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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2002): Social Housing - UK

A FAIR CHOICE

H. Whelan

Axis, Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002, p. 24-25

Calls for the reform of local authority lettings policy to allow applicants for social housing more choice. Argues that allocation and policies should be clear and transparent, with support systems for vulnerable applicants. They need help during the application procedure, and resettlement support to prevent tenancy breakdown.

OPPOSITION TO HOUSING SALES GROWS

Anon

Labour Research, vol. 91, Feb. 2002, p. 14-16

Opposition to large scale transfers of council housing stock to housing associations is growing because of concerns that they will lead to recent rises.

PROCESS, PRODUCT AND PEOPLE

T. Babbage

Axis, Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002, p. 18-20

In order to meet government imposed performance standards and targets, registered social landlords need to work in partnership with the construction industry, become more customer oriented, and ensure that their staff are committed to, and believe in, new ways of working.

REGULATING HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS' MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RISK

Committee of Public Accounts

London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2001/02; HC 470)

The Housing Corporation has a good record in preventing serious failure among housing associations and the sector as a whole remains financially healthy. It should not, however, be complacent about the recent deterioration in their finances. It should ensure that their commercial ventures do not jeopardise the provision of social housing or the taxpayers' funds invested in that housing.

VICTORY TO SOUTHWARK'S MILITANT TENANCY

K. Day

Public Finance, Feb. 8th - 14th 2002, p. 26-28

Investigates why residents of the run-down Aylesbury Estate voted against the council's regeneration plan. This involved demolition of 90% of the existing houses, subsequent increased housing density and rent rises. In order to finance the scheme, the council planned to transfer the stock to a housing association that would include homes for sale in the redevelopment. Residents complained of lack of consultation about the plans, and were further annoyed by an intervention by the Major of London, demanding a higher percentage of private houses.

WHY NEW LABOUR IS WRONG ABOUT HOUSING

P. Malpass

Axis, Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002, p. 6-7

Argues that the Labour government's policies on social housing are in some cases misconceived and unworkable. Presents a critique of the transfer of council housing stock to housing associations, the new choice based lettings systems, and the proposed loans to key workers to enable them to buy homes in high price areas.

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