
It follows moves by English housing associations towards providing joint services with their European counterparts, working more closely with Dutch landlords in particular (Inside Housing, 15 July).
Centres of excellence will also be established across the Housing Corporation to manage research and innovation activities effectively. A dedicated research and innovation team has been established to oversee the work.
The strategy also stated that research priorities over the next three years would include examining the impact of extending social housing grant to developers and looking at alternative approaches to the funding and delivery of affordable houses.
It will also look to improve the housing associations' performance on homelessness and housing allocations.
The corporation unveiled bidding details for some of the £5 million funding in the Innovation and Good Practice Prospectus, also launched this week.
It said that for the first time it would also welcome proposals for funding under the IGP linked to proposals for funding under the 2006-08 affordable housing programme.
Housing Corporation research and innovation manager Sue Parkinson said: 'We are keen to support new and innovative schemes that will help the sector deliver more affordable homes, improve landlord performance and contribute to overcoming the challenges facing the sector.