Axis, Apr./May 2000, p. 6-7
It has been suggested that changes to allocation policies might solve some of the problems of social housing. Author argues that we know too little about the operation of such policies, and need clear evidence on which to base policy change.
Housing, Care and Support, vol. 3, Mar. 2000, p. 29-31
The Eastleigh Housing Association Pilot is the first applying best value principles to extra care services to frail elderly tenants. Eastleigh is in the early stages of developing a care self-assessment model, which, it is hoped, will enable like-for-like comparison across the care profession and in turn facilitate learning and sharing of good practice across the sector.
Municipal Journal, Apr. 28th - May 4th 2000, p. 19
Comments on the proposal in the housing green paper "Quality and Choice" to allow local authorities which have established arms-length management companies to manage their housing stock, to retain and use more of their rental income to finance borrowing for investment in stock improvement.
R. M. Walker
Housing Studies, vol. 15, 2000, p. 281-299
The processes of externalisation and managerialisation have served to fundamentally restructure the housing profession, housing organisations and housing management. A more rationalistic approach to management has led to housing associations specifying more clearly their care business objectives as determined by financial institutions and the regulator. The regulator has recently sought to add the needs of tenants in their communities to the list of core business objectives through housing plus the ongoing financial pressures on associations suggest that the two organisational objectives of property management and community development are going to be held in tension for some time to come.
Roof, May/June 2000, p. 18-21
Analyses the thinking behind the major new proposals on housing legislation put forward in "Quality and Choice: a decent home for all" green paper. The proposals include:
Municipal Journal, 21st - 27th Apr. 2000, p. 22
Comments on the proposal in the Housing Green Paper for the creation of arm's length housing companies, wholly owned by councils but managed separately.
Housing, Apr. 2000, p. 26-27
The right to buy council houses has been abused in rural communities by tenants purchasing their homes cheaply and then reselling to incomers at vast profit. This is now causing a shortage of affordable rented housing for local people.
Guardian. Society, Apr. 12th 2000, p. 6-7
Argues in favour of the transfer of council housing stock to locally based, hands-on and community-focused housing associations and housing companies.
Axis, Apr. - May 2000, p. 8-9
Explains that local authorities in London are facing the dilemma of having to cope with an immediate crisis of unmet housing demand while trying to pursue longer term regeneration and social inclusion objectives.
K. Jacobs and T. Manzi
Critical Social Policy, issue 62, 2000, p. 85-103
As practitioners prepare to implement "best value" models in housing management, it is clear that the measurement and evaluation of all aspects of service provision will have significant organisational consequences. The performance indicators introduced as part of best value are viewed by staff as a key management control strategy, which they resist by subverting operations and manipulating data. The level of attention devoted to meeting targets can, on the other hand, become all consuming, diverting resources from less quantifiable functions such as welfare and tenancy support. PIs can also result in a series of unintended adverse consequences, such as undermining individual autonomy, discretion, innovation and diversity.
Axis, Apr. - May 2000, p. 16-17
The government has identified eight 'pathfinder' projects to pilot the use of PFI by local authorities for stock improvement. Article looks at how PFI projects might be structured from a legal and practical point of view.
Mental Health Review, vol. 5, Mar. 2000, p. 24-26
The Supporting People initiative and the National Service Framework for mental Health provide the voluntary sector with an opportunity to extend the range of supported accommodation it can offer, tailoring its services to meet users' needs for an ordinary life.
Housing, Care and Support, vol. 3, Mar. 2000, p. 17-20
Explores the challenges presented to social housing by proposed reform of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Health National Service Framework. These include non-involvement of housing providers in care planning, preparation for Supporting People, and the need to improve training.