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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2001): Social Housing - UK

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LONDON

L. Cousins et al

London: Greater London Authority, 2001

Research shows that London Mayor Ken Livingstone's target of 50% affordable housing provision through planning is possible in two thirds of London boroughs, but only with greater public subsidy. In the remaining one third of boroughs a target of 35% affordable homes provision is more realistic.

AT HOME WITH YOUR COUNCIL

N. Merrick

Public Finance, Sept. 14th-20th 2001, p. 22-23

Describes how housing associations are piloting interactive television and the Internet a means of communicating with tenants.

HOUSING ASSETS AND RESOURCE ACCOUNTING

D. Garnett

Axis, Aug./Sept. 2001, p. 6-7

Article summarises the underlying principles of local authority resource accounting, and explains how these principles needs to be adopted by social landlords seeking to develop a business plan for the management of their housing assets.

HOW TO ABOLISH PUBLIC HOUSING: IMPLICATIONS AND LESSONS FROM PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REFORM

R. M. Walker

Housing Studies, vol. 16, 2001, p. 675-696

Paper examines how council housing in England and Wales is being transferred to housing associations. Explanation and analysis are sought from the New Public Management literature.

THE NEW FACE OF HOUSING

L. Thompson

Housing, Sept. 2001, p. 21-22

Discusses how professional education in housing is being reformed to include neighbourhood renewal, multi-agency working and business skills. Includes interviews with four housing professionals in further education.

A QUESTION OF DELIVERY: HOW RSLs MEET THE NEEDS OF BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC COMMUNITIES

R. Tomlins et al

London: Housing Corporation, 2001

Most registered social landlords (RSLs) have race equality policies but few are actively implementing them, and promotion of racial equality is not a high priority for mainstream RSLs. They need to do a better job marketing themselves to black and minority ethnic communities, and to make themselves more approachable.

A STAKE IN THE FUTURE?

M. Lupton and L. Noble

Housing, Sept. 2001, p 28-29

Explains the concept and aims behind equity stakes, which are a vehicle for giving social housing tenants a financial asset.

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