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#IHchat: the best bits from our Q&A marathon for Housing Day

Inside Housing hosted 10 Q&As on Twitter with 31 panellists over 10 hours. Below we recap the debate

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Here is a recap of our 10 hour Twitter Q&A marathon for #HousingDay18 #IHchat #ukhousing

Here are some of the highlights from our 10 #IHchat Q&As for #HousingDay #ukhousing

Scroll down for the highlights of our #IHChat Q&A marathon for #HousingDay18

#IHchat: a recap of our 10-hour Twitter chatathon

#IHchat started with organiser Leslie Channon introducing Housing Day and explaining why the focus this year was on The Tenant Voice:

Leslie also said she thinks associations should do more on tenant engagement and that she is in favour of tenants on boards:

Having introduced the day, the #IHchat moved on to looking at how we strengthen the tenant voice:

Louise Thompson of Tpas made the case for changes to regulation to ensure compliants about safety are dealt with:

Nic Bliss, head of policy at the confederation of co-operative housing, argued for mutuals:

Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartrered Institute of Housing, suggested there are differences in levels of tenant engagement among providers:

While Catherine Little used an image to get her point across:

In a Q&A on the challenge for councils, the passion of Lord Gary Porter, chair of the Local Government Association, for lifting the council borrowing cap shone through

He also outlined what further changes need to be made:

Joanne Roney, chief executive of Manchester City Council, meanwhile, called for changes to Right to Buy:

At 11am our session on improving services for residents began and Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housing Trust, answered a question on whether resident scrutiny groups are a good way of ensuring residents get the services they want:

Amy Nettleton, assistant development director, sales and marketing at Aster Group reminded the panel of the good work housing associations do:

Oliver Harling, a tenant himself and winner of the CIH/Inside Housing Rising Stars competition, had his view on resident scrutiny panels:

The panellists and others also debated the merits of using the terms 'residents' v 'customers' and 'tenants':

Boris Worrall, chief executive of Rooftop Housing Group, questioned whether associations were right to cut repairs spend following the rent cut:

In our noon session on inclusivity Tom Murtha, former housing association chief executive and campaigner, argued for cultural change, backed up by regulation to improve diversity in the sector:

Steve Douglas, co-chief executive of Altair, floated the idea of an Inclusivity Index for housing associations:

Elly Hoult, programme director of Notting Hill at Notting Hill Genesis argued for more to be done to attract younger people:

Our Q&A on combating stigma sparked much discussion about how we can get the press and politicians to change their ways and avoid stigmatising tenants:

Paul Taylor talked about the assumption that home ownership is the be all and end all as a major factor:

The discussion also focused on whether landlords are also culpable:

The session concluded with a positive thought from Paul Taylor of Bromford:

In a special session with Labour's John Healey, the shadow housing secretary made it clear Labour backs the creation of a national tenant body:

Combatting homelessness, hunger and poverty was the theme of our 4.30pm Q&A. Brian Robson, of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, tweeted his support for Housing First:

Mike Owen, chief executive of Merthyr Valleys Homes gave short shrift to a suggestion by John Moss that increasing the equity input in Right to Buy could tackle homelessness:

Beatrice Orchard of St Mungo’s, meanwhile, set out her blueprint for reducing rough sleeping, homelessness, hunger and poverty

Our final #IHchat Q&A was on ‘Building the right homes in the right places’

A question about how to get local communities onside with development was tackled by some of the panel:

A question on how the LHA cap axe could help associations prompted many of the panellists, including James Prestwich of the National Housing Federation and Sheron Carter, chief executive of Habinteg, to stress the importance of councils and associations working together:

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