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The power of a social community

Mark Lawrence

24housing March 2016

Welcome to Oakdale (twinned at various times with the Lost City of Atlantis, Gotham City, the Emerald City and Penge). One of its earliest residents, Rachel Reeves, shows us around.

Tackling perceptions of social housing

Mark Lawrence

February 2016

With TV programmes such as Benefits Street portraying council house tenants as scroungers, can social media combat these negative images?

Divined interventions for uncharted waters

Mark Lawrence

Janaury 2016

Divining the future is a tricky business and an imperfect science. Yet every organisation must make its forecasts to successfully plan ahead. The previous 12 months delivered a series of shockwaves to the housing sector and the implications are still being worked through. Financial pressures remain an overriding concern for housing associations and for social housing tenants. Yet there is good news too; the demand for new-builds across all tenures is massive and there is now some certainty around future direction for the year ahead. So we asked the great and the good to stare into the future and share their thoughts. The results are presented here with the help of 2010 World Cup hero Paul the Octopus, who knew how to pick a winner.

Left out in the cold

Mark Lawrence

December 2015

With the number of homeless on the rise and the Homeless Prevention Grant under fire, how can we get people off the streets and back into accommodation? Mark Lawrence reports.

Is it HA’s responsibility to create new ideas for housing?

Mark Lawrence

November 2015

“Ideas are rarely the property of an individual, or even one organization” “despite London’s vernacular beauty, it suffers from an acute shortage of housing” “To consider HAs as having a conservative attitude could seem surprising to many”

The Interview - Renaissance man

Chris Smith

November 2015

The starting gun has been fired in the race to become London’s next mayor and housing will be the key battleground. Labour’s GLA housing spokesman Tom Copley gives 24housing’s Chris Smith some clues to what the party will be saying.

A divided house

Chris Smith

November 2015

A complex, long-running, lethal dispute has housing at its centre. With all eyes again on Northern Ireland’s politicians, 24housing’s Chris Smith examines whether history is repeating itself.

The Interview: Clive Betts

Kris Jones

October 2015

As chair of the CLG select committee, Clive Betts is set to play a key role in holding the government to account on its housing policies in the coming months. But, as he explains to 24housing’s Chris Smith, getting hold of the relevant data is proving tricky.

Through the looking glass

Kate Murray

October 2015

A potent mix of government policy and polemic has left housing associations facing a distorted future, and one which threatens to shatter the sector’s identity as a housing provider for the poorest in society. Kate Murray takes a look at the new reality.

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