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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2007): Social housing - UK

Equality, diversity and housing: future prospects

D. Matharoo and S. Davis

Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 15, Oct. 2007, p. 34-38

This article looks at how black and minority ethnic housing associations providing supported accommodation contribute to individual user choice and involvement. It also examines the challenges facing both providers and commissioners aiming to maintain that engagement and support in an environment of increased pressure on scarce public resources and demands for increased efficiency.

Housing sector split over choice of regulator

N. Merrick

Public Finance, Sept. 21st-27th, 2007, p. 12-13

The Cave review published in June 2007 recommended that all providers of social housing should come under a single regulator. The consultation following the review has shown that local authorities would prefer to be regulated by the Audit Commission, but housing associations and the private sector want a new stand-alone body.

Housing shoots up the political ladder

Anon.

Labour Research, Oct. 2007, p. 15-17

In response to a severe shortage of affordable housing, the Brown government has committed itself to building 70,000 affordable homes every year by 2010, of which 45,000 would be for social rent. This is well below the quantity that housing charity Shelter believes in necessary. Unions are calling for a revival in the building of council housing through the establishment of a funding model which allows local authorities to compete on equal terms with the private sector and housing associations.

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