24housing’s most-read opinion pieces in 2017

We have gone through the analytics to find what people clicked most from our opinion section this past calendar year.


So much has happened this year, with a Housing White Paper, Grenfell and the ‘Housing Budget’ to name just a few.

Our opinion section has reflected that with a series of engaging, humorous and at some points, damning, points of view.

Here are the 10 most-read opinion pieces this year, from 10 to one.

10. A new perspective on digital skills – Hannah Bailey


Bernesali Homes’ Hannah Bailey offers her reflects on digital, after two years of developing and delivering digital activity.


9. To be accused of betrayal hurts – Steve Stride

Salix Homes sought legal action against a noisy tenant

Poplar HARCA chief executive responds to claims that his association betrayed the local authority.

8. Diversity in the workplace – Sinead Butters

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PlaceShapers chair and Aspire Housing CEO writes about how to support more women into leadership positions in the housing sector.

7. Housing Associations in La La Land – Alistair McIntosh


A round-up of our most-read would not be complete without a piece from Housing Quality Network’s CEO Alistair McIntosh. Here he writes in the aftermath of the release of the Global Accounts…

6. What has Kensington learned from the tragedy of Grenfell? – Lizzie Spring

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Local resident, Lizzie Spring, writes about the months after the tragic fire at Grenfell, and what she, and other Kensington residents, experienced in that time.

5. Bedroom Tax and reconciliation – Rob Gershon


His photoshopping is not the best (exhibit A above) but Rob’s political commentary is always worth a read. Our fifth most-read piece of the year was written in the weeks after a deal with the DUP was struck post-general election.

4. He will never make it – Tom Murtha


Former CEO turned housing association chair and blogger, Tom is at number four with a typically personal tale about his route into housing.

3. Why more housing providers should be building to Passivhaus standard – Yogini Patel


The clue to our third most-read opinion piece of the year is in the title. Passivhaus Trust set out the benefits of building to a higher energy standard.

2. More needs to be done to tackle LGBT discrimination – Bob Green

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Perhaps fittingly in the year we launched our Diversity in Housing conference and awards, our second most popular piece was about ending discrimination. This piece, by Stonewall Housing CEO, highlights the awful practice still going on in the private rented sector.

1. The problem with the £10bn Help to Buy money – Tom Copley


Labour’s London Assembly member takes top spot this year for our most-read opinion piece. In the aftermath of government announcing a further £10bn for Help to Buy, Copley looks at what else the money could have been used for.

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