Associations spend £500m on community work
English housing associations invested more than £500 million in schemes to help communities last year.
Building Futures, an audit of housing associations’ ‘non-core’ activity, was published today by the National Housing Federation.
The report shows housing associations have spent:
- £80 million helping people into work
- £73 million in learning and skills
- £6 million in IT centres
- £74 million in health projects
- £16 million to help people tackle fuel poverty
- £100 million to create safer communities, including £15 million to tackle anti-social behaviour
David Orr, chief executive of the NHF, said: ‘Every year they [housing associations] help millions of people by giving them the support to change their lives forever.
‘They get people back to work with apprenticeships and skills training, encourage them to play an active role in their community and create places where they want to live.’
Meanwhile, the NHF is expected to announce its new strategy to staff today. This followed a review of members’ satisfaction after the trade body recorded a £526,000 loss in 2010/11.