Social landlords should be ‘beacons of hope’
Social housing providers should return to being ‘beacons of hope’ and remember their social purpose, delegates at Housing 2012 have heard.
Trident chief executive John Morris told the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference on Tuesday that social landlords had moved away from focusing on the social impact of housing in their communities and should be ‘reminded of their responsibilities’.
‘Social housing [organisations] were beacons of hope in the past and I expect them to be in the future,’ he said. ‘Turn your organisations in this direction as much as you can.’
He said social landlords need to decide which direction their organisations should take.
‘I don’t think it’s business as usual,’ he told the conference. ‘People do need to decide what to do in the future because the old times are not coming back. We have had the good times.’
Chair of the session Paul Smith, head of enterprise and development at the Aster Group, echoed what Mr Morris said and suggested social housing organisations should not move to become more like private organisations.
‘What’s right for the private sector is not necessarily right for us,’ he said. ‘Can we still demonstrate we are social organisations [or] have we become like any other organisations?’