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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 1999): Social Housing - UK

THE ACTIVE COMMUNITY : INNOVATIVE CONSULTATION AND PARTICIPATION METHODS FOR HOUSING

London : London Housing Unit, 1999

Report looks at innovative consultation techniques and assesses their potential, particularly for council housing. Aims to povide information on new ways of consulting and on how to choose the most appropriate method to match individual purpose and circumstances. Draws together recent liteature on innovative consulttion techniques and results of research conducted by the London Housing Unit in 1998.

BUILDING IN SOME ADDED VALUE

M. B. Locke

Municipal Journal, June 18th-24th 1999, p. 22-23

Introduces the techniques of value management and value engineering. Best value in housing development projects can be achieved by integrating VE/VM into procedures, with the emphasis on ensuring that the completed project meets the client's overall business needs.

HAVING THEIR SAY

Anon

Housing, June 1999, P. 16-18

Six key organisations indicate the reforms they would like to see included in the forthcoming green paper on housing. Issues that need to be addressed include rent reform, tenant choice, housing benefit reform and problems of variability in demand for social housing.

HOUSEMARK

C. Grant

Housing, June 1999, p. 34-35

Introduces a new Internet-based service which is set to revolutionise the way that housing organisations benchmark their performance. Housemark brings together cost, resource, and performance indicator information with process improvement. When organisations input their data, they can compare their performance with any other organisation that iapart of the service.

PERFORMING FOR COMMUNITIES

B. Compton

Housing, June 1999, p. 40-41

Describes how best value pilot Southampton City Council is working with local registered social landlords to develop a best value protocol for social housing in the city.

A POPLAR DECISION

B. Furner

Housing, June 1999, p. 38-39

Local authority housing stock transfers can bring vital resources into run-down areas to do up homes and regenerate communities. However, in some cases promises of new homes, massive repairs and regeneration programmes have been rejected by tenants in favaour of the status quo. Article describes public relations strategies which have been used to influence voters and secure a 'yes' vote.

PRIVATE PLACES

P. Buckland

Public Finance, June 4th-10th 1999, p. 22-23

Argues that Private Finance Initiatives and Public Private Partnerships have an important role to play in social housing regeneration. Predicts the expansion of Registered Social Landlords' (RSLs) remit into a wider community regeneration role.

REDEFINING ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT : USING SOCIAL LANDLORDS TO CONTROL BEHAVIOUR

P. Brown

Local Government Studies, vol. 25, 1999, p. 75-83

The 1996 Housing Act brought antisocial behaviour within the remit of housing legislation for the first time. Successive British Crime Surveys, however, do not show a significantly greater incidence of antisocial behaviour, incivilities or police interventions on council housing estates. What is happening is that high unemployment, high child densities and lack of community facilities is resulting in higher rates of vandalism. The problem of vandalism contributes to the decline in the reputation of an area, which in turn legitimises the criminalisation of a range of the everyday activities of the population.

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