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Stuart Macdonald
What is the most important issue in #ukhousing this year? Easy, right? Brexit. Over the next few months, yes. However, the most important issue for 2019 is not what happens between bureaucrats in Brussels and London – it is something much closer to home. Trust. Trust between residents and housing providers was shaken to the...
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If successful communications is about capturing the imaginations and attention of as many people in your target audience as possible, these two choices deliver – and then some! Love it, loathe it, seen better? Please let me know @smacdonaldSM. In the meantime – Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019! Star Wars hands the baton...
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1: Sadiq Khan: ‘10 years to solve knife crime’ – what the London mayor should have said When the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, gave an interview on rising knife crime in the capital to BBC Radio Four’s Today programme earlier this month, he knew it was going to be tough. However, he would have hoped...
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Although the week has been dominated by Brexit, from a housing perspective, the news of the first successful estate regeneration ballot in London is worth rescuing from beneath the deluge of EU-related headlines. Since July, housing associations have been required to give London residents a vote on any estate regeneration plan, in order to secure...
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The speech given this week by Theresa May at the National Housing Federation’s Summit has provoked a host of reactions from housing professionals – many of them negative. Was it a cheap stunt? Was it nothing more than just platitudes? Was the £2 billion of capital funding announced for 2022 an empty gesture? I believe...
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The Social Housing Green Paper may well mark a seminal moment in the English housing sector. However, this may perhaps be more for what it ushered out than what it ushered in. A number of notable policies introduced during the Cameron-Osborne years have been unceremoniously dumped or reversed: – The High-value Assets Levy that was...
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The king is dead, long live the king. Or, in this case, Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab, the successor as English housing minister to Alok Sharma. In a government reshuffle that is notable in the main for the lack of any meaningful reshuffling, housing now stands out. As has already been said today by...
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1. Sajid Javid walks the rents tightrope The Tuesday morning speech by the Communities Secretary at the National Housing Federation Annual Conference was the talk of the ICC for the rest of the two days in Birmingham. The launch of a Housing Green Paper was Sajid Javid’s key message and, although some delegates pointed out...
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Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone’s lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual event in Manchester this week. Yet, it was striking how little common direction existed in efforts to make homes safe in the wake of the tragedy in London. It was unfortunate that Alok Sharma, the new housing minister,...
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Speakers at the opening day of this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing annual event in Manchester had an unenviable task. They had to acknowledge that everything they said in their presentations was in the context of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.
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