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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2009): Social housing - UK

A total change management model for successful growth of housing associations

T.Y.M. Lam

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, vol.2, 2009, p. 263-275

Housing associations in the UK are being encouraged by government to merge and consolidate in order to benefit from economies of scale. However, governance structures of these large housing associations need to change if they are to operate efficiently. This paper aims to develop a change management model to facilitate the transformation of governance in large associations that is demanded. The model is based on organisational change management and project management theories. Multiple case study methodology was used to examine change policies and approaches in four housing associations in the UK and the Hong Kong Housing Authority in order to test the validity of the model.

Village schools dying as families priced out of countryside

R. Prince

Daily Telegraph, Sept. 1st 2009, p. 1+2

A shortage of affordable housing in villages is forcing families with young children to leave the countryside to live in cheaper urban areas. There are now 750,000 people on the waiting lists for affordable housing in rural England. Local authorities need to assess how many affordable homes are required and deliver more social housing.

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