Close relationship between local authorities and housing associations will be crucial to meet housing need says CIH

In a news release today from The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) it reveals: according to a new best practice research guide by them a close relationship between local authorities and housing associations will be crucial to meet housing need.

Local authorities and housing associations across England were interviewed and visited as part of the research guide, which CIH worked with the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) and housing association VIVID to produce.

The research  explores the tensions between the two sets of organisations and makes a series of recommendations on how they could work together more effectively, as well as outlining a series of proposals to government to allow their relationship to thrive.

Terrie Alafat CBE, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “It is clear that the potential in local authorities and housing associations working together is huge and it has never been more important for these two sets of organisations to be close partners.

“Building Bridges showcases some great examples of local authorities and housing associations working extremely closely to make sure people in their communities get access to a decent, affordable home.

“Unfortunately this is not a consistent picture and we desperately need to maximise the potential in this relationship if we are going to tackle the housing crisis.

“It is true that much of the tension between councils and housing associations has its origins in government policy, and in the guide we have made a series of recommendations on how government could act on this.

“But this research also highlights that by working together more closely and sharing resource councils and housing associations can make sure the right homes are built in the right places.”

Read the news release and report 25th September 2017 in full click here.

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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