Providers need to be alive to the risk of contractors becoming insolvent and how to limit the resulting inevitable disruption.
Meeting the demand for affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing this country and it is right that the government prioritises it. Having a sustainable development programme for affordable housing will help kick start the economy, providing jobs and training and more importantly, meet a major social need in giving people warm, accessible and secure places to live.
However, the government should not be trying to bridge the gap created by major funding cuts by directing the sale of homes that housing associations already own. Our team advocates independence for housing associations to actively manage their housing stock and this could, in some circumstances, mean the sale of some housing stock in order to build more, but this is a decision for individual housing associations to make. There is a danger that following the advice of the report would simply lead to the exclusion of the less well off in our society from high-value areas.
What we need here is a more sustainable model for the development of new housing stock which can be led by the housing association sector. The government can aid this by removing the barriers that are stopping housing associations from developing new housing, for example providing certainty over future rents policy and creating realistic access to affordable funding.
Housing associations must continue to deliver core functions effectively and compliantly notwithstanding the uncertainty over the standards to which you will be held in the future.
Over the last few years the meaning of “asset management” has changed from being all about repairs to understanding that assets might not stay in an organisation forever.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has understandably prompted a fundamental reconsideration of how building safety is approached for High-Rise Residential Buildings.
Results from the latest three-yearly valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) are starting to trickle through.
The potential for Brexit with or without a deal causes uncertainty, and credit rating agencies do not like uncertainty.
Let’s face it, Wills are underappreciated and often overlooked. In fact, around 54% of the British public do not have one!
A recent case throws light on the scope of the exemption for “land transactions” from the need for an OJEU tender process.
A leaked report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust revealed by The Independent has been described as the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history”.
The Pensions Regulator is showing its determination to improve the prudent management of Local Government Pension funds by digging deep into the internal workings of these funds.
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